|Kabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto|
| Kabushiki gaisha |
|Founded||April 1977 (as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd.) (original company, merged with BEC to form B.B. Studio) |
April 1, 2008 (current company)
|Defunct||February 23, 2019|
|Headquarters||Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan|
|Parent||Bandai Namco Holdings|
Banpresto Co., Ltd.(株式会社バンプレストKabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto) was a Japanese toy company, and a former game developer and publisher, headquartered in the Shinagawa Seaside West Building in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The current iteration of the company was formed on April 1, 2008, with the focus on the toy consumer business. The company was dissolved in February 2019 and combined to Bandai Spirits, with the company getting all the rights and duties of Banpresto.
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