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September 1 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 116 & 117

He was in a book! Today at Galactic Hunter we start with a look at the Wedge Antilles action figure from the tail end of the POTF2 line, the one from the three-pack. Surely you bought one-- and if you didn't? Read on!

Gonk, gonk. Today at Galactic Hunter we also look at the Power Droid action figure from the POTF2 line, the one that was packaged with a tall Jawa. Need it? Read on!

--AP

Transformers: "Kiss Play" Rodimus & Asian Stereotype

TransformersGone Fishin'Over at Noda-ya, we think, you can see the first shots of Rodimus with Xao Xao or however they're translating it today. The figure is a modified version of Alternators Mirage, with a mini figure of a woman eating rice. Rodimus is the selling point and this is expected to be $55-$65 when imported in the USA. We're praying Hasbro brings it over for less, but aren't holding our breath.

--AP

HDTV Star Trek "Special Edition" Confirmed

Star TrekMy... ship!The guys at Star Trek.com confirmed it. CBS/Paramount are doing new effects shots, new music, and more edits to the classic series. Is it a good thing? We're not sure yet. We're curious to watch the shows, currently packaged for syndication launching this September, and we'll no doubt tune in to see a few of them. Want to know more? Read on!

--AP

PSP Camera, GPS

Video GamesClickOver at The Digital Bits, you can find images of the new PSP camera and GPS. Aren't you excited? We're still waiting for a game we have to have for the system, but we're big fiends for gadgets. Do check it out.

--AP

They've all gone mad, this is no place for me!
September 5 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 118-121

He's got stupid hair! Today at Galactic Hunter we start with a look at the Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise action figure from "Escape the Death Star" board game. He has no helmet-- should you buy him? Read on!

We also added a few others over the holiday weekend. Hooray!

Darth Sidious Holograph R2-D2 Shock Trooper

From left to right: Darth Sidious, R2-D2, Shock Trooper. Q&A is on hiatus this week, but we wrote next week's column. Come back tomorrow for #122 in Figure of the Day!

--AP

Zoids: 2006 Q4 Neoblox Releases

ZoidsNewOver at Zoidspoison, you can read a summary of release dates of new Neoblox kits along with prices. There are no new photos at press time, but the thread has a tiny image of a special "NBZ-EX01 Ptera + Kong Set" which has a black and yellow blox Iron Kong. It should look a little familiar if you're a fan-- it's based on the Iron Kong MK-II. A red "Bloody Kong" version is coming as well, so if you like apes, well, you're in luck.

--AP

Transformers: Prepare To Go To Target

TransformersDouble Your FunWhile not announced, it seems someone from China has the first glimpse of the Target exclusive "Battle for Autobot City" two-pack featuring Ultra Magnus vs. Skywarp. These figures are repaints of Optimus Prime and Starscream. Prices and release dates are not known, and it's also not confirmed this is even coming out at Target-- we expect it to be legit, but you never know if the sticker was added as a joke or something. More later, we expect to see it in October or November though.

We read there might be some Toys "R" Us exclusive "deluxe 3-pack" recently but we can't find the report. We're crossing our fingers this might include Thundercracker or Sunstorm or something equally cool. Odds are we'll hear all about these at Botcon 2006.

--AP

Monday Tuesday Funnies: The Japan Conspiracy

16bit-Chan!Always ready with the right thing to say about anything we care about, Shortpacked! updated with a very funny strip about Japan that we won't ruin for you. Read it.

--AP

The Bigger The Smile, The Sharper The Knife
September 7 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 122 & 123

Hat! Today at Galactic Hunter we start with a look at the Rebel Trooper action figure from the series Power of the Jedi. The first version, the Rebel Fleet Trooper, was incorrectly colored and too tall. How does this version stand up? Read on!

We also take a glimpse at the ASP-7 action figure, based on designs from Shadows of the Empire and the Special Editions. It's a nice figure. Read on!

--AP

Gojira DVD In Stores Now

Comic-ConGodzillaWe heard about this first at Comic-Con, and it's in stores now. The original cut of Godzilla is available at Target (and many other stores) as low as $14.99, or even cheaper. This goes nicely with last week's new volume of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which includes Godzilla vs. Megalon. Good times.

