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Welcome to 2011, Toy Fans
January 3, 2011
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!

Be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update-- remember, it's no good without your participation, and even then, it still might suck.

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

Today we look at the Storm Commando figure which was surprisingly not just a repaint-- he got new legs and a new head, for starters. 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 Reveal the Shield Special Ops JazzSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro Transformers Reveal the Shield Special Ops Jazz, the first mass-market new mold version of the character in the USA that isn't so small it could fit into your mouth. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

--AP

New Transformers (Compatible) Toys Coming

TransformersPrepare For DevastationA new gallery at ACToys.net shows off a ton of "compatible" toys like this large-size attempt at a Devastator-style toy that is not licensed by nor endorsed by Hasbro or Takara. New Headmaster- and Targetmaster-style companion toys are shown as well, plus a super-deformed Optimus Prime-style toy. I don't have the ins and outs on how close you can get to a design before being hit with an infringement lawsuit, but this seems to be getting darned close.

Each piece of the construction vehicle robot is said to be sized larger than a deluxe toy, but smaller than a voyager toy. Costs were not divulged, but history pegs these big toys at $80ish a pop-- so the whole of Devastator's unlicensed brother could cost you as much as $500 after shipping and such. Start saving kids, the combined mode is enormous.

TFSource put up images of the unofficial and frankly not too sensical Targetroids in Hot Flame vs. Screamer and Opticmax vs. Megazoom sets. Each pair of 2 guns is $36... which is a lot. If you just want a gun you can grab Cyclonus vs. Rodimus for $20 and throw away the other toys.

Another posting at ACToys.net shows new fake Insecticon toys but you might want to see TFW2005's English-language story explaining some additional details.

Finally, Robot Kingdom has mock-up images of the Perfect Effect Fake Reflector toy which looks a lot like the cartoon colors.

--AP

G.I. Joe Convention Set, Boxed HISS Scout

G.I. JoeCapt. ClaymoreCaptain Claymore rounds out the G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Mission Brazil Boxed Set which, it turns out, is freaking amazing! What a wonderful mix, combining "Python Patrol" Cobra figures with Mission Brazil-inspired figures including a couple of Brazil-exclusive toys. Inspired.

Just as exciting, Hisstank.com has managed to obtain images of the boxed Pursuit of Cobra wave 3 HISS Attack Scout vehicle with all-black driver! WIth no pre-orders in sight and lackluster sales of the vehicles thus far, its exact release date and fate aren't exactly known yet. There's no reason to assume it won't come out but as Mr. Doom and gloom, I suggest you be wary. But wait, there's more!

--AP

Package Mock-Ups for Jurassic Joe

Jurassic ParkCanceledWhile Hasbro's on-the-record answer for these sets is "canceled," we're happy to see more Jurassic Park/G.I. Joe prototype hybrids continue to surface. These packaged InGen AWE Striker samples include figures, a vehicle, and some mini dinosaurs! I assume the glue is mixed with my tears, as the brand's last go-round wasn't exactly a hit.

Toys "R" Us stores continue to mark down the last Hasbro line, with carded figures down to about three bucks. I'd suggest checking your local stores for a bargain if you're so inclined.

--AP

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They Don't Write Them Like They Used To
January 4, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsClone Trooper EchoFigure 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 Echo figure that got released in 2009! It's so nice, they released twice... at the same time. 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 Rise of Cobra Pit CommandoSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Pit Commando, a hard-to-find figure that I found at a local Tuesday Morning store for four bucks. Which is, for the record, totally worth it. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Rare Pulsars MP3s (for fans of Trumfio)

MusicPulsarsIf you bargain bin-dived in the early 2000s, you no doubt saw many, many copies of CDs and singles from The Pulsars. The band was pretty great but didn't catch on, so I lucked into some CDs for $0.10 each. (Not a typo.) If you liked them too, you should check out this great rare track MP3 page on Fortune City that time forgot which is loaded with iffy-quality rips of tracks that didn't see wide release. If you want something good you'll still need to shell out, but if all you have are their more common releases, well, it's nice to see someone posted something.

Just as interesting, their news page has information of a follow-up full-length release that never made it out which was written about the time of the recording. A posting from September 15, 2000 has the dirt on a 13-track album that cost a ton of money and never saw any form of release. How depressing. Certainly someone who owns this would just throw it on iTunes to make something rather than nothing?

(For the record, none of the Pulsars' music is on iTunes or, seemingly, in print in any form. However you can get their debut album and the "Owed to a Devil" EP on eBay quite cheaply-- worth the couple of bucks if you like songs about old computers and Wisconsin.)

--AP

Back to the Future Set Photography

MoviesHill Valley, 1955A friend of mine pointed me out to this security guard's photo gallery of the 1955 and 1985 sets from Back to the Future, which both really give you a nice look at some of the parts of Hill Valley that you saw, just not very well. You can even see where they matted out the Hollywood Hills! The set was posted in 2007, so it may be old news-- unless you missed it.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiGhost ManiaThis week's WiiWare offerings are Ghost Mania and Sneezies. Each is $5, so if you've got $5 to burn, hey. Ghost Mania (pictured) is a puzzler of some sort, so it's probably worth giving a spin.

The Virtual Console has nothing, because someone was probably not doing their job well.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSAlt-Play: Jason Rohrer AnthologyThis week's batch: Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology, Music on: Drums , and Word Searcher 2. Each is $2-$5 and will most likely not be played.

