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I Am Benito, and I Love My Job
January 1, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsR5-K6Figure 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 R5-K6 figure released this year. He may be one of the most desirable astromech droids released in years due to the widespread popularity of his battle pack which, naturally, resulted in smaller supplies. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Filler: Kids Don't Get Mighty Muggs

ToysApe SpitFriend of the site Shaun pointed us to this blog post which involves some kids getting and not getting Marvel Mighty Muggs. You are welcome.

--AP

Transformers Exclusive Revealed: Shattered Glass Cyclonus

TransformersCyclonusBecause they don't take vacations, the Transformers Collectors Club revealed a future exclusive item-- Shattered Glass Cyclonus. Based on this year's awesome Universe mold, the idea is that this is the "good" version of the character from an "evil" Universe and as such, he looks something like Hot Rod. Kinda cool, wouldn't you say?

--AP

Scene 4
January 4, 2010
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!

Clone Trooper BoostFigure 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: Clone Trooper Boost, a figure from last Fall which looks a lot like a figure from last January. Should you add him to your armies? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

Jedi Defender posted a ton of new vehicle prototype shots showing off new features on the Cloud Car and more. Finally, Wal-Mart got in some previously unannounced exclusive Unleashed sets. Click through for images, pricing, all that stuff.

--AP

New Exclusive Star Wars LEGO

TVLEGOThe apparently exclusive-ish 8092 Landspeeder ($24.99) and 8091 Republic Swamp Speeder ($29.99) are now live to order on LEGO.com. The Landspeeder will ship within 3 weeks, but the Swamp Speeder is listed as in stock today.

--AP

Universe HasbroToyShop.com Exclusives at Marshall's?

Transformers42Good news, everyone-- Transformers Universe Optimus Prime, Megatron, Overkill, and Drag Strip are shipping to US retail! Over at TFW2005, find a story with the details, which basically is what I just told you. Each toy is $9.99, which seems high given they were about $15 at first.

--AP

2008 Schleich Apatasaurus Is Neat

ToysRock LordsOver at The Dinosaur Toy Blog take a look at this new Schleich Apatasaurus for 2008. It's big, blue, and pretty nice-- check out their rundown of what it's an interesting piece.

--AP

New And Old
January 5, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsLuke SkywalkerFigure 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 Luke Skywalker from 2009-- the supposedly latest and greatest version from the original film. Is it as great as Hasbro said last Summer? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Another Leader Toy: Bumblebee Gets Big, Again

TransformersBig BeeYet another large Bumblebee toy is making the rounds on fan sites, TFormers is just one of many to be posting S250's alleged leader-class Bumblebee. The is not to be confused with the large Ultimate Bumblebee on the shelves today, which costs a lot more and is slightly larger. Odds are Hasbro will confirm this toy next month at Toy Fair in New York City.

--AP

Pepsi Throwback Returns, in Retro Packaging

SodaPepsiThe fine folks at BevReview are confirming a new batch of newly packaged Pepsi Throwback started shipping in December. Also note: Mountaun Dew Throwback is shipping, and some fans are already finding Heritage Dr. Pepper.

--AP

Playmoblog: US 2010 Release Dates: School, Africa

PlaymoblogRock OstrichOver at Playmoblog: Good news, everyone! Playmobil's web site updated with release dates for two major themes this year. The Africa Sets should start showing up in April, while the School theme will be out around August. [Click for more]

--AP

New G.I. Joe Test Shots: Hiss, Vamp for Pursuit of Cobra

G.I. JoeYo JoeThe guys at Hisstank.com have pictures of what seem to be a new VAMP and new HISS, complete with test shots of the figures. Quite nice! Do check it out.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: Shoot Something

WiiFast Draw ShowdownYour WiiWare games this week are three. For $5.00/500 points, you can snag Fast Draw Showdown, Heron: Steam Machine, and Pub Darts.

