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1/1000 Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Return of Bandai’s Center Model
Date:24, Aug, 2012
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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1/1000 Space Battleship Yamato 2199
(C)2012 Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Production Partnership
Price: 3,990 yen (Tax in.)




Bandai, it is a world-widely well-known toy maker in Japan and overseas. How did they grow up into such a world-famous company? In knowing their history, there is an indispensable topic. That is Space Battleship Yamato.

Space Battleship Yamato is very popular as a monument of Japanese science fiction, lately. But the first run was unpopular in 1974. Repeating rerun, Yamato gradually fascinated people and made a big boom in the latter half of 1970s. On the other hand, Bandai was at their wits end in administration since they missed a fad of super car models at the time.

Bandai originally sold models of Yamato. As said above, the first televising was not favorable and then their models were in poor demand. By the way, the competing program on a different channel at the time was Heidi, Girl of the Alps. Seeing a boom of Yamato, Bandai decided to produce a new model of Yamato and to make a hit.



In the latter half of 1970, animation little by little began to be acknowledged by adults, not just children. Therefore they developed a scale model of Yamato; an unreal battleship, for appreciation of adults. At the time, no one had developed the scale model of imaginary things. They made 1/700 scale model of Space Battleship Yamato on sale in fall of 1978. Since a fad of Space Battleship Yamato and Bandai’s skill and effort, over 300,000 models were sold in a first year and it let Bandai stand up again.

Well, they announced Yamato comes back as Space Battleship Yamato 2199 in 2012, after an interval of 38 years. It is completely a new anime and is a remake of the first series of Yamato. Bandai produces the model of the new established Yamato. That must be an incident for model fans and also for Yamato fans. Please enjoy assembling and seeing the delicate, mighty and beautiful kit of Yamato.

※All pictures from Amazon.co.jp



Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Official Site (Japanese)








 

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