--AP

I've Got a Hell of a Music Project Coming Up
January 5, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at the Darth Vader (Infinities) figure that got released in 2008 in white plastic! It's an "elseworlds" sort of release, from the 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 DayHasbro Iron Man Comic Series Silver CenturionSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro Iron Man Comic Series Silver Centurion, a really great release from 2010 whose body was used for another figure I'll review later. But this one? This one is pretty great. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Awesome Transformers Custom Cheetor from Generations Drift

TransformersCheetorIf you can admire a great fan-made repaint, you need to see Iacon Studios' cusotm Cheetor which was made from the recently released Drift toy. It's pretty gorgeous, and also available for sale on eBay. It's really something!

--AP

NES Games Re-Rendered in 3D

NintendoSuper Mario Bros. 3DI was turned on to this Gallery of 3D voxel-based NES games, which includes Super Mario Bros. 3, the Legend of Zelda, and many others. The bulk of these are presented as wallpapers, which would all look awesome on your desktop given that they're free and super-cool. Super Mario Bros. World 3 is particularly slick.

--AP

G.I. Joe Shadow Tracker Unmasked

G.I. JoeShadow TrackerIf you were curious what was under Pursuit of Cobra Shadow Tracker's mask, General's Joes has the picture and full details. While it looks cool under the mask, you might not want to pry it off-- and here's why:

"Many folks have been wondering exactly what Shadow Tracker looks like underneath that mask, but only Twink Viper has actually buckled down and yanked it off. Unfortunately he ended up ruining the figure in the process, but check out the fruits of his labor below:"

Check out the full story for more!

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3MicroBotNew to download this week: MicroBot, Ricochet , and Tetris. Yes, Tetris.

A new smattering of PSP Minis includes Angry Birds, Family Games: Pen & Paper Edition, and M.O.Z.O.X Space Salvager.

The new PSone classics are Arc the Lad III and Re-Loaded.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPLegends of War: Patton's CampaignNew to download this week: Auditorium, and Legends of War: Patton's Campaign. Sadly, this was not Patton Oswalt's campaign.

Oh, and the same PSP Minis from above are on the PSP too.

Thaaat's pretty much it. A new PSP is rumored to be coming up soon, so watch your news outlets kiddies.

--AP

Welcome to Toenut
January 6, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayPlaymates Classic Star Trek Scotty Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

The Playmates Classic Star Trek Scotty Action Figure is a another great release from 2003. The sculpt is pretty good, while maintaining the essential toy-ness of figures released during the pre-McFarlane era. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at the Han Solo figure that got released in 2008 which is basically a mix of old parts, so it's new but not necessarily exciting. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Transformers Movie Legends

TransformersNEWThe auction site Taobao has a pair of presumably Dark of the Moon-themed legends toys, one of which sports a big Lowe's logo. I wasn't sure if this was worth posting because generally speaking seeing the movie stuff early doesn't do much for me... but eh, there it is.

--AP

G.I. Joe Foam Revealed, Registration Prices

G.I. JoeFOAMSqueezing one more day of previews out of the set, the G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Mission Brazil Boxed Set foam insert has been revealed which, I assume, means that someone out there probably actually gets excited at seeing it. Freak.

Slightly more exciting, the .pdf with registration information and pricing is also up and you might actually be able to do something useful with that! The boxed set is above $300, even for the discounted member's price, but it's still a pretty darned nice set.

--AP

New Game for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeilomiloXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into ilomilo, a $10/800 points puzzler. They say:

"Explore the visually lush dream world of IloMilo. Challenge yourself with exciting puzzles as you dive deeper and deeper into the story. Play along with a friend or family member and share the journey. Beautiful and full of charm, the game is equally appealing to seasoned gamers and young families alike. The puzzles are easy to learn, but challenging and deeply rewarding to find all the hidden surprises. Experience the unique, fun new co-op experience where you and a friend or family member can take control of ilo and milo and help guide each other through the exciting puzzles."

--AP

We're Supernova and We're Superstars
January 7, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Power Core Combiners Grimstone and DinobotsSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

The Hasbro Transformers Power Core Combiners Grimstone and Dinobots is a another great release from late last year which is finally just making the rounds now. Individually, each piece is pretty fantastic but the combined mode isn't quite as spectacular. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsUtaiFigure 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 Utai figure that got released in 2009 and vanished within days. Heck, maybe you didn't even realize it came out-- it's possible! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

More importantly, I wrote up a summary of the official Star Wars Blu-Ray announcement. In short? Buy the 9-disc unless you want to miss out on the extras.

--AP

G.I. Joe Movie Director Out, Nobody Else In (Yet)

G.I. JoeDirect Something ElseAccording to the LA Times, G.I. Joe movie director Stephen Somers is out and no replacement has been named as of yet-- nor has a date been nailed down for the movie or, more importantly, the toy line.

Toy fans, take note: Ross stores are getting in other Pursuit of Cobra vehicles, including the assortment with the Cobra Fury plus the new Vamp. (Previously, they were stocking the Vamp and the HISS.) Good hunting, they're $11.99 a whack.

--AP

THQ Has He-Man Game Rights

Masters of the UniverseMasters of the UniverseTHQ and Mattel have entered a "a new, multi-year alliance... to develop and publish video games", which includes Monster High for tween girls and Masters of the Universe for the 30-something man-children. What could possibly go wrong?

Maybe this will be better than the last game based on the franchise.

--AP

Antigens
January 10, 2011
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!

Be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update-- remember, it's no good without your participation, and even then, it still might suck. I'm not perfect here.

Baron FelFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Baron Fel figure which was a great reworking of the 2007 Death Star Trooper. 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 TomahawkSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Late last Fall, Hasbro started putting out some deluxe toys that weren't quite classic, but might fit in with your classic Transformers. Hasbro Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Tomahawk has a modern transformation, but a unique head that could fit right in with your Generation One retro-collection. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Generations Transformers getting Deluxe Warpath, Arcee?

