It's Monday! And that means it's time for your weekly dose of all the great Gaming Memorabilia news from this past week.
Comic-Con is here! And along with it....not a whole lot of video game merchandise. The show had its fair share of surprises for fans of Geek culture, and more than a few trailers of upcoming media goodness; but sadly, gaming merch wasn't heavily represented as much as in previous years. That said, there's still a ton of great announcements that have been coming out of the woodwork; including some great Mega Man collectibles and some more nice additions to the ol' gaming wardrobe. Enjoy!
Splatoon 2 - Hooded Towels
For those of us that recall the flood of merchandise released following the success of Splatoon 1, you'll likely remember the awesome lineup of hooded towels. Well, with Splatoon 2...they're back! Rather than the plethora of colors we received the first time around, looks like we'll just be given the choice of Neon Pink (Girl) or Neon Green (Boy). They out in store in Japan now, but for us here in North America, sites like Play-Asia have them on-sale.
Windjammers - Official Merchandise
Spread the word about the hottest new sport on earth with this official lineup of Windjammers merchandise. The collection over at Fangamer.com includes a 5-panel Windjammers Hat, 4 unique Windjammers T-shirts (each with a bonus Windjammers sticker), a Windjammers Lapel Pin and a Windjammers Frisbee. Credits go out to Tony Kuchar, Nina Matsumoto, Amanda Johnson and Wham-O for these awesome designs. Grab your flying power disc, unleash your special move, and go for broke!
Splatoon and SUper Smash Bros. - AMiibo Wave
We've all known about these for a while, and many of us already had them on pre-order; but just incase, here's a quick recap of all the great Amiibo that were released last week. From the Super Smash Bros. series, there are two versions of Bayonetta, two version of Cloud and two versions of Corrin. That's 6 more Amiibo in this long-running lineup! And on the Splatoon front, an Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid.
Spyro the Dragon - First4fIGURES sTATUES
First 4 Figures has been teasing this one for a while, but last week we finally saw the pre-orders kick off. Being cast in high-quality polystone, every detail on this 15" Spyro the Dragon has been captured perfectly, and is finished with a detailed hand-painted finish. Like with the vast majority of F4F releases, there's an exclusive version as well, which includes animated LED lighting. Both are retailing at $325 with a scheduled send-out of Q1 2018.
Atari - Ataribox Speakerhat
This one really straddles the line between merchandise and hardware, but thought I'd throw it in here anyways. The Speakerhat is a Bluetooth-connected hat with an Atari logo on it, that allows you to listen to music, make and receive calls, and even synchronize music with other Speakerhat users. This Atari version will be joined later by a Blade Runner 2049 tie-in version. A pretty interesting news drop after the recent reveal of the Ataribox - so we'll see what happens.
The Legend of Zelda - Electronic Ocarina of Time
Hey! Listen! The folks over at ThinkGeek have announced that now you can play Legend of Zelda music whenever you like with this Legend of Zelda Electronic Ocarina of Time. This cool little piece of merch has two modes: Classic Mode unlocks a hidden song when you play the corresponding 6 button tune. Free-Play Mode lets you riff however you'd like. You can become the greatest jazz ocarinist this side of Hyrule.
Mega Man - Mega Man Mastermix
Fans of the Blue Bomber? Then say hello to Mega Man Mastermix – it's Mega Mega Megamix remastered in color! Officially announced at Comic-Con, Udon Entertainment will be publishing the series an an ongoing quarterly comic starting January 2018. Josh Perez will be the colorist. Issue #1 debuts with 80-pages.
Mega Man x - Second Armor Figure
Well, it turns out that Bandai teaser from a few weeks ago wasn't related to the X-Hunters or Bit and Byte after all. Instead, looks like we're getting a brand new figure based on Mega Man X's Second Armor. At 5" tall and an LED X-Buster, this awesome figure hit the pre-order release last week and is scheduled for a retail release December 2017 in Japan.
MEGA MAN Legends - Dark Rock Volnutt 4Inch-Nel Variant
Naughty Rockman DASH and Mega Man Legends fans are in for a treat. Later this month, Sentinel will be distributing a "Dark Rock Volnutt" 4Inch-Nel variant at Wonder Festival. Shortly after, limited quantities will go on sale at Sentinel's website on July 30th. The previous dark Mega Man variant, Dark Mega Man.EXE, actually came stateside as a New York Comic-Con exclusive; so you can expect to see this one gracing cons as well in the coming months.
Pac-Man - Pac-man x Hello Kitty Lineup
Looks like Sanrio and Bandai Namco have teamed up to bring us this odd but adorable crossover between Hello Kitty and Pac-Man. The company has announced a fun mobile app in the vain of Pac-Man with Hello Kitty style themes - and to compliment it, an entire lineup of merchandise. From t-shirts to baseball caps to pins and everything in between. I might be skipping on this one; but would be interested to hear what you guys think!
Street Fighter - Knockouts
Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Capcom, leading publisher and developer of video games, announced last week that they were launching Street Fighter Knockouts vinyl figures at San Diego Comic-Con. Well we saw them - and they're awesome! Street Fighter Knockouts are 7-inch vinyl figures that feature the powerful women from the video game series. Packaged in display-worthy window boxes, Series 1 includes Chun-Li, Cammy, and Sakura. The figures were designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Anders Ehrenborg. Psst.... some variants were shown at SDCC ;)
Street Fighter - Lil Knockouts
Also announced as part of the Cryptozoic Entertainment and Capcom partnership is a lineup of Street Fighter Lil Knockouts. These are 2.75-inch vinyl figures based on fan-favorite characters from the video game franchise. Series 1 consists of Ryu, Chun-Li, Cammy, Ken, Blanka, Guile, Sakura, M. Bison, Zangief, and Akuma. In addition, there will be two rare variant Chase figures. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Sam Greenwell, each figure comes in Cryptozoic’s signature, collectible blind-reveal tin.
God of War - Kratos 7" Scale Action Figure
Announced during San Diego Comic-Con 2017, looks like there might be a few God of War 4 collectibles coming from NECA. These include a Kratos 7″ Scale Figure and a Kratos Life-Size Foam Axe. While a 1/4 Scale Kratos was shown, but official images were not released; as it looks like everything's still pending licensor approval. Just wanted to throw it in here because I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel for SDCC news...
Dark Souls - Dark Souls I, II & III Exclusive Double LPs
Don't worry - as your life bar goes down and down, death after death, you can drown out all the expletives you're saying with some good tunes. They may be the same tunes that you're listening to as you die repeatedly, but that's beside the point. ThinkGeek presents the Exclusive Double LPs of Dark Souls I, II and III! Beautiful vinyl albums with equally beautifull jacket cover-art. Relive your fondest memories of dying horrible deaths!
It was the God of War Collection on the PS3 that first introduced me to a Trophy system. I saw a 'ding' in the top corner of my screen, and the rest is history. For years I would search out games just to add to my Trophy score. Didn't matter how good or how bad, how long or how short - I was destined to get 'em all! Reality smacked me in the face...hard...a few years ago when I realized my backlog was growing well beyond manageable, and I was growing far too frustrated for imaginary awards that really meant nothing. But it was in those dark years (...shivers at the thought of 2010) that, one night while craving my next fix, I downloaded... .detuned on the PSN.
Now I'll go through this review generously crediting Farbrausch's experimental digital experience as "a video game" - but some would argue that a 'musical visualizer' may be more appropriate. A suited man, sits in a chair, looking aimlessly into the unknown. Surrounding him are blue-scale objects. Dancing creatures, stacked shapes, throbbing rubber ducks, and frozen statues; all blue, and all interwinded with orange pipes. The camera slowly pans around, and occasional jump cuts offer different perspectives of the centerpiece man. Buttons on the controller manipulate him; expanding his head, making him dance, distorting his movements; or simply contortioning his body. That's it. That's the game. A graphical equalizer. No one goal; no arching story; no helpful narrative - just a glorified, psychadelic app.
And psychadelic it is. In fact, a seizure warning at the beginning of the game, usually only reserved for the fine print pages of your PS1 instruction manuals, is shown each and every time you start up a sesson. And I gotta say, I was a little scared playing through this game. Had seizures as a kid - haven't had 'em since - but if anything was gonna haunt them back into my life - it'd be the effects of .detuned.
The music itself from Leonard 'paniq' Ritter isn't terrible - and fits the trippy gameplay quite well. But even more enjoyable, is the ability to use your own music in the game. Had Stan Bush's "You've Got The Touch" cranking from the Transformers movie, while stocking up on the easy to obtain trophies. And honestly, I think that's what this experience was meant to be. A way for gamers like you and me to make art from music.
If you're the type of gamer who just can't help those spur-of-the-moment acid trips, then sit back, throw on Demo Mode and have yourself a crazy time. And if you want 10 cheap and easy trophies - hey, maybe this isn't such a bad option. If you do end up playing it, I would LOVE to hear what you have to say over in the Cartridge Club forums.
It's Monday! And that means it's time for your weekly dose of all the great Gaming Memorabilia news from this past week.
This past week has seen an incredible run of Nendoroid pre-orders from the Good Smile Company. Between the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon, and the popularity of franchises like Overwatch and Persona, there's definitely no lack of figure announcements. There's also some great merch on the Street Fighter front as well, if that's more your style. And if your more of the 'outdoorsy' type, then there's a few wardrobe additions for you to enjoy. All that and more here in this week's Merchandise Monday!
Street Fighter II - Desktop Zangief Set
Tired of being stuck in the office instead of at home playing Street Fighter II? Well this 8-piece set should qual those frustrations when released in October; with Zangief joining your cubicle with a variety of different uses. A jewelry holder, a pen holder, a phone stand, and a phone charger holder; each molded after one of this Russian fighter's famous moves. And it doesn't stop there, each of those 4 poses comes in both a 1P and 2P color scheme.
Overwatch - Mercy (Classic Skin Edition) Nendoroid
Directly from the world-renowned multi-player game, Overwatch - comes this awesome new Nendoroid entry based on Mercy. Modeled after her classic design, this figure stands at the usual 10cm and runs at $45. Pre-orders for this one kicked off back on July 12 and run to August 23, with a scheduled retail store date of January 2018. Like with all Nendoroid figures, several accessories are included; such as 3 facial expressions, her cane, and a healing effect. Mercy joins the likes of Mei and Tracer in the Nendoroid lineup.
