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Bandai Toy Plans for 2001

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Numerous anime toy sets due out this Spring, Gundam Wing Interactive Tour information

Source: Kid Screen

Kid Screen is reporting in their February issue that Bandai will be putting out new toys for Cowboy Bebop, Pilot Candidate, Big O, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, and Blue Submarine #6, amongst others.

Due "later this spring", each character set is expected to retail around US$14.99, and will include one 7" and two 4.5" figures.

In addition, Bandai is preparing to launch a Gundam Wing Interactive Tour, developed in association with Wal-Mart and Pioneer, to introduce fans of the Gundam Wing series to the rich history of Gundam, as well as anime in general. The Tour will run from March through October.

Quoting from Kid Screen:
Bandai's betting the ranch on new anime imports Outlaw Star, Big O and Pilot Candidate, with action figures hitting shelves before the latter shows even hit airwaves. Outlaw Star debuted on Cartoon Network's Toonami block January 15, and Big O and Pilot Candidate probably won't light up screens until this fall, but new anime collector sets from Bandai America will include figures from all three shows, along with characters from Gundam Wing, Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne and Blue Submarine No. 6. Each of the sets is tentatively priced at US$14.99 and will include one seven-inch and two four-and-a-half-inch figures when they ship later this spring.
Bandai is also planning to pour lots of cash into building the successful Gundam franchise this year via a Gundam Wing Interactive Tour. The promo, currently being developed with Wal-Mart and Pioneer, will aim for 15- to 28-year-old guys and run between March and October 2001. The multimillion-dollar U.S. project will aim to build on Gundam's cult following through model-making workshops and presentations on the history of Gundam and anime in general.

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