TransformersIt's a custom, don't get excitedA new list of Transformers names with UPCs is making the rounds and based on some information, it may well be legit! The new toys listed include Arcee and Warpath, which would probably mean that the line is going to go on a little longer than some of us had expected. No pictures or dates are available, but with Toy Fair coming up next month I expect to see and hear some sort of confirmation or denial.

For those keeping track, the last "classic" Warpath toy was a tiny (and cool) Universe figure in early 2009. It was tough to get. Arcee has yet to get a G1-themed release.

Also notable: HK-TF has a gallery of Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime complete with packaging.

iGear's Kup upgrade heads are up for pre-order for the lower-than-expected price of $12 for the pair. One has a "cy-gar," one does not.

--AP

Ad: New Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAD: It's a new year, and that means tons of new items are up at Entertainment Earth! Hundreds of new pre-orders are up including Talking Futurama Bender Action Figure and tons more-- click on some of the latest additions below!

Also, it's not too late to take advantage of the Winter Blowout Sale, which ends this weeK! Hundreds of items are on sale, some are as little as $1.33-- but only through Thursday!

Metroid Prime Orange Gunship Statue Torchwood Captain Jack Harkness Masterpiece Collection Bust Futurama Talking Bender Action Figure Grendizer Metaltech01 Manga Die-Cast Metal Action Figure
Metroid Prime Orange Gunship Statue Torchwood Captain Jack Harkness Masterpiece Collection Bust Futurama Talking Bender Action Figure Grendizer Metaltech01 Manga Die-Cast Metal Action Figure

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Ghosbutsters 3 News Reveals No News

GhostbustersCanceledWho's read the script? Who is on board? And are the rumors at all true? Apparently, the answers may surprise you in this quick Comingsoon.net Q&A with Ivan Reitman about Ghostbusters 3. Since there hasn't been much hard news, there shouldn't be too much surprise in the announcement that nothing has really been nailed down yet.

--AP

A Lonely Campaign
January 11, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCato ParasittiFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Cato Parasitti figure that got released late last year! It's really great, and Hasbro has been pumping out more of her lately. 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 Arctic Threat DestroSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Arctic Threat Destro, a spectacularly fun concept with one huge flaw-- the very goggles he wears cause the "snow" paint to molt off. Other than that, it's Destro-meets-Mr. Freeze and a really fun toy. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Inhumanoids Concept Art of Granite

HasbroGraniteSuper-collector Matt "Monzo" Karpowich bought up some amazing binders full of rare Hasbro images and information, and just posted a cool Granite Inhumanoids concept to Twitter which is, obviously, worth a look. (Go see it.)

Matt runs the appropriately named Obscure Transformers Web Site which I find to be one of the reasons that the internet exists. Seriously, what good is it without this kind of stuff?

--AP

New Transformers-Compatible PE-11 Faux Reflector Images

TransformersLet's SeeA new series of images of the upcoming Perfect Effect Scouting Force X PE-11 Set, which is essentially three small robots which combine into a camera. It's a modern update of Reflector in all but name, and Hasbro showed a prototype Reflector of their own based on the upcoming Perceptor mold last year at BotCon. So if you want a camera, this is the one for you.

An auction on Yahoo Japan is showing what is most likely an upcoming DOTM movie car which shows no robot mode, but does show a great attention to vehicle deco detail. Very nice.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiGhosts 'n GoblinsThis week's WiiWare offerings are JellyCar 2 and Soccer Bashi. Each is $5 which ain't bad, I guess.

The Virtual Console has Ghosts 'n Goblins, the classic arcade game from Capcom, for $8/800 points. Capcom also released the arcade shooter Exed Exes for the same price.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSSurfacer+This week's batch: Petz Catz Family, EJ Puzzles: Hooked , and Surfacer+. Each is $5-$8 and can be yours... if you want.

--AP

Blah Blah Verizon WHO CARES
January 12, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsMace 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Mace Windu figure that got released in 1999 to retail-- it's different than the 1998 mail-in offer figure. 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 Spider-Man Dive Bomber Green GoblinSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro Spider-Man Dive Bomber Green Goblin, another great release from 2010 which you may not have bought-- and you should have. Go get it if you see it! So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Awesome Painting of Turd Ferguson, More at Gallery 1988

ArtTurd FergusonIf you love comedy, you might remember the great Norm McDonald's masterful use of a moustache on SNL. Artist Jeff Ramierez has a painting of Norm McDonald as Burt Reynolds as Turd Ferguson from the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches, and boy, is it great. It's amazing and part of over 90 more images at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles as part of "Is This Thing On," which focuses on comedians. Having been to the gallery for another show, I can say it's generally worth the trip!

--AP

Matty Adds Captchas

Masters of the UniverseFinal Solution?I was surprised to see that the solution to Matty's ordering woes wasn't upgrading its servers or implementing pre-orders, but rather CAPTCHAs to slow down bots or automated users, which may or may not solve the problem. It's weird to be in a position to armchair-quarterback B2B software solutions but... it's certainly an unusual and creative one for a retail store whose chief problem seems to be forecasting supply as of late.

Here's hoping it works.

--AP

Man or Astro-Man on PBS, Free Live Show Download

MusicMan or Astro-ManIf you missed the episode of PBS' We Have Signal with Man or Astro-Man last week, Vimeo has the full 28 minutes online for you to watch. If the band isn't coming to your town soon, this is a decent (if short) free substitute. The setlist is pretty much purely pre-EEVIAC which means you're going to get a great selection of Star Crunch-era music.

Also notable, Southern Shelter has two complete concerts from 2010! The November one has a lot of great banter, and it's a free, clear-sounding download. I suggest you get both, but the November 2010 40-Watt show for sure. (Henry was there.)