Super Mario Bros. - Shu Uemura make-up Collection
Calling all gamer girls: Shu Uemura's upcoming collection will do all of your retro dreams proud. The brand behind everyone's favorite eyelash curler has the most glorious range in the works, which pays homage to Super Mario Bros. So far, we've seen 6 items from the range, which includes 5 beauty products and 5 and a massive train case. Get a sneak peek at the entire lineup below, and find it in stores on November 1, just in time for holiday gifting season
Mortal Kombat - Noob Saibot SDCC 2017 Exclusive
More photos have been released for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Exclusive – Mortal Kombat Noob Saibot Figure by Storm Collectibles. The 1/12 scale figure will be available at the Bluefin booth during SDCC 2017. The images give us out first look at how the decapitation blood effects work.
Air Jordan 4 "NES" Customs
After creating a pair of Air Jordan 4 "SNES US" customs with NBA Jam callouts, FreakerSNEAKS now returns with an equally impressive pair of 4s repping the Nintendo Entertainment System. Featuring the classic gaming system’s color palette of off-white, grey, black and red, this new creation honors classic titles like Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on its tongues. In addition, details like the “Start” and “Select” buttons adorn the laces, a custom cartridge with Jordan’s Jumpman logo was made as a hangtag and pressable D-Pad, and “A/B” buttons are built into the heel.
Heroes of The Storm - Raynor, Sylvanas and Thrall (Neca Series 3)
Heroes of the Storm Series 3 by NECA will mark the final three figures released for the line. Included in the third and final wave are Thrall from World of Warcraft, Raynor from Starcraft and Sylvanas from World of Warcraft. The figures are available now from NECA’s Ebay and Amazon stores.
Persona 5 - Morgana NENDOROID
I'll be the first to admit that, aside from Digital Devil Saga: Megami Tensei I and II, I haven't played ANY of the other entries in the franchise. That said, the figures coming out look consistently awesome! In this case, straight from Persona 5 comes the Nendoroid entry of Morgana. Instead of the usual different facial expressions normally seen, this figure comes with 4 unique eye-pieces and 4 unique mouth-pieces, offering 16 different variations! It also comes along with a slingshot, a saber and the "All Out Attack" armchair and cigar.
Splatoon 2 - Croquis Square Sketch Pads
What better way to show off your artistic prowess than with a Splatoon 2 sketch pad! Available with with a Battle or Graffiti design, each of the spiral sketch pads has 100 pages and measures a bag or desk friendly 6.5” x 0.4” x 7.2”. Straight from San-Ei Co., Ltd. this is a great buy for when your kids are going back to school this Fall.
Fallout 4 - T-51 Power Armor Nuka Cola Armor Pack
A special armor pack for the Fallout 4 Power Armor Figures is now available to pre-order from ThreeZero . The Fallout 4: T-51 Power Armor – Nuka Cola Armor Pack works with all existing ThreeZero 1/6 scale Power Armor figures. The set includes the armor pieces only. It’s priced at $120 and includes free shipping and a free ThreeZero t-shirt.
Pokémon - Ash & Pikachu Nendoroid
Hard to believe that Pokémon is turning 20 years old; and in celebration, we're seeing a lot of big Pokémon news, including a new film. And from this film, of course comes merchandise! Good Smile Company presents Ash Ketchum along with his Pikachu. He includes 3 facial expresions, his removable cap, a Poké Ball and a lightning effect for Pikachu's attacks. This will also be Nendoroid's commemorative 800th figure.
Pokémon - Nendoroid More: Face Parts Case
With its semi-parody line up of Nendoroid More "Face Parts Case" figures, Good Smile Company presents it's newest edition - Pikachu! The famous electric-mouse Pokémon stands at 10cm tall and is modeled in pure ABS, rather than PVC. The point of this series is to use the faces of your other Nendoroids to make funny figure combinations, and it works! The price is about $12, or more interestingly 1,111 Yen; and was set out for pre-order last week on July 13. If you collect Nendoroids, this is a great addition to your shelves.
Nintendo NES Classic Hoodie
And yet another clothing item courtesy of Nintendo; is this classic NES-style Parker hoodie. Utilising the original colour pallet of the entertainment system, this slick greytone hoodie is ideal for those looking to show off their gaming pedigree. Featuring clean lines, body panelling, two front pockets and NES button detailing on the front, its elegant design will ensure it becomes an instant classic.
Street Fighter V - Akuma "Pop Culture Shock" Statue
On their Instagram and Facebook pages, Pop Culture Shock has been sharing preview photos for a new statue. The upcoming release is for a Street Fighter V – Akuma 1/4 Scale Statue. It sounds like the statue will debut during San Diego Comic-Con next week. Akuma stands atop a light up lava base and looks like there will be versions for a classic head sculpt and at least one with a modern head sculpt.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - The Art of wOLFENSTEIN
With Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus coming out this fall, fans can get an in-depth look at the design of the game with a new art book Having already produced The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Dark Horse promises that The Art of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will be “overflowing with concept art, production material, and exclusive commentary from the creators of the newest entry in the epochal franchise.” The hardcover will hit shelves on Nov. 7, just a few short weeks after Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus’ Oct. 27 release date.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD - God-Hand (Chieri)
Straight from Sega's new 3DS role-playing game, this awesome 1/7 scale PVC figure is based off of a God-Hand. Ques Q is well known for their quality sculpts, and this entry is no exception. At 22.5cm and $140, this is a great one to pre-order for fans of the 7th Dragon franchise. And if that's you, you're in luck, as pre-orders went on sale July 14, 2017!
Super Mario Bros. - SDCC 2017 Exclusive World of Nintendo mini-figure 2-Pack
Entertainement Earth has teamed up with Jakks Pacific to release this really cool San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Exclusive World of Nintendo 8-Bit Super Mario and Princess Peach 2.5" Mini Figure Set. Each figure brings the unique aesthetics of Mario and Princess Peach as they originally appeared in Super Mario Bros. video game packaged in a unique retro-styled TV shaped box with an NES on top. This SDCC 2017 exclusive set is limited to just 3,000 pieces, and can be purchased at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 or pre-ordered now online at EntertainmentEarth.com for $14.99.
UBIQ / CAPCOM Collection
As if the Air Jordan's above weren't enough, CAPCOM is releasing sneakers in collaboration with UBIQ based on 4 of their most famous franchises. The designs include the immensely popular “Monster Hunter”, “Mega Man”, “Street Fighter II”, and “Ghosts ‘n Goblins”. Seems like since last years Nintendo x Vans lineup, all the big gaming companies are bustin' their way into the shoe industry.
Kingdom Hearts III - SorA Guardian Form (Bring Arts Figure)
The Guardian Form version of Sora, the protagonist of KINGDOM HEARTS III, is now available in the Bring Arts figure series as an event and online store exclusive item! Even though this figure stands at only six inches tall, with detailed paintwork and contrast of colors this figure faithfully recreates Sora’s appearance with high fidelity to the in-game graphics. The figure also comes with various interchangeable parts, including hand pieces with different poses, facial pieces, and a new, exclusive Keyblade, creating a voluminous set of accessories.
So that about wraps it up for this past week, folks. With a ton of collaborations in the works, and some top-tier figures to go along with them, this has been another awesome week in the world of gaming memorabilia.
Are you gonna try to pick up the Nuka Cola armor set for your Power Armor figures? What are your thoughts on the new idea of "Face Parts Cases" from Good Smile Company? Would you be caught in the office with Zangief accessories around your cubicle? Looking forward to hearing for you on all this and more over in the Cartridge Club forums!
Until next week guys, keep on gaming!
For me, the Nintendo 64 era was short-lived. Sure, the hype leading up to its release was strong; and the time spent flipping through the Sears Wish Book putting together the 'Ultimate Christmas List" of games is forever ingrained in memory - but the timing was just a little off.
It was Christmas 1996 when I got the N64 along with Super Mario 64. I still have the home-video of myself, dramatically rolling on the ground as if on fire, thanking everyone my 8-year old self could think of. Just pure joy. And that joy continued for an entire year. But unwrapping the shiny new Playstation on Christmas 1997, had us relocating the N64 to the dusty closet. Sure, I went back for the heavy hitters like GoldenEye and Ocarina and Mario Party - but Rare's Perfect Dark was not on that list. So when the Cartridge Club announced that they'd be playing this as the Game of the Month for May 2017, I was all in!
Popping the first-person shooter into my N64 for the first time had me giddy with excitement. I fumbled around with the TV inputs, finally found the right audio settings, sat down on the couch and.....dammit, need the Expansion Pack. Fast forward 20 minutes and a few choice words later; I'd sifted through my drawers of '64 peripherals and found one to use.
Now where was I? As yes, I sat down on the couch and started the game. Immediately upon hearing the first voice-overs, although laughable these days, I knew I had missed something BIG from my childhood. But I was eager to drive on and experience this game to its fullest at the ripe old age of 29. And experience it I did. Just like 8-year old Round2 on a roller-coaster, when the ending credits were rolling, I was ready to start it back up and do it all over again.
So let's start with the story. It was wildly enjoyable. Playing as resident badass and fellow ginger, Joanna Dark, you work your way through 9 key missions, uncovering the dastardly secrets of dataDyne, with the help of sentient laptops, high-tech gadgets, and patriotic aliens. Soon you find yourself in the middle of an ancient war between two alien races, the Maians and the Skandinavi....err..Skedar! It kept me hooked from beginning to end.
The espionage action takes Jo from a Research Facility high atop the Lucerne Tower skyscraper, to the sniper-infested Carrington Beachfront Villa, to a future-Chicago's Chinatown district, right into the heart of Area 51 and beyond. Heck, you even fly aboard Air Force One. Each unique and detailed setting really puts you in the mindset of a Carrington Agent. Crouching to avert detection...dropping from the ceiling for that perfect killshot...jumping to avoid...oh wait, no jumping in this game. Worry not though, they make up for this lack of this basic human action, with an impressive armada of weaponry. After all, who needs to jump when you have weapons named "The Super Dragon" and "The Devastator"? And with a healthy amount of government conspiracies and plot twists, you're guaranteed to have a great time.
Perfect Dark also plays strong in the music department. A difficult production run resulted in a few composers being juggled on and off the docket, but between Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate and David Clynick, there'll no doubt be tunes that hit just the spot. Just listen to the famous Menu Screen theme, which tells you exactly what type of game you can expect - like James Bond meets the X-Files. And hey, if you've exhausted the official 2-disc soundtrack, then just hop online and check out any of the millions of remixes that fans have composed over the years.
