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New "Ultra Detail" figure set from Medicom is a long-time collector's dream

AmiAmi just posted a new line of six figures featuring both Link and Mario, and it takes them through the major points of their respective franchises. Classic Mario has his pre-90's red pants, blue shirt, and awkward pose. Funny that I'm most drawn to him out of the three Marios. Tanooki Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3 looks great as well, and very true to the original art, and the New Super Mario Bros. version looks better than ever with a fun pose.
The real star of this show is Classic Link, coming straight off the first page of the Japanese manual, and is now my favorite Link figure of all time. I've longed dreamed of owning a classic-looking Link like this and Medicom is my new favorite company for it! The Link from Legend of Zelda Wind Waker is in a great pose with a great expression as well, and while there aren't pictures yet, a Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Link is planned as well, rounding out the "from classic to modern" set.
Each figure is approximately 2.5" and was sculpted by Yohei Kaneko.
The set is scheduled for release late January in 2013.

Classic Mario
Tanooki Mario
NSMB Mario
Classic Link
Wind Waker Link
Skyward Sword Link

Closer pics after the break!
Thanks Melda and Valendorf!

Super Mario Special Edition Collector's Case

If, somehow, you missed buying the first two waves of figures that have been re-released and repackaged in almost every way imaginable, this is for you. It's also a pretty cool item if you own all of the figures in the first two waves as well.
Twelve figures are in the set, and each has there own little spot in the case, which is shaped like Mario. The mold on the inside looks like one of those flimsy plastic molds that either barely hold the figures or hold them so tight you have to ruin the plastic trying to get them out.
These should be appearing in stores soon! Go past the break for a shot of the inside.

Mario figures go to the Max

These giant "Max figures" from Banpresto are shipping this November 2012, and feature art from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2. NCSX has them up for pre-order for a little under $30 a piece.

New Sonic Plushes from San-ei

A set of five new plushes featuring Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Tails, and Shadow. A few years back they released a similar set, but the patterns on these have improved. San-ei's quality of late have probably put them in the highest plush quality on the market right now for video game characters.
These are out now!
Thanks Foxwhisker!

San-ei page

Gamescom swag roundup

There's kind of a big deal going on in Cologne, Germany. It's called Gamescom, and most of the big developers show up to show off games and give out goodies, just like at E3. Let's take a look at what was available, shall we? Hit the jump!

New Super Mario Bros. 2 merchandise is about your gold coins

My most anticipated Mario game in a long time is nearly here, and I don't think I've ever seen Mario merchandise swifter to market than this game. While the game has been out in Japan for a little while, seeing merch before the North American launch is definitely unprecedented when the launch windows are so close. That aside, these water toys are easy to make and re-brand, making them a staple for manufacturer Epoch. Expect a November release.

Legend of Zelda. Hyrule Historia. North America. UK. Australia. Yes.

Hysteria for Historia is going on is the dwellings of all Zelda fans, as the Hyrule Historia Zelda Encyclopedia is being localized by my new favorite company Dark Horse Comics. Coming to North America, UK, and Australia.
January 29th, 2013 is the current release date. Also, $34.99 is the price tag. OH MY YES!

via tons of outlets

Club Nintendo goes for the gold . . . finally

After all other regions, Club Nintendo North America updated today with the Gold Nunchuk for 900 coins. Now we can finally complete our Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Wii Remote Gold set!

Click here for the page

Kirby goes large with another set of figures

It's Kirby's 20th Birthday, and to celebrate some more, Takara Tomy is releasing a second set of figures based on the Kirby Return to Dreamland game on Wii. There are five in the set including:

  1. Fire Kirby
  2. Sleep Kirby
  3. Mic Kirby
  4. Beam Kirby
  5. Ice Kirby

via Inside-Games

Metal Slug gets long overdue figure kits

If you haven't played an entry in the lengthy Metal Slug series, you're missing out. They're very accessible and just good fun. To commemorate the decades of fun the series has given us, Takara Tomy is giving us a figure kit collection.
There will be five gashapon capsules in a set, each coming with a figure, a tank, and a mini cartridge as follows:

» Metal Slug: Marco Rossi figure, Super Vehicle 001 toy, and a Metal Slug mini cartridge
» Metal Slug 2: Tarma Roving figure, Super Vehicle 002 toy, and a Metal Slug 2 mini cartridge
» Metal Slug X: Eri Kasamoto figure, Metal Slug Harrier VTOL jet toy, and a Metal Slug X mini cartridge
» Metal Slug 3: Fiolina Germi figure, Metal Slug Camel toy, and a Metal Slug 3 mini cartridge

