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Boing Boom Tschak
December 1, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBoba FettFigure 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 Boba Fett figure from the cartoon, which means he doesn't have his helmet or all of his armor just yet. He's also short. 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 Xtractaurs Comic Series Battlespike StyracosaurusSomething 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 Mattel Xtractaurs Comic Series Battlespike Styracosaurus which we found at a dollar store, which is unusual for Mattel product that still sells for $10 at Toys "R" Us. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and send us more toys to write about!

--AP

Battle Beast To Get Retail Release?

Battle BeastsNEWThe Battle Beasts News Blog has images and news of an actual retail release! The Aligator figure will get its fourth repaint and its first retail release with an upcoming carry case. Click here for the full scoop.

There's also a C2E2 figure we/you missed, which you should see.

--AP

Transformers Botcon 2007 Class Overkill/Grimlock Kit Auction

TransformersOverkillIn 2007, Botcon had a custom class in which fans could build and paint Overkill based on the Grimlock mold. Later, an actual Overkill would get released but this unbuilt kit on eBay is arguably priceless as it was made in a tiny, tiny quantity. This may be the only unbuilt kit you see before you die at the hands of your own children-- it's coming, don't deny it-- so check it out. Starting bid? $4,000.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Funky Lab RatNew to download this week: Dead Nation, and Funky Lab Rat. Obviously, last week was a fluke.

Blockids and Blockids are the import PSOne classics on sale this week, each is $5.99.

--AP

All Right We All Hate You, We Hate You a Lot
December 2, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayLEGO Minifigures Series 2 MimeSomething 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 LEGO Minifigures Series 2 Mime figure from LEGO, of course. It has a beret and three heads-- not a bad mix of parts. 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 NewsCount DookuFigure 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 Count Dooku figure from October, a newish (and still available) Target exclusive. It's notable for an improved, less angry head sculpt. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Q&A Update, New Transformers RTS G2 Laser Prime Gallery

TransformersPrimeOnce again KOToys.com has a new gallery of Laser Optimus Prime which is supposedly due in late 2010 but will probably be an early 2011 release. It's better than the previous gallery, although it's up to you if the figure is good or not. What do you think?

At TFW2005, a possible remold of the upcoming Lugnut toy was revealed-- and this time it's not obvious who the head is supposed to be.

ACToys.net has a gallery of the Rodimus Prime upgrade set, which we would describe as "chunky" rather than smooth. As with other upgrade kits, this is an unlicensed item which is while we'll be giggling when people make knock-offs of it in the future.


But wait, there's more! Hasbro & Hunter PR answered some questions but there's not much meat on those bones-- click through to read about 2011 exclusives and the "legends" assortment, again!

--AP

Aquabats New Album Stuff: Hi-Five Soup!

MusicMusicVia MySpace, Fearless Records posted the full skinny on the new Aquabats LP coming early next year. The full 12-song track listing, album cover, Strong Bad guest spot, and everything else is up for the seeing.

--AP

Unbound Saga for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeUnbound SagaXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Unbound Saga, a $10/800 points game which involves brawling and some sort of wild comic world, suposedly.

Two other offers launched today. One, a 400 point rebate on select games (when you buy two at full price), which may be good if you're in the market. More exciting is this opt-in rewards program which gives you free points when you buy certain things-- it's worth checking out/signing up for.

--AP

FOTD Is A Lot Of Work
December 3, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsWicketFigure 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 Wicket figure 1998, which was the only one in the modern line until about a month ago. Now he's old-- real old. But he's still neat, right? 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 HailstormOur 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 Hailstorm figure which literally just got repainted as Mindset! We prefer the original. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Transformers Compatible Perfect Effect Update

TransformersWhoaA Toynova update shows a lot of new Perfect Effect items. New entries include a "Ninja vs. Kingbat" set, what seems to be another new version of the Ultra Magnus upgrade armor, and something called SFX Scouting Force X which is clearly an update of the original Reflector toy-- the camera that splits into 3 robots. Neat!

--AP

Ghostbusters Get New (Downloadable) Game

GhostbustersWhoaAnother new Ghostbusters game is coming from Sony and Atari and this time, it's less an interactive movie and more like Gauntlet, so says USA Today's gaming ghetto. Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime is supposedly coming in the Spring, on PSN, XBLA, and PC.

--AP

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Weight Has Nothing To Do With It
December 6, 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.

Scout Trooper (Biker Scout)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 Scout Trooper (Biker Scout) figure from 2007's exclusive battle pack from Target, which is basically the Vintage figure with added dirt and grime. 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 DayLEGO Minifigures Series 2 Karate MasterSomething 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 2 Karate Master from this year, which is named about right. Due to (we think) weight-related automation reasons, he has two LEGO minifigure gold trophies. Neat! So read on, because it beats pretending to work!

--AP

New Transformers Strafe Gallery, More Fansproject Stuff

TransformersStrafeNeed more G1 references in your life? TaoBao has a gallery of Strafe and it's up for auction, too. The images are really good so it's worth a gander.

For fans of unofficial, unlicensed robots, Fansproject added a teaser with some repaints of currently available toys and three silhouettes of upcoming, unnamed products. It's speculated that these may be Insecticons or other new combiner limbs.

--AP

Glyos Henshin Force Revealed

GlyosHenshin ForceA post at the Onell Design Blog showcases their new Henshin Force figures in various colors. Clearly (heh) these are named after the Takara Henshin Cyborg toys, and come in colors similar to the exclusive clear Outer Space Men releases. No release date or prices are given.

--AP

Marvel Universe Wave 12 Hitting Stores

MarvelHenshin ForceWe spotted the contents of Marvel Universe Wave 12 in a few stores over the weekend-- specifically Target and Toys "R" Us. If you're in the market for the new Iron Man, World War Hulk, Doc Samson, Spider-Man 2099, or the others, start looking.

