ThreeZero's Shield Liger Roars Up
It's Zoids' 30th anniversary and Takara Tomy is not only celebrating with new model kits of their own, but also got ThreeZero to make the most incredible Zoids figures ever. ThreeZero is releasing a Shield Liger that is looking absolutely amazing. The weathered paint really works and makes it look as close to a mechanical lion/tiger mech thing that could exist in the real world. This Shield Liger is 1/72 scale, super-poseable, and includes a little pilot. It looks like that cockpit might even light up. I have an affinity for Zoids, having many of the model kits from the early 2000s, and I'm almost as excited for this I was was for ThreeA's Metal Gear REX. I was kind of hoping that Bambaland would put a limited run up so fans wouldn't have to order from an import retailer, but since it's ThreeZero and not ThreeA, fans will have to look elsewhere. BigBadToyStore and Hobby Link Japan currently have this up for pre-order with a scheduled release for March 2014.
- Shawn - 12/7/13
Go on a Date with... the Galaga Ship?
Shooters making cameos in other games and media is usually a cool thing, like the Vic Viper in Zone of the Enders / Sky Girls / tons of other Konami things, but this is a weird one. The upcoming Namco High is a game where you play as a Katamari Cousin who goes on dates with characters from various Namco games, including the Galaga ship. While Galaga the game does hold a special place in my heart and as much as I love playing it, I've never wanted to go on a date with the space fighter. Or any other Namco character, for that matter. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this one... if you're piloting the Galaga ship... are you doing it?
- Shawn - 11/21/13
Shooting Love Collection is a Collection of Shooting Love Collections
Triangle Service is releasing Shooting Love Collection, a collection of Shooting Love collections. Shooting Love Collection will contain both Shooting Love 200X and Shooting Love 10th Anniversary, which each collected previous Triangle Service shooters. In all there will be six titles with Exzeal, Trizeal Remix, XIIZeal, Minus Zero, Delta Zeal, and a shooter skill test. That's a lot of Zeal!
- Shawn - 11/18/13
ThreeA's Iron Man Lives, Walks, Conquers
ThreeA has posted new action shots of their unpainted prototype of The Invincible Iron Man. Designed by Ashley Wood, this thing is looking super cool and I'm digging the retro vibe it has. It reminds a lot of people of the Iron Giant, including myself, which isn't a bad thing. It looks like there will be LEDs in the chest, hands, and eyes. Apparently there will be multiple colorways, probably based on some of Iron Man's more iconic armors. I wouldn't mind a completely gray version to be a "1st appearance" Iron Man. Pre-orders for the 1/6 scale figure might open up in December if everything is approved by then, so we should see the colored figures before then.
After Iron Man will be Doctor Doom, Ultron, Spider-Man, and more characters. I can't wait to see what Doctor Doom and Ultron are going to look like.
- Shawn - 11/16/13
Cat on a PlayStation 4 Box
- Shawn - 11/15/13
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Cave is Developing a Shooter RPG
Remember Sigma Star Saga for the Game Boy Advance? It combined side-scrolling shooters with an RPG and was pretty great. Cave is trying something similar yet new by making a shooter RPG called Don Paccin. It looks like it'll be a different kind of shooter RPG than what Sigma Star Saga was. Obviously, the main shooter portion is much like Cave's famed bullet-hell shooters. Apparently you can upgrade the firepower and have to pay attention to your fuel supply. I'm not exactly sure how this will all work, but the map reminds me of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, where you just follow the lines to the next dungeon, or in this case the next bite-size shooter stage. Check out the trailer with some sweet Cave music.
Since it's being made by Cave, Don Paccin will probably be cool, but it's for Android and iOS. I hardly play any mobile games anymore. Maybe I'll check this out when it's released, though; I could go for a new type of shooter RPG since Sigma Star Saga came out back in 2005. Oh, and will the sequel be called DoDon Paccin?
- Shawn - 11/13/13
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The Monkey's News Box: 11/10/13
TV / Movies
- Shawn - 11/10/13
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Kojima Checks Metal Gear Solid V Play Arts Kai Figures
Metal Gear architect and dinosaur lover Hideo Kojima shared photos of the first two Play Arts Kai prototypes from Metal Gear Solid V, giving us a preview of the "Punished Snake" and "Skull Face" figures. According to Kojima, "Punished Snake" needs some work yet, but "Skull Face" looks pretty good. I'm sure Kojima will update the progress of the figures though his Twitter from time to time, and eventually show us a figure for the revealing and somewhat controversial Quiet.
- Shawn - 11/9/13
Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Trailer is Zoomed Up in Your Face
Funimation has released a trailer of the Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray set with newly screwed up zoomed in video. Here's a little history. Back in June, Funimation ran a survey asking fans' opinions on future Dragon Ball Z Blu-rays. One of the questions concerned the aspect ratio, whether it should be presented in the original 4:3 format or cropped 16:9. When I saw this question, my reaction was, "Why is this even a question?" You're losing so much of the original picture just to make it "fit" in HD TVs. Of course, I voted for 4:3, because that's the how it was originally made and how it was originally presented. It has ALL the picture, ALL the animation, ALL the pointless imagery of Goku standing there wasting entire episodes trying to conjure up a spirit bomb.
A month ago, Funimation announced that Dragon Ball Z: Season One will be hitting Blu-ray in cropped 16:9. What the hell? What happened in the survey? All the comments I've read since have stated that they voted for 16:9, so I don't understand how, when so many voted 4:3, that cropped 16:9 actually won. Did a ton of people that no nothing of aspect ratios vote in the survey?
Well, Funimation released a trailer for the Blu-ray set that actually has comparisons of the original aspect ratio vs. the new, called "past" and "future" in the trailer. Have a watch.
Sweet dragon balls, the future of DBZ looks awful. It's nice that Funimation is being somewhat honest buy having a comparison in their own trailer, but that is so zoomed in.
- Shawn - 11/7/13
The Monkey's News Box: 11/3/13
- Shawn - 11/3/13
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Robocop Patrols 8-bit Detroit Once Again
NECA is making a regular thing of retro videogame repaint figures. Their latest Robocop repaint pays tribute to the old NES game. Like the Jason and the Freddy figures before it, Robocop is done in a retro color scheme reminiscent of the game. I don't remember him being exactly that dark in the game, but I do really like the cel-shading look on ol' Robocop. The figure itself is the spring-loaded holster version, which is awesome, which will be housed in a videogame-style box. The figure will be limited to one production run and is rolling out in February 2014. I passed on the Jason and Freddy 8-bit repaints since I'm not really into those two characters, but I'll definitely be picking up Robocop. Check out more photos at NECA.
- Shawn - 10/24/13
The Monkey's News Box: 10/20/13
- Shawn - 10/20/13
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Hello Kitty Rolls as Blanka
One Street Fighter X Sanrio Hello Kitty plush mysteriously absent from the display cases at SDCC 2013 was Blanka. Well, it turns out there is a plush Blanka Kitty, but it's going to be an exclusive at Stan Lee's Comikaze convention. Since when does Comikaze get cool exclusives like this? I understood why the Alpha Chun Li and Akuma plush were exclusives, but Blanka? He's a core character and one of the original eight. Plus, everyone loves Blanka! This is going to be a tough one to get.