--AP

Zoids: Toys "R" Us Redux

ZoidsNewWhile we thought it was a fluke at first, Toys "R" Us stores are getting some old cases of direct-to-clearance Zoids. We've spotted Liger Zero and Liger Zero X at two locations so far at prices below $10, notably as low as $2.48. Your mileage may vary, but these toys used to be close to $25. They're lots of fun and totally worth the price, so snag one if you see it on the cheap. You'll thank us!

--AP

Ad: Blowout Sale, Gentle Giant, new Hasbro, and more at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthStar Wars Saga Figures Wave 9A number of great new items are up at Entertainment Earth, including the latest series of Star Wars figures, Star Wars Saga Figures Wave 9. Featuring Yarael Poof, Darth Vader's Astromech Droid, Yoda's Elite Corps of Kashyyyk Clones, and Commander Appo, this is a case you totally need to order. First come, first served.

And as always, buying through these shameless plugs means we get a nickel or two, and we appreciate your nickels and loose change.

TIE Fighter Star Wars Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter Vehicle Marvel Legends Action Figures 2007 Wave 1 Set Marvel Heroes Superhero Squad Wave 1 Set

From left to right: TIE Fighter, Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter, Hasbro's first wave of Marvel Legends, and Marvel "Galactic Heroes," the Superhero Squad. Thanks for reading! (But mostly stuffing our coffers.)

--AP

Entertainment Earth Podcast

Podcast #26: September 7, 2006

Hasbro Marvel pre-orders & products! New Star Wars Cases! Star Trek: Special Editions & more! Holy crap, download me now!!

--AP

How to sign up

For starters: You do not need an iPod to hear a Podcast. Podcasting is just a fancy word for "hack job internet radio show," which is exactly what we're aiming to produce here.

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I Can't Remember Who
September 8 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 124

Puppy! Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Geonosian with Massiff action figures. At the time, it certainly qualified as "new," and is today's Figure of the Day! Sure, it was more or less edited out of the movie, but is that any reason to skip it? Read on!

--AP

DVD Next Week

DVDStella!Next week should be a good week for DVD. This week, we got Gojira and Lost Season 2. Next week, we're going to be getting the likes of Comedy Central's Stella, which can best be described as a Marx Bros./3 Stooges homage. It's quite funny. You'll love it.

Also coming is the third release of the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. The first release in 2004 had four discs, one being a bonus disc with a documentary. Release #2 was in 2005, and dropped the bonus disc. The new release has the movies as three separate releases, although Best Buy is offering a bundle with a tin and other stores have premiums and exclusives. They also have the original cuts of the films.

--AP

Go See Idiocracy
September 11 2006
Star Wars Q&A Updated at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A column by yours truly. Read on for Q&A action. Hot.

Also, Figure of the Day has been updated! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of the Saga Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

We also added archive pages so you can go through the entire column's run. Hooray!

Han Solo Asajj Ventress Emperor Palpatine

From left to right: Han Solo, Asajj Ventress, Emperor Palpatine. These are all new since our last update, and another one will be going live today! Who will it be? Keep checking Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the 128th installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers: Classics Grimlock, Jetfire, Ramjet

TransformersMe Grimlock A ClassicFirst up: get a good look at Grimlock on eBay. This "Classics" toy is supposed to be part of Wave 2, and can be seen in robot and dinosaur mode. He looks vaguely like the Berserk Fury Zoids kit in dino mode, and the robot mode looks far and away better than the last Grimlock for kids, which was in Energon. Don't miss it.

PinheadAlso, this thread illustrates how to look at a Japanese patent site to see Classics Jetfire, Ramjet, Optimus, and Starscream as resin prototypes. Obviously, it's exciting stuff, and you should check it out.

--AP

Star Trek: The Facelift Series

Star TrekSpocktoberCheck your local listings. The newly HD'ed, CG'ed, and rescored original episodes of Star Trek start airing this week. In Los Angeles, they're going to air super-late Sunday (technically next Monday). We're all curious to see how they turn out, and of course, how fans will react.

--AP

MST3K Vol. 11

DVD2007According to the Official Mystery Science Theater 3000 Web Site, the 11th collection of episodes on DVD is coming in February. No word on which episodes are to be included yet, but if you can't wait that long, go buy Volume 10-- it just came out.

