2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ultra Series, and Bandai is celebrating by bringing character from Ultraman over to the S.H. Figuarts toy line. These releases are special because Figuarts has usually been the territory of the Toei shows, and Ultra releases were all under the Ultra-Act line.
By releasing these as Figuarts, Bandai intends to show off a show-accurate range of motion as opposed to the Ultra-Act line’s focus on “human physical beauty.”
The new releases begin this July with Ultraman himself. Consumers have the option of buying the standard Ultraman figure, or the 50th Anniversary Edition. The Anniversary figure comes with the same extra hands and effect parts as the standard release, as well as a set of buildings and roads and a Baltan spacecraft. Both versions are seeing a wide, general release.
Alien Baltan will be the first Ultra enemy to get the Figuarts treatment in August. Two more figures, Zoffy and Zetton, are coming soon.
Ultraman will retail for 5,616 yen, the 50th Anniversary Edition for 8,640, and Alien Baltan for 5,940. Pre-orders for each item open in March.