Bluefin Announces a New Line of Pokemon Inspired Model Kits by Bandai Spirits Hobby

Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, adds the vivid world of Pokemon to its product catalog with the Spring 2020 launch of a series of character model kits from Bandai Spirits Hobby.

“PokePla” (Pokemon Plastic Models) kits blend iconic characters from of one of the world’s most popular entertainment and video gaming brands with the renowned, model kit design and production expertise of Bandai Spirits Hobby. The line launches with kits for Pikachu, Mewtwo and Eevee. Additional kits will be added in 2020.

Each Pokemon Model Kit offers simple, pre-colored, snap-together assembly. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the kits do not require glue. Completed figures stand between 3-inches and 5-inches tall. Pricing as follows

  • Pikachu $8.00
  • Mewtwo $10.00
  • Eevee $10.00

The Bandai Hobby Pokémon Model Kits will be available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now.

Bluefin Details Anime NYC 2019 Events and Show Exclusive Products

Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, has detailed a host of show exclusive products and special activities set to take place at Anime NYC 2019. Attendees are invited to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam with specially branded products and appearances by Gundam creator and director, Yoshiyuki Tomino.

Anime NYC 2019 will take place November 15–17, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. Full details are available at:

Bluefin will be located in Booth #720.

Exclusive Bluefin Products Available at Anime NYC 2019

Stop by the Bluefin Booth #720 for a wide array of exclusive products from Bandai Spirits Hobby and Tamashii Nations.


  • Gundam 40th Anniversary Hoodie (Sizes M to 2XL) – $60
  • Gundam 40th Anniversary T-Shirt (Sizes M to 3XL) – $30
  • Gundam 40th Anniversary Hat – $30
  • Gundam 40th Anniversary Towel – $15

Bandai Spirits Hobby:

  • Haro Basic Green (Clear Color Variant) – $8
  • Momoharo (Clear Color Variant) – $8
  • SDCS Zaku (Clear Color Variant) – $10
  • SDCS Zeta Gundam (Clear Color Variant) – $13
  • HD 00 Sky (Dive Into Dimension Clear Variant) – $18
  • HG Destiny Gundam (Clear Color Variant) – $25
  • HG Freedom Gundam vs. Force Impulse Gundam Battle of Destiny Set – $48
  • RG Sazabi (Clear Color Variant) – $50
  • MG ZZ Gundam (Clear Color Variant) – $70
  • MG Tallgeese II (Special Coating Variant) – $80
  • MG Zaku II High Mobility Type “Psycho Zaku” (Half Mechanical Clear) – $100

Tamashii Nations:

Catch a variety of exclusives from the Dragon Ball World Adventure available for purchase. The booth also will showcase and offer for purchase a wide variety of other Tamashii Nations’ items from Gundam, Star Wars, Marvel and more.

  • Metal Build – Strike Freedom Gundam Soul Blue Version · MSRP: $270

Dragon Ball World Adventure Exclusives:

  • S.H.Figuarts GOKU BLACK SUPER SAIYAN ROSE Event Exclusive Color Edition – $75
  • S.H.Figuarts GOLDEN FRIEZA Event Exclusive Color Edition – $65
  • S.H.Figuarts ULTIMATE SON GOHAN Event Exclusive Color Edition – $55
  • S.H.Figuarts SON GOKU KID Event Exclusive Color Edition – $55

Anime NYC 2019 Bluefin / Bandai Show Activities

2019 GunPla Builder’s World Cup
Anime NYC 2019 will host the Northeast U.S. Regional Qualifier for Bandai’s 2019 GunPla Builder’s World Cup. The contest is a yearly event held amongst modelers to show off their completed Gundam models. Top modelers from the U.S. as well as Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Italy, France, Vietnam, and Canada battle it out for the title of GunPla World Cup Champion. Contest categories include Best Universal Century Model, Best Alternate Universe, Best Super Deformed (SD), and Best Factory Finish. Models are judged on painting, craftsmanship, and overall concept. The winning U.S. representative will go on to compete against winning modelers from other countries in the Final Round to held in Japan on December 9, 2019.

Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino
Mobile Suit Gundam creator and director, Yoshiyuki Tomino, will attend Anime NYC as an Official Guest to mark the 40th anniversary of his landmark property. He will participate in several panels and autograph sessions. Please visit for information on the signing sessions. Yoshiyuki Tomino will only autograph official Gundam products for series he personally worked on, including the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime series and the new Gundam Reconquista in G (G-Reco) movie that will premiere at Anime NYC.

U.S. Premiere of Gundam Reconquista in G Anime Film
Attendees are invited to attend the U.S. Premiere of Gundam Reconquista in G. The screening will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1E13, immediately following the GunPla Builders World Cup official panel.

2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure Kicks Off at San Diego Comic-Con

Toei Animation Inc., FUNimation, a Sony Pictures Television company, and Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company, have revealed the complete details for the launch of the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con including a history-making Guinness World Records attempt on Opening Day of the tour.

