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!