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Oh, September
September 1, 2021
Star Wars Review: Flametrooper (Gaming Greats, The Black Series)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Flametrooper (Gaming Greats, The Black Series). New for 2021, this GameStop exclusive retooled and reconfigures the classic Snowtrooper into something that looks more like a McQuarrie Concept design. Read the whole review.

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These are due early next year. Hundreds of other new items were also added from Hasbro, LEGO, Mattel, McFarlane Toys, Loungefly, and more - some are in stock (with free shipping) right now, too.

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Order now for the future!

--AP

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Top Gun, Mission Impossible Sequels Delayed
September 2, 2021
Review: Healey Made Assassin (R-Complex) Action Figure

Figure of the DayHealey Made Assassin (R-Complex) Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Retro and also new! The Healey Made Assassin (R-Complex) Action Figure is a 2021 release inspired by some of the best Kenner had to offer in the 1980s. This one has a swappable head, plus a blaster you can mount on the back. And a tail! Let's not forget the tail. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

New NES: LŐAbbaye des Morts

Game BoyLŐAbbaye des Morts (NES)Via Broke Studio: LŐAbbaye des Morts (NES). The game has been on the PC and a number of other platforms, including the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. At press time, there are eight left.

This one was made by Parisoft, who also did the marvelous Street Fighter II NES demo and a great Berzerk port.

--AP

Ad: Pre-Order Eternals, SpongeBob, and More at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get Hasbro Eternals Marvel Legends - they're due real soon!

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These are due next month. Super7 SpongeBob Squarepants Ultimates are due in 2022, but pre-orders are open now.

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Order now for the future!

--AP

ABBA's Revenge
September 3, 2021
Star Wars Review: Han Solo (Endor, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Han Solo (Endor, The Vintage Collection) . First released in 2006 - and again in 2011 - this figure has been updated for 2021, and is one of few figures to actually look worse with the photo real paint. The coat is an improvement, though! Read the whole review.

--AP

Playmobil Fi?ures Series 20 Review at Playkingdoms

PlaymobilMoreVia Playkingdoms: FiŔures: Series 20 - 70148 + 70149. Pink and blue bags are shown, with some really stunning figures. The Dia de los Muertos boy and girl figures have stunning paint jobs. The puppet busker is one of the weirdest ideas I've seen, but it works.

The series is pretty new and may be in a specialty store near you, in the USA. I don't believe any US mass-market big box stores are currently carrying these or possibly any Playmobil products, and of course toy specialty chains are dead here now.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Vandyke This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives Vandyke, Pokemon TV, Sonic Colors: Ultimate, and over a dozen more.

--AP

RIP Willard Scott
September 6, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Crowdfunding, Finding, and Windows. It's new! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update!

--AP

Ad: Pre-Order New Star Wars at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Pre-Order Star Wars Exclusives at Entertainment Earth! Pins are due this month, Jumbo Gentle Giant Tarkin is due in January.

Star Wars: Ep 4 Grand Moff Tarkin Jumbo Figure - EE Excl. Star Wars Bounty Hunters Enamel Pin 6-Pack - EE Exclusive Star Wars Mandalorians Enamel Pin 5-Pack - EE Exclusive Star Wars: The Bad Batch Enamel Pin 5-Pack - EE Exclusive

Build your armies, collect your favorites, or just see what's new today.

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Support 16bit.com and Galactic Hunter via Patreon

16bit.comWe're taking donations for server costs! Really. One of the rewards is Q&A a few days early - you can read next Monday's installment as soon as it's ready, which can be as early as 12:01 AM my time on Monday!


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If you've got a dollar a month to share, please Visit the Galactic Hunter Patreon and help cover our server costs. I'll still put in hours of work, writing, photography, and research - I just need some help making sure that the site costs me only time, and hopefully not money. Thanks for your support!

