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I'll Miss You, Coupon
November 1, 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.

Mace WinduFigure 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 Mace Windu figure from the seemingly similar but vastly improved release this past summer. 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 DayTakara Smallest Transforming Transformers Bumblebee Something new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? So far, only Star Wars!

Let's keep things going with the Takara Smallest Transforming Transformers Bumblebee figure from a few years back. It may be the only version of the figure you can fit up your nose-- it's Mini-Con small. Micromasters small. TINY. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

New Transformers Thunderwing Gallery, Black Animated Rodimus

TransformersWe Are ThunderwingA new gallery at KOToys.com showing off several pictures of the Decepticon best known for having temporarily pinched the Matrix... which drove him crazy. Sadly, no Matrix seems to be included, but the toy itself looks pretty sharp.

Hyper Hobby Magazine will be getting a black repaint of Animated Rodimus complete with Decepticon logo.

Less newsworthy (but perhaps useful), we spotted both Generations Blurr and Dirge yesterday at a Phoenix area Wal-Mart store. We've been told they started appearing as early as late September, but this is the first we've seen of them. In short: Dirge is basically exactly what you would expect if you have any of the classic mold Decepticon jets, complete with incorrect symbols on his wing and chest. Blurr is basically Generations Drift, although with better weapons. Neither is a bad buy, particularly for the $9.00 Target and Wal-Mart are currently charging for this type of toy.

--AP

Marvel Universe New Wave Hits Stores

MarvelHand of FateFans of Hasbro's growing Marvel Universe 3 3/4-inch figure line will be happy to know the latest wave is hitting stores-- we found them at a Phoenix-area Target. They include: Thanos, Iron Man 2020, Dark Hawkeye, Yellowjacket, and a bunch of repacks. (And the Juggernaut.)

--AP

Rare Movie G.I. Joe Hitting Closeout, New Vehicles Hitting

G.I. JoeThee Pits AgainThe Rise of Cobra line is getting its final lease on life with a grand dumping at closeout shops all over the USA. Be sure to check TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, and Tuesday Morning for Rise of Cobra figures at $3.99-$4.99. We found a Pit Viper and a friend of ours found a Kamakura-- although if he were a real friend, he would have bought us some extras as we want a sample. Curses. And good hunting.

After months of not seeing them locally, we finally spotted the Pursuit of Cobra Ice Cutter and AWE Striker at a Phoenix area Wal-Mart, although not the same one as we found the Transformers. We were busy. Each was $16.99 and it seems the AWE Striker is the faster seller so far.

--AP

Bricklink Founder Dies

LEGOWhat's NextA very popular resource of LEGO fans has been Bricklink, an unofficial marketplace where you could buy a set or even a piece that you wanted for, generally speaking, a pretty good price from another fan. We have been informed that Dan Jezek, founder of the site, has passed. No age was given, our hearts go out to his family and loved ones. He died in September.

--AP

DirecTV Drops G4
November 2, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayMezco Hellboy Golden Army Comic-Con Hellboy  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 Mezco Hellboy Golden Army Comic-Con Hellboy figure from 2008. While it looks great, it's a little fragile-- Mezco does fine work but you do need to be careful with this nifty collectible. 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 NewsUgnaughtFigure 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 Ugnaught figure from the Legacy Return of the Jedi wave. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers Q&A, Grapple Gallery

G.I. JoeGrappleThe KOToys.com forum has a gallery of Grapple showing the figure by itself and next to the always stunning Botcon exclusive Pyro. Or Spark. Whatever.

Also, Hasbro "answered" two of our questions as part of their regular Q&A program, and we assume the manner in which #1 was addressed was of the TLDR variety. Oh well, maybe we'll do better next time.

--AP

LEGO Getting Rockefeller Center

LEGORockefellerThanks to the always-great Brothers-Brick, check out this LEGO set of Rockefeller Center due in 2011.

Early 2011 release, 240 pieces, no price yet.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiStreet SlamThis week's WiiWare offerings are Gene Labs for $5/500 points and Robox for $10/1,000 points each.

The Virtual Console has Street Slam from the Neo Geo. It's $9/90 points.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: New Titles

Nintendo DSPaul's Shooting AdventureThis week's batch: Gene Labs , Paul's Shooting Adventure (each $2/200 points), and Peg Solitaire ($8/800 points). There ya go.

--AP

I Got A Joke I Can't Tell Until 2011
November 3, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Marvel Universe Iron Patriot Action Figure 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 Marvel Universe Iron Patriot Action Figure figure from the summer's great batch of Marvel Universe toys. 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 NewsClone TrooperFigure of the Day has updated once again! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of The Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Clone Trooper figure from 2009, which is a white one with the newer helmet style. Oddly, plain white clones are increasingly rare in the line these days. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Mac OS Getting Civilization This November

Video GamesPKE MeterLove Civilization but are using a Mac? You're in luck! It's coming from Aspyr in a few weeks via retail and/or digital download for fifty bones. Be sure to read the specs.