--AP

Ad: DC Universe Wave 16 IN STOCK at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAD: DC Universe wave 16 has shipped from Mattel, and it's in stock at Entertainment Earth! Singles and cases are now available while supplies last, so click through and order now!

Don't forget, it's not too late to take advantage of the Winter Blowout Sale, which ends soon! Hundreds of items are on sale, some are as little as $1.33-- but only through Thursday!

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PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Faery: Tales of AvalonNew to download this week: Faery: Tales of Avalon. Magic worlds! Faries! $15.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPPrinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!New to download this week: Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!. Spend $30 and, according to Sony, this happens: "Take control of the 1000 puny Prinnies of the Prinny Squad and reclaim Etna's panties!" How about that? And who would have guessed it wasn't rated E for Everyone?

--AP

I Know You Don't Like What You See
January 13, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayFour Horsemen Outer Space Men Alpha Phase Xodiac the Man from SaturnSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

The Four Horsemen Outer Space Men Alpha Phase Xodiac the Man from Saturn came out last year for Comic-Con and sold out close to immediately. The sculpt is great, although it's hard to tell from the bright orange color-- which, while awesome, gobbles up the shadows. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsPlo KoonFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Plo Koon figure from 2002. While better in terms of play value than his 2000 ancestor, he'll probably be remembered for his more statue-like qualities. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

ALSO! I found Hasbro's Battle Over Endor sets at Toys "R" Us yesterday, and news of the next Vintage wave got out.

--AP

G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Sand Sepent Inexplicably Released

G.I. JoeSand SerpentYour friends and mine at Generals Joes got a lead on the Sand Serpent with Star Viper hitting Ross stores which is another in a surprisingly hot streak of rare and unreleased toys debuting at the deep discounter. This desert camo repaint of the Night Raven is $15.99, and the newish figure inside should be enough to make it worth hunting down.

...no, I haven't found mine yet.

--AP

Matty Announces More He-Man Releases

MusicCatraShe's debuting in full in this month's ToyFare, but MattyCollector.com's Facebook has a preview image of Catra and an updated schedule, covering new releases and reissues.

No huge reveals here, but it does show a massive effort in getting the old figures like Tytus back out again. And I approve of this.

--AP

You Missed It: Polysics eee-P!!! CD Released

Musiceee-P!!!It's a safe bet you missed that Polysics' eee-P!!! came out in December, but that's OK, I'm letting you know about it now. (Don't feel bad, I just found out too.) It has 5 new songs and HMV has a preview of each track if you're curious. It sounds better than some of their more recent releases.

I am not aware of any US release for this one, so you might need to import it. Also, a new album called Oh! No! It's Heavy Polysick!!! is coming in March and no US release has surfaced yet. Track titles include "Bleeping Hedgehog" and I want to hear it.

--AP

New Game for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeZeit2Xbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Zeit2, a $10/800 points puzzler. They say:

"Experience the next generation of shoot 'em ups with Zeit2! Travel through time to co-op play with a copy of yourself! Pull off amazing moves to defeat 8 massive bosses! Pace the game and improve your score with the powerful fast forward feature! Discover 6 unique game modes and beat 70 challenges in this innovative and action packed arcade game!"

It's worth noting "Zeit" is German for "Time." So we've got Zeit, we've got Einhander... what's next?

--AP

Zodiac, Shmodiac, Here's Xodiac
January 14, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayFour Horsemen Outer Space Men Beta Phase Xodiac the Man from SaturnSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

Deja Vu! The Four Horsemen Outer Space Men Beta Phase Xodiac the Man from Saturn came out last year for Comic-Con and is actually still available, surprisingly. This time around he was cast in a nice clear green color. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsSila KottFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Sila Kott figure that got released just this week! It's a bit tough to tell if the character is male or female... we'll leave that up to you. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Logan's Run TV Series Coming to DVD

DVDLogan's RunRarely seen and not exactly well-known, the Logan's Run TV series is set to make a debut on DVD including some previously unaired episodes. Wow! From the story:

"We are cuurently [sic] at work on the LOGAN'S RUN series, and hope to have it ready sometime this year. It will be all the episodes, including the few that didn't air during the original network run."

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Transformers Generations Scourge Gallery

TransformersScourgeThe guys at The Allspark have a fantastic gallery of the new (packaged) Scourge toy, which shows all sorts of size comparisons and detail shots of areas previously unseen on the figure. Specifically, his wing storage compartments/cape.

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Outer Space Men Comparison Galleries

DVDAwesomeOver at Outer Space Men News is a blurb with comparisons of old and new Outer Space Men figures which do a great job at showcasing the differences between the two lines.

In case you didn't already know, there's a huge height difference.

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Knodel's Gonna Take You Home
January 17, 2011
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!

Be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update-- remember, it's no good without your participation, and even then, it still might suck. This is what you get for free.

Cloud City Wing 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Cloud City Wing Guard figure from 2009. A variant came out in 2010 with a different head. 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 DaySucklord Glyos-Compatible Sucklord Grey Helmet HeadSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Last year at Comic-Con I picked up an accessory that's just big goofy fun. This Sucklord Glyos-Compatible Sucklord Grey Helmet Head looks vaguely like Boba Fett, but it's really the alter-ego of a toy designer calling himself the Sucklord-- and it fits on the bodies of other figures. Well, some figures. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

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Transformers Awesome Hubcap Repaint; Spastic Gets Renamed

TransformersDownshiftA Yahoo Japan auction has surfaced showing two new packaged Scout toys, specifically Demolition Rumble (who is blue) and Downshift, a redeco of last year's great Hubcap toy. While neither have surfaced as pre-orders yet, it's assumed the "official word" of these toys will be in New York at Toy Fair about a month from there. I'll be there so I too can say "That's nice, what else ya got?"

