Japan Expo '14: Some Random Things
This was Japan Expo's second time the 'states. This is a huge expo in France and I overheard some of the workers talking that this is an experiment to see if this is worth doing more of here. From my time at the expo, I would say it is. This isn't just a convention that centers around anime or videogames, but also Japanese culture like music, art, traditional dances, and flower arranging. And yes, there was a Gundam.
- Shawn - 10/26/14
Japan Expo '14: Akira Yamaoka Panel and Concert
Akira Yamaoka is probably best known for being the music composer of the Silent Hill series. He has also done music for may other games, like Beatmania, a couple Contra games, the Sparkster games, a few Gradius games, No More Heroes 2, Shadows of the Damned, Sine Mora, and many others. At Japan Expo 2nd Impact, the second time the expo has been in the United States, Akira Yamaoka signed autographs, held a panel, and even performed a full concert.
Most of the panel was a Q & A. Akira mentioned that there were a few autograph sessions during the expo, but they do not allow much time for questions, so he wanted to open up the panel for questions from the audience.
- Shawn - 10/16/14
ThreeA Brings in Recruit and Thorne Halo Figures
Anyone waiting for ThreeA's Master Chief will have to wait just a little bit longer. Next up for ThreeA's Halo Spartan figures are Spartan Gabriel Thorne and a Spartan Recruit in Mjolnir armor. I'm actually surprised that Thorne is the next Spartan instead of another member of Noble team. Thorne will be available at retail and ThreeA's Bambaland web store, while the Recruit is a ThreeA Bambaland exclusive.
- Shawn - 10/13/14
DoDonPachi Type-A Model Coming from Kotobukiya
Kotobukiya is bringing us some DoDonPachi. DoDonPachi merchandise has been a little difficult to come by if you don't live in Japan, so it's exciting to see Kotobukiya making something that will be more widely available and easier to import. R.C. Berg made a few DoDonPachi resin kits a while back, but they were super expensive and long gone by the time many fans even knew about them. Well, Kotobukiya is crafting a model kit of the Type-A ship, which is looking awesome in the official photos. This particular red and white Type-A ship is from DoDonPachi DaiOuJou. The kit is up for pre-order at AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan for around 5000 Yen or so and will be out in February. Considering Koto made both Ikaruga ships, I have a feeling Type-B and Type-C ships are also in the works.
- Shawn - 10/9/14
Direct link: DoDonPachi Type-A Model Coming from Kotobukiya
Six PlayStation Systems in One-Sixth
Besides PlayStation Optimus Prime, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. is also making a line of 1/6 scale PlayStation systems in the PlayStation History Collection 20th Anniversary Edition set. First revealed alongside PlayStation Optimus, this line includes the two PS2 systems, the three PS3 systems, and the PS4 (Optimus is most likely not in 1/6 scale, however). Each console also includes accessories like Memory Cards, DualShock 2, 3, 4, and Move controllers with cords, and cameras. Since these are being released in Japan, there are also a couple accessories that never made it stateside like the torne and nasne. What's really great is that the PS2 and PS3 super slim have opening disc trays, to put in one of the six currently unknown games that will be included.
I can think of a few 1/6 scale figures I own that could use some PlayStation in their lives.
- Shawn - 10/4/14
PlayStation Optimus Prime Shall Stand
PlayStation Optimus Prime is rolling closer to release. Pre-orders for the Autobot leader as a PlayStation console have begun, bringing along some new photos of the figure. Even though it's mostly PlayStation gray, Takara TOMY has really been able to bring out Optimus in the figure. The controllers on the arms still looks a little weird to me, but overall PlayStation Optimus is looking great. The price is around the same as Mega Drive Megatron, so 8000 to 10000 Yen, and is scheduled to be out in February.
- Shawn - 10/2/14
Kojima Throws Kid Mantis Into the World
Cardboard box virtuoso Hideo Kojima has taken to Twitter once again and revealed the Play Arts Kai Kid Mantis prototype. Kojima has also basically confirmed Psycho Mantis as a kid for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Or did he? This is pretty cool, but I still really want a MGS1 Psycho Mantis PAK figure. If the Kid Mantis figure is somewhat in scale with the regular Play Arts Kai figures then it should be much smaller, but I wonder if Square Enix would sell him alone or with some larger accessory. Kojima is sure to read our minds in the near future and post more photos of Kid Mantis just when we want them.
Oh, and even though it's an action figure, that is one creepy photo.
- Shawn - 9/16/14
Direct link: Kojima Throws Kid Mantis Into the World
SDCC '14: Cosplay
Here, have some SDCC cosplay. You're welcome. Cosplay at SDCC had more Rocket Raccoon than ever before, because there was basically none before Guardians of the Galaxy made it to the big screen. There was even a sexy Rocket, which was strange thing. While wandering the aisles of SDCC, I overheard a guy say, "Comic-con confuses me. I don't know whether to look at the hottest girl ever or the coolest thing ever." Agreed. Sometimes it is a bit difficult to mange cosplay photos when you're also there to take photos of cool stuff. You could be on the way to take photos at a booth of the awesome new toys, but then you see a certain cosplayer and become totally side-tracked. It happens quite a bit.
Again, there was lots of great cosplay, but my winners are Honey from Space Dandy and Billy and Jimmy Lee from Double Dragon. I want to make sure the Lee twins win since I don't want them to find me and beat me up. Or maybe I do. Anyway, other fantastic cosplayers were the DC Bombshells, Chocolina, the Transformers (like G1 Shockwave), and all the Rocket Raccoons. Check out the photos below and click to embiggen.
