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Big Wow '15: Some Random Things
It's once again time for a bunch of random things together in one place.
- Shawn - 5/26/15
Big Wow '15: Cosplay
The first time I went to Big Wow in 2012 there were not a lot of cosplayers, but since then Big Wow has grown. Lots of cosplayers now show up with many professional cosplayers featured by the convention. The increased cosplayers really make it feel like Big Wow is making it as a staple convention. First off, though, there was an amazing Gamera suit. I wouldn't be surprised if Gamera was by one of the Godzilla costumed guys last year. It was a great costume and I'm giving best cosplay this year to Gamera. For best female, Fem Beast was pretty bad-ass and it's a gender-swapped character I hadn't seen before. There was a Catwoman with her that was spot-on, too. The was an awesome Zer0 form Borderlands, an amazing Snake Eyes (I think he was one of the professionals), battle-damaged Gohan, a fantastic Beetlejuice group, Shang Tsung, Shao Khan, multiple Deathstrokes, and Spider-men everywhere. Also, the Wolfman showed up for his yearly photos with superheroes.
At Big Wow this year was the bull ride, or maybe it was called a goblin ride since it had a Green Goblin-ish looking head on it. The point was that if you rode it long enough you'd get a T-Shirt for next year's Silicon Valley Comic-Con, but it also made for some great photo-ops when cosplayers would ride it. I was able to nab a few photos of cosplayers testing their ability to hang on tight.
- Shawn - 5/19/15
The First Turtle Figure is Mondo Tubuloso
The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle was drawn by Kevin Eastman as a joke. The turtle was drawn on a napkin and had Nunchucks strapped to to it arms. At SDCC '14, Mondo showed off The First Turtle vinyl figure based on Eastman's original sketch. It was very awesome how they captured all of Eastman's lines and sketch marks on the figure. Mondo's figure has five points or articulation, which is kind of surprising because I wasn't expecting it to have any.
- Shawn - 5/17/15
Big Wow '15: Toshio Maeda Tentacle Talk Panel
Artist Toshio Maeda had his first panel ever at Big Wow 2015. Appropriately titled Tentacle Talk, Maeda-san talked about the experiences in his life that molded him into the Tentacle Master renowned across the world. His works include Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, La Blue Girl, Demon Beast Invasion, and Adventure Kid, among others. His first convention in the U.S. was Big Wow 2012, but did not hold a panel until now. I recorded the panel for your viewing pleasure, but be warned; there is strong and inappropriate language and is only for mature audiences. It's also hilarious. Well, Maeda-san didn't think some of the tings were funny when they happened to him, but his stories are a good laugh for all of us. Enjoy parts 1 and 2 below.
- Shawn - 5/16/15
Sub-Zero Tosses his Ice Klone at SDCC
Mezco announced a Mortal Kombat X exclusive for SDCC 2015, Sub-Zero's Ice Klone. Mezco's Ice "Clone" is their already badass Sub-Zero figure in translucent blue. Now, if you have the regular Sub-Zero figure, you can set up a diorama where he's throwing his klone at his opponent... just like in the game!
- Shawn - 5/8/15
Galaga and Tekken Combo into a Crossover Game
It started as an April Fool's joke, putting Tekken characters into Galaga, but Galaga: Tekken has become a real game. This crazy combo of a game is in celebration of Tekken's 20th anniversary. It's available for mobile devices right now and is free through Google Play and the App Store. Check out this trailer to see how amazing this free game is.
All the characters are in simple bit designs, but are fairly easy to identify because most of the characters form Tekken are pretty unique. The game lets you play as Heihachi, Lili, or Tekken 7 newcomer Claudio, and you can unlock three others as you play.
- Shawn - 5/3/15
NECA Brings Endoglow Terminator from the Past to SDCC 2015
NECA isn't just re-making Kenner's old Predator figures, they're now re-making Kenner's old Terminator figures. For this year's SDCC, they now have at least two Kenner throwback figures: the Ambush Predator and the Endoglow Terminator Endoskeleton.
