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Quit School, Why Fake It?
October 1, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsI-5YQFigure 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 I-5YQ figure from 2009, notable for his opening torso and a Holocron inside. Who does he think he is, Optimus Prime? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Castlevania HD Xbox 360 DLC Released, Pricey

Xbox Live ArcadeHydrophobiaXbox 360 owners, it goes without saying that downlodable content is often more expensive than it is worth. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair has a new map available today. That's one new map, and it's $5. From Konami:

"In the new map pack, players will be able to explore an ancient pyramid while they grind their way through and try to survive new enemies and foes in the new level, 'Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire'. Staying in line with the quintessential Castlevania 2-D side-scrolling action, this new map teleports players to a totally different world of psychedelic art within the ruins of Egyptian pyramids. Awaiting at the end of the map is a femme fatale boss, Ashtarte, with the sole intent of breaking your soul into oblivion. For players looking for new characters to play with, Julius, Maria and Yoko will be coming soon to Xbox LIVE Arcade, make sure to stay tuned for those upcoming DLC releases."

To reiterate: one map is $5. Extra characters will cost more. The entire original game got you 6 levels and several characters for $15. Would it kill them to give you the characters and the map at $5?

--AP

Masters of the Universe Classics Packaged Previews

Masters of the UniverseI Want To Thank YouThe big update at Poe Ghostal's site has a ton of new pictures. Check out a packaged Shadow Beast, a new Weapons Pack, and some DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe sets.

--AP

New Outer Space Men Packaged Samples

Outer Space MenComing SoonOur Outer Space Men News Blog has updated with news of the regular figure releases.

If you collected or read about the original Colorforms Outer Space Men toys, one thing you might remember is that packaged samples of toys that never got made are a big part of it. Thankfully, these new packaged samples of the first four figures are really, honestly coming. They go on sale tomorrow night! [ READ MORE ]

--AP

New Power Core Combiners Out Now

TransformersOur sponsor Entertainment Earth announced on the Twitter that a bunch of new items came in-- some of which are still in stock. Of note are two Power Core Combiners sets, Crankcase and Stakeout.

Transformers Power Core Combiners Stakeout (Protectabots) Transformers Power Core Combiners Crankcase (Destrons)

Good hunting! They also tweeted the new "Scout" toys-- Steelshot, Windburn, and Darkscream-- also shipped, but are out of stock. The company also got the new blue The Fallen toy and Highbrow.

--AP

Ad: New Hasbro G.I. Joe, Transformers Pre-Orders Galore

Entertainment EarthAd: tons of new Hasbro pre-orders are live now! Check out new vehicles, action figures, toys, and more from your favorite brands. Highlights include new G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra wave 3, thrilling Transformers legends toys based on Generation 1, and gobs of new Star Wars action figures, too!

G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Action Figures Wave 3 Set Transformers Generations Legends Figures Wave 5
Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Deluxe Wave 5 Star Wars Clone Wars Droid Gunship Vehicle
Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figures Wave 6 Star Wars Action Figures Vintage Wave 3 Case

Old Number One
October 4, 2010
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated

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! Also, be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update.

Pit 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 Pit Droid figure from 2000 which has a great sculpt that has never been reissued or repainted. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Outer Space Men Regular Figures Available Online

Outer Space MenTickets Still AvailableOur Outer Space Men News Blog has updated with news of the pre-sell for the regular figures which, thankfully, are still available.

After months of hoping and an unprecedented two waves of "prepaints," Store Horsemen added the first four figures for sale. Right now. [ READ MORE ]

--AP

Giant LEGO Diagon Alley Coming

News10217 Diagon AlleyVia Brickcon and the Brothers Brick comes an announcement of Diagon Alley, a new giant $150 set with a lot of figures. It sports Ollivanders, Borgin and Burkes and Gringotts Bank as well as 11 minifigures. Most exciting of all? Some bits will glow in the dark which, next to magnets, are the best feature a toy can have. With 2,025 pieces-- including 4 painted owls-- our abacus puts the expensive set at still being a good deal. Also, be sure to check out this Flickr gallery with more pics.

--AP

No Octopus Woman for MOTUC

Masters of the UniverseA Dreadful PriceMattel, always good about answering fan questions, confirmed that a little-known character Octavia the Octopus Woman is not going to see plastic. We didn't even know who she was until we saw the question.

--AP

Many New Transformers Pictures Revealed

TransformersReal?A ton of new pictures got up over the past few days, some of which look different from one another. On The Allspark is a note on Legends Megatron which may be either "silver" or "unpainted." Solar Storm Grappel (named partially as such to avoid "Autobot Grapple" under the new faction gimmick) is also on The Allspark, while Legends Prowl and Trailcutter are at Entertainment Earth.

--AP

Very Fine Drop
October 5, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Commander (Bogey 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 Commander (Bogey Squad) figure from the just-released Battle Pack. Has some unique bonus gear-- but what? And can he stab you with it? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

LEGO/Toys "R" Us Reissue Vintage LEGO Minifigures

LEGONEWIn a move as infuriating as it is awesome, LEGO and Toys "R" Us are teaming up for "Bricktober." What does this mean to you? Toys "R" Us stores are giving away reissued LEGO Minifigures with a $20 purchase. Sure, they call them "magnets" but the figure is fully removable from the magnetic base, meaning it's a figure. You can't fool us, LEGO.

From now until October 9, you get the Imperial Solider (pictured). After that, it's the Cavalry Colonel, a 1981 Fire Chief, and the final entry is a 1984 Black Falcon. Of the Black Falcon's Fortress fame. This is a heck of a great idea on LEGO's part.

--AP

DC Universe Online Delayed, Sony Tells Us

DC ComicsNEWSony Entertainment Online sent us an email which probably confirms what you already read elsewhere-- their new MMO is delayed. The headline reads: "Sony Online Entertainment Announces DC Universe Online Delay Until Early 2011." That pretty much says it all. According to the release, a limited edition of the game is coming to the Playstation 3 (and apparently is not exclusive to the PC). The limited edition includes: "the DCUO Batman statue, the limited edition Art of DC Universe Online art book, the DCUO Legends Issue #0 comic book with a Jim Lee variant cover, the DCUO Prestige comic presentation of the DCUO back-story and the limited edition Jim Lee-drawn poster Version of the Issue #0 comic book variant cover."

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week in Japan

WiiFatal Fury 3: Road to the Final VictoryThis week's WiiWare offerings are Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 3 for $5/500 points and Racers' Island: Crazy Racers for $10/1,000 points each. Our crystal ball tells us you will play neither.

The Virtual Console has Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory, a $9/900 point Neo-Geo fighter. Will the fury truly be fatal this time? (No.)