--AP

Monday Funnies: Idiocracy

16bitEndumbeningWhile it seems to be playing almost nowhere, we did scope out Idiocracy last night. It's a Mike Judge movie, like Office Space, but with sci-fi and dick and fart jokes. It was apparently shelved in 2005, and we're not too sure why. It takes a lot of potshots at consumer culture, some easy, some creative, and manages to stay mostly entertaining during its 90-or-so-minutes. We mean, we didn't do a lot of watch-gazing. It's funny enough to go see, so if you have the time and it's actually playing in your town, go check it out. You probably won't be sorry! (We liked it.)

--AP

Be So Delighted
September 12 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 124

Seen this figure before, have you? Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Yoda action figure from the Saga Collection wave earlier this year. It's sort of new-- new packaging, new stand, and new configuration. But most of the parts came from previously released figures. Why would anyone but the most Yoda-core buy this? Read on!

--AP

Transformers: Classics Grimlock, Mirage

TransformersYou Can't See MePhotobucket seems to be the depository of all sorts of new images, like this first-ever image of Classics Mirage, from Wave 2 of the Deluxe Classics line. It should ship with Grimlock, in theory, later this year-- but keep in mind none of this has been confirmed by the big H.

PinheadAlso, another auction for Classics Grimlock went up with many new images of the toy from various angles. It really does show how much fun this toy might be.

--AP

Microman News

MicromanTiny Tiny Go!Fans of Microman (and Micronauts) would be well served to check out the September edition of Tom's Micro-News, with new and upcoming releases for Takara's great line of Microman, Microlady, and so on. There are some great new images, and word of some of the new DC Comics-based releases. Nice!

--AP

Misc: Aquapict Toy Jellyfish

16bitAquatasticOne of the more unique toys we saw over the years came out of Takara, and they had a large line of unusual light- and battery-powered aquatic "pets." Banpresto is making the Aquapict, which seems to take the basic idea but apparently, they come in their own tank. We think. It's hard to tell. You get jellyfish that change color, making this the sea-based equivalent of a lava lamp. We're quite impressed. We'd love to buy some but, well, we don't exactly make what the kids call "the big bucks."

--AP

DVDelightful
September 13 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 129

Aaaagh. Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Oola action figure from the nifty Power of the Force Collection. She's got cloth bits, rubbery bits, and half-naked bits. Can you afford to pass on this one? Read on!

--AP

Bionicle Blowout at Walgreen's

LEGOFancy MaskIf you care: Walgreen's stores are getting 8762 Toa Iruini at $5.98 each, or 3 for $11.99-- there's a "three toys for $11.99" shelf where you can mix-and-match from various brands, but if you need some cheap Bionicle toys this may be the way to go.

--AP

iPod: The GameBoy?

Video GamesTiny Tiny Go!Everyone has the story and we're linking to GameSpot's. Apple is now looking into distributing $4.99, iPod-only ports of the likes of Pac-Man, Mini Golf, Tetris, and a bunch of other stuff you might not care about. We didn't hear "exclusive Castlevania title" so we're indifferent, but we're quite happy to hear that the iPod can play games as an added feature if we someday decide to buy a newfangled one. Not that we'd drop $5 on Pac-Man when you can get a Namco Museum comp for GameBoy Advance for $10 at Wal-Mart.

--AP

Happy Birthday
September 14 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 130

He's a big 'un! Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Graxol Kelvyyn action figure from the Episode I Collection. He's freakishly huge, has cloth elements to his costume, and did we mention he's freakishly huge? You can get an idea why you might want one, if you read on!

--AP

Wii Feature with Nintendo Engineers

Video GamesWheee!There's a fairly interesting puff piece at the European Nintendo site with comments on the development of the Wii. Take a look.

--AP

Alternators Ravage II, US-made Optimus Prime Palz?

TransformersRavage ReduxSo after introducing a "robot" Battle Ravage toy in Alternators a couple years back, Hasbro is giving it another shot. This eBay auction shows the new Jaguar-- as in the car Jaguar-- which has a "beast" mode instead of a robot mode. We quite like the idea and the execution is, to say the least, unique. Check it out.