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RIP Michael K. Williams
September 7, 2021
Review: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Selects Bug Bite Action Figure

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Selects Bug Bite Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

It's a good one! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Selects Bug Bite Action Figure is a white Cliffjumper, inspired by an old prototype/BotCon exclusive as well as the name of a GoBots toy that looks nothing like it. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Demake for Genesis

SegaScreamVia Pigsy: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Remake for Sega Megadrive/Genesis - Dev Diary 1. Two videos are shown of the work-in-progress demake, which puts the PlayStation/Saturn game on the 16-bit Sega console. And so far, it doesn't look all that bad - odds are the audio won't translate as nicely, but it's an impressive conversion so far and it says a lot about how games that were "impossible" to do on older hardware could probably have been done, with some concessions.

Even with hardware and color limitations, stuff still looks pretty good so far. A Sega CD port might be pretty close to perfect, or even a 32X version as was spoken of in legend. There's no known commercial release for the game and it might never be released at all - but it's neat to see!

--AP

Venom Movie - Now October 1
September 8, 2021
Star Wars Review: Admiral Ackbar 2021 Redux, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Admiral Ackbar 2021 Redux, The Vintage Collection). New for 2021, this figure is a little less bright and has new paint applications that look a lot like - and not identical to - the 2010 original. Read the whole review.

--AP

Game Boy New Release: Tales of Monsterland

Game BoyTales of MonsterlandVia Bitmapsoft/JJ Games: Tales of Monsterland. Regular and "Dark" editions of the game are up for pre-order on September 11, with orders filling in about 2 weeks. Which is pretty amazing if it works.

The regular edition is Ł40.00 - about US $55 - before shipping. Unfortunately it means it's not as cheap as original and Game Boy Color US releases in the 1980s and 1990s, but adjusted for inflation, it's pretty close.

--AP

15,000 Rock and Roll Songs You Can All Sing at Parties
September 9, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Shattered Glass Blurr

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Shattered Glass BlurrSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

New! But there was also one in 2008. The Hasbro Transformers Shattered Glass Blurr riffs on a BotCon exclusive from a few years ago and brings it back as something bigger, cheaper, and with fewer gimmicks - but it looks good. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Eaglemoss to Make U.S.S. Cerritos from Lower Decks

Star TrekU.S.S. CerritosVia StarTrek.com: Eaglemoss Reveals U.S.S. Cerritos Model. Due early next year, the ship brings you all of the quasi-90s look and feel with none of the screaming of Paramount+'s series that, probably, you still haven't seen yet.

Because it was Star Trek Day, a lot of panels and videos were put up including a trailer for Picard season 2, which very much seems like classic episodes that weren't afraid to address current issues through the lens of space adventure. Hopefully they go easy on the eye trauma this time.

--AP

Playmobil Enterprise Incoming
September 10, 2021
Star Wars Review: Luke Skywalker (Hoth, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Luke Skywalker (Hoth, The Vintage Collection) . This is a figure from a few years ago, updated with new paint - and he's different! The skin looks a lot better this time around, but once you put the mask on he's not all different. Read the whole review.

--AP

Adam's Star Wars Newsletter #4 - Hasbro Updates

Q&A by Adam PawlusAdam's Star Wars NewsletterGalactic Hunter has posted a Adam's Star Wars Newsletter #4! It's the darling of 1990s dial-up Star Wars internet news, but with a list of this week's new announcements and some rambling. Highlights include: Razor Crest delay, new Bib Fortuna figure, and so many repaints. Read it here!

--AP

Ad: Pre-Order New Star Wars at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Pre-Order Star Wars New Releases at Entertainment Earth! There's a lot on deck.

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New figures from The Vintage Collection join an exclusive shared Greef Karga from The Black Series and Rey's lightsaber from the end of The Rise of Skywalker.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchWarioWare: Get It Together! This week's batch of titles on the eShop: WarioWare: Get It Together!, Olympia Soiree , Sonic Colors Ultimate, and over a dozen more.

--AP

Attention: Frogs!
September 13, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Droid Pairings, Mailings, and Other Complaints. It's new! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update!

--AP

Analogue Pocket Delayed, Again

Game BoyPocketedVia Analogue: Pocket Delayed to December 2021 - 9/10/21. Well, everything is - even the Razor Crest got pushed back.

