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July 1, 2009
Review: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Opening)

Nintendo WiiFinal Fantasy IV: The After Years Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is a scam, but the kind of a scam you're going to be happy to buy in to. For $8, you get about 30% of the game-- the rest is in downloadable chunks that come... when they're ready, apparently, as only part of the game is available today.

The good: Plays like a Super NES game that's slightly more advanced than the original, extremely faithful to the original style.

The bad: Super short, more expensive than you'd like, you will complain about the price.

We loved the game so much we downloaded the bonus episode, and will likely get the rest. We have no shame. Read on to see why we're suckers!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsTIE Fighter PilotFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the TIE Fighter Pilot figure from 1996. As the first version of this figure in the modern era, it was great-- one of the better 1996 figures, and far better than the 1982 original. But in 2009, how is it? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Movies: New In Theaters

MoviesWill it suck?So what's new this week?

    Wide Release
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Public Enemies
    Limited Release
  • I Hate Valentine's Day
  • Died Young, Stayed Pretty

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: An Extremely Slow Week for Funny

Comedy Is DeadFunnyComedy Is Dead has updated with A Slow Week for Funny, which tells you about key talk show appearances and comedy retail releases. There's also a funny Ice Age poster.

--AP

New Andrew Jackson Jihad CD Coming in September

musicAJJIf you like your folk music a) angry, b) from Arizona, and c) on a budget, we assume you are already familiar with Phoenix's favorite sons, Andrew Jackson Jihad. (The band's music has nothing to do with those words.) They're releasing a new album called "Can't Maintain" this Fall, and they posted a few previews and some album art (pictured). You are welcome.

--AP

AUTOBAHN
July 3, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Count Dooku Anakin Skywalker

From left to right: Count Dooku, Anakin Skywalker. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Hasbro Marvel: Fan's Choice Voting for 2010

MarvelFrom Hasbro's always pleasant PR stooges: "There's a new wave of Marvel Legends 2 Packs on the way in 2010 and you help to decide who's in them. The basics are simple - six total characters, you pick three and we pick three. Sound like fun? Voting for this all new Fan's Choice will start on July 22nd when we reveal all of the possible choices at San Diego Comic Con."

Warpath Multiple Man Lady Bullseye

Pictured: Warpath, Multiple Man, Lady Bullseye.

--AP

King of Fighters '98, Worms 2 for the Xbox 360 Released

Xbox Live ArcadeKing of WormsTwo new games are up this week for $10/800 points!

King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match is another SNK NeoGeo fighter, with lots and lots of characters.

Also new is Worms 2, which brings you more invertebrate-based chaos.

The site also now requires Silverlight for Mac users. Thanks for another crappy plug-in, Microsoft!

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Punisher: No MercyYour lone new game this week is Punisher: No Mercy. It's $9.99, unless we were misinformed. From the publisher: "Powered by the latest version of the Unreal Engine, it offers frantic, arcade-style shooting action with a heavy focus on multiplayer modes, supporting up to 8 players online."

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPCapcom Classics Collection RemixedA group of games dropped this week. The downloadables are: Capcom Classics Collection Remixed ($19.99), Mind Quiz ($9.99), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials ($19.99).

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Goodbye Mrs. Noah, Aziz & Raaaaaaaandy

Comedy Is DeadFunnyComedy Is Dead has updated with Mollie Sugden, BBC's Mrs. Noah and Mrs. Slocombe, Dead at 86, which pretty much is the story. The British actress was best known as Are You Being Served?'s Mrs. Slocombe, but also the title character of Come Back Mrs. Noah, a much less beloved show about a nice lady who wins a cooking contest and accidentally gets blasted off into space. We haven't seen it in years but it seemed worth bringing up.

We also had the fortune to attend a taping of an upcoming Aziz Ansari comedy special for Comedy Central. What happens there? Click here for some notes.

--AP

Ad: New G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra At Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New movie toys are based on the new film and old toys, which may make the Rise of Cobra toy line a good one.

So what's new? Here are a few additions.

G.I. Joe Movie Accelerator Suit Duke Figure G.I. Joe Movie Combat Heroes Figures Wave 1 Set G.I. Joe Movie Basic Ninja Swords Wave 1 Set
G.I. Joe Movie Action Figures Collection 2 Wave 2 G.I. Joe Movie Steel Crusher APV with Nitro-Viper Figure G.I. Joe Movie Alpha Vehicles Wave 1
G.I. Joe Movie Action Figures Collection 1 Wave 1 Set G.I. Joe Movie Action Figures Collection 1 Wave 2 G.I. Joe Movie Action Figures Collection 1 Wave 3

--AP

Ruckzuck
July 6, 2009
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 new Q&A column this week! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Obi-Wan KenobiFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson! Today: Obi-Wan Kenobi from the 2005 line, arguably about as good as an Obi-Wan Kenobi figure can get. He has a lot of accessories, is super articulated, and became the basis for numerous Kenobi toys to follow. Do you need one? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Amazing Mega Man Demo for Atari 2600

Video GamesMega ManIn a move to make what is quite possibly the most retro thing ever, a group of developers cranked out a very short demo of what the Elec Man stage might look like if it were made for the Atari 2600. If you have an appropriate emulator, go here and grab the file to give it a shot. It's actually really quite impressive, despite being short and the boss being, effectively, impossible so far for us. But we're quite impressed.

