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D-Arts Metallic variant Mega Man X available exclusively at upcoming San Diego Comic Con International
The Mega Man Network has received word from Adam Newman of Bandai that Bluefin and Tamashii Nations (a collector's label for premium goods in Japan) are making a metallic variant of the Mega Man X D-Arts figure. And it's not just the new paint job. It will also include an extra interchangeable face and extra hands and arms, a triple-shot X-Buster blast, and "superior articulation".
This special variant will be sold in limited quantities for the lofty price of $45 per figure. Start saving, and good luck!
If you've ever been to Spencer's Gifts, you'll already know that it is an eclectic shop where the line between teen and adult is often blurred. Nostalgia is peppered in amongst the downright lewd and raunchy, but if you stay to the front of the shop, you'll often find the more family-friendly apparel and accessories. Recently, gamer items have been spotted, including some shirts and belt buckles. However, seemingly exclusive to the shop are some flat bill caps: hats that are designed without the curve in the bill. Several Mario designs are available, including Mario, Wario, Bowser, Bullet Bill, Goomba, Dry Bones, and Donkey Kong. Also seen were Zelda, Sonic, and even Epic Mickey designs.
Thanks for the tip nfalax!
The designs can be seen in more detail here.
Hot Topic has been flooded with avian and pork products. It seems that, while the bird plushes sell in various places, the pig plushes can only be found here. For almost $13 more than buying the full game ($14.50), you can buy some of the various styles of pig plushes. The shirts, somehow, run higher, flying off with between $19.50 and $23.50 of your hard-earned dollars. There are also clip plushes that run $8.50.
By far, my favorite are the shirts that feature the "Flipping the Bird" tag line.
If you don't have a Hot Topic near you, these items can be purchased on their website.
Groovy, indeed! There just isn't much Earthworm Jim merchandise out there, even after several re-releases of the first game including a recent HD version. At one point there were rumors that a new games was coming out, but we haven't heard anything about it lately. Fans of the series can hopefully slake their lust for the super worm by purchasing this shirt from any fine retailer of gamer shirts.
Famicom, Mario, and Zelda points cards are releasing in preparation of the 3DS' e-shop ahop opening up in Japan. The designs are fantastic, and great for collecting. The cards come in various point flavors. The Famicom and Mario versions are 1000pts, where the Zelda one is 2000pts. Just so you know, the Famicom version has Donkey Kong, Frog Mario, Link, Samus, Ice Climber, Balloon Fight hero, Little Mac, and Pit. The Mario version features Mario art from the first three games, and the Zelda one features art from the NES, SNES, and N64. The second set has an NES Mario scene (1000pts.) and a Zelda Ocarina of Time art scene (2000pts.).
Believe it or not, these are exclusive to 7-11 Japan.
If you've never played Ice Climbers or Ice Hockey for the NES, do yourself a favor and go try them out. They're both a blast and quite unique. King of Games, a Japanese gamer shirt company, realizes this, and have immortalized the two games in a couple of t-shirts. The Ice Climber shirt features several great moments from the game dispersed cleverly over the shirt (love the pocket), and the Ice Hockey shirt features an all-out 8-bit brawl!
If these weren't so dang expensive (the shirts are ¥6000, or ~$74) on top of importing, these would be mine in a heartbeat.
Funko LLC, makers of the Wacky Wobblers line, has spilled over into video games. A Sonic and a Mortal Kombat line are set to release in the next two months. The Sonic line comes first, featuring three characters:
The Mortal Kombat line, shipping in July, features:
Both sets are about six inches tall, and will sell between $10-$15.
This set of New Super Mario Bros. Wii items work in the bath by getting a little wet and then sticking to the tile. These are popular in Japan and the USA because of the no-residue sticking for fun in the bath. Sticks to many surfaces, as all that is needed is a little water.
The character shapes vary between one and four inches, depending on the character. There are 15 different stickies, and the price for the set in Japan is ¥714 (~$8.85). The set also includes a mat with a scene from the game and a bag to keep all of the stickies in. A shot of the set is after the break.
Ensky is set to release some genius on the world in the form of some Super Mario Fighting Spinning Tops, or Kenkagoma Koma. These tops are spun with string and released at the same time. The tops "fight" by bumping into one another and the last top spinning wins. Looks like we have a design with Mario and Luigi, Mario and some items, and Mario and Yoshi.