- Shawn - 4/29/15
Big Wow '15: Vampirella Exhibit
This year, Big Wow Comic Fest's art exhibit was celebrating 45 years of Vampirella. Also a little bit of Swamp Thing, but mostly Vampi. I didn't realize that Vampi was that old. While I think I've only read a few Vampirella comics myself, I do appreciate the character... and the outfit, obviously. There wasn't a ton of art and collectibles in the exhibit, but I don't think any future exhibit at Big Wow can top the sheer amount of stuff in last year's Batman museum. This was a great chance to see original Vampirella art in person, though, and I especially like the title and look of the "Vampi's Feary Tales" stories. There was also an art auction that focused on Vampi art and I'm sure some of the pieces sold for a lot.
- Shawn - 4/28/15
NECA Re-Makes Kenner Ambush Predator for SDCC
NECA continues their awesome practice of re-making all the old Predator figures I had as a kid. This time it's Kenner's classic mail-away Ambush Predator. This won't be a mail-away offer, though; it's an exclusive at SDCC 2015. The snap-on weapons and mask have been upgraded with slightly more detailed silver paint instead of the old, easily-chipped cheap chrome paint, but it does include a second included vac-metal mask for a more vintage look. There is no black chest plate like the original, but the second mask makes up for it.
- Shawn - 4/25/15
ThreeA's Half-Size Rex Goes Less with More
ThreeA's Metal Gear Rex Half-Size Edition is just as incredible as the enormous original, but it could be even better than it's big brother. Although smaller, it's just as detailed and amazing as it's big brother. Half-Size Rex has improved articulation, meaning Rex can now turn his head. The knee panels can now be opened and closed instead of being completely removed. It's not entirely clear if still has the Railgun firing sequence, but ThreeA claims it "retains the light-up system" so that probably means it does. Half-Size Rex's smaller frame has a resting height of 8.35" and a 7.35" width with an 11.5" Railgun. Apparently there won't be a Bambaland exclusive version this time, so no little Snake to place in the cockpit. I was wondering (and scared) that there would be an alternate colorway, but I guess not. Or maybe not yet? With this smaller size anything is possible for new colorways. For now, the camo Rex is the only ThreeA Rex; it's just in two sizes.
- Shawn - 4/21/15
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2
You've watched this already, probably dozens of times by now, so watch it one more time. And then watch it again because none of us fans can stop watching this since its reveal at Star Wars Celebration earlier today.
A crashed Star Destroyer, Vader's melted helmet, Luke's voice-over, X-Wings a-flying, smilin' Stormtroopers, Chrome-Troopers, Chrome TIE Fighters, new Sith guy, sneaky BB-8, the Millennium Falcon, and Old Man Han and Chewie. This teaser is perfect. I kind of don't want to see anymore before Christmas to keep everything else a surprise, but I do want to watch this again.
- Shawn - 4/16/15
Half-Size Metal Gears Come in Half-Size Boxes
ThreeA released a teaser of the Metal Gear Rex and Ray Half-Size Editions by showing off the half-size boxes. If you know how beastly and massive the boxes of the normal-size version are then these are probably half that, so they'll still be kind of big, but much more manageable for storage. The art is different than the normal bigger boxes, too, and it looks like the art make a "Vs." picture when they're side by side. ThreeA also announced the release date for Half-Size Rex on April 23rd at 9:00am, which is the 22nd for us Metal Gear fans in the U.S.
Nothing else has been announced yet, but the release date is next week, so we'll know everything soon. Fans who thought ThreeA's regular versions were out of their price range should be able to pull the trigger on these.
- Shawn - 4/13/15
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G.I. Joe Exclusives for 2015
Exclusives coming to SDCC, Toys 'R' Us, and the G.I. Joe Collector's Club.
This weekend JoeCon saw lots of reveals for most of the exclusives coming out in 2015. There is a lot of great stuff here, so let's get started.
SDCC: First up is the Crimson Strike set which includes the Crimson Scythe, which is a Skystriker captured by Cobra and painted in a new crimson & silver deco. The Joes have also captured a HISS tank, painted it Joe green and named it the Chimera. This set includes A.V.A.C. pilot, Alley Viper Officer, Grunt, and Steeler. This will be the Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive at SDCC and sell for $99.99.
