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It's Never Too Late
July 2, 2012
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has news, but the Q&A column is on hiatus this week! Be sure to click through and read the archives!

Be sure to send in your questions for next week's thrilling update!

Clone Cadet CutupFigure 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 a Clone Cadet Cutup from a few months ago, based on the Clone Wars cartoon where we got to see him learn the ropes. You'll cry when you see how cheap it is on eBay today. 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

Figure of the DayThink Geek Portal Sentry Turret Figural FlashlightSomething 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!

Now talking! The Think Geek Portal Sentry Turret Figural Flashlight is a crappy flashlight, but a pretty nice collectible figure. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

G.I. Joe Convention Coverage Round-Up

Q&A by Adam PawlusNew Crimson GuardsThe big G.I. Joe Collector's Convention was last weekend, and we have some news! Hasbro provided new 3 3/4-inch action figure pictures beyond what we saw at Toy Fair in New York, and while no specific dates are given it's nice to see many new "ultimate" versions of core characters. (Interestingly, no movie Roadblock yet.)

G.I. Joe Micro ForceAlso new: G.I. Joe Micro Force, which appears to mix Star Wars Fighter Pods' sculpting with things like display bases and separate legs. To say the least, it's interesting and different. Do check it out!

Other highlights: HISSTank.com has the Hasbro Presentation with many of the above images and other tidbits. They also have a number of concept galleries, including ninja figures, Renegades stuff, more Zombies, and 30th Anniversary concepts. Of note, there are file cards for the concepts, so you can actually read that the zombies aren't necessarily just zombie versions of existing characters.

There's a lot more to be seen out there, but you probably saw the coverage by now. If not, well, ask and I'll link to more of it. If you can't find it. (You can, by now, I hope.)

--AP

Portal 2 Now on LEGO Cuusoo

LEGOShe Thinks You're FatI can't help but think the entire Cuusoo idea has gotten away from its intended mission statement. I can't imagine someone at LEGO was saying "Wouldn't it be great if people approached us with ideas that will cost us tens of thousands of dollars to license?" And speaking of licenses, Thinking with Portals! has some cute playsets and designs to be seen based on the Portal game series, some of which look pretty easy to make and a few of them could probably benefit from being a real LEGO product. It has around 3,000 supporters, and it needs 10,000 for LEGO to dignify the concept with a response-- so if nothing else, you can go see it and go "Oh, that's cute" and then go back to buying the new Lord of the Rings sets.

--AP

MOTU: Interviews, Articles in Shadowland Magazine

Masters of the UniverseShadowlandRemember print? Shadowland Magazine #4 has a whole mess of Masters of the Universe features and from the sample pages they were kind enough to send over, it looks a lot like Starlog from back when Starlog was cool.

An interview with Donald F. Glut (who coined a few of the names in the franchise, including "Castle Grayskull" is included as well as a history on the franchise and an extensive look at the 1987 movie. It's $9.95 and you can find out more here since they emailed me and asked nicely-- plus it was a good read, too!

--AP

OMFG Update: Glow in the Darks Shipping Now

OMFGComing SoonThat was fast! A new update on OMFG is up on Kickstarter. Update #6: GID has arrived! lets you know the scoop: "We expect shipping to start going out on Monday so keep an eye on your mailboxes soon!"

So they sound like they're still on time for a July delivery. I can't wait!

--AP

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OMFG! More OMFG!
July 3, 2012
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayLEGO Minifigures Series 4 ArtistSomething 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 like it! The LEGO Minifigures Series 4 Artist was expected, but the execution was a little bit better than needed. 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 NewsR2-R9Figure 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 R2-R9, one of his many figures, in its 2012 form. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Review: Doug Benson's Smug Life

ComedySmug LifeWhen buying a comedy album, you have to ask yourself a low of questions, like "Will this be funny?" Since the answer in this case is "yes," the Doug Benson album Smug Life bypasses this particular question and instead asks "Is the comedian funnier sober or stoned?" As a high-concept album, it succeeds. It's also the first time I've ever heard a comedy album criticize its cover artwork during the performance, plus Doug Benson is one of few successful comics I've heard who have basically integrated social media fully into their act.
[ READ THE FULL REVIEW ]

--AP

OMFG Update: Series 2 Kickstarter

OMFGComing SoonIt's that time again! OMFG is up on Kickstarter. OMFG! Series 2 is up for the pledging, and new figures include Shirtle, Puke Knight, Cry-Borg, Cuddlehard, and the Grimm Gourd.

The ship date is December and, as always, it's cheaper on Kickstarter because they throw in shipping. A basic flesh set is $10, black is $15, and one of each is $25.

--AP

Matty Brings Back More Masters of the Universe Classics

Masters of the UniverseNow On SaleThey're back! SDCC's Most-Wanted Sale is Live on MattyCollector.com with figures you might have missed, including Demo-Man, Gy-Gor, the Wind Raider, and Vikor. They're all excellent choices, and the PKE Meter from Ghostbusters is up too.

--AP

Ad: Entertainment Earth Ted Toys, Artwork Sale Sale Ends Tuesday

Entertainment Earth Ad: Add some green to your desk! Tons of Artwork is on sale with free shipping at Entertainment Earth today! (But not tomorrow.) Check out dozens of awesome items be sure to check out new figures from Ted and Half-Life while you're at it! Click through for pricing and availability.

Firefly Les Hommes Poster Set Star Wars Defend and Protect Limited Edition Giclee Print Disney Underground Beauty & the Beast Curse Canvas Giclee Star Wars Endor Rally Stormtroopers Paper Giclee Print
OMFG (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys) Series 1
Ted 24-Inch R-Rated Talking Plush Teddy Bear Big Bang Theory Raj Bobble Head Batman Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters Catwoman Figure Star Wars Reusable Shopping Tote
Half-Life Gordon Freeman Action Figure EE Exclusive Star Wars Figures Darth Nihl and Deliah Blue Venture Bros. Brock Samson (Bloody) 3 3/4-Inch SDCC Figure SMDM Dr. Rudy Wells with Tin Tote - SDCC Exclusive
Dark Knight Rises Batman Dark Spud Mr. Potato Head Captain America Statue Lamp Earthworm Jim 6-Inch Action Figure Firefly Serenity Replica Key Chain

Just follow a link, and enjoy!

USA! USA! USA!
July 4, 2012
16bit.com Figure of the Day

Figure of the DayTakara-Tomy Transformers Prime Optimus Prime Blaster Action Figure Something 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!

