Tamashii Features is Bandai’s own personal toy show, showcasing the new projects and properties that they will be releasing in the following year. Our man in Japan, Robert Baldwin, took some time to check out all that Bandai had to offer. All I can say is my wallet was definitely not ready for the Power Ranger surge!
Before we jump into the fantastic pictures Robert took, I’d like to thank him again for his coverage. I’ve personally become a big Japanese figure fan over the last couple years, and there’s no way we at IAT would be able to share any of these toy conventions without Roberts hard work.
Here’s a few words from Robert on this year’s Tamashii Features. If you have any questions or comments for him, please feel free to ask in this article or in the thread over on our forum.
Unfortunately, Bandai had neglected to send me an invitation for this one. Therefore, I wasn’t able to give any advanced notice or start a thread in order to see if anybody had any questions. But as it turned out, I didn’t have enough time to be asking any questions.
Featured at this event, in general, was the Super Sentai. More specifically, featured at this event was the Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger. When I had first heard of Akibaranger, I thought this was just a poor attempt at some kind of lame tie-in with the Akihabara (Akiba) shopping district, but after sitting in at the screening during Tamashii Feature’s, my opinion had quickly changed – this is an entertaining parody of Toei’s Super Sentai Series, made by Toei, poking fun at the otaku and otaku culture of Akihabara.
Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger, although a Sentai and a series created by Toei, with tie-ins to the official Sentais, is not the 37th Super Sentai – in order to be an official Sentai, they must be acknowledged as a hero group that protects the Earth and must have a television program that is aired on Sunday mornings as the Super Sentai of the past couple of decades have. This show will start airing in April (in Japan) as a late night program, aimed at an adult audience.
As for the rest of the event, basically the same as usual, except the toys were generally newer. Unfortunately, with limited time and some restrictions on photography, I wasn’t able to get pictures of everything, but I think I still managed to photograph a good selection.
Gallery A – Super Sentai/Power Rangers
Gallery B – Kamen Rider
Gallery C – Godzilla and Ultraman
Gallery D – One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Tiger and Bunny, Misc.