While it's often compared to it's more popular predecessor, GoldenEye 007, there's a lot to love in this action-packed game. So it's easy to see why it consistently receives high rankings amongst the community Top 100's. If you haven't yet, definitely check out the Cartridge Club episode on it; and if you have, head on over to the forums to share your thoughts! I'd love to hear them.
It's Monday! And that means it's time for your weekly dose of all the great Gaming Memorabilia news from this past week.
With the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con just over a week away, there's tons of news surfacing on the Gaming Memorabilia front. Mostly figures and statues this time around, but some cool Collector's Editions to fill in the gaps. Aggregated from dozens of websites, blogs and news-blasts each and every week, this is your one-stop shop for all the great gaming merchandise right around the corner.
Overwatch - D.VA Statue
Blizzard Collectibles has posted pre-orders for a new Overwatch – D.Va Statue. Earlier this year, Blizzard took over production of many of their own collectibles, their first release being a Widowmaker statue. This new entry stands nearly 20″ tall and features the D.Va alongside an armored MEKA unit. The statue will be hand painted and priced at $450 with a release scheduled for the fourth quarter of the year.
Bloodborne - Doll 1/6 Figure
$350. Still with me? Okay, then here we go. Directly form the successful RPG, Bloodborne, Gecco brings us this fantastic 1/6 scale figure dedicated to Doll, the charming servant of Hunter's Dream. At over a foot tall, the figure is incredibly detailed and looks great along side Gecco's previous Bloodborne figure. The scultpwork is by none other than Hiroki Hayashi with strong input by FromSoftware, and it easily pays off. If you're a fan of Bloodborne, and have a few extra bucks lying around, this is an awesome purchase!
Pokémon - Pink and Snivy 1/8 ARTFX J Figure
Directly from the world of Pokémon (and the minds of Kotobukiya) comes this fantastic entry in the ARTFX J Pokémon Figure Series lineup. The piece depicts Pink ('Mei' in Japan) and her Snivy (Tsutarja in Japanese), and stands at 18cm tall. Released for pre-orders on July 4, this $85 figure is selling out quickly!
The Longest 5 Minutes - Limited Edition
NIS America has released details on their latest limited edition runs. This one is for "The Longest 5 Minutes" on the Nintendo Switch. As seen in the image below, this collector's edition will include the game (obviously), as well as a Collector's Box, a set of 4 Lapel Pins and 2-disc Soundtrack complete with Art Booklet. Scheduled to be out next year, if you're a fan of NISA, then this is an awesome little entry in your collection.
Penny-Punching Princess - Limited edition
Continuing on the theme of great NISA releases for the Nintendo Switch comes another cool Limited Edition run of their upcoming game Penny-Punching Princess. This one also comes with a series of Lapel Pins (this time only 2), but also comes with a Sebastian/Coin keychain, a Credit Card USB with the official Soundtrack on it, and the awesome Collector's Gold Bar Box. The game itself looks great, so if you're planning on getting it, you should definitely look into this set!
Tokyo Tattoo Girls - LIMITED EDITION
...And one more from NISA - this time for the PSVita. Tokyo Tattoo Girls, a strategy game set in a post calamity Tokyo, where a bunch of cute girls realize they have special abilities granted to them via the power of getting tattoos. ....Or something. This Limited Edition comes with the game in a Collector's Box, the Official Softcover Art Book and the Original Soundtrack. The usual goodness we've come to expect from NIS America.
Shin Megami Tensei - 25th Anniversary Special Box
Japanese gamers are in for a treat as it has been announced that the Shin Megami Tensei 25th Anniversary Special Box will be releasing with Strange Journey on the Nintendo 3DS. It's priced at about $170, and includes a copy of the game, a 6-CD Rare Soundtrack and Memorial Arranged Tracks, a 208-page 25th Anniversary Artbook and a special collector's box.
Bayonetta - Bayonetta First4Figures Statue
First 4 Figures, makers of high-end officially licensed video game characters, announced last week that they will be working with SEGA and Platinum Games to produce collectibles from the Bayonetta franchise. The announcement doesn’t give much away besides the sounds of Bayonetta walking, some gunfire, and the tagline, “Let’s Dance, Boys!”
No release date, specifics, or pricing were given, but their official YouTube channel mentions to join the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club to be able to see the progress and get a look behind the scenes. With the figure, a Bayonetta Amiibo releasing on July 21st, and Platinum Games potentially teasing Nintendo Switch ports, it’s a great time to be a fan of this beloved character. You can see the official announcement below.
Touken Ranbu - Nikkari Aoe (1/8 Scale)
Last week we saw the Mikazuki Munechika figure from Japan's famous browser/smartphone game, and this week, we see two more franchise entries! Once again by Orange Rouge, this particular figure is modeled at 1/8 scale, and is based off of Nikkari Aoe, the oowakizashi made by Aoe School of Bicchu. Standing at 21cm tall, this PVC figure went on sale for pre-orders on Thursday at a price of $120. If you're a fan of this game, or were planning on getting the Mikazuki figure from last week, then this is another great addition to the collection.
TOUKEN RANBU - Uguisumaru (Nendoroid Figure)
The 3rd Touken Ranbu figure we're seeing in the past two weeks! While we saw all of these in prototype form earlier this year, it's still surprising to see them all hit pre-orders so close together. Unlike the previous 1/8 scale entries, this one follows the Nendoroid style of figures, and is based on Uguisumaru, one of the oldest 'swords' in the game. And like every Nendoroid, this entry comes with a variety of accessories including his sword, three different facial expressions, a tea platter and an alternate base.
Kirby - 25th Anniversary Lawson Campaign
At 7:00am on July 4, Japanese convenience store, Lawson, launched a Kirby campaign country-wide. By buying two Kirby-branded Ice Cream products (which are awesome in their own right), purchasesrs will also receive one of 3 limited edition Kirby zip-lock pouches. This offers only available until the 17th, so this'll definitely be a hot commodity for fans and collectors!
Street Fighter V - Akuma (1/12 Scale Figure)
Full details and new photos have been released for the upcoming Street Fighter V – Akuma Figure 1/12 Scale Figure. Unfortunately, for fans looking to display him in a more traditional look, the lion mane looks to be a permanent fixture. Akuma will include multiple interchangeable hands, three interchangeable portraits, a Gohadoken effects piece, V-Trigger Dohatsu Shoten effects pieces and a figure stand. Not shown, but also included, is an additional gi with 神人 “Shin” kanji at the back. Storm Collectibles has been killing it with the recent showings of other Street Fighter characters, and Akuma is a welcome addition by fans.
Street Fighter V - Hot Ryu (1/12 Scale Figure)
Storm Collectibles (yet again) has released new photos of the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Exclusive Street Fighter V – Hot Ryu 1/12 Scale Figure. The figure will be available at the Bluefin booth during the SDCC. Hot Ryu uses a newly sculpted scarred body type. The figure will include three interchangeable head sculpts, three additional sets of interchangeable hands, a Hadouken effects piece and V-Trigger effects pieces. An articulated figure stand with the Street Fighter V logo will also be included.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - "Master Works" Art Book
Good news for Zelda enthusiasts and collectors as Nintendo has confirmed that it’s currently making a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild art book. As the name suggests, this particular book focusses on the glorious and stylish art that can be found in the latest entry in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There’s no release date for the sure-to-be-popular art book, but Nintendo UK has shared some images.
marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - Comic Variants
Back in May, Marvel announced a series of Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite variant covers will be hitting comic shops throughout the month of August. Marvel have yet to officially reveal what each cover will look like, but it looks like someone got their hands on four copies a bit early. NeoGAF member Harpoon found variant covers for Champions #11 (featuring Zero), All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #7, Hawkeye #9, and Spider-Man/Deadpool #20. No sign of the remaining 16 covers yet.
Fate/EXTELLA - Nero Claudius (1/6 Scale Kimono Ver.)
We've seen quite a few Fate/Grand Order figures hit the pre-order shelves these past few weeks, but this is the first I can recall from Fate/EXTELLA. Based on Nero Claudius, this 1/6 scale figure is based on her Kimono version. Phat Company is known for their amazing sculptwork, and this one's no exception. Modeled after her promotional illustration, this one is sure to be a fan favourite. $128, 19cm tall, PVC/ABS build - everything you'd expect from the company. Pre-orders went live July 6, so hurry!
The Tower of Druaga - YUTAS TShirt Lineup
I continue to be amazed at how popular The Tower of Druaga is on the merchandise front over in Japan. Adding to the pile o' goods, YUTAS has just announced, in partnership with Bandai Namco, 3 new T-Shirt designs that went on sale July 9. The first of these designs is the Hyper Helmet, a treasure found on the 37th Floor. Next up is the "Defeat 3 Green Slimes" motif. And finally, ZAP, which any fan will quickly recognize. These each run at about $40, and there's a high chance they won't be crossing over to North America any time soon.
Dark Souls 3 - Souls of Cinder (1/6 Scale Statue)
Gecco has released a massive 1/6 scale statue of the Souls of Cinder. They worked closely with FromSoftware to ensure the details were completely accurate to the in-game model. The statue stands over 17″ tall and includes the Firelink Greatsword, as well as two swords and a tattered banner that attach to the display base. Also included is a 1/1 scale Ember that includes it own magnetic base. This thing is awesome, and will look awesome beside their Siegmeyer of Catarina statue which was announced last month.
Splatoon 2 - Kirin Mets Grapefruit Bottles
Starting July 11th in Japan, Kirin Mets Grapefruit bottles will have Splatoon 2 themed labels. July 11th will also see an ink splatter design that Kirin will have on their website. As for the bottles, they are 480 ml and cost ¥151, the equivalent of $1.50. The bottles will be available for a limited time only, and stocks are also limited. They will remain until stocks last, or when mid-August arrives. Below is a picture of the bottles, so feel free to check it out.
Pokémon - Happy Meal Toys
Like McDonald’s and Pokémon and live in Japan? Well two out of three ain't bad. Nevertheless, Pokémon toys are coming to Happy Meals! The Pokemon Company and McDonald’s promotion starts this week on July 14th in Japan and will run for approximately three weeks. Check out the glorious and super-cute Pokémon toys, below.