Not Spastic

Also notable, a packaged sample of "Spastic" showed up called "Over-Run." If you look closely, the new nameplate is clearly a sticker. It's on Taobao if you want to see it, and as you all know by now Spastic's name is a slur in the UK, which, by an astonishing coincidence, is a market where this toy will not be sold.

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G.I. Joe Cycle Armor with Ashiko Packaged Sample Surfaces

G.I. JoeCycle ArmorA gallery and review on HISSTank.com shows the full packaged and unpackaged gamut of fun you currently aren't able to have with the Cycle Armor, a vehicle whose unavailbility as a pre-order has lead to rampant speculation that it will not be released in a timely manner or perhaps at all. Until Hasbro says otherwise, this thing is still expected to be coming, although I'm starting to wonder which outlets will get a chance to sell it given some stores phased out the SKU in the post-Christmas clearances.

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Lost Square-Made Famicom Alien Game

NintendoAliensEver wondered what an NES game based on ALIEN or ALIENS would be like? 1up.com has an article about a Famicom Disk System ROM from Square which has Ripley pretending to be Samus Aran, running and shooting and jumping. A brief article with videos awaits you, and I suggest you check it out.

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Airplane! Getting Reissue at AMC Theaters

MoviesAirplane!Two showtimes only. January 29, February 1, and that's it-- possibly forever. AMC Theaters will be screening Airplane! for those who are interested, now that pretty much everybody on screen is dead. One of the nifty bonus items is a free poster, so if you like posters, well, there you go.

--AP

Sugar Coated Stucco
January 18, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at the Cad Bane figure that got released just last week-- it's paired with the first Todo 360 figure! It's a huge improvement over the last carded release, but not really vehicle friendly. 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 SandstormSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Sandstorm, a pretty good reuse of a pretty tough-to-find mold. It seemed like a weird decision to make a triple-changer targetmaster toy out of a repaint of a pacifist minibot, but hey, it's a nice toy. I appreciate the Autobot symbol being red and not silver. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

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Sunbow's Own Hector Ramierez: The Custom Figure

HasbroHectorWhile we don't usually showcase customs here much, I couldn't help linking to this custom Hector Ramierez figure on HISSTank.com because it gives me an excuse to show you this character which appeared on numerous Sunbow-produced Hasbro cartoons in the 1980s-- specifically G.I. Joe and The Transformers.

He also appeared on Jem and The Inhumanoids, and there's more about him on the TFWiki.

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New Transformers-Compatible RTS G2 Prime Trailer, Japan United Pics

TransformersPreviewBecause there's an unwritten mandate that all Optimus Prime toys not from the movies simply must have a trailer, this HK-TF forum posting shows the first glimpse at a new upgrade kit. I have read either translations or speculation-- I can't tell-- that the toy will have a new head and a trailer which also can be add-on armor for the figure, which, I should note, is shipping from Hasbro as you read this. (It's only showing up to online accounts and smaller stores so far.)

Also notable: four new Amazon Japan listings for Transformers United. Perceptor has some minor color changes and a fully visible Autobot symbol, Kup is metallic, Wreck-Gar has a silver face and some new colors on his person, and Blurr is so blue it's sick. All the little red details are gone, he's just blue. My advice: just get the American Blurr now, it's cheaper and looks better.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiDoc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of TimeThis week's WiiWare offerings are Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time and Urbanix. Each is $5-$10.

The Virtual Console has nothing, not even a Parodius game. Why not? Clearly, Konami hates you.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSAnimal BoxingThis week's batch: Glory Days Tactical Defense, The Seller, Alien Puzzle Adventure, and Animal Boxing. Each is $2-$8 and can be yours... if you dare.

--AP

Regis Is Retiring, I Have No Reason To Go On
January 19, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsScorchFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Scorch figure from 2006. It was one of the hottest figures of his day, and people still love him-- the good people do, the rest of you can suck a brick or whatever it is you do. 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 Iron Man 2 Deep Dive Armor Iron ManSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro Iron Man 2 Deep Dive Armor Iron Man, which has an all-purpose sculpt Hasbro used for both underwater and underground figures. It's not fantastic. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Matty Sells Out

Masters of the UniverseVikorCAPTCHA fields or not, Mattycollector.com still sold out of Vikor, which is extremely unfortunate as it looked awesome. The Goddess, Palace Guards 2-pack, and stands are all still available... and look really, really neat.

Yet another reason to subscribe!

--AP

New Castlevania HD DLC Released on Xbox 360

Xbox Live ArcadeZeit2Xbox 360 owners, it's time to look into The One Who Is Many DLC stage, a $4/320 points add-on to Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. They say:

"An extra stage modeled after the underground section of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. You'll face Legion, the boss that epitomizes 'all for one, one for all.'"

How is it? Let me know. I bought the full game, but $15 for 6 levels seemed like a deal. $4 for 1, less so.

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Transformers US Alternate Wreck-Gar Head Revealed

TransformersJunkyardA scan of Wreck-Gar's instructions at TFW2005 shows his new head, or rather, a possible head of a hypothetical, unannounced redeco toy. While based on a generic Junkion model, the head's only identifying name was in a recent book of art from all things Generation One-- and his name could be Junkyard.

Again, these alternate heads may not ever actually see the light of day, but in case they do, at least you'll remember that you saw them a few months/years before they hit stores/conventions.

--AP

Playmobil 2011 Easter Eggs Revealed

PlaymobilPlaymobilPlaymobil has some new Easter Eggs for you to find-- not hidden stuff, but new eggs with toys in them for about $7 each. These include an explorer with a baby Spinosaurus, a Mongollion Warrior with horse, yet another fairy, and a ghost pirate with cannon. The Mongol seems to be the winner of the bunch, but if you don't have any of the dinosaurs you may as well get that one too. (I like the dinosaur sets a bunch.)

