Last year Bluefin brands, the United States distributor of Bandai products, began carrying Premium Bandai model kits on their website in the United States. Premium Bandai is Bandai’s name for direct to consumer products. Last year’s selection was quite limited with only a few kits offered. There is a Premium Bandai store for many countries but not all carry Bandai’s hobby kits, the United States among them. This means getting kits not offered In your country usually means paying high prices for shipping from Japan or flat out price gouging from resellers who charged exponentially more than the original price of the kit.
On March 1st 2020 Bluefin brands announced that the Premium Bandai site for the United States will be carrying Premium Bandai hobby kits. They announced the first eighteen kits that will be available for pre-order on their blog.
This is great news for consumers as the cost to get these kits has dropped significantly. Pre-orders are scheduled to start on April 2nd 2020.