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Over the weekend, Games Workshop announced a surprise partnership with Bandai to produce a new line of figures based on Warhammer 40,000.
The initial announcement included a 7-inch, fully poseable figure of a Primaris Space Marine. The figure will include a bolter and interchangeable hands.
The other product announced was a line of 2-inch chibi figures based on a variety of Imperium troops. The first wave will consist of a Space Marine, a Sister of Battle, an Inquisitor, an Eversor Assassin, and a Skitarii Ranger.
There’s no set release date for the new merch, just that they will be getting a worldwide release “soon.” Games Workshop also teased that this was just the first wave of the partnership, and that more figures will be announced in the future. You can read more about the announcement here.
Presumably, the partnership is the next stage in Games Workshop’s ongoing efforts to court Asian gamers and collectors. The company has also been producing a series of blind box, gacha-style collectable miniatures called Space Marine Heroes that are aimed at the Japanese market.
The third wave of Space Marine Heroes will be launching in Japan later this year, and focuses on the Death Guard. The rest of the world will be getting the second wave of Space Marine Heroes, which focused on Blood Angels Terminators, sometime in the near future.