Also, Mariachi Scorpion and Sub Zero are now the greatest thing ever.
- Shawn - 9/14/14
Halo 4 Series 3 Figures Press Forward
Despite McFarlane Toys' Halo figures being in its death throes, it appears that Halo 4 Series 3 will be happening. Unless more are announced before these come out, Halo 4 Series 3 will have a mere three figures; Commander Sarah Palmer, Spartan Gabriel Thorne, and the Elite Jul 'Mdama. The glory days of Halo figures are over.
Three figures is a far cry from 2008 - 2011 where there were multiple series in a year with multiple parts in a series (a preview wave and a regular wave).
- Shawn - 9/14/14
SDCC '14: McFarlane Builds The Walking Dead
McFarlane Toys is making their Walking Dead figures tiny by getting into the building block business. They want to "revolutionize" building block toys starting with three sets; Daryl with his chopper, The Governor's Room, and the Prison Gate. I'm not sure how revolutionary these will be, but they are a bit more realistic than other building block sets.
- Shawn - 9/9/14
SDCC '14: Hasbro - Transformers/G.I. Joe
Generations, Masterpieces, and Kre-O
Hasbro seems to be doing more with the Generations line now, which is great because they'll be bringing out a lot more G1 style and IDW comics style figures. First off is the awesome Generations Jetfire. I'm very excited for this figure, but I didn't realize that the weapons and boosters were red chrome. It's cool, but I'm not sure if normal red weapons would look better. Well, it doesn't matter too much because it's a new frakkin' Jetfire. I'm so happy we're seeing an IDW Brainstorm figure, along with a new Sky-Byte, Arcee, Chromia, Double-Dealer, and the fan-made character Windblade. Windblade is already proving to be a great character in the IDW comics and it'll be nice to see her figure at retail soon.
- Shawn - 9/5/14
SDCC '14: Square Enix Play Arts Kai
Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, DC, Predators, Titanfall, Static Arts, Assassin's Creed, and More
Final Fantasy: Red XIII is still coming along and looks better each time I see it. Fran is finally being made as a Play Arts Kai, which is super awesome and I'm sure Balthier won't be too far behind. The Advent Children Tifa prototype was on display along with Barret and mopey Cloud. There were other FFVII figures on display because VII is what the people want. The Theatrhythm static Arts figures are nice and cute, but there's just something about those rosy cheeked versions of the characters that don't do it for me in figure form. I do really like the Chocobo and Moogle, though.
- Shawn - 8/31/14
SDCC '14: Kotobukiya
Bishoujo, Star Wars, Street Fighter, Tekken, Marvel, DC, Metal Gear Solid, and More
Kotobukiya had one of the most impressive displays I've ever seen at SDCC. The ArtFX Darth Vader and two Royal Guards standing with hundreds of Stormtroopers lined-up behind them. I don't even want to know how long it took to perfectly place each Stormtrooper.
- Shawn - 8/30/14
SDCC '14: NECA
Robocop Versus The Terminator, Aliens, Godzilla, Pacific Rim, Rocket Raccoon, Star Trek Attack Wing, and More
Robocop Vs. The Terminator: This was one of the most surprising reveals for me at SDCC, but based on NECA making tons of Terminator characters, all the variant Robocop figures, and the retro videogame figures, we should have seen this coming. The Robocop Versus The Terminator game was one of my favorites on the SNES, and when I finally bought a Genesis, the completely different version also became one of my favorite game on that system. Two Robocop figures, three Endoskeletons, an Arnold Terminator, and the Terminator dog are coming up. Sure, these are mostly repaints, but it's a quality line for the comics and games I loved. So, will we see ED-209 re-released in RVTT colors?
- Shawn - 8/26/14
SDCC '14: Acid Rain
Amidst all the merchandise of the many established and popular franchises at the Toynami booth was a diorama for the incredibly cool independent line, Acid Rain. This 1:18 scale line features 3.75" figures and transforming military-esque vehicles. All the vehicles transform from a wheeled or treaded vehicle into a small mech or battlesuit. On display were a bunch of the current figures and vehicles along with some new ones and prototypes.
- Shawn - 8/21/14
SDCC '14: Godzilla MonsterArts and Minimates
The Godzilla S.H. MonsterArts display at Bluefin Tamashii Nations wasn't nearly as big this SDCC as previous years, but there are still amazing Godzilla figures coming out. The 2014 Godzilla was on full display with quite a cool display base. I'm digging the accessory sets for the Godzilla MonsterArts. These sets help to give a better sense of scale of the Kaiju and give some awesome options for dioramas.
- Shawn - 8/17/14
SDCC '14: Bluefin Tamashii Nations - Dragon Ball Z
The Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth usually has some big diorama at SDCC, but this year they went with a massive diorama for Dragon Ball Z. I think this was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, diorama they've made for the con. The impressive diorama had a few different environments from the series and a lot of S.H. Figuarts figures. If Bluefin or Tamashii Nations ever wanted to sell environment pieces for the DBZ figures, they easily could.
- Shawn - 8/10/14
SDCC '14: Bluefin Tamashii Nations
Super Mario Bros., Injustice, Alien Vs. Predator, Star Blazers 2199, Sailor Moon, Gundam, and More
Bluefin had two booths again this year, one with Figuarts, MonsterArts and other figures, while the other had Gundams, model kits, and other stuff. I'll just be combining most of everything into one mega-post, though. If you want to check out Godzilla or Dragon Ball Z stuff, there will be separate posts for them.