--AP

I Saw Son of Frank
December 7, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Spider-Man Super Poseable Spider-ManSomething 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 Spider-Man Super Poseable Spider-Man figure from earlier in the year. While slightly less articulated than a Marvel Universe figure, he's way more solid and a ton of fun to play with. 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 NewsBoba Fett (Rocket Firing)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 Boba Fett (Rocket Firing) figure that we just got in our mailbox over the weekend-- obviously it's not the real deal, but a 2010 remake. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

LEGO Minifigures Wave 4 Revealed

LEGOPunkensteinNow there's a scoop-- The Brothers Brick has images of series 4 of the LEGO Minifigures including Frankenstein's monster, a werewolf, a geisha, a painter, and a bunch of others. But really, the punk, geisha, and monsters should be enough to get your excited.

--AP

Transformers News Updates, Tracks License Plate

TransformersTracksWe love Turbo Tracks, but there's no license plate gag on him. Reprolabels.com corrected this with a new sticker sheet that also includes mirrors, alternate flame deco, and new lights for the car. Other items were added as well, but this is the one we want to talk about.

Some dude on TFW02005.com is doing new upgrade kits for Darkwing and Red Alert, so if you want new guns and heads, it's your lucky day.

The famous Peaugh added video reviews of Legends Starscream and Prowl as well as G2 Laser Optimus Prime and Scourge.

--AP

G.I. Joe Wave 4 Packaging Revealed

G.I. JoeLow-LightIf you've not seen them, ACToys.net has a gallery of wave 4 of Pursuit of Cobra including packaged samples of the soon-to-be-released toys. Check out Low-Light (pictured), Shadow Tracker, Destro, and Skydive. Or don't.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiSonSonThis week's WiiWare offerings are Fluidity, for $12/1,200 point, Racers' Islands - Crazy Arenas for $6/600 points, and Fireplacing for $5/500 points.

The Virtual Console has Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando and SonSon, both of which are arcade games from Capcom. Each is $8/800 points.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSSpace AceThis week's batch: Rytmik Rock Edition ($2/200 points), Space Ace ($8/800 points,) and Dairojo! Samurai Defenders ($8/800 points). Space Ace is indeed the animated game that isn't Dragon's Lair!

--AP

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Don't Notice Me
December 8, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at the Anakin Skywalker figure from the cartoon, he has more articulation than the previous figure, a jetpack, and a fishbowl. Nice. 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 Stealth Ninja Spider-ManSomething 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 Stealth Ninja Spider-Man which we bought because we wanted to write about it for you. It's just so weird. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and send us more toys to write about!

--AP

G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Vehicles at Ross, Cheap

G.I. JoeNEWThe TerrorDrome.com is reporting that hard-to-find second wave Bravo Vehicles from G.I. Joe: Pursuit of Cobra vehicles are hitting Ross, and for $11.99-- less than half of the normal going rate. Good hunting!

--AP

UK Transformers Exclusive Blind-Bag Mini-Cons

TransformersOverkillOver at Seibertron.com has some info and images of UK blind-bagged Mini-Cons with candy. It turns out the colors are indeed different from previously released figures, so Mini-Con collectors and variation hunters will want to check these out. Not all 12 figures have surfaced yet, but it seems it's an interesting batch of goodies.

--AP

New Freezepop "Imaginary Friends" Released

MusicImaginary FriendsFreezepop's CDs have been difficult to find in stores, and the band is self-releasing its new one. Imaginary Friends was released late Monday night and it includes a bonus EP if you download it directly-- or it did-- or it might.

Of note is a special edition 2-disc release which band member Sean T. Drinkwater "tweeted" at us and said the following: "The bonus disc is an entire other album called Secret Companion." We're excited-- the LE release has no specific release date, but if you buy it they let you download the standard album immediately. Hey, they're a good band, give them some money. Do it to spite the major labels.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Alien Breed 2: AssaultNew to download this week: Alien Breed 2: Assault, Kung-Fu Live, and Qlione Evolve.

No new classics were added this week.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPTron: Evolution PSPNew to download this week: Tron: Evolution PSP, Military History Commander: Europe at War, Neogeo Heroes Ultimate Shooting, Michael Jackson The Experience, The Lord of the Rings: Aragornıs Quest and Football Manager Handheld 2011.

New PSP Minis were put out too, Boom Beats, Blimp: The Flying Adventures, Arcade Essentials, Flying Hamster, and Aquattack.

--AP

Ted Koppel? A doppel.
December 9, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics Chief CarnivusSomething 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 Chief Carnivus figure from the Matty line, and it's one of very few 100% previously unmade as a toy characters in the line. 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 Trooper (7th Legion)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 (7th Legion) figure from 2007, a repaint of a then-novel removable helmet clone. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Transformers ROTF Add-On: Bludgeon Heads

TransformersBlood the Dark WarriorOnce again Headrobots has a new upgrade head ofr your toys which is actually priced pretty well. "Blood the Dark Warrior" has a head with two faces and two swords to upgrade your Revenge of the Fallen Bludgeon, which is pretty close to the current Generations aesthetic minus the head, really. The swords will be shiny and the head will be painted, and TFW2005.com has the scoop.

--AP

Sy-Klone in New ToyFare Magazine

Masters of the UniverseSy-KloneVia ToyFare via Proder News comes a shot of the 2011 figure Sy-Klone. It doesn't spin, but it does have a lenticular sticker on his torso-- which works for us! Check it out.

--AP

Fake Cookies, Japan Laughs At You

ToysKorokoro Sweets CollectionAt NCS is a cruel Japanese import in the form of fake plastic dessert on key chains. You too can see the somewhat realistic Korokoko Sweets Collection which has crackers, cookies, and candies that you can't eat. They also cost more than the real thing. What a treat?

--AP

2 Free Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeBomberman Live BattlefestXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Bomberman Live Battlefest, a $10/800 points game which involves blowing up people. The original Bomberman Live was a ton of fun, so we'll probably give this one a look.

Two free games (as in, you can get achievements and pay nothing) were also put up. One is Harms Way [sic], which involves racing cars while not being shot. The other is a piece of advergaming called Doritos Crash Course which is some sort of obstacle course that tries to convince you that you need cool ranch and/or orange fingers.

