Continuing on with the support for the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure, Bandai have announced that they will be producing a limited release of the original crests from the 1999 TV anime series. Now you too can be part of the DigiDestined.
Bandai is currently taking orders on their Premium Bandai store for the crests/crests and emblems that the original 8 Digidestined wore, each having a unique trait. It was a representation for the original DigiDestined to grow and mature. Each purchase comes with all 8 crests and the tag to place the crest into. The crests themselves have been beautifully recreated from the original anime, ensuring you have the most authentic product. The tag also comes with a sparkling necklace chain that resembles the chain from the anime.
The 8 crests that you receive are:
- The Crest of Courage, used by Taichi “Tai” Kamiya
- The Crest of Friendship, used by Yamato “Matt” Ishida
- The Crest of Light, used by Kari Kamiya
- The Crest of Hope, used by Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi
- The Crest of Knowledge, used by Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi
- The Crest of Love, used by Sora Takenouchi
- The Crest of Sincerity, used by Mimi Tachikawa
- The Crest of Reliability, used by Joe Kido
In the anime the crests reacted when the DigiDestined displayed the trait of their respective crest, eg. Tai showing courage, the crest would glow and allow their Digimon to Digivolve/Evolve. The new 15th anniversary crests will also have the same ability. Whereas previous products of the crests and tag were simple plastic toys, the new version will also glow at the press of the button on the tag.
Early orders of the DigiDestined Crests will also receive a special pin set, similar to the early orders of the 15th Anniversary Digivice. The pins on the back have a print of all the crests’ designs of the original DigiDestined. This is a very limited and premium bonus, so it ensure you have a chance order it early.
Bandai have also released a trailer promoting the new products:
And here are some additional images of the crests and tag necklace:
Digimon (Digital Monsters in Japan) is a large multimedia franchise that was based on Bandai’s Digivice products, which first released in 1997. The toys were based on Tamagotchis, which were also produced by Bandai. The toys were seen as more female orientated products, so Bandai created a new line of products for a male equivalent. The first anime adaptation, Digimon Adventure, was produced in 1999 by Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece). A film and TV anime were released alongside each other in 1999, the movie being a 20 minute anime produced by Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). Since then there has been numerous anime series, toys, figures, manga, video games and trading card games in the franchise. And 2014, marks the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure with a new anime titled Digimon Adventure tri. airing this Spring.
Here is a synopsis of the original series from MAL:
Seven kids are transported to the Digital World, a strange place where digital creatures called “Digimon” reside. A group of Digimon soon befriend them and keep the kids out of harm’s way. The children then discover they are the Chosen Children, which protect the Digital World from evil Digimon like Devimon and Vamdemon.
Pre-orders for the original DigiDestined Crests are now open till March 23 and costs ¥4,860 (~ $40.00 USD). The product will be shipped this June to Japanese addresses only.
You can order it here: http://p-bandai.jp/b-boys-shop/item-1000094918/
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