Co-sponsored and presented jointly by Bandai and Toei Animation, the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure opens on Wednesday July 17, 2019 at an expansive installation on the Marriott Marina Terrace at the Marriot Marquis San Diego. The tour will continue throughout San Diego Comic-Con 2019 from July 18–21, 2019 and will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Following San Diego Comic-Con, the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure will travel to seven additional locations around the world including stops in New York City, Mexico City Mexico, Cologne Germany, Barcelona Spain, Shanghai China, Hong Kong China, and Tokyo Japan.

Dragon Ball Guinness World Records Attempt

Come be a part of Dragon Ball and Guinness World Records history. The 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure will open with a special Guinness World Records attempt to become the largest gathering of people simultaneously performing the iconic Kamehameha super energy attack move.

Fans will gather on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure on the Marriott Marina Terrace at the Marriot Marquis San Diego. The first 1,000 participants to arrive will receive a free Dragon Ball Scouter accessory to wear during the Guinness World Records attempt. The Kamehameha super energy attack move will be led by actor Sean Schemmel, the English voice of Dragon Ball character Goku. Guinness World Records will be onsite to supervise and validate the record attempt.

Dragon Ball World Adventure Displays

Dive into the world of Dragon Ball with an expansive collection of multi-faceted interactive installations will delight fans and attendees. Catch interactive kiosks featuring the latest Dragon Ball video game titles from Bandai Namco Entertainment, including Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, Dragon Ball Z Fighter, Dragon Ball Legends, and Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle.

Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth

Capture your visit to 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure with a unique and shareable complimentary memento. Head to the Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth, select your favorite background and pose for a series of photos that will be stitched together and delivered to you as a looping animated gif that can be shared directly with friends and family and/or posted to a variety of social media channels.

Dragon Ball Collectibles & Exclusives

On display will be a wide array of S.H.Figuarts event exclusives and special Dragon Ball products from leading Bandai brands including Tamashii Nations, Shokugan, and Banpresto. Event exclusives will be available to purchase at the Tamashii Nations Booth #3545 inside the Comic-Con Main Hall and require an exclusive merchandise time slot issued by San Diego Comic-Con to purchase.

Dragon Ball Sticker Rally

Join the Dragon Ball Sticker Rally and collect stickers at each attraction inside the Dragon Ball World Adventure. Stickers may be redeemed for free premiums including Dragon Ball wristbands, posters, lanyards, stickers, fans and Saiyan Hair Set headbands. In addition, all tour guests will receive an exclusive 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure oversized swag bag to use to carry all of their Comic-Con purchases.

Bluefin Opens Pre-Orders for Unique 3D Puzzle Kits Featuring Iconic Characters From Studio Ghibili Films

Bluefin has announced a collection of innovative 3D puzzles commemorating beloved characters from a variety of Studio Ghibli anime films.

Scheduled for retail release in Spring, 2019, the puzzle kits include:

  • “My Neighbor Totoro” Totoro & Acorn Set
  • “My Neighbor Totoro” Totoro Character Set
  • “Kiki’s Delivery Service” Jiji Cat Set
  • “Spirited Away” No Face Set
  • “Princess Mononoke” Kodama Tree Spirit Set

The kits are manufactured by the Japanese puzzle company, Ensky, and will be available in the Spring of 2019 from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide. Pre-orders are available now. These are the first 3D puzzles for popular licensed anime brands to be offered to domestic customers by Bluefin.

Established in 1985 and considered a national treasure of Japan, Studio Ghibli was founded by the visionary director Hayao Miyazaki and is a legendary animation film studio renowned for full-length feature film classics including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. These films have been acclaimed by legions of fans and critics internationally.

“My Neighbor Totoro” Totoro & Acorn Mini 3D Puzzle · MSRP $12.00 each
Create Totoro in his Acorn with this fun and easy to assemble three-dimensional puzzle that combines various shaped puzzle pieces. Completed puzzle is approximately 2½-inches high; 1¾-inches wide. After completion, it can be disassembled and reconstructed again. Makes a unique interior décor item. Puzzle set includes 14 pieces.

“My Neighbor Totoro” Totoro Big 3D Puzzle · MSRP $25.00 each
Fans are invited to build the beloved character from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli movie. 3D puzzle set includes 25 pieces. The completed puzzle stands approximately 4-inches high.

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” Jiji Cat Mini 3D Puzzle · MSRP $12.00 each
Construct a whimsical 3D rendition of Jiji in a sitting pose. The completed puzzle features a moveable head. Puzzle set includes 10 pieces. Figure stands approximately 2½-inches high.

“Spirited Away” No Face Mini 3D Puzzle · MSRP $12.00 each
This memorable character from the iconic Studio Ghibli film is available as a 3D puzzle kit. Puzzle set includes 10 pieces. Completed figure stands approximately 2½-inches high.

“Princess Mononoke” Kodama Tree Spirit Mini 3D Puzzle · MSRP $12.00 each
The whimsical Tree Spirit from the memorable Studio Ghibli film is available as a 3D puzzle kit. Puzzle set includes 9 pieces. The completed figure stands approximately 2½-inches high and makes a unique addition to any collector’s Princess Mononoke collection.