--AP

G.I. Joe Movie Stuff Out, 12-Inch Con Exclusive Revealed

G.I. JoeThey be there! Or somewhere. They've been leaking for over a week, but you should find the entire full suite of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra products from Hasbro in stores now. These should include a couple dozen action figures, some weird chunky battle figures, numerous vehicles, and a giant playset. The figures are mixes of new molds, movie-inspired parts, and repainted 25th Anniversary figures, so odds are if you like Joes you'll find at least something in the movie range that will appeal to you.

G.I. JoeAlso notable, the convention put up images of the G.I. Joe Convention Eight Legs of Danger set. Rather than put out a set of four deadly Weimar-era dancing girls, Hasbro and Fun Productions opted to pit a fuzzy-headed Land Adventurer figure in a quasi-futuristic silver outfit against giant spiders, which are almost as deadly.

One final update, we saw some Toys "R" Us exclusive movie single figures on eBay. Check out Firefly and Barbeque.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Road Trip Album Picks

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with Road Trip Album Picks Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #1, a hard-hitting look at something that was actually marketed and consumed as "comedy" about 20 years ago. If nothing else it serves as a pop culture time capsule, and is notable in that a lot of the timely jokes from the release of this CD are still being used by hacks to this very day.

--AP

Recent Playmobil Headlines from Playmoblog

PlaymobilPlaymobil Customhave you been reading our side project, Playmoblog? It's the only English-language Playmobil blog updated with any sense of regularity or, quite possibly, at all. We've added some new content for you to enjoy and/or ignore.

--AP

New LEGO Windmill Coming, Not Exclusive, US?

LEGOWINDMILLWhile it isn't known for sure if this will see any North American distribution, the LEGO shop has a link up for a Wind Turbine Transport, which some are speculating is to make up for the exclusive windmill sold a little while back. It's about 59.99 euros, so odds are it'll be close to $60 if/when it hits the USA. If you have friends going overseas, maybe you should ask them to get you one, or keep an eye out on LEGO retail stores for more.

--AP

Russian Wrestling, #1!
July 7, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsRC R2-D2Figure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the RC R2-D2, first released in Japan in 2005 and released in the USA just weeks ago as a Target exclusive. Modeled after the Astromech body type used from 2000-2005, it's a little old-timey in appearance, but you're buying this one for the feature right? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Revealed: Best-Selling Video Games 1990-1999

Video GamesSELL!In quite possibly one of the most revealing documents to be released concerning sites like this one, VGChartz.com listed what appears to be a pretty complete rundown of the Top 50 bestsellers of the 1990s. It's quite telling what's on here and what isn't, mirroring similar expectations in the toy business-- specifically, the stuff kids love does great business and the critics/reviewers/etc. picks don't amount for squat.

You'll notice there are no Metroid titles, only two Final Fantasy titles (despite the entire series being released during the 1990s prior to FFIX), only two games for all of Sega's consoles, and a pretty shocking number of GameBoy games. Perhaps not too shocking, given we have most of them in our archives at 16bit.com HQ. For the most part quality seems to rise to the top, with a few exceptions which are probably debatable.

The thing we found the most enlightening was how well the GameBoy performed, particularly given that it's 20 years old this year. A lot of genuinely great time sinks were on that little portable, like Kirby's Dreamland, Dr. Mario, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. And sadly not Donkey Kong (1994), but the horrible, nearly unplayable Donkey Kong Land totally made the list. (We bought that one too.)

Final thought: #1 on the list was GameBoy Tetris, no doubt placed due to its pack-in status. We also saw copies in the wilds of retail at a Los Angeles Kmart as recently as 2006, so there still may be unsold copies out there somewhere.

--AP

MST3K DVD XV Drops Today

DVDMST3K!Shout! Factory delivers on a new boxed set of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on DVD this week, as promised. The 15th volume sports new-to-DVD releases like The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy, The Girl in Lover's Lane, Zombie Nightmare, and Racket Girls. We are informed these are not the greatest episodes.

...we could also remind you that the RiffTrax DVDs featuring Mike Nelson and in some cases Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy are also in stores. Night of the Living Dead is about six bucks at Best Buy. Just sayin'.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiBust-A-Move Plus!Two for WiiWare this week, including Bit.Trip: Core which Nintendo is touting as its 100th WiiWare title! It's 600 points, as is Bust-A-Move Plus! from Taito. It's the bubble-bursting classic which, frankly, is generally always a good time. Rounding out the trio is Heracles Chariot Racing for 800 points, and from the pictures it's a pile of crap. We haven't played it.

If you bought Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, there 3 new batches of DLC for you today: Yang's Tale, Porom's Tale, and Edge's Tale. Each is $3/300 points. We can't wait to get into these having just finished up Rydia's over the weekend.

Virtual Console fans, it's the C64 game California Games . It's $5, and worth at least half that.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSArt Style: BASE 10Got a DSi? You can get Art Style: BASE 10 for 500 points, and it has sliding puzzles and numbers and other things which sound suspiciously like homework. Asphalt 4: Elite Racing is 800 points, and includes camera functionality if that matters to you.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: A Surprisingly Dense Week in Comedy

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with A Surprisingly Dense Week in Comedy, a look at something what awaits you in the wilds of retail, iTunes, TV, and the box office this week. Highlights: Todd Glass' new album, Bruno opens in theaters, and the aforementioned release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XV on DVD.