I can't make it to Comikaze, so I'm going to have to check eBay or Big Bad Toy Store to see if I can nab one after the show. Comikaze 2013 is November 1 - 3. If you go, be sure to get to the Toynami booth early, because if SDCC's Alpha Chun Li Kitty and Akuma Kitty are any indication, Blanka Kitty is going to sell out fast.
- Shawn - 10/11/13
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Zone of the Enders' Jehuty Gets a Deformation
Zone of the Enders has been having a good merchandise run lately with Revoltech figures and models kits, so what else could be next? Super deformed figures! Jehuty is seeing the super deformed style with a new line called Deformations by Union Creative. It has all the marks of the style, with an over-sized head and a stubby body, but it also looks to have a lot of articulation so it can be posed in dynamic action poses. It does seem kid of small at around 4-inches, but it has a lot of detail packed into it. This is definitely one of the best deformed figures I've seen with all the articulation, detail, boost effects, and blade accessories. Jehuty is up for pre-order at AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan. Deformation Jehuty should be out in January 2014 and is hopefully just the first in a strong line of slightly cute Zone of the Enders figures.
- Shawn - 10/5/13
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Pick Up an Exclusive Halo 4 Figure with Your Next Prescription
Walgreen's has an exclusive Halo 4 figure. Yes, Walgreen's. Just walk into a Walgreen's for your pills, get a card for your mom, and grab an exclusive Halo figure. It seems kind of bizarre, because who thinks of Walgreen's for an exclusive anything? McFarlane Toys' brand new Spartan CIO in steel with green highlights actually looks really cool and is a scheme never done before for Halo figures, so McFarlane Toys hooked Walgreen's up with a great exclusive. The days of exclusives for all the major toy retailers is over for Halo figures, because Walgreen's has somehow become a major retailer for Halo figures and has the only exclusive for Halo 4 Series 2, unless a secret one randomly pops up.
Walgreen's super cool CIO is a part of Halo 4 Series 2.
- Shawn - 10/2/13
The Monkey's News Box: 9/29/13
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Mortal Kombat: Legacy II - The Komplete Season
It has begun... and it has ended, all in a single day. Mortal Kombat: Legacy II premiered at Machinima today, but it wasn't just the first episode like we were all expecting; it was the entire ten episode season. I though I'd be talking about this for at least the next ten weeks or so, but now it's just one big chunk of awesome all at once. I do like being able to watch the entire thing as a while mini-movie. I really enjoyed this "season" and liked the new twist on a familiar character. I just wish it was longer so we could see more. Sub Zero's costume was pretty weak, though. The episodes cover some of the tournament (which seems to be a bunch of running into each other and fighting) but also has lots of good back story building up to the tourney with new-to-the-series characters like Liu Kang and Kenshi. Director Kevin Tancharoen did a mostly amazing job and I can't wait to see what Mortal Kombat thing he does after this. Watch the full season below or check it out at Machinima. Enjoy. Oh, and there's going to be a third season, unless the movie is next.
- Shawn - 9/26/13
The Monkey's News Box: 9/22/13
- Shawn - 9/22/13
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Gentleman Caller Claptrap Comes Calling
We got to see Gentleman Caller Claptrap at SDCC this year, but now NECA have released an official photo of Borderlands' bank-running, tuxedo-wearing, top hat-tipping, monocle-distinguishing, mustache-twirling Claptrap. It looks like that we are well on our way to getting a figure of every Claptrap, which is super cool, but I still want to see figures of Borderlands 1 or 2's main characters. Did the Psycho Bandit sell so incredibly poorly that retailers refuse anything but Claptraps? Us fans need more than just Claptrap, right? Well, Gentleman Caller Claptrap should be out in December, just in time for a very fancy Christmas.
- Shawn - 9/10/13
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SDCC '13: Sideshow Collectibles
G.I. Joe, Pacific Rim, Robocop, Marvel, DC, Terminator, Star Wars, Aliens, Predators, and More
There are just too many cool things at Sideshow Collectibles, one of the biggest booths at SDCC and almost the one with the most expensive things on display. There are a bunch of figures and statues back from last year, but they're still amazing to look at. A load of new stuff was on display with Pacific Rim, the new J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man women, new G.I. Joes, Robocop, Terminators, Star Wars dudes, and a couple super gross things. I usually don't buy things from Sideshow, but there is one thing I'm considering; the new Storm Shadow from Sideshow Collectibles. This Storm Shadow is based on my favorite action figure version of the character, Storm Shadow V2, so I may need to get this one. Below is this year's Sideshow Collectibles gallery. Enjoy.
- Shawn - 9/1/13
SDCC '13: Hasbro Marvel Universe
Hasbro brought back the Marvel Universe assault on Castle Doom diorama from last year, but made it bigger and better, even including Devil Dinosaur fighting Fin Fang Foom, a six-armed Ultron, and a couple repurposed G.I. Joe and Indiana Jones vehicles. The diorama was pretty amazing and probably had nearly every Marvel Universe figure in there somewhere. Unfortunately, The Marvel Universe and Legends lines will be ending, but the figures will be continuing into the movie lines. I'm not so sure this is a good idea though because it makes me wonder if we are seeing the end of highly articulated Marvel figures. The movie lines' figures have limited articulation and look and feel a little cheaper than the Universe figures. However, new Marvel Universe figures have been nearly impossible to find at retail, so maybe this is good and we'll actually be able to find the figures if they are in the movie lines. I just don't want to see them lose all that supreme articulation.
- Shawn - 8/31/13
ThreeA Carved Up Emile and Spartan EVA Halo Figures
ThreeA's next Halo figures are the carved visor Spartan Emile and a Spartan Mark V EVA. I love Emile's look with his custom carved visor, but I did not like the character. The EVA is a Bambaland exclusive and its paint color is close to the exclusive Spartan Commando they released with Carter. Whenever ThreeA eventually makes all of Noble Squad maybe there will be a full squad of similar looking Bamba exclusive version for another entire squad. ThreeA has actually improved the figure based on feedback from fans. The magnets are stronger, the rubberized suit and articulation are enhanced, and they've improved the placement of the switch to light up all those sweet fiber optics. These two are actually available for pre-order at Bambaland right now, so if you want one, jump on it before they're taken down. The 13.5" tall figures are $220 each and have fiber-optic illuminated armor, cloth soft case with functioning clasps, are fully articulated, include a shotgun, knife, and grenade canisters and shells, and look totally bad-ass. I think Master Chief is next up for ThreeA's Halo releases, so if the Chief is the one you're waiting for, it shouldn't be too much longer. Maybe.
- Shawn - 8/29/13
SDCC '13: Hasbro Transformers
Masterpiece, Platinum, Generations, Thrilling 30, Beast Hunters
Last year, I said I thought Hasbro underestimated the demand for the Bruticus. They limited him to two per person, but probably weren't expecting so may people to actually buy two of him since he cost $100. This year Hasbro had Metroplex, the largest Transformer ever, for $150. Hasbro smartly limited him to one per person, but even with that and the $150 price tag, Metroplex still sold out well before SDCC was done. He was also number 1 in the Thrilling 30 line. The Thrilling 30 line seems to consist of mostly exclusives, and even some of the exclusives get repeated. The Shockwave lab is in there twice, and so is Metroplex. They're just different regional exclusives. So, Thrilling 30 isn't really what anyone was expecting, but there's still a lot of other great Transformers stuff coming out now or coming soon.