--AP

New Alien Prequel Name: Alien Paradise
December 10, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsAdmiral YularenFigure 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 Yularen figure 2009, which was the only Republic navy person that gets a toy and is not a clone. 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 Generations DarkmountOur 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 Generations Darkmount figure from September. Marvel fans may know him better as Straxus, but this is the name they gave us so suck on that chump. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Rarely seen G1 Transformers Concept Art, Designs

TransformersWhoaA thread on a forum is showcasing a number of unused character designs from the original Transformers series, including Cybertron Laserbeak and a version of Rodimus Prime based on the toy sculpt. Some very cool stuff to be seen here!

--AP

Canceled G.I. Joe Vehicles Hit eBay, Cheaply

G.I. JoeWhoaA (now sadly ended) auction for unreleased Target exclusive G.I. Joe movie vehicles and the prices were actually pretty good-- $40 for the set of 4, plus shipping. It featured a Ram Cycle, Flight Pod, Jungle Terror Twin Battle Gun, and an Air Assault Glider. These would probably have been about $10 each had they hit Target so watch eBay for more samples, the price is certainly right. (It's also going up-- this is the second or third time the seller listed these.)

--AP

Outer Space Men Get Vac-Metal Accessories, Christmas Repaints

Outer Space MenNEW!Our Outer Space Men Blog has an update on the Holiday Edition repaint set of the Outer Space Men line, which, apparently, could ship as soon as next week. It also goes on sale next week, and will be the third series of clear repaints of these figures. Do read on for more!

--AP

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I Might Be Going To Helsinki Soon
December 13, 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.

Clone Trooper (Christophsis)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 (Christophsis) figure from 2008's exclusive battle pack from Target, which is basically the AT-TE figure minus some shoulder art. 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 DayLEGO Minifigures Series 2 Karate MasterSomething 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!

It's Botcon 2010 Boxed Set Week! We start with Hasbro Transformers Botcon Sky-Bite, which is actually the first-ever Energon Sharkticon repaint, and it has a new head. Slick! So read on, because it beats pretending to work!

--AP

New Transformers Stuff: Lost Movie Script, New Japanese Toys

TransformersStrafeA new issue of HyperHobby hit, and of course everybody scanned its Japanese Transformers galleries and put them up for you to examine. Not too much in the way of genuinely new stuff, but you'll notice what seem to be more final Japanese paint jobs on these guys.

Also interesting: superfan/author Jim Sorenson won an early draft of the 1980s Transformers: The Movie script and posted it for download. Wow. Neat! It's even more violent than the real thing! It has ani-bots and Windcharger's dismembered body raining down on top of Blaster.

Rounding out today's update is Xovergen's update of another unlicensed toy being released based on "Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime." Not only will it comes in traditional Prime colors, but a green variant is on deck as well. Before you mess yourself over it, we suggest picking up the currently available "Cybertronian Optimus Prime" toy from the Transformers Generations line, as it's cheap, complicated, and adherent to the toy safety standards of the USA.

--AP

Pursuit of Cobra Shock Trooper Reviewed Elsewhere

G.I. JoeShock TrooperA nifty gallery of the G.I. Joe Cobra Shock Trooper has appeared on GeneralsJoes.com and you may as well check it out-- you're probably going to buy the figure anyway, but why not read a nice review?

--AP

LEGO 2011 Ninjago Demo Promo Set

LEGOLEGOAt a Toys "R" Us on Saturday, December 11, we noticed a table demoing the new Ninjago theme figures due next year. These are basically spinning tops, combining the 1998-era Ninja figures with a Beyblade-like game. If you asked, a free set was being distributed-- an unnumbered, polybagged kit which is just a sword and a display stand. It also came with a pretty neat ninja sticker, as seen below the bag. As freebies go, we aren't complaining.

--AP

Carded MOTUC Samples: Bow, New Skeletor and He-Man

Masters of the UniverseBowA new gallery of the Masters of the Universe Classics Bow, Battle Armor Skeletor, and Preternia He-Man is up at Actionfigurepics.com plus these figures are coming out real soon. Why not get an early look?

--AP

I Need A Break
December 14, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Botcon Autobot Spark ActionSomething 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 Botcon Autobot Spark Action figure from the summer. While just a repaint of Inferno, it's damned pretty, don't you think? 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 Trooper (Vintage)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 (Vintage) figure that we just got in our mailbox over the weekend-- obviously it's not the real deal, but a 2010 remake. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Bad Robot to get Statue

MoviesBad RobotThe amazing pool of talent that is Quantum Mechanix have a Bad Robot maquette coming out for pre-order this week. It's 10-inches tall, comes with a Slusho, and will be about $90. If you're a J.J. Abrams fan, you know you need one.

--AP

Glyos Tron Custom is Neat

GlyosClu Clu LandThe guys at Onell Design cobbled together a nifty Tron Legacy-inspired C.L.U. custom complete with bike. It's pretty! The movie comes out later this week.

--AP

Transformers News Updates, US and Japan

TransformersTracksIf you love expensive, foreign repaints, this is totally your day. eHOBBY updated with its Transformers United Autobot set featuring a new Junkon character, a battle-damaged anime-colored Kup, and a "Matrix Light Shine" clear Rodimus as well as this Decepticon set featuring reformatted versions of Cyclonus, Galvatron, and Scourge. We might be excited about the latter were it not for that Galvatron mold being garbage. The packaging was revealed as well and it combines to form a mural of sorts. Japanese retail on each set is close to $100, so prepare to pay up, importers.

Some dude on eBay has a boxed Strafe, which lets you see its box. Exciting.

The famous Peaugh added video reviews of Legends Starscream and Prowl as well as G2 Laser Optimus Prime and Scourge.

--AP

PSP to get Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

PSPAgainWhile we enjoyed it for what it was, many disliked the sequel-to-a-sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on WiiWare. We even snagged some of the DLC but never finished it since the game wasn't one purchase, but about 8 separate transactions. A PSP version is coming to Japan and, price willing, we'll buy the English port.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiSonSonThis week's WiiWare offerings are Lilt Line, Family Games, and Family Games which will undoubtedly encourage more violins on television.