--AP

New Sea Adventurer "Picture"

G.I. JoeDial-ToneThe G.I. Joe Collector's Club has a new preview image for the Sea Adventurer which will come with a redeco MANTIS sub! This club exclusive is a separate purchase-- not a club freebie-- much like the Land Adventurer and other sets from earlier in the year. We can't wait to see more!

--AP

Mattel vs. MGA Bratz Lawsuit

ToysWHUTThe LA Business Journal says the MGA lawsuit has resulted in a new trial which means things are looking up for MGA after having its Bratz line more or less pulled from the market for about a year. A judge granted MGA the ability to start shipping new product to shelves a few months ago.

From the journal: "The judge confirmed earlier rulings by other courts that $100 million in damages awarded to Mattel after a 2008 jury trial should be vacated, and granted MGA's request for a new trial. The trial is set for Jan. 11."

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Virtual Pool 3New to download this week: God of War: Collection and Hoard . We are told, Sony's official posts aren't up yet.

Virtual Pool 3 is the PSOne classic this week.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPBreakquestNew to download this week: A new PSP Mini called Breakquest . In theory, anyway. Slow week.

--AP

Happy Meal Has Run Out Of Happy
November 4, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Red Alert 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 Transformers Generations Red Alert figure from Hasbro. As repaints with slight remolding go, it's exactly what you should be hoping for. 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 NewsClone Pilot GojiFigure 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 Pilot Goji figure which is still reasonably new. Never saw him on the show? Re-watch the "Zillo Beast" Clone Wars episodes. 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 (and two more)

Xbox Live ArcadeYu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade DuelsXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duels, a $10/800 points game with the trading cards you, in theory, enjoy. Do you?

Also new is and old fighting game from SNK Playmore, THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2002 UNLIMITED MATCH , a $10/800 points fighter. We really should give this a whirl but we've been traveling all week.

We also missed two more from last week, which had two games already: Haunted House for $10/800 points and Bloody Good Time, another rare $5/400 points game.

--AP

G.I. Joe Jurassic Joe Returns? Maybe?

G.I. JoeNew?A "mystery pilot" that may or may not be a "Jurassic Joe" figure (an as-of-yet unreleased subline of Jurassic Park toys made from G.I. Joe parts) is up at HISSTank.com and is complete with Hasbro Far East markings on his face. We have literally no read on what's going on with this line, but if you know anything do let us know.

--AP

Transformers Jazz Image Gallery

TransformersJazzOver at TFW2005 is a mirrored gallery of Jazz, who's due any time now which shows some new angles. There's also a good look of his c-clamp speakers, which means he may be one of very few modern Transformers to actually have audio equipment who aren't Soundwave.

--AP

New Man or Astro-Man 7" Image

MusicNEWThe famous Henry from Chunklet posted this image of the new Man or Astro-Man 7" record and tweeted the following: "Glimpse of the Man...or Astro-Man? 7" for sale this weekend! Yes, that's a real circuit board!"

--AP

San Francisco To Ban Happy Meal Toys?

ToysComing NowJello was right, the town that hath given Jerry Brown has problems. NPR reports the city will be ruining a rite of passage for young San Franciscans in that "in an 8-3 vote, the [San Francisco's Board of Supervisors] passed a preliminary version of a new rule that forbids toy freebies with meals that don't meet minimum nutritional standards." What the hell, man?

While we were young, we knew the food was iffy. But like many boxes of sugar cereal, you do what you have to do.

--AP via

Man oh Man
November 5, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCommander VillFigure 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 Commander Vill figure from a few years ago, as seen in the "Dark Times"-era comics. 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 DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics Skeletor 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 Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Skeletor Action Figure figure from not too long ago, and it's as good as Skeletor can get. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

No Dylamug for MOTUC

Masters of the UniverseDylamugOver at He-Man.org is another Q&A round-up with Mattel which include a few new tidbits. For example, the guy in the picture? Not gonna get a toy. There's also a non-answer about the status of a New Adventures He-Man figure. Check it out, if you dare!

--AP

New Thundercats Gets Old Lion-O Voice

TVOldIt has been confirmed that the new Cartoon Network Thundercats cartoon has Larry Kenney as Lion-O. Larry was the original Lion-O and he did lots of other voices, including the announcer on Best Week Ever.

--AP

New Man or Astro-Man 7" and How To Get It

MusicNEWOnce more Chunklet.com has the scoop on how to get the new Man or Astro-Man 7" record with the Touchable Sound book. The songs include "Updated Theme to Supercar," which may or may not be the same version from the All Punk Rods album, plus "Earth Station Radio" presumably from the Jabberjaw No. 6 Pure Sweet Hell 4x7"/box CD.

"Paypal $39 directly to mike at soundscreendesign dot com (obviously take out the 'at' and 'dot' and replace with '@' and '.', skeezix) and, hey, don't say that Chunklet never did anything for you."

We ordered a copy to review for you later, and verified this was indeed the right place to do it.

--AP

Marvel Q&A with Hasbro

MarvelWoo!Hasbro and Hunter PR joined forces to let us ask questions. Here are two of them. You can read it here but it doesn't have any information you might see as newsworthy.

--AP

Conan Returns To TV Tonight
November 8, 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.