Masterpiece Soundwave was a super popular exclusive at SDCC, even though it wasn't really an SDCC exclusive. Masterpiece Soundwave is exclusive to Toys 'R' Us stores, but Entertainment Earth was selling him at SDCC for them. An EE person told me they had 200 for each day, so there was chance of getting one if someone missed out on a previous day. I like when exhibitors have an allotment for each day, so then the attendees that can only go for the weekend still have a chance to get something that is insanely popular. I was in line and a EE guy came around asking everybody in the line if they were buying a Soundwave. I had high hopes because he didn't cut anyone off at the time. Once I got to the front and bought a Soundwave, another EE guy said there were only six left, so I got there just in time. I knew I probably wouldn't find Soundwave in stores, so I had to get it at SDCC.
- Shawn - 8/27/13
Steel Empire and Recca Double Shot
A double shot-o-shooter news for two 3DS shooters.
-A remastered version of the awesome shooter Steel Empire is coming to the 3DS. Steel Empire was a steampunk shooter before steampunk was so widely recognized as a thing. It originally came out for the Sega Genesis in 1992 and a version of the game was also released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004. I loved the game on the Genesis and is one of my most played games on that system. Steel Empire is a horizontal shooter where you can choose to fly a blimp or a plane. Starfish is remastering the game with enhanced graphics, 3D, and are rebalancing the difficulty. The original was pretty damn difficult at times, so that might be a good thing. Steel Empire is hitting Japan in December, but there's no word on a U.S. release yet. If this comes to the U.S. it's another step to me thinking of actually buying a 3DS.
- Shawn - 8/25/13
SDCC '13: Cosplay
It's time once again for a healthy dose of cosplay. The cosplay gallery isn't nearly as big as some previous years because I was focusing more on some other things this year, but I still saw lots of fantastic cosplay. From the amount of cosplay I saw, my winners are the Quarian group of casual Tali and her Quarian friend, Raven, just because, and Optimus because it's terrific version of the big Prime. The Galactus was super-impressive, as were the two Gears from Gears of War whose costumes were basically perfect. There's still a bunch of great cosplay below, like a wicked Victorian assassin lady. Enjoy and I'll see you cosplayers next time.
- Shawn - 8/24/13
SDCC '13: A Question with Regular Show Creator J.G. Quintel
I absolutely love Regular Show. I grew up in the 80s and early 90s so I get a lot of the humor the show provides. There was something that I had been wondering for a while and thought that maybe I'd get the chance to ask it to Regular Show creator and voice of Mordecai, J.G. Quintel, directly at SDCC. I tried to attend the Regular Show panel, but the line was super long when I got in it. There was a back to back Regular Show and Adventure Time panel block, so fans of both cartoons were in line. The time came for the panel to start and I was nowhere near the front. The line was looping up and down itself before even going into the building, so I left. There was also a Regular Show autograph session which I tried for before getting into the panel line, but tickets were gone about two seconds after the convention center doors opened in the morning, so that was out even before the long panel line. The next day I was at the Entertainment Earth booth to get one of the last Masterpieces Soundwaves (after I got mine there were only six left; I got it right in time.) I saw that J.G. Quintel would be signing there, so after I dropped off Soundwave at my car, I headed back to EE and got in line.
Before I got to meet J.G. a little kid and his dad walked by the booth. The kid saw the Regular Show sign and stepped up to the J.G. who said something to the boy. I wasn't close enough to hear what he said to the kid, but whatever he said made the kid freak out, in a good way. It was pretty cool.
I asked J.G. if he ever considered releasing Regular Show on VHS tape. Much of Regular Show's humor references the 80s and early 90s, so a Regular Show VHS would be the perfect thing. Also, it was recently done for the movie V/H/S, so it was obviously something that was possible. J.G. said that he wanted to put the first season or two on Laserdisc and hand it out to fans at Comic-con. It didn't happen because they couldn't find anyone who actually still made Laserdiscs, so they weren't able to do it. However, he said the Regular show VHS tapes are a possibility and maybe we'll see them at SDCC next year. Wow, if that happens, I am already in line for it.
- Shawn - 8/21/13
SDCC '13: Two Castle Grayskulls and a Snake Mountain
There was not one, but two Castle Grayskulls on display at SDCC this year, with Mattel's playset and Icon Heroes' statue. Both are very different types of Castle Grayskulls, yet both are great pieces for different reasons.
Icon Heroes' Castle Grayskull was on display last year, too, but this year, there was an accessory kit with it. The accessory pieces expand Grayskull with a big bone base to set it on, a Talon Fighter, a cannon, a flag, and Point Dread. I really like that this accessory set not only accessories Castle Grayskull, but also expands into a tiny bit more of Eternia. It also adds a small bit of playability to Grayskull, or at least greater diorama options. The castle and accessories looks absolutely amazing and gives you a view of the castle from any angle you want. However, since it's a statue, you can't do much with it. If Icon Heroes ever got to make He-Man Minimates you could stand them on its roof and around it, but not inside. It's also a polystone statue and polystone is very fragile. As you can see from a couple photos, the bone base already had a break in it. I have Icon Heroes ThunderCats ThunderTank and am so afraid it's going to shatter if I'm not super careful with it. However, it looks fantastic with a couple ThunderCats Minimates in it.
- Shawn - 8/19/13
SDCC '13: PrototypeZ Studios
Right next to the Bluefin's display cases at their SDCC corner booth was another display case with some prototype Street Fighter statues. You usually don't see Street Fighter stuff in Bluefin's booth, so I don't know if these actually meant to be a part of Bluefin's booth or if that was the only spot PrototypeZ Studios could get on the con floor to show their stuff without having a booth of their own. If it's the latter, then I'm a little surprised this display case wasn't over at Capcom's booth. There was plenty of wall space at Capcom and I'm sure there were Street Fighter fans at SDCC who didn't even see these.
- Shawn - 8/17/13
SDCC '13: Gundam
Bluefin Distribution had two booths at SDCC this year. Their first booth was in their normal area near NECA, Action Figure Xpress, and Hasbro Toy Shop. This booth contained the Tamashii Nations MonsterArts, FigureArts, and Chogokin goods. The second booth was in one of the far corners of the convention center, located in the newly designated area for all the videogame companies. This corner booth had all their Bandai Gunpla Gundams, other model kits, and whatever other goodies they felt like having. It was quite a trek, going from one booth to the other, especially during SDCC's busiest hours, which was all the time. Maybe next year they'll be able to get a single big booth like some of the larger companies; they'll certainly have plenty of product to fill the space with.