- Shawn - 8/10/14
SDCC '14: October Toys' Skeleton Warriors
It may have been short-lived, but Skeleton Warriors was one of those properties that has really stuck with fans since 1994, despite there being nothing new for years. Hell, the theme song still pops into my head at random times. October Toys' Kickstarter to bring back Skeleton Warriors figures was a success, so now we will all have new figures of the characters. I loved the Skelton Warriors cartoon and figures when they originally came out, so I was very happy to see them returning, even if it was through a Kickstarter. I made sure to stop by the October Toys booth at SDCC to take a look at the figures my and other fans' donations were going towards. On display were the Baron Dark figure, the Titan Skeleton, the Skeleton Guard, and Skeleton Soldier, along with a few other surprises.
- Shawn - 8/3/14
SDCC '14: Godzilla Art Exhibit
Off behind the infamous Hall H was an art exhibit dedicated to the King of the Monsters. I saw a giant Godzilla looming over there earlier in the day, but didn't go check it out until after the main SDCC hours were done. Luckily, it was still open with hardly anyone there. This was around 7pm when the line for Hall H for the next day was already wrapping up and down the back of the convention center and around the exhibit. Check out the photos below, starting with a huge sculpture of Big-G, and lots of incredible art pieces by fans, along with some official art.
- Shawn - 8/2/14
SDCC '14: Super7 Alien ReAction
Super7 brought back Alien ReAction exclusives to SDCC this year, with Deep Space mystery eggs and the Egg Chamber playset. The eggs acted like blind boxes and opened up with a figure inside a little ReAction baggie. Super7 didn't reveal how many different figures there were or the number of variants before SDCC, but did say some would be more rare than others. Super7 had previously teased a kind of glittery space field looking alien prior to SDCC, but that was it. The limit was four per person per day, but I only went with two. I opened both eggs when I got back to my hotel room on Thursday night and both figures turned out to be clear Aliens.
On Friday, Super7 was hosting a trade event where those who bought the blind-egged figures could trade them with others
- Shawn - 8/2/14
Sonic the Hedgehog Joins Megatron
It's the Megatron and Sonic the Hedgehog crossover that some fans have always wanted. Maybe. I was wondering what cartridge Mega Drive Megatron would be inserting into his chest slot, whether it world be an actual game or something made-up for the figure. Well, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. revealed that the cartridge will be the Japanese version of Sonic the Hedgehog. It's a great choice, but somehow Megatron looks just a little less menacing with a smiling blue hedgehog sticking out of his chest.
Insert Sonic into the Mega Drive slot and Megatron has all the speed and blast processing he'll need to take on the upcoming PlayStation Optimus Prime.
- Shawn - 8/1/14
PlayStation Optimus Prime Rolling Out
The dreams of reliving the 16-bit wars with Mega Drive Megatron fighting a Super Nintendo Optimus have ended, as Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. announced PlayStation Optimus Prime. Optimus Prime is going right to the next generation of consoles transforming into an original Sony PlayStation, complete with a controller and cord. Megatron is stuck as a 16-bit console while Optimus comes rolling in with a full 32-bits.
- Shawn - 7/31/14
Fanime '14: Some Random Things
It is time once again for a bunch of random things from Fanime 2014.
- Shawn - 7/20/14
Fanime '14: Cosplay
It's insane how much cosplay there is at Fanime. The convention has been getting bigger throughout the years and this year seems to have had even more cosplay than previous years, which is crazy because there was already a lot. The gallery below is but a portion of the mass amounts of cosplayers this year. There were cosplayers from anime, videogames, comics, new & classic cartoons, and some things I can't even categorize. I swear there were hundreds of cosplayers dressed as the Scout Regiment from Attack on Titan. I only took photos of a few of them, but believe me when I say that there wasn't anywhere to go at Fanime without seeing them. The Titans themselves were more rare, but I did see a few of them. One thing that surprised me was that there wasn't as much Space Dandy cosplay as I was expecting. I saw three Dandy cosplayers, but that's about it. There could have been more at places I wasn't, as seeing each and every cosplayer at Fanime is an impossible task. Well, maybe there will be more next year.
- Shawn - 7/19/14
Mass Effect Alliance Cruiser Bronzed for SDCC
Dark Horse is keeping their calibrations in line for Mass Effect Comic-con exclusives by releasing another bronze ship replica for SDCC 2014. This year sees the Alliance Cruiser in a bronze finish. At 350 pieces, there are more than last year's Normandy SR-1 and 2012's Normandy SR-2. It's a little weird that a ship with a short amount of screen time has a bigger run than the Normandy, a ship much more integral to Mass Effect, but maybe the bronze ships are getting more popular. The bronze Alliance Cruiser is over 9" long and will be $60 at the Dark Horse booth, #2615.
You can also check out Dark Horse's other SDCC 2014 exclusives.
- Shawn - 7/13/14
Direct link: Mass Effect Alliance Cruiser Bronzed for SDCC
Fanime '14: Danganronpa Cosplay and a Monokuma
It seems like Danganronpa has risen in popularity very quickly. While the series has been around in Japan since 2010, it didn't officially hit the U.S. until February of this year for the PlayStation Vita. The sequel is already coming out this September. An anime is also out in Japan, along with a few novels, and a third game is on the horizon. The Danganronpa cosplay gathering had most, if not all, the characters from both games. Some of these characters I'm not familiar with since the second game hasn't come out in America just yet, but that didn't stop these cosplayers from dressing up as the newer characters.