Hem DazonFigure 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 Hem Dazon figure from the (especially in hindsight) really good 2006 line of action figures. This one is unique in that Hasbro seemingly designed a chunk of it, as the figure in the film was just a head. 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 DayDC Direct Pocket Super Heroes Sinestro Action Figure Something new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? So far, only Star Wars!

Let's keep things going with the DC Direct Pocket Super Heroes Sinestro Action Figure from a few years back. We got ours at a Tower Records for basically a nickel. (Actually two bucks in a set with Hal Jordan.) So read on, dagnabbit!

--AP

New Unlicensed "Rodimus Prime" Upgrade Shots

TransformersTil All Are One, Or Created by HasbroA new gallery at TFW2005 shows the world a look at a Henkei-specific version of the Fansproject Protector Rodimus upgrade. It's certainly worth clicking to see.

--AP

Machete Blu-Ray Due January

Blu-RayHand of FateOne of our favorite films of 2010 was the flick Machete, and The Digital Bits reports it'll be on DVD and Blu-Ray in January. They also say:

"...20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced Robert Rodriguez' Machete for Blu-ray and DVD release on 1/4/11 (SRP $39.99 and $29.98). Extras on both will include an audience reaction track and deleted scenes. The BD will also include a Digital Copy."

--AP

New G.I. Joe Club Magazine Arrives

G.I. JoeThe G.I. Joe Collector's Club Magazine for November arrived over the weekend, and it's actually pretty good-- thin on content, but there were a few highlights. The main one being the cover, giving us the first color look at the Sea Wolf vehicle and the Sea Adventurer for the 3 3/4-inch Adventure Team sub-line. Having picked up the first sets, we can say that it's a fun line and we don't feel stupid paying the premium.

Sea Wolf

The other neat article was an extended look at the design of the Pursuit of Cobra Cobra Trooper SWAT figure, which has a ridiculous amount of gear and detail. There are loads of images and a great interview, which is something I'd love to see more of on these figures. Great work, Joe Club!

--AP

Skeeter Plucked From Obscurity, Enters Comics

MuppetsSkeeterIf you loved the Muppets and were young enough to be watching Saturday morning TV in the 1980s, you may recall Skeeter. Skeeter was a new character on Muppet Babies who, for the most part, was ignored in future projects. Our pal Joe found an adult version of the character in the new comic books based on the characters, which is, well, it surprised us. Do check it out.

--AP

Never Gonna Take Us Alive
November 9, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Cybertronian Megatron Action FigureSomething 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 Generations Cybertronian Megatron Action Figure figure from around Septemberish. The robot mode rocks, the transformation is great, and the vehicle... is there. 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 NewsKoffi AranaFigure 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 Koffi Arana figure from the very first Purge comic book, millions of years ago. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers Perceptor Gallery

TransformersPerceptorThe KOToys.com forum has a gallery of Perceptor showing its many modes. Of interest: fantastic cartoon-ish robot mode, stellar choices of color, "MR 5 1409" license plate, and some size comparisons. If you weren't already excited for this figure, you should be by now.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiMix SuperstarThis week's WiiWare offerings are Mix Superstar for $5/500 points and Gods vs Humans for $15/1,500 points each.

The Virtual Console has no new releases, but Capcom sent us a press release highlighting it will be releasing new games for the service later this year. They say "This winter, Capcom is bringing its classic arcade titles to the Nintendo Wii¹s Virtual Console Arcade." No prices or dates were given, but the titles are: 1942, Black Tiger, Commando: Wolf of the Battlefield, EXED EXES, Ghost 'n Goblins, and SONSON. Are you excited? No? Well, we tried.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week: New Titles

Nintendo DSGO Series Pinball Attack!This week's batch: Adventure in Vegas: Slot Machine , Discolight (each $2/200 points), and GO Series Pinball Attack! ($5/500 points). There ya go.

--AP

New Aquabats EP Today

MusicAquabatsFor fans of The Aquabats, their new album is coming in 2010. Today though, they have a new EP called "Radio Down!" 3 songs, no [known] physical release. Amazon has it for $2.29, iTunes has it for $2.49.

We hope it's fun. And they're really not much of a ska act anymore, but since it's also no longer 1996 we're OK with that.

--AP

It's Too Soon
November 10, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayOnell Design Glyos System Silver Gobon Action FigureSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Tell a friend if you like it, give meaning to our miserable lives!

We're very fond of this Onell Design Glyos System Silver Gobon Action Figure which we got in the mail last summer. It's not quite a designer toy, and it's not quite a mass-market plaything. It takes the best of both, and it's cheap. Buy one, you're welcome. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and send us more toys to write about!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCommander BlyFigure 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 Commander Bly figure from a Target exclusive set, which is actually less authentic than the previous releases. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers Cheetor Transtech Art, Alt Mode

TransformersNiceThe Transformers Collectors Club Transtech Cheetor is now sort of up for perusal. The great Derrick Wyatt did the new head sculpt, and the deco is inspired by all sorts of toys. The page has the robot art and vehicle modes. Oh, and he's an Autobot.

