Part 9: Crossing the Ocean
Starting in 1985, Twentieth Century Imports (based in Boulder, Colorado) brought many of Bandai’s Yamato kits to America under the Star Blazers name, which resulted in the very first mass-market Star Blazers merchandising. The kits were widely available, but it was rare to find all of them in any one place. Bandai’s box art was used, and names were updated to match their Star Blazers counterparts. Many of the larger kits included a bonus Mecha Collection mini-kit.
1/700 Space Cruiser Argo Cutaway Version 1/1000 Space Cruiser Argo Alex Wildstar's Super Star Earth Defense Force Patrol Cruiser Earth Defense Force Battle Cruiser Earth Defense Force Battleship Earth Defense Force Spacecraft Carrier Zordar's Dreadnaught Comet Empire Anti-Matter Missile Ship Torbuck Dark Nebula Empire Tripod Tank Earth Defense Force Unmanned Battleship The Gamilon Desslok's Command Cruiser
1. Space Cruiser Argo 2. EDF Destroyer 3. Avatar's Flagship 4. Alex Wildstar's Destroyer Paladin 5. Comet Empire Twin-Deck Carrier 6. Comet Empire Single-Deck Carrier 7. Comet Empire Destroyer 8. Comet Empire Anti-Matter Missile Ship 9. Wildstar's Super Star 10. EDF Battle Cruiser 11. Desslok's Command Cruiser 12. Garuman/Gamilon Battleship 13. EDF Patrol Cruiser 14. Comet Empire Battleship 15. Gamilon Destroyer 16. Dark Star Nebula Battleship
Above: catalog pages for both waves of Star Blazers kits offered by Twentieth Century Imports. Below: a display box for the mini-kits and an order form circa January 1, 1985. Click here to see all four documents at a larger size. (Note: Twentieth Century Imports is unfortunately no longer in business, so any attempt to contact them will likely end in disappointment.)
Special thanks to Steve Harrison and Les Rogers for the images.