From Japan! The Takara-Tomy Transformers Prime Optimus Prime Blaster Action Figure is new, small, and turns into a gun. Do you like Targetmasters? Well, then you should read the review! 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 NewsMandalorian Police OfficerFigure 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 Mandalorian Police Officer from 2010, which lacks knee joints but still looks pretty dang cool. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates

PS3Disney/Pixar BraveNew to download this week: Disney/Pixar Brave, Spec Ops: The Line, Sonic Generations, Spec Ops: The Line, and Adventures Of Tintin : The Game. Several Uncharted games were also posted. They are $29.99 up to $59.99.

New PSN games include BELLATOR MMA ONSLAUGHT and Dungeon Twister for $9.99 and up.

Also new: PS2 fans can download Bloodrayne 2 for $9.99.

--AP

Tito the Tortuga
July 5, 2012
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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at Queen Amidala, a 2012 Movie Heroes figure which you might be seeing at a store near you now. 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 Battle Beasts Horny ToadSomething 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!

So bumpy! The Hasbro Battle Beasts Horny Toad is fairly amazing in terms of its sculpting, particularly considering its age. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

More Beast Saga Preorders Revealed

Battle BeastsNewThe Battle Beasts News blog has the scoop: New Beast Saga Preorders Popping Up. We are now reading 6 new products (with 11 total new figures) are due in November, including whales, parrots, and owls!

--AP

New Game for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeSpelunkyXbox fans, it's time to download Spelunky, a $15/1,200-point game which supposedly is not Spelunker. Microsoft says:

"Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a new and challenging experience each time you play! Journey deep underground and explore fantastic places filled with monsters, traps, and treasure. Fully-destructible environments open up lots of strategies and make it a blast to master the game's many secrets."

Also, Bellator: MMA Onslaught is up for $15/1,200 points, for the fighting fans out there.

--AP

More OMFG
July 6, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsJorg SaculFigure 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 Jorg Sacul, the very first Celebration figure 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 DayKenner SilverHawks Copper KiddSomething 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!

Short! The Kenner SilverHawks Copper Kidd was super shiny and had metallic wings... and carded ones are pretty expensive now. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

More New OMFG for SDCC, GITD Delivered

OMFGChange ColorsOMFG fans, there are two sets to track down at SDCC this year. 3D Retro Exclusive Booth #4734 has Series 1 with Color Mutating Action. In it, the bagged set will go from light red to a greenish blue. Limited to 200 sets, it will be about $10.

The second set is OMFG Series 1 in Purple at Booth #4838 for Toy Break/October Toys. Price was not listed.

Also, the glow-in-the-dark OMFG Series 1 figures are being delivered as early as yesterday, when I got my sample. See it here. A review is coming, but it's not like you don't know what to expect here.

--AP

Fan-Made Critters Minifigures En Route?

ToysCrittersIn a post called - OMFG picking on the wrong furball - you can find some fan-made minifigures based on the creatures from Critters, more or less. At press time no release date or price was given, but I do know I want to get one. More good shots here.

--AP

Giant LEGO Trees, Flowers Installed in Australia

LEGOTreesWired.com has an article called These Lego Flowers Won¹t Need Your Water which showcases some giant-sized plants installed for LEGO's 50th anniversary in Australia.

Sadly, these large elements are not yet for sale, and may never be.

--AP, thanks Victoria for the tip!

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

Wii2020 Super Baseball This week's WiiWare offering is Let's Create! Pottery, which is all the fun of pottery, minus any actual real pottery. $5/500 points is the entry fee for this one, which penalizes severely if you make any jokes about the movie Ghost during gameplay.

The Virtual Console has 2020 Super Baseball, a $9 Neo-Geo port from SNK.

--AP

Nintendo DSi & 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSThe Legend of ZeldaThis week's batch on the DSi Ware Shop: 3, 2, 1... WordsUp! at 700 points and Topoloco at 500 points.

Also up for the Nintendo 3DS: The Legend of Zelda and NES Open Tournament Golf , $4.99 a pop and they're both 3D NES ports, you lucky dog, you. New games include Family Tennis 3D at 700 points and Akari by Nikoli at 500 points.

--AP

It's Comic-Con Week
July 9, 2012
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has news, but the Q&A column is on hiatus this week! Be sure to click through and read the archives!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update! Which is next week, probably, if the questions are good.

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

Today we look at a Han Solo from a PC game playset that most of you didn't bother to buy. 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

Figure of the DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics Tri-KlopsSomething 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!

Evil and sees everything! The Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Tri-Klops is arguably one of the best figures in this line, with its fantastic sculpting, top-notch construction, excellent accessories, and just about perfect plastic. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Battle Beasts SDCC Packaging Revealed

Battle Beasts MinimatesBattle BeastsVia the Battle Beasts News blog: Battle Beasts Packaging: Minimates SDCC Exclusive pretty much says it all-- this is the first glimpse of any Battle Beasts packaging from Diamond that wasn't a plastic bag for its promotional figures. You'll want to see it, trust me.

--AP

Star Trek Kre-o A-Coming

Star TrekArguably one of the most loudly-whispered secrets in toys over the last couple of years, Hasbro has finally copped to Star trek Kre-o toys! The full details in the press release basically say "new movie" but it doesn't discount classic, either, which may bump in to what they're doing with Minimates at Diamond Select Toys.

The press release has a lot to say, here's an excerpt: "In a groundbreaking move for entertainment based building sets, Hasbro teamed up with J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming STAR TREK sequel, to create a KRE-O STAR TREK stop motion digital short. The digital short, produced by Bad Robot, features icons of the STAR TREK saga in a stand-alone storyline and will premiere at a later date in partnership with Paramount Pictures. At Comic-Con the teaser trailer for the KRE-O STAR TREK digital short will be featured along with the upcoming U.S.S. ENTERPRISE building set and KREON figures in the Hasbro booth. In anticipation of the convention, Hasbro is unveiling a first look image of the KRE-O STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE set and the teaser trailer. Fans can view the teaser trailer now exclusively on the KRE-O brand Youtube channel at www.Youtube.com/KREO."

It also confirms these will be shown at Hasbro's booth at Comic-Con this week. Did we mention it's Comic-Con this week? Well, it is.

--AP

SDCC Update: More Minimates

OMFGComing This WeekMore! Diamond sent in more pictures of new Minimates. Diamond Select Toys Images: San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Exclusive Minimates Alpha Flight and ThunderCats shows 5 shots of new Minimates and where you can get them. Thrilling!

So they sound like they're still on time for a July delivery. I can't wait!

--AP

It's Almost Here!
July 10, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsHan Solo (Bespin Outfit)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 Han Solo (Bespin Outfit), one of last year's finest Han Solo figures. It was also one of the only new Han Solo figures. 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 DayBif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Phantom Limb 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? Probably not!