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: New Titles

Nintendo DSShantae: Risky's RevengeThis week's batch: Shantae: Risky's Revenge ($12/1,200 points), and Rummikub ($8/800 points). Shantae is a sequel to a super-expensive and somewhat legendary release that engages your fetishes for both genies and platformers, all at the same time.

--AP

Castlevania Lords of Darkness Demo Available PS3 + Xbox 360

KonamiNEWIf you have an Xbox 360 or PS3, this week you can download the demo for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Since it wasn't originally a part of the long-running series, odds are you're going to want to try out the demo before shelling out the cash-- both a limited and standard edition are being released pretty much right now.

--AP

Creepy Half-Life 2 Head Crab Statue Revealed

Video GamesHalf-Life 2Gaming Heads wrote in today to tell us of their new statue. (Yes, they sent us a press release.) The Headcrab Zombie from Half-Life 2 will be about $315, measure 20-inches tall, and be limited to 300 pieces worldwide. The standard edition-- which doesn't have the exclusive saw add-on piece-- will be 750 units at $300. Pretty swell! These will ship some time in Q2 2011, which could easily slip as cool collectibles are known to do.

--AP

Almost Done
October 6, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsDarth Sidious (Senate Duel)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 Sidious (Senate Duel) figure just came out. Some say it's good. Some say it sucks. We also have an opinion. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Alien Breed: ImpactNew to download this week: Deadliest Warrior: The Game, and Alien Breed: Impact. Each is $9.99-$14.99.

Also notable: Qore updates with a new episode, and a bunch of freebie Playstation Plus stuff. New PSOne Imports Arcade Hits: Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty and Magical Drop F are down to $3.00 for subscribers, but are $5.99 for everyone else.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPBen 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic DestructionNew to download this week: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction for $29.99. If you don't know what this is, that's OK, it means you aren't 12.

New PSP Minis include: Fort Commander: Kingıs Gambit, , , and . Each one is $2.99-$4.99.

--AP

New Steve Albini Interview, You're Welcome

MusicEl SteveThe always delightful Steve Albini has been interviewed by GQ magazine and you get to read it! Does the future still belong to analog purists? Do all music festivals still suck? Are fashion magazines destined to burn? Fans of Big Black/Rapeman/Shellac, read this.

--AP

Giant Meat Monster
October 7, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Trooper (Battle Damage)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 (Battle Damage) figure is one of many The Clone Wars releases that have not yet been rereleased since their 2005 debut. Are a few black spots worth rebuying this one for, perchance? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Comic Jumper for the Xbox 360 Live Released (and Reviewed)

Xbox Live ArcadeComic JumperXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Comic Jumper, a new run-and-jump from Twisted Pixel filled with "attitude" and "humor." It's $15/1,200 points. But how is it? The developer provided us with an advance look (thank you, Twisted Pixel) and we posted a full review with screenshots and a ton of concept art.

The developers of The Maw and 'Splosion Man have, in effect, created a 2010 rendition of a Sega Genesis game with Comic Jumper. The humor, violence, in-jokeyness, and generally irreverent attitude of games like Earthworm Jim have been given a modern makeover. This is clearly meant to be an update on what it meant to be a 16-bit platformer in the 1990s, and like those games, this one is a mixed bag. The hero, Captain Smiley, is exiled from his own comic book to guest-starring roles in a swords-and-sorcery title, a silver age classic with a surprising amount of fetish talk, and a few "manga" stages which pretty accurately portray how most Americans see the genre. (But with fewer tentacle monsters... and a lot of tentacle jokes in the background.) [ MORE ]

--AP

Weezer Pinkerton Reissue to have Many Bonus Tracks

WeezerWheePut on your emo jackets and mope around, everyone! The long-rumored/confirmed reissue of Weezer's Pinkerton will be coming November 2. According to the band, it'll have two discs and a whopping 25 additional tracks. Alternate mixes, live stuff, the works. As always, * tracks are previously unreleased and you'll notice more than a couple of songs from the legendary unreleased Songs from the Black Hole. (Those seeking commercially released black hole albums may wish to grab Man or Astro-Man's Beyond the Black Hole and What Remains Inside a Black Hole.)

Disc 1
Original Album:
1. Tired Of Sex
2. Getchoo
3. No Other One
4. Why Bother?
5. Across The Sea
6. The Good Life
7. El Scorcho
8. Pink Triangle
9. Falling For You
10. Butterfly
B-Sides and Bonus Tracks:
11. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
12. Devotion
13. The Good Life (Radio Remix)
14. Waiting On You
15. I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams
16. The Good Life (Live and Acoustic)
17. Pink Triangle (Radio Remix)
18. I Swear It's True*
19. Pink Triangle (Live and Acoustic)

Disc 2
More Bonus Tracks and Live Songs:
1. You Won't Get With Me Tonight*
2. The Good Life (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
3. El Scorcho (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
4. Pink Triangle (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
5. Why Bother? (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
6. El Scorcho (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
7. Pink Triangle (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
8. The Good Life (Live at X96)
9. El Scorcho (Live and Acoustic)*
10. Across The Sea Piano Noodles*
11. Butterfly (Alternate Take)*
12. Long Time Sunshine*
13. Getting Up And Leaving*
14. Tired Of Sex (Tracking Rough)*
15. Getchoo (Tracking Rough)*
16. Tragic Girl*

--AP

New Peter Venkman Figure with Proton Stream

GhostbustersComing SoonOver at Matty Collector they added official images for the upcoming Ghostbusters Peter Venkman with Proton Stream figure. While he includes no ghost, he's also unslimed and has a unique logo base. It looks like a huge improvement over the previous one.

--AP

November Masters of the Universe Docket Revealed

Masters of the UniverseGrizzlorAccording to Matty, the November 15 Masters of the Universe sale will include Grizzlor, a reissue of King Grayskull, a new Weapons Pack, and... well, that's it. But isn't that enough? King Grayskull is a repaint of the very first MOTUC figure, so here's your chance to get him on the standard packaging.

--AP

Outsourced Is The New Friends
October 8, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone CommandoFigure 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 Commando figure from 2007, a toy which commands a hefty premium on the secondary market despite fan complaints about the leg articulation. Suck on that. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Japan Getting Special Edition Mario Wii, SMB1 Remix

Wii25, not ?Japan (so far) will be getting thisMario-themed red Wii bundle and it has a lot of extras.

For 20,000 yen you'll get a red Wii, a controller with Wii Motion Plus, and a hacked version of the original Super Mario Bros. where all the ? blocks are now 25 blocks (see photo). It comes out November 11 and no, you can't have one, not even if you eat all your vegetables.

