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April 1, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsAgen KolarFigure 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 Agen Kolar figure from last year. Hasbro has made many Agen Kolar figures, and several of them are basically inaccurate. Like this one! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Mega Man 10 for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released, Big

Xbox Live Arcade10 Times the LoveXbox 360 owners, it's time for Mega Man 10, another NES-style sequel in Capcom's game franchise. It's $10/800 points, but nearly 200 megabytes, which seems to go against the spirit of programming an NES-style game.

--AP

Official Hasbro Q&A with 16bit.com: April 2010 Edition

TransformersHasbroThe kind souls at Hasbro and Hunter PR once again answered two questions from you, and by you, we mean us, because we're selfish. Here are the questions we asked and the responses we got, including some good news regarding the future of at least two Animated deluxe toys:

Q: Can you give us a status report on Transformers Animated in 2010? After seeing Animated Rodimus show up briefly on Kmart.com and Blackout in Japanese collector magazines, we'd love to know what (if anything) to expect the currently available Arcee and Cybertron Ratchet figures, such as if these might be absorbed into "Generations" or put back on some degree of long-term hold. Also, if like a recent magazine article alluded and unreleased toys do make it into the Japanese range, will it be likely to see these in the American line or should we just consider Animated more or less over?

A: The current plan for the release of the current Animated figures is this: Toys R' Us will be carrying two waves of Animated Deluxe. The first wave will be released this Spring and will include Arcee and Cybertronian Ratchet. The second wave will be released this Fall and will include Rodimus Minor and Cybertronian Ironhide. While we cannot promise that any other figures will be released, we continue to examine all of our options to make those figures that were completed available to you.

As for the Japanese release of figures, if figures do become available is this market, it does not mean that they will be made available in the U.S. Simply stated, we are very proud of the success that the Animated line had, but there will be no further development put behind it.

Q: How important is the character selection when assembling a line? For example, "Transformers Universe 2.0" had few of the heavy hitters in it-- no Optimus Prime, no Megatron, no Bumblebees, etc. Meanwhile, "Transformers Generations" seems to be starting off with War for Cybertron versions of several major characters. With Star Wars and GI Joe it seems like there's a mandate to include Duke/Luke/Snake Eyes/Darth Vader/etc. in the line at all times, but it seems there's much less of this going on with Transformers. So just how much weight do you grant characters over gimmicks and alt modes and whatnot, anyway?

A: Choosing characters is a very selective process. Many factors come into play, but few are as important as vehicle type and character variety within the line. We typically use the heavy hitters as often as they're needed. But for specific reasons why we didn't approach OP/BB/etc in Universe, you need only look at the other toylines that were happening near-about the same time. Movie 1 and Animated. Both had multiple versions of said characters... with them being fresh in everyone's mind, we decided to give other characters a chance.

--AP, special thanks to Hasbro/Hunter PR

Big G.I. Joe Q&A Compilation

G.I. JoeHasbroA massive archive of Hasbro-answered questions on G.I. Joe was posted to Hisstank.com, which you may as well read because it's pretty stuffed with info.

--AP

Free Music Alert: 8-Bit Dark Side of the Moon

MusicDark Side of the NESA creative soul has covered the entirety of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon using an NES sound chip, combining everything you probably loved at 14 into a single, free download. Since it don't cost nothing, you may as well give it a whirl before someone forces "Rainwarrior" to take it down.

--AP

Fight! Fight! Fight!
April 2, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Trooper (AT-TE Assault Squad)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 Clone Trooper (AT-TE Assault Squad) figure from 2008, and it has two dots. Not three, not four! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers Generations Blurr Coming, Botcon Spark Robot Mode

TransformersPYROWhile Botcon's site previewed the vehicle mode, some dude on the KOToys.com forums sent out their Botcon Autobot Spark in robot mode. The good news: it's freaking gorgeous and amazingly colorful. The bad: no retooled head. Still, it's neat, and you should check it out.

The real news, though, comes from a nice site you may not have seen yet called Parry Game Preserve, which focuses on a lot of great toy stuff. Hasbro confirmed to them that a repaint of Generations Drift is coming, and it's gonna be Blurr. Wowie zowie.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3NBA UnrivaledFull games this week include NBA Unrivaled for $14.99. This is also the only new PS3 downloadable game this week.

PSOne titles include TNN Motorsports Hardcore 4x4. It is $5.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPDead or AliveFull games this week include BUZZ!: Master Quiz, Dead or Alive Paradise, and Dead or Alive Paradise. The games run $15.99 to $24.99.