I like it! The Bif Bang Pow! Venture Bros. Phantom Limb Action Figure has clear limbs and an old-school body mold. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Transformers Kre-o Expands with Combiners

TransformersPredakingMTV Geek has the scoop. Exclusive First Look: Kre-O Transformers Kreon Micro Changers & Combiners shows figures of Predaking and Bruticus, G1-styled figures which can transform and combine. SRP is listed at $2.99 which sounds almost too good to be true. Check it out.

--AP

Ad: Entertainment Earth Marvel Sale Sale Ends Tuesday

Entertainment Earth Ad: Add some Marvel to your desk! Tons of Spider-Man, Captain America, and Avengers toys are on sale with free shipping at Entertainment Earth today! (But not tomorrow.) Check out the site for full details, and also take a look at new figures from Star Wars and Half-Life while you're at it! Click through for pricing and availability.

Avengers Bottle Co. Black T-Shirt LEGO Marvel 6865 Avengers Captain America's Avenging Cycle Avengers Movie Iron Man Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head Captain America vs. Red Skull Salt and Pepper Shakers
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Flinstones Fred Flintstone Hanna-Barbera Action Figure Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races Dick Dastardly Action Figure Hanna-Barbera The Herculoids Zandor Action Figure Scooby-Doo Hanna-Barbera History Collection Action Figure
Marvel Select Barbarian Hulk Action Figure Batman: Hush Batman Real Action Hero Action Figure Batman: Hush Joker Real Action Hero Action Figure Adventure Time 10-Inch Finn with Changing Faces

Just follow a link, and enjoy!

Some Sort of Obstruction
July 11, 2012
16bit.com Figure of the Day

Figure of the DayTransformers Bot Shots Topspin 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? Probably not!

New! The Transformers Bot Shots Topspin Figure is tiny and nicely painted! 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 NewsR-3POFigure 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 R-3PO from 2008, which was the second version of the character. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Still More New OMFG Colors of Series 1

OMFGChange ColorsOMFG fans, we have some news for you today. First up: OMFG! Rotofugi Exclusive Clear Blue - Set of 5 Mini Figures (pictured) exist and are $10 per set. 200 sets were produced.

Next up, OMFG Series 1 Painted Sets by Adam Pratt are up for the perusing at U of Muscle. Three styles are shown including Natural, Weathered, and the eye-pleasing 90s Set.

Lastly, the Kickstarter for series 2 is going along nicely with $7800 of the $12,000 goal. You'll want to kick in, of course.

--AP

MOTUC Goddess Blog Entry

Masters of the UniverseGoddessIt's time for another one! MOTUC Director's Commentary #18: The Goddess - mini comics alive! brings the line's second big repaint, plus information on when her spear was created, more about the character's origin, and other tidbits.

--AP

Why? Sonic, Mega Man Crossover Comic Book

Video GamesWhy?Remember when Sonic and Mega Man were fun, slashfic didn't exists, and you were ignorant of what fan art could be like? Well, that's gone forever. Apparently Archie Comics wants to make things worse for you as they have announced Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man team up for first time over at The USA Today. 12 issues are planned and may God have mercy on our souls.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates

PS3Frogger: Hyper Arcade EditionNew to download this week: NCAA Football 13, Get Up And Dance, and Game Of Thrones.

New PSN games include Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition, Quantum Conundrum and Rainbow Moon for $9.99 and up.

Also new: PS2 fans can download Hannspree Ten Kate Honda SBK for $9.99.

--AP

PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPFarm Frenzy Pizza Party New PSP Minis include: Arcade Pool for $2.99.

--AP

Patience Is For Failure
July 12, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at Obi-Wan Kenobi, a 2012 vehicle pack-in with, you guessed it, a new hat. 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 DayKenner Batman: The Animated Series Harley QuinnSomething 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!

The first! The Kenner Batman: The Animated Series Harley Quinn is a great example of what Kenner was doing really well in the 1990s. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

NECA Reveals Cool Red Predator Figure

PredatorRedNECA is previewing its SDCC wares on Twitter! Predators Red Predator is listed as coming soon, and we'll try to figure out more when we land in San Diego.

--AP

Amazon Lists War for Cybertron G2 Bruticus with G2 Symbols

TransformersG2Amazon relisted Amazon Exclusive War for Cybertron G2 Transformers Bruticus for a surprisingly priced $59.99. (For the record, the Comic-Con version is $99.99 and the retail version is $15 per figure, or $75.) Be sure to zoom in to the hi-res single robots on Amazon's listing, there are giant G2 Decepticon symbols on these guys!

--AP

Fake MOTUC 2013 Subscriptions Revealed, First Convention Pics

Masters of the UniverseNewTime for Matty to mess with us: 2013 Club Eternia Figures January - March has changed at least once since going live yesterday at MattyCollector.com. Other figures mentioned included Clamp Champ, King Miro, Glimmer, and Hydron, and nobody knows if any of the lists are fake or not yet. But they probably are.

GranymyrUpdate: ActionFigurePics.com added shots of the new Weapons Pak (with Keldor, Snake Man-At-Arms, and Draego-Man weapons) plus Granymyr. Prepare to be impressed! Mosquitor and other figures were (sorta) on display, and word is coming down that the Snake Men were delayed until September.

--AP

Hello Kitty Sonic Plushie, KISS Too

ToysWhy?Less offensive than a comic crossover, this Sonic the Hedgehog Hello Kitty is just adorable. There's a Chun-Li Hello Kitty coming too.

If that weren't enough, KISS Hello Kitty are out at NCS right now.

--AP

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Playing Cards

Video GamesWhy?These Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Playing Cards are really cool, and I read about them at NCS. And of course, they're sold out. They were $22.90, so shop around and good luck! The art looks fantastic.

--AP

LEGO Reveals Comic-Con Plans, 2013 Sets

LEGOWhy?Get excited! LEGO Systems Celebrates a New Theme Each Day at San Diego Comic-Con has information for what you can find out about this weekend, and you get confirmation of a Rancor Pit! What an exciting day this is.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeZuma's RevengeXbox fans, it's time to download Zuma's Revenge, a $10/800-point game which is a sequel to another great game. Microsoft says:

"Experience new levels of ball-blasting action! Leap in and conquer 69 levels of Adventure mode. Discover four new Spirit Animals (at least one of them is a monkey!) and harness their abilities to power up your game. Dive in to the high-stakes Iron Frog mode: 10 levels, one frog. Can you make it out alive? Battle all 8 tiki bosses in the fast-paced Boss Rush. Enter the Weekly Challenge and compete for high score on a new level every week."