The Virtual Console has Darius Twin, a classic Super NES shooter with fish-bots. It is $8/800 points.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSJust Sing! Christmas SongsThis week's batch: Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ, Jam Space: PocketStudio, and Just Sing! Christmas Songs. Well, that's it!

--AP

Someone New Directing Iron Man 3?
December 15, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsQueen AmidalaFigure 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 Queen Amidala figure from 2009, another Episode I outfit incapable of sitting. 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 Botcon Breakdown 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 Botcon Breakdown Action Figure to the point where we shelled out for a boxed set of figures to get it. It's based on the very first Botcon exclusive, and is significantly cooler-- and so ugly it's gorgeous. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and send us more toys to write about!

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Toys "R" Us Getting Exclusive Nightwing Redceo

DC ComicsNightwingOur Twitter pal Kozy Toyrun posted a shot of a new Toys "R" Us exclusive DC Universe Nightwing variant that is hitting stores right now! While not cheap, it's certainly very Batman Beyond-ey.

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Venture Bros. Blu-Ray Official Info

Venture Bros.Season 4Good things come to those who read animator's livejournals. The Complete Season 4 Venture Bros. Blu-Ray is coming in March and TVShowsOnDVD.com has the details. Nothing too fancy, other than the usual extras and all 16 episodes. Good times.

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Matty Sale (Buzz Off, Kalibak, Superman) at 9:00 AM Pacific Today

Masters of the UniverseBuzz Off!The ever-popular error-free MattyCollector.com has a new sale going live this morning with Masters of the Universe Classics Buzz-Off, some Masters of the Universe art prints, a 12-inch Superman, a companion 12-inch General Zod, and a Justice League Kalibak and Darkseid set. Wow! Odds are they'll be sold out before you know it, so you know the drill.

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Holiday Outer Space Men On Sale Last Night

Outer Space MenNEW!Our Outer Space Men Blog has an update on the Holiday Edition repaint set of the Outer Space Men line, which went on sale last night for $40. Do read on for more including updates on availability!

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War Axe Transformers Accessory Update

TransformersAxe You A QuestionOver at Corbotv.com is an update on their War Axe accessory, designed primarily with your War for Cybertron toys but compatible with a lot of things. It splits apart so figures with closed fists can wield it, which is a nice change of pace from the "maybe it'll work, maybe it won't" approach you sometimes see. It's due soon for about $14.99.

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PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3X-MenNew to download this week: PROTOTYPE, Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within HD, LittleBigPlanet ­ Sackboyıs Prehistoric Moves, Marvel Pinball , and X-Men, the classic arcade game from Konami.

The new PSone classic is an import title, Galaxy Fight-- a shooter.

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PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPI Must Run!New to download this week: I Must Run!, a PSP Minis release. Apparently pictures of it are tough to find, so enjoy this PSP Go image, as you probably will never buy this version of the hardware.

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The New Double Knits
December 16, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Botcon Streetstar 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 Transformers Botcon Streetstar Action Figure from this year's wonderful Botcon gift set. 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 at Galactic Hunter

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

Today we look at the Battle Droid figure from roughly October, a unique deco on the newest movie-based Battle Droid mold. It's not bad. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Holiday Outer Space Men Production Images

Outer Space MenFinal!Our Outer Space Men Blog has an update on the Holiday Edition repaint set of the Outer Space Men line, this time focusing on the final deco of the figures-- previously only test shots were shown. Do read on for more and cross your fingers you get the much-cooler looking silver ones!

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Packaging Watch: Paper Rattan vs. Wire Twist Ties at Hasbro

ToysDon't The TwistHasbro released a press release this week about its great decision to incorporate more recycled materials, and The Raving Toy Maniac added some illustrations showcasing how this will benefit the collector. Specifically, no more cutting up your fingers on those horrible wire-and-plastic twist ties. Now if Hasbro can just reduce the footprint of its packaging some more (you can fit two toys or more into some of those boxes), we'll be all set!

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3 Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeThe Path of GoXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into The Path of Go, a $10/800 points game that's older than the hills and has more moves than chess, or so we're told, we don't play Go much.

Two other new games were added as well. One is the legendary Konami arcade classic X-Men for the not-very-retro price of $10/800 points. The other is a newish to Xbox shooter called Quake Arena Arcade which is $15/1,200 points and lets you shoot all sorts of things.

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Ad: Transformers Battle in Space Cyclonus vs. Rodiumus Set In Stock Now

Entertainment EarthTransformers Battle in Space Cyclonus vs Rodimus Set Ad: the Transformers Battle in Space Cyclonus vs Rodimus Set from Entertainment Earth is in stock now! This set is essentially the same as the Chinese Universe 3-pack from over the summer, with anime-inspired paint jobs and superior deco, plus an exclusive comic and a die-cast metal Matrix of Leadership! Wow! That's a lot of stuff in a box. Click through for pricing and availability.

--AP

I Think My Aliens Arrive Today
December 17, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsBG-J38Figure 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 BG-J38 figure which is one of Jabba's enablers when it comes to gambling. Bad robot. 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 Generations DarkmountOur exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! We look at all sorts of goodies that enter our offices, or that we find at the store. And it seems that it's largely Hasbro stuff.

We finish up this special Botcon 2010 week with Hasbro Transformers Botcon Clench, one of very few Decepticons in recent memory to sport copious amounts of glitter. And pink. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back next week for more!

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Better RTS G2 Laser Optimus Prime Gallery

TransformersWhoaA gallery at HK-TF shows off the new G2 Laser Optimus Prime and is incredibly bright and clear, giving you a much better idea of what this toy is capable of doing-- namely, looking cool.

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New Glyos Going Up for Order

GlyosColorfulA number of new figures are going up on the Onell Design page and since no stores seem to carry these, you can order them online. They tend to be pretty cheap, so really, it's probably best that you can buy them direct.

Over a dozen new SKUs were added, including the new joint system and some new colors.

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RIP Captain Beefheart 1941-2010
December 20, 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.