PSOne titles include TNN Motorsports Hardcore 4x4. It is $5.99.

--AP

Ad: Entertainment Earth 14th Anniversary Sale

Entertainment EarthAd: Thank you for your business! To show our appreciation, we're marking down 14 great items to just $14 each... while supplies last! Choose from action figures, games, and select vehicles at fantastic savings. 14 great items are down to only $14! But hurry... with these prices and limited quantities, they won't last long!

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Big Dumb Grin
April 5, 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!

Super Battle Droid (Target Arena Edition)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: Super Battle Droid (Target Arena Edition), from late last fall. You may not be able to tell, but he's slightly different from the other versions. Is it worth adding to your army? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Transformers Convention G2-Style Breakdown Revealed

TransformersBreakdownBased on the very first Botcon exclusive, this new super-articulated and awesome version of G2 Breakdown has a brand new head and the Universe Sideswipe/Sunstreaker body. The deco is very similar to the original toy, which you can't have, because it's genuinely rare.

--AP

Pursuit of Cobra Alley Viper Auction

G.I. JoeUrbanAnother figure from the (presumably still) August launch of Pursuit of Cobra is this Alley Viper, seen here in an eBay auction for way too much money. It'll probably be $6 or $7 but the buy-it-now is $100, so buyer take note-- or embrace-- this one.

--AP

LEGO Compatible Sci-Fi Weapons from Brickarms

LEGOFree, Sort OfA nifty collection of sci-fi themed parts and piece from Brickarms is up for $12 and it has some Halo-themed items, gunblades, and other things LEGO may never produce. Worth snagging? Well, worth a look at least.

Also: Toys "R" Us has buy one get one half off on all LEGO except Toy Story, Star Wars, and Mindstorms this week. Happy hunting!

--AP

Super Street Fighter IV Coming to Arcades... in Japan

CapcomReallySite Shadowloo.com (and others) confirmed that if you like your video games public and in Japan, you're in luck! Super Street Fighter IV can start eating your yen come July or August, but only in Japan. (Or whatever arcades imported a gazillion dollar Japanese cabinet.)

--AP

Run Paint Run Run
April 6, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsZuckussFigure 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 Zuckuss figure which, we assume, is the final new sculpt. It's also going to be sold in vintage-style 4-LOM deco. (It looks good.) Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Chrono Trigger Gets Toys Many Many Years Later

Video Games Chrono Trigger Formation Arts Trading FiguresWe were pretty stunned to see that these Chrono Trigger Formation Arts Trading Figures from Square-Enix are not part of some Jolt cola-induced fever dream. No, they're actual little plastic statues and coming out in the Fall for about $10 per, or $40 for the batch. Our sponsor has 'em, and we suggest you get yours through this here link. Thank you.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: DS on TV

WiiEhThis week's WiiWare offerings include the $5/500 point games Fishie Fishie and Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2.

Virtual Console owners, get the Neo Geo classic Ironclad for $10/1,000 points. At least we assume it's a classic.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: Game & Watch

Nintendo DSGame & Watch: ManholeGot a DSi? This week Nintendo's handheld has 3 new Game & Watch titles for $2/200 points each. They are: Game & Watch: Helmet, Game & Watch: Manhole, and Game & Watch: Vermin. For $5/500 points is Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop, making this one of the more interesting weeks as of late.

--AP

I Thought You Stalagmite
April 7, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsJake Farrell (A-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 we look at the Jake Farrell (A-Wing Pilot) figure from last year. He's already on closeout at Ross stores if you want one. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Unreleased G.I. Joe Comic Pack Revealed

G.I. JoeSnowyHere's a nugget from the recent past: this Arctic Cobra Commander and Scarlett were to be released before the movie line, but never made it to market. There's a lot of new tooling here which hasn't been used yet, and Hisstank.com has a decent review of all this stuff. And pictures. You should see it.

--AP

War for Cybertron Exclusive Pre-Order Characters

TransformersScrambled CityIf you pre-order the War for Cybertron Transformers video game, you can get exclusive in-game characters but apparently you can't get them all. GameStop has Shockwave, but Amazon has an update of Armada's Demolishor. No toys of either are presently known to exist, but they do look pretty swell wouldn't you say?

--AP

The Fanciest Joystick Ever - Viewlix Styling

Video GamesWow!The joystick arms race continues! This time it's Hori that has a fancy new Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 arcade stick, this time a Japanese import based on the legendary Viewlix styling. It's really quite beautiful-- and priced accordingly, roughly US$300. Even if you can't read Japanese and don't want to buy it, go look at the product information page. It's worth seeing.

