Our friends from Team Rider of Bluefin Brands have uploaded a brand new video to their YouTube channel showcasing the upcoming DX Decadriver – available April in the United States and Canada from Bluefin Brands. They demonstrate everything you need to know for this upcoming item. Check out the video below!
On Friday, January 3rd we had the opportunity to do something really special. We held a live-streamed interview with #TeamRider of Bluefin Brands asking both questions we wrote up as well as questions we asked you for via our @TokuNation Twitter account (now 10,000 strong and growing – THANK YOU!). During the interview they were able to see your comments and respond to them real-time. We had a blast and we can’t wait to do it again soon.
Below is a recap of some of the questions/answers as well as the stream itself so you can listen if you missed it. Enjoy!
Are previous CSM Kamen Rider belts available to be released in the United States and Canada?
Bluefin Brands is limited to only what is currently in production or available at retail in Japan. If there is an item that you want to see brought back – be vocal on social media and at conventions. However, there is a good chance that any future CSM items that release will be brought over to the United States and Canada.
Why are there no releases currently planned for UK and Europe?
Bluefin Brands does not hold the rights to distribute items in the UK or Europe. They encourage fans in the UK and Europe to reach out to their local distributors to try and get the same items released there. (NOTE: We have reached out to the Bandai UK branch in hopes of getting more information and if/when we receive a response we will share it with you).
Why is xxxx S.H. Figuart not releasing in the United States?
Tamashii Nations and Bluefin Brands are two separate entities. Tamashii Nations produces a certain number of figures and allocates them accordingly. For the record – #TeamRider asks for quantities of EVERY. SINGLE. FIGURE. that is produced. Sometimes they get a yes, sometimes they get a no. Originally, they were told they were not getting S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Zero-One – and now he’s available for pre-order. They’re working on it.
Are you going to release the accessory items for the DX Belts?
At this time they are not in the plans – but they want to for sure. It goes hand in hand with the earlier comment about items in production. If Lock Seeds aren’t currently being produced they can’t necessarily get a run of Lock Seeds brought over to go with the DX Sengoku Driver. This is something they are looking at and working on but the short term answer is nothing right now. Stay tuned.
Please enjoy the full interview below!
Bluefin has announced the next entries in their new Kamen Rider distribution plan!
Two fan-favorite henshin devices will be available for purchase:
*The Sengoku Driver from Kamen Rider Gaim! This new release likely echoes the recently-announced 20th Version– which includes only the Orange LockSeed and the Gaim faceplate. The Sengoku Driver will be released in March 2020!
*The DX DecaDriver from Kamen Rider Decade! This release will include a selection of Decades’ Rider Cards but an exact count has not been confirmed yet. The DecaDriver will be released in April 2020!
Be sure to follow the Bluefin Team Rider page for further details on these new Rider releases!
Bluefin Brands have now officially opened preorders for the forthcoming CSM Double Driver Ver. 1.5! This new enhanced version of the belt from Kamen Rider W includes enhanced details and a detachable belt section, along with the Cyclone, Joker, Heat, Metal, Luna and Trigger Gaia Memories. The belt is priced at $200 with an estimated release date of February 14th, 2020.
Also joining it is the DX Lost Driver 20th Anniversary Ver., the transformation belt of both Kamen Rider Skull and Kamen Rider Eternal! Releasing on the same day for the price of $80, this DX belt will include both the Skull and Eternal Gaia Memories.
Calling all Kamen Rider fans!
Bluefin Brands has created a new survey to gauge your interest in Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider merchandise! The results of this survey will be shared with Bandai Japan and Toei – so tell your friends because the more people that take this survey the better everything continues to be!
Also check out the new landing page for Team Rider on the Bluefin website.
Team Rider appreciates you!
Our friends at Bluefin Brands are having a massive Black Friday sale! We’re here to help you out and have collected all their tokusatsu-related deals for you to quick-click and take advantage of! Ready? Go!