Bonus 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 Bonus Pit Droid figure which was a substitute for CommTech chips in much of the Eastern Hemisphere in 2000. 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 DayFour Horsemen Outer Space Men Infinity Edition Inferno 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!

We burned the midnight oil to get you an immediate look at the Four Horsemen Outer Space Men Infinity Edition Inferno Action Figure, which just shipped last week and arrived at our offices on Friday. It's fantastic-- if you like retro space toys of a 3 3/4-inch nature, you just gotta read this. So read on, because it beats pretending to work!

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New Transformers Scrapheap Head Revealed

TransformersDare to be StupidEhobby revealed more pictures of its upcoming exclusive Transformers United 3-packs, but the one you care about is the Autobots with Scrap Heap. The character's head has been revealed, and it confirms that if you have Wreck-Gar and Scrapheap (or two of either) they can ride one another in vehicle mode. Amazing!

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Incoming: Outer Space Men Trading Cards

Outer Space MenTrade away!Our Outer Space Men Blog has an update on the Outer Space Men trading cards that we didn't know existed until last week-- and wouldn't you know it, a promo card has a typo already. Do read on for more and we'll report more as we have it!

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Horrifying Disney Image/Product of the Year

DisneyTRON Legacy Mourra Mouse Paper Giclee Print Did you enjoy TRON Legacy over the weekend, or the advance artwork with its sprawling digital neon vistas and sexy ladies? Well, click on that picture if you'd like a reason to burn your eyes with acid-- Minnie Mouse as Sexy TRON chick. Demand your apologies from the artist Greg McCulloch, and be sure to let ACME Archives know they've crushed your dreams for all time.

--AP

I Hate Manure
December 21, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsDeliah BlueFigure 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 Deliah Blue figure that just got restocked at Entertainment Earth-- it's an exclusive! 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 G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Cobra Commander 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 G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Cobra Commander Action Figure figure from the summer. We bought this figure because we thought it would be stupid, and well, we were wrong. We like it. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars one below, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Ross Gets Target Exclusive Joe Vehicles

G.I. JoeClu Clu LandThe guys at HISStank.com and elsewhere are confirming Target's never-shipped exclusive smaller vehicles are hitting Ross stores for about $6.99 a whack. (We've checked 4 Ross stores since Sunday, nothing yet.) Good hunting-- those Ross stores are packed, and the toy shelves are empty!

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Transformers News Updates, US and Japan

TransformersDark of the BeeThe biggest news of the day (if not year) is probably this auction with what claims to be a Dark of the Moon Bumblebee toy. Note the ridiculous gun-- this has got to be real. A link got out of a movie truck toy as well, but it seems to have been removed.

TFClub continues its line of Transformers-compatible and IP-surfing with new faux Constructicons more or less based on Hook and Scavenger. They look larger than the originals, and odds are they're going to cost you a pretty penny.

New Heads Are Better than OneThe great and powerful author of Shortpacked has located the variant heads for Kup and Scourge and posted them on a thread at The Allspark. Neither one seems obviously any specific character.

Variation hunters, take note: a corrected version of Generations Dirge is hitting, which we saw at Target today. The first release is missing a white piece of detail in the Decepticon crests on the toy, and they have now been added back. Neither is "more rare" just yet-- odds are the error one will be tougher to get, were we to guess.

An upgrade kit for Universe Darkwind is coming, specifically sporting a new head. See more here, with pictures.

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Shipping Notice: Outer Space Men Holiday Edition

Outer Space MenHoliday!Our Outer Space Men Blog has an update on the Outer Space Men Holiday figures, which are shipping now as they got their shipping notice! We were told to expect these before Christmas but that seems downright unlikely... possible, though!

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Japanese Super Mario Crystal Maze Toy/Game

NintendoSuper Crystal Maze!This Super Mario Bros. Crystal Maze from Japanese manufacturer Epoch was too neat not to show you! The people selling it claim it's like Super Monkey Ball, sort of. It just looks clunky, and colorful-- plus that thing on the end looks like a joystick. We could write up a description, but we're going to take a cue from the great Lobaachevksy and plagiarize*.

" Anyone who's played Super Monkey Ball will take to Crystal Maze like a fish to water. By using the red joystick/lever located at the bottom of the game, players tilt the play board to move three metal marbles (one at a time) from the START area at the bottom of the board to the GOAL located at the upper left corner of the board. It's pretty challenging due to the convoluted and tight-spaced maze one has to maneuver through."

* - "Only be sure always to call it please 'research'."

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiSonSonThis week's WiiWare offerings are Frobot, and Inkub. Don't pretend like you don't care, we know that you do.

The Virtual Console has Mario Party 2, a classic Nintendo64 party game that basically helped to cement the format. It is $10/1,000 points... and may not be worth it.

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Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSDragon's Lair II: Time WarpThis week's batch: Cosmo Fighters, Paul's Monster Adventure, and Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2. And if you want something that may actually be interesting, give Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp a spin, it's $8/800 points.

--AP

The Tragic Band
December 22, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Spider-Man (Kid Series) Toxic Blast VenomSomething 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 surprised how well this Hasbro Spider-Man (Kid Series) Toxic Blast Venom turned out, as it has a great sculpt and feels durable without being chunky or stuff. It isn't super-articulated, but it's one of the most fun Hasbro figures we bought all year. So read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars columns, and send us more toys to write about!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCantina BandFigure 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 Cantina Band figure set from 2007, which is a refresh of the 1997 mold of the same alien with a new vest. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Japanese Michael Jackson Figma Thriller Toy

MusicDhalismJapanese figure maker Max Factory usually reserves its Figma brand for anime characters, but it's giving music legend Michael Jackson a spin in his Thriller gear with variant Zombie head. It'll be about $40 to import, and seller NCS pegs it at a May 2011 delivery.

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Matty He-Man Slate for January 18, 2011

Masters of the UniverseVikorWhat a slate for January 2011! The monthly figure Vikor kicks things off on MattyCollector.com, and other Masters of the Universe Classics releases will include Palace Guards, Evil-Lyn reissued, and the return of Grayskull diorama stands. Not a bad mix of stuff!

