Today, Bandai Namco and Tsuburaya Productions announced that Bandai Namco is the master toy license holder for the Ultraman intellectual property in North America. The resulting license means Bandai Namco will be releasing a toy line in North America that will include action figures, playsets, role-play items, and plush items. The deal includes the upcoming Ultraman Netflix movie set to debut in 2024. Thanks to ToyBook.com for the heads up.
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It’s time once again for our Toku Toy Box Giveaway, a staple of TokuNation‘s history. Every year in December we give away tokusatsu toys and collectibles to our readers, fans, and followers – just because you’re great!
This year will be a little bit different than years past. The global pandemic has hit us all in some way, shape, or form and our staff is no exception. Previously we would require everyone to register on our forums and comment on special galleries for the entirety of the month. Unfortunately we were unable to prepare any galleries in time for Toku Toy Box 2021.
This year everything will be given away on our Twitter account – @TokuNation – with simple “Follow, Like, RT” rules in place. We’re also incredibly delighted to share our two sponsors for this year’s Toku Toy Box – Tokullectibles.com and Team Kamen Rider of Bluefin Brands/Bandai-Namco! Unfortunately, due to increased shipping costs and numerous shipping delays, as well as legalities with having sponsored companies donating items, this year we will only be opening Toku Toy Box to residents in the United States. We are hoping to have an international giveaway sometime in the spring so for our international followers please stay tuned for more info!
And now for the goodies! This year we’re incredibly excited to be giving away the following items:
- CSM Sengoku Driver Project Ark Edition (courtesy Tokullectibles.com)
- CSM Zeronos Belt
- Legend Typhoon Belt (courtesy Tokullectibles.com)
- Legend Makeover Belt Arcle – Kuuga (courtesy Tokullectibles.com)
- SH Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou Kamen Rider Decade Neo Decadriver Version
- SH Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou Kamen Rider OOO
- Kamen Rider Zero-One Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider Zi-O Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider Build Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider OOO Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider W Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider Decade Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider Faiz Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider Den-O Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Kamen Rider Kuuga Plushie (courtesy Team Kamen Rider)
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection Dino Thunder Red Ranger
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection Dino Charge Red Ranger
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection Psycho Blue Ranger (GameStop)
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection Goldar (GameStop)
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection Lord Zedd
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection Mighty Morphin White Ranger
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection Pumpkin Rapper
- Power Rangers Lightning Collection SPD B Squad Blue Ranger vs A Squad Blue Ranger
These items will be grouped together for a series of giveaways leading up to the end of the year! Again – make sure you’re following us on Twitter at @TokuNation! Happy Holidays and thanks for being one of our awesome readers/followers/fans!
On Saturday at the San Diego Comic Con 2021 Special Edition convention there was a panel with Team Kamen Rider of Bluefin Brands/Bandai-Namco and Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory TV/TokuSHOUTsu. The panel concluded with the official North American premiere of Kamen Rider Zero-One: REALxTIME movie. Attendees at the panel also received a swag-bag upon leaving.
We’ve recapped the panel and included some of the question and answers segment towards the end.
David and AJ from Team Kamen Rider, Ari from Shout! Factory on panel.
- A brief overview of the history of Team Kamen Rider
- All Heisei and Reiwa belts on display sent from TOEI
- How can you support if you can’t purchase?
- Share social media posts
- Do surveys
- Stream TokuSHOUTsu (for free)
- New t-shirts on Amazon (soon)
- Kamen Rider Gaim shirt
- Kamen Rider Revice shirt
- Kamen Rider 50th Anniversary shirt (logos)
- Premium Bandai US
- Kamen Rider V-Braclet
- Kamen Rider Tamagotchi 50th Anniversary
- Kamen Rider Manga & Comic Books coming 2022
- Stonebot Comics (from South America)
- Starting with Kuuga Manga (fully translated)
- Then Kamen Rider Zero-One (original creation)
- More details coming soon, approval for announcement only came 30 hours ago
- Kamen Rider Zero-One streaming begins January 1st 2022
- More to come soon, especially outside the Big 3 (Kamen Rider/Sentai/Ultraman)
- Kamen Rider Zero-One BluRay
- Removed interlacing
- Hard Subs
- Original audio masters from Toei, so the sound is incredible
- Some of the Q&A for Team Kamen Rider (TKR) & Shout! Factory (SF)/TokuSHOUTsu
- American adaptation of Kamen Rider possible?
- TKR: “Do you want an adaptation or do you want an original creation?”
- Can we get more series on BluRay?
- SF: “If Zero-One does well we can approach it. We’ve talked about maybe a box set for the original series. But we’re a small company so we need to see the return on what’s already being done.”
- Is there anyway we can ask for specific seasons or series to be brought over?
- SF: “Use our social channels. I can tell you I’ve gotten a ton of requests for Dragon Knight, followed by Metal Heroes. But we talk to our own departments, and Toei, and come up with a plan after that.”
- What about maybe dubbing a series?
- SF: “Yeah I’m sorry I really hate those.” – lol
- What about action figures (not SH Figuarts)?