- Shawn - 7/13/14
Godzilla 60th Anniversary Diorama of Destruction SDCC Exclusive
As part of Godzilla's 60th anniversary, Bandai is bringing an exclusive figure and diorama set to SDCC 2014. This set has a 6.5" vinyl Godzilla with burn effects "reflected" form the city and a painted glowing blue spine, as if he was just about to unleash his atomic death breath. The slick looking box opens up into a destroyed cardboard city. When I first saw this I got excited that it was a new S.H. MonsterArts exclusive, but it's not. It still looks cool, though. The set is limited to 500 individually numbered pieces and will cost $60 at the Bandai booth. $60 for 60 years. Makes sense, I guess.
- Shawn - 7/9/14
Alien ReAction Exclusives Return to SDCC
Super7's Alien ReAction figures were a huge hit at SDCC last year. The "prototype" figures sold out during Preview Night and they sold a ton of Alien Early Bird kits. For SDCC 2014, Super7 is bringing new Alien ReAction exclusives and is hosting a trade event for one of the exclusives. Super7's first Alien ReAction exclusive for this year is the Egg Chamber Action Playset. This playset base is made from resin, with Facehugger eggs on on the landscape and has a corrugated cardboard backdrop to complete the retro feel. Of course, it comes in a retro box matching the rest of the Alien ReAction figures.
- Shawn - 7/5/14
Fanime '14: Most Hilarious Bootlegs Panel
We've seen some great bootlegs in person or online before, but there are many bootlegs that we don't know exist. I had my doubts that I would even get into the Most Hilarious Bootlegs panel. The line was already super long when I got to it over 30 minutes before it would start. I hadn't been to this panel in previous years, so maybe all these other fans knew that this was a good panel to attend. I stuck it out and was one of the last few people let in. There were absolutely no empty seats, so this panel had be good if it was completely full.
- Shawn - 7/5/14
Rocket Raccoon Gets Flocked at SDCC
I was kind of hoping that there wouldn't be a Rocket Raccoon exclusive at SDCC '14, but with all the Guardians of the Galaxy hype and this being The Year of Rocket Raccoon, of course there will be an exclusive. Funko is bringing a flocked version of their Rocket Raccoon Pop! figure. Same Rocket, just fuzzier. I need flocked Rocket in my life to add with my other figures of the badass space raccoon. I don't know how limited this will be, but it'll cost $15. I know first hand how difficult the Funko booth is to get into, so this will be a difficult Rocket to get. Oh, there will be some exclusive Marvel Mystery Minis, too, if you like those little dudes. (via Marvel)
- Shawn - 7/3/14
Direct link: Rocket Raccoon Gets Flocked at SDCC
Fanime '14: Female Titan Vs. Jenga
Attack on Titan has us all used to seeing Titans breaking down walls, but that changed at Fanime this year when a Female Titan helped construct a giant Jenga tower. Yes, giant Jenga returned to Fanime's Gaming Hall, and with Attack on Titan being a colossal hit, there were a bazillion Attack on Titan cosplayers. Seriously, the Survey Corps are like the new Storm Troopers because if you go to a convention you'll be seeing them everywhere. There were also a few Titans in attendance, with the best sighting being a Female Titan playing giant Jenga. This is it folks, if a Titan wins Jenga then humanity is doomed.
- Shawn - 7/2/14
Jumbo Glow-in-the-Dark Alien SDCC Exclusive
Gentle Giant will have an exclusive glow-in-the-dark variant of their awesome vintage style jumbo Alien figure for SDCC '14. At 24" tall, this thing will probably light up an entire room. It's not a night light because it'll practically be daylight in that room.
- Shawn - 7/2/14
Transformers Kreon Class of 1984 SDCC Exclusive
If the ever ridiculous Knights of Unicron or movie Dinobots in G1 colors aren't your style of Transformers, Hasbro has a third Transformers exclusive for SDCC 2014 that has the touch and the power: a set of G1 Kreons. The Kreon Class of 1984 set has thirty Transformers in a nice box. The box acts as a display for the Kreons when it folds open. Also included are a bunch of awesome accessories like a boom box, Transformers: The Movie soundtrack on vinyl, VHS tape, and a mullet. If you get one Transformers exclusive at SDCC, this is the one to get.
- Shawn - 6/25/14
SGH EX Terra Cresta Wings it in November
Details of the Shooting Game Historica EX Terra Cresta set are starting to come together. If you missed it, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. is making all five ships from old-school shooter Terra Cresta, which is awesome in itself, but they will also be able to combine into one larger ship. When combined, Wing Galiber will be a bit over 7" long. There are still no images of the prototypes yet, just a slightly new image of the concept art. The set should be out in November, but with T-ARTS penchant for perfection I wouldn't be surprised if it gets delayed. While it's priced around $70, it is currently a little less with the pre-order prices at AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan.
- Shawn - 6/23/14
Direct link: SGH EX Terra Cresta Wings it in November
Big Wow '14: Godzilla, Ultraman, and Kikaida Team-up
The biggest thing at Big Wow '14 was Godzilla, both the Kaiju and Kenpachiro Satsuma, the man in the Godzilla suit from 1984 - 1995. Satsuma was basically in most of my favorite Godzilla movies, so it was pretty amazing to meet him. It wasn't just about Godzilla though, as Satoshi 'Bin' Furuya and Ban Daisuke were also there. Furuya was in the Ultraman suit in the original series and played Officer Amagi in Ultra Seven. Ban Daisuke was the original Kikaida and Inazuman. It would have been great if Big Wow got just one of these actors, but they were able to get all three, which was incredible. The 2014 Godzilla movie had premiered the same weekend, so it was a perfect timing for Big Wow to have these three legendary actors in attendance.