--AP

New Sega Gals Collection 3 Figures Coming

SegaSega LadiesOnce again the fine folks at NCS revealed a new SR Series Sega Gals Collection 3 from Yujin.From the site, you'll get:

  • Fei Yen - Virtual On
  • Princess Lushe - 7th Dragon
  • "Opeko" - Border Break
  • Maxima - Next Tony-project

--AP

Diddy Wah Diddy
April 8, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsUlic Qel-DromaFigure 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 Ulic Qel-Droma figure from last month. Hasbro has never made a Ulic Qel-Droma figure before, and this is probably going to be the only one! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Also: the Star Tours exclusive R2-MK with Jedi Mickey is out at Disneyland. The mail-in Nahdar Vebb showed up this week-- ours arrived yesterday.

--AP

Best LEGO Optimus Prime Ever?

LEGOBricks are the right of all sentient beings!This spectacular LEGO Optimus Prime, part of a stunning collection involving tons of other classic toys revised as LEGO designs. Unique versions of Soundwave, Warpath, Bumblebee, and others are here. Some are better than others, but they're clearly worth a look.

--AP

War for Cybertron Prime Samples, Video Shown

TransformersHasbroA massive archive of Hasbro-answered questions on G.I. Joe was posted to Hisstank.com, which you may as well read because it's pretty stuffed with info.

--AP

Muppet Alert: Dog City (Jim Henson Hour) DVD Coming

MusicDog CityEverybody wants to go-- Dog City! Originally airing as an episode of the Jim Henson Hour, this special is coming to DVD. With a runtime of 40 minutes, we assume the awesome host segments-- with dogs complaining about Kermit-- will be cut. It's full of goofy puns and a lot of fun, and while we haven't seen it in years we look forward to its June 8, 2010 release.

--AP

A Cargo Van, That Sounds Fun
April 9, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsEmperor PalpatineFigure 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 Emperor Palpatine figure from 2009, based on the special effects of 1980. It's a weird one. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!


Hasbro also sent in some answers to our questions! Here they are-- we asked, they answered.

Q: Now that we're getting vintage packaging, are there any chances for vintage-inspired deco or accessories? Blue shirt Hammerheads, swim fins Ponda Baba, Blue Snaggletooth, telescoping-lightsaber Darth Vader, and that first awesome Gonk Droid all come to mind, and that's just 1978 and 1979. Heck, maybe even the Ewoks could have some potential, like a POTF-colored Warok!

A: Adam, a great idea and we'll say that there is a possibility. If the 4-LOM/Zuckuss pairing this Summer does well, it does open the door for future smaller-run Vintage homages like you suggest. We would love to see that personally, and will hold that door open. However, a few things won't work, like telescoping Vader, since we don't have plans to go back to more vintage sculpts and that one relied on the arm to really work.

Q: In a recent ToyFare magazine article, we were treated to an early look of a Nom Anor figure. With the loss of the 87504 comic pack SKU, is it safe to assume that this item will not see production in the near future or is it in the process of finding a new home?

A: Right now, Nom Anor is planned to slot into the Vintage in late '11, right after Bastila Shan.

Thank you Hasbro and Hunter PR!

--AP

Fansproject Fake Swindle, Blast Off

TransformersPYROApparently thumbing their nose at Hasbro, Fansproject revealed Munitioner and Explorer, two fully-transforming and seemingly Energon-combiner compatible limbs specifically designed to go with the Revenge of the Fallen Bruticus toy. They look really good-- but at $49 a pop, it seems like a hardcore purchase only.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3topatoi BundleFull games this week include topatoi Bundle which is, we guess, good. A number of games are on sale as well at significant markdowns.

PSOne titles include XS Airboat Racing. It is $5.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPKing of PoolFull games this week include King of Pool, and that's about it. It's $9.99.

PSPMinis include Freekscape. It is $4.99.

PSOne titles include XS Airboat Racing. It is $5.99.

--AP

Big Tubs Seem To Work
April 12, 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 (Hoth 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 (Hoth Pilot), the first really newly molded of the hero in some time. Is he worth getting now that AT-AT season is coming up? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Transformers: Hunt for Decepticons in May?

TransformersHubcapIf the news at TFW2005 is right, we'll start seeing the "hunt for the Decepticons" sub-line of Transformers (in Canada) as early as May. If that's true, it's a safe bet we'll see it in the USA soon-- since there haven't been any online pre-orders yet, it could be a last-minute thing, but we're crossing our fingers. As we have to get Hubcap and the Power Core Combiners.