Also, Quantum Conundrum is up for $15/1,200 points, with some crazy science mansion thing. And Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition is up for $10/800 points. And dang if it doesn't look fun.

--AP

SDCC Begins
July 13, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsR2-D2Figure 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 R2-D2, a Disney-made but Hasbro-compatible slug figure, basically. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayOnell Design Glyos Phaseon Gendrone Unpainted Black 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? Probably not!

Thin! The Onell Design Glyos Phaseon Gendrone Unpainted Black Action Figure is an unpainted figure which was probably mostly loved by customizers, but I'll take pretty much any black repaint I can get. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Battle Beasts Gallery for SDCC

Battle BeastsGold VorinBeast fans, it's late. So have a quick version of Diamond Select Toys Battle Beasts. In it, find Gruntos, Merek, Bliss, and other new creatures as well as a gold and blue promotional version of Vorin which apparently show up at the good parties!

Regardless of your opinions on Minimates, it is essential you check out the snake figure (pictured). It's beautiful. This is shaping up to be a fascinating line, and I'll try to get more dirt for you over the weekend. Reporting takes time, and, uh, talking to people.

There's some really amazing stuff here but it's going to wait for Monday. You can find galleries elsewhere-- and should-- things like Super 7's ALIEN line are gorgeous.

--AP

ALIEN Gallery for SDCC

Comic-ConALIENApparently legends are real. You probably saw the prototypes for these years ago, but now Super 7 has a retro ALIEN license. They are aspiring to make Kenner-style action figures from real Kenner prototypes and Burger King-style glasses, and it's just awesome.

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiThe King of Fighters '96 This week's first WiiWare offering is Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition, which includes levels based on other Konami properties like Contra and Castlevania. $7/700 points is the entry fee for this one, which looks really neat.

The Virtual Console has The King of Fighters '96, a $9 Neo-Geo port from SNK.

--AP

Nintendo DSi & 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSKirby's Pinball LandThis week's batch on the DSi Ware Shop: Ace Mathician at 200 points and Candle Route at 200 points.

Also up for the Nintendo 3DS: Kirby's Pinball Land and Sword of Hope 2 , $3.99 and $2.99 respectively. Kirby is totally worth it. New 3DS games include Sweet Memories - Blackjack at 400 points and Johnny Kung Fu at 600 points.

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Comic-Con Coverage Continues All Week
July 16, 2012
Star Wars Q&A, Figure of the Day Updated at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has news, but the Q&A column is on hiatus this week! Be sure to click through and read the archives!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update! Which is next week, probably, if the questions are good.

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

Today we look at a Battle Droid from Target that you skipped. 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

Figure of the DayKenner Batman: The Animated Series JokerSomething 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's dynamite! The Kenner Batman: The Animated Series Joker is a fantastic design, but it's also sadly a statue. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Battle Beasts SDCC Gallery Update

Battle BeastsSnakeBeast fans, I updated the Diamond Select Toys Battle Beasts gallery. In it, find new and better photos of the new figures as well as some details from the comic book, a couple of new character names, and information on repaints and why you'll want them.

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OMFG, Zombie Pheyden, and October Toys at SDCC

OMFGPhedenMore OMFG news! October Toys at Comic-Con 2012 sports new figures in the ZOMBIE and OMFG lines, plus an exciting surprise-- Pheyden! The Glyos character is among the walking dead and will be a minifigure soon. As I was hoping to see him appear in OMFG, this is pretty much exactly what I was wanting.

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Outer Space Men: SDCC Gallery

Outer Space MenTerra FirmaFirst look at Terra Firma in 3D! Outer Space Men at Comic-Con 2012 shows several shots of upcoming figures, few of which are genuinely new but as the saying goes "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you." Terra Firma was on display, complete with her slick magnetic backpack, so be sure to check her out.

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SDCC Masters of the Universe Updats

Masters of the UniverseRam-ManMatty was busy! Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Comic-Con 2012 coverage shows you a lot of fun surprises, like new 30th Anniversary figures, an awesome weapons pak, and of course Ram-Man. That's the good news. The bad news is that you probably won't recognize about half of the new figures in the gallery today, despite coming from Filmation, mini-comics, and elsewhere. But they all look good, and will be about $25 per if you get the subscription for next year.

Don't forget that 2013 Matty Subscriptions are live and Spikor is on sale today.

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This Is What You Want...
July 17, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsCaptain RexFigure 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 Captain Rex, a 2008 release which is, by and large, still quite excellent. 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 DayKenner Batman: The Animated Movie Mask of the Phantasm Phantasm Something 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!

Bat-Week continues! The Kenner Batman: The Animated Movie Mask of the Phantasm Phantasm was screamingly tough to get in the USA in the 1990s, but not in Europe. I got mine at a US Target. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Outer Space Men: More Cosmic Creators

Outer Space MenCommander CometMore new repaints! The Outer Space Men News has a post called Cosmic Creators: Mel Birnkrant Edition, The Sequel which breaks down the 4 new repaints of the 2011 molds. Characters include Alpha 11, Red Devil Mystron, Fire and Ice Electron+, and Blue Angel Commander Comet. Pricing aside, these look much more expensive than the first batch and will hopefully be cheaper.

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SDCC: Kre-o Adds to Transformers, Star Trek, Battleship

Kre=oSpcoktoberWhile a lot of the news got out early, I still have a Comic-Con Kre-O Gallery for you. The big news: Transformers Mini-Figures (which Transform, sort of), Combiners, Star Trek, and yes, more Battleship. While some stores are letting some year one sets go, others are getting the new stuff nowish, so keep an eye on these brick toys as Hasbro seems to actually be putting some weight behind it.

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SDCC: Transformers Makes Good

TransformersMegatronThe news continues with our SDCC 2012 Transformers Gallery and Coverage. The big takeaway is that the "Asia exclusive" toys are coming to Toys R Us in the USA, meaning Megatron (pictured), Wheelie, Blustreak, Hoist, and others will be available for not-insane prices. Presumably. Check out Masterpiece Optimus Prime and Thundercracker, plus Prime releases and a few Bot Shots you probably already saw at BotCon.

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SDCC: Matty Gets Watchmen

Matty CollectorMegatronThe secret license revealed: I'm not sure if it's really a new license due to branding and all, but SDCC 2012 Watchmen Mattel Action Figure News can be read by you, now. The deal is this: 6 figures, $25 each, subscription or not. No subscription exclusive. I'm not sure if this falls under the DC Comics/Warner banner or is some separate pact with Alan Moore or whatever, but either way, it's coming and I'm happy.