If you're bored, the same guy also has Classics Grimlock and Classics 2-Pack Optimus Prime. These appear to be new images. Grimlock still looks pretty cool, if not really "classic"-y, and Optimus still looks like fun.

Optimus BlockIt was never meant to be, but Creatus Maximus looks at an amusing series of concept images for Optimus Prime as a blocky Palz figure. Neat! Fans of block figures may remember a MyClone release a few years ago, but as of yet none have been released with the US market specifically in mind.

--AP

Entertainment Earth Podcast

Podcast #27: September 14, 2006

Media Edition! Nintendo Wii launch details and pricing. Where to find Classic Star Trek on TV in your market. Idiocracy comments. News on Transformers, Star Wars, Barbies, Pirates, Potatoes, and much, much more. You should like this one. Holy crap, download me now!!

--AP

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The Guy Who Invented Fire
September 15 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 131

Obey the fist-o! Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Kit Fisto action figure from the Revenge of the Sith Collection. He's super-poseable, has a display base, and might be the best designed version of the figure yet. So why does he suck? Read on!

--AP

Wii Launch Details

Video GamesWheee!In the USA, the launch details have been announced. On November 19, you can score a Wii for $250. You'll get a console, a controller, and Wii Sports-- the first pack-in at a launch in years-- in one fancy-pants package. If we can find one, we're sold.

--AP

Transformers Classics out in Canada?

TransformersRavage ReduxApparently Canadian e-tailler Kool Toyz has the first batch of deluxe Classics in stock now. Or so is being reported.

We're hoping it's true, as it's not too farfetched given the original target date of October for these. We have yet to see anyone take pictures of the ones they got, though, so we're not entirely sure if they really did make it just yet.

--AP

Ad: New Gentle Giant & 24 at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthSlave Leia StatueA number of great new items are up at Entertainment Earth, including the latest series of Star Wars busts and statues from Gentle Giant. This super-hot Slave Leia statue was previewed at Comic-Con and largely considered the hottest thing there-- and now you can get in line for one before she sells out!

And as always, buying through these shameless plugs means we get a nickel or two, and we appreciate your nickels and loose change.

Stormtrooper Maquette Zuckuss Bust Gandalf Bust Jack Bauer from 24

From left to right: Stormtrooper Animated Maquette, Zuckuss Bust, Gandalf Bust, Jack Bauer from 24. Thanks for reading! (But mostly stuffing our coffers.)

--AP

Fatty
September 18 2006
Star Wars Q&A Updated at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A column by yours truly. Read on for Q&A action. Hot.

Also, Figure of the Day has been updated! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of the Saga Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

We also added archive pages so you can go through the entire column's run. Hooray!

Luke Skywalker Lando Calrissian Grand Admiral Thrawn

From left to right: Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, Grand Admiral Thrawn. These are all new since our last update, and another one will be going live today! Who will it be? Keep checking Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the 135th installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers: Classics Reviews

TransformersMe Grimlock A ClassicOver at BWTF.com, reviews of (at press time) four of the new Classics toys are up for reading. You can read all about Astrotrain, Optimus Spatula Crotch, Bumblebee, and Rodimus over at this link. It looks like it's going to be a great series!

--AP

Hobbits & Ringses

Lord of the RingsDVDsOver at The Digital Bits, they reviewed the latest "Limited Edition" set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also, it seems Variety confirmed MGM is doing The Hobbit, which is pretty nifty news.

--AP

Zelda Wii Images

Video Games2007Over at The Magic Box, you can check out three pages of promotional images including some image of what we guess is someone playing the game. Or maybe he's dancing. We don't know, but you can go see it.

--AP

I Bet On The Panther
September 19 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 135

Some of the best figures get cut from the movies. Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Clone Commander action figure from the Revenge of the Sith in 2005. This red-striped figure is based on an unused design from the saga, and has since been retroactively named "Commander Deviss." So why would you want a figure that never made it to the movies? Read on!

--AP

Best Crazy Wii Rumor of the Week

Video GamesBugwah?According to an article at GameSpot, GameStop is requiring trade-ins for preorders for the Wii. $50 worth, to be exact. It's not a national plan but it is interesting, and if you know how much money you make a store like GameStop by giving them your used games for a song rather than selling them yourself on eBay or elsewhere, you'd probably start to hate yourself a little more.

