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Brainded Warrior
September 22, 2017
Review: Onell Design Outer Space Men Neo Astrovos

Figure of the DayOnell Design Outer Space Men Neo AstrovosSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Blue! The Onell Design Outer Space Men Neo Astrovos was the mystery figure a few months ago from the Glyos assortment, and it pays tribute to the Astro Knight figure of old. So read on, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSPokˇmon Gold and SilverThis week's 3DS offerings: Pokˇmon Gold and Silver.

The store for New 3DS has 36 Fragments of Midnight, GUIDE THE GHOST, and Frutakia 2.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii UChew Man Fu This week's batch of titles on the eShop:

The virtual console has added the games Shockman and Chew Man Fu from the TurboGrafx-16.

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Nintendo Switch Downloads This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Mario Bros. This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives Mario Bros., SteamWorld Dig 2, Thimbleweed Park, and Art of Fighting.

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Not Smooth
September 21, 2017
Review: Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Ghoul Butler

Figure of the DayPlaymobil Something new every day-- unless it's old! Our 16bit.com Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

You want brains with that? The Playmobil "Fi?ures" Figures Ghoul Butler is a pretty swell release, complete with serving tray and glowing skin. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Review: Snoke (The Last Jedi Line Look)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Snoke (The Last Jedi Line Look). He's gold! Read the whole review.

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New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneSuper HydorahXbox fans, it's time to try Super Hydorah. Microsoft says:

"Super Hydorah is a nonlinear horizontal shootÕ em up designed to offer a challenging and memorable experience, sublimating the wisdom and richness of traditional shmup classics. The game has direct action, nostalgic art and a wide variety of unique spatial content and situations. It is hours of intense fun, alone or with your friends, to face the menace of the Meroptians aboard the Delta Lance. If you love unique experiences and handcrafted games, Super Hydorah is made for you!"

Also available: Morphite, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Pankapu, and Blackguards 2.

--AP

New Facts Emerge
September 20, 2017
Review: Nintendo Super Mario Boo Amiibo

Figure of the DayNintendo Super Mario Boo AmiiboSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Glow! The Nintendo Super Mario Boo Amiibo is seemingly gone, so I hope you got yours. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4The Coma: Recut New to the Playstation 4 this week: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +, Blackguards 2, Burly Men at Sea, Caveman Warriors, The Coma: Recut, End Space, Factotum 90, Minecraft: Story Mode Š Season 2, Morphite, NBA 2K18, Pankapu, Project Cars 2, Raiders of the Broken Planet, Robonauts, Shoppe Keep, The Solus Project, Hidden Dragon Legend, Ink, The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

--AP

PS Vita: PSN Updates This Week

PS Vita36 Fragments of Midnight New to the PSP Vita this week: 36 Fragments of Midnight, Burly Men at Sea, Mecho Tales, Factotum 90, and Mary Skelter: Nightmares.

--AP

TRU Files for Bankruptcy
September 19, 2017
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations Titans Return Decepticon Octone

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Titans Return Decepticon OctoneSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Octane, but not! The Hasbro Transformers Generations Titans Return Decepticon Octone should confuse buyers and sellers for years to come. These ones came in a foil baggie. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Review: Han Solo (The Last Jedi Line Look)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Han Solo (The Last Jedi Line Look). He looks a little lumpy under the macro lens. Read the whole review.

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Last Kmart in Phoenix Video

ToysSo Kmart isn't doing well - in Phoenix, most of them have slowly closed and become other things - furniture stores, indoor go-karts, or sad husks. The last open store is on the I-17 and Northern, currently going through its death throes. I was there last week on my birthday toy run, and the toy department had been collapsed with the former toy department being empty shelving for sale. It looked far better in July, when the YouTube account Retail Archaeology made this lovely video.

Semi-related, Toys R Us announced it'll file for some sort of bankruptcy this week, which doesn't necessarily mean it's going out of business. In the 1990s, Kmart was part of what Hasbro called its "top five" - Target, Kmart, Kay-Bee Toys, Toys R Us, and Walmart - who made up 85ish percent of the American toy business market. Kay-Bee closed in the late 2000s, with Kmart not officially out of business, but dozens of store closures are announced every couple of months. (The rest of the toy market was often referred to, at Hasbro, as "market six." Mattel referred to the other stores as "alternative channels" or "alt channel" stores.)

The loss of Kmart over time has been supplanted by growth in Amazon and online toy sellers like Entertainment Earth (where I work), plus increases - albeit small ones - at the likes of Walgreens and increasingly GameStop. And JC Penny has a toy section again this year, probably right now at a store near you.