--AP

Wal-Mart Iron Man 2 Hasbro Figure Prices Cut

MarvelCheapSome (all we've checked) Wal-Mart stores have reduced the prices of their Iron Man 2 movie and comic figures to a mere $5.00 even. That's $2-$3 cheaper, and they're getting new product like Whiplash, the various Drones, and Iron Monger (Comic) too! Good hunting, ladies and gentlemen. Oh who are we kidding-- happy hunting, dudes.

--AP

Transformers Club Side Burn Revealed, Spectacular

TransformersSide BurnBased on the Robots in Disguise (or Car Robots) line, the new Collector Club Side Burn has been revealed and damn is it nice. This repaint of Rodimus has a lot of blue, a lot of white, and just enough red to make you happy. If this doesn't make you happy, well, we don't like you anymore. And you're uninvited from our birthday parties.

--AP

New Column Launches Thursday
October 11, 2010
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated

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! Also, be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update.

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

Today we look at the Royal Starship Astromech Droid figure from way back in 1999, and it has some great features that weren't ever really brought back in newer designs, sadly. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Also, Target has select Star Wars action figures on sale for $5.00 each at its US stores this week-- check for availability.

--AP

NYCC Updates, Spider-Man, Iron Man On Sale for $5.00 at Target

MarvelCheapTarget stores, as part of their big action figure promotion this week, have Iron Man 2 movie line figures (presumably comic line too) and the Spider-Man figure line down to $5.00 each. If we may be so bold, we suggest you buy the Super Poseable Spider-Man and Iron Man #26 (the classic comic one) from the movie line. You are welcome.

Arguably more newsworthy were some reveals at New York Comic-Con this weekend. Marvelous News has a bunch of photos, and we'll direct you to this one gallery and then this other one. Highlights include the Sentinel, World War Hulk, a newly molded (and awesome) Cyclops, US Agent, Captain America movie toys, Thor movie toys, and other stuff. Frost Giants, people. Hannibal the Cannibal as Thor's dad. You can't go wrong.

--AP

Toys R Us Web Site Has XBLA Points On Sale

Xbox Live ArcadeCheapToys "R" Us stores are doing their big buy 2 get 1 game promotion, but the really surprising thing is that 1600 point cards fall under this umbrella, so says their web site. So you can get $60 of points for $40, which are probably worth your while.

--AP

Classic 6-Player X-Men Arcade Coming to XBLA, PSN

Video GamesX-MenThe 1992 X-Men Konami Arcade Game will be coming home, finally. Apparently the game will be unchanged from its original incarnation (minus the lack of quarters and drop-in/drop-out play) at some point in the unspecified future. All the more reason to stock up on Xbox points, no?

--AP

New Green Lantern Classics, DCU Reissues

DC ComicsNight LikThe Green Lantern Classics Series 2 has been revealed, and we're told "Night Lik" (pictured) is a new original character. Others include Ion, Nautkeiloi, Medphyll, Skallox, Star Sapphire, B'dg, Dex-Starr, Despotellis, and Stel. A Green Lantern Movie Preview Figure will also be included in the wave.

Those still seeking Gentleman Ghost, it's your lucky day! Wal-Mart will have 2-packs of DC Universe Hawkgirl vs. Gentleman Ghost and Superman vs. Parasite, so start kissing up to your friends who live near good Wal-Marts.

--AP

G.I. Joe Club Dial-Tone and Man of the Sea Revealed

G.I. JoeDial ToneThe G.I. Joe Collector's Club revealed Dial Tone, a 2011 membership figure you get if you join before a certain date. The mock-up looks pretty good! The 12-inch Adventure Team figure is also shown.

--AP

New MOTUC NYCC Updates

Masters of the UniverseNice RackMattel, revealed some new items at NYCC. First, there's the Great Wars Weapons Pack and the Weapons Rack. Next is Panthor< the March 2011 monthly figure. There's also the first official shots (on Matty, anyway) of Mer-Man & Aquaman plus Stratos and Hawkman. Actually, that's everything. Move along.

--AP

New Transformers Revealed, Tracks Gallery, New Scouts Out

TransformersEducatedA Facebook user and some fan sites put up a swell gallery of Turbo Tracks. It can't do winged car mode, but other than that it seems to be a tip-top update of the original toy from the 1980s.

Far more exciting? This post, allegedly from Hasbro Malaysia confirming upcoming Transformers United product. Rumble, Frenzy, Kup, and Wheeljack are coming! Probably to the USA, too.

Packaged shots of Skullgrin, Cybertronian Cliffjumper, Bludgeon, and Tracks also surfaced, also at The Allspark.

Finally, an Allspark user found Sunspot and Scattorshot from the latest round of Hunt for the Decepticons Scout class toys. They were at a Wal-Mart and $8.97.

--AP

Ad: New Hasbro Star Wars, Transformers Desert Decimation, Pre-Orders Galore

Entertainment EarthAd: tons of new Hasbro pre-orders are live now! Star Wars Vintage Collection Wave 4 action figures, the "lost" Transformers Desert Decimation Gift Set, new Superhero Squad Vehicles, and an awesome boxed set with Cyclonus and Rodimus repaints you're not going to want to miss!

Star Wars Action Figures Vintage Wave 4 Case Marvel Universe Action Figures Wave 12 Exclusive Transformers Desert Decimation Gift Set
Superhero Squad Mini Vehicles Wave 3 Set Transformers Battle in Space Cyclonus vs Rodimus Set Star Wars Clone Wars Droid Gunship Vehicle

Matty's Ghostbusters Courtroom Peter Venkman

GhostbustersPeterLike Kenner in the 1980s, Mattel has announced yet another Peter Venkman action figure, this time in his courtroom getup (or "suit.").

From Matty's update: "This new 6" scale Peter Venkman figure is our first single-carded Ghostbusters 2 figure! Comes with a brand-new Scalari Brother Ghost figure with swappable feet (flying feet and standing feet). NOTE: This figure will be released in January and Ghostbusters 2 Winston with Slime Blower has been moved out (release date TBD)."

--AP

Brick Frog
October 12, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Commander (Crawling)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 Commander (Crawling) figure from 2003 3-packs. Not a lot of articulation, but a lot of crawling can be yours! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

XBLA/PSN X-Men Arcade Update

Video GamesX-MenKonami kindly sent us a news release on the upcoming game as described yesterday and announced at New York Comic-Con 2010. Key details: Fall 2010 release date, no price yet, 1-4 players locally, 1-6 players online. From their news release:

"In X-Men Arcade, Cyclops, Colossus, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, Storm and Wolverine unite to use their special powers to save mankind from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and other terrible threats. Players will have to fight off hundreds of Sentinels, along with Super Villains such as Pyro, the Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, the White Queen, Juggernaut and Mystique, as they battle their way to Island M to take down the Master of Magnetism, Magneto, and save Kitty Pryde and Professor Xavier."