Here is a video showing how the famous Japanese toy tops work.
Thanks again Genome and Sleepy Snake for the eagle eye!
The New Super Mario Bros. Wii flood of merchandise cannot be stopped. Now, a series of rubber strap keychains is being released, featuring items and enemies known and loved. Star, Propeller Mushroom, Penguin Suit, Bullet Bill, Boo, and Piranha Plant (possibly the Jumping Piranha Plant) are seen in the set. It's a little odd because an unlicensed company has been releasing rubberized representations of the Mario gang for quite some time, selling them as Croc shoes attachments, earrings, and other things. It's nice to see some official ones though, and to have the company info right there in text next to the character on the strap helps, too.
Another shot of the items in real life is after the break.
Thanks to Genome and Sleepy Snake for the detective work!
The last set of stationary must have sold well enough to warrant another round, as Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has unleashed another full set. While there appears to be no new items in the set, each returning item is slightly different from the last set. The stamps are different, the colors of the items are different, and even the characters on the tape are different. The pad of paper is Penguin Mario shaped, which I thought was a nice touch.
There are no online retailers listing this as a pre-order just yet, but it is available now in Japan.
Club Nintendo updated today with two new prize items. First is a Donkey Kong Country Returns soundtrack that includes 25 of the "greatest hits" from the game. Personally I prefer full game soundtracks, but as an official Nintendo soundtrack has not appeared in some time, I'll take what I can get. Second is a set of Kirby pouches that come in red and blue varieties inspired by Kirby's Epic Yarn. The detail pic does not show that a system could fit in the pouch, but instead shows lip balm and other items. 13cm x 9cm (5" x 3.5") suggests that they are quite small.
Hot Toys is creating this Milla Jovovich 28cm figure from the Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D movie. A load of accessories come bundled, including outfits, hand poses, hairstyles, and of course, zombie-slaying weapons. The figure will be available later this year, nearly a year after the movie . . . that was only so successful.
Jazwares has never been known for great detail when it comes to their video game figure lines. Mortal Kombat is no exception, but these figures are so riddled with articulation points that it is difficult to like the figures from a collection standpoint. Still, if you like the M-rated gore-fest and still like to play with action figures, this set is for you! There are four figures in this first series of 6" figures, with a fifth exclusive version coming to Comic Con this summer. Perhaps Jazwares' upcoming 3.75" line will strike more favor with the collecting crowd.
Bandai's D-Arts Rockman line has been a blessing for fans of the series, with each new announced figure being more enticing than the last. Now, we see X in his full armor from the first game. He will, as seen at the 2011 Toy Fair, be sold in a Dr. Light Capsule. September looks to be the date for release, which means that the line is very popular because the figures have been coming in closer and closer succession.
The figure will include two hand parts, right arm part, hand wrist, shot effect parts, and charge shot effect parts. I really hope that the shot parts include the double powered-up shot from the game. It may be difficult to make into something that attaches to the buster, but it was one of the coolest things to witness from that gaming era.
Diamond Select Toys' own Art Asylum is still churning out MiniMates, those blocky fragile figures based on a veritable array of media. The next collection sets its sights on some exclusive Playstation icons. The set includes:
• Uncharted series - Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer
• Resistance series - Nathan Hale and Advanced Hybrid
• Ratchet and Clank series - Ratchet and Clank
• Jak and Daxter series - Jak and Daxter
These characters look incredibly odd in this style, but the unique look has always been the selling point for the MiniMates line.
The Big Daddy Bouncer Ultra Deluxe Figure will display it's mood based on the LEDs placed in the figure. Green, Yellow, or Red can be displayed at the flip of a switch. These should replace all traffic lights. No real word on important details like articulation or size, but it's not long to wait to find out. This is set to release in June 2011, so happy Father's Day to all the Big Daddys out there!
A massive figure of a plain Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet is next up in Mezco's line of toys. Massive in this sense meanign about nine inches. This figure will have five points of articulation and will appear in a windowbox packaging. Great for collectors of sealed stuff who also want to display!
Ships late October or early November this year. Could this be the start of something . . . big?
Saw this at Hot Topic the other day and was surprised that Mario was moving in this direction. Mario merchandising has infiltrated nearly every market, but do we really need a Mario lip balm . . . that's cherry cola flavored?
Not only that, but Mario's name is the excuse to attempt to sell it at $3.99 per stick.