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Bob, Come In
July 2, 2008
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has updated Figure of the Day! 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 30th Anniversary Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

C-3PO Jango Fett

From left to right: Stuff, things you should click on. Go to Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

G.I. Joe Convention News Round-Up

G.I. JoeIron GrenadierThe TNI guys posted a good roundup of all Hasbro's new products, prices, and release dates. Of particular note: Target exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack with MOBAT, HISS, Trouble Bubble, and 7 figures. For $50. Wow, that's quite the deal there, sign us up for one. Sure, it's a mix of things we mostly have... but the new stuff is pretty good. Read about it, and be happy.

--AP

Xbox Live Arcade This Week

Xbox Live ArcadeSoul CaliburThis week, you can snag the original (well, original Dreamcast port) of Namco's legendary Soul Calibur game. Lots of characters, great graphics, and good gameplay plus online play await you. No word yet on how the online play works, but for $10 it's probably worth your attention. Unless you plan to wait for Soul Calibur IV, as that has Yoda in it.

There's also new downloadable questions for Wits & Wagers... but yeah.

--AP

Wii Downloads This Week

WiiSamurai ShowdownFans of the WiiWare service can grab Magnetica Twist, which looks a lot like Zuma, we think. So we're not going to get it.

For the Virtual Console: Neo Geo's Fatal Fury, where you can king and punch until you're blue in the face. Meaning no new classic Nintendo games, meaning sadness rules this land for yet another week.

--AP

Ad: Extreme Cobra Forces at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthOptimus PrimeAd: Desert and Arctic Forces are on the way! Entertainment Earth's Shared Exclusive Extreme Conditions G.I. Joe Action Figures are coming this Fall, and they're pretty slick. For $29.99 per 7-pack (or $57.99 for both), you can get a bundle of Cobra troops in brand new paint jobs. Vipers, Crimson Guardsmen, Snow Serpents, and more are all here as well as Scrap Iron and Major Bludd. If you like Cobra, now's a good time to get your order in for these.

Sets are available by the case, by the pair, or individually at the lowest price on the web. Pre-order before they're gone!

--AP

A Terrible Night to Have a Curse
July 7, 2008
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

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

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 30th Anniversary Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

R2-B1 Garindan
Captain Antilles Han Solo Sabe

From left to right: Stuff, things you should click on. Go to Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers Round-Up: Unicron Returns to Transformers Universe?

TransformersUnicronFans of the giant planet eating robot, rejoice! Unicron is apparently coming back for a third repackaging, although some claim the toy showing up in the box on eBay isn't final. (We think it is.) Apparently a Toys "R" Us exclusive, this beast is probably going to appear some time this Fall. Want to know and see more? See the auction on eBay, or see the report on TFW2005.

Also, TF08.net posted a big gallery of Arcee in vehicle mode, complete with a shot of the head. Which, if you didn't know, confirms she's just a white Decepticharge repaint. Still, kinda neat.

The new Classics 2.0/Universe line of Transformers is, shockingly, hitting KB Toys. Each is $12.99, and includes Prowl, Sunstreaker, and Tankor. Happy hunting!

Oh yeah, and the Transformers Happy Meals are out at McDonald's. Boy, it's a busy week!

--AP

Adam's Adventures in NES-LEGO-Land

LEGOSimon BelmontWhile working on the site and needing a break to delay carpal tunnel by another week, Adam dug into his LEGO buckets and cranked out pixelly replicas of Simon Belmont (as seen in Castlevania II: Dracula's Curse) and a Space Invader (as seen in Space Invaders). We're particularly pleased with Simon Belmont. We suggest you all go out and make one for your home or office.

(We now need more bricks. For Gradius.)

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New, Old Funny

16bit.comHow To Win!If you didn't already start reading our new comedy blog, Comedy Is Dead, you should. You'll find reviews (and maybe news) from an actual, honeet-to-goodness funny person and a member from the 16bit.com staff who pretended to be funny briefly from Fall of 2001 until late in 2002.

Recent highlights include:
How to Win!, a review of the Maria Bamford comedy album. By Shaun Clayton.
Dana Carvey 2008 (or 2003, it's hard to tell), a review of Dana Carvey's Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies HBO special. By Adam Pawlus.
Take Offs and Put Ons, , a review of the late George Carlin's very first comedy album. By Shaun Clayton.

--AP

Wouldn't Bat an Eye
July 9, 2008
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has updated Figure of the Day! 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 30th Anniversary Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Greedo Anakin Skywalker

From left to right: Stuff, things you should click on. Go to Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

LEGO Agents Volcano Base Exists, Reviewed

LEGOKABOOMWe're once again enamored with the Danish plastic brick. After making some stuff over the weekend, and buying a few small sets lately, we couldn't help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the 8637 Volcano Base, reviewed at Eurobricks. The bad news is that it isn't presently for sale in the USA in any capacity, but we hope to find out if it will be soon.