- Shawn - 8/17/13
Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray in 2014
Funimation announced some huge news at Otakon 2013 this weekend; they will be bringing Cowboy Bebop to Blu-ray in 2014, along with many other Sunrise titles. After Bandai Entertainment closed their U.S. branch we were all left wondering if we would ever see any of their shows on Blu-ray over here, mostly Gundam and Cowboy Bebop for me. Well, Funimation and Sentai Filmworks have obtained the licenses for distributing many of Sunrise's properties previously distributed by Bandai. Chief among them is the amazing Cowboy Bebop, possibly the greatest anime ever. Check out the Coming Soon trailer, which is the opening with text of the announcement peppered in.
There is no date yet, so right now it's just 2014. Funimation also got many Sunrise's other shows and here's a handy list of these rest of what they currently have:
- Shawn - 8/12/13
SDCC '13: Kotobukiya
Street Fighter, Tekken, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Trigun, Halo, and More
At SDCC this year Kotobukiya announced the next Street Fighter Bishoujo: Cammy. The placeholder card had Cammy's silhouette along with Round 2 and 3 text. So who will be the third Street Fighter lady to get Bishoujo-ed? It'll probably either be Sakura or Juri, but I'm betting Juri. The Chun Li Bishoujo prototype was on display, along with Tekken's Jun Kazama. Chun Li looks like a very normal Chun Li, which is kind of surprising since many Bishoujo statues skank up the characters a bit. Jun on the other hand is wearing a very revealing outfit. Another prototype on display was the Armored Wonder Woman, but, where is the armored part? It looks like she'll just be wearing a skirt and cape compared to the first one; does that count as armor?
- Shawn - 8/11/13
SDCC '13: Tamashii Nations S.H. FigureArts and D-Arts
Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Mega Man, Injustice, Power Rangers, Tiger & Bunny, & More
Sailor Moon: The S.H. FigureArts Sailor Moon figures are a huge deal. Pre-orders have been going strong and a few retailers have even stopped them because of the high demand. They're fully articulated and the first Sailor Moon figures in a very long time. Sailor Moon herself was in display, but I didn't see Luna anywhere. Sailor Jupiter was announced at SDCC this year with her prototype standing proudly with the prototypes of Sailors Mars and Mercury. Moon is out in September and Mercury in November, but there is no date for Mars of Jupiter just yet. I'm sure all the Sailor Scouts will get made and there has to be a Queen Beryl at some point since the Scouts do need to punish somebody. Also, I know far too much about Sailor Moon.
Dragon Ball Z: Tons of DBZ figures were there, but the gem on display was a stunning and enormous fully articulated Shenron dragon.
- Shawn - 8/10/13
Shooting Game Historica 4 SP Finally Appears and Adds Liberation Maiden
It's been three years since Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. brought out Shooting Game Historica 4. I thought SGH4 was their final set since we never heard anything about an SP set. Then earlier this year, they released SGH Reboot, putting ships in display cases with a larger accessory, so again I figured that the full sets like this were over with. Now appearing out of nowhere, Shooting Game Historica 4 SP has surprised us and will be out very soon. While this hasn't been announced on the T-A.R.T.S. blog, AmiAmi has opened pre-orders.
- Shawn - 8/10/13
SDCC '13: Hasbro G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe figures, Jon M. Chu, and Ray Park
Hasbro had a single display case for G.I. Joe this year. I think everything on display had already been announced previously or is currently in stores. The ultimate versions of Duke, Firefly, Storm Shadow, Cobra Commander, Flint, and Roadblock were all there. These ultimates are some fantastic Joe figures. They have a ton of accessories, possibly even more than the excellent Pursuit of Cobra line, and include a larger accessory along with lots of smaller ones. The ultimates should be out in September and be some welcome additions to fans' Joe collections. Other figures on display were the Data Viper, Budo, Cobra Combat Ninja, Kwinn, and a Crimson Guard. I'm pretty sure we've seen photos of all these guys before, but now at least I've seen them in person until they hit shelves in September.
- Shawn - 8/9/13
SDCC '13: NECA
Aliens, Predator, Pacific Rim, Robocop, Borderlands, BioShock Infinite, Gremlins
Aliens: So far NECA is doing an amazing job with their Aliens line and there is some great stuff coming up. The Alien Egg with LEDs and launching Facehugger should do some good for dioramas everywhere. There is an updated original alien coming out, along with a blue Alien warrior. There is also a new character, Sgt. Craig Windrix, the brother of NECA sculptor Kyle Windrix, who has stage 4 cancer. NECA is making a figure to honor him which is very cool. I am loving the Aliens figures, but probably won't end up getting the shot-up Alien 2-packs. While these 2-packs include a Hicks and Hudson with different facial expressions, the shot-up Aliens kind of limit how the figures can be displayed.
However, most awesome of all, is that Jones the Cat is being made into a figure. This is all due to my old friend Paul, aka "Vincent" from The Robot's Pajamas. He did the twit thing on Twitter to telling NECA they should make Jones. And they did. And that's pretty damn awesome. Rumors are that Jones will actually be included with a Ripley figure, which would be absolutely incredible.
- Shawn - 8/7/13
SDCC '13: Square Enix Play Arts Kai
Robocop, Aliens, Metal Gear Solid, Captain Harlock, Final Fantasy, DC, Street Fighter, Tekken, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil 6, Zetman
Square Enix just keeps getting more and more licenses for their Play Arts Kai figures. A ton of their current, upcoming, and prototype figures were on display at SDCC. They had advance sales for some of the newest figures, which all sold out, along with their exclusives. Their exclusives this year were the blue variant of Raiden from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and a metallic Dark Knight trilogy Batman. If you visited the Konami booth you might have been able to pick up the sharp looking white MGR:R Raiden, previously only available through Japan's Konami Style store. There were a ton of figures on display, but there are a few I'm going to single out.
Robocop: Holy frak, there's going to be a Play Arts Kai Robocop. So far the prototype is looking fantastic. It looks like the leg panel is removable for some kind of gun in leg possibility. It would be cool if the final figure's leg was fully functional like NECA's spring-loaded Robocop, but I'll be okay if it's not because I need a big fully articulated Robocop figure in my life. Can you imagine if Square Enix eventually made an ED-209? It would be huge!
Aliens: Colonial Marines: Well, unfortunately Square Enix is making Aliens figures based on the terrible Aliens: Colonial Marines game. Fortunately, Aliens don't differ too much between Aliens media, so I can just call these Aliens figures.
- Shawn - 8/4/13
SDCC '13: Hasbro Star Wars Black and Vintage
Hasbro had plenty of Star Wars goods on display at SDCC, but I'm only focusing on Star Wars Black 6" figures and the Vintage stuff. If you're looking for more than that, move along. Due to my dwindling fandom and other figure lines I'm more into, I only really care about those two series in the vast Star Wars universe of figures. I used to be a huge Star Wars collector. When the first new figures hit in 1995 I collected the hell out of Star Wars for years. Then the prequels came out and my Star Wars figure buying dropped significantly, to almost nothing. Once Episode II was out, I mostly focused on clones for a while, but then I got tired of that, too. I loved The Clone Wars cartoon, but hardly got anything related to it. Since the Vintage stuff has come out I've only been picking up a few figures here and there, along with some of the vehicles, but only characters and vehicles from the original trilogy. Prequel stuff shouldn't get to be Vintage in my eyes. Now, Star Wars Black is here and I'm a little more excited for them because they're 6" Star Wars figures, something we've never had before. I'll be treating this like I do the Vintage line, though, just picking up a few main figures I want here and there.