- Shawn - 6/22/14
Raiden, Natsuki Chronicle, and Shooting Love Triple Shot
A triple shot-o-shooter news starting with the return of Raiden.
2015 is the 25th anniversary of one of the most loved vertical shooters, the original Raiden. To celebrate, Moss is developing a new Raiden game, currently under the working title of Raiden. The game will be out in 2015 on the Xbox One. Moss has only released a concept image, but the game is said to be different than the Raiden games we know and love. There is no word on a PS4 release, but considering Moss' track record, it will probably hit Xbox One first, then arrive on PS4 later in some enhanced form.
- Shawn - 6/21/14
Big Wow '14: The Art of Kaiju & Master of Monster
Godzilla fever was strong at Big Wow '14 with some very special guests, art, events, and panels about Big-G and the people who have been able to make him a big part of their careers. First up was The Art of Kaiju & Master of Monster panel with Kaiju expert August Ragone and artist Bob Eggleton talking about Godzilla and monster movies. August is an expert in all things Kaiju and author of the book Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monster. Bog Eggleton is an amazing Hugo award winning artist who has produced some of the greatest Godzilla art ever seen. There were lots of interesting things they talked about, so here's a bunch of it from the panel, along with photos of Godzilla art by Bob Eggleton from the show floor.
- Shawn - 6/21/14
Movie Dinobots Cosplay as G1 Dinobots for SDCC
For anyone who thought that the Knights of Unicron set was ridiculous, overpriced, or both, Hasbro has revealed a second Transformers set for SDCC 2014. It is something that a lot of Transformers fans would actually want, even though it's still probably overpriced. Four Dinobots from Transformers: Age of Extinction are painted in fairly accurate G1 color schemes. Grimlock, Snarl, Strafe (Swoop), and Slug (Slag) look way better than the movie color figures and have shiny chrome pieces to help make up for them not being made of die-cast metal. Even though a couple of the designs are still strange, like horns on Grimlock and two heads for Strafe, the figures look closer to Dinobots instead of Dragonbots.
- Shawn - 6/19/14
Metal Gear Solid V Punished Snake Exclusive at SDCC
Square Enix is making a tradition of having an exclusive Metal Gear figure at SDCC. For 2014, Lego mini-figure Hideo Kojima has revealed they'll have a bronze-colored Play Arts Kai Punished Snake variant figure from Metal Gear Solid V. If you ever wanted your highly articulated Snake figure to look like a bronze statue, then this would be the figure to get.
- Shawn - 6/17/14
Save More of the Last Humans in Resogun Heroes
More green voxel humans will need saving in the upcoming DLC for Resogun, but it'll probably be even more difficult than it is in the normal game. Resogun is an awesome shooter for PS4, and I loved it so much that I got the Platinum trophy for it. The much teased DLC, Resogun Heroes, will include new Survival and Demolition modes. Survival is what it sounds like, but with a new day/night cycle and the humans have parachutes, maybe to make it a little slower in them getting captured if you're busy surviving. Demolition is what Housemarque is calling "Arkanoid meets Resogun." In Demolition, a wrecking ball bounces around the level destroying everything. There is no boost, overdrive, or bombs, only a close proximity explosion to help you maybe not die. There will be multi-ball, ball leveling, and apparently just lots of balls.
- Shawn - 6/14/14
Terra Cresta Rises from Shooting Game Historica
Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has revealed their most ambitious Shooting Game Historica ship yet: Terra Cresta. Terra Cresta was a vertical shooter released in 1985 where the power-ups were more ships combining with the first ship. The Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon ships combined to form Wing Galiber. It made the player's ship a lot bigger, but it was such an awesome way to utilize power-ups. In their Shooting Game Historica EX line, T-ARTS is doing just what was done in the game; making all five ships and having them combine to form Wing Galiber. Seriously, this could be the best SGH set ever.
- Shawn - 6/12/14
Big Wow '14: Galaxy Quest Props
Batman fans may have had a small museum filled with hundreds of items at Big Wow '14, but Galaxy Quest fans also at got to see a bunch of screen-used props from their favorite space comedy. There wasn't a ton of stuff there, but it was cool that everything was in the movie. I didn't know these were going to be at Big Wow and the location of the props seemed a little weird. The table was set-up was out of the regular convention hall in the main hallway area. Maybe this was a late addition and the only area was out in the hallway next to the ticket booths? It's been a long time since I've seen Galaxy Quest, so seeing these props didn't hit me as hard as seeing some other stuff form conventions, but I'm going to have to re-watch this to see where all these show up again. Check out the stuff on display from what might be your favorite movie.
- Shawn - 6/11/14
Ahab Predator Goes Hunting at SDCC
NECA's Predator exclusive for SDCC '14 is Ahab Predator, a new character from the upcoming Dark Horse comic Fire and Stone. Ahab Predator has a cool unique mask, a skull on his chest, and is missing an eye, so you know he's a big badass. He has 25 points of articulation, backpack, spear, and, most importantly, a removable mask. I love removable masks on Predator figures. I'm really digging the look of Ahab. Considering that this guy is from an new Predator comic, it kind of sucks that he's going to be an exclusive and not in a regular series of figures, because a look at the covers of Fire and Stone, it appears he's a major character. It seems like the Ahab Predator may become the white whale for some Predator collectors.