Virtual Console fans, it's Final Fight 3 (Super NES) for $8/800 points... not a particularly easy game to find!

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: The Oregon Trail

Nintendo DSAnimal Puzzle AdventureGot a DSi? Three games this week, including Animal Puzzle Adventure, Hell's Kitchen Vs., and Trajectile. These games range from 500 points/$2 to 500 points/$8.

--AP

Should Have Bought a Tanning Bed
January 6, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsConcept IG-88Figure 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 IG-88 figure from late last year. He's based on the work of Ralph McQuarrie and generally fantastic. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Back to the Future Coming to Blu-Ray in 2010?

Blu-RayThis Is HeavyThe fine folks at The Digital Bits are "confirming" (via their rumor mill) a July 2010 release date of the Back to the Future movies on Blu-Ray. What's particularly interesting is the ad slick, with a 5-disc collection (the DVD set was only 3 discs) including an extra 3D short of Jaws 19. We are pleased, Universal Studios.

--AP

Review: Encleverment Experiment

Xbox 360Encleverment ExperimentThe "big button" controllers, or "buzzers" from the Scene It games are, like most peripherals, criminally underused. With the Xbox Live platform and a game show-like input device, it's criminal that there aren't more quiz, trivia, and brain games with people fighting against one another. Encleverment Experiment manages to create a nifty little quiz game, made up of 16 mini-games (yes another mini-game collection), that proved entertaining. [ READ THE FULL REVIEW ]

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadRegisterComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

It's What's For Dinner
January 7, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated, More Galaxy 5

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsR4-P17Figure 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 R4-P17 figure from late in 2009, with its clean paint job. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Anime LeiaAlso from Galactic Hunter: While sketch cards tend to be quite difficult to find, Topps sent in yet another flyer showcasing its new ones for series 5 of Star Wars Galaxy. Highlights include manga sketch cards and special die-cut cards. Neat! Click through to see their ad thing. Click through to see the announcement/advert flyer they sent us.

--AP

Bif Bang Pow! Gets The Venture Bros.

Venture Bros.Brock LobsterThe rumors are true! Someone's doing The Venture Bros. in plastic. That someone is Bif Bang Pow! who, via their (and their partners') Twitter feeds, confirmed acquisition of the license and a full press release should be making the rounds today. Specific products are not yet announced, but we know what they are because we're awesome.

We are in a unique position to confirm this as we are consulting on the toy line. As such, the reporting you see here may be a little filtered.

--AP

Matt Hazard for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeMatt Hazard: Blood Bath and BeyondXbox 360 have two options this week, one of which has a freaking fantastic name.

  • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond is 1,200 points ($15) and is described as a dual-player shooter. We are interested. It's a big download, so we don't have it just yet.

Also, Microsoft announced a new "Game Room" service at CES, described as a new way of downloading classic arcade games-- so it appears that the Xbox Live Arcade service is no longer accepting classic arcade games? That seems like they kinda missed the point, but whatever. According to Major Nelson: Later this Spring, 'Game Room' will come to Xbox LIVE. This is a destination for the classic arcade games. You can buy once and play on both your Xbox 360 and Windows PC. A new game will be released every week. You'll be able to invite friends through Xbox LIVE and share your custom arcade and show off your personal collection.

--AP

New Shooting Historica Darius Burst, Xexex Ships

Video GamesFrint LockIn more fantastic licensing news, NCSX confirmed the lineup (so far) of Shooting Historica Vol. 4, the ongoing Yujin series of capsule toys based on classic shooter video games. This time around, it's going to be the Flint Lock from Xexex, the Legend Silver Hawk Burst from the just-released Darius Burst, and the X-002 from X-Multiply. We forgive them for their lack of Salamander for now.

Click here for pictures/pre-orders.