– S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphin White Ranger (Tommy head version) – $32
– S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Black – $19
– S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphin Green Ranger (Tommy head version) – $60
– S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphin Red Ranger (Jason head version) – $60
– Super Mini-Pla Shogun Megazord – $50
– Super Mini-Pla Ninja Megazord and Falconzord – $65
– Soul of Chogokin GX-78 Dragonzord – $81
– S.H. Figuarts Neo Cyclone Bike – $27
– S.H. Figuarts Zetton (Ultraman) – $30
– S.H. Figuarts Alien Baltan (Ultraman) – $29
– S.H. Figuarts Remodeled Cyclone Bike – $19
This is a great opportunity to pick up some hot items that you might have missed previously or simply do not have yet. Some of these deals are remarkable – that Soul of Chogokin Dragonzord for less than $100 is a steal. Check out their complete list of details here – Black Goku Friday Sale!
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.
After a brief teaser earlier this week, Bluefin Brands has officially announced that they have obtained the license for Western distribution of Kamen Rider DX merchandise!
The first two items Bluefin will distribute are the Complete Selection Modification Kamen Rider W Driver Version 1.5) recently announced, along with its counterpart- the Lost Driver.
Both Drivers will be on display at the upcoming Anime NYC convention, November 15-17 2019!
This is a wonderful opportunity for Kamen Rider collectors! Stay tuned to TokuNation as we keep you up to date on this exciting new venture!
“A jump to the sky turns to a rider kick.”
Surprise! S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Zero-One Rising Hopper is officially up for pre-order via Bluefin Brands!
Kamen Rider Zero-One began airing just last month, and last week the first S.H. Figuarts release from the series was both revealed, and went up for pre-order through Japanese retailers. But it’s time for North American collectors to rejoice! Bluefin Brands is officially distributing this release here in the US as well! The order page has just gone live on their website, you can place your order HERE.
With a release date of March 2020, and a super low retail price of just $35.00 with $6 flat rate shipping this is going to be a must order item for Kamen Rider collectors. From all of us here on the TokuNation staff, we deeply encourage you as collectors in the western market to order this release directly through Bluefin Brands if possible. Ordering a release like this for a currently airing Kamen Rider series directly from Bluefin, will help create encouraging sales numbers to hopefully continue the trend of getting new and recent Kamen Rider releases stateside.
We’ve all had those days where nothing seems to go right. When it comes to collecting in-demand S.H. Figuarts there is probably nobody who knows that more right now than Ranger Liz. For those not in the know, Ranger Liz is a growing YouTube personality that covers Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Ultraman, and Power Rangers with weekly streams and near-daily updates.
Liz, like so many of us, had pre-ordered S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kiva through her local GameStop store months ago after being unable to pre-order one from Japan (due to them selling out in a matter of two to three minutes). Her pre-order was secured and she was ready to go. Months went by and the figure was released – but Liz received no communication from her GameStop store. She reached out numerous times and was told her order was still pending. Finally, on August 18th, she went to the store and talked to the staff personally.
They had claimed they had tried to reach her repeatedly, leaving voicemails even, and due to a lack of communication from her, either sold it or sent it back to the warehouse. Naturally Liz was crushed. Overcome with emotion she shared a very heartfelt video to her followers about her sheer devastation regarding the one Kamen Rider figure she wanted more than any other and, after believing for so long that she had it secured, had it ripped away. To top it off – she was offered $5 store credit and nothing more for the inconvenience.
Enter Bluefin Brands.
Bluefin Brands is the distributor branch of Bandai in North America for Tamashii Nations product. They were pinged on Twitter regarding this story and, within a couple of hours, had reached out to Liz.
We’re happy to report that Ranger Liz will be receiving her S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kiva after all courtesy of the incredibly generous and endearing folks at Bluefin Brands. They didn’t have to reach out to Liz nor did they have to turn her day around – but they did and that speaks volumes.
Please take a moment to check out an awesome product they’ve put together for tokusatsu fans – a Tokusatsu Blind Box which can contain product of Power Rangers, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Ultraman. For $100 you will receive three S.H. Figuarts of the above-mentioned properties. On top of that some lucky fans will also receive, for free, the Soul of Chogokin Dragonzord. Click here to check it out and purchase.
Thanks for being an awesome company Bluefin!