In other words... yeah, you saw this coming.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiSonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1This week's WiiWare offerings are Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for $15/1,500 points and Triple Jumping Sports for $5/500 points each. Hey, it's a start, depending on how long Sonic is.

The Virtual Console has nothing, but Sonic comes close, we guess.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: New Titles

Nintendo DSDatamineThis week's batch: G.G. Series Super Hero Ogre ($2/200 points), Ivy the Kiwi? Mini, and Datamine (each $5/500 points). We hear Ivy is decent.

--AP

Weezer Death to False Metal Cover, Tracks Revealed

WeezerDeath To False MetalIn what we assume must be some sort of campaign to make anyone they've ever alienated happy, Weezer revealed the lineup of a new collection of odds and ends called "Death To False Metal." Like Pinkerton Deluxe, it's due November 2. Unlike Pinkerton Deluxe, it's much shorter and the songs don't appear to be alternate versions or legendary lost gems. It has:

1 Turning Up the Radio
2 I Don't Want Your Loving
3 Blowin' My Stack
4 Losing My Mind
5 Everyone
6 I'm a Robot
7 Trampoline
8 Odd Couple
9 Autopilot
10 Un-Break My Heart

Color us curious.

--AP

I Left My Toys In El Segundo
October 13, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsEmboFigure 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 Embo figure just came out. Since we haven't seen it at retail yet, we'll call it super-new and not brand-new. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Transformers Voyagers Revealed

TransformersOur sponsors/employers/BFFs at Entertainment Earth posted three new Transformers today. Say hello to Solar Storm Grappel (really), Lugnut, and Strafe! Each one is due very late this year.

Transformers Voyager Lugnut Transformers Voyager Strafe Transformers Voyager Solar Storm Grappel

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode INew to download this week: Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I and Dead Space Ignition. Each is $9.99-$14.99. Actually, switch the prices, and they'll match up. Sonic was on the Wii yesterday and will likely be on XBLA as you read this.

Also notable: PSOne classics Arc The Lad and Alundra are available for the too-cheap price of $5.99 each.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPNBA 2K11New to download this week: NBA 2K11 for $19.99. Also new is FIFA Soccer 11 in English/Spanish or English/French varieties. Each is $39.99.

A new PSP Minis includes: Zenonia. It is $6.99.

--AP

Back From Los Angeles
October 14, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Launched

Figure of the DayFunko Force 2.0 BatmanSomething new! 16bit.com launched a non-Star Wars Figure of the Day for you lucky people! This new feature will update 5 times a week, just like the Star Wars one, except it won't include anything from a long time ago or a galaxy far, far away.

Let's kick things off with San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Funko Force 2.0 Batman figure from last summer. It's extremely limited and one of our favorite recent findings-- the whole line is really cool so far. It's just the first figure in our new column, and in case you were worried we won't follow through, we've got articles queued up all the way through November. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back tomorrow for #2!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Trooper (Yellow/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 Clone Trooper (Yellow/Pilot) figure from 2005. He has been repainted, but not rereleased in this exact form. WIth two unique helmets, do you really need to buy two to get the most out of this figure? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Two Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeSonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1Xbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, which is on pretty much every major platform this week. It's $15/1,200 points.

Also new is Dead Space Ignition, a rare 400 points/$5 release. It sounds more like a form of advergaming to us, but don't take our word for it-- check out this marketing copy: "The game blends an interactive comic presentation of the story with three unique hacking games‹Hardware Crack, System Override, and Trace Route. You'll also receive unlocks in Dead Space 2, including an exclusive suit for Isaac Clarke."

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This Headline Reserved for Classics Kup

TransformersBlasted Youth ElementOver at Amazon Japan, see Transformers United Char (Kup) which is expected very early next year as a part of Transformers Generations in the USA. He turns into-- get ready for it-- a more modern picKUP truck. (Get it?) The car mode looks good and the robot mode looks OK, but one thing we're noticing is that the plethora of classic toys since 2006 don't necessarily shut the door on a future, even more G1ey line of new sculpts down the road. It probably won't ever happen, but there's certainly a crack left open in the nostalgia door.

Other new reveals from Amazon.jp include Lugnut with a new paint job, a slightly different Straxus, a much better look at Perceptor, and another glimpse at Wreck-Gar. If we had to complain, we'd say there weren't more Decepticons. Aside from that? 2011 is looking great.

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Costco Gets Final Unreleased Star Trek 2009 Hot Wheels

Star TrekShips HappenedOver at StarTrek.com, the unreleased Mattel Star Trek Hot Wheels die-cast ships have reportedly been given to Costco. The bundle of a Star Trek Scene It? game with six ships. Because we've been traveling all day, we'll just quote the article:

"The Ultimate Fan Packıs real find, though, is the set of six Hot Wheels Star Trek models, three of which have never been seen before. Fans get the following: A battle-damaged USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A (from The Undiscovered Country), the original USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (from TOS), a Klingon Bird of Prey (the HMS Bounty from The Voyage Home), the USS Saratoga NCC-1867 (also from The Voyage Home), a USS Enterprise NX-01 (from Enterprise) and the Romulan mining ship Narada (from Star Trek (2009)). The Romulan Narada, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 and the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A have never before been available at retail."

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Abandoned Warehouses
October 15, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Trooper DenalFigure 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 Denal figure from 2007, a toy which commands a hefty premium on the secondary market despite fan complaints about the leg articulation. Suck on that. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayLEGO Minifigures Series 2 Disco DudeSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature will update 5 times a week, just like the Star Wars one, except it won't include anything from a long time ago or a galaxy far, far away.

Let's keep things going with LEGO Minifigures Series 2 Disco Dude figure from September. He's got an afro. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

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Transformers Frenzy or Rumble, Wheeljack Revealed

TransformersWho is this?The seemingly unending parade of Transformers United molds continues with what seems to be a Scout-sized Frenzy as well as a Wheeljack derived from the Tracks mold. Wow! Somebody loves you.

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Nifty NES Localization Article

WiiGolgo 13 Nudity?If you're anything like us you love the NES, and want to know how some games changed from the USA to Japan. You should know some of this by now-- but if not, consider this a crash course on important things like how Castlevania III had a different sound chip in Japan than it did here.

For 20,000 yen you'll get a red Wii, a controller with Wii Motion Plus, and a hacked version of the original Super Mario Bros. where all the ? blocks are now 25 blocks (see photo). It comes out November 11 and no, you can't have one, not even if you eat all your vegetables.