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Modern Combat: DominationNew to download this week: Mass Effect 2, Modern Combat: Domination, and Spare Parts.

PSOne classics actually include a couple of good picks, Metal Slug X and, if I'm reading this right, the Japanese port of the Famicom Rockman (NES Mega Man) game. Neat!

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PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPSamurai ShodownNew to download this week: New Neo-Geo games! Alpha Mission II, Art of Fighting, Baseball Stars Professional, League Bowling, Magician Lord, Samurai Shodown, Super Sidekicks, and The King of Fighters '94.

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Plastics For 500, Igor
January 20, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayPlaymates Classic Star Trek UhuraSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

The Playmates Classic Star Trek Uhura from thousands of years ago back in 1993. She has her unique hair style and green earrings, and a pretty good-- but admittedly not perfect-- likeness. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsARF Trooper BoilFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the ARF Trooper Boil figure from late 2010. While just a redeco, it's fantastic! Check out the camo, the 212th Battalion markings, and the Numa tampo on his helmet. Amazing stuff! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Slightly Different RTS Optimus Prime Head, Bodyblock Revealed

TransformersMotormaster... or bad line artYour friend and mine at David Willis got the new RTS Optimus Prime toy and scanned the instructions which show what may be an alternate head for the just-released (but not at retail brick-and-mortar stores) toy. Speculation says "Menasor" or "Motormaster," but for all I know it's just sloppy line art-- we'll probably see more at Toy Fair next month.

Also exciting: a thread at ACToys.net showcases Bodyblock, a repaint of 2010's Breacher. The bio was not visible at press time, but I'd guess it's an Autobot since everything is these days. The thread also shows new shots of Demolition Rumble and the just-released Lugnut.

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Nintendo 3DS Launch Library in Japan Announced (plus import prices)

Nintendo DSBlankaThe wonderful and refreshingly blunt importers at NCS posted 3DS launch titles and hardware, showing you what you'll be paying (and what kind of regional lockouts to expect) if you can't hold off for the US release of the handheld.

The 3DS will be out in the USA this March for $249, but if you want to play import games you might want to go ahead and shell out for a Japanese unit. After you get your inheritance.

--AP

Got $2000? Evangelion Plug Suit Wet Suits

AnimeHow Much Do You Love Asuka?Odds are your cosplaying needs don't have the budget required to allow you to get these Japanese import Neon Genesis Evangelion wet suits, but they're still pretty remarkable. It's rare someone combines a costume with a functional product, but here it is-- and it's available in Rei, Asuka, and Shinji flavors.

If you can convince your significant other to climb in and/or pay up, congratulations.

--AP

New Game for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeSpare PartsXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Spare Parts, a $10/800 points action game. They say:

"Spare Parts tells the story of courageous robots Mar-T and Chip, who find themselves dumped out with the rubbish on a strange planet. Working together in co-op mode (either local or online), the mechanical duo must find a way to repair an abandoned space ship and escape the planet before evil Lord Krung can dispatch his henchmen to destroy them. Searching the hostile environments for ship parts and currency, Mar-T and Chip will also collect upgradable action parts such as Rocket Boots to unlock new abilities that will aid them as they rescue other stranded robots, and battle countless enemies including the relentless Krofax troopers, hostile spider monkeys and even a Super Huge Mega Laser! Can our heroes rescue their stranded robotic friends and unearth all of the spare parts they need to make their escape?"

--AP

Indication
January 21, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayFour Horsemen Outer Space Men Beta Phase Astro-NautilusSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

Deja Vu! The Four Horsemen Outer Space Men Beta Phase Astro-Nautilus came out last year for Comic-Con and is actually still available, surprisingly. This time around he was cast in a nice clear green color. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsAT-RT DriverFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the AT-RT Driver figure that was exclusive to Target a few years ago. It even came with the AT-RT! Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Transformers Masterpiece Rodimus Prime Gallery

TransformersScourgeA link to a new gallery of Masterpiece Rodimus appeared at The-Sun.on.cc, which shows off the Matrix of Leadership, alternate heads, and all sorts of mid-transformation pictures sure to grab your attention.

This is for the Japanese release of the toy. While "unconfirmed," enough details have been let slip by Hasbro and overseas retail partners to indicate that some form of this toy is very likely to show up in English-language packaging in the coming year.

--AP

Ad: Star Wars Pop! Vinyl Coming to Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAD: Funko's latest creations are coming to Entertainment Earth! These gorgeous and adorable Star Wars Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble Heads are coming in March, and there are seven figures to kick things off.

Don't forget, it's not too late to take advantage of the Valentine's Day Sale, which has 40 great items available! To make things even sweeter, Free Shipping is available for all orders and pre-orders, but only for a limited time!

Star Wars Stormtrooper Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble Head Star Wars Princess Leia Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble Head Star Wars Yoda Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble Head Star Wars Greedo Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble Head
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Playmobil 2011 Galleries

PlamyobilVikorIf you can read a little German (or don't midn clicking around a bit) you will no doubt enjoy this thread of 2011 Germany releases at Klickywelt, showing off new specials (ooh!), new blister packs (ahhh!), and some horse sets (meh.)

The Samurai 4748 is a clear early highlight, but it won't be out in the USA until, at least, 2012. Also notable, this thread shows a preview of new Pirate sets which, most likely, won't be available ouside of Germany until next year either.

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Vikor Returning Soon

Masters of the UniverseVikorWhile no specific date was given, Matty has confirmed that Mattycollector.com will have more of Vikor very soon, most likely as early as next week. This "He-Man of the North" looks pretty swell, so odds are you'll want to get one if you missed out.

Unless you don't like horned helmets.

