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A Chorus Line of Pic-a-nic Baskets
August 7, 2020
Star Wars Review: Boba Fett (Carbonzed Graphite, The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Boba Fett (Carbonzed Graphite, The Black Series 6-Inch). This may well be Hasbro's best paint job, even if it is a little garish. Read the whole review.

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Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchAlphadia Genesis This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Mystery Mine, Alphadia Genesis, RogueCube, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Skully and Instant Sports: Summer Games.

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Unicron Unboxing, Instructions, oh and it takes 50 minutes to transform

TransformersThis Is a Stick-UpVia Hasbro Pulse: HasLab War for Cybertron Unicron: Production Update #3. Maybe you regret missing it, but now you can also potentially express regret at buying it - it looks like a lot of work.

A cleared, 8-foot table was used to remove the toy from the box and assemble it. So what hope do you have?

The instruction book is 32 pages. When asked how long it takes to convert, Mark the Graphic Designer says "If I follow the instructions I can convert Unicron in about 50 minutes to an hour." So I'm just going to say maybe plan on taking a day off of work next spring for this one.

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RIP Meltdown Comics' Burned Corpse
August 6, 2020
Review: Playmobil Scooby-Doo! 70287 Scooby and Shaggy with Ghost Figures

Figure of the DayPlaymobil Scooby-Doo! 70287 Scooby and Shaggy with Ghost FiguresSomething 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!

Newish! Playmobil Scooby-Doo! 70287 Scooby and Shaggy with Ghost Figures is the figure set you wish you had as a kid, with a slightly better but still classic-ish ghost. It's worth your money. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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More Bluestar Outer Space Men - Class of 2011 (in 2020)

Outer Space MenBlueVia The Outer Space Men News Blog: New Outer Space Men Coming - New Series of Bluestar Figures.

Packaging shows the class of 2011, much like the previous batch of glow Bluestar guys were the class of 2010. This time around you can expect Commander Comet, Alpha 7, Electron+, and Mystron.

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Fuzz III Due in October

MusicIIIVia In the Red Records: Fuzz III. You can pre-order now or harass the poor people at your local record store to get you one. (Guess which one I did?)

The band features Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, and Chad Ubovich. Ty Segall has more bands than I do action figures, and has a new release pretty much constantly. You might want to check this out.

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Mulan Going to Disney+ for $30 on 9/4
August 5, 2020
Star Wars Review: Gonk Droid (Color-Changing Droids, Droid Factory Line Look)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Gonk Droid (Color-Changing Droids, Droid Factory Line Look). He's able to change colors, from a 1970s-esque blue to the 1990s-looking grey! Read the whole review.

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More Corps Star Trooper Previews

ToysHouse of BugginVia The Corps Elite Fan HQ boards: YOUR FIRST LOOK at the LINE. Lots more bugs, lots of space vehicles, and lots of figures. But, as many have pointed out, seemingly no new women in the line, which is a shame given there's still unmet demand for women on the action figure aisle most of the time.

These guys tend to put out great creatures and what seems to be a legit letter announcing Predator figures coming has also been making the rounds, so if these show up near you - presumably at Walmart or Argos - give them a look.

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No Pocket For You (or Me Yet)
August 4, 2020
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters Soundbarrier Action Figure

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters Soundbarrier Action 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!

Available now! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters Soundbarrier Action Figure is a ramp and shield and it's somewhat hard to come by. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Analogue Pocket Presells Out in Under 10 Minutes

GameBoyPocketVia Analogue: Analogue Pocket Pre-Order info. Redditors shared their order numbers with the company and it is estimated 10,000 or as many as 15,000 units sold during the brief window yesterday. There will be more made.

Since pre-sales were also shut down for the dock, cables, screen protectors, and other peripherals, it's a safe bet they're going back to the suppliers to order another run as we speak. Analogue seems to understand the nature of a "collectible" when it comes to how they sell their hardware. Again, there will be more.

While many are crying foul on scalpers or sneakerbots, it's also important to remember that there's a really good chance this market is underserved. While Chinese manufacturers offered the GB Boy and GB Boy Colour, there haven't been any portable GameBoy consoles that accepted cartridges in the US in years. Also there were 16 or so years of GameBoy Pokemon kids around the world who bought millions of copies of old games that want a new system or to play on a big screen. Also notable, many Redditors and Twittizens posted how they were planning to buy 2 units - one for them, one for a spouse.

I have to assume they'll have a few different colorways down the road and multiple runs, mostly because there are GameBoy collectors that have multiple units with different shells, mods, or other feature sets.