--AP

Bring Me the Head of Yukio Mishima
July 8, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsConcept General GrievousFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Concept General Grievous figure from 2009. As the first version of this figure in the modern era, it was great-- one of the better 1996 figures, and far better than the 1982 original. But in 2009, how is it? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Mickey Transformers Toy Goes Halloween (or "Runaway Brain")

TransformersPunkinEverybody and their brother has pictures up of a repainted Disney Label Transformers Convoy Mickey Mouse. The robot element seems to be pumpkin-themed, complete with a jack-o-lantern chest. The figure riding on top seems to be differently colored and we're unclear if they're going for a "Runaway Brain" motif or it's just a somewhat monstrous Mickey.

--AP

New Monkey Island, Classic Lucasarts Games Available on PC

Video GamesPunkinFirst up: the premiere episode of Telltale Games' first collaboration with Lucasarts in an official capacity is now available with Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. There is also a playable demo for Windows available.

Classic LucasFilm Games/Lucasarts titles have been added to the Steam service, if what you want is old. Titles on the press release as being available to day include: Armed and Dangerous, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Advenutre, LEGO Indiana Jones, LOOM, Star Wars Battlefront II, Republic Commando, Starfighter, The Dig, and Thrillville: Off the Rails. The latter of which you will recognize from Target's clearance racks. Pricing (and the games) were unavailable at our deadline early this morning.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome [Review]

Comedy Is DeadFunnyComedy Is Dead has updated with a look at Maria Bamford's new CD+DVD Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, a reasonably funny release which includes an entire web series in the package.

--AP

Recent Playmobil Headlines from Playmoblog

PlaymobilPlaymobil Customhave you been reading our side project, Playmoblog? It's the only English-language Playmobil blog updated with any sense of regularity or, quite possibly, at all. We've added some new content for you to enjoy and/or ignore.

--AP

Ohm Sweet Ohm
July 9, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBattle Droid (Dirty)Figure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Battle Droid figure from 1999, specifically the dirty one. As one of four variants of the original carded release, how does it stack up after 10 years of variants, repaints, and retools? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New From Japan: Wood Puzzle Gashapon

ToysGot WoodOnline game and toy seller NCSX put up a nifty page today showing off some upcoming wooden puzzle gashapon toys. The KoroKoro Hakushi Wood Puzzle Gashapon is apparently actual wood, and these are replicas of those brian-teasers that your well-off PBS-watching friends had at their houses when you went and visited as a kid rather than, say, a 16-bit game console.

--AP

Someone Posted a G.I. Joe Movie Helix Review

G.I. JoeEwwwwWhile early test shots looked promising, a look at a slightly pre-release but probably pretty finalish Helix figure on JoeSightings.com's forums is... uh... go and click through to read about her.

Also, pre-orders went up for this Fall's G.I. Joe Movie Rise of Cobra MARS Troopers Action Figure Set [sponsored link] went live. The set has 2 boxed sets with 14 figures, including Chuckles, Dr. Mindbender, a Lamprey, and a whole ton of Vipers. Really, it's a Cobra-tastic set with some good Joes for good measure.

--AP

Battlefield 1943 for the Xbox 360 Released

Xbox Live ArcadeBattlefield 1943Your selection this week on the Live service: Battlefield 1943. The under-represented WWII setting is finally getting its due! It's not like other games were out there, so kudos, EA, on reminding people of this war with such a unique release. Seriously. This isn't something we've seen at all lately, so bless you for it. 1,200 points/$15.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Shattered Glass [Video]

Comedy Is DeadFunnyComedy Is Dead has updated with a video to promote Todd Glass' new album on iTunes and, apparently, his PR company. Click over to Comedy Is Dead to see it, because it's pretty funny.

--AP

Ad: Legacy Wave 7, Cobra Island Exclusives at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New toys have been released, and announced. The Wave 7 assortments of the Legacy Collection of Star Wars are in stock, and pre-orders are up for the Exclusive Cobra Island G.I. Joe Action Figure 7-Packs, which you probably want to see. They're swell.

So what's new? Here are a few additions.

Star Wars Action Figures: Legacy Collection Wave 7 Rev. 1 G.I. Joe Movie Rise of Cobra MARS Troopers Action Figure Set G.I. Joe Exclusive Cobra Island Action Figures Set

--AP

The Did Happen, Once
July 10, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsMcQuarrie Concept Han SoloFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the McQuarrie Concept Han Solo figure from 2007, so far a figure that's been released only once. How does Han look in purple, with a beard, and with blonde hair? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Review: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Rydia's Tale)

Nintendo WiiFinal Fantasy IV: The After Years Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is a scam, but the kind of a scam you're going to be happy to buy in to. For $8, you get about 30% of the game-- the rest is in downloadable chunks that come... when they're ready, apparently, as only part of the game is available today.

The good: Plays like a Super NES game that's slightly more advanced than the original, extremely faithful to the original style.

The bad: Super short, more expensive than you'd like, you will complain about the price.

We loved the game so much we downloaded the bonus episode, and will likely get the rest. We have no shame. Read on to see why we're suckers!

--AP

Movies: New In Theaters

MoviesIt Will SuckSo what's new this week?