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Ad: Entertainment Earth LEGO Sale Sale Ends Tuesday, new Portal

Entertainment Earth Ad: Add some Marvel to your desk! Tons of in-stock LEGO Star Wars, Avengers, City, and Lord of the Rings toys are on sale with a nice discount at Entertainment Earth today! (But not tomorrow.) Check out the site for full details, and also take a look at new figures from Star Wars and Portal while you're at it! Click through for pricing and availability.

LEGO Lord of the Rings 9473 The Mines of Moria LEGO Marvel 6868 Avengers Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout LEGO City 3367 Space Shuttle LEGO Lord of the Rings 9474 The Battle of Helm's Deep
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Ted 24-Inch R-Rated Talking Plush Teddy Bear Exclusive Big Bang Theory Sheldon Shazam! Shirt Bobble Head Kre-o Transformers Destruction Site Devastator Star Trek Inflatable Captain's Kids Chair
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Portal 2 Chell's Boots Socks Portal Aperture Science Test Subject Costume Star Wars Darth Vader Complete Submission Black T-Shirt Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Silicone Ice Cube Tray

Just follow a link, and enjoy!

Some Sort of Obstruction
July 18, 2012
16bit.com Figure of the Day

Figure of the DayErtl Batman Returns Penguin 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? Probably not!

Metal! The Ertl Batman Returns Penguin Commando is a minifigure of sorts, it's die-cast metal and predates Action Masters by a few years. 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 NewsSenate 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 a Senate Guard from 2011, which may be at a TJ Maxx near you. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

New Man or Astro-Man? 7" Record Preorder

MusicRecordNew! Chunklet has a new record to get and their email blast has a lot of information not on the page.

"Recorded with longtime Astro cohort, Steve Albini, this first installment in the Astro Analog Series finds the band bringing their unique brand of Science Friction back to the masses in supreme form. "Defcon 5" and "Anti-Matter Man" will appear in some form on the impending full length and "Mr. Space" is exclusive to this release. "

It will be available in orange, black, or clear vinyl for about ten bucks shipped per.

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SDCC: NECA Prometheus, Batman, Aliens, Terminator, More Coverage

SDCCHudson, DutchNeca can't disappoint. Our Comic-Con Neca Gallery checks off three big names in action movie, two of which have never had toys before: Hudson (Bill Paxton, ALIENS), Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predator), and Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn, Terminator). And this is just the beginning, as numerous toys from Portal, Team Fortress, Gremlins, E.T., and yes, more Predators were shown too. It's worth spending some time going through this one, the massive trove of Prometheus creature action figures are joined by David and Holloway. It's pretty amazing, folks.

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SDCC: DC Collectibles New 52, Batman, and Not DC Direct Gallery

SDCCHudson, DutchNew 52, Green Lantern, and of course Catwoman. Our Comic-Con DC Collectibles Gallery has a good chunk of new stuff including a really nice 3 3/4-inch Green Lantern action figure line as well as tons of statues and busts.

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Minimates SDCC Panel Reveals Battle Beasts Moose, Bat

Battle BeastsMooseWhile there's no squirrel yet, Toys R Us Exclusive Bat vs. Moose Battle Beasts Minimates are slated for Toys R Us exclusivity in the not-too-distant future. These were shown at the panel in drawing form, and you should check them out.

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Color Change OMFG Online Now

OMFGChange ColorsOMFG fans, it's here! SDCC 2012: OMFG Series 1 Color Changing Mutation Set is up for $10 per set. 200 sets were produced, so feel free to grab yours now.

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LEGO Series 8 Minifigure Lineup Finally Revealed

LEGONEW!The Brothers Brick have the scoop. Pictures of LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 8 are up now, with a DJ, Santa, Diver, Pirate, Shakespeare Guy, Fairy, Football Player, and other new releases. It's worth a look.

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates

PS3Record Of Agarest War 2New to download this week: Record Of Agarest War 2, and Crysis 2 ­ Maximum Edition. These are $44.99 and $29.99, respectively.

New PSN games include Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Dyad for $14.99 per.

--AP

I'm Going to Guest on Moderately Geeky Podcast
July 19, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsSignal 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 Signal Droid, a cool Disney exclusive which is the rare "new mold" and "new character" all rolled into 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 DayKenner Legends of Batman Knightquest BatmanSomething 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!

The redder, the better! The Kenner Legends of Batman Knightquest Batman is modeled after "Batman" after Bruce Wayne's back broke, and was inspired by the post-Bane storylines with Azrael and what have you. It's a little weird, but I dig weird. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Custom OMFG From Monsterforge as Kickstarter Incentive

OMFGChange ColorsOMFG fans, if you haven't pledged for series 2 yet, this may be a good reason! Update #3: Instant Collection Pledge Level Added! has added 5 custom-painted sets of series 1 by Charles "Monsterforge" Marsh, each of which is at the $200 level. Each set is 1 of a kind, and 2 of the 5 are spoken for. There's a Marvel-themed one (pictured) as well as a killer black and green one, plus a few others. Even if you don't want to pledge at this level, trust me when I say you do want to see these.

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SDCC: Diamond Reveals Star Trek, Munsters, Universal, More

Star TrekSpockDiamond had a lot to show in San Diego! SDCC 2012 Diamond Select Toys coverage features Star Wars, Star Trek, Walking Dead, Marvel Select, and more. Of note is a particularly nifty Spock figure plus what may well be the last Venom figure you'll ever need to buy. Oh, and Star Wars Neon Signs. You'll want to see those.

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SDCC: Previews/Diamond Distribution

ToysAston Martin DB5Diamond has a lot to distribute this year. SDCC Diamond Distribution shows a high-end, but sold by the piece James Bond Aston Martin DB5 from Eaglemoss as well as Marvel jewelry, numerous action figures, and even a nice Uncle Scrooge statue.

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SDCC: Venture Bros., Doctor Who, SMDM from Bif Bang Pow

Venture Bros.Shore LeaveGo Team Venture! From big yellow Dalek cups to Shore Leave himself, SDCC Bif Bang Pow coverage has a bunch of neat stuff, including items from Entertainment Earth and Toys R Us. (They share a booth, you see.)

New items for Twilight Zone, Battlestar Galactica, the Six Million Dollar Man, and more were on display from toys to housewares. There's a lot to take in, and it's a big gallery, so be sure to check it out. But mostly check it out for Venture Bros. figures of Pete White, Billy Quizboy, Shore Leave, the Alchemist, and Jefferson Twilight. You're welcome!