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Target Resets with Tron Legacy, Gets Exclusives

DisneyNewTarget stores are getting an assortment of miniature dioramas for Tron Legacy, which seems a little early by our standards but what do we know? Things like Sam Flynn vs. Rinzler (pictured) are on deck now. For those looking for a one-off or something for their desks, this is probably the way to go.

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Fuzzy Freaky
October 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! Also, be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update.

RC R5-X2Figure of the Day has updated once again! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of The Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the RC R5-X2 figure from 2009, and it is the only version of the robot to exist so far as Hasbro hasn't made a normal figure of him yet. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Also, Target has select Star Wars action figures on sale for $5.00 each at its US stores this week-- check for availability.

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16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayBif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. The Monarch Action FigureSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature will update 5 times a week, just like the Star Wars one, except it won't include anything from a long time ago or a galaxy far, far away.

Let's keep things going with the Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. The Monarch Action Figure figure from July. Check out those eyebrows-- he has poseable wings, too. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

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TMNT Vol. 4 #31 Released Online

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesFreeIf you missed it, and our notes say that you did, Peter Laird posted the entire contents of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 4 #31 on his blog for you to enjoy. Grab it while you can!

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New Transformers Revealed, PCC Scouts $7 at Target

TransformersEducatedKO Toys posted a ton of galleries of unreleased Transformers over the weekend. Check out Lugnut, Strafe, Turbo Tracks, Mindset, and Takara's version of Sea Spray.

Also of note, Power Core Combiners Scouts are down to $7.00 this week at Target-- this probably means you'll only find Searchlight, Smolder, and Huffer, but that's a great price. We'll be looking at some of these in FOTD over the coming weeks. (We had to make a buffer.)

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G.I. Joe POC Shadow Tracker Prototype on eBay

G.I. JoeShadow TrackerThe Shadow Tracker figure has been seen before, but this new auction gives you a slightly better look at his gear. You'll get spears, a bow, arrows, what seems to be a batarang, and some swords in addition to a net and some other goodies. Hasbro's spoiling you, Joe fans! Or at least it seems that way, just wait for another year with no Joe toys because now is your future "good old days."

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New MOTUC Sold Out Again

Masters of the UniverseTwo BadMattel, as always, sold out of its new Masters of the Universe Classics toys in a day. Zadac and Roboto are now gone, so wait for a reissue-- or the next reissue-- on these guys.

For a better illustration, go read this.

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Street Frogs
October 19, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Iron Man 2 Iron Man (Blast-Off Figure Stand)Something new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature updates 5 times a week, and we now have a comments section! Register your disdain with our staff!

Let's keep things going with the Hasbro Iron Man 2 Iron Man (Blast-Off Figure Stand) figure from this past summer. It's very similar to the Marvel Universe Iron Man figure, but a little meatier, and with better accessories. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsShahan AlamaFigure 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!

It's Target week! This week we're looking at brand-new, just-released Hasbro exclusives at Target stores right now.

Today we look at the Shahan Alama figure from the really cool "Hostage Crisis" gift pack which also sports Robonino and some very nice Commando Droid repaints. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiFinal Fantasy Mystic QuestThis week's WiiWare offerings are Happy Holidays Halloween for $5/500 points and ThruSpace for $8/800 points each.

The Virtual Console has the Super NES title Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, which we liked, and we hope you will too. It's a fairly simple 16-bit RPG made to make RPGs more appetizing to the US market, and you can jump in it. It's $8.00/800 points.

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Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: New Titles

Nintendo DSAcademy: Tic-Tac-ToeThis week's batch: Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe, Music on: Playing Piano (each $2/200 points), Snapdots, and Armada (each $5/500 points). There ya go.

Far more interesting is a red Mario Nintendo DSi XL bundle at Wal-Mart.com, but they removed it before we went live with today's update. Fear not! Kotaku has the full scoop with the original images. For $199.99, you'll get Mario Kart DS, the console, and your choice of two iffy games.

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Transformers Botcon G2 Sideswipe Hits eBay, Sells for $950

TransformersLegendary? Yes.There are few toys that are the stuff of collector legends but it's seeming like Botcon G2 Sideswipe made the list. An auction went up yesterday asking for $1,500, and it quickly sold at $950. Very few are known ot exist, particularly unbuilt, so this is quite an amazing find at an appopriately high price.

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He's Clearly Nuts
October 20, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Spirit Iron-KnifeSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature updates 5 times a week, and we now have a comments section! Register your disdain with our staff!

One of our favorite figures of the past summer was the Hasbro G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Spirit Iron-Knife figure from Toys "R" Us. It's obviously just Billy from Predator so it's great. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsSenate CommandoFigure 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 Senate Commando figure that started hitting Target stores last week. It's nice, but in a two-pack making it tough to army build. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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New Transformers Scout Windcharger Gallery

TransformersWindchargerNew Transformers scout-class toys are up at KOToys.com, including Windcharger with his flip-out magnets and general sense of awesomeness which should be hitting stores later this year. And for those keeping track, as of now, Wal-Mart's deluxe figures are $9 and their scout figures are about $8.96. Because that makes sense.

Transformers Generations Mini-Cons Wave 1 Set Also, our sponsors got in the hard-to-get individually carded Generations Mini-Cons. The set includes Pan-Handler, Swashplate, Drivetrain, and Brake-Off and so far has only been spotted online (like here) or at some locations of Family Dollar. We haven't seen these at most Family Dollars yet, and when they do show up they're $4.99 each. This set of 4 is $16.99.

--AP

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PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Arcade Hits: ShienryuNew to download this week: Costume Quest, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and Aqua Panic. Each is $9.99-$14.99.

Also notable: PSOne classics Japan imports Arcade Hits: Shienryu and Tall Unlimited are available for the too-cheap price of $5.99 each.

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PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPBlazing Souls AccelateNew to download this week: DJ Max Portable 3 for $39.99. Also new is Blazing Souls Accelate for $34.99.

A new PSP Minis includes: Age of Hammer Wars. It is $4.99.

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Steve Sansweet Leaves Lucasfilm
October 21, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics OrkoSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature updates 5 times a week, and we now have a comments section! Register your disdain with our staff!

One of our favorite figures of the past summer was the Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Orko figure from Matty Collector this past summer. Unlike previous Orko figures, this one looks a lot more like the cartoon and is therefore better. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsR2-D2 (Arena Battle)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 R2-D2 (Arena Battle) figure which is hitting stores this very week. He has been retooled from previous releases, but does that mean he's any better? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Three Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeSuper Meat BoyXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Super Meat Boy, which is a long-awaited game from the developers of the popular flash game "Meat Boy." It's $10/800 points this week, but we hear it'll be 50% more next week-- so get it early.

Also new is Costume Quest, a $15/1,200 points RPG that boasts Halloween-themed adventuring. Dream Chronicles was also released for $10/800 points. Microsoft took down screenshots of the games and hacked down the synopses, so who the hell knows if they're worth downloading?