The second SDCC exclusive is the Desert Duel set with a Cobra Basilisk, which is a captured G.I. Joe Snow Serpent. This looks natural and really cool in the traditional Cobra blue and red color scheme.
- Shawn - 4/12/15
Lord British and Vic Viper Models Switch Views
R.C. Berg has made lots of cool model kits from Xevious and DoDonPachi, but now they've made two ships from the Gradius series. Specifically, they've made the Vic Viper and Lord British from Salamander, a.k.a. Life Force. Yes, Lord British, one of the ships in the Gradius series that isn't nearly as well known as Vic Viper. I think this is the first ever Lord British model kit. I've seen a few fan-creations before, but I'm pretty sure the first official one and it looks amazing. Various Vic Viper models have been released throughout the years, but there aren't enough, so another is a welcome site. These full color resin kits measure over 6.5" long when assembled and include a display stand. If you are able to get these, expect to pay a premium because R.C. Berg's stuff is extremely limited.
One of the things that was awesome about Life Force is that some stages were the traditional Gradius side view and other stages were top view.
- Shawn - 4/10/15
The Monkey's News Box: 4/5/15
- Shawn - 4/5/15
TIE Fighter - The '80s Anime-Style Short Film
This awesome TIE Fighter short film, done in the style of old '80s anime, takes the Empire's perspective of a large space battle focusing on three main TIE pilots. According to the animater Paul Johnson, this was animated by himself during 4 years' worth of weekends. It definitely has that classic anime style and those the missile contrails are fantastic. The sound effects were pulled right from the TIE Fighter game. The metal music is good and works, but a full score would also match this perfectly. Watch and be amazed. Man, I really miss this style of anime.
- Shawn - 3/29/15
Change is Afoot
You may notice that the site looks weird. Maybe it looks broken or messed up, or maybe you can't even see the site at all and you think it no longer exists. Well, my hosting company decided to no longer support the web software that I was using. Admittedly, I was using an out-of-date program, but they could have at least given me more than four days notice. Sigh. So, while I try to get a familiar with a new web program to get back to posting cool stuff, I won't be able to post updates and the site might look like something from 2002. In the meantime, I might post stuff to the DigitalMonkeyBox Facebook page so that I can at least still share some things, so please visit our Facebook page. I don't know how long it will take, but eventually the site will be back in full working order. Stay frosty.
- Shawn - 3/21/15
Direct link: Change is Afoot
A-Jax / Typhoon Archived on PS4
Konami's 1987 shooter A-Jax just got a release on Japanese PS4s, as part of the Arcade Archives series. What was cool about A-Jax is that it had two type of stages. In some stages the player would pilot a jet in a behind-the-plane perspective (kind of like Afterburner), while other stages had the player piloting a helicopter in a traditional vertical scrolling top-view. Jets and choppers, shooting enemies separately, but together.
- Shawn - 3/21/15
The Monkey's News Box: 3/15/15
- Shawn - 3/15/15
Godzilla: King of Pixelated Monsters
NECA is using their Godzilla license to bring out as many versions of Godzilla as they can, which is now including ones we haven't had as a figure before. First shown at Toy Fair alongside the 8-Bit Gremlin, the latest in NECA's videogame figure line is 8-Bit Godzilla as he appeared in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters for the NES. The 8-Bit King of Monsters is presented with a partially pixelated paint deco in a lovely shade of NES green. Like NECA's other Godzilla figures, this G is over 6" tall and 12" long,with over 30 points of articulation in a package much like the old NES box. Videogame Godzilla does have new dorsal plates, though, so he is a little more than a straight-up repaint.