And if you're still reading, click here to see Thunderwing's removable drone accessory.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Crescent Pale MistNew to download this week: Crescent Pale Mist. We were told that this is what Pepsi will be calling Slice in a few years. Actually, it looks kinda neat-- see some more here.

Crash Bandicoot is a PSOne classic on sale this week, down to $2.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPMonster Jam: Path Of DestructionNew to download this week: Monster Jam: Path Of Destruction for $19.99. It's still no Truckasaurus.

New PSP Minis were put out too, Fort Commander II: Counterattack and 3, 2, 1 ŠSupercrash! are out. Each is under $5.

--AP

The Tokyo Sandblaster
November 11, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Pursuit of Cobra G.I. Joe Quick KickSomething 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 Pursuit of Cobra G.I. Joe Quick Kick figure from Hasbro. It combines a little Bruce Lee with the retro G.I. Joe Kung Fu Grip fist, basically making it a very retro looking toy that has tons of articulation and is generally awesome. 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 NewsObi-Wan KenobiFigure of the Day has updated once again! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of The Legacy Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Obi-Wan Kenobi figure from 2006 which is, basically, the same as the 2010 Vintage guy. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Hasbro (Potentially) Confirms No Jurassic Joe

Jurassic ParkNot Happening?Yet another Jurassic Park G.I. Joe test shot has appeared on eBay and, if Hasbro is to be believed, this may be the only place you'll ever see them. What a drag, we would love to have seen the packaging designs for these.

Odds are eBay will be the only place you see these figures, so if you didn't buy one from an Asian auction you'll probably pay through the nose. Fan site Johio.com participated in Hasbro's Q&A and got this answer on the leaked Jurassic Park line which would have used G.I. Joe molds:

"The Jurassic Park figures that were leaked online, were in fact, prototypes for a line that never made it to store."

Hasbro does employ crafty use of the English language and in at least one case in a recent Q&A has an outright falsehood, but this has been par for the course in these official Q&As over the past few years. It's possible that there's another half of the sentence they aren't sharing just yet, but for the time being the official word is that these aren't going to make it out there. (And no, we have zero inside information on any future releases on Jurassic Park for 2011 or 2012-- we expected to see more this year, but we guess Toys "R" Us wussed out.)

--AP

Nintendo Wisely Trademarks Common Phrase

NintendoIs It?Pretty much every news outlet is reporting that Nintendo is trademarking the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong," presumably for marketing purposes. It's a nice tagline. Wired's research pegs the phrase as being coined by Ice Cube. Good man, that Ice Cube.

--AP

Transformers Fake Thundercracker ID Guide

TransformersJazzOne of the most maddening things in collecting toys these days is a surprising influx of high-quality fakes out of Asia. Convention exclusives, vintage robots, and more are getting knocked off and the latest victim is Henkei Thundercracker, previously known as the most common version of the "classics" toy. Seibertron.com has a gallery comparing the real deal from the fake and while there are some very good telltale signs, most of them are in robot mode. As such, you might be safer dealing in loose ones, or perhaps just waiting for Hasbro to make a new one in the inevitable Classics 4.0 wave in 2014.

--AP

Jason and the Argonauts Revoltech

ToysDeadNCS has a few new pre-orders today including this swell Revoltech Jason and the Argonauts Skeleton Warrior coming in February. It's a high-end action figure (meaning $39.90) of the classic Ray Harryhousen effect, and really, it's about as good as you can expect. If you're in Japan, you can get it, otherwise expect to pay to import one.

--AP

Revoltech Godzilla Anguirus A-Coming

GodzillaJapanComing to Japan in February 2011 is Revoltech Anguirus and he's totally packed with articulation and detail. He'll be close to $40, but this is a $40 action figure-- just look at it! As a Japanese import, don't expect to see too many in the USA.

--AP

Three Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeGuwangeXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Guwange, a $10/800 points shooting game set in the late Muromachi age of Japan. Now that sounds like a good time!

Also new is The UnderGarden, a $10/800 points puzzler. They claim it's a "a unique new world exploring large underground caverns, encountering mysterious creatures to befriend or avoid."

For $15/1,200 points is Faery, an RPG with freaky tree face things and winged people doing stuff.

--AP

Octopus Loss
November 12, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsSebulbaFigure 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 Sebulba figure from 1999, and this was the first attempt. 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 DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics Skeletor 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 BanDai Tamagoras Get Back to Job Lion figure from, we think, 2008. "Tamagoras" are basically Japanese Meteorbs, and the original toys from the He-Men line were indeed licensed BanDai toys. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Unused Takara Dirt Boss Animated Concept

TransformersHe's The BossVia Twitter a few people posted this Takara design for a Dirt Boss toy which, sadly, will never happen-- every generation needs it Arcee or Unicron, right? Take a look at what may have been on Photobucket.

--AP

Entertainment Earth Gets Wal-Mart Exclusive G.I. Joes

G.I. JoeG.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Offscreen Exclusive Action Figure Set Our sponsors/day job got in some hard-to-find 2009 Rise of Cobra items from G.I. Joe. The G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Offscreen Exclusive Action Figure Set has Monkey Wrench, Tunnel Rat, Gung Ho, Copperhead, Shockblast, and a Night Creeper and the whole deal is $34.99 which, we believe, is slightly less than Wal-Mart charged. Good hunting!