--AP

New Star Trek "Special Edition" Impressions

Star TrekMy... ship!Because we're suckers for stunts involving special effects, we tuned in to the 12:05 AM airing of "Balance of Terror," the original Star Trek episode that introduced the Romulans to the future franchise while continuing to reveal the hard-on the writers and producers of the show had for all things Rome-esque. The episode itself was what it was-- the new music more or less seemed to fit in nicely (or they didn't replace all that much) while improving the look of the show in some respects, while going nuts with the color saturation. It looked pretty good, but it really did look like an old show with new CG ship scenes. The slavish devotion to the original effects (and blocking) resulted in some bizarre camera angles that, while respectful to the original, looked kinda cornball to a fault. I was expecting something like the "In a Mirror Darkly" episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, but this was a little less... um... good.

Until the front page changes, you can see some more impressions from a more hardcore fan at The Digital Bits. They pretty much hit the nail on the head.

--AP

Nature decays, but money lasts forever
September 20 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 136

He doesn't like you. Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Ponda Baba action figure from 2002 and 2004-- this is the one with the slice-off arm. Is that a cool enough reason to buy another one, or does he need something like articulated knees to be a winner? Read on!

--AP

HD-DVD for Xbox 360

Video GamesBugwah?According to an article at GameSpot, there are rumors about a cheap-ish HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 around. And it turns out it's legit-- which isn't a bad price for those looking to add HD-DVD to their media setups. We, frankly, do not have an interest in next-generation DVD tech as of yet but we are all about game console add-ons, so there you have it!

Also, in the "tell me something I don't know" file, the NPD group released an article on who a core gamer may really be, namely pointing out what people are too stupid to remember-- that kids have a lot of time to play and a significant portion of the "heavy gamer" segment is between 6 and 17. (Which was our period of the hardest of the hardcore gaming-- with the NES through the Nintendo64.) You might want to read on for proof of what Nintendo has been doing right.

--AP

Final Transformers Cybertron Waves Hitting

TransformersAll Good ThingsBetween sightings we're reading online and personal sightings, it looks like the most key-filled line of Transformers ever is about over. Cryo Scourge, Galaxy Force Vector Prime, Galaxy Force Optimus Prime, Smokescreen, Optimus Prime (Ape), Megatron (T-Rex), and... that seems to be about everything, is hitting. Still to come are a couple of Scout-class items.

This is significant in that it means that Classics toys are expected to hit fairly soon. Initial information indicated an October/November time frame, which sounds about right. With past lines, Armada shipped its last new release around November of 2003 with Energon starting that December. Energon basically ended in March 2005 with Cybertron starting in June. So there's a good chance that they're on the way, but there might be some overlap.

Also, check your local Toys "R" Us stores for the Optimus Primal vs. Megatron set, based on the "Rebirth" set released in Japan earlier this year. It includes a DVD with the episode "Possession," in which Waspinator is possessed by Starscream, and otherwise is old molds with new paint and new heads. We rather like them. Retail is $39.99.

--AP

You can even print it out if you want to
September 21 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 137

He's a simple man, doing his job in the universe. Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the very first figure of Jango Fett from 2002. He has no action features, a fantastic sculpt, and is scanned right from the original props. Why on Earth don't you own this figure yet? Read on!

--AP

More and More and More Wii Stuff

Video GamesBugwah?Today, GameSpot has an article addressing Grand Theft Auto on the Wii. It's a rumor report but we find such things fascinating, so you may be curious to read about it as, well, the Wii is an endless well of speculation and interest right now.

--AP

Hasbro reveals Transformers Alternators Honda Civic Rumble

TransformersGet Ready To CrumbleHere comes Rumble! Hasbro posted a product information page for this new release, which carries over numerous elements from the original cassette Transformers toy from the 1980s. It's quite impressive, and while we've discussed it before this is the first we've seen of it in an official capacity.

--AP

Hey Kids! Tom Waits CD Box Set's Coming!

MusicBugwah?We missed this one. Pitchfork Media and the Anti- Record Label have information on Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, & Bastards, which comes to stores in November. No price point has been established as far as we can tell but we're all very glad to see it here as we're all big fans and we're also suckers for rarities collections.

