Part 6: Into Eternity
When Be Forever Yamato premiered in Japanese movie theatres August 1980, it had been almost six years since the debut of the saga; enough time for a second generation of fans to join the fold. Bandai welcomed them in with another chance to buy many of the high-profile kits they might have missed the first time around and added some brand new entries to keep veterans happy.
At right: cover of the 1980 Bandai catalog
1/360 Kodai’s Patrol Ship (Aug. 1980)
1/220 EDF Automated Battleship (Aug. 1980)
Space Battleship Yamato (Aug. 1980)
A reissue of the “gold version” Yamato with new box art, decals, and a stand.
1/700 Space Battleship Yamato (Aug. 1980)
A reissue of the Yamato “Mechanic Model” (the outer shell only), with new box art to tie in with Be Forever Yamato.
Space Battleship Yamato “New Image Model” (Aug. 1980)
A second reissue of the 1977 “Deform Display Model” with new decals in new packaging.
1/500 Space Battleship Yamato “New Cosmic Model” (Aug. 1980)
A reissue of the 1978 “Cosmic Model” with new decals in new packaging.
Dark Nebula Empire Tripod Tank (Oct. 1980)
Dark Nebula Empire Patrol Tank (Nov. 1980)
1/700 Space Battleship Yamato “New Mechanic Model” (Nov. 1980)
A reissue of the 1978 “Mechanic Model” with new decals in new packaging and slightly modified internal parts to tie in with Be Forever Yamato.