Bluefin Announces Significant North American Expansion to FYE, Spencer’s Gifts, Books-A-Million and More
Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, significantly expands its retail channel network as it announced today new retail distribution partnerships with Books-A-Million, Inc., Trans World Entertainment Corp., and Spencer Gifts, LLC.
As the 2015 holiday shopping season opens, an extensive mix of action figures, collectibles and other products distributed by Bluefin for smash hit properties such as Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and Attack on Titan from leading Japanese collectibles manufacturer, Tamashii Nations, along with other companies, will be available at hundreds of Books-A-Million stores, f.y.e. locations owned and operated by Trans World Entertainment, and Spencer’s Gift stores nationwide.
Product brands to be carried include S.H. Figuarts, Tamashii Buddies, Real Figure Collection Wave 2, Action 66 Trading Figures, and Twinkle Dolly accessories. Additional product lines and new properties, such as Gundam, will be added throughout the coming year.
“This channel expansion comes at an ideal time with the launch of the holiday retail season, and the product agreements with Books-A-Million, Trans World Entertainment, and Spencer’s Gifts will ensure that a diverse selection of unique products will be available to consumers at each store location,” says Bluefin Brand Manager Xavier Lim. “The market for Japanese pop culture and collectibles is vibrant in North America. We see a strong year ahead and look forward to working with our newest retail partners to complement their inventories with some of the most exciting products available.”
Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers presently operates 255 stores in 32 states. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. For more information, visit the Company’s corporate website at www.booksamillioninc.com.
Trans World Entertainment is a leading specialty retailer of entertainment products, including video, music, trend, electronics, video games and related products. The Company operates retail stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, primarily under the names f.y.e. for your entertainment and Suncoast and on the web at www.fye.com, www.wherehouse.com, and www.secondspin.com.
Spencer’s Gifts is the mall destination for entertainment, excitement, and fun, Spencer’s has been selling unique and edgy lifestyle accessories for more than 65 years. For more information, please visit www.spencersonline.com or follow the company at @Spencers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Based in Irvine, CA, Bluefin built its reputation as a leading distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. In recent years, Bluefin has grown to include a range of high quality collectible lines from the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore and established itself as the official North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. Selling to thousands of specialty, chain and independent stores, Bluefin is an official North American distributor for Bandai Hobby, Kotobukiya and Capcom, is the sole provider of Bandai Tamashii Nations products, and is also the exclusive and official distributor for Hero Cross, Beast Kingdom, Comicave, Mr. Hobby, SEN-TI-NEL and X-Plus. Bluefin also represents TruForce Collectibles products worldwide. Additional information is available at: www.bluefincorp.com.