--AP

Ad: Entertainment Earth Gets Star Wars Vintage Wave 3

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I Swear It's True
November 15, 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.

Battle 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 first line of figures known as "Saga Legends." As part of a two-pack, it was cheap-- and because you got two figures in the one set, it really was cheap. 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 DayHasbro Transformers Animated Arcee Action FigureSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? So far, only Star Wars!

Let's take a walk on the pinker side with Hasbro Transformers Animated Arcee Action Figure from this year, and as of last weekend we saw more hitting retail yet again. So read on, dagnabbit!

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New Generations Pics, New Old Cybertron Toys Arriving

TransformersWheeljackAmazon Japan posted a bunch of new photos this weekend including Wheeljack in color, the Frenzy & Rumble set, and some more clear shots of Scourge. While Rumble and Frenzy have not been confirmed for the USA there are rumors that they may be a Voyager-sized 2-pack, although both toys appear to be Scout-class figures.

Space GangstaOver at The Allspark, the instructions for Thunderwing revealed a new variant head of Black Shadow, a Japan-only Decepticon gangster character. The toy has not been announced for production, and it's entirely possible the toy won't see production unless it's folded into the movie line or made as an exclusive. So don't get your hopes up too high yet, it's entirely possible we got a sneak peek at a toy that we weren't meant to see at all.

In a bit of a surprise move, we saw three different Transformers in 25th Anniversary (dated 2005) packaging at Wal-Mart over the weekend-- specifically Brakedown, Backstop, and Brushguard. Each was $4.00 even, which is a steal-- seriously, you're a putz if you don't throw down the four bucks to buy at least one of those toys. They're way better (and cheaper) than the Legends-class toys on the market today. Brushguard captured a lot of attention for being a Decepticon Botanist, but like most things in most fandoms people stopped giving a crap pretty much immediately.

Knock-off Botcon Mirage toys are showing up-- and Seibertron.com posted a guide to spot fakes.

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New Iron Man 2 Comic Figures Hitting

MarvelWave 4While Iron Man 2 seems to be doing well, new figures feel far and few between-- so we were happy when Wave 4 of the Iron Man 2 comic figures showed up at a grocery store over the weekend. New releases include Ultimate Iron Man, a cyborg War Machine, Mandarin, and the comic version of Whiplash-- plus existing figures. Good hunting!

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UK Gets Hacked NES Donkey Kong Complete

NintendoBrass MonkeyRemember that UK-only Wii bundle with a pre-installed Donkey Kong on it? Well, we found out why it's special. Tinycartridge.com reports it's not the NES original, but rather a hacked version with the missing Cement Factory stage and additional animations. Wow. How do we get this?

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NBC Thursday 3-Hour Sitcom Block?

TVHand of FateWith NBC's Parks & Recreation on hiatus-- despite nearly 16 episodes being completed-- a lot of speculation has gone out wondering just how or where it might air. Zap2it reports NBC is considering a 3-hour Thursday sitcom block, which may be a first as a regular weekly thing. Since Outsourced became a surprise (to us) hit, it seems the network actually has a surplus of worthwhile sitcoms to air these days.

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Vintage G.I. Joe Rocky Balboa Sculpt Revealed

G.I. JoeHand of FateThe hard-working fans behind HISStank.com have shots of the Rocky Balboa sculpt. The figure that preceded Big Boa and never made it out due to various reasons can now be seen, sort of, but as a 2-up which is unpainted. Check out a piece of toy history!

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Matty Monday: Grizzlor & Grayskull II

Masters of the UniverseSkeeterMattel's monthly exercise in frustration is live at 9:00 AM PST today, which means lucky fans can order a Great Wars Weapons set, Grizzlor, or King Grayskull. There's also a new Peter Venkman available, plus a JLU Parademon 2-Pack.

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Don't Turn The Radio Down
November 16, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Marvel Universe Dark Wolverine Action FigureSomething 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 Marvel Universe Dark Wolverine Action Figure figure from late Summer. It's basically a Wolverine with extra stabbing power and a tattoo. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsPalpatineFigure 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 Palpatine figure 2005 which underwent quite a few transformations, between swappable parts and variants and whatnot. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Transformers News Round-Up: Kup, Rumble, Frenzy

TransformersKupThe KOToys.com forum has a gallery of Kup showing that this is a genuinely spectacular little toy, and it's due next year. While it is odd to see him with a believable Earth mode, the figure does have a great gun which fits in nicely, plus can snap on to the roof of his car with those little c-clamps. That's what we're going to call them. Anyway it looks like a great toy and we're all quite pleased that good things came to those who waited.

There has also been confusion on the size of the new Rumble and Frenzy toys-- most best estimates, including this article by fan Matt Booker, shows that these are above-average Scout-sized toys. It's unknown how they will be sold in the USA, but in Japan it'll be a two-pack near the Voyager price point.