With SDCC2017 right around the corner, these Merch announcements won't be slowing down! As always, I hope you guys enjoyed browsing through the merchandise. If you did, head on over to the Cartridge Club forums and let me know what you liked, didn't like, and everything in between!
Any Japanese members planning on buying-in to the Lawson, McDonald's or Kirin campaigns? Do the Dark Souls, Overwatch or Bayonetta statues excite you? Are you gonna be getting any of this week's Collector's Edition swag? Can't wait to hear from you!
Until next week guys, keep on gaming!
This game slipped well under my radar for the better part of 20 years. In my youth, I was too busy saving Hyrule, or saving the Lylat System, or saving the Princess....I had no time to worry about Earth. Yet during a crazy game haul a few years ago, a new game that I'd never heard of entered into my collection - Body Harvest.
I had reached out on Twitter to see if anyone had heard of this game, or better, had some feedback on it. Kevin (BuriedOnMars) praised it for being an underrated N64 gem - and that was all the push I needed to get started. That was July 2015. Nearly 2 years later, I've finally completed it!
The storyline was intriguing for a third-person shooter of its time. Aliens appeared on Earth to finally destroy the human-race, and following Adam Drake, the orange-suited silent protagonist and his sidekick, Daisy, it was up to you to travel back in time to 1916 (Greece), 1941 (Java), 1966 (America) and 1991 (Russia) to stop the previous attacks and rewrite history. Extinction, time travel, globetrotting; a great trifecta of story mechanics which worked well together.
The story was complimented with sandbox-style gameplay; a predecessor to games like Grand Theft Auto III. Quite literally in fact. Members of this development team were actually the ones who went on to create Rockstar's flagship title. In Body Harvest you were able to run, swim, ride and fly your way around huge maps; interacting with NPCs, battling and solving puzzles. In fact the maps were far too big to explore on foot, so vehicles helped speed things up. Adam can operate cars, trucks, motorcycles, helicopters, airplanes, boats and even tanks to get around these wide-open worlds! The texture-mapping limitations of the N64 definitely hindered what could've have been a much more rewarding experience, but exploration was still enjoyable. Daisy provided clues on where to go from the Alpha Command Module which aided what otherwise may have been a frustrating ordeal.
Battles with the insect-like species were kept entertaining through the game's dynamic roster of aliens, impressive arsenal of weaponry (with auto-aim!), and sub-task of saving the human population.
There's not much to say about the music or sound-effects of this game - as it suffered from the usual N64 issues. Large battle scenes were riddled with alien screams and projectile explosions to the point of needing to turn my TV on mute in order to get through the section. Having said all that, the background music, when devoid of any bleeps and bloops, was atmospheric enough to listen to during the general open-world exploration. This credit goes out to both Stuart Ross and Allan Walker who composed the soundtrack.
Overall Body Harvest was a decent, albeit long, experience on the N64. It truly felt like a predecessor to the open-world games we know and love today. I can appreciate the love/hate dichotomy that plagues those that have played the game; and can understand it being overshadowed by some of the greats. But if you get a chance - forget about the Mushroom Kingdom for a bit and come on back to Earth.
Also, be sure to head on over to the Cartridge Club forums and share your thoughts in the Body Harvest thread: http://cartridgeclub.bbforum.co/topic739.html
It's Monday! And that means it's time for your weekly dose of all the great Gaming Memorabilia news from this past week.
This was another great week for figures in Japan, but a little weak on the North American front. Luckily there were quite a few Collector's Edition announcements to help keep the fans spending money in the meantime! Check out below for all the details:
Super Mario - Monopoly Gamer and Power Packs
If you’re a Super Mario Bros. fan and also happen to be a board game aficionado, you’re in luck! Hasbro has just announced that its historically popular game, Monopoly, will be joining forces with Nintendo to bring you an all new game experience called Monopoly Gamer this fall. The usual Monopoly tokens are swapped out so you can instead use beloved Super Mario characters, with each one featuring its own special power throughout gameplay. You have your choice to play has Mario, Yoshi, Princess Peach or Donkey Kong, and you play your way through the game with the ultimate goal of defeating Bowser at the very end. This unique twist offers you the chance to focus on gaining points by buying Properties, collecting Coins (which is replacing the standard money) and beating Bosses.
The Monopoly Gamer Collector’s Edition is also an option for all you video game and board game collectors out there. Exclusive to GameStop, this version includes a different version of the outer box, a Bowser token, and a Bowser Jr. Character card with unique Monopoly game abilities.
Even more exciting, Hasbro is offering you a chance to enhance your board game experience with the newly announced Nintendo themed Monopoly Gamer Figure Packs called Monopoly Gamer Power Packs. Each pack is sold separately and features new character tokens that “grant unique powers to optimize your Monopoly Gamer gameplay experience.” Beyond the four characters listed above, the following characters are available in the packs: Wario, Luigi, Toad, Boo, Rosalina, Diddy Kong, Fire Mario and Tanooki Mario. Each pack contains a Character token, Character card and a Character sticker. Monopoly Gamer Figure Packs will cost you $4 a piece.
Project Cars 2 - Physical Pre-order Bonuses
Project Cars 2 will be releasing September 22 and Bandai Namco has revealed that pre-orders can now be purchased for the game. The Collector’s Edition comes with a 1/43 scale diecast model of the McLaren 720S and an art book that illustrates the development process behind the game. Also included with this is the eSports VIP Pass. If this is presented at a Project Cars eSports event, you will be treated to going to the front of the queue, hanging out with developers, and scoring some swag. But wait! The Ultra Edition will be limited to 1000 copies. Rather than a 1/43 scaled of the McLaren 720S, it will include a huge 1/12 scale. Players will also score an individually numbered snapback hat and a poster signed by the team.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood - Collector's Edition
The Stormblood expansion to FFXIV just came out late last month, and that means the Collector's Editions are on sale now! This pricey edition of the Stormblood expansion comes with a Stormblood special art box, a Zenos yae Galvus figure, an official Stormblood art book, a cloth map of Eorzea, a Stormblood logo sticker, and in-game items Syldra Mount, Wind-up Bartz Minion, and Chicken Knife.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd - Megurine Luka
We recently saw the Hatsune Miku GT Project release from Max Factory hit pre-orders 2 weeks ago, so it's awesome to see yet another entry in the rhythm-game favourite hit pre-orders on Tuesday. Megurine Luke is sculpted by none other than Grizzly Panda from her "Temptation Module" appearance, and follows the same 1/7 scale PVC design of the usual Max Factory releases. If you're a fan of the Hatsune Miku franchise, this is easily one of the best looking figures thus far!
Street Fighter V - Chun Li (Storm Collectibles)
Pre-orders for Storm Collectibles' Chun-Li went live on Wednesday, and they're selling out quick! The figure will include 3 interchangeable head sculpts, 9 interchangeable palm, a Kikoken Effect, a Hyakuretsukyaku Effect and 2 V-Trigger Effects. Of course you'll also get a stand with the Street Fighter V logo. With a $60 price tag, this is an easy purchase for any SF Fan!
Batman: Arkham Knight - Red Hood Story Pack
A new statue based on the Red Hood Story Pack for the Batman: Arkham Knight video game is coming from Prime 1 Studio. The statue features the new outfit for the Red Hood, bearing two guns and standing atop a themed base. There will be a standard edition and an exclusive edition which includes an extra interchangeable portrait. Combined, there will only be 800 made available.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap - Collector's Edition
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is an outstanding side-scroller, and this remake brought about enough for old fans of the original game to live while delivering enough for newcomers as well. Today, Limited Run Games announced that the game will be getting a physical release through them – with some bonus goodies. There will be a basic game-only version along with a collector's edition that has a 2-disc OST, an 18″ x 24″ poster, and 10 trading cards in a large Sega Master System-style grid paper box. There’s no word on when pre-orders will be begin, but it should be a fast seller since LRG has had requests for this game since before its digital launch.
Touken Ranbu -Mikazuki Munechika (1/8 Scale 'Awakened' Ver.)
Likely not one that many of you will be familiar with - but worth a spot in this Round2Roundup just the same. Touken Ranbu is an online browser/smartphone game by DMM and Nitropolis, where players 'awaken' legendary warriors (known as blades) and build an army to defeat evil forces. One such blade is Mikazuki Munechika and can be seen here, sculpted as a 1/8 scale figure in his 'Awakened' appearance. Not to be confused with the original version that was released by Orange Rouge last year. He's said to be the most beautiful of the Five Great Swords, so be sure to add his beauty to your collection!
Pac-Man - Tokyo Pixel Tees
Relative newcomer Tokyo Pixel has recently announced an awesome new lineup of officially licensed Pac-Man T-shirts. There are five entries in the linup to collect - each representing Japanese cities. Looking closer, you'll see the maze layout of each actually spells out (in Romaji) the names of each city; Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and Hakata. The designs also differ, portraying various food items that are specialties in those regions. If you're looking to update your wardrobe, these are great!
Hoshizora no Babylon: semarikuru Cosmic Sukebe oneesans - Usako (1/6 Scale Figure)
The popular adult-only PC game from Japan gets an adult-only figure. From IVE / Kalmia Project, fans of this franchise were able to get a few glimpses of the new piece last week. A 24.5cm, 1/6 scale PVC standee of Usako. The piece might look a little...disproportionate...but in actuality it's quite close to her in-game counterpart. Also, for those who were able to catch the pre-orders on Friday, you'll get an alternative '18-and-over' torso (censor-bar not included).
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon - Collector's Edition
The sequel to the 2016 PS4 title has finally been revealed by Koei Tecmo to be coming to the west this year, and continues where the first game ended with a brand new cast of characters joining the fight. In addition to this, Koei Tecmo announced a collector’s edition for both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions of the title with a bundle of goods for players to pick up. The collector’s edition includes three cloth posters, the official soundtrack and a hard cover art book for $99.99
Pokémon: Sun / Moon - Choco-Egg Lineup (Re-Release)
Earlier this year, we saw Furuta Confectionary release their first lineup of Pokémon: Sun/Moon choco-eggs. Now, only a few months later, they are re-releasing this lineup (to the confusion of fans everywhere). It'll be the same lineup of 15 collectible Pokémon plus the usual chase-figure; but this time, Pikachu will come wearing an Alola-region cap.
POKÉMON: SUN / MOON - Pokémon Cookies
And continuing to ride the Pokémon train, Furuta announced another confectionary treat for fans last week - the Pokémon Cookies. While the cookies inside aren't any different than the usual cakes we get from Furuta, the packaging is focused on the Alolan Pokémon. These are scheduled to hit store shelves (at least in Japan) as early as July 17, 2017.