--AP

All Over Again
January 8, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsPadme Amidala Coruscant AttackFigure 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 Coruscant Attack figure from 2002, which has the former queen dressed as a Naboo Fighter pilot. Swell stuff, plus she has an exploding radar dish. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers Animated Custom Grandus Is Awesome

TransformersGrandusAn eBay seller has an awesome transforming Grandus figure based on the stylings of the artist responsible for the show's unique look. It turns from a chunky robot to an aircraft carrier, it is really quite amazing. Check it out, while you can!

--AP

He-Man Art Gallery This Weekend in LA, Preview

Masters of the UniverseGrandusFirst up: Gallery Ninteen Eighty Eight Los Angeles is hosting a show from January 8 through January 29, 2010 focusing on art from and inspired by Mattel's Masters of the Universe toy line. Reportedly, new toys will be revealed at this event too.

If you can't make it, here is some art and here is some more.

--AP

New Shooting Historica 4 News: Twinbee & More!

Video GamesTwinbeeSo more news, because NCSX confirmed the that in addition to the Flint Lock from Xexex, the Legend Silver Hawk Burst from the just-released Darius Burst, and the X-002 from X-Multiply, there will be three more vehicles in the new Yujin Shooting Historica 4! The additions: X-002 - XMultiply, Twinbee & Winbee - Pop'n Twinbee, and CF-345 Black Fly - Metal Black. At least we get one new Konami vehicle, right?

Click here for pictures/pre-orders.

--AP

C.O.P.S. DVD Vol. 2 Actually Coming

DVDC.O.P.S.Hey Hasbro fans, want some good cartoon news? Shout Factory confirmed a second volume of C.O.P.S. is coming to DVD, direct to consumer! How about that?

--AP

The Bif Bang Pow! Press Release for The Venture Bros.

Venture Bros.Brock LobsterThe release is in! Here's an excerpt: "Bif Bang Pow! and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of Adult Swim, blast off for action with todayıs partnership announcement that will bring to market a brand-new line of toys based on the popular animated series The Venture Bros. One of the most highly sought after product lines from Adult Swimıs library, The Venture Bros. collection from Big Bang Pow! will feature an array of articulated action figures, bobble heads, and vehicles, each embodying that distinctive action-comedy mix that has become synonymous with the series."

[ CLICK FOR MORE ]

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Matt HazardYour new game this week: Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond, which you may remember being released earlier this week on the Xbox Live Arcade service. It is $14.99.

Also notable, three games are on sale for less: Prince of Persia Classic, TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, and Cellfactor Psychokinetic Wars are down to $4.99 from $9.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPBomberman LandThis week's downloadable PSP titles are: Pinball Heroes Bundle, Bomberman Land, and Dungeon Explorer. Pinball Heroes is $9.99, the rest are $11.99.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadCocoComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

A Giant Load of Gibberish
January 11, 2010
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!

Hoth 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: Hoth Trooper, a figure from 2002 which, in 2002, was clearly not one of Hasbro's superior efforts. Is it worth getting as crowd filler or cannon fodder? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Transformers News: Balls, Cybertron, Soundwave

Transformers42Today's first story is that a Transformers RPMs Soundwave is coming, based loosely on the Animated version. It's unknown if this is a "movieverse" version of the Decepticon, a War for Cybertron design, or something else entirely-- but you can see it over on the Arker.

Speaking of War for Cybertron, the guys at TFW2005 have images of what seems to be an upcoming Optimus Prime toy based on the game. (Another prototype of this very toy leaked a few months back, but not colored.) Check it out!

And finally, balls. Like, nuts, truck nuts. An enterprising fan has developed a pair of gonads for the Movie Legends Devastator toy to make it movie-accurate.