    Wide Release
  • Bruno
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper
    Limited Release
  • Weather Girl
  • Humpday
  • Blood: The Last Vampire

--AP

Summer of Arcade Schedule for the Xbox 360 Revealed

Xbox Live ArcadeNew GamesFor some reason Microsoft decided that announcing release dates for one short season a year is a big important deal rather than, you know, doing it all the time like they should. Here's this year's roster with (high) prices.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled, 1,200 Points, July 22
Marvel vs. Capcom 2, 1,200 Points, July 29
Splosion Man, 800 Points, August 5
Trials HD, 1,200 Points, August 12
Shadow Complex, 1,200 Points, August 19

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Battlefield 1943Released on the Xbox 360 a few days ago, you can now get Battlefield 1943 on the PSN service for $14.99, bundled with a theme. Also new is Buzz! Jr. Robo Jam for $4.99 and a demo for Ghostbusters.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPSamurai Warriors: State of WarA group of games dropped this week. The downloadables are: Samurai Warriors: State of War ($14.99), and Ultimate Board Game Collection ($9.99).

--AP

G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Charity Screening... in Rhode Island

G.I. JoeYo Joe!If you're like most people, you don't live in Rhode Island. Here's the truncated specs from the press release:

"On August 3, fans of the G.I. JOE brand will have an early opportunity to see their favorite action heroes come to life at a special charity premiere of G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, hosted by Hasbro, Inc. Hasbro is underwriting the entire evening's festivities, with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting Hasbro Children's Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Tickets are on sale now. The evening will feature a preshow party at the Showcase Cinemas in Warwick, R.I., beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the movie screening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $75 and can be purchased by calling (401) 727-5637."

--AP

Yang's Tale Sucks
July 13, 2009
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 new Q&A column this week! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Astromech DroidFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson! Today: Astromech Droid (ARC-170 Elite Squad) from the Target-exclusive Battle Pack, and a droid with no name. Is it worth picking one up and going through the hassle of naming it yourself? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Target Exclusive Leo Prime from Transformers Universe

TransformersPrimeThe guys at KOToys.com have an extensive gallery of the new Target exclusive Leo Prime, now available in the colors of Beast Wars II Lioconvoy. Meanwhile, The Arker has packaged images confirming that this item continues the Universe line, potentially meaning one of two things: either this item has already been cancelled, or that previous information about the future of Universe out of Hasbro wasn't entirely accurate.

We expect to see and hear more in San Diego in two weeks.

--AP

More G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Exclusives Revealed

G.I. JoeG.I. JoeNumerous new G.I. Joe exclusives have been making the rounds, and the best round-up we've seen so far is on the JoeBattleLines.com Forums. Highlights include:

Attack on the G.I. Joe Pit Headquarters - Toys "R" Us exclusive with Ripcord, Duke, 2 Neo Vipers, a Mole Pod, and a Pit Trooper
Cobra Ranking Officers - Unmarked but likely Toys "R" Us with Destro, Elite Viper, and Cobra Viper Commando
Kmart Set - Duke, Heavy Duty, MARS Trooper, Neo Viper
Past & Present Set - Target Exclusive, has both 1980s-style and movie-style Snow Job with ATAV vehicle

Also, Toys "R" Us is reportedly holding a 2 for $10 sale on movie figures this coming weekend. With that in mind, save your receipts.

Finally, Target stores should be stocking Volume 1 of the 1980s TV series this Tuesday. Reports say it will be a mere $16.99, which is pretty gosh darned cheap.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Road Trip Album Picks, Bruno Review

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with Road Trip Album Picks: John Mulaney's The Top Part, a genuinely hysterical (and surprisingly clean) look at being black-out drunk, being mistaken for a rapist, and tormenting people in a diner.

Also added was a look at Bruno, last weekend's estimated box office champ with a take of $30.4 million, barely beating out Ice Age. Is it worth seeing? Well, go ahead and read the review.

--AP

Dragon Quest IX Launched in Japan

Nintendo DSDQ9Over at The Magic Box are some shots from a Japanese launch event for Dragon Quest IX, which many are still baffled at being released on a portable over a full-sized system. Odds are this speaks volumes about the current console generation. Click through to see models, sales people, and tons of customers with their faces blacked out.

--AP

You Spoony DLC!
July 14, 2009
Review: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Yang's Tale)

Nintendo WiiFinal Fantasy IV: The After Years Final Fantasy IV: The After Years gets worse with the release of Yang's Tale last week for $3/300 points.

The good: Plays pretty much exactly like the original game from the Mt. Hobs sequence through the sailing to Baron.

The bad: See above..

Want to read some complaints? Read on to see why we're not happy with this one.

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsJes GistangFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the first female Stormtrooper with Jes Gistang, first released a couple of weeks ago. Now that the Empire is embracing women in combat, should you, the collector, do the same? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Some Guy Reviews Marvel Handful of Heroes from Hasbro

MarvelSMASH!Some dude we follow on Twitter turned us on to this really good look at Hasbro's Marvel Handful of Heroes mini figures, which are basically MUSCLE Men, but Marvel.

--AP

LEGO Does Another Retro Figure Set

LEGOMST3K!We're crazy about these . The price, at $17.99? Not so much. But you get white and black space figures, a pirate, a mailman, and a red ninja. Cool!

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiBit Boy!!There are three WiiWare games this week, the most interesting of which sounds like Bplus' Bit Boy!!. In it, you play a box that goes through various generations of gaming, from pre-8-bit to the future of 128-bit worlds. So some games look like an Atari game, and others look more modern. Clever! We'd love to see this applied to other series.

Also new: Incoming, an attacked-by-tanks game from JV Games for 500 points, and Ant Nation from Konami for 700 points. You get to maintain a colony of ants with lasers. Sweet.