--AP

It's Fawkward
January 24, 2011
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!

Be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update-- remember, it's no good without your participation, and even then, it still might suck. This is what you get for free.

Lando Calrissian (2008 Skiff Guard)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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Lando Calrissian (2008 Skiff Guard) figure which is a terrible, terrible redeco of the 2004 version. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayHasbro Marvel Universe IcemanSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

I thought this was discontinued, but Toys "R" Us keeps getting stock. This 2009 Hasbro Marvel Universe Iceman comes from a 3-pack which also sports Firestar and Spider-Man of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends fame. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

More New Castlevania HD DLC Released on Xbox 360

Xbox Live ArcadeCastlevaniaXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Lord of the Flies DLC stage, a $4/320 points add-on to Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. They say:

"An extra stage modeled after an above-ground section of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. You'll face Beelzebub, Lord of Flies."

--AP

New Cliffjumper Upgrade, New Transformers Shipping

TransformersDevil HornsFinally! One of the first major fan-made upgrade sets out of Asia had a few new Cliffjumper parts, and finally another manufacturer has revealed a new Classics Cliffjumper Upgrade set on ACToys.net. No manufacturer was listed, nor was a price mentioned, but you can get a good first look at the new head and guns.

I'm also reading many sightings of Transformers: Reveal the Shield Wave 2 deluxe at Target stores. Online stores are getting other new toys too, so good hunting!

--AP

Vikor Returning Today

Masters of the UniverseVikorOn the MattyCollector.com forums, you can find confirmation of Vikor going back on sale today at 9:00 AM PST, is you missed it. Why the wait? No idea. It seems it would be less work just to throw it up and start selling.

--AP

Doug Benson Launches "The Benson Interruption" Podcast

ComedyThe Benson Interruption PodcastSo far released seemingly only on iTunes, the first episode of The Benson Interruption Podcast's premiere episode is up for sale. It's $2 and about 1 hour and 40 minutes, so it's basically two comedy albums worth of stuff for two bucks. I downloaded it and am in the midst of getting through it, but some of my favorite comics are on there so it's well worth mentioning that you can hear more of the great Doug Benson, Marc Maron, Chelsea Petetti, Brendan Walsh, and Moshe Kasher. If there's anyone else on there, well, I haven't finished it yet... it's fun stuff. I don't need to write a review here, it's worth your $2 for uninterrupted Interruption.

If you're super-cheap like I am, you may also know Doug from his free Doug Loves Movies Podcast which comes out pretty much every week. It's also worth getting.

--AP

Print Is Dead
January 25, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsPrincess LeiaFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Princess Leia figure from 2008 which was, at the time, the best-yet regular Leia toy. She was packaged with R2-D2. 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 FireflySomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

One of the more recent releases we just freaking love is Hasbro G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Firefly, a fantastic reinterpretation of the Cobra operative. He has a classic-esque head, plus a freaky new helmet head and a bunch of gear. This is the figure you wish you had in the 1980s. So read on, read our Star Wars one below, and come back soon for more!

--AP

ToyFare, Wizard Magazines To Cease Publication

MagazinesToyFareIt's a real downer to share the information that both ToyFare and Wizard magazines will cease publication. Both became the bibles of the business, and getting (and giving) ToyFare exclusive information has been something of a big deal over the years. News is still developing, but it's surely not looking very good.

I even did some freelance work for ToyFare prior to my jump to the full-time toy business. Here's hoping all the staffers land on their feet, at the new Wizard Universe digital publication or elsewhere.

--AP

New Transformers RTS Lugnut Gallery

TransformersPreviewOver at TheAllspark.com is a great gallery of the new Lugnut toy. It, along with many other new Deluxe toys, are starting to show up in the USA right about now. From the packaging shown in these images, this appears to be a Malaysian sample.

Of course, recent reviews of the toy show that it has a ton of places to connect weapons. It's looking to be quite impressive.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiDoc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of TimeThis week's WiiWare offering is Jam City Rollergirls. It's $10/1,000 points. My suggestion for the revision? More interesting looking girls.

The Virtual Console has two arcade games from Capcom, the classic 1942 and Black Tiger. Each is 800 points/$8.

--AP

Nintendo DSi Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSAirport Mania: Non-Stop FlightsThis week's batch: Rocks N' Rockets, Digger Dan & Kaboom, Ante Up: Texas Hold'em, and Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights. Each is $2-$8 and can be yours... if you dare.

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We Like To Watch
January 26, 2011
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsMagnaguardFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Magnaguard figure from early last year. It was really hot stuff, and today? It's actually hard to find one. 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 Iron Man 2 Hulkbuster Iron ManSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

A figure worthy of your attention is Hasbro Iron Man 2 Hulkbuster Iron Man, which saw his body reused with the fantastic Iron Monger released around the same time. Good stuff. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

BanDai's Thundercats Relaunch Revealed

ThundercatsVikorWhile I will always feel these guys should be wrapped up in the style of Masters of the Universe Classics, BanDai's UK Toy Fair exhibition of new Thundercats products are up on TheThundercatsLair.org, complete with redesigned cartoon characters and an all-new Sword of Omens.

Both classic and "modern" figures are said to be on tap, so this is arguably worth looking at for a sneak peek.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates This Week

PS3Dead Space ExtractionNew to download this week: Dead Space Extraction. It's $14.99 and a prequel to 2008's Dead Space.

PSOne classics seem to be on hiatus this week.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPLord of ArcanaNew to download this week: Lord of Arcana, a $39.99 beast battling whatever.

No new minis or PSOne games are on deck.