- Shawn - 3/14/15
Gremlins from a Game with 8-Bit Machine Guns
Gremlins 2 is a very divisive movie. People seem to either love it or hate it. I'm in the former camp. I love how self-aware the movie is. It's lots of bad decisions, but it just goes with them because it knows exactly what it's doing and it's all intentional. Surprisingly, a while back I learned a very good friend of mine had never seen Gremlins 2, so he started to watch it, but turned it off halfway through. I told him he should at least finish it, but I'm sure he didn't listen to me. It surprised me because he has even made a list of his favorite bad movies. Anyway, the reason we're all here is NECA's next retro videogame figure, the Mohawk Gremlin. First revealed at Toy Fair, the 8-bit Mohawk Gremlin wields an 8-bit machine gun from the NES Gremlins 2 videogame. I don't remember if I liked the game or not, but I do like the look of this figure.
- Shawn - 3/9/15
The Monkey's News Box: 2/22/15
- Shawn - 2/22/15
Toy Fair '15 Thoughts
Toy Fair 2015 debuted a lot of cool figures and here are some of the things that peaked my collector interest. Since I wasn't able to attend, I scoured all the various photos posted by other sites and here are my thoughts on some of the countless things shown off at the show. All photos that aren't provided press photos are from Action Figure Insider and Figures.com, so be sure to check out the galleries and coverage at those two sites for TONS more awesome pictures of everything.
Hasbro Transformers: The biggest and best thing I've seen form Toy Fair was the new Devastator. The Constructicons are the larger Voyager class size, so Devastator will be about 2 feet tall. Finally the Constructicons are the size they should be. This set will run $150, which is a decent price for the size of everything. I can totally see Hasbro doing a yellow and purple G2 variant for SDCC.
- Shawn - 2/22/15
Halo 4 Series 3 Escalates
Originally shown as three figures, a fourth figure has been added to McFarlane Toys' Halo 4 Series 3 and, not surprisingly, it's another Walgreens exclusive. This new Walgreens Spartan Soldier is brick red with white accents. This figure isn't nearly as cool looking as Walgreens' previous exclusive, but it's nice that at least one retailer still has some kind of faith in the product. Plus, Walgreens has become a hotspot for exclusive figures with the Prototype Armor Boba Fett, Game of Thrones, and Spider-Man Pop exclusives they've had over the past year, so they might as well add another.
This is the first Halo figure series since Halo 4 Series 2 about a year and a half ago, which is a very long time between Halo waves. The lone Master Chief with a cloak doesn't count since the Chief has been released ad nauseam. Spawn.com has updated with official photos of the four figures which look a little different than the prototypes shown last year with better paint coloring and detail. It's great that we're getting at least one more series of Halo figures.
- Shawn - 2/19/15
Mad Moxxi Likes it When Borderlands Pop
It seems like NECA might not be making any new Borderlands figures, but luckily Funko has opened their vault and pulled out Borderlands Pops vinyls. They're not full-on actions figures, but at least it's something. The first Borderlands Pop figures will be coming in April with Mad Moxxi, Psycho Bandit, Handsome Jack, and everyone's favorite (or most annoying) robot Claptrap. Claptrap will be in normal yellow along with both a Gentleman Claptrap and blue Claptrap being exclusive to GameStop. Gentleman Claptrap will be exclusive to GameStop stores, while the blue Claptrap will be an exclusive to the Power Up Rewards program, meaning you can only get it by using GameStop's space points or finding one on the secondary market. I'm sure those won't be the only variants either because I can already see a ton of possible variants for Mad Moxxi, the Psycho Bandit, and Claptrap.
Shawn - 2/11/15
The Monkey's News Box: 2/8/15
- Shawn - 2/8/15
PlayStation Optimus Plays Golf with Everybody
Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has released some new images of PlayStation Optimus Prime, revealing that the Autobot leader and Sony fanboy will get not one, but two game discs. Optimus will include Everybody's Golf (Hot Shots Golf to us U.S. folks) and Play Play Vol. 1. I'm not sure what Play Play is, but it sounds like it would be a demo disc of some sort like the PlayStation underground discs we got. Man, I would loved to have seen Optimus with a Ridge Racer disc.