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Matty Courtroom Peter Venkman for January

GhostbustersIt's True, Your HonorIf the last Peter Venkman wasn't enough for you, a new Peter Venkman (Courtroom) Figure goes up for sale on MattyCollector.com on January 18. Its hefty accessory figure is a Nunzio Scoleri ghost, which is actually pretty neat.

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Future Outer Space Men Designs Incoming

Outer Space MenWHUTOur Outer Space Men Blog has an update with comments on future figures in the Outer Space Men line, specifically that the original designer of the 1960s toys is hard at work on new aliens for future releases-- the original line had 7 releases, plus 6 prototyped figures. Do read on for more including updates on availability!

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Japan Getting Xbox 360 Radiant Silvergun Joystick

Xbox 360Radiant PriceygunHori is teaming up with Treasure to bring you this slick $160-or-so Radiant Silvergun Real Arcade Pro RS-1 Joystick. And by "you," we mean "you if you live in Japan and they get enough pre-orders" because this isn't coming out here.

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Indiana Jones, Meet Uncle Scrooge

Indiana JonesBoulderOur pal Shaun pointed us to this Comic book urban legends article on Uncle Scrooge and Indiana Jones which more or less confirms the whole boulder chase scene was an homage to Carl Barks' plucky rich waterfowl. True? They seem to have confirmed it, so check it out!

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Long-Lost Extended Transformers Generation 1 Bios Revealed

TransformersSwerveOver at Disciples of Boltax is quite a find, as Jim Sorenson has posted lost Bob Budiansky-penned character biographies, including Swerve, Hubcap, Venom, and others. It's like a piece of toy history. Actually, it's less "like" and more "definitely."

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Secret of Mana Now On iPhone

Video GamesSecret of ManaOur pals at Square-Enix wrote in to remind us that their 16bit-era masterpiece Secret of Mana is now on the iPhone/iPad for $8.99. They say:

"In the iPhone/iPod touch version of SECRET of MANA, the original creators have succeeded in realizing a simple control scheme that utilizes the touch screen, making it possible for users to play the action-packed "Motion Battle" smoothly. SECRET of MANA established the world and the marvelous tales of the MANA series. Additionally, users will be able to intuitively control the "Ring Command" menu system, which was first introduced in SECRET of MANA and has since appeared frequently in the series."

We're not sure how the controls will work without buttons, nor are we sure we're crazy about there not being multiplayer. But hey, it's a start until it gets a PSN/XBLA port, right?

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Front Mission 3New to download this week: echochrome ii, Strong Badıs Cool Game for Attractive People, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones HD, Blokus , and a bunch of other stuff-- it's been busy!

A large batch of Neo-Geo games were added too, including Metal Slug, Magician Lord, and a bunch of others you probably have on a disc collection somewhere and don't play.

The new PSone classic is Front Mission 3 which has fighting mechs and stuff.

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PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPA Space Shooter for Two BucksNew to download this week: the descriptive A Space Shooter for Two Bucks, Dr. Minigames, Forest Puzzle, Jane's Hotel, and N.O.V.A. All are PSP Minis.

Only two Neo-Geo games were added to the PSP, including Fatal Fury and Metal Slug.

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Fly Up
December 23, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Cybertronian Bumblebee 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 the more frustrating figures of the past summer was the Hasbro Transformers Generations Cybertronian Bumblebee Action Figure from this year's wonderful Botcon gift set. 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 at Galactic Hunter

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsOmega Squad Commando (Boss Repaint)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 Omega Squad Commando (Boss Repaint) figure from 2007, giving fans what they want most: more black plastic Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Rumble Shown for Transformers Reveal the Shield

TransformersSwerveThe guys at Hasbro revealed Demolition Rumble today, giving the TV naming conventions to a toy colored like the original Frenzy toy. FIRRIB. Check it out, as of today nobody has it up for pre-order so the release date is currently a question mark.

Also revealed were more shots and a bio for Deep Dive, due shortly.

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Gray Ghost Figure Incoming

BatmanGray Ghost!Our pals at The Fwoosh have details on Mattel's Gray Ghost figure, which you may recall as the Adam West-voiced hero on Batman: The Animated Series. The card art is gorgeous, the sculpt looks great, and we really hope one is coming in the mail right about now.

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Predator: New Figure, Lost Original Movie Design

moviesThank God For ReplacementsBefore the Predator was a weird crablike monster, it looked a lot more like this picture and instead of Kevin Peter Hall, the "monster" was played be Jean-Claude Van Damme. We'll be dammed (see what we did there?) if he doesn't look a little bit like the Brundlefly.

In toy news, NECA posted a shot of their Elder Predator figure coming soon, and it's pretty. Do check it out, it's a nice one.

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King Hsss Packaged preview

Masters of the UniverseSnake!Because why not, we're going to direct you to the Atomic Martians blog for pictures of King Hsss. The Masters of the Universe Snake Men release has a unique sticker on the package and looks.... snakey. He'll be the monthly figure in March, 2011.

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New Game for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeA World of KeflingsXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into A World of Keflings, a $10/800 points game that's a sequel to another game you probably didn't play.

"Build a robot, rescue the princess, make friends with a dragon and help a creepy witch get even creepier. Take your Xbox LIVE Avatar on a journey through exotic lands while you help the tiny Keflings build and customize their kingdoms! Play with a friend on the same console or with three friends over Xbox LIVE in this story-based, kingdom-building adventure."

--AP

Ad: New Vintage Star Wars Pre-Orders Now

Entertainment EarthStar Wars Action Figures Vintage Wave 5 Case Ad: the Star Wars Action Figures Vintage Wave 5 Case from Entertainment Earth is ready to order today! This case brings you a Death Star I Luke with Stormtrooper Belt, R5-D4, ceremonial Han Solo, a Stormtrooper with new hip joints, a new orange Utapau Clone, and the lost Yoda from wave 3! Click through for pricing and availability.

