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Cave Johnson knew what he was doing. This is a man that envisioned combustible lemons. Now, we see a less-lethal plush version in the Valve Store ($19.99).
There is also a new diner mug (Maybe even the one Cave used to drink out of?!) for $9.99, and a couple of familiar-looking keychain plushes for $12.95 each.
Wonder Festival 2012, the best place to see video game merchandise coming out of Japan, is going on now. Most exciting thing so far (and arguably ever) is this Legend of Zelda Link Figma. No details . . . just sit and stare at the awesome!
Six new pouches and four new straps are coming soon adorned with Mario, Super Mushroom, item blocks, and various enemies. The enemy pouches have two spots to store stuff, while Mario and mushroom are one big pouch. The straps may even be screen cleaners, and if so, well, you can never have too many screen cleaners apparently.
Since this exciting post, we've found a picture of the full set of Legend of Zelda Skyward Sworld metal item keychains.
The Master Sword and Hylian Shield are back (despite the Hylian Shield being very difficult to attain in the game), but the Goddess Harp, Gust Bellows, Beetle, and Mogma Mitts are all brand new!
Found on ebay - Thanks Ikhana!
The Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary was last year, but the flow of merchandise from the event has not been stopped, and is spilling into this year as well. While this new merch isn't necessarily related to the 25th anniversary, that event certainly got the ball rolling!
Added to the already very impressive flood are some mugs, some new gold business holders, a costume, and a blind-boxed figure and map set.
Hero's costume (DQIII) - ¥15,800
Case of Map figures - ¥6,300
Slime Mug - ¥1,500
King Slime Mug - ¥1,500
Slime Stack Mug - ¥1,500 (coming in March)
Metal Slime Mug - ¥1,500 (coming in March)
Golden business card holders - ¥1,780 each (coming late March)
NECA is making Portal stuff, and its next entry is a 1:1 scale Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device replica (or the Portal Gun).
Now there will be more hilarious portal videos on Youtube, as not everyone will have to make their own Portal gun.
It lights up orange and blue, but no word yet on whether or not sound will be included. It would be a nice touch.
You can pre-order here for ¥16,000 (~$210) for an April release date.
The popularity of the last two sets of Converse Mario shoes were so popular, that they decided one good turn deserved another. The Converse One Star Super Mario Bros. OX is based off of Converse's One Star series (as opposed to the Chuck Taylor Hi-tops), and features two new styles of shoe, black and white, and has a Starman prevalently displayed on the shoe. 8-bit Mario graphics adorn the heel.
The premium leather shoes will be coming out in March this year.
See the second she after the break!
Vile has been revealed by Bluefin USA, the company bringing the Bandai D-Arts line over from Japan. Vile has MANY accessories, including two shoulder-mounted cannons, knee guns (?!), and even . . . a cocktail (???!!!).
No more info other than the shots were released, but they did start a poll for the next figure on Facebook. I'm pulling for Sigma, as there has never been a full-sized figure of him released.
The Angry Video Game Nerd, and his "sidekick" Sh*t Pickle, are both getting plushes. $17.98 each or $30 for the set, and both are available right now on Screw Attack's Store.
Now The Nerd can be right there with you while you try to land your plane in Top Gun, get killed relentlessly in Silver Surfer, or even brave Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
It's Final Fantasy's 25th Anniversary. I feel old. I'm sure that there will be some intensely expensive items released this year to celebrate, but let's start with some little stuff like trump cards and a tumbler. The tumbler features Mog from Final Fantasy VI, so everyone is going to want that. The cards are truly magnificent, featuring all sorts of art on each suit from the various titles in the series.
To see the cards (and the brilliant jokers), hit the break!
Square-Enix is also releasing other tumblers not necessarily related to the 25 year celebration, and you can see those as well after the break.
¥1,200 for the cards on the Japanese Square Shop, and they will be available this spring.
The tumbler will hit in March and cost ¥1,900.
The first Zero D-Arts figure was a lot of fun, but he was missing something. Boxy shoulder guards? Maybe? Z-Saber? Oh yeah, that's it! Well, Bandai, is out to rectify that situation post-haste with the release of a "2nd Version" Zero that comes with not one but two styles of his infamous Z-Saber.
The Japanese figure will be about $45, but Bluefin Tamashi will release an American one in June for less.
More pics after the break.
GE Animation strikes again, this time with piercing cuteness right in our hearts. This little plush is set for a late April release this year. I wish there was more information on how large the plush was, or just where they got the style for the plush, but I'll take a new Mega Man plush seven days a week. And twice on Sundays.
Order here at AAAanime if you're a retailer.
Don Bluth is well known for his then revolutionary animation style for two Laserdisc games that featured OMG-hit-the-button-now-or-face-hundreds-or-horrible-deaths gameplay. Dragon's Lair came first, and then Space Ace. Dragon's Lair seems to have released on every platform known to man, but Space Ace wasn't so lucky. Despite this, the characters from both are deeply ingrained in gaming culture. Even so, Sideshow Collectibles is taking a big gamble by releasing a high-end statue of a side character in the less popular of the two games. Will nostalgia overwhelm enough people to warrant a purchase? We'll find out in the third quarter of 2012 when she is released.
You can pre-order her for $199.99 at the Sideshow Collectibles website right now.
Team17 has essentially made the same game for 17 years, and it has been successful. That game is Worms. Now, after all this time, the worms finally get their own merchandise. A set of four characters, each available in medium plush or small keychain plush, released today. Worm, Pirate Worm, Army Worm, and the infamous Super Sheep make up the set.
You can get them here on GameOnStuff's Facebook Page, but also visit their website to see what they're planning, including Rabbids, Assassin's Creed, and LittleBigPlanet merchandise. They also think the world needs more Angry Birds stuff . . .
We all knew it was coming. Nintendo's flagship Mario title released in November, and you knew the usual suspects would be producing merchandise for it. Along with the Tanooki Mario plush from San-ei, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. is releasing its first set to start the inevitable wallet-crushing merch powerhouse.
This set includes several new items found in Super Mario 3D Land, such as the Super Leaf and the Boomerang Flower, and even includes the pity-power-ups Invincibility Leaf and the P-Wing. I like the wood Goomba too.
These will be out in May 2012.
Pre-order them here
New Super Mario Bros. Wii merch is really getting out of hand, as there is now not one, but two styles of trash can available for purchase stylized with the art of our favorite plumber and his friends and enemies. I found these in an auction on Yahoo Japan Auctions with very little information in the description, so I'll update this post with more info if I find any. These appear to be full size metal trash cans.
More pics after the break.
Sam and Boggy are now available at your favorite import shop. They'll retail at ¥6,500 in April and come with boatloads of accessories. Not sure if the game was popular enough to support the price jump, but we'll find out.
Also out in April is a Kratos Play Arts Kai figure. He'll come with hands and swords to swap out, and he's ten inches tall, leading to a ¥5,800 price tag.
What? Kingdom Hearts 3D isn't out yet? Yes, it is odd to see merchandise precede a game's release, but I'm all for it! "Wonder Nyan" will be available though the Square-Enix shop (in Japan-only so far, of course) in Spring, but you can pre-order it now for ¥3,800. Two more pics after the break, including a butt shot.