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Mattel Gets Back to the Future License

MoviesHoverboardWhile no specific products have been announced, Mattel got a sweeping Back to the Future license which includes toys, figures, and vehicles and probably means you can expect Matty Collector figures, at least one or more Hot Wheels-branded DeLoreans, and maybe, just maybe, a hoverboard. (Well, OK, not really.)

Also, Nastrovje got the license to make Big Lebowski hats, shirts and sweatshirts in Germany! Oh Deutschland! You are so very lucky. How can you stand not having your Dude-branded sweatshirts already? Seriously, it's a wonder nobody over there hasn't killed themselves having gone this long without Nastrovje Lebowski-wear. Kudos, Deutschland, the long nightmare is over!

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VW Bumblebee Sort Of Coming, United Grapple and Drift Pictures

TransformersFake VW BugOver at TFW2005 find new shots of an iGear Bumblebee prototype which is based on an unexplored concept for a Volkswagon New Beetle Bumblebee toy, a concept for the Alternators range. Apparently iGear is immune to lawsuits. It's an interesting piece, but it is a little lacking.

Also interesting are what appears to be an official shot of the Japanese Transformers United Grapple which has an orange (and not black) head, plus Drift which as far as we can tell may just bet he Hasbro version. Can you tell a difference?

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MOTUC Shadow Beast Pics, Date

Masters of the UniverseShadow BeastOn Matty's Facebook page, find images and a date for the Shadow Beast. Delayed from 2010 to February 2011, this figure will not be part of the 2011 subscription-- so you get to fight traffic on this one.

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Sega History on eBay

SegaVampiresNobody will accuse Night Trap of being a classic, but the game was actually really important in shaping the modern game industry through legislation, fearmongering, and a general sense of disinterest by the populace. Celebrate that disinterest with this eBay auction for the original packaging artwork painting, which is quite an impressive specimen. At press time it's only $399 which, adjusted for inflation, is still cheaper than what a Sega CD sold for when it debuted in the 1990s.

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Rare G.I. Joe Vehicles Hit Toys "R" Us Express

G.I. JoeRossPreviously sighted at Ross stores, it seems the Arctic HISS, the FLAK and CLAW, the Stinger, and the Ghost Hawk vehicles are all showing up at another chain. The mall-based Toys "R" Us Express stores are opening now and we personally saw several of each in spectacular condition for $9.99 each. If you see the store, you may wish to go in and get yourself one, two, or all four of these.

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Awesome Cartoon To Get Lacking DVD Release

DVDWhere's the rest of it?If you haven't seen the staggeringly good Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated, you are, on the whole, missing out. TVShowsOnDVD.com confirmed a DVD is coming soon but will only sport 4 episodes-- given there's 12, that isn't really good enough. It's due in January.

The show is a reboot of the original, with less Scooby, more gags, and art design by Cartoon Network's resident artiste Derrick Wyatt. (Wyatt also worked on Teen Titans and Transformers Animated.) Since this isn't a Blu-Ray or a complete first season, why not check it out on Cartoon Network?

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NYCC Outer Space Men Shipping Now

Outer Space MenComing NowOur Outer Space Men News Blog has updated with news of the NYCC figures shipping.

If you didn't get to New York Comic-Con, odds are you ordered (or tried to order) the four Beta Wave Outer Space Men figures from Store Horsemen. If you did, your order has been processed and odds are you have just received a FedEx shipping notification that your order is being processed for shipment today. [ READ MORE ]

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Time Is Up
October 22, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Trooper ChopperFigure 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 Chopper figure from 2007, a toy which commands a hefty premium on the secondary market despite fan complaints about the leg articulation. Suck on that. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Marvel Universe Ghost Rider Action FigureOur exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature will update 5 times a week, just like the Star Wars one, except it won't include anything from a long time ago or a galaxy far, far away.

Let's keep things going with Hasbro Marvel Universe Ghost Rider Action Figure figure from this year. He's lacking a bike, but he has a great range of articulation and is awesome. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Transformers Club G2 Ramjet Revealed

TransformersRoger, Ramjet!The highly anticipated Transformers Collector Club G2 Ramjet has been revealed, and it's actually more awesome than the original. The 1990s version had G2 Decepticon logos on his wings, while this one has G2-- way cool! No price or pre-order on-sale date were given, but a bio has been added to the site.

Also, the Transformers United Blurr has been revealed at Toys "R" Us Japan. It's slightly different. How different? Well, we like the USA version better.

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Nifty NES Retrospective Articles

NintendoMario GunFirst up: 1up.com has a translated article with Shigeru Miyamoto focusing on the development of the original Super Mario Bros. Do you believe that Mario almost had a gun, and that "up" on the d-pad was going to be the jump button? Crazy stuff, well worth reading for fans of the series.

The site also put up a great article about the launch of the system in the USA, with lots of tidbits and anecdotes. Again, well worth reading.

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Red Nintendo Wii Coming to the USA

WiiNewThe USA will be getting a red Wii bundle which, despite its coloring, will not be exclusive to Target stores. It includes New Super Mario Bros. and Wii Sports, and no retro NES games like overseas releases. Read more here. There is also still no word on a US release of Super Mario All-Stars which, at this time, is confirmed for both European and Japanese markets. The red Wii, as well as the previously reported Nintendo DSi XL, are all due on November 7, 2010.

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Young OH! OH!
October 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! Also, be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update.

Shaak TiFigure 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 Shaak Ti figure from the just-released Geonosis Arena packs at Target. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayOnell Design Glyos System Gears Edge Pheyden Action Figure Something new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature will update 5 times a week, just like the Star Wars one, except it won't include anything from a long time ago or a galaxy far, far away.

Let's keep things going with the Onell Design Glyos System Gears Edge Pheyden Action Figure figure from some time in the not-too-distant past. This line straddles the designer toy phenomenon-- which makes expensive things that you can't play with-- with action figures, which are inexpensive things that you don't play with. The end result is pretty cool looking and shockingly cheap. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Scooby-Doo, Jeffrey Combs, and Harlan Ellison Too

Cartoon NetworkAfter years of celebrity guests both real and imagined and hundreds of masked monsters, Cartoon Network started a new-- and highly entertaining-- reboot of the mystery-solving team on its new show Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated. Not only is it fairly funny, but it's packed with celebrity cameos.

Best Guests Ever?

Last week's episode "The Shrieking Madness" was basically tailor-made for sci-fi fans. The story involved an H.P. Lovecraft parody, with an author named "Hatecraft" played by the inimitable Jeffrey Combs (he of Re-Animator and recent TV Star Trek fame.) He's on the left. It also had Harlan Ellison as Harlan Ellison, or a version of the sci-fi author as he might have appeared in the 1970s. (On the right.)