--AP

Metroid Prime Trilogy: Already Out Of Print

WiiNo MoarAccording to Nintendo via Games With Coffee the very cheap collector's set of Metroid Prime Trilogy is already out of print for the Wii. That's like not even a year-- so if you want it, go grab a copy now for all your insane grading investment scheme needs, you horrible person you.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadUghComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

The Action Man
January 12, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsMajor Bren DerlinFigure 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 Major Bren Derlin from 2006-- the only figure in Star Wars to be based on a prominent actor responsible for Pixar voices, a role on Cheers, and also a postage pitchman. Is he worthy of the man who played him? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

McFarlane Brings Back Mrs. Claus (as a Blonde)

McFarlane ToysYo JoeMcFarlane Toys was one of the biggest powerhouses in the 1990s when it came to the collectible action figure business, and the recent years have not been quite so kind as far as the kind of toys they're famous for making go. However, it looks like they're bringing back an old favorite, and this time she's blonder. The Mrs. Claus Figure is exclusive to EverythingMcFarlane.com and is pretty fantastic from the pictures. She will cost $29.99.

--AP, thanks Dat

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: I Object

WiiWrightYour WiiWare games this week are three. For $8.00/800-$10.00/1,000 points points, you can snag ShadowPlay, Chronos Twins DX, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The latter of which is a port of a highly regarded game, and is generally this week's high point. From Capcom's press release:

This is the original court adventure that started it all and made Pheonix Wright one of the most celebrated characters in the Capcom universe. Players will collect evidence, weed through inconsistent testimonies and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails! Present evidence with the wave of the Wii remote or press suspicious testimonies by wiggling it. These games can be played via single-player and has multiple save slots. In addition: Also, Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS: Miles Edgeworth is getting a playable DS demo in a few weeks. It will be available for download on the Nintendo Channel. Stay tuned for the release date on that. And remember, the new Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS: Miles Edgeworth ships on February 16, 2010.

Virtual Console fans, it's Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (Sega Genesis) for $8/800 points... which nobody remembers. But if you needed mahjong on the Wii, well, there you are.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: The Oregon Trail

Nintendo DSAnimal Puzzle AdventureGot a DSi? Three games this week, including Word Searcher, Jazzy Billiards, and the very giggle-worthy named Touch Solitaire. These games range from 200 points/$2 to 500 points/$5.

--AP

Xbox 360 Round-Up

Xbox 360Rock OstrichSome good news today-- or news, at least-- for fans of Microsoft's console. Not only is the buzz going that this console generation may last longer than most previous generations (hooray), but we've got some nice tidbits.

--AP

That Much Is True
January 13, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsChewbacca (Boushh's Bounty)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 Chewbacca (Boushh's Bounty) figure from 1998-- and the years were not kind. He's short, a little cross-eyed, and lacking in articulation. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Transformers Game Trailer Is Pretty Awesome

TransformersNew GameA new trailer for Transformers War for Cybertron is on YouTube and it looks pretty swell. Check out some new character designs like Ironhide, hear the voice of Optimus Prime and, to a lesser extent, Megatron. It's swell.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadRegisterComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

  • The Late Shift 2010: The Coco Letters looks at Conan O'Brien's statement about the current shifting nature of late night on NBC which is still the best game in town, or so we the media say

--AP

Smash N Grab
January 14, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated, More Fan's Choice

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBattle Droid (Tan)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 (Tan) figure from a few years back with a fantastic paint job. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Also, the ToyFare/Hasbro Fan's Choice Poll winners were announced and the winner is Bastilla Shan.

--AP

Robot Masters Revealed for Mega Man 10

The New Robot MastersPixel ManA site called The MM Network has scans of the new Robot Masters from Mega Man 10 which is coming to the WiiWare, PSN, and XBLA services this year.

Check 'em out! Blade Man, Nitro Man, Sheep Man, and more await you.