Virtual Console fans, it's the Sega Master System game Secret Commando for 600 points and the Sega Genesis Pulseman, a 900 point Japan-only release which is supposedly legendary for being awesome. That sounds enticing.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: Brain Challenge

Nintendo DSBrain ChallengeGot a DSi? This week's Brain Challenge sounds suspiciously like work/school. From the site: "Thanks to a complete range of 48 mini-games, Brain Challenge provides an exceptional variety of exercises. Not only can you train your brain for Math but also for 4 other categories: Logic, Focus, Memory and Visual!"

--AP

Ikargua for the Xbox 360 On Sale, Half Price (400 points/$5)

Xbox Live ArcadeIkarguaTreasure's legendary shooter is on sale! Regularly 800 points, now it's 400 points for the week. Sounds good, no? You play a ship, you shoot things, and it's a vertical scroller. What more do you need to know?

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: This Week in Mildly Pleasant Comedy

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with This Week in Mildly Pleasant Comedy , a look at something what awaits you in the wilds of retail, iTunes, TV, and the box office this week. Highlights: MTV's The State makes an oft-delayed music-free DVD debut, and the Comedy Central premiere of Michael & Michael Have Issues on your cable machine.

--AP

Snake? SNAAAAAAKE!
July 15, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBorsk Fey'lyaFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Borsk Fey'lya figure from a recent comic pack wave. It's the first (and only) Bothan! Is it good? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Target Joes Revealed, Awesome, SNAKE Returns

G.I. JoeSERPENTA shot from our Twitter feed shows The Terrordrome has 4 new exclusive G.I. Joe mini-vehicles with figures at Target. The highlight? A new, black SNAKE armor, now called "Serpent" armor. Also up for grabs is another motorcycle, a jetpack, and a water-based jetski thing. We're sold on the armor.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Comedy Death Ray, Messing with a Friend

Comedy Is DeadFunnyComedy Is Dead has updated with a look at Messing with a Friend, a show you can go see in Chicago like right nowish.

Also added, a look at last night's Comedy Death Ray in Hollywood.

--AP

Snow Tweets
July 16, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBattle Droid (Dirty)Figure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Padme Amidala figure last year's Evolutions set. This one is preggers, and has giant fat arms. How is she overall? Well, go read it. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Also, we were tipped off to some previously unannounced Galactic Heroes exclusives. Go here on GalacticHunter.com to read our story on the Yavin 4 Medal Ceremony (yes, the box says 4) and Jabba's Sail Barge sets. And there's a Clone Wars DVD Announcement too.

--AP

Madballs, Monkey Island Remake for the Xbox 360 Released

Xbox Live ArcadeGuybrush vs. BaboWelcome to the most 1980s-friendly week in XBLA history! Two new games for 800 points/$10 a pop are on deck. One is a remake of The Secret of Monkey Island, a LucasFilm Games adventure classic in which you play famous pirate wannabe, Guybrush Threepwood.

Also new is Madballs in Babo Invasion, the most unlikely licensed character game in recent memory. This online shooter features multiplayer in its demo, and early reviews are pretty good. We're quite pleased to see retro toy properties become video games that aren't awful.

--AP

Target G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Deluxe Pricing Revealed

G.I. JoeA tipster wrote in to share the DPCI and price for the soon-to-be-released Target-exclusive deluxe figure assortment! 087-06-0529, $9.99. Considering basic figures are $7-$8, that sounds quite reasonable. (This includes the Serpent/Snake armor from yesterday, motorcycles, and other figure-with-vehicle sets.)

--AP

Movieverse Transformers Hoist Revealed?

TransformersHoistOver at The Arker, there are vehicle shots of an unreleased (and unannounced) Hoist toy based on the previously released movie Longarm, whom we are told you should replace all parts with. (Anyone? Pete?) Click through for some early no-robo pics.

--AP

New Masters of the Universe Man-At-Arms On Sale (Out)

Masters of the UniverseMoustache-At-ArmsThe new Man-At-Arms figure went up at MattyCollector.com today, and promptly sold out. If you got one, it was $20.

--AP

Mad Catz to do More Expensive Controllers

Video GamesGot WoodRemember those super high-end and hard-to-find $150 joysticks for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3? Mad Catz did one for each platform for Street Fighter IV and now, many moons later, they're shipping widely and you can probably find them.

While the listings have since been pulled, Play-Asia listed this new, license-free version of the high-end controller at a similar price. Expect 'em later this year.

--AP

Ad: Star Trek Fragrances In Stock at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Do you smell what Mr. Spock is cooking? Three scents from Genki Wear are in stock now. You can smell like a Vulcan, a Red Shirt, or Captain Kirk! Or a close facsimile.

So what's new? Here are a few additions.

Star Trek Tiberius Cologne Star Trek Red Shirt Cologne Star Trek Pon Farr Perfume

--AP

I'm No Bum
July 17, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsOOM-9Figure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the OOM-9 figure from 1999, so far a figure that's been released only once. (Well, there was a commander, but that's besides the point.) How did this one-timer fare? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Movies: New In Theaters

MoviesHow Quirky? So Quirky!So what's new this week?

    Wide Release
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Limited Release
  • Homecoming
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • A Woman in Berlin

We suppose you'll be going to see Harry.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3SaleNew this week: Namco Museum Essentials! Also, the PSOne game Spec Ops: Ranger Elite.

