Diamond has announced that they have signed an agreement to distribute merchandise from Tezuka Productions — which means you can now get your Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo and other vinyl, resin and apparel items.
“Tezuka Osamu often said that manga and animation were just like the international auxiliary language of Esperanto, which increases understanding of peoples around the world, “said Mr. Yoshihiro Shimizu, Tezuka Productions’ General Manager. “Now his words and stories can be more broadly known as TEZUKA and fans around the world can connect with and enjoy their beloved characters more easily. I take off my hat to the skilled Asian craftsmen who make such excellent Japanese pop-culture goods and encourage retailers and fans to obtain those products through the thousands of stores in Diamond
“Fans have enjoyed the stories of the many character creations of Tezuka for decades,” said John Parker, Diamond’s VP of Business Development. “Now, Diamond has collected the many products for Astro Boy, Black Jack, Kimba the White Lion, and the many others into a broad program that will satisfy those fans and collectors for many years. We are excited to bring the many products for these famous characters to the vast number of fans in countries outside Japan that have previously had only limited access to these national treasures.”
The Tezuka loot will be available in December’s Previews and here’s what you can hoard:
ASTRO BOY ATOM PLUSH
Imported from Japan! From Osamu Tezuka’s most famous creation, Astro Boy, comes this line of small plushes! Fans of Astro Boy can collect plushes of Atom, Uran, or Dr. Ochanomizu that feature designs based on Tezuka’s original artwork!
SRP: $29.99 each
ASTRO BOY ATOM MONEYBANK
Imported from Japan! Store your change in this money bank in the shape of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy!
ASTRO BOY PLUTO VS URAN PVC FIGURE
Imported from Japan! From Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy comes this high-end collectible PVC figure that depicts Uran and Pluto in battle!
JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO: LEO FACE CUSHION
Imported from Japan! Another of Osamu Tezuka’s creations, Jungle Emperor Leo, will keep you company at night with this Leo Face Cushion!
We’re in for that last one!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.