- Shawn - 8/1/13
SDCC '13: Super Street Fighter X Sanrio Turbo
The Street Fighter X Sanrio collaboration was raging on at the Toynami booth with Hello Kitty dressed in the full fighting gear of most of the original World Warriors. Toynami was showing off a ton more Street Fighter X Sanrio stuff than last year. They had Hello Kitty as Guile, Cammy, Ken, Dhalsim, E. Honda, and Zangief, along with the Ryu, Chun Li, and M. Bison shown off last year. Oh, and Zangief Hello Kitty is basically the best thing ever. It's so unbelievably awesome it kills me. The only original World Warrior not to have a plushie yet is Blanka. I'm not sure why there isn't a plush Blanka Kitty yet, but there needs to one. There is a little Blanka Kitty figurine, along with the other originals plus Cammy and M. Bison. A few of the figurines have alternate colors, too for 2-player action. Of course, there also needs to be the other three original bosses with Balrog, Vega, and Sagat. I need to see Sagat Kitty with an eye patch and big scar. I also need to see a Vega Kitty with a removable mask. Toynami is doing a fantastic job with these and is turning girls into Street Fighter fans and men into Hello Kitty fans.
- Shawn - 7/30/13
SDCC '13: Super7 Alien ReAction Figures and Glassware
It was at last year's SDCC where Super7 first announced they were making the long lost Kenner Alien figures. Fast forward a year later to SDCC '13 where fans were able to pre-order the complete set of figures for the first time. Those who pre-ordered the set got a sweet Early Bird Package. Those who didn't get to go to SDCC will get pre-order the figures from Super7 starting August 1st, along with the awesome Alien glasses.
All five of Super7's Alien ReAction figures were on display with packaging samples. The figures look fantastically retro, just as they would have looked in 1979
- Shawn - 7/28/13
SDCC '13: Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts
Godzilla, King Kong, and Alien Vs. Predator
Biollante, the largest of Godzilla's movie monsters and the largest of the S.H. MonsterArts figures, was the highlight for me at the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth. I was hoping we would get to see this in person at SDCC and there it was. Biollante, the Godzilla DNA/plant hybrid, looks amazing. It has a light-up chest with three different colors, articulated tentacles, and it's freaking Biollante. Along with Biollante were the new MechaGodzilla Kiryu and Godzilla '64, both of which are fantastic. Godzilla MonsterArts fans have a lot to look forward to this year.
Many of the previous figures were on display with Godzilla, Destroyah, King Ghidorah, Burning Godzilla, Space Godzilla, and Mogera. SDCC was also the debut of the Destroyah Evolution pack, containing three evolutionary stages of Destroyah. I was tempted to pick it up, but many online retailers have it listed for the same price, and I spent too much at SDCC so I can wait a little bit for it.
The big announcement for S.H. MonsterArts at SDCC this year were Alien and Predator figures from the awful Alien Vs. Predator movie.
- Shawn - 7/27/13
Hello Kitty is the Raging Demon
Toynami is unleashing a new Street Fighter X Sanrio exclusive at SDCC '13 with Hello Kitty dressed as the evil Akuma. I can't even imagine how brutal Hello Kitty's Raging Demon attack would be. Consumed by the Dark Hadou, Hello Kitty has Akuma's signature red hair, prayer beads, rope belt, and intense demon red eyes. The Raging Kitty stands over 12" tall and will be a raging $45. I love this with all the rage I can muster. Last year's Hello Kitty Chun Li sold out very quickly, so I would expect this to sell out fast. There was also an official Hello Kitty Chin Li cosplayer last year, so I'm wondering if there will be a Hello Kitty Akuma cosplayer this year, which would be awesome as hell.
- Shawn - 7/7/13
Soundwave Drops His Latest Masterpiece During SDCC
The U.S. release of the amazing Masterpiece Soundwave is happening during SDCC, both at and outside of the con. Unlike Hasbro's other SDCC Transformers exclusives, Soundwave is not strictly an exclusive for the convention. Masterpiece Soundwave will debut at the Entertainment Earth/Toys 'R' Us booth and online at toysrus.com. Masterpiece Soundwave is actually up at toysrus.com right now, but ordering won't open until July 18th, which is, coincidentally, the first full day of SDCC. Since I'll be at the show I'll have a chance to pick one up there, but I might just try to order one online while I'm there just in case he sells out at the con. That and it would be one less line to stand in. I'm still kicking myself for not buying Masterpiece Grimlock at SDCC because I thought I would see it at a TRU store. I never did. Masterpiece Soundwave will be $120 at SDCC, online, and in TRU stores, if you can find it.
What's great about Hasbro's U.S. release, is that Soundwave includes the five cassettes of Ravage, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Frenzy, and Rumble, plus Megatron in gun mode. The previous Japanese releases had Soundwave with Laserbeak, but the other cassettes were separate. Soundwave and the cassettes are packaged in a new closed box, which looks a lot better than the previous Masterpiece Transformers' all see-through packaging.
- Shawn - 7/3/13
Metroplex Heeds the Call of SDCC '13 Transformers Exclusives
Metroplex, the largest Transformer ever, is on his way to Comic-Con. Many fans thought it was weird when Hasbro first announced the bulk of their SDCC goodies there was no stand-alone Transformers exclusive. Well, Hasbro were just saving not just one, but three of them for an announcement at BotCon. There were rumors that there would be an exclusive version of Metroplex. Standing at over two feet tall, the SDCC version of Metroplex has metallic armor, a chrome face, a second huge gun for giant dual-wielding action, and an additional twelve mini-figurines. The twelve mini-figurines look to be unarticulated and could possibly be not-painted, being molded in a single color, but it's an additional something else for the exclusive. SDCC Metroplex will be $149.99. Hopefully Hasbro will place a limited of one per person on this guy so we don't run into a situation like last year's Bruticus. As we learned from Bruticus, a high price does not matter in the midst of SDCC.
If you don't need the extra stuff, then the retail Metroplex is already up for pre-order at BBTS for $109.99 and will be available August 1st, unless you were at BotCon this weekend and grabbed him early.
- Shawn - 6/30/13
Ketsui on PS3: Welcome to Special Round!
A Cave game will finally be released on the PlayStation 3 with the bullet hell masterpiece Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra. Ketsui for the PS3 is being published by 5pb, who have released a new trailer showcasing the special mode new to the PS3 version. Listen to that music in the second half of the trailer. That shit is intense, son! The end of the trailer also shows both the regular and limited editions of the game. The LE includes a Super Play Blu-ray and a two-disc soundtrack of original and X-mode tunes. I'm a little surprise the LE hasn't sold out already, especially considering it's region-free. Ketsui is out on the PS3 on July 25th.
- Shawn - 6/25/13
Direct link: Ketsui on PS3: Welcome to Special Round!
Udon's Mega Man and Street Fighter Hardcovers for SDCC '13
Udon usually has at least one or two hardcover exclusives for SDCC, but this year they're going all out with six. If you love Udon's exclusives then you are in for some awesomeness at Comic-Con this year. Udon kind of teased an exclusive hardcover version of MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works back in May, but now they have officially announced the massive 432-page SDCC exclusive hardcover edition. The hardcover has a shiny blue laser foil dust jacket with a Mega Man schematic on the actual hardcover. This beast will be $100, but if you missed out on the two previous Mega Man books and you like hardcovers then it's mega worth it.
- Shawn - 6/25/13
Bronze Normandy SR-1 Inbound to SDCC '13
Just like last year's bronze Normandy SR-2 Mass Effect exclusive, Dark Horse is bringing a bronze Normandy SR-1 to SDCC this year. While the bronze SR-2 was limited to 200 pieces, the bronze Normandy SR-1 is slightly less limited at 300 pieces. The ship measure approximately 6.75" long and has a custom display base. The Normandy will cost $50 and is limited to two per person per day. I have a feeling that this will sell out before the first day is done, though, maybe with some left into the second day.
- Shawn - 6/23/13
Direct link: Bronze Normandy SR-1 Inbound to SDCC '13
Super7's Alien ReAction Figures Get an Early Bird Package, Samples, and Freebies at SDCC '13
Super7's upcoming Alien ReAction line is something fans have been waiting over 30 years for, so it's easy to say that these things are going to be hugely popular. At WonderCon this year, Super7 revealed that the figures will be available for pre-order first at SDCC. To sweeten the deal even more, Super7 is adding four SDCC exclusives for those that are going to the con.
First up is the early Bird package. Those that pre-order the figures at SDCC will receive a retro-styled Early Bird Package that contains a display stage, Space Club membership card, photos, and stickers. This will be given to those who pre-order the full set of five figures at SDCC, while supplies last, of course. The set will be $100 and should be shipping anytime in October through December.
- Shawn - 6/23/13
Fanime '13: Cosplay
Cosplay cosplay cosplay! There were a ton of great costumes this year and I think I took more photos than the previous years I've been there. This is actually just a fraction of what was there, though because there was just so much. For best costume this year I'm going with the Geara Zulu cosplay I already posted about. Also there was an amazing Godzilla cosplayer who can probably be tied for best cosplay because he was freaking Godzilla. Best girl? there were a ton of great female cosplayers this year, like Ulala, I-No, Borderlands Sirens, Captain Scarlett, Mad Moxxi, a female Sander Coen, Elizabeths, Fang... there were just too many awesome ladies. There were some unexpected cosplayers at Fanime like Kenshiro (surprising because I've never seen someone cosplay as him), one of the chicks from Hyperdimension Neptunia, Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, G.I. Joe's Recondo, and a Goku who actually had the kind of body that a Goku should have. Keep your panties on for that one, ladies. So, I watch a lot of anime, but I don't watch a lot of anime because, again, there were a lot of characters that I didn't know at all. I was mainly going to stick with photos of characters I knew, but that plan fell through so prepare for a good number of randoms. Please let me know if you know what some of these unknowns are. Enjoy that gallery, click the pics for enlarging, and see you at Fanime next year.
- Shawn - 6/22/13
Fanime '13: Some Random Things
This is where I cram a bunch of other random things that I did, noticed, or thought about at Fanime, along with additional photos.
- Shawn - 6/22/13
NECA's Predator Trophy Skulls All in One Box
When NECA announced the Predator Trophy Wall a while back, many Predator collectors were bummed because they missed out on some of the trophy skulls. The trophy skulls were previously released in various Predator figure two-packs and a few single figure packs. Many fans got themselves ready to hunt down whatever figure packs they missed. I know, because I was one of these fans, figuring out which figures I missed out on that had trophy skulls so I could get a complete set. Fortunately for many NECA has announced that all the previously released trophy skulls will be re-released in one box.
- Shawn - 6/20/13
ThreeA's Lost Planet 2 Mercenary Hunts for Akrid
ThreeA's first figure emerging from their team-up with Capcom will be the 1/6 scale Mercenary from Lost Planet 2. This figure looks amazing and includes two weapons and multiple extra hands. He looks to have a full body suit to have full articulation while hiding all of it. I just wish I was more of a Lost Planet fan to get this. If ThreeA were to ever make any of the Akrids, well, that would be awesome. The Mercenary will be out very soon on June 21st for $160 over at Bambaland, which is a pretty good price for a 1/6 ThreeA figure. I'm almost tempted to get this to stand him next to the ThreeA Halo Spartan, but SDCC is soon so there are other things I should probably get instead. There's no word on when the massive Drio mech is coming out yet either, but what I really want to know is if ThreeA will be making anything from other Capcom properties. I certainly hope so.
- Shawn - 6/19/13
ThunderCats Minimates Are Ever Living at SDCC '13
Ancient spirits of evil have transformed a tiny decayed form into Minimate Mumm-Ra The Ever-Living, one of the new figures in the ThunderCats Minimates Series 4 box set. Like the first ThunderCats Minimates set, the Series 4 set is a Comic-Con exclusive from Action Figure Xpress and Icon Heroes. Aside from Mumm-Ra, this set contains young naive Lion-O, living Jaga (the previous Jaga Minimate was ghost Jaga), Grune, and Ma-Mutt. Not only does the set include the Sword of Omens, the Sword of Plun-darr, and alternate hands for Mumm-Ra, but Jaga even includes an alternate head so he can be young or old Jaga.
- Shawn - 6/13/13
Deadpool Corps Taco Truck Exclusive Feeds SDCC
Hasbro announced an additional exclusive for SDCC 2013: the awesome Marvel Universe Deadpool Corps Taco Truck containing Deadpool, Lady Deadpool, Champion of the Universe, Kidpool, Dogpool, Squirrelpool, and Headpool. The box itself is a taco truck and the figures are packaged inside taco shells. I thought it was weird that there was no Marvel Universe exclusive announced in USA Today's exclusives reveal, but we just had to wait an extra day for this insanely ingenious set.
- Shawn - 6/8/13
Fanime '13: Evangelion Entry Plug
Neon Genesis Evangelion fans saw some fantastic Evangelion cosplayers at Fanime this year, but they also got to see, and possibly sit in, a life-size Eva Entry Plug. It was quite large, shiny, and featured full control panels on the inside. There were even orange panels garnishing the floor around it. Unfortunately, there weren't any Evangelion cosplayers around while I was there. Instead, there was a Disney princess photo shoot going on, hence the princesses in the background. Constructed by Lionel Lum, a prop maker and cosplay photographer, the Entry Plug was very impressive and probably the best life-size Evangelion thing built outside of Japan. Japan made their own official entry plug for the life-size Eva exhibit back in 2010. This was the first time I've see such a large-scale prop like this at Fanime that anyone could actually get into. I'm hoping this starts a trend of much larger-scale props for cosplayers. It would take a lot of extra work, but man it would be cool.
- Shawn - 6/8/13
G.I. Joe and the Transformers' Epic Conclusion at SDCC '13
Hasbro continues the awesome combination of G.I Joe and Transformers for SDCC this year with of "Issue 7" of the epic crossover toys. This year's set features Jetfire as a Skystriker, Hound as a V.A.M.P., Baroness with a leash on Ravage, Bludgeon, Snake Eyes, and Blaster with three cassettes. It's the biggest of the three crossover sets and "The Epic Conclusion" tagline suggests that this will be the last of them. Cobra and the Decepticons got two years in a row with the Starscream Skystriker and Shockwave H.I.S.S. tank, so this year it's the Joes' and Autobots' turn.
- Shawn - 6/5/13
Flying Hamster HD Spitting on Vita
Flying Hamster HD is a cute-'em-up shooter starring a goggles-wearing hamster determined to get his kidnapped girl back. For some reason, all the other animals who have teamed up against him. Why do all these animals hate Newton the hamster? What a bunch of jerks. Flying Hamster has been out for a while as a PlayStation mini, and the HD version was already released in Europe, but on June 11th Flying Hamster HD spits onto U.S. Vitas from The Game Atelier. Check out the U.S. launch trailer to see how awesome a flying hamster can be.
I played the minis version of Flying Hamster and it is a fantastic shooter and was a nice surprise among the mediocre crop of minis available. Newton attacks by spitting seeds, bees, and even spewing beer.
- Shawn - 6/4/13
Mamorukun Curse! Announcement Trailer
G.Rev's cute bullet hell shooter Mamorukun Curse! is coming to the North American PlayStation Network on July 16th courtesy if UFO Interactive. Mamorukun is a little different from other current bullet hells in that the characters can freely walk around the level instead of the usual flying forward in a cool ship. There have been plenty of shooters like this before, but they're a bit rare these days. The PlayStation version include two characters that were DLC on the Xbox 360 version, two new stages, and alternate costumes of the seven characters. Mamorukun received disc releases in Japan for both the PS3 and Xbox 360, and while I prefer to get disc releases for my shooters, for only $19.99 I can deal with digital only since we're actually getting this weird shooter released in the U.S.
G.Rev's games can be hit or miss. I liked Under Defeat HD quite a bit, so hopefully Mamorukun will be just as fun.
- Shawn - 6/3/13
Direct link: Mamorukun Curse! Announcement Trailer
Fanime '13: Gaming Hall
For those who like to play games at a con and for those who hate sleep, Fanime's Gaming Hall was open 24 hours a day. The Gaming Hall had arcade games, classic console games, tabletop games, crane games, photo booths, PC games, puzzles, human chess, and giant Jenga. Most of the arcade games were the same as last year, which is fine since Strikers 1945 III and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo both returned. Those two are the most important. There was also not one, but two crane games filled with Hello Kitty plush toys because, obviously, one machine full of Hello Kitty was not enough.
- Shawn - 6/2/13
Fanime '13: Gundam Unicorn Geara Zulu Cosplay
Last year's awesome Zaku II cosplayer outdid himself this year with his amazing Geara Zulu mobile suit costume from Gundam Unicorn. I'll post the full cosplay gallery in a bit, but first I wanted to share this incredible piece of cosplay. Enshiro, as he is known, made the AMS-129 Geara Zulu mobile suit, specifically the Angelo Sauper Custom, hence the purple and pink colors. This is seriously amazing and was easily my favorite cosplay I saw this year. The Geara Zulu towered over everyone and a crowd formed wherever he was. The amount of work that goes into awesome cosplay is just staggering sometimes.
- Shawn - 6/1/13
Udon Readies Mega Man and Akuma Hardcovers
Udon is readying the release of MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works, showing off the cover, a mega stack of pages, and an 8-page preview. Both the previously released Mega Man: Official Complete Works and Mega Man X: Official Complete Works are combined into one giant tome, plus has an additional 100 pages of new material. I have the Mega Man book, but missed out on Mega Man X, so I will definitely upgrade to this. The mega 432-page book will be out in softcover in August for $59.99. However, Udon also mentioned that there will be an exclusive hardcover for summer conventions, which means it'll be available at SDCC.
- Shawn - 5/31/13
Kojima Posts More Photos of ThreeA's Metal Gear RAY
Battroborg fan Hideo Kojima has shared a couple more photos of ThreeA's gigantic Metal Gear RAY prototype on his Twitter. Metal Gear artist and designer Yoji Shinkawa is once again holding the child-sized RAY and it seriously looks like it's half the size of him. It's a bit more gray than we've previously seen it, so the work on it seems to be coming along. According to Kojima, the toes are currently made of rubber and in the second photo we can see RAY's mouth open. I'm not sure if we'll actually see this released this year, because the paint for REX seemed to take a long time to get finalized. Eventually we'll see this beast out to go along with our REX, though, most likely with some slick LEDs. Also, check out Yoji's awesome shoes.
- Shawn - 5/21/13
ThreeA's Atlas and P-body Welcome You to Science (Updated)
ThreeA has posted some new official ad shots of the their 1/6 action figure masterpieces of Portal 2's Atlas and P-body, which will be available for pre-order sometime this month. These two are fully articulated, fully featured, and fully awesome. Each figure has a light-up optical sensor and a light-up Portal device. P-body's torso can even be removed from its chassis.
- Shawn - 5/11/13
DoDonPachi Saidaioujou is Region Free
It's the news that bullet-hell shooter fans have been waiting for; Cave announced via Twitter that DoDonPachi Saidaioujou will be region free. The game will be out on May 30th, those that were holding out on ordering until this announcement can now get their orders in. Those that speculated and took a chance at ordering early, or those that have a Japanese Xbox 360, and who were lucky enough to order the now sold out Super Limited Edition or Limited Edition, the region free-ness is almost like an additional bonus. Since it's region free this probably means that the game won't see an actual localized release in North America, which may mean that Cave couldn't close it's deal with whatever publisher they were previously talking to about bring it overseas. That's too bad, but at least everyone can actually play it when it's released on May 30th.
Cave has also posted a video showing off the Xbox 360 mode for DoDonPachi Saidaioujou with the new Xbox 360 character, the pink-haired Saya.
- Shawn - 5/10/13
Atlas and P-body Light-up Eye Video by ThreeA
Portal 2's Atlas and P-body are not real robots, but ThreeA's action figures of the duo will be the next best thing. ThreeA posted a video showing off the light-up eye sequence for both P-Body and Atlas... and it's mind-blowingly awesome. I had decided to not get these and just settle for the smaller, yet still cool NECA versions, but those eye sequences are too awesome. If you've been on the fence about these, this video may push you to the buy side. These will be very difficult to not pre-order when they go up sometime this month.
- Shawn - 5/7/13
Fear the Songbird Plushie
BioShock Infinite's Songbird is the most feared thing in Columbia, compete with a nursery rhyme meant to terrify children into being good little boys and girls. However, it also has a softer side as some stores in Columbia sell Songbird plushies to its patrons. When I first saw the Songbird plushie in the game, I immediately wanted a real life version. Well, NECA is making an actual plush Songbird at 7" tall with a 14" wingspan. It looks just like the in-game model... except that it's darker for some reason. It's looks like more of a brown leathery fabric in the game, so I'm not sure why the plushie is all black. It looks even more terrifying in black.
- Shawn - 5/7/13
Boba Fett with Han in Carbonite Black Boxed for SDCC '13
The Star Wars Black Series will begin with an SDCC 2013 exclusive Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite in a big black box. Aside from the Han in Carbonite this also includes Fett's blaster rifle, disintegrator pistol, and jetpack. It's all a very slick exclusive. Well, the exclusive parts of this set will be the Han in Carbonite, the big black Boba box it all comes in, and possibly the pistol. Boba Fett will be released on his own in the Black Series, so if you don't need a 6" scale Han in Carbonite, then you don't have to worry about this. However, a 6" scale Han in Carbonite is really cool.
- Shawn - 5/4/13
Atari Asteroids Beach Bomb SDCC '13 Exclusive
Next up in Mattel's space-themed Hot Wheels exclusives for SDCC 2013 is a surfboard hauling Beach Bomb pickup with Atari logos and Asteroids art. This will apparently be one of the last hand polished Chrome Spectraflame Hot Wheels cars ever offered, which probably means something to the hardcore Hot Wheels collectors out there. Aside from the two surfboards on the back, the pickup also has Real Riders tires, you know those rubber ones. The Beach Bomb is cool, but the real kicker on this is that it comes in a Asteroids arcade cabinet packaging. I never thought I'd ever be trying to get a Hot Wheels product at SDCC, but with this and the the two Battlestar Galactica ships, there are three.
- Shawn - 5/1/13
Shiny Colonial Viper SDCC '13 Exclusive
Hot on the six of the SDCC '13 exclusive Cylon Raider is an exclusive Hot Wheels Colonial Viper. Like the Raider, this Colonial Viper from the original Battlestar Galactica is also a 1:64 die-cast with a shiny VUM finish packed in the vintage style 1978 packaging. What I want to know is, why isn't Mattel packaging the Raider and Viper together? A two-pack containing both exclusives would make sense because what if one sells out faster than the other? That would be a terrible thing. Hopefully everyone who buys these purchases them evenly.
- Shawn - 4/30/13
Cylon Raider Shines by Your Command at SDCC '13
Mattel started to reveal their SDCC 2013 exclusives, with one of the first goodies being a Hot Wheels Cylon Raider. Mattel is making Hot Wheels Battlestar Galactica ships? That's cool. This is a classic Cylon Raider from the original Battlestar Galactica, not from the newer and amazing BSG, although it does make me wonder if Mattel also has the license for the newer show. The die-cast Cylon Raider will be 1:64 scale, which I don't know how big that actually makes it inch wise. the cylones really spent extra sprucing up this Raider because it will also have an extra shiny VUM finish. The Raider will will be packaged on a vintage style Battlestar Galactica packaging from 1978.
- Shawn - 4/29/13
NECA's SDCC '13 Exclusive Albino Predator
NECA previously hinted that their Predator exclusive for SDCC 2013 might be from the Batman: Dead End fan film, the same place the incredible Big Red Predator came from, and it is. The Albino Predator, revealed as a part of Action Figure Insider's 8th Anniversary week, has a very unique color scheme and brand new shoulder armor. It's crazy how NECA is making official Predator figures from a fan film, especially considering that Big Red and Albino only got a few seconds of screen time. While this guy isn't nearly as bas-ass as Big Red, I do like the look of it because it's so unique among the other Predators. There's still plenty of time to reveal more for the figure before SDCC so I hope it includes an accessory of some sort. Based off NECA's $25 price tag for exclusive last SDCC, I suspect the Albino Pred will run the same.
- Shawn - 4/27/13
Direct link: NECA's SDCC '13 Exclusive Albino Predator
Turian Cruiser Replica Cruising In
Dark Horse continues their line of Mass Effect replicas with the Turian Cruiser. Hmm, maybe Dark Horse really will eventually make all the in-game model ships Shepard can buy to spruce up her/his quarters on the Normandy. This is a cool looking ship, but I wish all these replicas were more in-scale. The Turian Cruiser will be approximately 6" long and have a sculpted base, so the base in the photo probably isn't the final one. It also includes a DLC code, which will probably be a random piece of DLC equipment for the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. The Turian Cruiser is currently up for pre-order at the BioWare Store for a November release.
- Shawn - 4/27/13
Direct link: Turian Cruiser Replica Cruising In
DoDonPachi Saidaioujou Opening Anime
Cave has posted the opening anime for the home release of DoDonPachi Saidaioujou, full of new animated shots of the ships flying and shooting, the enemies, and what looks to be the big Angry Head Bee itself. It all looks completely awesome. There are also more scenes of Element Dolls doing random stuff. The previous opening video must have been a work in progress or a slick trailer using some of the opening anime elements. Apparently the song is sung by voice actress and J-Pop star Aya Hirano, so that's cool.
- Shawn - 4/22/13
Enjoy Evangelion with a 9-Patty Burger, Spear Fork, and Life-Size Rei
To celebrate the Blu-ray release of Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo, Japanese fast food chain Lotteria will have a nine Patty burger that comes with a cool original Spear of Longinus fork. This 9x9 burger monstrosity has nine patties and nine pieces of cheese and one way to an easy heart attack. What does a burger have to do with Evangelion? Nothing, but the burger is kind of a pun on the Japanese title of the movie, Evangelion Shin Gekijō-ban Q, because the number 9 in Japanese is pronounced "kyū," kind of like "Q." I would totally get one of these burgers just for that awesome "Fork of Longinus." I doubt we'll see anything like this when the Blu-ray is released in the U.S.
Lotteria is also having a drawing for a life-size Rei figure. Yes, a LIFE-SIZE REI. Rei stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and is fully articulated.
- Shawn - 4/21/13
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- Shawn - 4/21/13
Direct link: The Monkey's News Box: 4/21/13
NECA's Motorized Patriot for the Patriotic
Nothing says patriotism quite like BioShock Infinite's freaky George Washington automaton with a Pepper-Mill gatling gun. First seen at Toy Fair '13, NECA has released an official image of the fearless Motorized Patriot action figure, now with the two flags attached to its back. The Patriot features a Pepper-Mill gatling gun, two flags, and an alternate head. The figure stands over 9" tall and has over twenty points of articulation. The Motorized Patriot should be out in August. Hopefully NECA has some of the other Motorized Patriots planned. We also need to see a Booker figure to battle it.
- Shawn - 4/21/13
Direct link: NECA's Motorized Patriot for the Patriotic
Super7 Reveals Photos & Details of Alien ReAction Figures and Glassware
Last year at SDCC, Super7 announced that they were making Kenner's lost Alien 3ĺ" figures from 1979. This year at WonderCon Anaheim, lucky attendees got to see the finished figures at the Super7 booth. Now, Super7 has posted photos of the figures for the rest of us to see. There are only photos of the Alien, Ripley, Ash, and Kane, though, as Dallas is mysteriously absent. They look fantastic with their full five points of articulation. For accessories, Ripley and Dallas each include a flamethrower, Ash has a motion detector, and Kane has a removable space helmet. The Alien has an extendable jaw and even has a glow-in-the-dark head!
The five figures will be available for pre-order at SDCC 2013. I'm hoping that Super7 is planning on opening pre-orders on their web store, because if pre-orders sell out at SDCC a lot of fans will be plenty furious. Each figure will be $19.99, which may seem like a lot for a 3ĺ" figure, but since these will most likely be limited and are figures that no one ever thought would get made in the first place... then the $20 isn't too bad.
- Shawn - 4/20/13
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