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RIP Wilford Brimley
August 3, 2020
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Exclusive Drops, Collector Engagement, and Warped Senses of Cardbacks! 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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Walmart.com Cancels Another "Collector Con" Pre-Order

TransformersAgainVia Walmart: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Series-Inspired Optimus Prime Battle 3-Pack are being canceled, according to reports on social media (and also my order.) Previously Walmart canceled hordes of Elita-1 pre-orders, and then re-opened the item for new orders.

According to Transformers fans online, a lot of (if not all of) the Netflix pre-orders for the first wave may still be unfilled - so if you see these guys in a store on your grocery trips, go ahead and pick them up.

--AP

New GameBoy Kickstarter - "Where Is My Body?"

GameBoyPocketVia Kickstarter: New Game Boy Cartridge Game 'Where is my body?' has been funded, but you've got another 2 weeks to get it from the Spanish developer. It looks like an old-school Adventure game where you play a severed hand looking for the rest of his body - which sounds like a winner.

There's more about it on Vintage Is the New Old, and also Analogue Pocket goes up today for pre-orders if you need a replacement GameBoy.

--AP

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Freezepop Sharing Some of Kickstarter Album to Supporters
July 31, 2020
Star Wars Review: R5-D23 (Droid Factory Line Look)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: R5-D23 (Droid Factory Line Look) . It's long gone and has a nice hat. Read the whole review.

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Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchSamurai Showdown NeoGeo Collection This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Samurai Showdown NeoGeo Collection, BurgerTime, Rugby Challenge 4, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Fairy Tail and Escape Game: Fort Broyard.

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Analogue Rerunning Super Nt

Super NESJack and Jane Jungle EscapeVia Analogue: Super Nt Classic, SF, and Black notifications are back up. Another run of the console has been mentioned for a while - and three colors are returning. Transparent is not, nor is the white Ghostly model. The Mega Sg adapters also have reminder notifications back up.

If you don't have one, the Super Nt is the best commercially available new production clone hardware that can play Super Nintendo cartridges from all over the world - I've got one and have used my old games, some Super Famicom titles, and Super Game Boy on it. While expensive, it plays perfectly on an HDTV and there's a handy alternative jailbreak firmware if you're inclined to run homebrew ROMs like New Super Mario Land.

Of course, if you have your old Super NES and an old CRT TV, you're probably just fine.

--AP

Netflix Transformers Day - War for Cybertron Debut
July 30, 2020
Review: Kenner Batman: The Dark Knight Collection Iron Winch Batman Action Figure

Figure of the DayKenner Batman: The Dark Knight Collection Iron Winch Batman Action 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!

Old! Kenner Batman: The Dark Knight Collection Iron Winch Batman Action Figure is part of Kenner's Batman revival around 1990, which was mostly Batman with a couple of Jokers mixed in - they were fun. I once got to hang out with Mark Boudreaux from Hasbro (Kenner) in 2000, setting up a booth of Star Wars toys in Plano, TX at a sci-fi con. He gave me the pitch to Warner/DC he and his team gave about why they should be able to do all the Batman figures, because he's all about his "wonderful toys" as Jack Nicholson's The Joker put it. And he was right! These figures are all kind of the same, but the accessories - snow gear, aqua sleds, radar suits, and the works - sold millions of figures. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Gigaleak - Hit The Ice, Lost 1993 Hockey RPG for NES

NintendoHit the IceVia Frank Cifaldi (on Twitter, via the Gigaleak): Here's a tiny thing that happened from the Nintendo leaks that makes me happy: among the email attachments was the final, approved build of Hit the Ice, a weird unreleased NES hockey RPG (yes really). The prototype I dumped in 2002 wasn't finished yet.

A prototype dump came up in the past, but according to his notes this was actually finished and approved. The Super NES hit in 1991, so by 1993 nobody was really releasing NES games anymore. The final NES game in the USA, Wario's Woods, would hit in February 1994. Where it was dumped and if more goodies were in there, I don't yet know, but it's exciting!

The big question now with games like this is if it will actually see a release. Limited Run Games just shipped the newly-developed Jay & Silent Bob's Mall Brawl - mine arrived yesterday - and other games are seeing limited releases through a variety of means. Much like big boxed sets of recording studio demo bonus tracks from The Stooges, there could be a market for this kind of thing still - and hopefully someone reaches out and puts out a run of these lost games. I could say "gems" but I have no idea what the puck to expect from a 1993 hockey RPG.

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