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LEGO 2011 Images Galore

TransformersNEWOnce again Brickpedia seems to have most of the early 2011 LEGO offerings up including Star Wars, a new Beyblade-esque line with Ninjas called Ninjago, and a new Adventure theme called Pharaoh's Quest. Well worth investigating!

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Ross Also Gets Wal-Mart Exclusive G.I. Joes

G.I. JoeG.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Offscreen Exclusive Action Figure Set The hard-to-find 2009 Rise of Cobra items from G.I. Joe have now shown up at Ross stores for $5.99 per 2-pack... but the paint jobs and packaging were in questionable condition in our hunting. The sets include Monkey Wrench, Tunnel Rat, Gung Ho, Copperhead, Shockblast, and a Night Creeper, check your stores for availability.

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Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiDerby DogsThis week's WiiWare offerings are Derby Dogs and Triple Running Sports, each for $5/500 points.

The Virtual Console has no new releases. Hop to it, Capcom.

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Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSGo Fetch!This week's batch: 21: Blackjack ($2/200 points), Go Fetch! ($5/500 points,) and Need For Speed: Nitro-X ($8/800 points). If you dare.

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NBC Thursday 3-Hour Sitcom Block!

TVYepDeadline.com has confirmed NBC's 3-hour Thursday sitcom block. Kudos on delaying Outsourced to even later at night so we can continue to try to not watch it.

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Yub Nub
November 17, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Universe Cyclonus Action FigureSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Tell a friend if you like it, give meaning to our miserable lives!

We're very fond of this Hasbro Transformers Universe Cyclonus Action Figure which we got in the mail not too long ago. We got the Chinese exclusive gift set, but a similar toy is coming to the USA very soon-- just barely different, and a lot cheaper. We goofed. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and send us more toys to write about!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsDarth MaulFigure 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 Maul figure from 1999, and he's something of a classic, sort of. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Transformers Generations Wave 5 Out, Megatron Gets Safe

TransformersNEWThe TFW2005 Boards have proof of Skullgrin being bought which basically means that Transformers Generations Cybertronian Cliffjumper and Thunderwing are also starting to show up places-- there are sightings at multiple chains all over the USA, so keep your eyes peeled everywhere!

In a surprise bit of news, despite packaged samples previously showing something else it seems that Legends Megatron may get a safety orange cap after all. It's visually interesting and now apparently will create yet another legendary variation-- good hunting!

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PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Crazy TaxiNew to download this week: Crazy Taxi, 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures 2, Sky Fighter, and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time HD. We don't have any jokes to make, this is a pretty great lineup.

Money Idol Exchanger and Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special are the import PSOne classics on sale this week, each is $5.99.

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PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPPeggle PSPNew to download this week: Peggle PSP, Split Second, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Predator, and various linguistic variants of Pro Evolution Soccer 2011.

New PSP Minis were put out too, Jewel Keepers: Easter Island and Who¹s That Flying?! are out. Each is under $6.

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Not Feeling Well
November 18, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Pursuit of Cobra G.I. Joe Quick KickSomething 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 Transformers Universe Galvatron Action Figure figure from Hasbro. It takes a problematic figure and manages to give it a better paint job, but the toy itself is far, far worse. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsAdmiral AckbarFigure 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 Admiral Ackbar figure that we just got this week. It's pretty nice. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Freezepop Releases New Single

MusicMusicFreezepop put up a new song Doppelganger from their new album Imaginary Friends coming in December. Worth a look.

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Two Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeGuwangeXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, a $10/800 points arcade game which we have heard is the most awesomest thing in years. Were we not spewing, we'd check it out.

Also new is Alien Breed 3: Descent, a $10/800 points shooter. They claim it's an "explosive science fiction arcade-shooter with an epic story, swarms of highly intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weapons, highly detailed environments, developed using Epic Games' Unreal® Engine 3."

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You Can Do This Time On Your Head
November 19, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at the Luke Skywalker figure from this summer, and he's the second modern version of the character. 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 DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics Skeletor 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 Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Breacher figure from just a few months ago-- but he's still damned near impossible to find. He's designed to ride around in Sea Spray's vehicle mode, too! So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Cry At The Transformers Skullcruncher You'll Never Get; 1st Pics of Breacher

TransformersNomVia TFW2005 a there's a mini treasure chest of previously unseen prototype images including the pictured Robot Heroes Skullcruncher.

Other new-to-you items include art of Cyclonus, an unmade non-transforming Titanium Scourge, and a Legends Ratbat. Wow, we really missed out.

Also notable, TFW2005.com has the first picks of Deep Dive [login required]. It's a Decepticon Sea Spray repaint. Try to remain surprised. In more exciting news, the picture was found inside Jazz and Tracks, which are apparently shipping now.

--AP

Man or Astro-Man Announces Left Coast Dates

MusicNo AZ While the band's dates aren't on their own web site yet, Double Crown Records has Man or Astro-Man's Winter 2010 tour dates. Which do not include Arizona. Not that we're bitter.

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Slow Weekend
November 22, 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.

Rebel 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 Rebel Trooper figure from this year's Target-exclusive Hoth packs. It's also a "lost" figure from 2009 that never made it to retail when intended, but here it is, so you won't care as much. 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 DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics Optikk Action FigureSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? So far, only Star Wars!