--AP

Entertainment Earth Podcast

Podcast #28: September 21, 2006

Late for work edition! After recording it, our audio application decided not to keep the track so we had to talk about things like Transformers, Star Trek, Halloween, and artsy Lunch Boxes twice! Wow!!

--AP

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You can even print it out if you want to
September 22 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 138

How do you spell fun? Today at Galactic Hunter we spell it 2-1B from 2002. as in the subject of today's Figure of the Day! After 9 years, how does this Hoth medic droid hold up? Is he good, or just merely blue? Read on!

Oh, and listen to the damn podcast. We don't record this thing for our health.

--AP

Store reveals Transformers Titanium Series 6, 7

TransformersHot Rod...imusThere's been some question as to what future waves of the Titanium Series-- well, it's odd, it seems. Pre-orders are up for cases or sets, and each new wave introduces 2 new figures. Wave 6 has Thundercracker and Rodimus, wave 7 has Galvatron and Battle-Damaged Optimus Prime. (The actual case for Wave 7 has 5 each of the new and 1 each of the two from Wave 6.) Click through for pricing and availability.

--AP

Ad: Hasbro 2007 Star Wars Darth Vader with Coin Album

AdsNEW!Here's some good news. In 2007, Hasbro's bringing back coins-- and they're all starting with this . For $11.99, you'll get an album, a figure, a coin, and a big giant selection of new art. Order now, click through for availability and pictures!

--AP

Special Update
September 24 2006
Review: Transformers Classics Starscream

TransformersHot Rod...imusWe had some time, so why wait for Monday? Today we look at Transformers Classics Starscream, a newly released toy from Hasbro. Our sample came from Entertainment Earth, so if you're wondering what store it was at, there's your answer. The figure is packed with features, is small and cheap, and looks a lot like an "ultimate" version of the character from over the years. But is he awesome enough to satisfy your perverse Generation 1 lust that you've been harboring since 1984? Read on!

Also, in addition to Starscream, the following toys are now available: Megatron, Astrotrain, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Rodimus, Collector's Edition Optimus Prime (not shown).

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 139, 140

Let's start the fun! Today at Galactic Hunter we start with a look at Luke Skywalker from the 1998 Millennium Mint Coin Collection. With new coins on the way, just what kind of figures (and coins) did we put up with 9 years ago at $9.99 each? Read on!

Next, there's the oft-derided Neimoidian Commander from the "final 12" of Revenge of the Sith. As a more or less original design with silver paint and a faction logo, is there anything to love here? Read on!

--AP

Uncrosomatic
September 25 2006
Review: Transformers Classics Megatron

TransformersHot Rod...imusWe had some more time. Today we look at Transformers Classics Megatron , a newly released toy from Hasbro. This one takes the basic concept of "turns into a gun" and adds coloring and other elements from the past two decades of toys based on the character. We added numerous photos and of course, lots of worthless commentary. Is it worth getting? Read on!

--AP

Star Wars Q&A Updated at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A column by yours truly. Read on for Q&A action. Hot.

Also, Figure of the Day has been updated! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of the Saga Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

We also added archive pages so you can go through the entire column's run. Hooray!

General Grievous

Since we did an update yesterday's it's just Grievous here. Move along.

--AP

Transformers: Classics A-Plenty

TransformersBlink And You'll Miss ItThere are numerous mirrors of this gallery of Mirage test shot images. Apparently he's fragile, but you can check him out.

Also, you can see a boxed Jetfire on eBay until it gets pulled. Exciting! It's one of the first decent looks at the toy.

We spent all weekend doing pictures and crap so we're going to stop here for today.

--AP

$ale of the Century
September 26 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 142

Slice and dice. Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure from the Episode I in 2000. Part of a two-back with Darth Maul, this set had a base and could slice the Sith Lord in two. It's neat-- but do you need this particular Jedi? Read on!

--AP

Transformers: Ofishall Grimlock, Mirage Bios, Images & TRU Sale

TransformersMe Grimlock Have BackstoryHasbro.com posted two pages you might care about, each with official images and bios for Grimlock and Mirage. Apparently Grimlock's tail weapon is supposed to be a whip. Works for me.