--AP

Pursuit of Cobra Alley Prototypes at HISSTank.com

G.I. JoeNewAnother batch of Pursuit of Cobra toys got shot for HISSTank.com that you'll be seeing soon at retail. New ninjas, the whole ball of wax.

Speaking of new and wax, some Target stores have their Pursuit of Cobra figures down to $3.99-- a price point we don't think we've seen on action figures in quite some time. This wasn't clearance either.

--AP

Exceeds Recommended Dose
April 13, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBlackholeFigure 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 Blackhole figure which, well, it barely qualifies as a figure. It's a clear statue thing. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Lost Claire Bobble Head Has Some Dead Squirrel Thing

lost Lost Claire Littleton Bobble Head - SDCC Exclusive If what you love is the crazy, perhaps this Order Lost Claire Littleton Bobble Head is up your alley. She looks a little messy and is carrying around some dead squirrel baby made of, we're told, dried muffin remnants. The bobble will debut for sale at Comic-Con 2010 at the Bif Bang Pow!/Entertainment Earth compound, or you can just pre-order it now. Or be terrified by the crazy lady.

--AP

Comic-Con Gets Prince Adam and Orko

Masters of the UniversePrince AdamWhat's the coolest thing you've ever seen on G4 outside of Web Soup? This clip confirms and reveals Prince Adam and Orko as Comic-Con exclusives and by golly, they're great. Orko turns clear in water! How delightful. We simply must have a set.

--AP

Fake Frenzy, Fake Rumble Look Pretty Good

TransformersFIRRIBHasbro's lack of vision/time/interest/whatever seems to be the gain of Perfect Effect, who have revealed red and blue "Shadow Warrior" transforming figures. Basically, they're non-Hasbro items which look a lot like Frenzy and Rumble from the original Transformers but don't change into tapes. We're no patent or copyright experts but it's likely they were changed enough to avoid legal problems. At $50 for the pair, they're potentially impressive enough to justify the not-too-shabby price.

--AP

Smell Like Witchblade

NewsStink de WitchbladeOver the last few years, we've seen some strange licensed fragrances. Play-Doh, for example. Last year we saw 3 Star Trek scents, and now someone licensed Witchblade for smells. Hunh. We all smell like pizza or Jolt here, so we're not sure how that will work.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: Been There

WiiZaxxonThis week's WiiWare offering is Military Madness: Nectaris, also available on PSN and XBLA. It's a pretty good little strategy game which we found difficult, but fun. It's $10/1,000 points.

Virtual Console owners, get Zaxxon for $8/800 points. It's a classic, but we bet most of you know it only from references on Home Improvement because you're terrible people.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: 4 Games

Nintendo DSGangstar 2: Kings of L.A.Got a DSi? This week Nintendo's handheld has 4 new releases from $5 to $8. They are: 7 Card Games, AiRace, AlphaBounce, and Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.. These games are the best argument for a Nintendo Power-like publication because really, what the heck are any of these? Do you know? Because we don't.

--AP

Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride
April 14, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsPons LimbicFigure 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 Pons Limbic figure from last year. He has a table and a fat head. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Zelda's Link in 3D Dot Heroes

Playstation 3LinkWe were all thinking it, but as you can see over at GameInformer, someone actually made Link for 3D Dot Heroes. The game lets you make pretty much anything and the post is clear to indicate that it isn't built-in to the game, but hey! There he is! How fun.

--AP

Blue Classics Bumblebee Exists, But What Is It?

TransformersGlyph?What appears to be a legit repaint of Henkei Bumblebee but in blue has appeared online. The figure is essentially a blue version of the yellow figure, right down to the chrome bits. Nobody knows if it's a Lucky Draw, exclusive, or what yet-- maybe even a knockoff. But there it is, so enjoy!

--AP

Capcom Releases Free Final Fight Double Impact Soundtrack

CapcomFree!In recent years, Capcom has become even more fan-friendly. With 8-bit Mega Man games and the announcement of both Magic Sword and Final Fight for ten bucks (on both PS3 and Xbox 360 this week), you couldn't imagine a better time to be a fan. But wait! The company is giving the entire Final Fight Double Impact soundtrack away as a free download, which ain't bad at all. As it is free. And we like free.

--AP

Do It
April 15, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsGeneral WeirFigure 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 General Weir figure from Wal-Mart's latest round of exclusives. Hasbro has never made a General Weir figure before, but this is one of a whopping four black Scout Trooper-esque figures. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Final Fight for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeGreat DealXbox 360 owners, it's time for Final Fight Double Impact, a $10/800 point port with both Final Fight and Magic Sword. We hear the ports are pretty good, and we'll be downloading this later to find out. Exciting!