--AP

Serious Sam for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeSerious Sam HD: The First EncounterXbox 360 owners, it's time for Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter! The $15/1,200 point first person shooter is something of a classic, or was, so this new version may be worth your while.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadMeet The New JayComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

Who Falls Asleep First
January 15, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsMon Calamari WarriorFigure 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 Mon Calamari Warrior figure from 2008, a great figure from a brief appearance in the original Clone Wars animated series. We like it! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

The Bif Bang Pow! The Venture Bros. ToyFare #151 Article

Venture Bros.Nothing VenturedThe story from ToyFare #151 is online: "If Venture has a name, it must be Bif Bang Pow!" You have no idea how long I've been waiting to use that tag line. Greetings and salutations to all Bif Bang Pow! followers and believers of all shapes, ages and sizes! Well, as you've probably heard by now, we did it! Once again, we're bringing the people what we KNEW they always needed, toys for 'The Venture Brothers'! (If this keeps up, we'll finally give the world the James Bond action figure and vehicle line it's been dreaming of).

[ CLICK FOR MORE ]

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPLuxorThis week's downloadable PSP titles are: Luxor: The Wrath of Set, and the PSP Minis game Dynogems. This is not a particularly robust week for Sony as no new PS3 titles were launched.

--AP

Dust for Vomit
January 18, 2010
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!

Commander FaieFigure 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: Commander Faie, a figure from the comic packs that looks a heck of a lot like the Kashyyyk troopers. Is he more than a figure with a new head, oor is that exactly what this is? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

LEGO: Prince of Persia, Hero Factory

LEGOThe PrinceIf you like LEGO and movies that people seem to be quiet about, check out a Flickr gallery of LEGO Prince of Persia packaged shots, based on this year's big movie. (McFarlane Toys has the action figure license.)

Also, Wizard World has pics and a contest for Hero Factory, which is the successor to Bionicle. At first glance, these basically just seem like slightly more ornate Bionicle toys, but with names like "Natalie Breez" and "Duncan Bulk." (At least it's less complicated than "Gali Nuva.") Check it out.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadTap Into AmericaComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

Nixon's The One
January 19, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsSecurity 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 we look at a Security Droid from 2009-- the tiny droid from Star Wars that looks almost like a little astromech droid. How is it? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

Also check out Endor Express for a glimpse at a new Hasbro Jedi Mickey and R2-MK action figure set. We love it already. We're sure you will too.

--AP

Xbox 360 USA Getting Deathsmiles

Xbox 360Some great news today-- if you're a shooter fan. The odd (but sidescrolling) Cave shooter Deathsmiles is coming to the USA courtesy of Aksys Games. We're suckers for shooters, so we're probably going to have to overlook the fact it doesn't have any space ship and, for some reason, features overly young Japanese maids. It sold very well-- apparently Japanese sales estimates were 10,000 units and they actually moved 50,000, which sounds like peanuts, but apparently this is something of a success. Whatever, if you can blow stuff up and it's 2D we're interested.

Girl Power

The publisher was previously responsible for US releases of BlazBlue and some Guilty Gear games, which means it's entirely possible this game might have some fancy-pants release. No word yet on how fancy its pants will be.

--AP

Japanese Transformers Animated, USB Cheetor

TransformersCheetors ProsperDigital Toys has shots of a new USB Cheetor, a repaint of the existing Ravage/Tigatron mold. Adorable! It's estimated to be $44.95 and will be released this May.

Next up: Amazon Japan posted a ton of images of the Japanese Transformers Animated line, which basically means these are more metallic looking than their cartoony US counterparts. Interesting, but we prefer the Hasbro originals.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: Ninjas and Muscle

WiiMuscleYour WiiWare games this week are two. The Amazing Brain Train is $6/600 points, and is yet another indie brain training game. Namco Bandai's Muscle March, on the other hand, is anything but typical for an American release. There are muscular guys. We're not quite sure if this is meant to be ironic-- we're assuming it is-- because it has a playable polar bear in it.

Virtual Console fans, it's Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Sega Genesis) for $8/800 points. It's a ninja classic! Sort of. Ninjas! Dogs! How can you go wrong?

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: Fake NES

Nintendo DSDark Void ZeroGot a DSi? Four games this week, including Dark Void Zero (a new fake NES prequel), Starship Defense, Chronos Twins, and Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever. All the games except for the latter are 500 points/$5. Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever is $8/800 points.