Bluefin Announces My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary Plush Doll Available from Barnes & Noble

Bluefin invites anime fans, collectors, and pop culture aficionados to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Studio Ghibli anime classic, My Neighbor Totoro, with an officially licensed plush doll that is available from Barnes & Noble.

The 9-inch tall push doll of the beloved Totoro character by Japanese manufacturer, Sun Arrow, is now available for purchase at participating Barnes & Noble locations nationwide for $30.00.

Bluefin is further supporting the anniversary with a special online giveaway contest. 10 Totoro themed gift baskets will be awarded. Each contains a whimsical collection of Studio Ghibli officially licensed Totoro products valued at over $100.00. The contest runs through November 1, 2018 and is open to all to enter at:

Each gift basket prize package contains:

  • Totoro Morning Lace Bracelet
  • Totoro and Acorn Mini Towel
  • Totoro Mini Towel Gift Set
  • Totoro Rain Petite Puzzle
  • Totoro Plush with suction cups
  • Totoro Leak Proof Bowl
  • Totoro shaped Lunch Bag

Bluefin is the official North American distributor for the most comprehensive catalog of officially licensed Studio Ghibli products. Bluefin retail partner Barnes & Noble is now carrying an expanded variety of newly released collectible products for October 2018 that include puzzle bowls, art crystal puzzles, paper theatre character sets, titling figurines, bamboo chopsticks and other products that each feature iconic Studio Ghibli characters.

In the charming 1988 animated film, My Neighbor Totoro, 11-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei have moved to the country to be closer to their ailing mother. While their father is working, the girls explore their sprawling old house and the forest and fields that surround it. Soon, Satsuki and Mei discover Totoro, a magical forest spirit who takes them on fantastic adventures through the trees and the clouds – and teaches them a lesson about trusting one another.

My Neighbor Totoro was created by director Hayao Miyazaki and released by his Studio Ghibli, which also produced Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo. Totoro’s popularity soon became an international phenomenon and has spawned a vast array of adorable plush characters, toys, collectibles and other memorabilia.

Bluefin to Showcase Studio Ghibli Licensed Consumer Products at Toy Fair 2018

Bluefin heads to one of the industry’s biggest annual events and will introduce attendees to the Studio Ghibli lifestyle brand at Toy Fair 2018. Bluefin will be located at Booth #5331.

Established in 1985 and considered a national treasure of Japan, Studio Ghibli was founded by the director Hayao Miyazaki and is an animation film studio renowned for full-length feature film classics including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. These films have been acclaimed by legions of fans and critics internationally.

Bluefin is an official North American master distributor for Studio Ghibli products with a catalog of over 250 SKUs from a variety of officially licensed Japanese licensees. A collection of over 100 unique lifestyle items will be on display at Toy Fair 2018. A special Studio Ghibli Starter Collection will be available to dealers at special wholesale show pricing (while supplies last).

Toy Fair 2018 will be taking place February 17-20, 2018, at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in Manhattan, New York and is a leading annual industry event produced by the Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA), a non-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in manufacturing and distributing toys and youth entertainment products to consumers. TIA’s more than 900 members account for approximately 90 percent of the annual U.S. domestic toy market of $22 billion. Show details are available at:

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of My Neighbor Totoro. Bluefin will celebrate the property with a lush garden atmosphere inspired by the film in its booth during Toy Fair. A variety of officially licensed Studio Ghibli products from world-class Japanese manufacturers such as Benelic, Ensky, Skater, and Marushin will be displayed. Toy Fair attendees are invited to marvel at the incredible level of detail and superb craftmanship in each product.

Notable featured products include:

  • My Neighbor Totoro Figure Collection – Packaged blind boxes offer surprises for collectors and spotlight memorable characters from the film. 12 figures total.
  • New Studio Ghibli Art Crystal Puzzles with Stained Glass effect for My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away. Several designs will be displayed.
  • No Face, Jiji, Kodama Coin Banks – Final production run for 2018 is available now. These unique and collectible products are not expected to be produced for the North American market again.

A special Studio Ghibli Starter Bundle will be available for purchase at special convention pricing during Toy Fair. The bundle includes unique household and lifestyle items including Totoro Mini-Towels and Gift Box Sets, JiJi Mini-Towels and Gift Box Sets, Cat Bus and Totoro Chopstick Sets and Carrying Cases, and a selection of Flying Totoro and Flying Kiki Art Crystal Puzzles.

The Bluefin booth also will be accented with a display of Studio Ghibli concept products from a variety of licensed Japanese manufacturers. Samples will include:

  • Licensed Paper Goods – Chiyogami, Paper Theater, Figural Origami
  • Totoro Mino Yaki Pottery
  • Totoro/Wafu Pattern Totoro Jubako
  • Soft Totoro and Jiji Blankets
  • Figural Sofa and Bed Cushions
  • Totoro and Jiji Tote Bags
  • My Neighbor Totoro Statue
  • Puzzle Bowl (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service)
  • Metal Business Card Holders (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke)
  • Totoro Key Houses