Bandai America Launches New Knights Of The Zodiac Property And More

by Jay Cochran
September 10, 2003
The Next BIG Thing in Robots: Superior Defender (or "SD") is an intergalactic adventure of incredible proportions, featuring a variety of vertically challenged robots from three different worlds. The Mobile Defenders transform into moving machines; the Knight Defenders are superior sorcerers; and the Musha Defenders are experts in armor. These pint-sized heroes join together to fight an enemy with a Napoleon complex of its own, the dreaded Dark Axis.

The all-new SD television show, SD Gundam Force, debuted on September 1st on the Cartoon Network's Toonami block at 5:00PM (Monday-Friday). The toy line from Bandai America faithfully represents all the humorous characters from the SD universe and includes action figures, vehicles, playsets and snap together action figures of various skill levels.

At the 1.5" scale: Mini Defender Collectible Packs feature five 1.5-inch articulated figures that come with their own accessories; Mini Defender Playsets include three 1.5-inch figures, and resemble a vehicle that opens up to reveal a command center. At the 5" scale: Action Defender Figures come with their own weapons and accessories, and have swinging or sword movement; Deluxe Action Defender Figures also come with their own accessories, and have a transforming feature or come battlized; Combination Sets include their own 5-inch figure that can ride on the vehicle, and the vehicle can transform or has a shooting feature. Snap together action figures will be available in skill levels beginner, intermediate and advanced. At the advanced level, the figures have unique transforming action. These kits are similar in concept to Bandai America's popular Gundam line, which revolutionized the model kit industry when it was introduced in the United States four years ago.

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Jagun Fighters Collectible Trading Cards: Check out the September issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids for a set of exclusive tear-out Jagun Fighters trading cards. Each collectible card features a unique and mystical character from the world of the Jagun Warriors. Trading cards are also included in each Jagun Fighters Starter Pack, which features five stone fighters that kids use to battle with their friends, and with the 6.5-inch action figure line. Jagun Fighters on Jagun Fighters characters and trading cards are coming to, a unique online multimedia property that allows kids to become their own Superhero through a process called "Supernating." Check out the Mobius Arena for head-to-head card battling action with Jagun Fighters trading cards.

Bandai America Launches new Knights of the Zodiac Property: At Licensing Show 2003, Bandai America announced its new master toy license for the famed anime property known as Saint Seiya to Japanese audiences.

"Bandai has a rich 17-year history with the Knights of the Zodiac property, selling more than five million action figures in Japan, and more than 25 million globally, based on this hit television show and comic book series,"said Bill Beebe, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Bandai America Inc. "With the continued popularity of Power Rangers over the last decade and the success of our Gundam line, Bandai America has demonstrated that it has the leadership to drive this unique brand to success in the U.S."

Bandai America will introduce a line of 5-inch and 8-inch articulated action figures exclusively to the U.S. market, geared towards boys ages 6-10 years old. The line will debut at retail in January 2004, with additional toys such as scarred action figures, game cards and role play items coming out in future assortments. The Knights of the Zodiac TV show debuted on the Cartoon Network's Saturday Action Block on August 30th at 7:00PM.

Congratulations to Michael G. of Arizona, the winner of the Gundam Model Building Contest at Anime Expo, and Joel K. of Thousand Oaks, California, the winner of the Gundam Model Building Contest at Comic-Con!


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