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Aperture Laboratories releases a less-than-lethal shower curtain to remember the past

ThinkGeek knows what it's doing with the Portal license. They've decided to release what made Cave Johnson all those millions back in the day: a shower curtain that contains less than 1% mercury. While I don't think ThinkGeek will get any government contracts (especially from the Navy), these will go fast. Cave would be proud. He'd also like these Portal cookie cutters.

D-Arts Zero (Type 2), Comic Zero, and Vile appear at the Tamashii Nation 2011 event

Bandai's D-Arts line of toys is very popular, so we should see a pretty steady set of releases from now until . . . they are not. Here are the next three in the line. Two more Zeros, this time sporting his Type 2 armor and his Comic version, and Vile. I guess they finally solved that shoulder cannon dilemma. More pics, including Type 2 Zero, after the break.

Thanks Mainman!
via Moeyo

New Portal flashlights shed more light on ThinkGeek's exclusive Portal merchandise series

Wheatley is just a blue LED flashlight for $20, but the Turret is a flashlight packed full with sound effects for $25. Both will be packaged with the Aperture propaganda seen in the game. I can see this easily becoming a series, with more personality spheres and gadgets from the game.

Turret
Wheatley

Nathan Drake half-tucks his way into the Play Arts Kai line of toys

The Play Arts Kai series of expensive yet highly detailed action figures are known for their versatility. So is Nathan Drake. So, Square-Enix decided that ol' Nate should join the line. He is due out in Spring of 2012, but pre-orders went up today. He comes with some different hands and a T-bolt-Sniper, AK-47, and trusty 45 Defender. He also sports his look from the latest game, meaning we get that snazzy scarf.
Hit the break for pics of all of the above poses.

via Tomopop

Zombie Cop slowly lumbers forth to present Resident Evil's 15th Birthday

Straight from the streets of Raccoon City and fresh out of the Umbrella Corporation (actually Hollywood Collectibles) comes this 1/6th scale (~13 inches) heavyweight polystone, highly detailed, hand-painted and numbered Zombie Cop statue. Capcom is releasing him for the 15th anniversary of the Resident Evil franchise.
500 pieces will be released worldwide, and several will be available straight from the Capcom Store. In fact, you can pre-order it now at $159.99. You can find other retailers offering it for lower, like this one. This website appears to have reserved the low numbers for pre-orders (#1-#100), so if numbering concerns you you may have to go there.

Nintendo characters are ready to hold your goods with these plush backpacks

At first, only Mario and Yoshi hit the plush backpack scene. Then Luigi came along. Then Mario got a fireflower and a Fire Mario version popped up. Now, Link, Peach, DK, a Goomba, and a Koopa Troopa all want to be part of the action.
Various retailers are carrying these, including Toys R Us and Spencer's Gifts. MSRP for these appears to be around the $20 range.
I had actually been wondering if a lot of these were fakes, just jumping on the popular bandwagon. There are fake plush backpacks, but it's nice to know that these new ones are official.
Thanks gblock!

Tanooki Tails and Ears invade San Diego, New York, and now eBay

The mass Mario events held in San Diego and New York yielded some Mario goodies. A Tanooki ears and plush tail set were given out to many folks, and several have found there way to eBay. While some have sold for $90, the going rate seems to start at $40 and go up from there. There were a lot given away, and judging by the flood on eBay, these might come down in price a little, but I hesitate to say anything related to eBay in the way of predictions these days. Good luck out there collectors!

VGMM is Six Years Old

Today, November 13th 2011, is our sixth birthday. The database is also one year old today, and as of today, we have over 4200 items between the database and fakes database. That is amazing, and I owe it all to the dedicated individuals that make this site what it is.
While the site as a whole has come a long way since its inception back in 2005, the database itself has gone through several additions since its birth a year ago as well.
We started out pretty rudimentary, but since then, we have added many things. Here's a list of what has been added since we started.

  • Fakes Database
  • Search function
  • User-created tags
  • Added Video capability
  • Latest Uploads Block
  • User Uploads section on user pages
  • Each item has the ability to add to a user Want List
  • Each item also has the ability to add each item to a "My Collection" Page
  • User Badges
  • Private Messages between users on the database
  • Commenting
  • Related links on news and items in databases
  • Contribupoints
  • VGMM 2011 Contribupoints Contest
  • Security through CAPTCHA and other means
  • There's plenty on the docket for next year as well, including another contest, so stay tuned, and thanks for all of the support in the last six years!

    Metal Gear Rex barges onto the scene from ThreeA

    16.5 inches tall and sporting its famous rail gun, Metal Gear Rex from some stealth-based series you may know something about is coming from ThreeA. The articulated and illuminated figure will go on sale in January. No word on price, just drooling for now.

    via Tomopop

    Let Kirby hide your secrets with these plush pouches

    Designed to go around your neck and under your shirt, these Kirby plush pouches from SK Japan can hide the most important of your effects. There's even a slot for your ID on the back! With how busy Kirby has been lately, I'm surprised the merchandise scene hasn't been bursting at the seems, but perhaps we'll start seeing more based on the recent games next year.
    I've only seen these for sale at Yahoo Japan Auctions, and no stores seem to have them available. It could be an exclusive or limited sale in Japan.
    More pics after the break.