Their Twitter indicates they believe they will have more units to sell for those who don't have a pre-order next year. So there's that.

--AP

Glyos Assassin Hellfire from Healeymade!

GlyosAssassinVia The Glyos News Dump: New Healey Made Action Figure - Hellfire Assassin! . The $25 figure now includes a Kenner-ish cape, which the previous prototype and green releases did not.

--AP

New Target/Pulse Transformers Exclusives

TransformersPocketedVia Target: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Deluxe WFC-K41 Autobot Road Rage. As of today, she's a Red Card exclusive - but that can change. She's $22.99, same as any Deluxe, and I'd buy one if it didn't require a credit card I don't want to add to my wallet. Maybe some day!

Also at Target and Hasbro Pulse: Transformers Collaborative: Universal Monsters Dracula Mash-Up, Draculus. It's branded Universal Monsters, but is just Mindwipe with a cape and some other minor changes - and it's $32. Walmart had a reissue of Mindwipe in a G1 box for $20 earlier this year. this Halloween-themed exclusive doesn't seem to have anything to do with the movies, but it'll ship after Thanksgiving this year.

--AP

Support 16bit.com and Galactic Hunter via Patreon

16bit.comWe're taking donations for server costs! Really. One of the rewards is Q&A a few days early - you can read next Monday's installment as soon as it's ready, which can be as early as 12:01 AM my time on Monday!


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If you've got a dollar a month to share, please Visit the Galactic Hunter Patreon and help cover our server costs. I'll still put in hours of work, writing, photography, and research - I just need some help making sure that the site costs me only time, and hopefully not money. Thanks for your support!

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The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything
September 14, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Deluxe Buzzworthy Origin Bumblebee Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Deluxe Buzzworthy Origin Bumblebee Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

In stores now - probably! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Deluxe Buzzworthy Origin Bumblebee Action Figure is a Target exclusive that we probably all thought would never be produced. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

--AP

In Japan: Secret Nintendo Cafe

NintendoIt's a secret to everyoneVia my friend Shaun and the New York Times: To Survive the Pandemic, a Secret Nintendo Cafe Is Secret No Longer. It's expensive and exclusive - but basically it's a bunch of an ex-Nintendo employee's collectibles in a museum with snacks.

It's called 84 - as in level 8-4 in Super Mario Bros. - and costs about US $75 to hang out with his stash for 90 minutes. (I'd pay it.) If you haven't run out of articles this month, it's a good read.

--AP

Alucard Playmobil? Series 21 Mystery Figures

PlaymobilI'm interested in thisVia amClicks: Figuras Serie 21: Fotos y comentarios. Every year Playmobil puts out at least two series of mystery bagged figures, the first of which tends to appear around January - and this seems to be next year's lot.

There are a lot of interesting choices - a butcher, a paintball player, a mechanic, what appears to be Alucard, a fish woman, a French woman, a ribbon dancer, some sort of valkyrie, and a ninja to name a few.

--AP

RIP Norm Macdonald
September 15, 2021
Star Wars Review: Luke Skywalker (Endor, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Luke Skywalker (Endor, The Vintage Collection). New for 2021, figure takes a 2010 Jedi Luke and adds a new head and new accessories - and it's pretty great if you can find one, exclusively at Walmart. Read the whole review.

--AP

NES Alwa's Awakening Pre-Orders Live

NESComing SoonVia Retro-Bit: Alway's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition. This is really interesting - there's a $60 fancy deluxe Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge with bells and whistles, and also a $20 USB stick with the NES ROM (ROMcarts, emulators, etc.) too - so you can buy a ROM on a physical thing. This is neat, and I'd like to see more things like it.

It's an indie game getting an NES port with supposedly minimal loss of fidelity, which is impressive - it's expected to ship spring of 2022, and pre-orders are open until October 17.