--AP

Original Xbox Live Support Ends Now

XboxXbox EndsThe original Xbox stops being supported online today, and Bungie made some fun loading screens on the way out, which you probably will never witness in-game. Oh well! Such ends all online-supported gaming some day.

--AP

Twilight Zone Collectibles Colorized

TV Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Bobble Head The Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Bobble Head is now available in color-- or rather, it will be in August. It's the same as Bif Bang Pow's previous version but rather than sporting so much grey, it's a bright shiny red. Limited edition, blah blah blah.

--AP

Sky-Bite Returns
April 16, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Trooper (Routine Valor)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 Clone Trooper (Routine Valor) figure from last month, which is actually different enough for Clone fans to take note. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Botcon 2010 Form Reveals Boxed Set (Names)

TransformersBoxed Set BreakdownIf you're like us you're undoubtedly insanely curious about this year's BotCon 2010 Brochure, which reveals the names (but not pictures) for this year's five-piece boxed set. Included are Autobots Spark and Streetwise, Decepticons Clench and Breakdown, plus Predacon Skybyte. The non-attendee set is $375... which is a lot.

And since you've most likely just soiled yourself, check out this Megatron underwear which nobody should buy.

--AP

Devo Opens Voting On New Album

DevoDevoRather than merely releasing the album, Devo put up tons of preview tracks of their next release for fans to listen to and vote on. So you can hear snippets of a bunch of new songs, some of which are pretty good, some of which aren't. But the good thing is you can tell them which ones you dig, and the whole "focus group" look and feel is worth seeing. If you admire good (or at least fun) site concept design work, you simply must check this out.

--AP

Reminder: Evil-Lyn Next Week, You Can't Have Her

Masters of the UniverseEvilNext week on April 19, Evil-Lyn will go up for order on Mattycollector. Like most recent figures, we expect her to sell out before you remember to check if she's up yet, so good luck! The Ultimate Battle Ground Weapons Pak is also going to be "available."

--AP

Mattel Ghostbusters News: Twice the Venkman

GhostbustersVenkmanOn April 19, the 12-inch Peter Venkman figure will go up for order over at Mattycollector. It will be $60. (Wow, really?) Well, odds are it won't sell out instantly at least.

Also newsworthy is confirmation of a The Real Ghosbuters figure line of talking Mego-style action figures. The look is a weird Kenner/Mego hybrid which we're sure will delight people who are slightly older than we are.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Final FightFull games this week include Final Fight Double Impact and Sam & Max The Devil's Playhouse Episode 1: The Penal Zone. Each is $10ish.

PSOne titles include XS Junior League Dodgeball. It is $5.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPMimana Iyar ChronicleFull games this week include Mimana Iyar Chronicle, and that's about it. It's $34.99.

PSPMinis include Monopoly, Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro, Sheep Defense, Sweet Reversi, Tonzurakko. Each is $1.99-$4.99.

PSOne titles include XS Junior League Dodgeball. It is $5.99.

--AP

Box on Box Action, 2010
April 19, 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!

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Cold Gear)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: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Cold Gear), from the most recent Clone Wars wave. How is he? Go to Figure of the Day to find out!

--AP

Transformers: Official Spark Robot Mode

TransformersAutobot SparkThe first official pictures of G2 Redux Autobot Spark's robot mode are up, although you've probably seen images elsewhere already. This one has a repainted head, not a new noggin, so that means one of the other figures will probably find themselves with a new skull.

--AP

He-Man Q&A Round-Up at He-Man.org

Masters of the UniverseNewThe guys at He-Man.org assembled a big list of questions that Mattel answered recently about their He-Man line, including pricing, 2011 subscription plans, and other potentially useful stuff. Do check it out.

--AP

Ad: Star Trek Original Series Geological Tricorder

Entertainment EarthStar Trek Original Series Geological Tricorder EE Exclusive Ad: Entertainment Earth added a pretty slick Star Trek Original Series Geological Tricorder to its catalog. What makes it particularly interesting is that the interior of this prop was never actually shown on the original series, and was recently designed by Diamond Select Toys and CBS/Paramount. How colorful! Pre-order yours now, it's expected in July for about $44.99.

--AP

And No Doug Benson at CDR Tonight Either
April 20, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBattle Droid (Theed Generator Complex)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 (Theed Generator Complex) figure which came with a playset of that name. Sensible. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Evil-Lyn Sells Out Before You Can Get One

Masters of the UniverseEvil-LynIn the news today, you were upset when you found out that Evil-Lyn sold out in minutes and was followed in short order by the sell-through of the Ultimate Battle Ground Weapons Pak. You were, on the other hand, reasonably happy to hear Hordak remained available at press time.