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New Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeDungeon Fighter LIVE: Fall Of Hendon MyreXbox fans, it's time to download Dungeon Fighter LIVE: Fall Of Hendon Myre, a $10/800-point 2D multiplayer hack-and-slash title which actually looks pretty neat. Microsoft says:

"Hack-and-slash action and 2D side scrolling meet multiplayer mania in Dungeon Fighter LIVE: Fall of Hendon Myre. Take on the role of three classic Dungeon Fighters‹Slayer, Gunner, and Fighter‹to defend Hendon Myre from monsters spreading Phantasmalia. Customize your heroes by creating and enhancing gear, and deliver unique attacks by chaining and combining skills, all while playing with up to 4 players on the same console or via Xbox LIVE!"

Also, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is up for $15/1,200 points, with... well, you know the drill. And Mars Rover Landing is free, but requires a Kinect, and I don't have one.

--AP

More Stuff
July 20, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

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

Today we look at Luke Skywalker, a 2012 retool with new gear. 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 DC Universe Classics All-Stars BatmanSomething 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!

Batweek ends today! The Mattel DC Universe Classics All-Stars Batman is an impressive release, particularly if you don't collect Mattel's DCUC line and want a new Batman toy. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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SDCC 2012: DC Comics and Batman from Mattel

DC ComicsJohn BlakeLet's turn our attention to Mattel Batman and DC Universe. You've seen a lot of it, but I need to get these galleries up, so enjoy the photos! Not much commentary here, but hey, you get to see a new Movie Master. And isn't that what life is all about?

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SDCC 2012: World Wrestling Entertainment

Comic-ConOh yeahThe SDCC 2012 WWE gallery is fascinating if for no reason other than Brawlin' Buddies concepts galore. He-Man, Major Matt Mason, and others were shown with no intention of ever seeing production. Word of MUSCLE-style figures came from the booth over the show, and dozens of new and existing action figures were shown in the glass cases. Check it out!

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SDCC 2012: Everything Else from Mattel

Matty CollectorMajor Matt MasonRounding out the Mattel coverage is a SDCC 2012 Misc Mattel Gallery. In it, find vintage Major Matt Mason alongside new Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Voltron, Cars, and some other stuff. There are no plans for new Matt Mason right now, but it's neat to see stuff from the archives, ain't it?

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Fan-Made Critters Minifigures Get Paint Job

ToysCrittersIn a post called - The suspense is terrible... i hope it lasts. - you can find a pretty amazing fan-painted minifigures based on the creatures from Critters. It's $15 to get it painted, assuming you can get a figure, which I have not yet been able to do. But I want one.

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Nintendo DSi & 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo DSKid Icarus: Of Myths and MonstersThis week's batch on the DSi Ware Shop: Rabi Laby 2 at 200 points and Petit Computer at 800 points.

Also up for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console: Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and Tumble Pop, $3.99 and $2.99 respectively. Kid Icarus is something of a classic, in the sense that it's something everybody should play and nobody wants to play. I played through it back in the day and give it high marks. New 3DS games include The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels at 500 points and Masyu by Nikoli at 500 points.

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Filler Update
July 21, 2012
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 Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at Anakin Skywalker, an animated release which is, sadly, almost free on eBay. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Ad: Entertainment Earth Batman Sale Sale Ends Tuesday, new Vintage Star Wars In Stock

Entertainment Earth Ad: Add some Batman to your desk! Get a free Dark Knight Rises Batman Movie Masters Action Figure when you order $99 of in-stock Batman at Entertainment Earth today! (But not next week.) Check out the site for full details, and also take a look at new arrivals from Star Wars and NERF Firevision while you're at it! Click through for pricing and availability.

Star Wars Action Figures 2012 Vintage Wave 6 Star Wars The Old Republic Shae Vizla Mini Bust Star Wars Chewbacca Jumbo Vintage Kenner Action Figure Star Wars Bantha and Tusken Raider Statue Sculpture
Batman Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters Batman Figure
Batman Dark Knight Rises Batman Icon Statue Batman Logo Silicone Ice Cube Tray Batman Glass Toon Tumbler Batman Arkham Asylum Armored Batman Play Arts Kai Figure
Nerf Firevision Sports Football Nerf Firevision Sports Nerfoop Nerf Firevision Hyper Bounce Ball Nerf Firevision Fire Frames Wave 1 Set
Portal 2 Life Size Inflatable Sentry Turret Minecraft Foam Sword Exclusive Legend of Zelda Wind Waker Link 6-Inch Plush Portal Aperture Laboratories Messenger Bag

Just follow a link, and enjoy!

In Theaters Ciao
July 23, 2012
Star Wars Q&A Returns 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!

SDCC 2012Also, check out some 16bit.com Hasbro Star Wars SDCC 2012 coverage which is largely just me complaining. Much better coverage is on Galactic Hunter but I managed to snap a few shots between meetings to show you, and I'm sorry I didn't snap more Bot Shots. I'll make up for it in Orlando next month.

Oh, and if you love reasons to whine check out this cool Gentle Giant gallery too. They're doing an upsized version of a vintage 1979 Kenner playset, effectively 1:6 scale. Also check out a Scout Trooper maquette, because it's just cool.

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Review: Matt Braunger's Shovel Fighter

ComedyShovel FighterIf you've been around Los Angeles comedy there's a good chance you got to see Matt Braunger once or twice. He's a funny guy, and his second album Shovel Fighter both embraces and shuns the cliche of what makes a stand-up album work. What does that mean to you? There's stuff about Chippendales, vomiting, and being drunk next to tracks dancing gleefully in some of the darkest corners of the human imagination. In its 55 minutes, Shovel Fighter zigs and zags from things that would probably make a great set on a late-night talk show to stuff you'd put on a mix tape for your buddies because, honestly, they're going to want to hear it. The first half of the album doesn't really set you up for where the last few tracks go, and its unpredictable unraveling is a treat I dare not ruin for you.
[ READ THE FULL REVIEW ]

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16bit.com Figure of the Day

Figure of the DayTransformers Bot Shots Decepticon Brawl 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? Probably not!

Is that facial hair? Transformers Bot Shots Decepticon Brawl Figure is a nifty redesign of a movie character in quasi-G1 style. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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New Transformers Hitting Stores, Small

TransformersWar for WalletronNow in stores? Transformers Generations 2012 Wave 1 may be in a store near you, as they've been showing up for a couple of weeks. Wave 1 includes Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime, Jazz, and Shockwave which are pretty good, pretty small and not yet found by our staff, respectively. New Bot Shots 3-packs are also hitting Kmarts and Toys R Us stores, which is good if you want a Shockwave and aren't picky about the format.