--AP

That Much Is True
January 20, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCad BaneFigure 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 Cad Bane figure from last year. It's one of very few bounty hunters in the new cartoon line, but he's got a swell hat. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Meet Cop-Tur

TransformersCop-TurBecause everyone needs a sidekick, the Transformers Collectors Club exclusive Dion figure will come with Cop-Tur, named for the Go-Bots Renegade character. Nice! He's a repaint of Jolt from Transformers Universe 2009, which was actually not the best mold in terms of holding together. Hopefully this release will be improved.

--AP

Wal-Mart Gives Joe The Shaft, Again

G.I. JoeNo JoeIt's happened before, and it probably means that this is going to be a weak first half. HissTank.com has an internal letter for Wal-Mart toy departments basically confirming that Rise of Cobra is very last season. A pity, but it's not like much of anything new has really come out of Hasbro lately for this brand.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadRegisterComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

Don't Touch Me Again
January 21, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated, More Fan's Choice

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsK-3PO (Hoth Recon)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 K-3PO (Hoth Recon) figure from 2008. It has more articulation than any other K-3PO, which would be more impressive were it not only the second release. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Man or Astro-Man Reunites for SXSW

The New Robot MastersCocoAnother famous Coco (and Birdstuff and Starcrunch) will be reforming to play South by Southwest which is another in a very brief serious of reunions-- the last being, by our count, at a Touch & Go festival. So who's going?

Check 'em out! Blade Man, Nitro Man, Sheep Man, and more await you.

--AP

Two New Titles for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeVandal Hearts: Flames of JudgmentXbox 360 owners, it's time for Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment! The $15/1,200 point RPG brings the Konami franchise into the world of downloads, we suppose, with some new user mechanics and stuff.

Also new is the awesomely titled Death By Cube, a Square-Enix puzzler action game thing which has some sort of multiplayer too. Color us intrigued. It's $10/800 points.

--AP

Final Fantasy I, II Coming to iPhone

Video GamesAgainNot so much astounding as it is expected, Square-Enix confirmed the first two games in its classic series are coming to iPhone, with some slick new interface thing for touching that looks more like Sierra's and LucasArt's games. Neat! We think.

--AP

Ad: New Arrivals, Star Wars at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New stuff! - 2010 Hasbro Toys Are Here! It's a new year with brand new toys still coming to Entertainment Earth! We just got a big shipment from Hasbro including new The Clone Wars plus Transformers and more, and to sweeten the deal we're running a huge sale and offering free shipping on in-stock orders of $99 or more! Here are some highlights:

Marvel Universe Action Figure Comic Packs Wave 3 Transformers Revenge Fallen Bumblebee & Soundwave NEST Set Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figures Wave 12
$119.99 $23.99 $99.99

Bagged
January 22, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsDark 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 Dark Trooper figure from last year's build-a-droid line, a huge figure from Dark Forces. Clearly, if you were smart, you bought one by now. But are you smart? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

One Jim Henson Hour Chunk Coming to DVD (Not Dog City, so Nobody Cares)

MuppetsDamn FrogsThe fine folks at TVShowsOnDVD.com confirmed that Song of the Cloud Forest, one of the second half-hours of The Jim Henson Hour, is coming to DVD. You might recall this as the crazy colorful environmental one with the frogs. Unfortunately, it is not Dog City, which was awesome, and is similar to the Fox Kids cartoon of the same name. (Although the Jim Henson Hour one is packed with numerous fantastic gags.) Anyway, enjoy your frogs, hippies.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Vandal Hearts: Flames of JudgmentYour new game this week: Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment, which you may remember being released earlier this week on the Xbox Live Arcade service. It is $14.99.

This week's PSOne game is Championship Bass for $5.99.