--AP

Fake Rodimus Prime Upgrade Kit Looks Great

TransformersNot OfficialHasbro's lack of vision/time/interest/whatever strikes again as Fansproject revealed a swell Rodimus Prime upgrade kit named "Protector" yesterday. These are spare parts you add to your Classics or Henkei Rodimus toy, and the end result is actually pretty striking. It's worth checking out, so go look at the pictures.

--AP

Peter Venkman 12-Inch Figure Still Available

GhostbustersCome in, RayThe 12-inch and $60 Ghostbusters Peter Venkman 12-Inch Action Figure is, at press time, available for order. It's pretty much everything you could hope for short of having a big enough proton pack that you can wear. Also, it doesn't have Slimer. Other than that, it's pretty swell.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: Mega Man 4

WiiPharaoh ManThis week's WiiWare offering is Bang Attack, and it's $5/500 points that you could spend on this week's other download.

Virtual Console owners, get Mega Man 4 for $4/500 points. It's pretty great, and if you don't already have it on a collection disc you may as well pick this one up.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: 4 Games

Nintendo DSBallGot a DSi? This week Nintendo's handheld has more $2/200 point Game & Watch titles of interest. These include: Donkey Kong Jr., Ball, and Flagman, effectively making the handheld the go-to destination for LCD emulation.

myPostcards was also available at this price point, and Surviving High School is $8/800 points.

--AP

So Fresh
April 21, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsRahm Kota's Militia EliteFigure 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 Rahm Kota's Militia Elite figure from this week. We got an advance sample a few months ago... and now he's showing up at Toys "R" Us. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Devo EP This Week

DevoAre We Not Blue?A (so far) online-only EP called Song Study EP came out from Devo this week. It features "Fresh" and "What We Do" plus a video for the song study thing. It's about $3.50 with no known retail release as far as we can tell. (It seems it may also be cheaper from Amazon than on iTunes.)

--AP

Matty Subscribers Get Figures Early

Masters of the UniverseBenefit?It seems that subscribers to the "Club Eternia" program are getting all the benefits! We just got our Evil-Lyn and Wundar package yesterday, and apparently all subscribers will now have their toys shipped first. A novel idea! Real pre-order benefits are definitely a perk, particularly when the figures sell out so quickly.

--AP

Comedy Is Dead: What You're Missing

Comedy Is DeadFun!At the great Comedy Death Ray show in LA this week, you probably missed a great show. Patton Oswalt, Jen Kirkman, Greg Behrendt, and many more hit the stage in a speedy but great show. Read all about it.

--AP

So Freaking Cold
April 22, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsEmperor's Shadow GuardFigure 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 Emperor's Shadow Guard figure from 2008. Hasbro should totally bring this one back someday, but for now, they haven't. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

2 Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeAfter Burner ClimaxXbox 360 owners, it's time for After Burner Climax, a $10/800 point update of the classic Sega shooter. As it has real planes and not space ships, it's not necessarily a legendary title, but it could be excellent.

Also available for the same price is Puzzle Chronicles from Konami. If you haven't had enough of faux-RPGs with puzzle elements, well, here you are.

--AP

Rebuild of Evangelion: The Socks

AnimeSock of EvangelionThe perfect accessory for any otaku or slashfic fan, these Rebuild of Evangelion Ankle Socks are many things. "Cheap" is not one of these things. Cospa is making them in Japan and it's about $7.50/pair. Such are the trials of investing in the sock market these days.

--AP

LEGO Blind Box Figure ID Cheat Sheet

LEGOCheat SheetWant to get a specific blind-box LEGO figure but don't want to get stuck with duplicates? A fan in Germany identified packaging markings to tell one from another easily. It's not known if these will be the same worldwide, but there you go-- there's a way to tell them apart.

--AP

National Lampoon's Van Wilder's Wingman Incorporated
April 23, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsDarth Vader (Battle Pack)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 Darth Vader (Battle Pack) figure from 2005, a head swap with little else to offer. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Botcon 2010 Clench Art, Streetwise Toy Revealed

TransformersBoxed Set BreakdownFirst up: the Clench art is on their home page and he looks big and nasty and great.

While Clench is brightly colored and somewhat striking, he's joined by Streetwise, who is not. Other than the fact the word AUTOBOT is stamped on his windshield, this could be any old figure from any generation. There's a lot of black, and he looks really sharp.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Hyperballoid HDFull games this week include Hyperballoid HD for $4.99. For $9.99 are After Burner Climax, Secret Of Monkey Island Special Edition, and Puzzle Chronicles.

