Everybody wants to know what's up with Toynami. They have a ton of great licenses, they seem to have outgrown their growing pains, and they are hell-bent on bringing chogokin to the U.S. Watch the video to hear it straight from the horse's mouth:
From the top, here's the Data:
Robotech / Mospeada Beta
- Beta Fighters will retail for $150
- Diecast content includes connection joints and lower legs
- Removable landing gear
- Each Beta has a new head, designed by Tommy Yune
- Masterpiece Packaging
- Red, Blue, Green, Grey and Purple versions planned
- Beagle version - Toynami version is scrapped
- Expected price point $130- $140
- Exclusive head for US market
- Masterpiece packaging same size as Beta packaging
Bandai 1/55 Reissue Valks
- Toynami version not confirmed for US release - gauging interest
- New head sculpts with telescoping necks - enables heads to be closer to undercarriage in fighter mode
- VF-1D is painted custom - Toynami wants to do valks that haven't been done before.
Toynami 1/100 Valks
- Series 4 to be packaged with armor, MSRP around $30
- Armored Valkyrie still on track for release
- 1/100 Battlepod are scratch built - expected to be produced. Non-opening cockpits. Will have weapons packs sold separately like 1/100 valks
- Dioramas are all scratch built and not going into production.
- Giftset with vintage style packaging limited to 20 peices at Comi-con, wide release coming later. You can tell the comicon release by the white box handle instead of black.
Soul of Chogokin
- GX-06G1 Getter One Metallic is SDCC exclusive, limited to 500pcs in the US. Will also be offered for sale at Japanese Tamashii site, as well as future Tamashii Nations event in Japan.
- Toynami plans to bring SOC to us starting in 2009. Two versions will be released. First version will be a straight import - same price as Japan, same release date, same toy and packaging. Only change is Toynami sticker on back. Second version will be US exclusive release, with different paint schemes and packaging, POSSIBLY some changes to molds to fix prior QC issues.
- There is the possibility that CERTAIN Soul of Chogokin toys will be released under a CERTAIN label, with art by Alex Ross. This is still TBD.
- It's pronounced CHO-GO-KEEN, not CHO-GO-KIN
- TAMASHII means SOUL. George repeatedly referred to this combination as Toynami Tamashii
- CONFIRMED - Japan and HK version of SOC are made in the same factory at the same time - NO DIFFERENCE aside from sticker on box.
- Clear Gundam FIX limited to 1000 pcs
- 12" Hikaru Exclusive has light up action
- SIC limited peice same as JP version, 98 autographed for SDCC by SIC designer
As for the other lines shown at the Toynami Bandai / Tamashii booth - well, you will have to wait for the Bandai report for that...