Ok so some clarification here because there’s some misinformation.
Premium bandai are generally limited production kits exclusively released online via reservation on the premium bandai webshop. Many releases are exclusive to japan how ever other countries do have premium bandai webshops as well.
Outside a few releases, most premium bandai kits are not distributed to the US markets. What that means is that US distributors (in our case Bluefin) cant get kits at the whole sale prices that standard kits come at. Which means in order for US retailers to get them that have to purchase them from Japanese sources who already mark them up, and that markup gets marked up again so that the US sellers can actually make a tiny profit. That sucks for US shops and for US consumers.
That said, if you’re looking to buy a pbandai kit after it releases you’re doing nothing but guaranteeing you’re paying more than you could be. There a few very reliable shops that allow you to preorder premium bandai kits for very little mark up plus the cost of shipping from Japan. The average cost I pay for a premium bandai master grade is about $70-$85 shipped. ($72 for the upcoming mg hazel ii and $83 for the recently released RE-GZ Custom). However there’s something to be said about ordering from a US based shop that you can easily reach out to if there are any issues.
Here’s to hoping that pbandai gets full distribution to the states in the near furure. But unfortunately there’s a lot of truth in the “stubborn old fashioned” Japanese business culture.