PSOne titles include XS Moto. It is $5.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPMonsters (Probably) Stole My Princess!Full games this week include UNO, and that's about it. It's $7.99.

PSPMinis include Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess!, Hysteria Project, Sheep Defense, Homerun Hitters, Shogi, and Charge! Tank Squad!. Each is $1.99-$4.99.

PSOne titles include XS Moto. It is $5.99.

--AP

Archie Strives for Cultural Relevancy

NewsArchie's New NeighborIt seems like every year or so Archie Comics tries to do something to remind people that they exist. This year, it's time to introduce a gay character while every pop culture site goes "oh wait so not Jughead?" The new dude's name is Kevin Keller and if it's anything like the whole marriage debacle last year we assume that this is literally all you will ever hear about it. Unless you actually read the Archie books, of course, and if you do, we'd love to talk to you. But hey, there you go, Riverdale has entered the... we guess later part of the 20th Century.

--AP

Can't Wait To Reduce Boxation
April 26, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsShadow Trooper (Commander/Bounty Hunter)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 Shadow Trooper (Commander/Bounty Hunter) figure from Jedi-Con, which did not sell out at the show and is actually still available online for pretty cheap. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Botcon 2010 Figure Named Streetwise Streetstar

TransformersRenamedIt turns out that G2 Streetwise is actually going to be named Streetstar for his Botcon exclusive and before you complain, there's a precedent. Except he was bright white when he came out in Japan. He was part of the "Operation: Combination" line and part of a really distinctive recolor of Defensor named, apparently, Guard City.

--AP

Japan To Get "Sleep Mode" (Dead) Optimus Prime Masterpiece Edition

TransformersRenamedMeanwhile over in Japan, they're celebrating 2010 (the year the original movie took place in their continuity) with this Sleep Mode Convoy, which is designed to look like the Autobot leader when he totally died in the film. He includes a clear plastic container. More Masterpiece Edition toys are expected this year, but who? Aside, of course, from a US release of Grimlock.

--AP

Wii Delays: Metroid, Sin & Punishment

Nintendo WiiGreatAccording to Joystiq, it looks like Metroid: Other M has been delayed until August and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor was pushed back until late June. We expect additional delays, because what's a Nintendo game without a few of them?

--AP

Dragon's Lair Wall Art

Video GamesDaphneQuick, call yourself in 1983-- there's new Dragon's Lair Wall Art coming! These graphics stick to your wall but without adhesive, so you can remove them and put them somewhere else-- a few times, anyway. They start at about fifteen bucks a whack.

--AP

It's About To Get Much Worse
April 27, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCaptain NeedaFigure 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 Captain Needa figure which, surprisingly, stores did not choke on. If ever there was one that might be appropriate, this is it. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

G.I. Joe Resolute Multi-Pack Pre-Orders

G.I. JoeDestroNumerous online stores including our corporate overlords Entertainment Earth now have a G.I. Joe Resolute Exclusive Action Figures Set up for pre-order. It includes 14 mostly-new figures and accessories for about $80. Which, really, ain't bad.

--AP

Generations Drift Gallery, WFC Jazz DLC

TransformersDriftIf you like giant swords and equally giant smirks, you may wish to see this Chinese gallery of Drift posted yesterday. While not as clear as some, you do get a better glimpse at smugness incarnate.

Also, Best Buy has exclusive War for Cybertron DLC in the form of Jazz in multiplayer mode. Many headlines were written like it might be a toy. It is not.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week: Fight

WiiThe King of Fighters '95This week's WiiWare offerings are 5 Arcade Gems for $7/700 points and/or Brain Drain $5/500 points.

Virtual Console owners, get The King of Fighters '95 for $9/900 points. It's for the NeoGeo.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: 6 Games

Nintendo DSPuffins: Let's RollThere are no retail DS games this week, but six downloadable ones. These include: DodoGo!, Don't Feed the Animals, Ferrari GT: Evolution, Puffins: Let's Roll, Scrabble Slam and System Flaw Recruit. Most are $5/500 points.

--AP

Time's Up
April 28, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBattle 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 the Battle Droid figure from 2002. This one was actually colored incorrectly, and later reissued in red. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Super Mario Bros. with Link, Simon, Samus, Mega Man, etc.

NintendoSuper Mario CrossoverClearly, the most spectacular and surprisingly well-done spin on Super Mario Bros. is a clear violation of several copyrights. This is why you need to go play it now. Super Mario Bros. Crossover lets you play the original Super Mario Bros. game as any of several NES heroes, including Link, Bill, and Mega Man. You simply must try it.