The set has a giant laser cannon, mad scientists, henchmen (and women), flowing lava, and a fire pit right out of a James Bond movie. It looks like a ton of fun, like something that jumped out of a 1980s action figure line. Here's hoping it's cheap and comes to the USA! (Although with 738 pieces, we're betting it'll be around $80.)

--AP

He-Man 2008: Direct To Consumer?

Masters of the UniverseHe-ManAfter the debacle that was the 2002 Masters of the Universe relaunch, it seems the line is going to come back in the fan-friendly (but not impulse buy-friendly) direct to consumer market. It's worked for a number of companies, and according to Q&A sessions at He-Man.org and Action Figure Insider, the new line will feature monthly releases from Mattel's new online collector store. Hm. So how much is that Skeletor going to cost us?

--AP

G.I. Joe 2008, Exclusive Images

G.I. JoeIron GrenadierThe fine fellows of HISSTank.com got their mitts on TONS of official Hasbro images of new, upcoming products.

Apparently there's going to be an Invisible Variant of Wraith, kind of annoying, but what are you going to do. We very much like the Serpentor DVD Set for a variety of reasons. Oh, and this Ultimate Battle Pack looks real nice too. What a great year!

--AP

Xbox Live Arcade This Week

Xbox Live ArcadeSoul CaliburTwo new titles await you this week! One is yet another golf game, Golf: Tee It Up! from a developer we were not familiar with. 36 holes, wacky characters, blah blah blah. Did anyone get it and if so, was it good?

The other new game, Schizoid, looks much more compelling. It's like an old shooter, except it isn't. Reviews call it a fun, co-op action game, or at least that's what Metacritic seems to be saying. Might be worth a shot.

Each game is 800 points, or US$10.

--AP

Wii Downloads This Week

WiiKing of the MonstersFans of the WiiWare service can grab SPOGS Racing, which looks a lot like a wheel racing game. No cars, just wheels. We didn't download it either.

For the Virtual Console: Neo Geo's King of the Monsters, where you can have monsters duke it out in a big city. Where all the promised 8- and 16-bit classics are, we don't know, as we're getting a little irate by Nintendo's lack of desire to take our money as of late.

More exciting, though, is the Mega Man 9 footage making the rounds, because we're positively giddy to consider the possibilities of seeing a new, legit 8-bit game introduced in the year 2008.

--AP

Rough? Like Klingons?
July 14, 2008
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

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

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 30th Anniversary Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Oochee Darth Vader
Yarua Luke Skywalker Wuher

From left to right: Stuff, things you should click on. Go to Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Oh, and we also got some build-a-droid figures you should check out.

--AP

Transformers Animated Bonus Packs Coming

TransformersMegatronChinese auction site Taobao has up two auctions you will want to see, presumably for Q4 exclusives. Toys "R" Us packaged "super value" sets of Leader Class Megatron with Activator Starscream and Leader Class Bulkhead with Activator Bumblebee are coming... but when? Were we betting folk, we'd say October or November. We'd also bet on them being $39.99 or less. As such, we'd say if you haven't yet bought the leader figures, it might be worth your while to wait. (We were going to buy Megatron, but now we're holding off. As we wanted some Activators and can't bring ourselves to pay $9 a pop.)

When you're done ogling those, feast your eyes on this Kmart Exclusive Mini-Cons Pack coming this Fall. The packaging is really gorgeous, and this is the first Kmart exclusive in recent memory (or perhaps ever) from Hasbro to feature a sticker advertising the product as such. We typically don't swoon over a box, but wow. Yeah, this one's purty.

--AP

Shout! Factory MST3K DVD Non-News

DVDDVDDVD site TVShowsOnDVD.com posted the box art for the upcoming Shout! Factory Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The 20th Anniversary Edition. That's the good, and only, news. Despite being box art, there's no indication as to which movie(s) will appear on the disc. Will it be new stuff? Will it be old stuff? Will it feature a set of decorative coasters? Hard to say-- but full details will be announced at, you guessed it, Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA.

--AP

Doing Just Fine
July 18, 2008
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has updated Figure of the Day! 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 30th Anniversary Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Darth Nihilus Admiral Ackbar Lt. Jundland Emperor Palpatine

From left to right: Stuff, things you should click on. Go to Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

LEGO Architecture Coming

LEGOBuild it, make it strongerThe Brothers Brick has some images and info on this newfangled Architecture set they're doing. Actually, it looks like two-- the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center. No idea where you can buy these online just yet, but if executive toys are your thing, these should be perfect.