A number of titles are also on sale-- check for pricing. These include: Flock!, 3 on 3 NHL Arcade, Brain Challenge, PixelJunk Eden, Crash Commando, Savage Moon, and WipEout HD.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPHoly Invasion of Privacy BadmanA trio of games dropped this week. The downloadables are: Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman ($19.99), Myst ($14.99), and Unbound Saga ($14.99).

--AP

Too Long Or Not Long Enough
July 20, 2009
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 new Q&A column this week! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Darth TalonFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson! Today: Darth Talon a Sith from the Legacy comic book series that puts out. For reals! Will you like her Darth Maul-inspired look and huge boots? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Legends/EZ-Collection Movie Devastator Gallery

TransformersSMASHThe guys at Hatena.ne.jp (or whatever) have an extensive gallery of the new Japanese release of Devastator in the smaller class. Unlike the big toy, each limb has 3 modes, and there are 7 vehicles rather than 6. It's coming to the USA next year, but why wait to get a look at Minstator?

We expect to see and hear more in San Diego in two weeks.

--AP

Additional G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Exclusives, Basics Revealed

G.I. JoeG.I. JoeIf you're like us, you've missed a ton of leaks in recent month for upcoming exclusives in thus line. A pity. So here's some of what we missed.

JoeCustoms.com Forums have a look at 3 figure 2-packs, each of which has repaints and/or retools of 25th Anniversary molds. The big highlight is Monkeywrench, previously unproduced in this style. Other figures include another Copperhead, Tunnel Rat, Gung Ho, Shockblast, and a Night Creeper. Each 2-pack has stickers and a tattoo.

Via TaoBao, TheTerrorDrome.com has a figure set of unknown origins. The 3 figures are just repackaged from basic releases, meaning this could very well be a Wal-Mart exclusive for the DVD release. It features Duke, a Neo Viper, and the Baroness.

Over at GeneralsJoes.com there's a shoot of three new trooper figures. The COBRA Eel, Crimson Neo-Viper (who is indeed turtley enough for your Turtle Club) and an Elite Viper can be seen, although garish 1980s-style colors cannot.

Also, Toys "R" Us is holding a 2 for $10 sale on movie figures right now.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Road Trip Album Picks

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with Road Trip Album Picks: Doug Benson's "Professional Humoredian", bits of which you may have already heard if you've seen his many appearances on TV and the internets. Do check it out.

Also added was a look at Borat, yes Borat, by someone who managed to miss the mania during the initial surge of popularity. Wow! We didn't know they existed.

Finally, we managed to see the new film World's Greatest Dad, which is indeed a great comedy.

--AP

Ad: Pre-Order (or go get) Comic-Con Exclusives at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Are you ready for Comic-Con? If not, pretty much all of the Entertainment Earth exclusives are available for home delivery-- but if you go to the show, there are all sorts of specials and extras!

So what's worth seeing? Here are a few of the items. Don't forget, the Toys "R" Us exclusives will be sold at the Entertainment Earth booth in space #2343.

Big Lebowski Talking Jesus Action Figure - EE SDCC Exclusive Big Lebowski Talking Stranger Figure - EE SDCC Exclusive Big Lebowski Talking Donny Action Figure - EE SDCC Exclusive
Alex Ross Flash Gordon Klytus Figure - SDCC EE Exclusive Alex Ross Flash Gordon Barin Battle Figure SDCC EE Exclusive Alex Ross Flash Gordon Dale White Gown Figure SDCC Exclusive
Dexter (The Dark Defender) Action Figure - an EE Exclusive Star Trek Spock Transporting Bobble Head - EE SDCC Exclusive

--AP

Thank You, Bruce Hornsby
July 21, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsImperial OfficerFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the 2002 Brown-hair Imperial Officer, rerelased in 2007. It's the second head sculpt to have brown hair, so it's confusing if you aren't looking for certain details, or have a figure to compare it against. Hey Hasbro, why not use black hair? Hunh? Anyway, go to Figure of the Day for more!

--AP

Wal-Marts in San Diego to get the Onslaught Wave of Marvel Legends This Week

MarvelSMASH!Synergy! Not very good synergy, but still. To celebrate Comic-Con, Wal-Mart's exclusive wave of Legends is hitting San Diego very soon. So if you're out and about, keep your eyes open for it. Here's the scoop straight from our PR friend in Hasbro:

"We have learned that eight (8) San Diego area Wal-Mart stores will be stocking the Marvel Legends Nemesis wave, beginning this Wednesday, July 22 ­ in limited quantities, so act fast! The lineup for this wave, in case youıve forgotten, is as follows: Punisher, Daredevil, Black Bolt, Nova, Beast and Tigra. There are also two variants in the wave ­ Punisher in camouflage and Yellow Daredevil. Thatıs a total of 8 new figures! Buy six (6) figures to complete a new Build-A-Figure: Nemesis!"

--AP

If Fighting Sticks Weren't Rare Enough...

Video GamesSTICK!Remember how hard it was to get fight pads and fight sticks a few months ago? Well, to continue with tradition, Mad Catz revealed some extremely limited Comic-Con exclusive PS3 and Xbox 360 hardware, under 500 of each, only at the show. Good luck getting these!

--AP

New G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Basic Figures Revealed

G.I. JoeYO JOE!The guys at Cobra Island mirrored images of four new figures-- take a gander at Storm Shadow in a parka, a new Ripcord, the Desert-Viper, and yet another Duke!

