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!