- TKR: Been working/fighting for those. The same department that does RKF’s does DX Belts, so if the DX Belts do well it opens the door to potentially get the RKF’s out here.
- Any plans to do these Kamen Rider movie releases in theaters via Fathom Events? What about special episodes or movies for already-streaming properties, like Ryuki?
- SF: The plan for Heisei Generations FOREVER was actually to have it in theaters, and then the pandemic happened. As the world gets back to normal it can be revisited. As for the Ryuki special episode(s) or movies, if we were to do a physical release of the series, that is something we would then look to include, but currently no plans to stream it.
- Fans from Mexico want Kamen Rider but don’t have access to watch it. Is there any plans to expand?
- SF: Yes. Been looking in to expanding in to new territories. But we have a lot of properties and we can’t just drop in and go, we have to acquire the rights to those territories and Latin America is one area that I think we would want to move in to as Toei has a strong presence in a lot of those countries. I wouldn’t expect anything in the next year, but definitely in the next few years, I would say there’s a really good chance.
- American adaptation of Kamen Rider possible?
Bandai Namco has released a trailer for a new Kamen Rider video game!
Titled Kamen Rider: Memory of Heroez this new game is a third-person action-adventure featuring Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider OOO and Kamen Rider Zero-One. Gameplay is described as Hero Chain Action and will involve form changes for each Rider depending on combat necessities.
Kamen Rider: Memory Of Heroez will be released on October 29 2020 for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles. The game is priced at 7600 Yen for the standard edition or 11800 for the premium sound version.
Hey Kamen Rider fans! We had a chance to talk with David Clarke, the Brand Manager for Team Rider/Kamen Rider of Bluefin Brands at this year’s Anime NYC! We asked him some of the hot questions stemming from their recent Kamen Rider product release announcements – including pricing, what’s next, and the future of releases tied to Premium Bandai!
Check out the full interview below!
Special thanks to David Clarke of Bluefin Brands for taking the time to chat with us. Join in the discussion and ask your own questions – we might ask them in a future interview! Click the discussion link for more.
Attention Kamen Rider fans! We have a couple of polls up on our forums that we need your assistance in getting some data on! We need to know two things:
Why are we asking? Let’s just say we’re asking for a friend :) You do NOT need to be a member on the forum in order to vote, and we really appreciate if you would share these polls around.
Thank you for voting and for sharing it with other Kamen Rider fans!
Exciting news for collectors this morning!
Bandai Namco Holdings has announced the acquisition of a controlling stake (80% of shares) in toy distributor Nippon Imports LLC– best known under their trade name Bluefin. A new subsidiary will be developed as a result- currently titled Bandai Namco Collectibles– and operations are tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2019.
The motive for this purchase is to strengthen Bandai’s merchandise sales in the North American toy market, taking advantage of Bluefins’ extensive experience with USA distribution and collector events.
This is definitely an exciting time for Bandai fans! A new deal could mean greater access to Japanese exclusives for US fans, OR some positive changes to current distribution methods.
Stay tuned to TokuNation as we keep you up to date on this exciting business deal!
This December, Kamen Rider Climax Fighters will release around Asia for the Playstation 4 video game console. For those of you with a desire to play – an English subtitle release is available for pre-order via Play-Asia, and since the Playstation 4 is region free, it will work on your own system.
Bandai Namco uploaded a new video today detailing the characters in the game. On top of the characters we already know about, a large number of secondary Kamen Riders (along with their secondary and third forms) have been revealed. They are as follows:
– Kamen Rider Brave
– Kamen Rider Specter
– Kamen Rider Mach
– Kamen Rider Baron
– Kamen Rider Beast
– Kamen Rider Meteor
– Kamen Rider Birth
– Kamen Rider Accel
– Kamen Rider Black
Check out the full video preview below!
We’ve reported earlier that the upcoming Kamen Rider Climax Fighters game would be receiving a southeastern Asia localization, meaning the game would have English subtitles and menus. The first pre-orders are beginning to pop up for that version of the game.
Play-Asia.com currently has the game available for pre-order at $53.99 prior to shipping. Simply click here to pre-order Kamen Rider Climax Fighters.
Kamen Rider Climax Fighters releases on December 7th, 2017 for the Playstation 4.
Kamen Rider Climax Fighters was announced not too long ago for the Playstation 4. It’s a fighting game featuring all titular 19 Hesei-era Kamen Riders – from Kamen Rider Kuuga to Kamen Rider Build. Are there more? Possibly – we have to wait and see. But the big news coming today, courtesy of Playstation Lifestyle, is that Kamen Rider Climax Fighters will be the first main Kamen Rider game to receive localizations throughout Asia.
Why is that news? Well, because Bandai Namco localizations in certain areas of Asia – such as Southeastern Asia – receive the game in English. That’s right – it looks as if Bandai Namco will release the game in Southeastern Asia in the English language (text-wise, at least).
While a release of Kamen Rider Climax Fighters in the West is absolutely slim at best, a chance for fans to import the game in English at the very least seems high. We’ve included pictures courtesy of Playstation Lifestyle in the article so check it out!