Existing games are also on sale-- highlights include Braid for $7.49, Uno for $3.99, and Critter Crunch for $3.49.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPSolidThis week's downloadable PSP titles are: METAL GEAR SOLID PSP Bundle for $29.99, DJ Max Fever, and Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance.

The puzzler Kurulin Fusion is also on sale for the low price of $2.49. We will be posting a review shortly, and that's about in the ballpark of what you might want to pay for it, and Thexder Neo, which we totally dug and is well worth the reduced price of $4.99.

This week's PSOne game is Championship Bass for $5.99.

--AP

Something Brown, Something Dandy
January 25, 2010
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!

Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)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: Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), a figure from Comic-Con last year. Is the ladder and goofy grin worth the premium price? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Mega Man 10 Achievements: Capcom Says "Die"

Xbox Live ArcadeNopeGaming site Xbox360Achievements.org posted the achievements for Mega Man 10, due out soon. They're very much like those from #9-- some are identical, and most are seemingly as hard if not harder. So yeah, give up hope now.

--AP

LEGO: Blind Box Figures Revealed

LEGOMucha LuchaA few weeks ago we posted some shots of a German flyer for upcoming blind packaged LEGO figures-- and some kind soul on Brickset posted a nice big clear shot of the first batch. Check out a zombie, cheerleader, caveman, crash dummy, and several others. We are impressed.

--AP

Transformers Punch/Counterpunch, WFC Bumblebee Revealed

TransformersReal CloseFirst up: The Transformers Collectors Club Web Site has art for Punch/Counterpunch as well as an actual image of the toy in vehicle mode. (Or maybe it's retouched. Either way, it's the vehicle.)

Also, reports from the new Fan Club Magazine are coming in reporting that the toy of War for Cybertron Bumblebee has been revealed! Wow. We'll probably see it for ourselves at Toy Fair in New York, or the digital news equivalent.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadWeekly FunnyComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

I Can Smell It From Here
January 26, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsAnakin SkywalkerFigure 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 a Anakin Skywalker from 2002-- the figure isn't much good as a pilot or as a display piece goes, but he has lots of fun bells and whistles built in. Is this enough to warrant picking him up? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Transformers War for Cybertron Bumblebee Revealed

TransformersSting like a BeeIn a pleasant surprise, the TransFormers Club posted shots of War for Cybertron Bumblebee in robot mode on their web site. It looks like a cross between the "Classics" toy, only slightly more... futuristic, perhaps? We're basically already sold on the line. Check it out.

--AP

New Man or Astro-Man Review at Chunklet

MusicAwesomeChunklet has a new interview up with Man or Astro-Man's Birdstuff, who actually has had a lot to do with the magazine itself over the past many years. It's a great interview, packed with details about the band's opinion of their work, which you don't hear much. Or ever.

--AP

Review: Kurulin Fusion for the Sony PSP

PSPKurulin FusionIt's rare that a game come out of the gate with great names attached and little buzz or hype-- Kurulin Fusion was one of these. The music is by Nobuo Uematsu (of the early Final Fantasy games), and the game itself is coming from Tozai Games, whose last two Xbox 360 downloadables of R-Type Dimensions and Lode Runner were both pretty solid titles. It's a shame this puzzle/matching game is also from MTO, who is responsible for developing Dogz, Catz and related games-- a fact I did not realize until this review was already written. [ READ THE FULL REVIEW ]

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: Ninjas and Muscle

WiiGhoulishYour WiiWare games this week are: "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game (500 ponts), bittos+ (800 points), and Uno (1,000 points). Why this Uno is more than the other versions, we don't know.

Virtual Console fans, it's Ghoul Patrol (Super NES) for $8/800 points.

In more interesting news, an ESRB rating for Rondo of Blood on the Wii has surfaced, meaning the game is probably coming to the USA this year. And yeah we'll probably buy it again. (The PSP one is nice, but small.)