LawBreakers - Collector's Edition Swag
Boss Key Productions has partnered with Limited Run Games to release LawBreakers physically on both PS4 and PC. The Collector's Edition, which is now available for pre-order, includes a digital copy of the Deadzo Deluxe Edition—featuring the core game plus exclusive weapon and character skins—and more importantly, two ultra premium character card packs and an exclusive vinyl sticker set. Also included is Abaddon's Journal, which contains original fiction and art, and classic packaging
Kirby - 25th Anniversary pocket watch (Limited run)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of everyone's favourite pink puffball, Asamizu Company released these made-to-order pocket watches on Saturday. There will only be 200 that are distributed in total, but they're fully licensed, so definitely get your hands on one if you can! The engraved pixelation looks awesome on the front with Kirby and King Dedede, and the serial-number plate adds a 'premium' feel to the collectible. Expect to pay around $90 for one of these.
Dragon Quest - Slime Cap
The newest addition to Square Enix's "Smile Slime" lineup is this guy. An awesome mesh-cloth cap in the form of a Slime. Not sure why I like this thing so much - but I'm seriously debating buying one. I generally hate the 'farmer-cap' style (my head just doesn't work with caps), but the pointy top removes any dignity you might have had anyway. At under $25, not a bad purchase for any DQ fan.
Collector's rejoiced again this week with all the great offering. As always, I hope you guys enjoyed browsing through the merchandise. If you did, head on over to the Cartridge Club forums and let me know what you liked, didn't like, and everything in between!
You guys picking up any of these Collector's Editions? What franchises would you like to see Monopoly Gamer expand into? What are your thoughts on these 'adult-only' video-game figures that continue to pour out of Japan? Can't wait to hear from you!
Until next week guys, keep on gaming!
Continuing my reminiscing of early PS1 longbox titles that I enjoyed during the console's launch; Discworld brings forth some of the most fond (and frustrating) memories.
At the ripe age of 10, much of Terry Pratchett's legendary British humor was lost on me. Clever in its puns and tailored to a more...mature audience - the rich dialogue in this game was amongst the smartest and wittiest you could find for its time. And this was only enhanced by the incredible talents of Eric Idle, Tony Robinson and Jon Pertwee.
But like I said; much of this wasn't fully appreciated until years later. Instead, it was the world itself that hooked me. Equal measures of charming and absurd, Discworld took place in an imaginative fantasy setting taken from the lore of over 40 novels. A world, perched atop 4 giant elephants which in turn stood atop a giant turtle (sex unknown) which flew through the cosmos. And within that world, was the city of Ankh-Morpork; the medieval city in which most of the game took place. A city with beautifully painted backgrounds; from the alleyways to the rooftops. And to compliment these graphics; incredibly detailed sprites that truly have stood the test of time.
A brotherhood, cloaked in mystery, who summoned forth a Dragon from another dimension to wreak havoc on the city. A wizard, Rincewind of the Unseen University, summoned by the Arch-chancellor to rid the world of this vile creature. A cast of hundreds, all more bizarre than the last. It was a simple premise to an all-but-simple point-and-click adventure.
Discworld offered the usual adventure-game tropes; allowing players navigate Rincewind around the stage, inspect areas, or pick up items. These items could be stored on Rincewind's person, or in his sentient (and limitless) luggage...dog....thing. Similarly, players could choose to tell a joke or ask a question or make a comment with any NPC in the game. This made for thousands of lines of dialogue.
At 10 years old, I was hardly able to navigate the city. My goals of trying to leave the City Gates thinking it was the end-game were far from true as I'd later find out. In fact, I can't recall solving many puzzles at all. But exploring the colorful world, using my items as best I could, was a thrill that I fondly remember. My excitement of giving a Banana to the Orangutan Librarian, or figuring out I could throw a Tomato at the Tax Collector were enough to keep me going.
Fast-forward to my mid-20's. At this point I will say that this was one of the most difficult games I had ever completed. At times, particular towards the final act, you had upwards of 50 items in your inventory to figure out how to use. And 'use' was a very broad term in this game. Pouring a bowl of custard in an outhouse toilet, then placing an octopus in the toilet, then replacing some caviar with prunes to make a fisherman go to the bathroom and then be tickled by the octopus so his belt slipped off and you could grab the gold buckle... This sums up what the puzzles were like in this game. And to add to the complexity, time paradoxes courtesy of LSPace (read: Library Space) were thrown in. As if keeping track of your progress in one timeline wasn't enough. Brutally hard, but addictingly fun.
While it's in desperate need of a remake, if you're a fan of punishing (and rewarding) point-and-click adventures of the mid-90's, then definitely add this one to your list of must-plays. And hey - if you have one of those PS1 Mouse peripherals lying around - this is one of the few games it'll work on!
Be sure to swing by the Cartridge Club forums to share your thoughts here: http://cartridgeclub.bbforum.co/topic741.html.
It's Monday! And that means it's time for your weekly dose of all the great Gaming Memorabilia news from this past week.
While not quite as packed as last week's E3 onslaught, this past week has seen a ton of great announcements! From vinyl records to running shoes to hanafuda cards to marriage forms - all of that and more is waiting for you below!
Final Fantasy XV - Aranea Highwind (Play Arts Kai)
Straight from Final Fantasy XV comes a new entry in the Play Arts Kai lineup; Aranea Highwind, airborne unit captain of the Third Army Corps 86 of the Niflheim Empire. Pre-orders started appearing on Monday at the usual pricepoint of $160, a fairly standard cost for these newer Play Arts figures. In addition to this highly-articulating, ultra-posable figure, fans also get 2 weapons, 4 hands and a helmet. Gotta admit, that's a pretty sweet deal!
Mega Man - Entertainment Earth Lineup
Entertainment Earth has recently posted a host of new and exciting Mega Merch to add to its online store. This includes a Mega Man and Proto Man 16oz. Pint Glass, a Mega Man Glass Water Bottle, 2 different Sublimated Bi-Fold Wallets and an 8-Bit Snap-Back Hat. While the release dates are staggered across June and July, keep an eye on these, as they'll likely go quick!
Mega Man - Rockman Exe x Sanrio coro coro comics merch (40th Anniversary)
In Japan, the Rockman.EXE x Sanrio crossover has been huge. And now with the 40th Anniversary of Coro Coro Comics, there's even more merch to be had. These 4 items are pretty standard fare when it comes to Mega Man merch; a pen, a cell-strap, a keychain and a badge; but it's still pretty cool to see the celebration of everyone's favourite NetNavi.
NEO GEO - Bitmap books Officially Licensed Visual History
UK publisher Bitmap Books - previously responsible for The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Comependium and Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection - has announced that its next project is NEOGEO: A Visual History, an officially licensed publication celebrating one of the most iconic gaming platforms ever made. At 400 pages long, this hardback book will come in three different editions. The Standard Edition costs £29.99, while The Collector’s Edition - £49.99 - ships in a heavy board black slipcase with five A4 posters, two stickers and an enamel pin badge. This edition is exclusive to the pre-order period. If you want something even fancier, then the MEGA Edition offers the same package as the Collector’s Edition but comes in a metallic gold slipcase and includes an exclusive ‘Memory Card Kid’ black T-shirt. Costing £69.99, the MEGA Edition is limited to 330 copies and comes with a stamped letter of authentication.
FATE/GRAND ORDER - Saber/Altria Pendragon (1/7 SCALE)
Last Friday we saw the pre-order release of Jeanne D'Arc from this beautiful free-to-play online RPG. This week, we get Altria Pendragon in all her 1/7 scale glory. While the figure itself is a little less elaborate, the $130 price tag is likely much more appealing in comparison. A beautiful team effort by Chikai (Wildflower) for sculptwork, Fio (ReplyFrom...) for direction and Noa (clips) for painting. All, of course, in coordination with Licome and Shenhua Japan Co. Ltd. This figure reflects her "Stage 3" costume from the game.
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir - Gwendolyn (Leifthrasir Ver. 1/8)
This one's been a long time coming! After seeing the 1/8 scale unpainted prototype way back at the Wonder Festival 2016 Summer, and the painted prototype at the Mega Hobby Expo 2017 Spring, fans were dying to know when they were gonna be able to buy it. Well, Wednesday marked its release for pre-order at the understandable price of $170. Sculpted by Aiiro Sorairo (i-con) in association with Alter, this piece beautifully depicts the Valkyrie Princess, Gwendolyn, along with her trademark Psypher Spear. It reflects her appearance in Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, the 2016 remake of the Vanillaware classic. It's well worth the cost now, but if you can wait, this one's scheduled to hit the hobby store shelves in January.
Nintendo - Collaboration Lineup with LeSportSac
Nintendo just announced on Wednesday that they've teamed up with LeSportsac, an American lifestyle brand of casual nylon bags, to put together an awesome special-collection of totes, backpacks and accessories. The collaboration so far has 2 major designs; Power-Up Burst and Mario Travel. Additionally, 3 companion pieces will be releasing alongside it including an authentic pouch shaped like the Game Boy, a round Piranha Plant pouch, and a Super Mario Bros. cosmetic. Scheduled to launch just in time for the Holiday travel season, expect to see a lot of these at the airport this Christmas!
Kingdom Hearts II - Sora (S.H. FiguaRts)
On Thursday, Tamashii Nations released the first official photos of the Sora S.H. Figuarts entry from Kingdom Hearts II. This figure was first revealed at the Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour event (along with Mickey, Goofy and Donald Duck), and collectors have been waiting for the pics ever since. It's not too often that Square Enix licenses their own characters out to other companies. Glad they did though! This entry looks awesome, with lots of articulation, just like the Super Mario entries.
Touhou Project - Raimu Hakurei (Nendoroid)
For those familiar with the Japanese bullet-hell shooter franchise, Touhou Project, will no doubt recognize this protagonist, Reimu Hakurei. Just announced, this is another one of those 'exclusive' figures to the upcoming Wonder Festival 2017 Summer (July 30, 2017) - so another figure which likely won't hit too many gamer shelves this year. Similar to must Nendoroids, she comes along with several accessories including 3 facial expressions, her prayer stick and some talismans.