Let's take a walk on the pinker side with Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Optikk Action Figure from this year, his real name is pronounced through a series of blinks. So read on, because it beats pretending to work!

--AP

Spastic Getting Name Change?

TransformersSpastic PlasticA post at TFW2005 hints that Hasbro may be reconsidering the name for its upcoming Transformers Power Core Combiners toy Spastic. Depending on the status of the packaging and all, it could end up being a running change or (since this didn't come out of Hasbro directly) something that may not end up happening. Either way, it's fun to watch people scream at each other isn't it?

Transformers Power Core Combiners Spastic (Stunticons)

As always, you can pre-order the toy from our sponsors at Entertainment Earth.

--AP

Revoltech Predator Figure Is Awesome

Alien vs. PredatorPredatorA post at the Hobbystock Blog is loaded with new Japanese toy images including Zoids, One Piece, and many others-- including this new Revoltech Predator figure. It's pretty swell and, for now, probably only going to Japan.

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In The Back Room
November 23, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Cybertronian Soundwave Action FigureSomething 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 Generations Cybertronian Soundwave Action Figure figure from late Summer. It's a weird mishmash between the original Soundwave toy and new influences, all from the War for Cybertron video game. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated, Hasbro Q&A Too

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsMontrossFigure 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 Montross figure that just started showing up last week. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!


Also, Hasbro and HunterPR answered our increasingly obnoxious questions about the line-- this time focusing on the horrors of unannounced exclusives and Zam Wesell. Read on!

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Transformers Japan-Only Repaints

TransformersKupA number of forums are showing off previews images of new Japan-only exclusives including Mini-Con Targetmaster repaints and two 3-figure sets of repaints. One has Rodimus, Kup, and a new Junkion (Wreck-Gar with a new head) while the other has Cyclonus, Galvatron, and Scourge. Specific deco has not been shown, but fans of Targetmasters, prepare to wince as this is going to be getting expensive.

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New 3 3/4-Inch Spider-Man Villains Revealed

Spider-ManSpider-Man 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Wave 6 Our sponsor/employer Entertainment Earth revealed new waves of Spider-Man figures today including new villains. Specifically, the Scorpion and the Lizard. We're quite keen to see the Lizard in person. Looks like a great line!

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiSpin MasterThis week's WiiWare offering is Snowpack Park, for $8/800 points.

The Virtual Console has Spin Master for NeoGeo, and it's $9/900 points.

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Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSTetris Party LiveThis week's batch: Music On: Electric Guitar ($2/200 points), Supermarket Mania ($5/500 points,) and Tetris Party Live ($5/500 points). If you dare.

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Like Breath On A Mirror
November 24, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Universe Cyclonus Action FigureSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Tell a friend if you like it, give meaning to our miserable lives!

We're very fond of this Hasbro Transformers Universe Rodimus Action Figure which we got in the mail not too long ago. We got the Chinese exclusive gift set, but a similar toy is coming to the USA very soon-- just barely different, and a lot cheaper. This is what you get for not waiting to see how different the US version will be. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and send us more toys to write about!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsSecret Apprentice (Starkiller)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 Secret Apprentice (Starkiller) figure from 2008, which was finalized before the final look of the in-game character was. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Transformers United Pics, More MP Rodimus Images

TransformersNEWThe Transformers 2010 publication got out and is packed with pictures of all sorts of goodies! Unmade toy concepts for the abandoned Transformers: Heroes line, tons of new shots of Masterpiece Rodimus, new United images, and a lot more. Clearly worth the look.

Also interesting, Simon Furman is now releasing details of the unreleased Energon comic books which became axed as Dreamwave Productions folded and its employees went unpaid. Hey, neat!

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Spelunker HDNew to download this week: Dragon's Lair, Dream Chronicles, PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX, Spelunker HD, Magic: the Gathering ­ Duels of the Planeswalker, Auditorium HD, and Beat Sketcher. Another great lineup.

Arc the Lad II and Arc Arena: Monster Tournament are the import PSOne classics on sale this week, each is $3.99-$5.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPBombermanNew to download this week: Bomberman, and Worms: Battle Islands.

New PSP Minis were put out too, Jelly Car 2 specifically. It is $2.99.

--AP

Dreaming of Spring
November 25, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Marvel Universe Venom (Dark Spider-Man) Action FigureSomething 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 Marvel Universe Venom (Dark Spider-Man) Action Figure figure from Hasbro. It takes a non-Venom body and makes it Venom. You can even see the clothing wrinkles. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at the Clone Trooper figure from a few years ago, back when clone repaints were actually a novelty and requested highly by collectors. How times have changed. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Playmobil Germany Reveals More New (To You) Specials

PlaymobilPlaymobilPlaymobil Germany has a lot of new specials up including Samurai, Dragon Prince, a girl in a bikini, and others you may have previously not seen. Specials used to come out in the USA and Europe the same year, but now some of these will be delayed a year-- so good hunting and happy waiting.

--AP

Crazy Taxi for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeCrazy TaxiXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Crazy Taxi, a $10/800 points arcade game which we hear drops the product placement and soundtrack of the original. You can add your own soundtrack, but yeah, no more KFC kiddies.