The show was packed with gags that, if you're interested in science fiction or the plush monster industry, will no doubt ring true. Funny stuff, kids! Check your local listings for repeats (and new episodes) on Cartoon Network.

--AP

New Transformers Masterpiece Rodimus Scans

TransformersRoddyA Japanese Yahoo blog has a bunch of new magazine scans showing off a bunch of pictures of Masterpiece Rodimus that you may have seen. Or maybe not-- better go look and be sure!

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G.I. Joe POC To Get More Waves?

G.I. JoeMOREThe HISSTANK.com Q&A with Hasbro has revealed what Hasbro has been waffling on confirming for a while-- that Pursuit of Cobra might have a longer lease on life:

"After we started this line, we have been overwhelmed with the response. While we can not promise anything, there are many additional figures that we want to do and we are currently looking to see if we can fit a few more waves into this line."

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New MOTUC Q&A

Masters of the UniverseWhat's NextBecause we are lazy, we'll link you to He-Man.org's round-up of the new Q&A from Matty explaining all sorts of new things for the coming years. Highlights include variant heads and other surprises.

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New Aquabats EP Hits in November, Album in 2010

MusicNew?Earlier in the year, The Aquabats said they would be putting out an entire new album this November. It would be self-released and a download-only item except at shows-- this may have changed. AMP Magazine has an interview with Christian Jacobs and and since this is from just a few days ago, this being the important part:

"We haven't announced this yet, because we haven't signed the deal officially. We were self releasing the record, and it was supposed to come out November 9th. We're finishing it up now, and in the music business you're not supposed to finish something and then turn around and release it right away, it's kind of bad planning. We didn't care; we just wanted to get the record out. We were just plotting ahead and finishing up the record and then FEARLESS RECORDS called. They were like, "We'll distribute this record for you guys, we'll help you, we'll do a deal with you guys. It can just be for this record, you don't have to do a six record deal or whatever other labels would want." We're probably going to put it out on FEARLESS, but here's the kicker: they want some time to promote it. So, on November 9th we're going to release an EP, which will be a single from the record and then the record will come out in January. "

And yes, we realize our target demo and our staff are probably too old to be excited for the band but we still grew to love "Charge!!" and we're going to buy this the day it comes out, too.

--AP

Back to the Future Game Gets Its Marty

Video GamesWowSome guy you've never heard of is Marty McFly in this promotional video and he's incredible! This guy sounds more like Michael J. Fox than Michael J. Fox does. Who is this mystery man, and is he really that good? Find out in that video, and if you only watch one video today, that should be it.

Telltale Games' Back to the Future adventure game series is due in the future on nearly every major platform (yes, even PC).

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XBLA Doom Got Delisted
October 26, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Power Core Combiners Smolder Something new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature updates 5 times a week, and we now have a comments section! Register your disdain with our staff!

Let's keep things going with the Hasbro Transformers Power Core Combiners Smolder figure from this past summer. It's an evil Decepticon firetruck, which doesn't happen much-- typically rescue vehicles are heroes. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsNrin VakilFigure 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 Nrin Vakil figure from Wal-Mart's exclusive run of comic packs from about 18 months ago. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

G.I. Joe Info Dump

G.I. JoeMOREThe General's Joes Q&A with Hasbro List expands on the future of Pursuit of Cobra, confirming that it will continue and that Renegades will be in that realistic style. Sounds like a winner to us!

Also, the site explained how to more easily identify a black (versus a brown) HISS v. 5 tank, but you'll need some toy expertise to find it. Hint: research Hasbro Date Stamps on the POTF2.com forums. You are welcome.

--AP

Back to the Future Game Info Dump

Video Games88 MPHThe Telltale Games Blog added a ton of video links and information on pre-ordering the new Back to the Future video game, which will be released on the PC, Mac, iPad, and Playstation 3. (The Wii and Xbox were not listed.) Pre-orders are up for the entire season at $24.95, which seems pretty good.

If "free" is more your angle, go to this page and enter the code "121GIGAWATTS" for the first episode for free at some point in the future. Which isn't bad.

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November Matty Menu

Masters of the UniverseWhat's NextNovember figure and accessory slate which is pretty robust. A redeco of King Grayskull and an all-new Grizzlor are your Masters of the Universe Collectors figures at $20.00 each, and a new accessory pack is up for $12.00.

Ghostbusters has a new Peter Venkman with proton stream, and Justice League Unlimited has a Parademon 2-pack.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiBit.Trip FateThis week's WiiWare offerings are My Planetarium for $5/500 points and Bit.Trip Fate for $8/800 points each.

The Virtual Console has nothing, which puts it in line with the consoles it formerly emulated.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: New Titles

Nintendo DSFlashlightThis week's batch: Flashlight, Go Series Defense Wars (each $2/200 points), Go! Go! Island Rescue!, and Spot the Difference (each $5/500 points). There ya go.

--AP

PSP Go Price Drops in US, Life Goes On

PSPDon't You Want Me Baby?The oft-maligned (fairly) PSP Go has had its price dropped from $250 to $200. It still has less functionality than the normal PSP and a premium price point. It was dropped to closer to $150 in Japan, meaning that one market actually understands the word "value."

--AP

Do You Get The Larry Miller Podcast Yet?
October 27, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro G.I. Joe Robot Rebellion Cobra CommanderSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature updates 5 times a week, and we now have a comments section! Register your disdain with our staff!

One of our favorite figures of the past summer was the Hasbro G.I. Joe Robot Rebellion Cobra Commander figure from the G.I. Joe Collector's Club. It's from an aborted line which got axed for Sigma 6, but the club got this great figure before it went to oblivion. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsHan SoloFigure of the Day has updated once again! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of The Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Han Solo figure from 2004, which is one of Hasbro's best versions of the character. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

PKE Meter Coming December 1

GhostbustersPKE MeterThere's a fine line between being a prop replica and a roleplay toy, and Mattel seems to be straddling it with its new Ghostbusters PKE Meter. It'll be $60.00 on December 1, and probably will be quite the hit. Hopefully they go back to the well several times on this one!

--AP

New Dial-Tone Pictures

G.I. JoeDial-ToneThe G.I. Joe Collector's Club has a new preview page for Dial-Tone that isn't a photoshop mock-up. It definitely looks better, so check it out! There's also new images of the new 12-inch Man of the Sea, so be sure to check it out!

--AP

New Man or Astro-Man 7" Coming Soon

MusicNEWAfter nearly 10 years of no new releases, Man or Astro-Man returns with a pretty thin web site update and a new in-store event with a new 7" record which, at press time, we don't know if it's an exclusive or not. Can you get us one out there, people of Atlanta?