--AP

Xbox Live Arcade This Week

Xbox Live ArcadeCrosswordsToo good to touch a pencil? Then you'll love Coffeetime Crosswords, which charges you about $10 for 150 puzzles.

About as compelling-- to us anyway-- is . Yeah, next please.

--AP

Wii Downloads This Week

WiiKing of the MonstersFans of the WiiWare service can grab Major League Eating, which actually lets you barf if you don't eat in a manner befitting a competitive eater. We may never play it, but we can't deny it's clever.

For the Virtual Console: Neo Geo's Ninja Commando, which sounds like it may involve Snake Eyes of G.I. Joe fame. Although it doesn't, it does have vertically scrolling action. You can also grab the NES port of Donkey Kong 3.

More exciting, though, is Gradius Rebirth, which better come out in the USA or we'll stab someone in the eye. Not kidding here. Stabby, stabby.

--AP

16bit.com Blog Updates

16bit.comKing of the MonstersWe're blogging. Did you know? It's easier to do than post here, if you can believe it. Here are some highlights.

Comedy is Dead

Elsewhere

Wow! What quality. We've been dealing with server outages and other weirdness, so yeah, we're working on it. Get off our backs. We love you.

--AP

Krentist
July 21, 2008
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

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

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 30th Anniversary Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Qui-Gon Jinn Emperor's Royal Guard Rabe

From left to right: Stuff, things you should click on. Go to Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers Animated Activators: More Revealed

TransformersOptimus PrimeTransformers.com has revealed three new animated activators toys. They are: Lockdown
Optimus Prime
Ratchet

They all look pretty decent, take a look!

--AP

Shout! Factory MST3K DVD to have Comic-Con Panel

DVDDVDDVD site TVShowsOnDVD.com is now reporting that one of the featurettes on the upcoming "20th Anniversary" set will be the actual panel being held at Comic-Con this week! Wow! This makes us wonder if we should even bother going, as we can just see it later. (And last year's Film Crew panel, to say the least, had a smell.)

--AP

Xbox Live Arcade Extra: We Missed One

Xbox Live ArcadeDouble D DodgeballWe missed this one. Also released for the Live Arcade service is the highly deceptive Double D Dodgeball. With a name that sounds like an imprint in Tecmo's Dead Or Alive brand, it turns out that there aren't any double ds anywhere to be seen. What it is, is a faux-retro game with lots of neon. In other words, some of the style has been aped from Pac-Man: Championship Edition, but none of the retrocity. Retroliciousness. Retroingo. You know what we're getting at.

We got a $5 copy of Viva Piņata at Target on ye olde clearance rack, and that's been soaking up most of our game time. We suggest you also get one if it's $5.

--AP

San Diego, Ho
July 23, 2008
16bit.com San Diego Flickr Tickr

16bit.comSince we're going to be out of town for a few days, we're going to try to see if this works out well. We're not sure how much actual reporting we can do, but we think we can update our Flickr account, so watch these pictures for exciting new things.

www.flickr.com

So we hope you like whatever it is that ends up here as new things go live. We're not sure what it will be, ourselves.

Oh, we also posted a review of Patton Oswalt's super hard-to-find CD EP Frankensteins and Gumdrops to Comedy Is Dead. It's rare, it's short, and we listened to it so you don't necessarily have to waste $75 on a copy.

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has updated Figure of the Day! 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 30th Anniversary Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Luke Skywalker Biggs Darklighter

From left to right: Stuff, things you should click on. Go to Galactic Hunter for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Seacons Coming

LEGOFishyOver at the TFCC, you can now see Skalor! Photos and a file card were posted, so now you can see what you'll presumably be able to order shortly. It's not bad!

--AP

Xbox Live Arcade This Week

Xbox Live Arcade1942: Joint StrikeIn what may be a compelling upgrade, Capcom's 1942: Joint Strike is available for download like now-ish. It's also on the PlayStation 3. Early reviews are less than stellar, but it is a remake of the famous top-down shooter which everybody supposedly loves. The word "competent" seems to come up a lot, so our hopes aren't too high.

Also available is --AP

Wii Downloads This Week

WiiGley LancerFans of the WiiWare service can grab Pirates - The Key of Dreams, which we hear sucks. Moving right along...

For the Virtual Console: Sega Genesis' Super Fantasy Zone, a popular sequel to a sort of popular shooter. Also available is a neat looking shooter we've never seen called Gley Lancer. Which we want to play.

--AP

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