Drunken Kong wrote:I'm thinking about collecting the Bandai translucent figures, mainly just the theater exclusives for now. I'm trying to keep track of them all. Was 1995 the first year they started doing any kind of translucent vinyl?
1998, I believe. Above are the variants of the first 6" Heisei Godzillas released by Bandai in 1998. They're not too hard to keep track of until you get into the store variants and event exclusives that have been released outside of the 'theater exclusives'. The 'TE's were released in correlation with the films. Other figures that are very similar in nature were released at events/cons/dealers/stores as exclusive promos and aren't tied to a specific film release (in most cases).
Thats where they begin in my recollection, anyway. I do know that Bandai also did an early theater exclusive of Rainbow Mothra, the only theater exclusive released for the Mothra Trilogy. As far as what was the very first clear exclusive, though, I'm honestly not sure.