FIRST-EVER GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO SET TO TAKE-OFF IN U.S.A. ON AUGUST 20 – 31, 2020
History-making Official GUNDAM-Only Digital Event to Offer Fans More Than 60 Exclusives from Bandai Spirits Including THE GUNDAM BASE Exclusives Never Before Available in United States
ANAHEIM, CA – August 4, 2020. The global phenomenon Gundam is making franchise history with today’s announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) of the first-ever GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO in the U.S.A. Together with fellow BANDAI NAMCO Group companies SUNRISE INC. and Bandai Spirits, Bluefin will present this official Gundam-only digital event over 12-days commencing on August 20, 2020. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will showcase over 60 event-exclusive figures never-before available in the United States, including not only GUNPLA World exhibit exclusives but also THE GUNDAM BASE exclusives – both of which until now were previously only available in Asia. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO event exclusives will be released in two waves at 6:00 pm Pacific on both Friday, August 21 (Group A), and Sunday, August 23 (Group B) on Premium Bandai USA with free shipping on all orders over $150.00 USD. All sales will end on Tuesday, September 1 at 11:59 pm Pacific.
In addition to event exclusives, GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO attendees will get a chance to visit THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO virtually via augmented reality. This experience will include a tour of GUNPLA WORLD Ver.MG, a special exhibition celebrating GUNPLA’s 40th Anniversary and the MG series. This exhibit features:
- MG Lineup Exhibit. The entire MG series lineup, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, gathered and displayed in one place.
- GUNPLA Evolution History. An exhibit of valuable materials from the BANDAI HOBBY CENTER where GUNPLAs are created.
- Giant GUNPLA Timeline. A timeline chock-full of the 40 years of Gundam and GUNPLA history.
- Package In-depth Analysis. A detailed analysis of how GUNPLA packages are created.!
- Modeler Masterpiece Exhibit. A display of “MG” masterpieces created by famous modelers
- Reveal of the Latest MGEX Brand. A sneak peak of the Unicorn Gundam from the latest MASTER GRADE EXTREME brand.
And that is not all, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will also offer special video content like instructional sessions on painting skills with professional modeler Katsumi “Meijin” Kawaguchi aka “Master Kawaguchi” as well as interviews and panels featuring Japanese guests (to-be-announced) from gaming, voice acting, merchandise, and animation.
For schedule details and the latest event information, visit the official GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO website at en.gundam.info/onlineexpo.
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About BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin)
Founded in 2002 by CEO Steve Fujimura, Bluefin established itself over the nearly two decades that followed as the leading master and channel distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products in North America. In 2019, it was acquired by BANDAI NAMCO Group and became BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (“BNC”). With the capabilities and resources to now offer the full range of wholesale and channel distribution services and support, BNC has achieved dramatic and continuous growth in retail distribution by providing both direct and indirect customers with outstanding service and fulfillment reinforced by year-round, multi-faceted marketing campaigns that engage fans and build their online communities. As BNC’s consumer-facing brand, Bluefin currently distributes BANDAI’s Tamashii Nations, Hobby and Shokugan lines throughout the U.S. alongside products from Storm Collectibles, Mr. Hobby, GSI Creos, SEN-TI-NEL and Flame Toys; in addition to serving as North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. For more information, visit bluefinbrands.com.
About BANDAI SPIRITS
BANDAI SPIRITS, a BANDAI NAMCO Group company, was established in 2018 to expand products and services among BANDAI’s mature fan base worldwide. In 2019, BANDAI SPIRITS and BANPRESTO merged, enabling the provision of a diverse range of products and services to mature fans and further accelerating the pace of business growth overseas. For more information, visit bandaispirits.co.jp.
About SUNRISE INC.
SUNRISE INC., a BANDAI NAMCO Group company, is an animation production studio which produces smash hit anime series like the original “Mobile Suit Gundam” and all of the subsequent series in the Gundam franchise as well as “Cowboy Bebop,” “Escaflowne,” “Code Geass,” “Tiger & Bunny” and many more. The company is located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan and was established in 1972. For more information, visit sunrise-inc.co.jp.