--AP

New Weird Al Split EP for Record Store Day

MusicOh YeahVia Record Store Day: 'Weird Al' Yankovic/Osaka Popstar - Beat on The Brat (Maxi Single). It's been a long time since there was a new record from "Weird Al" Yankovic, and this EP has a mix of existing tracks on a new slab of 12-inch vinyl. There are four total versions of "Beat on the Brat" between Mr. Yankovic and the band Osaka Popstar, plus a couple of other Ramones covers from each act. It should be good.

2,500 copies will go on sale for Record Store Day come Black Friday this November. They should all be on eBay and Discogs the following Monday.

--AP

Godzilla Pinball from Stern

Video GamesVia my pal Shaun again: Stern Pinball has a Godzilla table coming! This table is based on the classic kaiju movies, so you'll see a lot of the lower-budget man-in-monster stuff that so many kids of the 20th century grew up with and love. There are three versions, and the cheap one is just under $7,000. Here's a trailer.

So sadly, I won't be getting one.

--AP

Game Boy Advance Reissue - Ninja Five-O Incoming?

Game BoyAll Cop?Via Limited Run Games Clubo'fun Newsletter: A not-too-subtle hint in the fold-out volume issue 3 that shipped with my copy of Bloodstained: Circle of the Moon 2 had this to say about the super-rare Konami game:

"We hear a certain ultra-rare GBA ninja game may be swinging its way back into action soon. Fitting! Its policeman protagonist sure wouldn't want you to pirate the game."

The game was overlooked in its day and a bare legit cart in good shape is close to $400 these days. A reissue would certainly be welcome - by me, maybe not those of you who paid $500.

--AP

Ad: Pre-Order Hasbro Spider-Man Marvel Legends Action Figures at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get Ne Hasbro Spider-Man Marvel Legends - it's a Toy Biz-style classic wave!

Spider-Man Retro Marvel Legends 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 2

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If you called for a web-slinger, this wave has three!

--AP

Or So the Germans Would Have Us Believe
September 16, 2021
Review: Mattel Hot Wheels Tooned Pixel Shaker

Figure of the DayMattel Hot Wheels Tooned Pixel ShakerSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

It's a car for your LEGO guys! The Mattel Hot Wheels Tooned Pixel Shaker is a 2021 redeco of an older car, but it's on shelf now and you can put a LEGO guy in it. As with most weird cars, it's worth the dollar. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Portables: Great while Going Nowhere
September 17, 2021
Star Wars Review: Boba Fett (Prototype Edition - Green Head, The Retro Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Boba Fett (Prototype Edition - Green Head, The Retro Collection). There are at least six color configurations - and mine looks like a Crayola box! Read the whole review.

--AP

Game Boy on Kickstarter - Gelatinous: Humanity Lost

Game BoyMoreVia Kickstarter: Gelatinous: Humanity Lost, a brand new adventure platformer for the Nintendo Game Boy with a physical boxed release. Right now a boxed copy is $55 shipped with stickers and a pin, and they expect it to be done in January 2022. Which sounds optimistic.

It looks interesting, not unlike Bobl or Metroid II in spots. Also worth noting: Infinity also closes today and will be about US $100 shipped.

--AP

Devo Vodka a Thing

MusicTrust Me?Via my friend Shaun: Trust Me Vodka x DEVO. I don't recommend that you drink, I don't know/endorse this product, but I do love Devo and I do report on a lot of licensed products. Spuds may be amused that a potato vodka with a Devo license exists, but at $350, also not.

In the world of collecting stuff, rarely does anything alcohol-related register as amusing enough to share - well, maybe that old Mr. Spock decanter. But not much else.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Pop Flamer This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives Pop Flamer, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PrinceŐs Edition, Street Outlaws 2: Winner Takes All, and over a dozen more.

--AP

RIP Mark McGinty
September 20, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars at HasLab, Limited Run Games, and also What's New?. It's new! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update!

--AP

Support 16bit.com and Galactic Hunter via Patreon

16bit.comWe're taking donations for server costs! Really. One of the rewards is Q&A a few days early - you can read next Monday's installment as soon as it's ready, which can be as early as 12:01 AM my time on Monday!


