Pictured Top: Unpainted W40K Primaris Space Marine Action Figure Prototype
Tabletop gaming legends Games Workshop announces that they have entered a partnership with Bandai to produce Warhammer 40K (W40K) action figures, as well as SD (Super Deformed) mini figures. This news follows Funko’s announcement earlier this year of new W40K Pop! vinyl figures. For those familiar with Games Workshop, the company has been notorious over the years for not licensing out their properties to other companies, especially when it pertains to toy collectibles (they do, after all, make their own miniatures). In other words, this is HUGE toy news.
This exciting news comes from Games Workshop’s Warhammer Community blog.
The W40K Space Marine Action figure (pictured top) will be the first ever Warhammer action figure officially produced. Depicting the new Primaris Space Marine design, the 7-inch fully painted, articulated action figure will feature exchangeable weapons and parts. The Primaris Space Marine is described as being “the first in the product line,” which leaves the door open for other Warhammer 40K characters to join the series. With exotic races/factions such as the Eldar, Orks, Mechanicus, Chaos legions and much, much more, the sky is the limit to what could see action figure form.
Pictured: Unpainted W40K SD Prototypes
The W40K SD Figure Collection will star painted 2-inch stylized figures in Bandai’s Super Deformed style (think Gundam). The first series will have 5 character styles and will be sold as mystery blind box purchases. In Japan these will be released as “Gashapon”, a popular brand of capsule toy vending machines from Bandai. Distribution outside of Japan will be a similar blind box style.
Release dates and pricing have not yet been announced, however all of these figures will be available worldwide. According to the Warhammer Community blog, prototypes for these figure will be revealed in person for the first time this weekend at Warhammer Fest. They’ll also be on display at Games Workshop’s stand at the Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan.