Grimlock is a dragon. That's what the general movie-going populace thinks
Optimus is riding at the end of the
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Superbowl trailer. I've seen the trailer with a number of people and their
comment at the end upon seeing Grimlock is always the same: "There's a dragon
in it?" or "What's with the dragon?" or "Optimus riding a dragon?" or
something similar using the word "dragon" or "dragons" including the
two-headed one. None of these people are into
Transformers like us fans, so when I told them it's Grimlock the Dinobot they
would respond with, "Looks like a dragon." I agree that he looks like a
Chinese dragon; It's those damn horns. A T-Rex doesn't have big horns. Until the
word "Dinobots" is actually uttered in a trailer or the movie,
non-Transformers people will keep thinking that Grimlock is a dragon.
"Me Grimlock am dragon
now. Like playing ride 'em Autobot with puny Optimus Prime."
The first trailer for the live-action Patlabor: The Next Generation series
came up. This is an original story in the Patlabor universe with the third
generation of Patlabor. There will be seven episodes with the first in April
and a full movie coming afterwards.
This might be a spoilery piece of casting news for Avengers: age of Ultron,
Paul Bettany will be Vision. Why is this spoilery? Because Bettany
already voices JARVIS.
Deception IV lets you make some pretty
insane combo traps.
Lightning will have a Lara Croft outfit in Lightning Returns: Final
Fantasy XIII. Lightning is in Lara's outfit, with the axe, and a riot shield.
This is the closest you'll get to a Lara with pink hair..
The Square Enix Store has yet another exclusive game edition with the
Drakengard 3 Collector's Edition. This includes a prequel novella, the
original Japanese box art, a 2 CD soundtrack, a double-sided poster, and
three stages of DLC depending when you pre-order.
Amazon has acquired Double Helix, developer of the new Strider and the new
Killer Instinct. Because of this, Microsoft has to move the further
development of Killer Instinct to a different developer. Hmm, maybe you just
should have released a complete game to begin with.
Nendoroid Solid Snake is preparing for some tiny tactical espionage
action. The concept art for tiny Snake was on display at Wonder Festival 2014
Snake! You're head is
Kotobukiya's revealed illustrations for the next Street Fighter and Tekken
Nina Williams, respectively. I think we knew about Juri already, but now
we finally get to the the artwork. Nina's pose is now another spine-snapping ass-forward
pose. The original art of her standing cool with the gun was better.
Bishoujo Juri looks
fine, but Nina needs her old pose back, or at least one that isn't
ThreeA has a Killzone Helghast Hazmat figure in the works
according to a
Q&A response from Ashley Wood. I'm sure it'll have LED red eyes to make it
Figma of Major Motoko Kusanagi is in the works. This one is based on her
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex appearance. It's just a prototype
right now, but is already looking great.
It looks like
Masterpiece Sunstorm might be a Toys 'R' Us exclusive, like many of the
other Masterpiece Transformers.
Dragon Ball Z
After 30 years of Dragon Ball Z, Akira Toriyama is finally writing a
story about Goku's mother. Her name is Gine and her story will be a short
bonus story packaged with the Jaco the Galatic Patrolman manga. Kind of crappy that Goku's mother is only in a short bonus story, but I guess it's better than
- Shawn - 2/9/14
The Monkey's News Box: 2/2/14
S.H. Figuarts Mario! Bluefin Tamashii Nations Mario teases has ended,
revealing the first super-articulated Mario figure. There will also be diorama
playsets with bricks, question blocks, coins, pipes, Goombas, and Koopa
shells. These are priced to move too, with Mario being $25 and the diorama
sets at $20. Mario and the sets will be out in June.
I bet the first thing
most fans do with the diorama sets is make World 1-1.
The next Lego Cuusoo set is
the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, just in time for
Ghostbusters' 30th anniversary. This set looks incredible. It will include the four mini-figs of the
Ghostbusters themselves plus Slimer. The original proposed set included the
firehouse, but that won't be in the final set, which is probably good since
the price of that would be huge.
Watch the Skeletor voice-actors Alan Oppenheimer and Brian Dobson play with Skeletor figures.
It's one of the best things ever.
Kidrobot is making a
blind-boxed Mega Man figure line. There will be fourteen 3" figures, along
with 7" figures of Mega Man and Proto Man, and key chains. The concept art
looks good, but $10 for a blind-boxed item is a bit steep for me.
Alien Big Chap is coming to the S.H. MonsterArts. It's looking good, but
remember it'll be smaller and more expensive than the Alien figures NECA is putting
The newest character addition to Star Wars: Rebels is a
grumpy astromech droid
named Chopper, or C1-10P. I'm digging what I see so far. Adding the arms
from Ralph McQuarrie's original R2-D2 concept art was a great idea.
Empire Magazine had a huge X-Men: Days of Future Past character reveal with a
twenty-five interconnecting X-Men covers. The past Sentinel looks pretty
rad, but I'm not so sure about the future Sentinel; maybe it'll look better on
screen. It's a little sad that Rogue gets a cover even though her one scene in
the movie was cut.
Past Sentinel is all
retro-ish. And has eyes on its crotch.
new live-action TMNT designs have been kind of revealed and
they just look like bad stereotypes. Vincent
from The Robots Pajamas really hit the stereotype nail on the turtle head. And apparently it's
Ninja Turtles now, not Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles. Are they not teenage or mutants in the movie?
Jesse Eisenberg will be Lex Luthor in that Superman / Batman movie. I'm
sure he can be a good villain, but I didn't think they would go so young for
the character. He almost seems too young. Meanwhile, Jeremy Irons
will be Alfred, which is pretty damn cool.
Sly Cooper movie is coming, but not until 2016. Plenty of time to steal
donuts before then. Instead of the cel-shaded look, it'll be CGI, a brand new
look for sly and the gang.
Choose Your Own Adventure movie is happening. For this to actually happen
there should be audience participation where everyone in the audience pushes a
button to vote on what happens next. Some audiences will only get a 10-minute
new trailer for
Earth Defense Force 2025! The giant insects have
returned, but the E.D.F. has four new armor classes with the Ranger, Fencer,
Air Raider, and Wing Diver. Earth Defense Force 2025 drops February 18th.
The Vita version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will have an
exclusive beach scenario. Of course, the characters will be in swimsuits.
Arc System Works really wants to sell that Vita version.
Pac-Man Museum is coming February 25th for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. It has
lots of Pac-games with Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac-Land,
Pac & Pal, Pac-Mania, Pac-Attack, Pac-Man Remix,
and Pac-Man Battle Royale. Buying the game before March 31st gets you
Ms. Pac-Man for free.