    Akuma and Cammy join the Play Arts Kai line

    Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai line are some of the most coveted in the world of video game memorabilia because of their super-detailed figures that don't sacrifice articulation for their accuracy. They are continuing the Street Fighter line, introducing Akuma and Cammy. I must admit that in certain positions Cammy's knees are a bit . . . unnerving, but how else is she going to get those kick positions in place? Still, who doesn't love bendable hair?
    Pre-orders have opened up all over the web, but be warned the price is pretty high.
    Hobby Search
    Hobby Link Japan Akuma
    Hobby Link Japan Cammy
    AmiAmi

    via Tomopop

    The first piece of Super Mario 3D Land merchandise is a real puzzler

    Ensky has, along with a lot of other gamers, been drooling over this image since it started circulating the internet. Ensky decided to immortalize part of the image in a 108-piece puzzle. Pity that the full image wasn't used, though. I suppose there is still time though, as on AmiAmi there is this disclaimer:

    All images may be test production shot prepared by their makers, and differ from finished products.

    December 11th is when it comes out in Japan.
    Pre=order at AmiAmi.

    Talking Portal 2 products are the new "it" gift for gamers this December

    This Mid-December, several official Portal 2 products are hitting ThinkGeek, and among them are two products that will likely sell like those hotcakes I've heard so much about.
    A plush Aperture Science Sentry Turret, complete with motion-sensing, lights, and several pertinent quotes from the game relating to how it's being interacted with.
    Specs from the product page after the jump. Only $29.99!

    Also, not to be outdone is Cave Johnson. He appears in a portrait that talks to you, sending you quotes from the distant past of 1947-1986. Also motion and touch activated, this framed portrait of Cave from his most virulent era, the 1970s, is a must-have among Portal fans. $39.99 is the asking price on this one.

    Cave Johnson Talking Portrait
    Aperture Science Sentry Turret Plush

    The Zelda 3DS 25 years in the making

    There will be a lot of used copies available of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D when this limited edition Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS hits the market on November 25th in Europe.
    I'm a little surprised that there isn't something on the inside besides the gold 3D slider to say it's a Zelda-themed handheld, but I suppose I shouldn't be complaining about anything . . . other than it isn't available worldwide!
    Hit the break for a closer look at the outer shell.

    Thanks Genome!

    Mario is darting to Japanese stores this week!

    This post may actually be more for haters of the Mario series, as now you can safely chuck things at his face. Balls that stick with Velcro to the dartboard, as well as "arrows" that do the same, mimic the fun had with actual, albeit much more potentially lethal, bar darts.

    Various Mario iconography can be spotted around the circular dart board, representing some the larger point section. Mario himself is the bullseye.

    So, if Mario just wasn't following your controller commands from the last round of gameplay, let him have it right in the face with this new product.

    You'll need a proxy service, but you can order from Amazon.co.jp.

    Jungle Speed gets a Rabbid makeover

    Anyone here played Jungle Speed? According to Board Game Geek:

    In Jungle Speed, you must rely on your keen sense of observation and quick reflexes. It requires a steady hand -- which can be hard to maintain during the many fits of maniacal laughter! The wooden Totem sits in the middle of the table, waiting for the player with the fastest reflexes to snatch it up and win the game.

    Each player is dealt a hand of cards. In order to win you must be the first player to get rid of all of your cards. Each turn, all of the players reveal one of their cards. If two cards are identical, those players must make a grab for the Totem. The faster player then gives their cards to their unfortunate adversary.

    To add to the difficulty, certain cards are almost identical, which can trick a hapless player into grabbing the Totem by mistake -- a grave error. Other cards force all players to make a grab at once, change the method of play, or otherwise add to the difficulty.

    This game will be invaded soon by the Rabbids, who have a nasty habit of invading all sorts of things. Several elements of the game will get Rabbids branding, and special items will be included.

    - collaboration between Asmodee Editions and Ubisoft
    - due out later this month
    - 80 cards in the game
    - Rabbids-themed cards
    - totem has a Rabbid print
    - travel bag has a pair of Rabbid ears sewn on
    - Rabbid figurine included in the box

    via GoNintendo via Geek News MTV

    Mega Man Merch for January

    More merch featuring the Blue Bomber from Capcom is coming in January, including a Proto Buster "glove" and several items from Mega Man Powered Up.

    New stuff:

    Proto Buster Plushie
    Mega Man Powered Up Desk Clock
    Mega Man Towel
    Bass Keychain
    Proto Man Keychain
    Guts Man Keychain
    Powered Up Magnet
    Mega Man Powered Up File Folder
    Powered Up Notebook

    Mega Man 10 iPhone 4 Case
    Mega Man X4 Wallscroll

    Available at at AAAAnime.com for retailers. Everyone else can find these at various shops that sell nerdy stuff, like Hot Topic and Spencer Gifts.

    EEERZ are the new thing in rabbids customization

    Ubisoft and Artoyz are releasing some new Rabbids figures, but they're not what you may think. Along the lines of their Dunnys and Munnys, this new line of designer toys are meant to be used creatively by artists who paint on their own wacky Rabbids faces.
    Also, there is a set of velvet versions releasing in a rainbow of colors. To see those, hit the break.

    You can get 'em here, but be prepared to spend some dough.

    via Tomopop

    Three new Mario Kart 7 3DS cases to show off your racing style



    Three new ways to protect your 3DS (and other Nintendo handhelds of similar shape), are coming to GamingZap.
    The first one shown is a hard case kit that protects the whole system and comes with a checkered flag microfiber cloth and room for games and extra styli.
    The second is an armor "shell", much like the Zelda ones released earlier, and comes with a kart-themed stylus and the same checkered flag microfiber cloth.
    The third is a pouch that comes with the Mario-in-kart stylus.

    Gamestop wants your money, throws in pins for your purchases


    EB Games in Canada (owned by Gamestop) is offering a two pin set when folks buy both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 brand new. The games release on separate days, so people will have to bring proof of purchase of the first game to get the pins when they release with the second game.

    via GoNintendo.

    The pins offered to Americans are more like buttons, and the set of six comes inside a sleeve with a Pokemon Rumble Blast purchase.

    via Kolma.info via GoNintendo.