The Banner Saga - The Definitive Physical Edition
In collaboration with the ever-so-popular IndieBox comes the Definitive Physical Edition of Stoic's equally popular single-player Viking epic, The Banner Saga. Available for a limited time only, from Jun. 20 - Jul. 18, this "collector's edition" PC title will come with the usual game+manual+case, but also an awesome soundtrack CD and most notably, a premium collectible 6.5" bust of Ubin. I love these obscure gaming collectibles, and having this on the shelf would be an awesome edition (and conversation piece) for the old Games Room.
FATE/GRAND ORDER - Archer/ALTRIA PENDRAGON (Figma Figure)
Two entries this week of Altria Pendragon from Fate/Grand Order! Unlike the previously mentioned, this installment is from Max Factory's famous Figma lineup. Just announced on Friday, it sounds like this'll be exclusive to Wonder Festival 2017 Summer (July 30, 2017), so it might not hit retail shelves. The fully articulating figure comes with 3 facial expressions, her water gun and her Excalibur sword. Likely won't be seeing this one on my shelf unless it pops up on eBay for cheap - but great to see Fate/Grand Order get some more love!
Mega Man X - Giga Armor Series Mega Man X
Fans saw some awesome new photos of October's upcoming Giga Armor Series Mega Man X over at the Rockman Unity Blog on Friday. This figure from Tamashii Nations (same folks as the KHII Sora figure above), has some transforming action which reveals the hidden Mega Buster. Gimmicky but cool! It was also revealed that the front of the armor is modeled after the robotic bird, Beat from the Mega Man franchise. I'll definitely be picking this one up...and MIGHT even take it out of the box.
Sonic the Hedgehog - Annipon Slip-Ons
June 23 marked Sonic's 26th Anniversary; and while Twitter was a little quieter than last year, it didn't stop Japanese shoe company, Annipon, from teaming up with Sega to bring us these amazing limited-edition sneakers. Modeled after Sonic's own iconic footwear, they won't necessarily make you run any faster, but you will look 'way past cool'! On sale as of Friday!
Dead or Alive - Kasumi (C2 ver. PLAMAX MF-EX01 1/20 Scale)
Yet another exclusive figure to the Wonder Festival 2017 Summer at the end of July, this awesome mini-model from Max Factory is of course based off of Kasumi from the Dead or Alive franchise. Fans will remember the famous PVC figure from way back in 2004 of Kasumi in the same pose; but this time she's returning as a 1/20 scale plastic model kit. Sculpted by Hiroki Katayama with the cooperation of POLY-TOYS, this one will, like the first, sell out in no time.
Pokémon - Lance (Perfect Posing Product)
From Medicom Toy's lineup of Perfect Posing Products (PPP) comes a special treat for fans of the Pokémon franchise; particularly the original generations. Lance, the Dragon-type Trainer of the infamous Indigo Elite Four, graces us in all his 16cm, PVC glory along with a bust of his Dragonite. Sporting a pose from the HeartGold and SoulSilver artwork, this piece is sure to look awesome on any Game Room shelf. The $80 pre-orders kicked off on Saturday, with a shelf-date of December 2017.
Pokémon - Pikachu Marriage Forms
Alright, let's see how hardcore of a collector you really are! Announced on Friday by Japanese wedding magazing, Zexy, this new Pikachu-themed marriage form is 100% authentic, and will likely have some Pokéfans out there struggling to get their hands on one - whatever the cost! It's just like your standard marriage forms that you'd bring down to City Hall, only this one is cutely branded with 2 Pikachus and an "I Choose You!" logo.
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online - Purple Heart 1/7 Scale Figure
For fans of the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise, you'll likely have heard about the upcoming Cyberdimension Neptunia coming out later this year (and already out in Japan). Straight from the RPG comes this 1/7 scale Purple Heart figure, courtesy of KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works. Thursday marked the first day of pre-orders, and while no firm release data has been given, we can expect sometime in January 2018. Buying her on her own will set you back $140, or you can opt for the $180 Dengeki 25th Special Pack, which comes with a background and tapestry for the figure.
Dragon Quest - Dragon Quest Hanafuda Cards
Just announced this week, these awesome looking Hanafuda cards are scheduled to hit sale on August 11. For those that don't know, Nintendo actually got its start making Hanafuda Cards way back in 1889 and has since released a vintage Mario set from its Club Nintendo prize lineup. While this has little to do with Nintendo or Mario - it should give you a good idea of what to expect from this new Square Enix release. At the risk of inflating this post - here's the full layout of the gorgeous art you can expect.
Furi - Definitive Edition Soundtrack
Courtesy of Limited Run Games, the physical edition of Furi went live as of 4pm EDT on Friday, and the sales numbers were impressive. Normally I don't cover game releases in this Merch-centric blog, but it's worth noting that this particular release also comes along with the games award-winning electro/synthwave soundtrack. Now you can listen to Carpenter Brut, amongst others, in good 'ol CD quality.
Metroid: Samus Returns - Legacy Edition in Europe
In last week's post, I mentioned the North American Collector's Edition of Metroid: Samus Returns which was revealed following the game's jaw-dropping E3 2017 announcement. Well turns out, Nintendo's going one step further in Europe. Rather than just the game and CD soundtrack, this "Legacy Edition" also includes a Game Boy cart Steelbook, a Screw Attack insignia, a morphball keychain, a a 40-page artbook from the game. This isn't the first time we've seen this; I'm sure we all remember the fan clamour around the European releases of Bravely Default, Bravely Second and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
The Legend of Zelda - Historical Metal Charm Gashapon Set
Gashapon news has been fairly sparce lately, so it was great to see Takara Tomy Arts release this new series of 6 Legend of Zelda themed metal charms in full-set form. Each entry is based off a different insallment of the beloved franchise, and include; The Legend of Zelda, Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and of course, Breath of the Wild.
Sonic Mania - Data Disc Vinyl Record
Data Discs has been an awesome source of vinyl records for gamers since it started up; covering Sega classics like Streets of Rage, Shenmue, Shinobi, Outrun, Golden Axe and Gunstar Heroes among others. Surprisingly though, Sonic has been left out of the mix....until last week! Data Discs has announced, just in time for Sonic's 26th Anniversary, the official Sonic Mania vinyl album. Featuring select tracks by composer Tee Lopes, as well as new gatefold art featuring Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles exploring the lush vistas of Green Hill Zone Act 2, the vinyl album is a must-have for any fan or Sonic music aficionado, and a gorgeous addition to any Sonic collection. As with all Data Discs, you have a choice, this time between Classic Black, Translucent Blue or the Limited Edition.
Another awesome week for Gaming Memorabilia collectors, and clearly shaping up to be an incredible year! Really hope you guys enjoyed browsing through the merchandise. If you did, head on over to the Cartridge Club forums and let me know what you liked, didn't like, and everything in between! Any hardcore Mega Man fans out there drooling over the newly announced lineups? What are your thoughts on the European vs. North American pre-order bonuses these days? Are you a big enough Pokéfan to fill out a Pikachu Wedding Form? Can't wait to hear from you!
Until next week guys, keep on gaming!
Jumping Flash!: Aloha Danshaku Funky Daidakusen no Maki...more simply known in North American as "Jumping Flash!" was an early PS1 platformer that I have some serious nostalgia with. Developed by Exact and Ultra, it's actually the Guinness World Record holder of the "first platform video game in true 3D", and thus I've chosen to write about it for the second entry in this new blog series.
Keeping true to the absurdities of so many great platformers of the mid-90's, Jumping Flash has a great story that anyone can enjoy. Robbit, an intergalactic peace-keeping robot rabbit is dispatched to stop the dastardly astrophysicist, Baron Aloha, from using his army of giant tentacled robots (MuuMuus) from stealing parts of Earth to use in his galactic space resort. With the help of his onboard computer, Kumagoro, the mute robot protagonist traverses through 6 themed worlds of 3 levels each (mathematicians will deduce 18 levels) collecting Jet Pods and defeating bosses.
The gameplay is terrific; taking first-person 3D platforming to new heights - literally. Robbit's ability to traverse the vertically-layered stages with his handy-dandy triple jump; and trounce the enemies with either his built-in laser or secondary firework-style pickups, makes for fantastic fun. Nothing feels quite as good as blasting baddies in the face with a Roman Candle. And for those of you who are worried about depth-perception - worry not! Robbit comes equipped with a pinpoint cross-hair showing you, as a player, exactly where you'll land after bouncing high into the clouds.
Let's be fair when it comes to the game's graphics. This is the original generation of true 3D platformers, and polygons are everywhere. So as long as you can agree that a frog is really just a few green diamonds and triangles slapped together and hopping around a stage, then you're golden! If you have an issue with that...then this game might not be for you. It is HEAVY on the polygons. Lots of sharp edged objects littered across lots of other sharp edged objects. But it's easy to see that the developers spent some time on the texture mapping to help eliminate the feeling of being trapped in a kaleidoscope of bland shapes and colors.
It's Monday! And that means it's time for your weekly dose of all the great Gaming Memorabilia news from this past week.
Last week was a big one, thanks to E3 2017, arguably the biggest event in the gaming industry calendar. So buckle up and enjoy this Round2Roundup of all the great collectibles that may be hitting your Game Room shelves soon!
Pokémon - Red (Figma Figure)
We heard it announced at Wonder Festival 2017 Winter, and Tuesday marked the pre-order start for this awesome figure set from Max Factory's Figma lineup. The pack contains a highly-articulating Red, along with his 3 Pokémon companions, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. He also comes with two facial expressions, some interchangeable hand pieces, a backpack and a Pokéball. Due to hit retail shelves in December, at the easy price of $70, this is well worth it!
Nier Automata - Opera Glasses
Among the items releasing this week over at the Square Enix store was a unique set of Nier Automata Opera Glasses for $15. The case is decorated with the game's logo and a split-face of Emil on one side and a Machine Lifeform Head on the other. Not sure how well it works, but this is definitely a unique item for any memorabilia collection!
Mega Man Hoverboard (Interworks USA)
Revealed this week at E3, many thought it was a joke. Well turns out, that's not the case! Interworks USA is expecting to get this awesome piece of Mega Man merch shipped out as early as October. Many question why it doesn't use the Rush colors, but hey, it's a Mega Man hoverboard! Get on board! No price or packaging has been confirmed yet.