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiBit Boy!!There are three WiiWare games this week: 5 Spots Party, Battle Poker, and Square-Enix' My Life as a Darklord for $5, $8, and $10 respectively.

Virtual Console fans, it's a week of nothing. We know, we're shocked too.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: Art Style: ZENGAGE

Nintendo DSArt Style: ZENGAGEGot a DSi? This week's Art Style: ZENGAGE sounds somewhat interesting. From the site: "Gameplay in Art Style: ZENGAGE revolves around sliding cells (squares) to match colors with cores (beads) located on the board. Clear each stage by matching all of the cores and cells."

--AP

The Force Unleashed DLC for the Xbox 360 On Sale, Half Price (400 points/$5)

Xbox Live ArcadeStar Wars: The Force UnleashedFor this week only, the Jedi Temple Mission Pack DLC is on sale for gold members of the Xbox Live service. Normally $10/800 points, it's now $5/400 points. Enjoy!

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: GIANT SIZE Weekly Comedy

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with GIANT SIZE Weekly Comedy San Diego Comic-Con Edition , a look at all the stuff on TV and at the big convention this week. Spoiler alert: there's a ton of stuff for you to check out, so if you want to have a fun week be sure to dig this post. Also notable: a Zach Galifinakis comedy Visioneers is coming to DVD this week. Will it be good? From the man who coined the phrase "So I named my balls Belle and Sebastian," we certainly hope so.

--AP

Cancel it
July 22, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsDeena ShanFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the 2007 Comic Packs Deena Shan, in a nifty Imperial disguise. There are two head variants, and the costume isn't quite authentic to the comics. Anyway, go to Figure of the Day for more!

--AP

New G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Comic-Con Booth Sneak Peek

G.I. JoeYO JOE!The guys at HISSTank.com got some early images from Comic-Con, including several new figures, a few new vehicles, and some environmental pieces. Yes, from Hasbro. One looks like some sort of a Cobra checkpoint, and we're quite taken with it. The new Dragonfly is also shown.

Meanwhile, Sideshow has a new 12-inch Duke, and boy does it suck. What is he, like 50? And Busey-esque?

Finally, Hasbro sent along a blurb on Comic-Con plans. It is as follows: "The session will take place on Thursday, July 23rd, from 11:30AM-12:30PM at the San Diego Convention Center's Room 7AB. Aaron Archer (Hasbro Design), Jeff Labovitz (Hasbro Marketing) Michelino Paolino (Hasbro Design) and Jason Enos (EA Marketing) will be on hand to discuss the 50-year G.I. JOE legacy and give fans a sneak peak at what's ahead for everyone's favorite American hero, including the upcoming release of the G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra movie, the new toy line hitting shelves, the new video game and much more. The panel will also include Q&A time, as well as some special guests G.I. JOE fans won't want to miss!"

--AP

New Transformers Comic-Con Booth Sneak Peek

TransformersTransform!Over at TFW2005.com also got some good intel from the Hasbro booth. Most of it has been seen before with new Robot Heroes, Human Alliance toys, and even some G1-ish Universe items. If you were at Botcon 2009, you may have seen most of these.

--AP

Free Music Wednesday: Weezer - The 8-bit Album

MusicYepThis week's free and as far as we can tell, totally legal album download: Weezer - The 8-bit Album. Making the rounds on the blogorama, this tribute to Weezer features a number of released and unreleased Weezer tracks as interpreted on old electronic hardware, specifically the NES and GameBoy. 14 songs spanning the bulk of their career, including the legendary lost Songs from the Black Hole album, can be yours. "Blast Off!," sadly, is not one of them but you will find blippy covers of "Buddy Holly," "El Scorcho," "Hash Pipe," and others that sound pretty close to how we assume they would sound in a MegaMan stage.

And it don't cost nothin'.

Got a nomination for next week? Email us the link!

--AP

Comic-Con: Reporting May Be Disrupted!

Comic-ConDue to the restrictions placed on us by technology, our day job, and the desire to not implode, 16bit.com front page updates may be limited through the next day or three. As such, please do check out our official-ass Twitter feed and Flickr feed for news as we are capable of posting it, which should be often. (It's complicated.)

--AP

For Freesies
July 27, 2009
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 new Q&A column this week! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Figure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson! Today: check out the Crab Droid, Wookiee Warrior, and Holographic Count Dooku!

--AP

'Splosion Man for the Xbox 360 Released

Xbox Live ArcadeBOOMLast week Microsoft totally published 'Splosion Man, where "Able to 'splode himself at will, Splosion Man launches his way through levels, an uncontainable force." How about that? BOOM!

--AP

Additional Xevoz Revealed To Heartless, Indifferent World

XevozXevoz was one of the niftiest introductions in 2004, but died a quick death in the deadly wild that is retail. Word of numerous toys for the future got out, but were never revealed or released until now. At Comic-Con, Hasbro sold a book called "insight: Photography and Dioramas by Gianna Lopergolo" which focuses on Hasbro's really excellent product shutterbuggery. What's really shocking, though, is that it includes images of the never-before-seen Rockahuna as well as the Ursa Khan and Glacier Scout 2-pack. Of interest, the Glacier Scout is a total knock on the design of Lion-O from Thundercats. A full review of the book will follow, we will say if you didn't get it, there's a lot of weird developmental pictures of stuff you may never have seen. (We haven't.)