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: Fake NES

Nintendo DSDark Void ZeroGot a DSi? Three games for you. For 200 points each are AiRace: Tunnel and Escapee GO!, with a 500-point Number Battle bringing up the rear.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadGet It NowComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

Potential Customer
January 27, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsYuuzhan VongFigure 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 Yuuzhan Vong figure from last year. It's one of the biggest figures in the line, certainly one of the bulkiest. Is he worth buying? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Most Preposterously Great Xbox 360 Special Edition Ever?

Xbox 360Now You've Seen Everything?Love video games, but are you tired of them not being hugely inappropriate for children? So are we. We've never heard of this "Record of Agarest War" before today, but we do admire it when someone puts together a big box of unnecessary stuff with what seems to be a clear understanding of the potential customer. This box, called Record of Agarest War: Really Naughty Edition includes:

  • Yearning Ellis Pillowcase (as popularized by one James Franco recently)
  • Mousepad with, uh, rack
  • Soundtrack CD
  • Collector's box

Click It

We pretty much have no idea if the game is any good, and all we know is that it's some form of RPG. Kudos on a nice gift set for the game, Aksys Games, and here's hoping we see more stuff like this from other publishers. (Particularly if tiny toy spaceships are involved.)

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: New Updates

Comedy Is DeadRegisterComedy Is Dead has updated with many new articles. They include:

--AP

Please Stop Screaming
January 28, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated, More Fan's Choice

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBattle Droid (Red, Slashed)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 (Red, Slashed) figure from 2007ish. It's not what you'd call the best version, but it was cheap-- you got two for the price of one. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

War For Cybertron Megatron, Optimus Prime Revealed

TransformersPrimeFor some reason Hasbro gave UGO an early look at two new toys from the upcoming War for Cybertron game which is probably going to be out this year. Check out Megatron and Optimus Prime (pictured), who will be joining Bumblebee and presumably others on the toy shelves this Fall.

--AP

KrissX for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeKrissXXbox 360 owners, it's time for KrissX! (Or "Kriss Cross," a crossword puzzle.) The $10/800 point puzzler from Konami and Blitz Arcade is notable not only because it's... well we haven't played it yet, but it was a speedy download-- under 30 megs. Very unusual for the service these days, we're quite eager to give it a whirl.

--AP

Skeletor (Shockingly) Still Available at MattyCollector.com

Masters of the UniverseAgainAfter selling out in mere minutes last year, Mattel's next run of Masters of the Universe Classics Skeletor has arrived and, at press time, is still available. (This is unusual as many figures tend to sell out in under a day.) If you want one, you might want to go ahead and grab one while you can.

--AP

Say You Don't Care
January 29, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsTalon KarrdeFigure 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 Talon Karrde figure from one of the best runs the comic pack line had to offer. Is it worth it? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

LEGO Releases Internal Color Palette (Swell)

LegoColors EverywhereThe fine folks at The Brother Brick got the 2010 LEGO Color Pallette, a potentially useful document for all you customizers out there. Check it out!

--AP

Universe Seaspray Coming, In XL!

TransformersSeasprayOver at Transformers at the Moon is a great report from UK Toy Fair. Highlights: Universe Ultra Seaspray, new Legends Minibots, and a whole bunch more. Read the report and drool!

Also, Target stores-- some, not all-- are marking down a number of exclusive toys. We found a Revenge of the Fallen Legends 5-pack for $4.98. As such, happy hunting!

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Hustle KingsYour new games this week: Assault Heroes, Thexder Neo, and Hustle Kings. Each is $9.99.

This week's PSOne games are Extreme Pinball and Hi-Octane:The Track Fights Back, each for $5.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPSolidThis week's downloadable PSP Minis are: Dracula ­ Undead Awakening, Pinball Dreams, Route 66, and Deflector. Each is pretty cheap-- all are under $5 except Pinball Dreams.

This week's PSOne games are Extreme Pinball and Hi-Octane:The Track Fights Back, each for $5.99.

--AP

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