Also, Toys "R" Us is running a buy-two-get-one-free sale on Transformers and a number of other products. We've noticed that the three stores we've checked have about 6 Deluxe toys between them, however some new larger items are available and we found some Wave 3 Cybertron Mini-Cons too. Neat. Check your local store for availability, sales are through this Saturday. We've found some good stuff, but we're jonesing for the rest of the deluxes we missed.

--AP

Dr. Katz DVD Season 2

DVDCome Out Of The Closet You CrazySeason 2: November 21. Go see TVShowsOnDVD for confirmation of this amazing true fact, along with full cover art which indicates this will not be a mere one disc of episodes again. Hooray!

--AP

1,000,000 Wii at launch?

Video GamesBugwah?Today, GameSpot has an article addressing the launch quantities of the Wii. It's apparently at a minimum of a million units. That's a lot. But a good sign in terms of confidence.

--AP

Start The New Year Early
September 27 2006
Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 143

Oh no! Today at Galactic Hunter we look at the Captain Rex action figure from the Star Tours line, which was exclusive to Disney parks. So it was never available in stores or online-- why should you care? Could this droid possibly be worth the hassle of tracking down? Read on!

--AP

Ad: Hasbro 2007 Star Wars Action Figures Wave 1

AdsNEW!Holy cow, what a surprise! The new Star Wars 30th Anniversary Figures Wave 1 has 12 individually packaged figures-- with coins-- for $83.99. This includes a variety of popular and fan-requested characters from Revenge of the Sith, plus a really nice redeco of the McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper. (And remember, we get kickbacks if you buy one. So buy two. Thanks.)

--AP

Transformers: Classics Hitting USA?

TransformersIf you read up on other Transformers sites, it seems that a number of stores are starting to get quantities of Classics figures. Entertainment Earth received theirs last week, and reports of a few smaller stores receiving theirs have come up as well. Plus, it seems at least one Fred Meyer got theirs-- so happy hunting! Buy lots. Make Hasbro feel stupid for not releasing tons and tons of these. (In case you didn't notice, we bought them and want a lot more new ones.)

--AP

Blue Dragon Preview

Video GamesMist WalkingToday, The Magic Box has four pages of images from Blue Dragon, which is a new RPG from the producer of Final Fantasy. As in, the first one. The game comes from Mist Walker and is supposed to be a major release for the Xbox 360. Click through to see if it floats your boat.

--AP

We Now Resume Our Broadcast Day
September 29 2006
Simpsons Season 9 DVD

SimpsonsLaserbeak & BuzzsawFor what many consider to be one of the first "bad" seasons of the classic show, it's pretty popular. And TVShowsOnDVD.com has the scoop on the release date and episode titles for the next release, due late this year. Do you care? Click through and find out!

--AP

The (Bot)Con is On

TransformersLaserbeak & BuzzsawThe first reports are coming in and over at The Allspark you can see a gallery of the attendee toys. Most notable are two repaints of Energon Divebomb, which are now officially known as Laserbeak and Buzzsaw! Very cool. Stay tuned for more!

--AP

Halo RTS coming to Xbox 360; Peter Jackson "Game" Too (and Wii stuff)

Video GamesHalo WarsIf you love Halo's rich universe and hate that nasty first-person-shooter fun, perhaps Halo Wars from developer Ensemble Studios may be your bag. The game, featured in pictures and video on numerous sites like The Magic Box, takes place during the first meeting between human and Covenant forces. Click through to see what the fuss is about.

Next, everyone is reporting Wingnut Interactive (or Peter Jackson's new division) is doing something with Halo that's an "interactive" project. Some reports indicate it's not quite a game and not quite a movie. Well, whatever it is, it's the stuff nerd dreams are made of and we're quite curious to hear more.

Finally, ports of select Commodore 64 games are coming to the Wii. Epyx will be porting titles like Jumpman Junior, Winter Games, Impossible Mission, and other things you probably don't care about.

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 144, 145

Let's start the fun! Today at Galactic Hunter we start with a look at Luke Skywalker in his X-wing pilot gear. Sure, the figure's outdated today-- but just how far outdated does a figure get in 11 years? Read on!

Next, there's the oft-pegwarming Captain Typho from Attack of the Clones. Do you care? Read on!

--AP

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