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Road Trip Album Picks

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with Road Trip Album Picks: Dr. Demento's 20th Anniversary Collection, which compiles some of the greatest novelty tracks of all time. And some aren't so great. If you aren't familiar with the world of the comedy record, pre-Internet, you owe it to yourself to hear it.

--AP

Comic-Con: Fantastic News Coming

Comic-ConDue to the fact we feel like we're going to die, Comic-Con specific coverage starts tomorrow. Don't worry, you didn't miss too much, but there's some awesome stuff to share. While you're waiting, check out our groovy Flickr gallery. 910 images and counting! We're not feeling so hot, so yeah, more later.

--AP

Good Arm!
July 28, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone TrooperFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the 212th Jet Pack Clone Trooper, first released a couple of weeks ago. So what does this offer you that the previous 100+ figures of this nature didn't? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Top Stuff We Saw at Comic-Con 2009

Comic-ConSMASH!Because we're lazy, here's a list of our top findings from this year's Comic-Con International. We could go on and on, but you wouldn't read it.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiHawt?There are three WiiWare games this week, the most interesting of which sounds like Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1. The first in a series, it's $10/1,000 points and brings back that point-and-clickness you love so much.

Also new: HB Arcade Cards, a card game collection for 500 points, and The Three Musketeers: One for all! from Legendo Entertainment for 900 points. Apparently it's a platform/adventure title.

Virtual Console fans, you got nothing. Wow, someone hates us.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: Sudoku Student

Nintendo DSSudoku StudentGot a DSi? Choke on Sudoku Student, for $2/200 points. Or better, don't.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: This Week in Comedy

Comedy Is DeadYepComedy Is Dead has updated with This Week in Comedy: Scott Baio Edition , a look at all the DVDs, CDs, and movies you can aspire to laugh at this week.

For you TV fans, there's This Week in Late Night (plus Mid-Afternoon), which shows who's on what this week. Oh, and there's some daytime stuff too.

--AP

37 People Died
July 30, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Han Solo Padme

From left to right: Han Solo, Padme Amidala. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: Doug Benson's Unbalanced Load [Review]

Comedy Is DeadFunnyComedy Is Dead has updated with a review of Doug Benson's upcoming CD Unbalanced Load, which required us to kill someone to get it. Did they die for a worthy cause? Click over to Comedy Is Dead to find out.

--AP

Battle Beasts Licensed By DST for Minimates?

Comic-ConWhile we haven't yet confirmed this, word is floating around that Diamond Select Toys will be producing Battle Beasts Minimates figures! Wow! Minimate Headquarters has more.

--AP

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 for the Xbox 360 Released

Xbox Live ArcadeMarvel vs. Capcom 2Your game this week on the Live service: Marvel vs. Capcom 2, at one point a very expensive Dreamcast title. Now you can get it cheaper! It doesn't have much new, but for an arcade classic, it's arguably a bargain at 1,200 points/$15.

--AP

They Might Be Giants' Science is Too Tight

MusicScience!After numbers and letters, aging but amusing band They Might Be Giants has announced Here Comes Science, which has the best title we've heard all year. The CD+DVD comes out this September 1. In case you wanted to buy it, you know, for your kids.

--AP

Ad: Legacy Wave 9, Cobra Island Exclusives IN STOCK at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New toys have been released, and announced. The Wave 7 assortments of the Legacy Collection of Star Wars are in stock, and pre-orders are up for the Exclusive Cobra Island G.I. Joe Action Figure 7-Packs, which you probably want to see. They're swell.

So what's new? Here are a few additions.

Star Wars McQuarrie Concept Action Figures - Exclusive G.I. Joe Movie Rise of Cobra MARS Troopers Action Figure Set Star Wars Legacy Collection Action Figures Wave 9

--AP

Brand New Angle
July 31, 2009
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsMcQuarrie Concept ChewbaccaFigure of the Day has updated once again! 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 Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the McQuarrie Concept Chewbacca figure from 2007, and he's getting rereleased in a few months. How does Chewie look with ears and pants? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Movies: New In Theaters

MoviesWhat is this?So what's new this week?

    Wide Release
  • Funny People
  • Aliens in the Attic
  • The Collector
    Limited Release
  • Adam
  • Cove
  • Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
  • Thirst

--AP

Playmoblog: 2010 Revealed, In Pieces

PlaymoblogBikini ChicksIt had to happen! Next year's specials include a newly sculpted body of a bikini lady, but that's just one of many sets revealed on PlaymoDB.org. Click through to read all about these, plus a new ancient temple theme with big ol' lizards!

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Fat PrincessThis week's big (hahaha) release is Fat Princess, a team-based strategy game of sorts involving fat chicks and kidnapping. Also, castles. What could go wrong? It's $14.99. Also new is the second Watchmen game episode and the PSone game Spec Ops: Airborne Commando.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPStrikers 1945 PlusA group of games dropped this week. The downloadables are: Brave Story: New Traveler ($14.99), and Pocket Pool ($9.99), and Strikers 1945 Plus ($11.99).

--AP

Comic-Con 2009: Our Complete Flickr Gallery

Comic-ConSMASH!Check it out kids, 920 pictures from San Diego! See toys, bobble heads, celebrities (Margot Kidder pictured), and much more! We're quite proud.

--AP

LEGO Fans, Go to Target

LEGOWe just picked up a LEGO Indiana Jones Jungle Cutter at Target for under $10. Your mileage may vary. Happy hunting!

--AP

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