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Toynami is made up of a group of people with a single goal: to create toys and collectibles of the highest quality, based on some of the most popular animation and Japanese anime properties out there. We love these characters, and we think our dedication is evident in the final product. It can be found in the accuracy and detail in the Robotech Masterpiece Collection, possibly the most faithful reproduction of the Veritech ever made. It can be seen in the dynamic poseability of our Robotech Super-Poseable Figures, created to try to capture the excitement of Harmony Gold's action-packed animated series. Or in the likenesses of our Tenchi Muyo! action figures, intended to convey the serenity of Princess Ayeka, the mischief of Ryoko. With new licenses and new products on the way, the best is yet to come at Toynami!
|□||Robotech Toys by Toynami
Toynami was founded in 2000 by George Sohn, after he parted ways with Yamato and Toycom.
Eager to pursue his dream to create his own Robotech Valkyries (which he started at Toycom) George approached Harmony Gold for a Robotech license to produce toys. He figured that Harmony Gold had the proper ownership of the Macross license in the United States. George met with Harmony Gold executives and pitched his Robotech toy plans. Ironically, the company that once sued George would grant him the very license to produce the Valkyrie. Toynami signed up as the exclusive licensee for all of Harmony Gold’s Robotech toys in late 2000. George was ecstatic over the deal because he realized that the Robotech license would open more opportunities that just the legal right to produce a VF-1 Valkyrie, though it would be known as the VF-1 Veritech. Furthermore, since Robotech was a compilation of three different anime series, Toynami benefited in the deal as it was able to purchase the rights to produce toys for all three shows. Thus, Toynami has the rights to produce toys for the Macross television series, the Robotech Masters series (Southern Cross), and the Invid Series (Mospeada).
George quickly jumped on a number of Robotech projects in late 2000: the SD Veritech keychains, SD Veritech figures, and the transformable, SD Veritech Morphers! The keychains and figures are made up of PVC plastic and are packaged in blister packing. The keychains are figures are expected to sell for $3.99 each and will be released in early March 2001. The transformable Morphers Veritechs will stand about 3 inches tall (which is in between the size of the Bandai SD Valkyrie and the original Takatoku style Morphers). George was quick to mention that the Morphers have the same level of detail as the Bandai SD Valkyries but are slightly smaller! The Morpher Veritechs/Valkyries are making a debut in April 2001.
More importantly, Toynami has officially confirmed that they are in the progress of designing and producing the ultimate Valkyrie toy. In this Masterpiece collection, there are 10 toys planned. Of the total, five will be Veritechs/Valkyries, three Alpha Fighters, and two other transformable toys (to be announced later) will be produced. The new transformable toys will be 1/65 in scale (about 8 inches tall), made up of die-cast and high grade plastic. One key point is that the Robotech Masterpiece toys will be LIMITED in production, with certificates of authenticity, and very nice elaborate artwork packaging! The first Masterpiece toy is expected to be released in the Summer 2001. No prices are available yet. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
|□||More about Toynami
Toynami is an American toy company based in Van Nuys, California. Founded in 2000 by George Sohn, Toynami is primarily focused on anime licenses for specialty retailers and collectors in the North American market. The company's name is a portmanteau of the words "toy" and "tsunami".
Part of the early driving force that led to the creation of the company was Sohn's interest in producing and releasing modern Macross Valkyrie toys, something he spearheaded with Japanese company Yamato Toys while being vice president of Toycom, Yamato's U.S. division at the time. When legal issues arose blocking the non-grey market release of Yamato's Macross toys in North America, Sohn left Toycom and started Toynami, ironically first acquiring the Robotech license, which was the catalyst that roadblocked Yamato and Toycom's Macross toys.
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