Bandai’s Summer Showcase of Star Wars Collectibles RevisitedAugust 14, 2016
In recent years, one of the persistent highlights of the early summer International Tokyo Toy Show has been the sprawling showcase of Bandai Star Wars collectibles on display. As in and , the renowned Japanese toy firm brought enough action figures, models kits, and tie-in Star Wars merchandise to Tokyo Toy Show 2016 (held 9-12 June at the Tokyo “Big Sight” Exhibition Center) to fill a space cruiser.
While Bandais presentation of Star Wars collectibles in prior years bore a clear emphasis on the original trilogy, the selection of products on display at this years show offered plenty to see for fans of any or all of the first seven films. Entering Bandais expansive booth, visitors were treated to a vast number of plastic poseable model kits in an array of scales and sizes. There was a collection of Astromech droids that included 1/12-scale BB-8, R2-D2, R5-D4 and C3-PO, as well as more obscure automata like R5-J2 and R2-Q9. Joining the droids were other fan-favorite characters rendered in 1/12-scale, including Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett. The nefarious foursome was accompanied by a multitude of minions that included a veritable army of Clones Troopers, and a legion of Imperial and First Order Stormtroopers.
In addition to showing off its model figure line, Bandai once again took full advantage of the Tokyo Toy Show to give attendees an up close look at the companys ever-expanding range of Star Wars vehicle models kits. The expertly assembled vehicle dioramas were once-again jaw dropping attractions. Classic craft included the Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, Slave I, Speeder Bike (with Scout Trooper), Y-Wing, A-Wing, TIE Interceptor, TIE Advanced, Snowspeeder, AT-ST, as well as multiple X-Wing Fighter variants (including one with battery-operated, opening and closing S-foils). The line-up of vehicles from The Force Awakens included First Order TIE Fighters, in addition to the updated versions of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing (including the standard Resistance type and Poe Damerons variant).
Beyond the plastic model kits, Bandai Star Wars collectibles on display again included the miniature Shokugan and highly poseable Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts collections. Also returning were the uniquely stylized, Movie Realization figures depicting characters like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and the Imperial Royal Guard reimagined as Samurai.
Be sure to peruse the images below for a thorough look at the Bandai Star Wars Collectibles on display at Tokyo Toy Show 2016. For an , and to check out what other companies had on display (including the Star Wars items shown by and ) be sure to see our other features from the expo.