--AP

I Think More Toy Aliens Arrive Today
December 24, 2010
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. Is it good? Well, Hasbro seems to think so-- you can still buy it on store shelves and they keep making more of them. 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 RobotoOur exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! We look at all sorts of goodies that enter our offices, or that we find at the store. And it seems that it's largely Hasbro stuff.

If you were hoping to get a Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Roboto for Christmas, you're probably out of luck-- this figure sold out quickly and is already up on eBay so yeah, good luck. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back next week for more!

--AP

Ad: New Transformers Generations Pre-Orders Now

Entertainment EarthTransformers Generations Wave 7 Ad: the Transformers Generations Wave 7 from Entertainment Earth is ready to order today! This set brings you the first "Classic" retail release of Thundercracker in the USA plus the exciting new Wheeljack figure! Click through for pricing and availability.

Transformers United Released in Japan, Generations Thundercracker Revealed

TransformersWhoaA thread at TheAllspark.com shows the more expensive Japanese releases of toys we've had here since June or so, which are mostly pretty nice. Check out the packaging! The name says "Optimus Prime" and not "Convoy."

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New DC Universe Blackest Night Wave Revealed

DC Comics>A number of outlets from Facebook to Matty to Entertainment Earth have added shots of the next DCU wave from Mattel. This one focuses on core characters from Brightest Day/Blackest Night in their new Lantern outfits. It's not a bad mix, and it confirms the rumor from a few months back. We'll be linking to Entertainment Earth, because they help pay the bills.

DC Universe Classics Wonder Woman Violet Lantern Figure DC Universe Classics The Flash Blue Lantern Action Figure DC Universe Classics The Atom Indigo Lantern Figure
DC Universe Classics Scarecrow Sinestro Corps Figure DC Universe Classics Lex Luthor Orange Lantern Figure DC Universe Classics Hal Jordan White Lantern Figure
DC Universe Classics Hal Jordan Black Lantern Figure DC Universe Classics Wave 17 Revision 1 Action Figure Case DC Universe Robin Classic and Modern Head Figure Set

Expect these to hit around June, which depending on the quality of the movie may be around the time they become unpopular.

--AP

I Want A New Duck
December 27, 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.

Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)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 Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) figure from 1997-- the first one ever sold in a retail store! 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 TerradiveSomething 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!

We burned the midnight oil to get you an immediate look at the Hasbro Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Terradive, which should still be around in stores if the holiday shoppers didn't buy them all. So read on, because it beats pretending to work!

--AP

Transformers Wreck-Gar on Wreck-Gar Action

TransformersDare to be StupidA poster at HK-TF got some Wreck-Gars and shows how one can ride the other, cementing Junkions as a possible army-builder in the future. Right now there are three versions of the mold coming-- Japan-exclusive Scrapheap, US Reveal the Shield Wreck-Gar, and Japan United Wreck-Gar. Each one looks pretty different, too.

The US Wreck-Gar, as seen in the pictures, should be showing up here in the next month or so. If it doesn't show up sooner as part of a post-holiday restocking. He ships with Perceptor, Bumblebee, and G2 Laser Optimus Prime.

Some dude in Japan has a blog with a lot of great toy galleries, including comparisons of the new Japan line Transformers United with their USA equivalents. Check out Drift, which has more paint operations and is brighter, G1 Optimus Prime, which has brighter colors, is metallic, and sports more yellow, Cybertronian Optimus Prime, which has metallic paint, pinker pinks, and different shoulder logos, G1 Megatron, which just seems all around better, and... well, that's it for now.

Also notable, more pictures of the big unlicensed Devastator-like toy coming out of Asia including some early looks at the combined mode head. The same thread at ACToys.net shows new "Targetroids" figures of Optimus, Hot Rod, Megatron, and Starscream which are effectively fancy Targetmasters.

--AP

Arriving: Outer Space Men Holiday Edition Figures

Outer Space MenHappy Holidays!Our Outer Space Men Blog has an update on the Outer Space Men Holiday Edition figures that just arrived in our offices on Friday. There are packaged and unpackaged shots of the wave. Do read on for more and we'll report more as we have it!

--AP

G.I. Joe Convention Toy Reveal Begins

G.I. JoePython PatrolThe Python Trooper is the first revealed figure for the G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Mission Brazil Boxed Set which, so far, has not been fully revealed. 12-inch Adventure Team fans can look forward to the Drive into Danger set, which would probably also work well as a 3 3/4-inch repainted AWE Striker.

--AP

A Cross of the Blue Moon
December 28, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsR2-B1Figure 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-B1 figure that got released nearly 10 years ago! 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 DayPlaymates Classic Star Trek SpockSomething new! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Wow!

Let's keep things going with the Playmates Classic Star Trek Spock figure from nearly 20 years ago. It's very Spock-like, but is it Spock-like enough for the 21st century toy collector? That's a fine question. So read on, leave a comment, read the Star Wars one too, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers News Updates, DOTM and Japan

TransformersDark of the MoonThe biggest news of the day is this German posting with a good look at a lot of packaging for the new movie and some new toys. Note smaller Human Alliance toys, giant weapons on most toys, and what seem to be vehicles scaled to Legends-class figures, too.

More Japan TakaraTomy United vs. US comparisons went up. Check out Soundwave, colored more like War for Cybertron, Straxus, which doesn't look as good as Darkmount, Cybertronian Bumblebee in metallic yellow, a similarly colored G1 Bumblebee, and WFC Cliffjumper. On the whole, your cheaper Hasbro items will probably be fine.

An early look at United Jazz versus RTS Jazz shows a slightly different color of plastic-- the US one isn't that yellow-- in addition to some other painted details like lights and the grille. We'd suggest you stick with the US release, but we're all about our review-fodder-dollar going as far as possible these days.

For fans of unique toys and intellectual property theft (or not, we aren't lawyers), check out KOToys.com for a gallery of a knock-off purple Decepticon Seeker jet. Great idea, here's hoping Hasbro or the collector club already have one on deck. The last time this character get a toy release were some convention-exclusive PVC figures.