Here's hoping this means new stuff is on the horizon, we can't wait to hear it or buy it!

--AP

Great Article on the Failings of Dragon Warrior

NintendoDragon WarriorBest known as a freebie from Nintendo Power and one of the first Japanese RPGs in North America for game consoles, GameSpite has a great article on the first Dragon Warrior game. It really does highlight what made it special-- and why it may not have succeeded-- in the dawn of the 16-bit era. Great stuff!

--AP

NYCC Outer Space Men at ShopAFX

Outer Space MenComing NowOur Outer Space Men News Blog has updated with news of the NYCC figures available online fairly cheaply.

Action Figure Xpress has sets of all 4 Outer Space Men for $47.99. Given that they're pretty limited, the price isn't half bad. Closed auctions on eBay have been $50-$75 for the set, or about $17-$20 for a single figure. Or, of course, you could just order the normal figure set which is due to ship later this year. The set is limited to roughly 300. [ READ MORE ]

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Blacklight: Tango DownNew to download this week: Blacklight: Tango Down and Superstars V8 Racing. Each is $14.99-$19.99.

No classics this week.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPZ.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath EvilmanNew to download this week: Bakugan: Defenders Of The Core, Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman, and WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011 for $19.99-$39.99.

A new PSP Minis includes: Flick Fishing. It is $4.99.

--AP

Today Was Bad
October 28, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Jurassic Park III Dr. Alan Grant Something new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature updates 5 times a week, and we now have a comments section! Register your disdain with our staff!

One of our favorite figures of the past summer was the Hasbro Jurassic Park III Dr. Alan Grant figure from Hasbro. We scored this for a buck on mega-clearance, but just opened it earlier this year-- so it's new to us, and hopefully interesting to you! So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsNien Nunb (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 Nien Nunb (Pilot) figure which is rotting in some stores... unless he sold through. We believe he was named wrong, but does it matter? Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Two Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadePinball FX2Xbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Pinball FX2, the game is free but each table is extra. They range from 200-800 points, or more, as there are many.

Also new is 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2 , a $10/800 points golf game. There's a skeleton dinosaur on the faux package art, which is nice to see.

--AP

G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Wave 5 Pre-Orders, Breakdown Revealed

G.I. JoeThat's LowThe next wave of Pursuit of Cobra is up at Entertainment Earth, and it has Low-Light, Skydive, Shadow Tracker, and Destro. No older figures are included, and the case has 3 of each figure-- which should mean Hasbro has figured out how to avoid clogging the shelves.

--AP

Transformers Info Dump

TransformersBeeeeeOver at Photobucket is a new scan of a Bumblebee repaint which is similar to a previously released Wal-Mart exclusive from a 3-pack. It'll be shipping in a new case early next year.

Entertainment Earth put up pre-orders for tons of new cases. The new Reveal the Shield/Hunt for the Decepticons Wave 6 has a repaint of Classics Bumblebee and the all-new Wreck-Gar, G2 Laser Optimus Prime, and Perceptor. Wave 6 of Generations introduces Scourge and the newly renamed Sergeant Kup. Nice!

Also new is the fan-made unlicensed Supreme Tactical Commander Grand Patriot which is based on the concept Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime art. It's... a thing you can buy.

--AP

NYCC Outer Space Men Packaged

Outer Space MenComing NowOur Outer Space Men News Blog has updated with news of more figures from afar.

While only 30 people got sets by mail direct, odds are you're beyond caring what the packaging looks like-- but here it is! It's the same packaging as the Alpha Wave from San Diego Comic-Con, but the New York series still looks great-- especially Xodiac on the black background. In person, it's stunning. [ READ MORE ]

--AP

You Don't Know Jack Returns in 2011
October 29, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated + Q&A from Hasbro

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsARC Trooper CommanderFigure 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 ARC Trooper Commander figure from this past September, a toy which is basically the best Fordo figure Hasbro has ever made-- despite not being Fordo. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!


But wait, there's more! Click here to read two questions with answers straight from Hasbro!

--AP

16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Crystal Skull Indiana Jones Action FigureOur exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! This new feature will update 5 times a week, just like the Star Wars one, except it won't include anything from a long time ago or a galaxy far, far away.

Let's keep things going with Hasbro Crystal Skull Indiana Jones Action Figure figure from 2008. He's one of the better figures in the line, but given how many iffy releases were in it that may not be saying much. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Secret of Mana iPhone Footage

Video GamesWoo!The classic Secret of Mana is coming to the iPhone and Game Set Watch has video of the game in action, but does not reveal multiplayer.

Sadly there are no known plans for a PSN, XBLA, or Wii online port of the game.

--AP

New Aquabats Radio Down EP Revealed

MusicRadio Down!The new 3-song EP Radio Down! from the Aquabats is coming to iTunes in November with 3 songs. The album? Next year. More at their MySpace, if you can believe it.

--AP

New Zelda Trading Figures, Final Fantasy Retrospective

NintendoCollectible LinksFirst up: NCS has a new series of Legend of Zelda Choco Egg figures up for pre-order inspired by the "animated" looking games like The Wind Waker and The Phantom Hourglass. Nice stuff-- pre-order it, or we won't listen to your complaints about missing it.

Also notable, Gamespite has a fantastic short article on the original Final Fantasy, with reasons of why it was more popular than Dragon Warrior. They're right.

--AP

Super Mario All-Stars for Nintendo Wii Coming to the USA

WiiNewFinally! Super Mario Bros. All-Stars Limited Edition will indeed be sold in America. The $29.99 collection of 4 games will include Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, and The Lost Levels, or the Japanese 2. It's a great Super NES game and it's coming to the Wii on December 12. It also includes an art book and a best-of-the-series soundtrack CD.

--AP

Ad: New Bif Bang Pow! Pre-Orders Galore

Entertainment EarthAd: tons of new Bif Bang Pow! pre-orders are live now! Check out new action figures from The Venture Bros., Lost, and the classic sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone! All are presently scheduled for March 2011.

The Venture Bros. Dr. Girlfriend & Hank Action Figures The Venture Bros. Dr. Orpheus & Phantom Limb Action Figures
The Twilight Zone Doctor & Henry Bemis Action Figures The Twilight Zone The Venusian & Invader Action Figures

If you love Mego-style figures, don't miss this awesome batch of fantastic newness! If you love lost, these were added:
Order Lost Sawyer and Juliet 8-Inch Action Figures from Entertainment Earth!
Order Lost Jack and Sayid 8-Inch Action Figures from Entertainment Earth!
Order Lost Miles and Claire 8-Inch Action Figures from Entertainment Earth!

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