The fifth set is a secret. You can pre-order now, and look for them in November this year.

via NCSX

Street Fighter trades in street fights for chess strategy

Somehow I don't think many elements from the game will translate to chess, but look at this gorgeous Street Fighter 25th Anniversary chess set just added to the Capcom store. Lucky folks at the SDCC got to see it first and buy the first few numbers at a premium ($400), but now everyone can buy. Everyone that has $299 to spare that is. That design features wood base, smoked glass game board, metal engraving, individual numbers (limited to 5000 worldwide), and brilliantly sculpted resin pieces.
If you were trying to discern who was in the set:

Roster includes Ryu & M. Bison (kings), Chun-Li & Juri (queens), Ken, Guile, Balrog & Vega (bishops), E. Honda, Blanka, Rolento & Akuma (knights), Dhalsim, Zangief, Sagat & Seth (rooks), Ryu's fist & Shadaloo winged skull (pawns)

Buy it here

via Capcom-Unity

More Mega gear from GE Animation

All of these items are "coming soon" on the GE Animation website, and the new items include an E-tank Throw blanket, an E-tank rubber wristband to show your support of E-tanks, a Mega Man notebook, and a Mega Man paper carrier bag thingy. There's also some new file folders featuring Mega Man and Mega Man Powered Up style. The goods typically show up in stores one or two months after their announcement, and with half of them being school supplies, they should appear in late August.

via Rockman Corner

Pit Figma. PIT FIGMA!

Samus? Check. Link? Check. Pit? Check! Palutena's winged angel hero flies into action with these teaser pics from Wonder Festival 2012.
Another pic after the break.

via Tomopop

ThreeA brings the big and the detail to the Halo series

In the land of gmaer toys, ThreeA is synonymous with two things: insane detail and massive size. I mean, have you seen their Metal Gears?
1/6 scale Halo figures of Commander Carter and Commando Spartan MkV are coming from ThreeA. They go on sale at the ThreeA store on August 1st. Select distributors will have Carter, but the Commando Spartan will be exclusive to this store. For more info on the articulation and features (and it's worth checking out), check out the article below.
Prepare to have your wallet take a hit, as these will be $200 each.

via Tomopop

Katherine from Catherine gets her figure in a figure

Catherine, who is really the face of the game, already got a figure, but what about Katherine? Well, now she's not left out either. Art Spirits is releasing this figure in November for 6,200 yen.

via Tomopop

Nendoroid Monster Hunter Swordsmen may be too cute to slay monsters

I mean, would you be intimidated by this guy? Well, I might fear for my ankles. The little guy sports the Lagia X Series armor and Thunder Blade Lagiacrus. He is up for pre-order now for 3,000 yen.

via Tomopop

Terry Bogard is the King of D-Arts figures

Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury and King of Fighters is perhaps SNK's most known fighter. He is getting immortalized in sweet plastic come this November when Bandai D-Arts takes on the sculpt. D-Arts is perfect for fighting characters that demand lots of articulation for fighting move poses, and Terry is no exception. He'll be around $50. No news yet whether Bluefin will release in North America.

Thanks Mainman!

D-Arts Terry Bogard release website

Club Nintendo Japan laughs in Club Nintendo North America's face, and a Kirby metal medal

First, the North American Club Nintendo platinum prize Mario Characters Diorama Statue jumped to Europe, and some complained because it was one of the only items exclusive to the North American Club Nintendo. It looked the same. Japan now gets it, but it is infinitely better because the group is encased in a dome and has added detail and a base with branding and . . . well that's just not fair. Dangit Japan, couldn't you let us have just ONE?! For a bigger pic of this insult . . . hit the break.
To add insult to injury, a metal Kirby medal to add to the pile of stuff that North America (or Europe) will never see.

Mario dome diorama statue
Kirby medal

Super Mario 3D Land turns the spotlight on its various items

Bandai loves light-up items. They had four light up sets from their generic "Super Mario" line, and two from their New Super Mario Bros. Wii line, and now they're turning their focus on the new Mario merchandise cash cow, Super Mario 3D Land. The seven most memorable items from the game now have a glow effect and are encased in clear plastic and hung from a keychain. They're each a little over an inch (28mm). Turning the bit on the back will activate the glow effect.
Expect these in late August nowhere but Japan and ebay.