I should also take a moment to point out that these are much smaller than other Deluxe toys. Jazz is barely larger in his car mode than Revenge of the Fallen Scout Brakedown, for example. If you're concerned about bang for the buck, or want the world's best illustration of just how far a dollar isn't going these days, you can also compare 2010 WFC Optimus Prime to 2012 FOC Optimus Prime. 2010 was $12-$13, 2012 is $15 and up. While the new toys are still quite nice-- Optimus in particular is more fun and less bloated than his ancestor-- the asking price is sticker shock if you're going to collect them all.

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Matty Collector: SDCC Leftovers On Sale Today

Matty CollectorMattySDCC time! MattyCollector.com's Post-SDCC Sale is Today so do check that out. A limited selection of Vykron (good), Zuul (OK), Death (haven't opened yet), Bruce Wayne/Batman (ditto), and many others will be going up today for pretty decent retail prices. Even Monster High Sarah Screams and DC Polly Pocket should be live, so yeah, go get those.

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SDCC 2012: Hobbit, Bridge, Weta

HobbitGandalfLet's turn our attention to Mattel Batman and DC Universe. You've seen a lot of it, but I need to get these galleries up, so enjoy the photos! Not much commentary here, but hey, you get to see a new Movie Master. And isn't that what life is all about?

And that rounds it out for 2012! The next convention should be Star Wars Celebration VI although most of that will be on Galactic Hunter.

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This Is What You Get
July 24, 2012
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics StinkorSomething 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!

As Jay Sherman would say, "It stinks!" The Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Stinkor didn't smell so bad when I first got it, but since then the odor has been wafting through my basement. It smelled so bad, Mrs. 16bit asked me to take it out of the living room! 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 NewsLava Reflection Darth VaderFigure 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 Lava Reflection Darth Vader, a 2005 figure with a confusing name as there's also an armored version of the Sith Lord. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

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Beast Saga: Clear Figures En Route?

Beast SagaClearly a painThe news out of Japan is light, but a picture got out and everybody is going nuts. Beast Saga: Clear Figures Coming? comes out of what appears to be a picture on a Japanese auction site. It is not known if these are truly chase figures, or customs, or what-- probably not customs, but the full story has yet to be revealed. While you make peace with whatever chase toy gods you worship, be sure to take a look at the pictures.

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Glyos: New Drop Friday

GlyosPappysoup Marches OnGreen is in this season! July 27 Glyos Drop News and Details at Onell Design says it all, with new Glyans, vinyl, and even a Crayboth to make life worth living. Check out all the details, except for the ones they're holding back for Friday night.

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Damn Free-Thinking Cats In My Yard
July 25, 2012
16bit.com Figure of the Day

Figure of the DayDiamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC 2012 Vorin & ZikSomething 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!

To Battle, We Beasts! The Diamond Select Battle Beasts Minimates SDCC 2012 Vorin & Zik is the first 2-pack of Battle Beasts Minimates you can buy, and I like them, so you should buy some. 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 NewsDarth VaderFigure 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 a Darth Vader from 2012, a hard-to-find new Vintage release. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Slug Zombies Coming to Target, DPCI Found

ToysTelling You All The Zomby TroofNew! Here's some good news! Friend of the site (if he wants to be or not) Richard "ViceGripX" posted this to Twitter: Looking for SLUG Zombies? Try Target! 087-06-0069 $3.99 & 087-06-0878 $9.99 Each 3pk has at least one not in the 12pk.. It appears they may be getting series 2 figures, which leaves us curious as to what is going down with series 1. Rumor has it Jakks may be doing a wider release in either August (for the toy aisle resets) or October (for Halloween), so keep your peepers peeping.

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Japan Getting Black "Prime" Bumblebee

TransformersBumblebeeHere's new exclusive! TakaraTomy posted Dark Energon Bumblebee which is coming to Japan and looks amazing-- he even has a Scorpion Micron weapon. It's due soon and will cost too much money at your favorite toy importer.

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Outer Space Men: 2.0, Cosmic Creators, Alpha 2012 Shipping

Outer Space MenNEW!A whopping 11 new figures are arriving and shipping from New Jersey as you read this. The Four Horsemen are now shipping 2.0 sets, Alpha 2012 sets, and Cosmic Creators sets and you can click on that to read more. Since you ask: we have not received any shipping notices as of yet and we ordered all 3 out of fear of not being able to get them at San Diego. (And how wrong we were.) More as we have it!

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PS3: PSN Updates

PS3LEGO Batman 2: DC Super HeroesNew to download this week: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City. These are $49.99 each.

New PSN games include Malicious, Foosball 2012 and Worms 2: Armageddon Game Of The Year for $7.99 and up.

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PSP: PSN Updates This Week

PSPFoosball 2012 New to the PS Vita front this week: Foosball 2012 and Puddle. They are $7.99 each.

New PSP Minis include: Gang Wars, Wizorb, I Kill Zombies, and Time Soldiers for $2.99 and up.

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I've Had Better Weeks
July 26, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsGeneral GrievousFigure 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 General Grievous, a decent upgrade of a figure that wasn't all that hot before. 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 Battle Beasts Sledgehammer ElephantSomething 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!

Purple, and a classic! The Hasbro Battle Beasts Sledgehammer Elephant is another one of those old toys I'll gush over since I've had it since I was a little kid. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

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Nifty Retro Space Toy Figures - Worth Checking Out

ToysGalaxy Laser TeamSo old, it's new! Available in the 1970s and remade today, Return of the Galaxy Laser Team looks at a neat posed soldier line of minifigures sold about 30 years ago which have also been remade today. They were also called "Star Patrol" and you can read about them at the Secret Fun Spot Blog.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade Released

Xbox Live ArcadeWreckateer Featuring Avatar FamestarXbox fans, it's time to download Wreckateer Featuring Avatar Famestar, a $10/800-point Kinect title. Microsoft says:

"Wreckateer uses the Kinect to put you in control of a massive castle-wrecking Ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, use 6 magic projectiles to travel the land and destroy 60 castles."

--AP

Not for Emetophobes
July 27, 2012
Star Wars Figure of the Day Updated

Galactic Hunter & Star Wars NewsK-3POFigure 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 K-3PO, a white repaint of the build-a-droid mold. 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 4 Hazmat GuySomething 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!

So orange! The LEGO Minifigures Series 4 Hazmat Guy is long-awaited toxic-waste-centric entry to the LEGO line, and he looks horrified to be here. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

OMFG Series 2 Hits $12,000 Kickstarter Goal

OMFGPuke KnightGoal achieved! One of the first Kickstarter-funded lines gets its second series greenlit. OMFG! Series 2 met its goal yesterday so if you were going to buy these figures, remember, shipping is basically free in the US during the pledge period. They'll ship, if last year was any indication, around December or January.

