As Dragonball: Evolution hits theaters April 8, Bandai and Twentieth Century Fox Licensing will launch a new line of action figures based on the film. The new movie line is expected to be highly detailed toys styled after the stars from the film.
The Bandai America line will reflect the look and feel of Dragonball: Evolution all while staying true to the franchise’s long history. The detailed facial expressions and accessories only add to these action figures’ collectability, making these entertainment-inspired toys a must for boys and adult collectors.
“Dragonball: Evolution is an exceptional action adventure film that is certain to entertain collectors and new fans alike,” said Colleen Sherfey, senior director of marketing, Bandai America Inc. “We are excited to work with Fox Licensing & Merchandising to launch a captivating new toy line that will allow viewers to bring the excitement of the movie into their own home and bring to life the unique and exciting adventures of the Dragonball characters.”
Dragonball was created in 1984 by famed artist Akira Toriyama as a manga series. Since then it has become one of the most successful manga franchises of all-time spawning best selling graphic novels, comic books, video games, toys and now, a live-action movie. Dragonball: Evolution starring Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds), Emmy Rossum (Phantom of the Opera), Jamie Chung (Samurai Girl), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Eriko Tamura (NBC’s Heroes), Ernie Hudson (The Crow) and Chow Yung Fat (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), will release April 8, 2009.
The Dragonball: Evolution toy line will hit select retailers in April to coincide with the theatrical release and will include:
- Movie Action Figures- Fans can collect all seven of these 4” articulated figures styled after the stars of Dragonball: Evolution and the characters that they portray. Available as Goku, Yamcha, Roshi, Piccolo, Bulma, Goku 2 and Fulum, each figure comes with a weapon or accessory unique to that character. Each figure includes a piece of the Oozaru (Big Monkey), 1 of 7 Dragonballs and a piece of the Dragonball altar. Collect all seven figures to form an exclusive figure of Oozaru and the Dragonball altar. Even the packaging contains a special insert card! Collect all seven cards to form the Shenron Dragon.
- 6” Fast-Acting Figure- Pull on the ripcord to activate each figures’ special move, like Goku and Piccolo’s rapid arm-punching action or Yamcha’s fast leg-kicking action. A DragonBall is attached to the end of the ripcord.