- Shawn - 6/8/14
Knights of Unicron is the Most Ridiculous Transformers Set Ever
The labels of Autobot and Decepticon mean nothing when it comes to rockin' out. Optimus, Megatron, Soundwave, and Jazz have formed the Knights of Unicron, an '80s Cybertron hair metal band decked out in glam rock deco in this SDCC 2014 exclusive set. It's not only the most ridiculous Transformers set I've seen, but is sure to be the most ridiculous SDCC exclusive this year, if not ever. The set includes four figures from the Transformers War for Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron toys, repainted with attachable big hair pieces and flourishes. The set also includes a concert ticket, booklet detailing the history of the band, VIP pass, retro and reunion tour posters, stickers, and maybe a real record all in a roadie case. It's not clear if the record is actually real with songs on it, but if it has Peter Cullen singing as Optimus Prime, then this whole thing might be worth it.
This set seems to be getting lots of Transformers fans angry, but this is actually a great SDCC exclusive. It's a very unique set that will only appeal to some people.
- Shawn - 6/7/14
Udon Completes the Art of Capcom at SDCC
It's Ryu versus everyone on a new SDCC exclusive Udon hardcover. There can't be an SDCC without a new Udon hardcover, so this year Udon brings us Udon's Art of Capcom: Complete Edition. This massive 600+ page book contains everything in Art of Capcom 1 and 2, along with over 75 pages of new material. The tome will debut first at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 with an exclusive dust jacket with some awesome wrap-around art by Joe Ng.
- Shawn - 6/4/14
Big Wow '14: Batman Museum
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman, Big Wow ComicFest had a keen Batman Museum containing hundreds of items from the vast history of the character. The Batman Museum portion of the convention floor was jam-packed all kinds of Batman goodies. There was framed art, statues, figures, glasses, cups, autographed posters, advertisements, toys, and everything else. A replica of the '66 Batmobile was also there, and that is always a cool thing to see. It was very awesome to see all this Batman stuff in one place.
- Shawn - 6/4/14
Pacific Rim Jaegers Painted Black for SDCC
NECA is bringing a Pacific Rim exclusive to SDCC '14 with the "End Titles" Jaeger three-pack. This set includes Gipsy Danger, Crimson Typhoon, and Stryker Eureka all painted in high-gloss black, like the silhouetted Jaegers in the credits of the movie. The visors glow in the dark, which is neat, and I'm usually a sucker for glow-in-the-dark things. While I like the Jaegers in black, I still want to see the extra painted details like the numbers, danger signs, and symbols on them. I think that would make for cooler variants than just being straight black and give them a more realistic feel. I guess you could consider the Jaegers to be in stealth mode if you wanted.
- Shawn - 6/1/14
Big Wow '14: Cosplay
With Big Wow ComicFest getting bigger there are more and more cosplayers attending to show off their costumes. There were costumes from all over the nerd sphere. Godzilla was a big draw to Big Wow this year so there were at least a couple Godzilla cosplayers along with an assortment of characters from comics, movies, videogames, anime, and whatever else. My favorites from the show was Robocop and Lady Apocalypse. Robocop looked amazing. Lady Apocalypse was an awesome variation I hadn't seen before of one of my favorite Marvel villains.
- Shawn - 6/1/14
Mega Drive Megatron is the Next Level
Megatron welcomes you to the next level of 16-bit game consoles... himself. After months of being just a "coming soon" image on their website, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has added high res images of their awesome Mega Drive Megatron figure. The figure includes a controller that become kind of wing nub things, an unknown cartridge, and has a USB drive cannon that will likely have... something on it, maybe something Sega Genesis/Mega Drive or Transformers related.
- Shawn - 5/30/14
Caladrius Blaze and Resogun Double Shot
It's a double shot of shooter news for the PS3 and PS4!
The upcoming PS3 release of Caladrius Blaze, which includes two new characters, a new Evolution mode, and arcade mode, has a brand new trailer. The exciting trailer full of music and characters talking about shooter things. The end of the trailer announces the release date of August 28th. There still hasn't been any word on a Western release, so importing may be the way to go since it'll be region free.
- Shawn - 5/27/14
Kojima Has a Mini Cyborg Ninja Friend
Godzilla, Gamera, and Rodan film fan Hideo Kojima has a new figure reveal for Metal Gear fans, the Revoltech Mini Cyborg Ninja. The smaller 4" scale Revol Mini Solid Snake will have neither enemy nor friend to pose with whenever it is eventually released. Kojima says there is a lot of work to be done yet, but the prototype is already looking good and is sure to have a number of cool accessories.
- Shawn - 5/10/14
R-Type Dimensions Returns on PS3
Tozai is finally bringing R-Type Dimensions to the PS3 on May 20th, over five years since it was first released on the Xbox 360 in early 2009. Dimensions is a compilation of the greatest shooters of all time, the original R-Type and R-Type II. Both games can be played in their original pixel versions or in the updated 3D graphics mode. There's still that weird side-view-but-slightly-behind camera angle along with updated music and features like a slow-mo button. The graphics and camera angle can be switched on the fly for instant comparisons of older versus kind of newer. The Infinite Mode is still here, allowing those without the necessary shooter skills a chance to complete the game. Check out the new trailer for the somewhat old R-Type Dimensions.