--AP

MOTUC Has Yet To Hit Subscription Goal

Masters of the UniversePuke KnightIn less good news-- so far-- it seems Masters of the Universe Classics is having some difficulty hitting its annual subscriber goal. Sculptors The Four Horsemen made a post which tie in to Mattel's own Scott "Toyguru" Neitlich's comments, which in short are this: they're barely scraping 50%, and historically they've met the goal by now.

Last year, a Ghostbusters subscription had similar stumbles and didn't happen-- a few figures saw production, but the line is quietly slowing down and will probably be gone by this time next year. On the other hand, the DC Universe subscription program continued, but it is unknown what causes Matty's sword to grant mercy or a swift end.

Arguably one of the most fascinating aspects of this entire event is the unusual level of transparency. Usually, we hear nothing. If an item is in danger of being cancelled, there's no pomp, no press. It just goes away quietly, dumped in Europe (or in MOTU's case, Aldi's). This time around there's a glimmer of hope when it comes to getting a figure of Glimmer, although it has a hefty surcharge. The line has a few days before the subscription sign-up period ends, at which point Mattel will evaluate the situation and, well, whatever happens, happens. But as you're no doubt reading everywhere, if you're on the fence, it probably wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to go ahead and subscribe.

--AP

Bif Bang Pow! Axes Some Twilight Zone Figures

ToysMayaAnd here's your bad news. The Twilight Zone 8-inch EMCE Action Figure Update confirms cancelled products which is always sad to report. Maya the Cat Girl and Santa Claus are getting the axe, but due to likeness approval reason and not lack of interest. In a move of startling transparency-- and I say this as someone who is on their payroll at my day job-- they revealed Rod Serling, Bill Mumy, and nearly a dozen other actors and characters which were rejected for one reason or another. This is the kind of dirt I dream of seeing on toy news sites, and sure enough, they posted it. Should you be a student of toys from the future and you stumble on this post, I want to include the list so you can see it, or you can check here for their full story. Bif Bang Pow's Jason Labowitz writes:

"Here is a list of upcoming characters we were planning in the near future, but unfortunately these have now been cancelled:

Rod Serling
Anthony Freemont (Bill Mumy) from It's a Good Life
Maya the Cat Girl from Perchance to Dream
Santa Claus (Art Carney) from The Night of the Meek
Clown, Ballerina, Major, Tramp and Bagpiper from Five Characters in Search of an Exit. Originally scheduled for a deluxe Comic-Con exclusive set.
Battling Maxo from Steel
Marsh White (Mannequin) from The After Hours
Robot from Uncle Simon"

Having spent time working with Bif Bang Pow! on these and other items, it's sad to have to report this. But I'm thrilled we can actually share this information with you, so now you know what happens behind the scenes!

--AP

Nintendo Wii Downloads This Week

WiiWorld Heroes Perfect The Virtual Console has World Heroes Perfect, a $9 Neo-Geo port from SNK.

--AP

Nintendo DSi & 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo DS
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3This week's batch on the DSi Ware Shop: Decathlon 2012 at 500 points.

Also up for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Mole Mania, $3.99 and $2.99 respectively. Wario is arguably a classic, I played through it a few times and it's both fun and easy. New 3DS games include Dot Runner: Complete Edition at 500 points and Planet Crashers at 1000 points.

--AP

Glyos Doing Battling Beasts, You Missed It Already
July 30, 2012
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!

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

Today we look at a Super Battle Droid from a few months ago, based on the Clone Wars cartoon where it is effectively a training dummy. You'll cry when you see how cheap it is on eBay today. 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

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Power Core Combiners Over-Run (Spastic) and StunticonsSomething 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!

Scarce! Hasbro Transformers Power Core Combiners Over-Run (Spastic) and Stunticons is something you can probably blame on the Brits. So read on, read our Star Wars one too, and come back soon for more!

--AP

Beast Saga: Dice Game Video Demo

Beast SagaShootThe quality is low, but the laughs, those are moderate. Beast Saga Site Update, Dice Battle Video showcases a fairly long video demo of the dice and card game packaged with the figures, but the sound effects and audio quality is pretty awful. Naturally, you'll want to see it.

--AP

Glyos Armorvor Introduced, Sells Out in Under 40 Minutes

GlyosArmorvorYou missed it! The July 29 2012 Glyos Drop Went Live Last Night to celebrate 5 years of this line, plus it had the first-ever Armorvor figure. (It sold out almost immediately at $8. It's like a Battle Beasts figure.) Also new were a comic and an episode of Passcode, the latter of which features the origin of the Armorvors and reminds me that I'm still itching to get a Delphi figure some day.

--AP

Is This All?
July 31, 2012
16bit.com Figure of the Day Updated

Figure of the DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics Mighty SpectorSomething 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!

He sold qiuckly! The Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Mighty Spector is extremely purple and sold faster than Draego-Mon, which was a bit of a surprise. It's no surprise that it turned out quite nicely, though! 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 NewsObi-Wan KenobiFigure of the Day has updated once again! The daily feature on figures you might have but might not-- either way, here's what you've been missing! Spanning from the original Power of the Force series of 1995 to the latest of The Vintage Collection, it's almost like a history lesson!

Today we look at Obi-Wan Kenobi, a 2010 figure with a new head and lightsaber. Go to Figure of the Day for the next update, with the latest installment in our ongoing series!

--AP

Matty Update: Mekaneck, Subscriptions

Matty CollectorThere's a new video up of our pal Scott from Matty. The good news: he's optimistic about subscription numbers. The bad news: 2014, if it makes it, will be a much smaller Masters of the Universe line... but supposedly a great one. For everything, watch this.

I assume you read this note from the Four Horsemen as well which, well, it's interesting. Between distribution woes with Hasbro, indifference from Mattel's fans, it seems as if the high standards of the biggest action figure companies are starting to be a hinderance to collector interests, but at the same time, why release a figure nobody wants? It's an unusual tightrope walk and while new small companies are giving us some amazingly fun items, uncertainty makes us all a little nervous.

And just remember, no matter how bad things are, just be glad if G.I. Joe isn't your main plastic squeeze.

--AP

Ad: Entertainment Earth Star Wars Sale Ends Tonight, new Vintage Star Wars In Stock

Entertainment Earth Ad: Add some Star Wars to your desk! Buy 1 Star Wars Item, Get 2nd 25% Off (restrictions apply) at Entertainment Earth today! (But not tomorrow.) Check out the site for full details, and also take a look at new arrivals from Comics and Doctor Who while you're at it! Click through for pricing and availability.

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