- Shawn - 2/7/15
NECA Two-Tones the Alien 3 Dog Alien
NECA is now bringing their Aliens figures to their retro videogame figure line. First up is the dog alien from Alien 3 game released on the SNES, NES, and Genesis. While the movie was less than what everyone had hoped it would be, the game was great. At lest the SNES version was, which was the one I played. I think this version is more based on the NES and Genesis versions of the game, though, because I don't remember that mission still from the SNES version. The two-tone paint makes it look like there are blue glowing lights reflecting off the Alien's right side, which is a pretty cool effect when looking at the figure from the front.
- Shawn - 2/1/15
Kojima Pre-Reveals ThreeA's Half-Size Rex and Ray
Ultraman snack eater Hideo Kojima pre-revealed the latest Metal Gear Solid goodies coming from ThreeA: half-size versions of Rex and Ray! This is great for fans who don't have the money and/or the room for the normal massive-sized versions. I'm guessing Rex will be around 7 inches tall with a 12-inch railgun and Ray will be about 8 inches tall with a smaller-yet-still-large 19-inch wingspan. I'm wondering if the half-size Metal Gears will have all the lights and articulation as the bigger originals. The full reveal of half-size Rex and Ray will be at Wonder Festival in a couple weeks, but I have a feeling we won't find out every single detail regarding them. The rest of the details will probably be revealed before ThreeA makes these newer smaller Metal Gears available.
- Shawn - 1/28/15
The Monkey's News Box: 1/25/15
- Shawn - 1/25/15
Super Chain Crusher Horizon Challenges Darius as Widest Widescreen Shooter
The Darius games have some of the widest displays of widescreen gaming, but a shooter has arrived that might be even wider: Super Chain Crusher Horizon. SCCH boasts a 3200 x 800 pixel display that I think is actually wider than the ultra widescreen Darius Burst: Another Chronicle. There are two ways to play SCCH. You can play with the Mono Shot utilizing the largest charge gauge ever to create a chain of explosions, or play it like a normal shooter with rapid fire and just shoot everything. Check out the video with some fantastic trance shooting music by Logic Bomb.
- Shawn - 1/24/15
The Monkey's News Box: 1/18/15
- Shawn - 1/18/15
ThreeZero's Iron Kong Brings a Pounding
ThreeZero's second Zoid, the mighty Iron Kong, is ready and willing to bring some poundings to whatever you got. The 1/72 scale Kong has over 50 points of articulation, including the opening mouth and cockpit, spinning blades, and articulated fingers. It has all the detail and weathering you might expect from an awesome ThreeZero product and includes two pilots and a light-up cockpit. Unlike Shield Liger, ThreeZero is offering Iron Kong directly from their webstore for an equally mighty $300. Unfortunately, there is no ThreeZero exclusive item or colorway for Iron Kong, so you're basically deciding if you want it sooner than later by ordering direct from ThreeZero. It will be shipping during the second quarter of this year.
Now what will ThreeZero make for their third Zoid? There are so many possibilities.
- Shawn - 1/17/15
Direct link: ThreeZero's Iron Kong Brings a Pounding
NECA Debuts 25th Anniversary Dark Horse Comics Predator
First teased on the latest Predator visual guide, NECA has revealed the 25th Anniversary Dark Horse Comics Predator. It painted just like the Pred on the original comic cover of Predator #1 from 1989. Yes, it's basically another repaint since the armor isn't exactly like the one the comic cover, but this figure looks spectacular. This makes me want to dig out my old Predator comics.
- Shawn - 1/14/15
The Monkey's News Box: 1/11/15
- Shawn - 1/11/15
NECA's 16-bit Predator Coming to Town for a Few Days
At this point NECA has basically made every Predator that made an appearance in Predator 2 and even re-made a couple, but they found at least one more they can release; the Predator's 16-bit videogame appearance. Similar to the previous videogame inspired 8-bit Predator figure, the City Hunter Pred has been repainted based on the coloring in the Sega Genesis title. The 16-bit inspired paint gives the figure a very cool color scheme of bronze and black with blue highlights, along with the required skull and spine. The Videogame Predator 2 figure will be out in May, for at least a few days.
- Shawn - 1/10/15
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