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If you've got a dollar a month to share, please Visit the Galactic Hunter Patreon and help cover our server costs. I'll still put in hours of work, writing, photography, and research - I just need some help making sure that the site costs me only time, and hopefully not money. Thanks for your support!

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I Don't Wear Hot Pants Either
September 21, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Spoilers Inside Action Figure Set (Megatron with Fossilizer Skelivore)

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Spoilers Inside Action Figure Set (Megatron with Fossilizer Skelivore)Something new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

The grand finale? The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Spoilers Inside Action Figure Set (Megatron with Fossilizer Skelivore) is a weird one. It's very similar to a previously released Walmart exclusive Megatron, with a Matrix accessory (as seen on the show) and a purple bone buddy (as seen nowhere.) It's kind of neat! But is it worth $60? Read on!

--AP

Ad: Pre-Order Super7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Action Figures at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Super7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates - it's a bunch of 1990s-era figures, including the impossible-to-find Scratch!

TMNT Ultimates Slash 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Scratch 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Ace Duck 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Sewer Surfer Mike 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Mousers 5-Pack 7-Inch Scale Action Figures Dungeons & Dragons Class Augmented Reality Pin Set of 12

These are due in 2022, but you can place your pre-orders right now.

--AP

Everything Gets a Day Now
September 22, 2021
Star Wars Review: Ahsoka Tano (Mandalore, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Ahsoka Tano (Mandalore, The Vintage Collection). New for 2021, she is loaded with articulation and has some of Hasbro's very best painted detail at this scale. If you see her, buy two. Read the whole review.

--AP

Happy Meal Toys: McDonald's Choosing Paper over Plastic

ToysLess HappyVia CNN: McDonald's is giving its Happy Meal toys a makeover. While I haven't had a Happy Meal in a while, I have had the competition's equivalent and sometimes they are good about giving toys (Sonic) and sometimes not (Burger King frequently substituted a food item.) But what matters is an interesting cultural shift as McDonald's is one of the bigger toy sellers in the USA, as evidenced by this quote:

"For McDonald's young customers, that means instead of some plastic figurines, they'll get 3-D paper-based toys they can put together themselves. Some paper-based toys, like PokŽmon trading cards, are already in the US market. More options, which could include board games with traditional plastic pieces swapped out and other types of toys, will start appearing in US Happy Meals in January [2022]."

As a toy fan, it's amazing to see an end of an era. As a kid they put bags of LEGO bricks, Playmobil figures, real Hot Wheels cars, Popoids, and countless other small and collectible figures and toys - many of which I still have after all these years and am only just now slowly parting with. I missed out on some good stuff as their marketing diminished, but real LEGO bricks were replaced with cheap, incompatible figures and that has proven somewhat depressing too. Well, enjoy it while it lasts.

--AP

Ad: Pre-Order Marvel Legends Action Figures at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Hasbro Marvel Legends Loki and Falcon Action Figures - 21st-century Hasbro styling with retro 1990s Toy Biz graphic design!

Marvel Legends Retro Falcon 6-Inch Action Figure Marvel Legends Retro Loki 6-Inch Action Figure

These are due in 2022, but you can place your pre-orders right now.

--AP

RIP Melvin Van Peebles
September 23, 2021
Review: Mattel Hot Wheels HW Screen Time Standard Kart

Figure of the DayMattel Hot Wheels HW Screen Time Standard KartSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

New! This Mattel Hot Wheels HW Screen Time Standard Kart is a buck, and I saw lots of them over the summer. It rolls especially well, too. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

HasLab Victory Saber - Colorized Reveal

TransformersVictory SaberVia Transformers.com: HasLab Reveals Victory Saber in Color. Due late next year, the toy looks... pretty much exactly as you would think.

At press time it's just under 9,000 supporters with 11,000 needed and 18 days to go. It's pretty clearly going to make production, so you can order one if you like.

--AP

Kohl's Getting Exclusive Castle Imaginext

ImaginextKnights and CastlesVia Kohl's: New Imaginext Castle Theme for Holiday 2021. These are already starting to show up in stores.

