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Big Bad Toy Store has been updating their Rockman/Mega Man section with new toys from Japan. First up is a set of two larger figures featuring a Blue Bomber Mega Man and a more Proto Man colored offering. A set of six keychains shows Mega Man in a rainbow of colors and two poses. Also coming is a cheaper set of buster cannons featuring the Mega Buster and the Proto Buster.
We have some Kirby umbrellas, Kirby marbles, a Kirby dart board, and a Kirby puzzle.
Two styles of umbrella have been released, and both look cute-as-all-get-out. Click the "Read More" button to see the tag and them folded up. The Kirby marbles I know little about, but they just started rolling around the Kirby auctions. I'll post more here if I see packaging or other details. We also see a Kirby magnetic dartboard and a Kirby puzzle (go past the break). SK Japan keeps churning it out, and we're loving it!
Another tease of the Mega Man and Mega Man X San Diego Comic Con silver statue that will also be available to pre-order in the Capcom Store online. Teasers.
Also making news, the Mega Man and Mega Man X Complete Works artbook, revised for the 25th Anniversary, is up for pre-order here. Others are likely to follow, but B&N have a discount on it for now.
Isabelle, or Shizue in Japan, is from the Animal Crossing series, and this figure, called a Nendoroid from the Good Smile Company, has been teased for months. Now we finally see her up for pre-order, and we get a glimpse of what she will come with. The bell is a real one, and the emoting additions are a nice touch. Due out in October.
NECA is brining us this absolutely random figure of Jason Vorhees as he appears, in dazzling purple, in the NES game Friday the 13th. Available exclusively at the San Diego Comic Con.
The Star Catalog from the European Club Nintendo has updated once again. A Mushroom Trophy and a Banana Trophy have been added to the previously released trio from last year. At 5000 stars each, the trophies are a lofty reward. Don't you wish you could just race a Nintendo rep for them instead? Try to catch them on eBay before prices soar to the ridiculous amounts the last set is going for now.
There have been several Family Computer (Famicom) History sets. Most featuring the original Famicom in its various iterations. This set seems to have them all, but is the first set to include the Japanese "Zapper" and the games that utilized it. Full list here:
- Family Computer (Famicom) console Model (HVC-001) at 1/6 scale with cartridge and attached two controllers
- Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom) Keyboard (HVC-007)
- Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom) Disk System (HVC-022)
- Nintendo AV Family Computer (AV Famicom) (HVC-101)
- Nintendo Famicom Light Gun with holster and three cartridges (HVC-005, HVC-006)
Animal Crossing is all about customization. These starter kits net you a few characters, a house, and some furniture. You don't even have to work for ol' Nook (but you do have to pay Takara Tomy)!
- Pink-roofed house with a 'Girl' figure, Lisa, and Rover along with a bed, a vanity, and stamps
- Yellow-roofed house with a 'Boy' figure, Mr. Resetti, and KK Slider along with a bed, a turntable, and stamps
Then, Takara Tomy is releasing nine character sets that will add to the start packs, adding furniture bits and other customizations. No word yet if they will be blind packaged or not, but wouldn't that make the whole thing more evil?
A giant bomb plush? I can think of at least three people I'd chuck that at. The Bomberman head is a bit more creepy . . . in a cute sort of way. Both are around 15 inches tall. These come out in July 2013 from SK Japan.
Taito must have found some success with the first Boo Light that they released, as now they are releasing a King Boo light. The light is larger than the last iteration, but the best new feature is the tongue that comes jutting out when someone activates the motion sensor. Set to ship in late August.
Bandai has produced a new set of their trademark light-up mascots. Light-up Yoshis? Well, I suppose the yellow one makes sense, and the acorn is a nice touch. Does the Blue Yoshi blow bubbles? No. Does the Pink Yoshi inflate? No. Oh well. The mushrooms and stars seem to be a staple of these sets. I do like the new look of these though. They come out in July this year.
How do you make merchandise based on flat characters? In the past, mouse pads, stickers, papercrafts, and the like have filled the gap. Now, manufacturer AM Keihin has added towels to the line-up. The shaped towels are the size of hand towels. Also on the docket are shaped cushions featuring characters from the game. Bowser is the only one that you can really tell is from Paper Mario Sticker Star specifically because of his crown. Both are set to release in June.
So much pink! New plushes, including newcomers to the plush world Scarfy and Chilly, another gigantic plush of Kirby, DX plushes of Kirby and Meta Knight, and some pouch plushes. To see what I'm talking about, hit the break! I love that SK Japan is expanding into the more well-known enemies. They need to keep that up. I need a plush Kracko. And Gordo.
Thanks for the tip, Nem!
The e-Capcom site is releasing something that came out in North America in 2011. It's a plush buster cannon and helmet set. Granted, the helmet and cannon were sold separately here, and it appears that the quality is a little better for the Japanese version, but you're gonna pay for it. ¥6,090 (~$60) is the price on the site. It's nice to finally have something before Japan got it, and it's Mega Man no less! And cheaper!
Bioshock Infinite is kind of a big deal. WizKids/NECA recognize it, so they wanted to add several characters into their HeroClix universe. A starter kit will net you six figures, with 24 in the set.
Also, Plaid Hat games wanted in on the action, and is making a board game called The Siege of Columbia, complete with custom pieces and all sorts of extras. Set for a price of $85, if you pre-order now you can get it for $50.
I hadn't seen a sound drop set for some time. Frankly, I was going through withdrawal. Now, Bandai saves me from the brink by releasing these eight new drops, featuring sounds from New Super Mario Bros. 2. Out now, but I can't find a store that has them yet.
The list as follows:
1. Mario tail
2. Red coin
3. Star Man
4. Gold Mario & Silver Luigi
5. Gold block
6. Coins Get
7. Course Clear
Think of these puzzles as a Rubix Cube taken apart. To assemble all of the images that the puzzle contains, you'll need to place the blocks correctly. There are two different versions: one with nine blocks and one with fifteen. Not exactly a huge challenge, but Epoch is aiming these at kids. Both puzzle sets are do out in Japan April 12th.
Nine block set: ¥1,764 (~$17.75)
Fifteen block set: ¥2,625 (~$26.50)
For more pics of the actual sets, hit the break.
Many Mario games have received the item chain treatment, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 had enough additions to the item roster to warrant a new set of them. Look at all that GOLD! With Golden Mushrooms, Flowers, Shells, and coins, along with the Super Leaf, a Note Block, and an Invincibility Leaf as highlights, it's looking like a really nice set. These are in capsule machines in Japan currently, so look for some Yahoo Japan Auction or eBay listings shortly. HLJ has it up as well for 1200yen.