- Shawn - 5/10/14
Godzilla, Ultraman, and Kikaida Suiting Up for Big Wow '14
Godzilla, Ultraman, and Kikaida will be arriving at a convention together... not the characters, but the actors who wore the suits and portrayed them on screen. Three Japanese suit actors will be at Big Wow Comic Fest this year. Kenpachiro Satsuma was the man in the Godzilla suit from 1984 - 1995. Satoshi "Bin" Furuya was in the Ultraman costume in the original series and had a role in Ultraman Seven. Daisuke Ban was Kikaida and Inazuman. I'm not sure who at Famous Monsters / Big Wow is responsible for getting these three, but this is pretty awesome.
- Shawn - 5/10/14
ThreeZero Scavenging Dead Space 3
ThreeZero is making an Isaac Clarke figure from his Dead Space 3 appearance, when the series got more action-y and snowy. Standing at 12" tall, the 1/6 scale figure features a light-up helmet and spine. There aren't too many other details about the figure yet, like whether the helmet will be removable or not, but I'm guessing not because of the LED lighting. The figure will obviously include the trusty Plasma Cutter, as you it's the most important tool / weapon in the galaxy.
- Shawn - 5/8/14
Happy Godzilla Blu-ray Day!
It's Godzilla Blu-ray day! A giant number of eleven Godzilla movies were released on Blu-ray today. Eleven! Eight of Big-G's films are Blu-ray double features from Sony Pictures in their new "Toho Godzilla Collection," while the other three are single-disc releases from Kraken. All of them have been remastered in HD. If you're a big Godzilla fan like me, then this is an awesome day. Here's all the HD Godzilla out today:
- Shawn - 5/4/14
Jabba the Hutt is in the Black for SDCC '14 (UPDATED)
Hasbro has announced an exclusive version of the Star Wars Black Jabba the Hutt for San Diego Comic-Con this year. This Jabba will include Salacious Crumb and Jabba's hookah, which will not be included in the eventual retail release. Like the previous Boba Fett exclusive, Jabba will be in a big black box. The box itself turns into a Jabba's throne room diorama with the outer part of the box resembling the door to Jabba's Palace. Apparently there is a spot in the box to slip in the Han in Carbonite from last year's Fett set, so if you don't have least year's set then you're already missing a piece form this one. I have a feeling this will raise the secondary market price of Han in Carbonite as the diorama might look complete without it.
- Shawn - 5/4/14
Jamestown Plus Shoots PS4 to British Colonial Mars
Remember that shooter that took place in 17th-century British Colonial Mars? That shooter, Jamestown, will be arriving on the PS4 this Summer as Jamestown Plus. The "Plus" means that the game will have new ships, new levels on Mars' moons Phobos and Deimos, and a new chapter that finishes the story. Jamestown was originally released for the PC in 2011. Check out the trailer for the updated PlayStation 4 version.
- Shawn - 4/30/14
The Monkey's News Box: 4/27/14
- Shawn - 4/27/14
Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn Trailer
Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn brings updated Square Square Square Triangle gameplay with Mobile Suits throughout Gundam history, but now we get to pilot the huge Mobile Armor. Bandai Namco and Tecmo Koei have teamed up to bring the biggest Dynasty Warriors Gundam yet, featuring over 100 mobile suits to pilot from . The visuals have been given a more realistic upgrade as opposed to the cel-shading of the previous two games in the series. Watch the trailer with some of the most epic music around.
- Shawn - 4/27/14
Revoltech Solid Snake Takes a Mini Smoke Break
A Revoltech Solid Snake is finally sneaking out, but he's not a regular Revoltech figure; he's a Revol Mini. Solid Snake, along with Kinnikuman, are the first figures in the new Micro Yamaguchi line, Revol Mini. Snake stand 110 millimeters tall, which is over 4 inches, making him just a little too tall to hang out with 3.75" G.I. Joe and Star Wars figures. This is a huge missed opportunity. This will no doubt be a high selling figure, but they could have sold even more had Snake been in the more universal 3.75" scale. I really wanted to have Snake drive around in a VAMP or take down an AT-AT, but it looks like my action figure dreams will never happen.
Even though he's not the best possible size, the amount of articulation and accessories Snake has is fantastic.
- Shawn - 4/26/14
Godzilla, King of the Minimates
There have been so many different types of figures of the King of Monsters and with Godzilla hype riding high, there will be a lot more coming out soon or later this year, including the first Godzilla Minimates. Diamond Select is making Godzilla and his Kaiju pals in the small 2" articulated Minimates form. Series 1 includes Godzilla, Mothra, Gigan, and Titanosaurus.
These are looking awesome and I really want to see how a King Ghidorah and Biollante would work as Minimates.
- Shawn - 4/24/14
Zone of the Enders Dolores Kit Incoming from Kotobukiya
With all the Zone of the Enders Revoltech figures, model kits, and other figures being made over the past few years, it was only a matter of time before the Orbital Frames from the anime were tapped. I shouldn't really be surprised to see a kit of Dolores from the Zone of the Enders: Dolores, i anime, but I kind of am. I guess I just wasn't expecting to see this one. Kotobukiya is bringing out a model kit of Dolores, the very pink Orbital Frame with a spirited personality. The first production run will include two tiny figurines of pilot James Links, one standing, the other sitting so he can go in the pilot seat. If you want to relive all the snappy banter between Dolores and James, then getting her in her first run is the way to go.