--AP

Blasted Youth Element
January 27, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayDiamond Select Universal Monsters Entertainment Earth Exclusive Black and White WolfmanSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

The Diamond Select Universal Monsters Entertainment Earth Exclusive Black and White Wolfman from last year. It's a very low run, and still available-- which is a shame, as you should have bought one by now. It's not bad! So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCarnor JaxFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Carnor Jax figure from a few years back-- it's a distinctive blue training outfit! His previous figure was as a Royal Guard/Sith Lord-In-Waiting. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Warpath Maybe Revealed, Botcon 2011 Set, Retail Sightings

TransformersWarpath?A small image of a toy tank on ACtoys.net is assumed to be the new deluxe Warpath figure which showed up in a Wal-Mart computer listing a few weeks ago. Hasbro has not confirmed (nor denied) the existence of this new Warpath, but it's worth noting that this would be the second figure of the character since 2009. (The previous release was a delightful little Legends-class toy.)

Also exciting: Botcon 2011 details are leaking to Twitter from the official source-- nothing concrete, but it looks like it may span multiple existing storylines and will undoubtedly feature elements of Animated and quite possibly the rarely seen 3D comic book series. Some choice quotes:

BotCon 2011 will feature Transformers Animated...

"@DerrickJWyatt was instrumental in BotCon 2011 Convention set. Every Animated fan will want this set! More details to come at www.botcon.com"

G1? AEC? Animated? BW? What could it be? All of this contemplating may make you feel like you got hit by a Delirious Fire Attack!

In the past 24 hours, I've seen the new Deluxe toys at Targets. Scourge and Kup as well as Bumblebee, Wreck-Gar, Optimus Prime, and Perceptor are all making the rounds. Good hunting!

--AP

New Game for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeBreachXbox 360 owners, it's time to look into Breach, a $15/1,200 points action game. They say:

"Breach is a first-person military shooter that unleashes enough destruction to change the very nature of multiplayer combat. Crash ceilings on opponents. Create murder holes. Disintegrate cover. Punch holes through floors. Blow out walls. Collapse entire buildings. And, so much more."

More? That's too much.

--AP

School Someone
January 28, 2011
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayLEGO Minifigures Series 1 NinjaSomething new every day-- unless it's old! 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!

The LEGO Minifigures Series 1 Ninja came out last year and, well, it's sort of out this year as very similar figures are in the new Ninjago line. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsSigel DareFigure 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Sigel Dare figure that was paired with Darth Krayt. Odds are you'll end up with her to get to Krayt. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Transformers Botcon 2011 Boxed Set Animated Stunticons

TransformersDead EndAfter much teasing, the people of Botcon revealed Animated Dead End, and confirmed the rest with the following:

"One of the most popular lines in Transformers history is back, and the five figures that make up the BotCon convention set will be the ultimate addition to your collection. Get ready for Transformers Animated Stunticons!"

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Sony Confuses Fans with New PSP called NGP

PSPNGPIn their infinite wisdom, Sony revealed its new portable, and it looks a lot like the old one. Dubbed the "NGP" (Neo Geo Pocket?) the system has enhanced color depth and improved resolution, plus a touch screen. It includes a new proprietary Flash media, so you should be able to buy games at retail... but don't expect to bring your old physical PSP games to the new unit.

Rather than run down everything, just go to Joystiq's coverage of the new portable, and I'll be back with more if any good games get mentioned. Based on the PSP's software library, it might be a while.

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Collect Them All
January 31, 2011
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!

Be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update-- remember, it's no good without your participation, and even then, it still might suck. This is what you get for free.

Retail 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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at the Retail Droid figure which is basically a soda can with feet and guns. Brilliant. You should get one. 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 Hunt for the Decepticons SunspotSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting non-Star Wars Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Sometimes repaints are dull, but when it's a harder-to-find mold they're a little more welcome. Hasbro Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons Sunspot comes from last year's Transformers line and at the price, it's not exactly a screamingly hot value. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Rarely Seen 16bit Remake of the Legend of Zelda Video

NintendoZeldaFans of old Nintendo games remember that Nintendo and its licensees toyed with 16-bit remakes of NES games, some of which made it out in Japan. Take this video of Satellaview Zelda, a downloadable title (before that kind of thing was in vogue) that took the original game and added in new sound effects with your choice of new playable characters. The video shows the player getting through the first dungeon, which has a completely different form than the original game or its second quest. Neat!

--AP

Warpath Revealed, New TFClub Images, More

TransformersZowieThe busy Snakas got new images of an unpainted Warpath prototype from the Japanese patent office. You may recall a few Classics toys, specifically Astrotrain, were debuted this way so it's possible there are more toys just waiting to be found.

Over at TFW2005.com are images of TFClub's Reflector and Long Haul-style toys showing off new modes and new mechanisms. While expensive and unlicensed, it's certainly worth a look.

Speaking of unlicensed bits and pieces, here's that new Cliffjumper upgrade set you've been dying to see. It has a head and two guns, with no price or release date yet.

Masterpiece Rodimus came out in Japan and will cost you about $200. Before you buy it, check out these three galleries for tons of images showing off the various modes and features. While not as big as Masterpiece Optimus Prime, it's an extensive toy.

For those of you in the market for the new Wreck-Gar toy, it turns out the darned thing is pretty fragile. I can confirm that the arms do have stress marks prior to opening the packaging from my own sample, and you do want to be very careful with this one. Heck, the whole wave is very touchy-- if you're planning on buying Laser Rod Optimus Prime or Perceptor, don't get them for your kids.

--AP

Sy-Klone Packaged Shots

Masters of the UniverseSy-KloneOn the He-Man.org via Facebook, you can find packaged images of Sy-Klone, complete with his bio.

Sy-Klone is presently scheduled for April, with Bow in February, King Hssss in March, and Catra in May. A lot of reissues are on deck too so if you missed out on anything, this should be a good year to catch up.

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