As of now, the line includes a 6-pack of knights, a castle, and at least two smaller projectile-based catapult/crossbow sets. Imaginext has been running for just over 20 years and has gone from a ubiquitous entry-level kid figure line to an increasingly obscure series as fewer stores stock it (and American toy stores just plain vanish.) They're pretty good, if you don't have any it's worth a look. Currently the only major licenses they hold are good ones - Batman/DC Comics, Minions, and Jurassic World.

--AP

Carl's Jr./Hardees Getting Adult Swim Toys

ToysLess HappyVia AdAge: CarlŐs Jr. and Hardees bring Adult Swim toys to combo meals. While I haven't been to a Carl's Jr. in over a decade - and the ones near me closed and also burned down last month - it's nice to see some love being given to some shows that haven't had new episodes in quite some time. From the article:

"While kids' meals across the industry often come with toys included in the cost, taking combo meals 'for an Adult Swim' will add $1 to the price of a large combo meal. For collectors who covet toys from shows such as 'Robot Chicken' and 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force,' $1 might be seen as a steal."

The article makes mention that this is the first time they're targeting adults, which, well, you've read this site. Back in September 2001 I wrote on and reported on McDonald's carrying Bionicle toys that proved quite popular with collectors as well as kids, and don't get me started on all the Disney and Pokemon and other promotions over the years.

Adult Swim turned 20 earlier this month, and just earlier this week McDonald's pledged to replace plastic toys with paper to improve margins as Chinese manufacturing and freight becomes increasingly expensive in an era where you can't market directly to kids anymore to improve margins as food prices increase for the environment.

--AP

The Orville Returns in March
September 24, 2021
Star Wars Review: Darth Maul (Mandalore, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Darth Maul (Mandalore, The Vintage Collection) . Like Ahsoka, this one is incredibly impressive - the vest is a separately molded piece, the paint is incredible, and the articulation is top-notch. Read the whole review.

--AP

New Man or Astro-Man? Streaming Now

MusicSpace 1991Via Brooklyn Vegan: Man Or Astro-Man? releasing new EP (stream it), touring around Halloween. Space 1991 was teased this summer, and it's a 3-track EP out now.

It's pretty good, but short - if you like your slabs of vinyl like I do, this is one you can also buy and store until you die.

--AP

Ad: New Playmobil BTTFIII Advent Calendar In Stock at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Order Playmobil 70576 Back to the Future Part III Advent Calendar at Entertainment Earth! It and a bunch of new arrivals are in stock right now!

Playmobil 70576 Back to the Future Part III Advent Calendar Playmobil 70361 Scooby-Doo! Adventure in the Mystery Mansion Playmobil 10349 Mystery Figures Boys Girls Series 20 Case Playmobil 70715 Scooby-Doo! Vampire Action Figure

Not only do you get six new figures in this set, but you get upgrade parts for the DeLorean and a ton of cool olde-thyme accessories like a camera, a tombstone, and four cardboard backdrops.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchCastlevania Advance Collection This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Castlevania Advance Collection, Arcade Archives Soldam, Actraiser Renaissance, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set, and over a dozen more.

--AP

Not Overtly So
September 27, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Line Planning, Death Stars, and Differences of Opinion. It's new! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update!

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More 2002 Playmobil Previews

PlaymobilI hope I didn't boar youVia AMClicks: Autor Tema: Novedades Alemania Enero-Julio 2022 (Le’do 22139 veces). A forum has posted a lot more higher-res pictures of new items from Playmobil Dino-Rise, Specials, gift sets, and more. Of note, the dinosaurs seem to have replaced dinosaurs with lava mine playsets. There's a new "Friends" figure that's a ninja that seems to be drawing on what the kids really love these days - Naruto.

And horses. So many horses.

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Ad: Pre-Order Super7 2001 Ultimates Action Figures at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Super7 2001: A Space Odyssey Ultimates - if you only buy one line of figures from a movie from the 60s this week, make it this one!