- Shawn - 4/23/14
Mega Drive Megatron Transformed
The biggest surprise back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter was Megatron as a Sega Mega Drive. At a recent Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. business meeting, a video was taken of the Mega Drive Megatron prototype being transformed from console to robot. A cartridge can be placed in Megatron's slot, making me wonder if the cartridge's label will be that of an actual existing game or some made-up Transformers game. The controller becomes a sort of wings nubs that attach to his back. It's a weird figure that kind of makes sense.
- Shawn - 4/20/14
Mazinger Z Brings Rocket Punches from ThreeZero
ThreeZero has revealed specs and photos of their more realistic take on Mazinger Z. Working with Mazinger creator Go Nagai, ThreeZero has made one of the most incredible Mazinger Z figures ever. The mechanical pieces and paint apps really turn Mazinger Z from an anime/manga giant robot to a possible real life looking mecha. The fully articulated Mazinger Z stands a proud 16" tall, has a detachable Hover Plider, Iron Cutters, Mighty Sword, and light-up eyes. Those that order the figure direct at ThreeZeroStore.com will also receive a Doublas M2 severed head. Doublas never stood a chance.
- Shawn - 4/19/14
Mega Man Cartoon DVD Gets Retro NES Box Art
If you missed out on the original DVD releases of the 1994-95 Mega Man cartoon, you'll soon have a second chance to get the full series. Discotek is re-releasing the Ruby-Spears produced series with new retro box art reminiscent of an old NES Mega Man game. There is even "wear" in the art to give it a used vintage look. Actually, the art is too good for an NES Mega Man box considering how bad most of the U.S. art was for Mega Man games. What would make this even sweeter is if the set has a slipcase or slipcover to give it that NES cardboard box look when it's on your shelf.
All 27 episodes of the series spanning both seasons will be on 4 DVDs.
- Shawn - 4/13/14
The Monkey's News Box: 4/13/14
- Shawn - 4/13/14
Galaga is in Super Smash Bros.
The Galaga boss ship has a role in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. As an aficionado of all things Galaga, this recent screenshot of the Galaga boss ship capturing Fox McCloud makes me more interested in the new Super Smash Bros.
While I was already interested in the game, I haven't actively been following it like the hardcore Smash fans, but seeing the Galaga boss is enough to make me want to play this.
- Shawn - 4/13/14
Flying Hamster Goes from Shooter to Platformer RPG
Flying Hamster was a fun little side-scrolling shooter and developer Game Atelier has started making Part II. The sequel is not a shooter, though; it's a platforming RPG adventure. That's quite a genre jump. The first game had nice visuals and music, cool power-ups like beer and bees, and at times had a Parodius type of humor. It's really a great game. It's a little weird that the sequel would be a completely different type of game, but from the video and assets posted so far, it's looking good.
Flying Hamster II: Knight of the Golden Seed is based a lot on the classic Wonder Boy/Monster World games, and Game Atelier even says that's what they're going for.
- Shawn - 4/12/14
Xenosaga Needs a Dinah Figure, Thus Spoke MegaHouse
Xenosaga fans will no longer be out of luck when it comes to figures of the games' mecha. When it comes to Xenosaga figures, it's pretty much Kos-Mos and more Kos-Mos. There are the occasional T-elos figures, or a rare Shion or Momo sprinkled here and there, but it's mostly just endless versions of Kos-Mos. Fans had to resort to making their own figures if they wanted mecha. MegaHouse is finally giving fans a break and by making a figure of the E.S. Dinah unit as part of their Variable Action line. You know, I think this is the first official mecha figure ever from the Xenosaga games. While this isn't and entirely Kos-Mos-less figure, as the Dinah is actually piloted by Kos-Mos, it's great to see that someone is starting to make mecha from the games.
- Shawn - 4/10/14
Happy 35th, Gundam!
This year marks Gundam's 35th anniversary, but today, April 7th, is the day the original Mobile Suit Gundam began airing in Japan back in 1979. That's practically Gundam's birthday. So, happy 35th, Gundam! The RX-78 celebrates with a pile of delicious chocolate chip cookies. Gundams love stepping on cookies!
- Shawn - 4/7/14
The Monkey's News Box: 4/6/14
Movies / TV
- Shawn - 4/6/14
Godzilla Action from NECA and in a New Trailer
NECA posted new glamour shots of their upcoming Modern Godzilla figure in some city-smashing poses and couple close-ups. This Godzilla is 6" tall and 12" long from head to tail, with 25 points of articulation and a bendable tail. Big-G is looking good even though his feet seem too small and stubby. NECA has a 12" tall 24" long movie figure coming, too, which will have even more detail than this G. Both Godzilla figures should be out in May.
- Shawn - 4/5/14
Rocket Raccoon and Groot Guard the LEGO Galaxy
Back at Toy Fair this year, we got our first look at one of the Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO sets from the movie that will launch Rocket Raccoon into super stardom. LEGO revealed the other two sets which round out the members of the Guardians and give us some cool spaceships. The photos of the sets are not big enough to really see everything, but give us a decent look at what we'll get, namely Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
- Shawn - 4/5/14
Wheeljack Invents Himself a Masterpiece
Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack has been known about for a while, with some prototype photos and blurry magazine scans appearing around online, but now there are high quality photos of the original Autobot inventor. These photos come from Amazon.jp and show off a lot of Wheeljack's awesome little details. Masterpiece Wheeljack looks amazing in both robot form and the super cool Lancia Stratos race car.
- Shawn - 4/2/14
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