--AP

LEGO Blind Box Figure Official Site Launched

LEGOWowIn an attempt to engage collectors and hardcore toy fans, LEGO launched a site for its new Minifigure blind-box line which features such generally unseen-in-LEGO things as slogans and bios. Well worth a look.

--AP

Another Extensive Hubcap Gallery

TransformersHubcapYet another Hubcap image gallery is making the rounds, and this one is arguably the best so far. Supposedly it's a review, but as it's in Chinese, we'll just say "look at the pictures."

--AP

Am I Gonna Make It?
April 29, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsDeath Star 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 Death Star Trooper figure from 1998. Pros: good sculpt, unique pose, removable helmet. Con: big stupid gun and no smaller normal gun. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Tecmo Bowl Throwback for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeTecmo Bowl ThrowbackXbox 360 owners, it's time for Tecmo Bowl Throwback, a $10/800 point update of the classic NES football game. The kids loved this one back in the day, but as we are not of the football tribe we do not understand its charms.

--AP

G.I. Joe Convention: Basically On!

G.I. JoeParachute Drop FlintThe G.I. Joe convention in Rhode Island is on, and news is getting out! First up, the exclusive Parachute Drop Flint wears bright orange and looks pretty snazzy. We'll be buying this one later if the price is right.

Next, the Attendee Freebie vehicle is a pretty swell Z-Force Silver Mirage motorcycle and The Terror Drome.com has pictures. Spoiler alert: it's green.

So what are the souvenir add-on sets? No pictures have surfaced but the aforementioned site confirmed them as follows, which we are now cribbing:

  • Z-Force Figure 3 Pack LE 650 $65
  • Q-Force Figure 2 Pack w/Kayaks LE 650 $48
  • Red Shadows Secret Base LE 500 $48 (Star Wars Endor Bunker)
  • Red Shadows Staff Car LE 500 $34 (Indy Jones Staff Car)
  • 12-inch Henchmen Fig LE 200 $49 From weapons factory @ spy island
  • 2 T-shirts, 1-AT, 1 Red Shadows

So there you have it. A recycled Star Wars toy once again makes the Joe Con cut!

--AP

WFC Warpath, Barricade Revealed

TransformersBang, ZoomFan site TFormers.com and others are showing pictures of Warpath and Barricade as seen in the new War for Cybertron video game, which, apparently, is aiming to span as many generations as humanly possible. No toys for these are known to be planned, but we're hopeful as this story seems to be the most fan-intensive since the Fan Club's own Shattered Glass line incorporated basically everything into it. Check 'em out!

--AP

That Was a Surprise
April 30, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsGrand Moff TrachtaFigure 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 Grand Moff Trachta figure from 2008, a surprisingly buff, pale cyborg in the upper levels of the Empire. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Tytus Gallery of Sorts

Masters of the UniverseTytusOver at the Action Figure Insider, catch a glimpse of Tytus in and out of his very large box. The bio is there too, so that's worth a gander.

Over at Toy News International, find pics of Count Marzo. Who you probably don't know unless you were a big fan of either of the cartoons that weren't "New Adventures."

--AP

G.I. Joe Convention: Extras Revealed

G.I. JoeNatalieThe G.I. Joe convention revealed all their extras on their official site showing such goodies as a recolored Endor Bunker and Indiana Jones vehicle! The characters are nobody we recognized at first glance, but if you like wacky facial hair it's worth clicking through to see Gaucho.

--AP

Botcon 2010 Toy (Slicer?) Possibly Revealed

TransformersMystery ToyVia the s250 Twitter account comes a dark blue recolored Energon Downshift which many are speculating to be a BotCon exclusive Slicer. While no such thing has been confirmed as of yet, well, there's a new toy for you to look at in car mode.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Record of Agarest WarFull games this week include Record of Agarest War for $44.99, but the retail deluxe box is filled with extra stuff you probably won't want to be seen with. (It's pretty amazing, though.) For $14.99 is Kick-Ass, just in time to barely miss the movie.

PSOne titles include Star Wars Dark Forces. It is $5.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSP2010 FIFA World CupFull games this week include 2010 FIFA World Cup, in either English or French. It's $39.99.

PSPMinis include Normaltanks, Reef Aquarium, Car Jack Streets, Pile Up! Bakery, Pinball Duel, and Music Quiz. Each is $1.99-$4.99.

PSOne titles include Star Wars Dark Forces. It is $5.99.

--AP

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