--AP

Garfield's Thanksgiving Special Sucked
November 26, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Commander (Bantha 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 (Bantha Squad) figure from this summer, a unique trooper that hasn't really done anything on the show yet. But hey, he's got a cool name, right? Sort of? Not really. 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 Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Sea SprayOur 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 Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Sea Spray figure from just a few months ago-- he's still available, coming to Japan, and pretty darned big for an update of a minibot! So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

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More Japan Transformers Image Scans

TransformersNomA site has a big gallery of new toy pics, but TheAllSpark's mirror is easier to peruse. New pictures include Japan's deco for Cybertronian Megatron and Transformers United G1 Megatron, another Bumblebee repaint, and some other goodies.

We are told McDonald's has movie-based non-transforming character toys in their happy meals in the USA right now. Good hunting.

Not licensed but arguably interesting, the Perfect Effect Blog has images of its Ejector and Rewinder toys. These are new-ish so yeah, check 'em out. No, they aren't tapes.

--AP

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RIP Leslie Neilsen
November 29, 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.

Imperial Scanning 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 Imperial Scanning Trooper figure from 2009's "Legacy" line. It was meant to have a companion scanner which never saw production. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

Finally, Galactic Hunter posted a preview of the Target-exclusive Vintage 9-pack, which is probably the best price and packaging we've seen for a box of repacks in quite some time. 9 figures, $50, and a lot of these are essential figures if you don't already have them.

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16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayLEGO Minifigures Series 1 Super WrestlerSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? So far, only Star Wars!

Let's take a walk on the pinker side with LEGO Minifigures Series 1 Super Wrestler from this year, which may be better known as a "Mexican Wrestler" or "Luchadore." Seriously, who in the English language would call this guy a Super Wrestler? So read on, because it beats pretending to work!

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New Transformers Galleries, New Toys Released

TransformersScourgeLooking for previews of new toys-- even when you can't get the ones that are shupping? KOToys.com has a gallery of Scourge as well as one of G2 Laser Optimus Prime, the latter of which doesn't seem to be as clear (or the toy as good) as usual. Still, worth checking out.

A Gallery of Lugnut at HK-TF has been up and down at the whims of Photobucket-- so check it out, but it might be gone.

We found Power Core Combiners Grimstone and Steamhammer at a Phoenix-area Wal-Mart. We also found Generations Skullgrin, Thunderwing, and Cliffjumper at various Targets-- apparently if you see a store with empty pegs, it may be worth your while to ask them to pull out a box. (That's how we found Thunderwing.) We have personally seen and bought all 5 of these toys. We hear (but have not seen) Jazz and Tracks are hitting Walgreen's (yes, the drug store) as well as Kmart but have not found any just yet. Good hunting.

...for the curious, Grimstone is about on par with other PCC toys we've bought-- sort of floppy and awkward-- while Thunderwing is short, but really pretty cool. At press time we're still photographing and opening the other toys, but we'd strongly suggest avoiding Grimstone unless you get it cheap.

Also we caught the premiere episode of Transformers Prime and hated it. Your mileage may vary. We suggest you take the 22 minutes you'd have spent watching this driving around to find new toys instead.

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G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Wave 3 Gallery

G.I. JoePredatorA post at HISSTank.com has carded and loose images of Pursuit of Cobra Wave 3 including the Cobra Shock Trooper, another Snake Eyes, another Storm Shadow, and another Duke. Good stuff.

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Jazz Is Back
November 30, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Iron Man 2 Comic Series Iron MongerSomething 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 Comic Series Iron Monger figure from September. It's blue, big, and somewhat hard to get in some markets. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsGalen MarekFigure 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 Galen Marek figure in his Mandalorian armor, which is pretty darned nice. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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TFClub Customs/Unlicensed Figure Updates

TransformersKupWhatever your preferred euphemism may be, TFW2005 happens to be showing off new TFClub items including deformed toys, targetmasters, headmasters, and some other things Hasbro hasn't licensed and, if history is any indication, will ignore.

Also, we found Reveal the Shield Special Ops Jazz and Turbo Tracks at a Phoenix area Kmart, although pricing is all over the place because Hasbro's data entry person never sent UPCs to Kmart. For shame. Ours cost $10.99 each, although we have heard many fans getting them for as little as $5-- your mileage may vary. It took us about 30 minutes to get our samples at full price, and we must say Tracks was arguably worth it. (Jazz, we haven't opened yet.) High marks also to Skullgrin and very high marks to Power Core Combiners Steamhammer.

Finally, promos on the Hub Network indicate that after the initial 5-part miniseries, Transformers Prime will be on hiatus until February 2011.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiMagical Drop 2This week's WiiWare offering is Airport Mania: First Flight, for $5/500 points and HB Arcade Disc Golf for $10/1,000 points.

The Virtual Console has Magical Drop 2 for NeoGeo, and it's $9/900 points.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSCave StoryThis week's batch: Frenzic ($2/200 points), Spot It! Challenge ($5/500 points,) and Cave Story ($10/1,000 points). Cave Story!

--AP

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