2001: A Space Odyssey Ultimates Moon Watcher Action Figure 2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Heywood R. Floyd Action Figure 2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Frank Poole Action Figure 2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Dave Bowman Action Figure Wonder Woman 80th White Lantern GITD Pop! Vinyl - EE Excl. Batman Jokers Wild Batman Pop! Vinyl Figure - EE Exclusive

These are due in 2022, but you can place your pre-orders right now.

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Babylon 5 Reboot Coming to the CW
September 28, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Studio Series 86 Dinobot Slug with Daniel Witwicky Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Studio Series 86 Dinobot Slug with Daniel Witwicky Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Good luck finding this one! The Hasbro Transformers Studio Series 86 Dinobot Slug with Daniel Witwicky Action Figure is a nice big update that I would assume has no need for third party panel fillers, but apparently someone decided feet filler is a necessity. These people are ridiculous. This is an impressive, big figure that I am absolutely loving. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more fun!

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Ad: Amazon Exclusive Transformers Road Ranger and Puffer

TransformersGobotron 2022Via Amazon: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Golden Disk Collection Chapter 1, Autobot Road Ranger and Autobot Puffer, Amazon Exclusive, Ages 8 and Up, 5.5-inch. (Who names these things?) The 2-pack of Huffer/Pipes repaints is $42 - not bad given single deluxes are $23 each these days! - and due in March.

Puffer is inspired by a Mexican IGA variant of Huffer in Pipes' coloring, while Road Ranger is based on a GoBots toy - who shares no colors, but was used in an e-HOBBY exclusive set about 17 years ago.

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Ad: Pre-Order New Star Wars at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Star Wars items from Funko and more - dozens of awesome new items have been added! Pick up new exclusives from Loungefly, Funko, and Picnic Time. And lots of other stuff.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Returns October 24
September 29, 2021
Star Wars Review: Offworld Jawa (Arvala-7, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Offworld Jawa (Arvala-7, The Vintage Collection). This figure will require the egg - which it includes! It also includes two figures worth of blasters, but only one Jawa. It's a good figure, but is it worth $14 for a single Jawa when our last new release was a two-pack? Read the whole review.

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Ad: Amazon Exclusive Transformers Jackpot

TransformersMaster the ActionVia Amazon: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Golden Disk Collection Chapter 2, Autobot Jackpot with Sights, Amazon Exclusive, Ages 8 and Up, 5.5-inch. That's a mouthful! This toy is based on an Action Masters release from nearly 30 years ago, and it uses the new Studio Series Jazz mold with Pteraxodon from Siege. It's 2 figures for $22.99 - not a bad deal, given the weapon by itself sold for $6.

Pre-order yours now!

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RIP Takao Saito
September 30, 2021
Review: Hasbro Marvel Legends 375 Spider-Man Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Marvel Legends 375 Spider-Man Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Fake Kenner is back in fashion! The Hasbro Marvel Legends 375 Spider-Man Action Figure is significantly better than what Kenner would or could have made in the 1980s, but it's nice, and it's fun. There's still room to do a real 1980s-style figure, but it's a small figure with 1980s-style packaging - and that's pretty good. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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New Music from Thumpasaurus

MusicThumpaverseVia Thumpasaurus: Thumpaverse. I saw them open for Too Many Zooz a couple of years ago and they put on a good show. This is their second full-length album, currently only up as a digital album. I see no vinyl or CD releases yet.

And horses. So many horses.

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Ad: Amazon Exclusive Transformers Tigatron

TransformersMutant CatVia Amazon: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Golden Disk Collection Chapter 3, Mutant Tigatron, Amazon Exclusive, Ages 8 and Up, 7-inch . This one is $31.49 and is loosely inspired by a prototype from the original Beast Wars line.

Pre-order yours now! Or Click here to see other items from the Golden Disk Collection!

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Ad: Pre-Order George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise Action Figure at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Hasbro George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise - there was a 3 3/4-inch one 15 years ago, this is his debut in the 6-inch size!

Star Wars The Black Series George Lucas Stormtrooper Figure

These are due around March, but you can place your pre-orders right now.

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