Ark: Survival Evolved - Limited Collector's Edition
Kotaku announced last week that Studio Wildcard has announced that Ark: Survival Evolved will get a proper launch date of August 8 for the consoles (Nov. 7 for Xbox One X); along with 2 collector's editions. One has a bunch of digital stuff like....yawn..........and the other has some physical goodies including a leather-bound Explorer's Notebook featuring the dossiers of every in-game creature, a Necklace, a cloth map of the island, the game's soundtrack, and a poster of everyone on Wildcard's dev team. That last one's kinda weird, but the rest sounds great!
Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite 2-Pack - Mega Man X & Iron Man
Hasbro has revealed at E3 a Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite 2-pack of figures; Mega Man X and Iron Man. Set to be sold exclusively at Target in August under the Marvel Gamer-Verse brand, there's still no word on other entries in the lineup. We can most certainly expect more coming soon though!
Batman: Arkham Knight - Arkham Knight (1/6 Scale Figure)
Hot Toys has released some photos and details of their new Arkham Knight 1/6 Scale figure. With over 30 points of articulation and more than 30cm in height, this is one badass looking piece of merch! The figure comes with LED light-up eyes, interchangeable Red Hood helmet and armor parts, 9 interchangeable hands, a sniper rifle, a pistol, 2 modified handguns and 3 smoke grenades. Phew....that's a lot of accessories! Look out for it in the first half of 2018.
Borderlands 2 - Handsome Jack and Tiny Tina (7" Scale Figures)
These Borderlands figures from McFarlane Toys were revealed to us back at Toy Fair 2017 as part of their Color Tops Collection. Starting on Wednesday, Big Bad Toy Store has opened up their pre-orders for both Handsome Jack and Tiny Tina, currently set to $18 each. Jack comes with an alternate scarred head, Hyperion Assault Rifle and Vault Key; while Tina comes with a Giant Battle Axe and Maliwan Rocket Launcher. Expect to see them on store shelves by November.
HYPERDIMENSION NEPTUNIA - NOIRE (COMPETETIVE SWIMSUIT STANDING POSE VER. 1/5)
Thursday kicked off the pre-orders for the first of two Hyperdimension Neptunia figures this week. This 1/5 scale entry from Kaitendoh has Noire sporting her competitive swimsuit in a standing pose (as oppose to the previously release kneeling pose). At a much more manageable size of 30cm than Figurex's release, this item will retail at $170.
Pokémon - Lillie Nendoroid
Good Smile Company adds another addition to their already amazing Nendoroid lineup, this time focusing on Lillie from Pokémon Sun/Moon. This is actually the 2nd Lillie announcement of the week. As with most Nendoroid figures, this one comes with a few different facial expressions, her white sunhat, the Pokébag and a bonus Nebby (Cosmog) accessory. Although announced back at Wonder Festival 2017 Winter, pre-orders for this figure kicked off on Thursday at the usual price-tag of $45. A few pre-order bonuses as well: order directly through Good Smile Company between now and August 2, and you'll receive a bonus hand-piece and potion; while those who reserve directly through a Pokémon Centre, Pokémon Store or Pokémon Centre Online between now and July 31, will receive a bonus Poké Doll!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa Amiibo
Nintendo rocked this year's E3, and for memorabilia buffs like me, the Amiibo lineup didn't disappoint! First off, we got 4 new Breath of the Wild entries in the lineup - each one representing one of the champions; Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa.
Super Mario Odyssey - Wedding Mario, Wedding Peach and Wedding Bowser Amiibo
Next up, Nintendo announced 3 new Super Mario Odyssey themed Amiibo - Mario, Peach and Bowser, each sporting their white-wedding attire. All 3 entries are scheduled to be released alongside the 3D platformer on October 27.
SUPER MARIO - Koopa Troopa and Goomba AMIIBO
But it wasn't only Super Mario Odyssey that got some love. Two new staples from the Mario universe were added to the Super Mario Collection of Amiibo - the Goomba and the Koopa Troopa. Both look awesome, and will both (along with previously release Boo) will be compatible with the newly announced Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
Fire Emblem Warriors - Chrom and Tiki Amiibo
Alongside this hack-and-slash action game scheduled to release on the Nintendo Switch this Fall came two new Fire Emblem Amiibo - Chrom and Tiki. Both look great, and will look great alongside Roy, Marth, Celica, Alm, Robin, Ike and Lucina.
Metroid - Samus Returns - Samus and Metroid Amiibo
In one of Nintendo's biggest surprise reveals, Nintendo announced that two Amiibo would be released on Sept. 15, 2017 alongside Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS. Unlike the previously release "Smash Bros." Samus, this one is in the classic Metroid II pose. And this is the first time we're seeing a Metroid in the Amiibo lineup which is equally as awesome!
Assassin's Creed: Origins - Dawn of the Creed Legendary Collector's Edition
With the announcement of Assassin's Creed: Origins at E3 2017, fans had no doubts that news of the collector's edition would soon follow. And follow it did. With a whopping price tag of $800, here's what you can expect from Assassin's Creed: Origins Dawn of the Creed Legendary Edition: a 73cm high-detail resin statue of Bayek and his eagle, Senu (also available in 39cm with the non-legendary Dawn of the Creed Collector's Edition and 26cm with the Gods Collectors Edition) , a certificate of authenticity, an exclusive resin replica of Bayek's eagle skull amulet, four large 15" x 11" lithographs signed by the Ubisoft Montréal studio artists, two exclusive Assassin's Creed: Origins Steelbooks, a detailed Art Book complete with all the usual designs and concept art, the game's Official Soundtrack, a printed version of the hand-drawn world map, two original art cards, and of course some digital stuff (plus the game) which doesn't belong in this blog.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Collector's Edition
For those who can't stomach the price tag of the Assassin's Creed: Origins collector's editions; then maybe the affordable $100 Wolfenstein 2: The New Order Collector's Edition recently announced by Bethesda is more up your alley. This one includes a steelbook, a 9" x 14" Blitzmensch poster, and a 30cm 1/6 scale figure of the game's hero, William Joseph "BJ" Blazkowicz (Terror-Billy), packaged in a premium 1960's-style Elite Hans Collectible Box with a wide range of accessories including four high-powered guns, a hatchet and his signature bomber jacket.
Far Cry 5 - Hope County Collector's Edition
Another collector's edition announced by Ubisoft at this year's E3 was the Far Cry 5: Hope County Collector's Edition. Only being sold through Ubisoft's online store, this $180 sale includes a premium collector's box, the original soundtrack, a printed version of the Hope County map, a steelbook case and of course, the 45cm resin Hope County Deer Skull Trophy to mount on the ol' Game Room wall.
Undertale - Collector's Edition
Undertale is coming to PS4 and PS Vita, and is receiving a nifty Collector's Edition. The sturdy collector's box will come with a 24-page storybooklet illustrated by Temmie Chang himself, the official soundtrack with 100+ songs on two CDs, a sheet music booklet featuring six songs annotated by Toby Fox, and a gold locket that contains a music box which plays one of the game's themes.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Collector's Edition
Recently announced at E3 this year was the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Collector's Edition. As seen in the image below, the collector's edition will include a 6" figure of the Mario-clad Rabbid, a Collector's Box, a pack of 12 Collector Cards and the Official Soundtrack. Leave it to Ubisoft to make sure EVERYTHING has at least 1 Collector's Edition - but hey, this one isn't too bad.
Metroid: Samus Returns - Special Edition
While paltry in comparison to the usual Ubisoft collector's editions, this Nintendo release will see a basic special edition of Metroid: Samus Returns. It'll include a sound-selection CD featuring 25 tracks from across the Metroid franchise and a reversible title-sheet insert for the game case. No statues unfortunately, but we'll no doubt see a whole wave of new Metroid merch hit us in the coming months.
Destiny 2 - PC Limited Edition
Destiny 2 for the PC is clearly an anticipated title, and it's only fair that it comes along with a Collector's Edition. This release will include a special Steelbook, a Cabal Empire book of secrets, a Cabal Schematic, postcard images, Cabal Military Pawns, a customizable bag that can be worn as a backpack or messenger bag, a Frontier laptop sleeve, a solar panel USB charger with built-in light, a paracord and a solar blanket. Phew, now that's a lot of stuff!
Dragon Quest - Dorakue Life Aprons, Tables and Bags
A fascinating and exciting project is underway called Dorakue Life. Imagine a home, themed like Dragon Quest the whole way through, and you've got the idea. A few more items for this dreamworld were announced on Wednesday, and are going on sale at both Amazon Japan and the Square Enix Store over the rest of the month. First off we have the Slime Apron, retailing at $30. Next up, a Slime Mini-Table, perfect for those game rooms or living rooms. This one is $45. Last, but not least is a Slime Eco Bag which can tuck right back into the plushie when not in use; also $30.
Hatsune Miku GT Project - Racing Miku 2016 (TeamUKYO Ver. 1/7)
Another Max Factory figure in the news this week - but not a Figma figure. This time they present the 1/7 scale figure of Miku from Hatsune Miku GT Project sporting her TeamUKYO gear. Don't expect any articulation or accessories, but the figure itself is spot-on amazing! Not scheduled for release until March, 2018 - the pre-orders launched on Thursday and run until August 2 for $165.
Final Fantasy VII Remake - Cloud Strife (Limited cOLOR vER.)
Friday saw pre-orders start for another highly anticipated Play Arts Kai figure - the Play Arts Kay Limited Color Ver. Cloud Strife. Unlike the previously announced version which flaunts his FFVII Remake colors, this entry harkens back to the original 1997 release. It hits shelves in August and will retail at the usual $150 pricepoint.
Hyperdimension Neptunia - Noire (Figurex Release)
Noire saw two announcements this week. She'll be appearing as seen above in her swimsuit garb; but Saturday also marked the pre-orders for this installment from Figurex. It may look small, but this figure is a whopping 100cm high - as normally seen by Figurex releases. And she's not cheap either - ringing in at a whopping $5,500 per unit. If you're looking for an awesome store-piece; this is a great choice.
Fate/Grand Order - Ruler/Jeanne d'Arc (1/7 Scale)
The free-to-play online RPG based on the Fate/stay visual novel game is getting hot in the merch world; and this is yet another entry in the KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works lineup. This representation of Jeanne d'Arc stands at 38cm and is beautifully sculpted by Nobuta. The $185 pre-orders started Friday and will run until September 10. Expect to see her on store shelves by June, 2018.