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Venture Bros. Renewed for Season 5

Venture Bros.Holiday!Series creator Jackson Publick confirms that Cartoon Network renewed Venture Bros. on the Livejournal, but without too many specifics. That's him in the cool HankCo. hat on the left.

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Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiFighter's History DynamiteThis week's WiiWare offerings are chick chick BOOM, and Around the World plus the demo for Max & the Magic Marker. Ah well.

The Virtual Console has Fighter's History Dynamite as well as Magical Drop II, both from Neo-Geo. Each is $9/900 points.

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Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSG.G Series Z-ONEThis week's batch: DodoGo! Challenge, G.G Series Z-ONE , and Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games. Really, more gambling games?

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Then Use It
December 29, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Iron Man 2 Comic Series Iron Man (Original)Something 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!

Rusty and bulky, the Hasbro Iron Man 2 Comic Series Iron Man (Original) is great. We've had it on our desks since the review was written a while ago, so yeah, we love it. Now read on, leave a comment, read our Star Wars columns and send us more toys to write about!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsJawaFigure 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 Jawa figure set from 2009, which is a piece of a two-pack you ought to buy. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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G.I. Joe Convention Toy Reveal Continues

G.I. JoePython PatrolThe Python Tele-Viper, Leatherneck, and Mainframe are the next figures for the G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Mission Brazil Boxed Set which, so far, is looking sharp.

The 12-inch Adventure Team set has been updated with some close-ups of the gear from the set, nice stuff too.

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Yet More Transformers Galleries

TransformersLugnutOver at HK-TF is a swell gallery of the US release of Lugnut due pretty much any day now. The beefy stooge of Megatron looks REALLY good. Check it out.

For you Japanese-inclined fans, here's a gallery of Haywire and Fracas, two limited exclusive gift-with-purchase figures which already cost too damn much. We really want Fracas... or both. But especially Fracas.

In the realm of unlicensed and compatible, here's Perfect Effect's fake Reflector, a partial gallery of the center piece of the triple robot camera pack. Worth seeing, even though it's going to be super small.

A company called Captured Prey is doing a pair of guns modeled after Megatron and Browning called Mega Gun and Brown King. It's another low-run unlicensed Targetmaster-alike.

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LEGO Minifigures Series 3 Hitting TRU, $3.99

LEGOLEGONow priced higher than non-blind boxed products with more gear, we've spotted Series 3 of the LEGO Minifigures this week at a local Toys "R" Us. There are some great figures in there but, well, $3.99. You can almost get a whole set of LEGO bricks for the price of a couple of these things now.

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On My Own
December 30, 2010
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Hubcap 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 the more frustrating figures of the past summer was the Hasbro Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Hubcap Action Figure from this year's big launch of new Transformers. It's pretty sweet. 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 at Galactic Hunter

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

Today we look at the Gamorrean Guard figure from October, giving us all a much-needed update of the 1997 (and previously, 1983) action figure. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Lost Rodimus Prime Transformers Prototype Found

TransformersSwerveThe guys at TheAllspark posted some scans of Hyper Hobby magazine with a different Rodimus Prime prototype today, giving the world a unique look at a larger, different version of the toy who brought self-loathing to the position of top Autobot. Check it out, as of today nobody has it up for pre-order so the release date is currently a question mark.

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Lost Zelda ROM Prototype Unearthed

NintendoPols Voice PrototypeEverybody's buzzing over a Japanese-language prototype of The Legend of Zelda at The Cutting Room Floor which has an easier game, different levels, and a lot of minor changes from the game released to stores. NES fanatics, you really ought to read this. You can download the disk image, too.

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G.I. Joe Convention Toy Reveal, Again

G.I. JoePython PatrolWet-Suit and Dial-Tone (different than the club freebie) are the next figures for the G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Mission Brazil Boxed Set which has two more figures to go. Presumably at least one will be a Cobra trooper of some description.

The 12-inch Adventure Team set has been updated with a good shot of the 12-inch action figure, beard and all.

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New Game for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade, New Castlevania DLC Coming

Xbox Live ArcadeRaskullsXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Raskulls, a $10/800 points platformer with a cute little skeleton dude.

Also new for $10, Microbots, a (we think) shooter where you're inside a body and fighting disease. The description was vague, so we're downloading it because it sounds a little bit like Life Force.

DLC fans, today you can download more stuff for Magic: The Gathering and it'll cost you $5/400 points.

According to dirt unearthed by Joystiq, the pretty great (if you've got buddies online) Castlevania: Harmony of Despair will be getting more DLC, specifically a level based on Symphony of the Night. Niiiice.

--AP

LEGO Ninjago Hitting, Those $10 Figures Seem Iffy
December 31, 2010
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Pilot MatchstickFigure 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 Matchstick figure from 2009. It even got reissues this year as a Wal-Mart exclusive. 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 DayPlaymates Classic Star Trek Dr. McCoyOur exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! We look at all sorts of goodies that enter our offices, or that we find at the store. And it seems that it's largely Hasbro stuff.

The Playmates Classic Star Trek Dr. McCoy is a real classic, meaning it's old and you can't easily get one. It's worth getting, though. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back next week for more!

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G.I. Joe Convention Toy Reveal Continued

G.I. JoeCobra De AcoThe Cobra de Aco and Sparta are the next figures for the G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Mission Brazil Boxed Set which has one more figure to go. Although with the new head of Sparta and the super-cool de Aco, uh, how can you possibly top these? What a wonderful mix.

The 12-inch Adventure Team set has been updated with a good shot of the car and some additional gear. It looks like a really swell set!

Finally, Hisstank.com has shots of unpackaged Pursuit of Cobra wave 4-- nice stuff!

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Outer Space Men "Fixes" From Series Creator

Outer Space MenDo You See The Light?The Outer Space Men News Blog has a link to tips from the creator of the line of how to make the figures more like Mel Birnkrant's original vision.

"Outer Space Men creator Mel Birnkrant got his figures recently, and shared some design notes from the 1960s and some ways to ruin the figure customization tips in making the toys slightly more like his original concept." [ MORE ]

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