If you've got a Kmart near you, take a stroll through it - here in Phoenix, we're fast approaching our last chance.

--AP

Metroid Party Time Sink Weekend
September 18, 2017
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A column! It's new! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update!

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Review: Funko Pop! Television Stranger Things Mike Pop! Vinyl Figure

Figure of the DayFunko Pop! Television Stranger Things Mike Pop! Vinyl FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Stranger Things is almost back, Emmys or not! The Funko Pop! Television Stranger Things Mike Pop! Vinyl Figure is the last of these I had on my review pile. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

New Outer Space Men Coming

Outer Space MenOuter Space MenVia the Outer Space Men news blog: New Outer Space Men - Meet Luna Eclipse and Zero Gravity. New characters, new heads, and glowing parts - what more could you ask for? These are in the works, it seems, along with Astrodite.

--AP

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Metroid II 2 Today
September 15, 2017
Review: Hasbro Marvel Legends X-Men Deadpool

Figure of the DayHasbro Marvel Legends X-Men DeadpoolSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Taco Friday! The Hasbro Marvel Legends X-Men Deadpool is a fun figure if you can find one. So read on, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSMetroid: Samus ReturnsThis week's 3DS offerings: Metroid: Samus Returns.

The store for New 3DS has Minecraft: New 3DS Edition and PercyÕs Predicament Deluxe.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii UVigilante This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Earthlock: Festival of Magic.

The virtual console has added the games Vigilante from the TurboGrafx-16.

--AP

Nintendo Switch Downloads This Week

Nintendo SwitchNeoGeo Spin Master This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Quest of Dungeons, Semispheres, Robonauts, Kingdom: New Lands, Beach Buggy Racing, NeoGeo Spin Master, and 36 Fragments of Midnight.

Also Jeremy Parish wrote a thing about Nintendo arcade game ports really, actually getting their first official home releases for the Switch. Finally!

--AP

Crappy Birthday to Me
September 14, 2017
Review: Playmobil Ghostbusters 9221 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Figure of the DayPlaymobil Ghostbusters 9221 Stay Puft Marshmallow ManSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our 16bit.com Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Neat! The Playmobil Ghostbusters 9221 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is in stores now and is a pretty sturdy representation of the characters from a comedy that came out in 1984 - so naturally, it's what a German toy company wants to make for preschoolers. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Review: Jyn Erso (Forces of Destiny)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Jyn Erso (Forces of Destiny). She's a real doll, except she can actually stand on her own two feet! Read the whole review.

--AP

New Glyos Drop Tonight

GlyosGlyosVia the Glyos News Dump: New Glyos Drop Thursday at 9:30 PM Eastern. It's tonight! Matt Doughty confirmed there will be no Outer Space Men, but there will be some other guests of interest. Exciting!

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OnePlanet of the EyesXbox fans, it's time to try Planet of the Eyes. Microsoft says:

"A finalist for "Best Indie Game" at the Canadian Videogame Awards, Planet of the Eyes tells the tale of a service robot stranded on a mysterious planet. A stunning visual mix of puzzle and platforming challenges, an original musical score and fully voiced audio logs will sweep you away on the immersive journey of a lone robot in an unknown world."

Also available: NASCAR Heat 2, PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2018, EA SPORTS NHL 18 Young Stars Edition, Rogue Trooper Redux, Transcripted, Maize, and DonÕt Starve Together: Console Edition.

--AP

J.J. Abrams In for Star Wars IX
September 13, 2017
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations Titans Return Blitzwing

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Titans Return BlitzwingSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Three modes of terror? The Hasbro Transformers Generations Titans Return Blitzwing is at a store near you, maybe, possibly, if you're lucky. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana New to the Playstation 4 this week: Baja: Edge of Control HD, Bloody Zombies, Butter & Friends: Babysitter Sim, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, DreamBreak, Get Over Here, NASCAR Heat 2, NBA Live 18, NHL 18, Planet of the Eyes, Samurai Shodown V Special, Time Recoil, Tooth and Tail, Transcripted, Trulon: The Shadow Engine, VR Karts, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, Happy Dungeons, Inside Limbo Double Pack, Maize, Manifest 99, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.

New classic games this week: Art of Fighting Anthology.

--AP

PS Vita: PSN Updates This Week

PS VitaSamurai Shodown V Special New to the PSP Vita this week: Samurai Shodown V Special.

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PS3: PSN Updates

PS3Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 New to the Playstation 3 this week: Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.

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