Our very own Kickback is back! This time he interviewed Adam Newman from Tamashii Nations, who was at the Bluefin booth. From the interview, Adam talked about the state of the market when it comes to Figuarts, from Sentai/Power Ranger to Kamen Riders, and Anime in general.
Tamashii Nations USA is taking a break from anything Power Rangers related for SDCC, in fact, while MMPR related product sold very well (Figuarts White Ranger was their best ever), Figuarts that aren’t MMPR didn’t do so well. For example, the Figuarts Zero MMPR Red Ranger is being shelved because Tamashii Nations is less than satisfied with how the Figuarts Zero MMPR Green Ranger performed.
The overall state of Figuarts is doing very well however, in fact, the Figuarts market; when it comes to Kamen Rider and Anime properties, are growing so fast that Tamashii Nations had to restrategize so they can keep up with the demands. Kamen Rider is doing so well that any past or new Kamen Rider characters has a chance to be made. As for Sentai, if Ninninger can gain enough popularity, it’s entirely possible for Tamashii Nations to consider making the Figuarts as well.
When it comes to Power Ranger news, Tamashii Nations said that repackaging Kyoryuger Figuarts into Dino Charge is entirely possible, something for them to consider. Tamashii also has interests to partner up with Saban Brands and Bandai of America to do something MMPR Movie related, but it would have to depend on how the movie progresses.
Now for a bit of good news: While Kamen Rider Gaim Figuarts aren’t currently being displayed at SDCC 2015, it is still being distributed by BlueFin, so look forward to that at your favorite retail outlet. Also a nice tidbit for Dragon Ball fans out there, apparently the new reissue of Dragon Ball Figuarts will come with updated parts, such as hands and possibly faces, be sure to collect them all
Stay tuned as TokuNation brings you more update, pictures, and interviews from SDCC 2015,