Super Mario Odyssey - Cappy Plush (Pre-Order Bonus)
Just can't get enough Mario plushies, and this one is gonna be the perfect addition to the collection! Nintendo UK has announced that it'll offer a free plush Cappy hat with any pre-order of Super Mario Odyssey at its official store. No word on whether or not this'll be available outside of the UK, but is hopefully the first in a long lineup of Cappy merch!
Pokémon - Lillie & Cosmog (1/8 Scale Kotobukiya Figure)
Still in its unpainted, prototype stage of development, fans are still wildly excited for this fantastic looking statue of Lillie and Cosmog from Pokémon Sun/Moon. The sculpt-work is clearly amazing and has some incredible attention to detail. Saturday showed us the start of the pre-orders and a pricetag of $100, so if you're confident in what this piece will become - then definitely queue it up!
Splatoon 2 - The King of Games Clothing Line
Straight from the game itself, The King of Games is releasing a full blown lineup of t-shirts, muscle-tees and caps from Splatoon 2. This apparel can be see in-game and across the various game-trailers; and now you can wear them yourself! Although announced this week - they won't be going on sale until June 21.
Xevious - Mobile Battery Charger (BGAME NAMCO Classic Series)
We've seen BGAME release 'Pac-Man' and 'Tower of Druaga', and now for the third entry in the Mobile Battery Charger lineup, Xevious! Carry this power pack in your pocket which holds several charges of today's standard Smart Phones. It's a pretty cool concept - and it's only $45 which rivals most of the non-branded packs. Looking forward to seeing more Famicom carts grace this lineup!
Kirby - Ice Kirby Nendoroid
Late on Saturday evening, @GoodSmile_US tweeted out our first look at the fully painted version of Nendoroid Ice Kirby. It looks great! They promise pre-orders are right around the corner, so if you're a fan of Kirby, get your wallets ready!
And that about wraps it up folks! A HUGE week in memorabilia news thanks to E3 - so if you've managed to make your way to the bottom - thank you! If you liked what you saw, head on over to the Cartridge Club forums and let's start some discussions! What are you excited for? Are any of these on your list of must-buys? Are you one of the 999 people that are going to be getting the Assassin's Creed: Origins collector's edition? Would love to hear from you!
Until next week guys, keep on gaming!
I wanted to kick off this new blog series with a review of a game I fondly remembered from my childhood. But which one? Which console would I look to for inspiration? What period of my life would I draw this nostalgia from? Should I tackle a mainstream favourite or dive into the obscure gems of old?
Each thought trumped the last, and I realized over a beer and some under-buttered popcorn, that there was no 'right' choice. Instead, I decided to go with a game that had been on my mind since fellow Cartridge Club member, Pam, had shared her thoughts on some early PS1 classics; Gex, one of Playstation's earliest side-scrolling platformers. So with an idea in tow, my salt-covered fingers began to type.
Perhaps an acquired taste, this 2D platformer was a staple for me and my friend Matt growing up. It starred the titular protagonist, Gex, an anthropomorphic gecko with a 'tude. Overshadowed by other mascots like Crash and Spyro at the time - Gex never really hit the mainstream stage, often with a reserved spot beside Boogerman or Bubsy - but for me, he was my favourite.
The game itself had all the usual tropes of a great 2D platformer of its time; diverse and colorful stages with hand-rendered backgrounds, cool power-ups to help defeat the baddies, tons of hidden collectibles to discover - but one thing that set this game aside from the rest, was its attitude. Gex, voiced by Dana Gould, had some of the most enjoyable, wise-cracking dialogue I'd ever heard in a game.
Whip a monster with your tail; "Now that's what I call, Getting Some Tail!". Destroy a TV; "That's for twelve years of Full House!". Enter the jungle; "All this thanks to Miracle-Gro." Loud, borderline-obnoxious, in-your-face humor. Not quite Conker's level of risqué, but it's funny, and it works.
Gex, unfortunately, is amongst the majority of platforming mascots who was unsuccessful in bridging the gap from 2D to 3D (our mustachioed plumber being one of the few who succeeded), so the sequels (for me) weren't nearly as enjoyable. But hey, that's just an opinion, and I'm really curious to hear yours!
What do you guys think of this game, or the franchise for that matter? Think the age of these animal mascots will ever return, or will Drake, Chief and Mario cement themselves at the top? Do we need more pop-culture comedy in our games, or was that a product of the 90's? Head over to the Cartridge Club Forums and share your thoughts here: http://cartridgeclub.bbforum.co/post3227.html#p3227
We've seen Cloud Strife, Sephiroth and even Lightning in the Static Arts lineups, but Square Enix's Vincent Valentine is set for pre-sale....today!
Modeled after his Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children design, this 'statue' sits at almost 15cm tall. He sits atop a rickety column, the 3-barreled Cerberus clutched in his hand. The coloring, sculptwork and pose is absolutely fantastic! Very happy with this one!
If you're a fan of Vincent or of Final Fantasy VII in general, this would be an awesome addition to your collection if you have the $40 to spend.
Mini arcade figures seem to be all the rage these days, and Freeing is joining in with their latest release of five 1/12 scale arcade cabinet miniatures.
This set of 5 includes Tank Battalion, PAC-MAN, Galaga, Galaxian and Rally-X. Each ones stands at approximately 14cm and use the original arcade cabinet designs right down to the joysticks and button placements.
Set to release January 2017 for a whopping $30+ each, major collector's better start saving over the holidays!
Sentinel is well known for it's 4Inch-Nel series; and has even graced that series with Mega Man characters including Rockman and Rockman.EXE. To kick off its 4Inch-Nel Lite series, Sentinel gives us Lan Hikari, the protagonist of the Mega Man Battle Network franchise.
Unlike its articulating counterparts, the Lite series are static in their poses. But that doesn't mean the quality is any less. This entry is proof that their sculptwork, paint job and gratuitous accessories are still here to impress! And speaking of accessories, this figure comes with:
- Mr. Prog (with articulating head)
- Paladin Sword
- 2 facial expressions
- Interchangeable Hands
- RIO Board (stand)
If you've been collecting the other releases from Sentinel, then this is a natural buy. And if not - pick it up anyway. It's awesome!
Merchoid has just announced their newest line of toques/beanies for this November - and gamers everywhere are rejoicing!
15 Mario-themed designs are scheduled to release in early November and are up for pre-order now.
1. Chain Chomp
2. Fire Flower
3. Shy Guy
4. Piranha Plant
5. Red Mushroom
6. Question Block
7. Princess Peach w/ Crown
8. Princess Peach
9. Monty Mole
10. Green Mushroom
12. Donkey Kong
13. Bullet Bill
15. Yoshi Egg
For us Canadians, these are a must-own - and for those of you lucky enough to live in warmer climates....these are also must-owns! Get yours now!
For those of us who were following the past few Wonder Festival Events, we'll recognize Shin Megami Tensei's Jack Frost from the prototypes that were presented. Well good news - pre-orders start today!
X-Plus brings us this newest entry in their Gigantic Series. 40cm tall!
$150 is a little steep for this soft-vinyl figure, but overall, it's always great to see Megami Tensei merchandise hit store shelves!
Manufacturer Shine brings us another Itazura Bank installment - and this time, it's Pikachu!
This latest release takes the features of a Pokéball with Pikachu hiding inside. When placing coins on the yellow base, whirring sounds are heard followed by Pikachu peaking out and pawing the coin back into the Pokéball.
The bank accepts 500 yen coins and holds approximately 40 coins. Despite his electric powers; two AA batteries are still required to operate the banks and are included....just kidding...sigh....they never are.
Sega officially announced the Collector's Edition of Sonic Mania today, and it's WAY PAST COOL!
Looks like they've only announced it for North America so far, and no price-point yet, but hopefully clarifications on both are right around the corner. Until then...."I'm waaaiting".
If you have the Mega Man Mega Buster Gun Replica, you already know how this works, but for those who don't, here's a short tutorial.
Turn it on and you'll hear a power up sound and watch the power meter fill up. Reach in, grab the handle, and you're ready for action. Quickly pull the trigger and you'll hear a single fire sound and the end will flash. Hold in the trigger, though, and you'll watch the power meter fill and the sound intensify until you release the trigger, firing a charged shot! When you are finished vanquishing evil robots for the day, switch the Proto Buster off and enjoy the power down lights and sounds. There's a new sheriff in Monsteropolis - and it's you!
Once Demon Blades are drawn from their sheath, they begin thirsting for blood.
Phat! Company teamed up with the garage kit dealer 'RyunRyunTei' Toona Kanshi to codevelop a new generation of action figures known as the Parfom series! The next figure to join the series is Momohime, the main character from the action RPG 'Muramasa: The Demon Blade'!
The figure includes a set of matching long and short Demon Swords, and the memorable scabbard of the long sword from her illustration has also been included. Her kimono sleeves and shoulder armor are specially articulated allowing for poses in various action scenes. The figure also includes they fiery soul of the swordsman who possessed Momohime - Izuna Jinkuro!
The follow-up collection of Kirby Adventures rubber straps are on tap for November 2016 and another set of eight Kirby types are presented as follows:
» Warp Star + Star Block (Purple)
» Suction + Star Block (Light-Green)
» Beam + Star Block (Light-Yellow)
» Bell + Star Block (Yellow)
» Ice + Star Block (White)
» Wadorudi + Star Block (Light-Blue)
» Cook Kawasaki + Star Block (Red)
» Secret (To be revealed)
The Kirby straps are topped by a strap while the Star Blocks are connected to lobster clasps. The straps measure 5cm or 1.96" in height.
Diamond Select saw huge success with their previous wave of figures based off of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. So it's only natural that the sequel gets its own lineup this holiday season.
1. Kernel Corn vs. Captain Deadbeard
2. Rose vs. Captain Brainz
3. Peashooter vs. Browncoat Disco Zombie
4. Weed vs. Soldier Zombie
Whether you're a fan of this FPS or now, there's no denying these are awesome figures. Pre-order yours today over at ToyWiz!
Were YOU one of the unfortunate collector's who missed out on Square Enix's "Cloud Strife" Play Arts Kai when it was released back in April 2015? If so, worry not! Cloud....is back!
This fully articulating, 28cm PVC figure is an exact recast of the original release. Garbed in his traditional Advent Children outfit, he comes equipped with the Fusion Sword, a six-piece sword assembly with all manner of badass blades.
This isn't hitting North American shelves (that we know of), so get out to those hobby shops or hit up those J-figure sites, and get ready to drop $150 for Final Fantasy VII's main protagonist. Official sale date is.....TODAY!