Zone of the Enders Dolores Kit Incoming from Kotobukiya
With all the Zone of the Enders Revoltech figures, model kits, and other figures being made over the past few years, it was only a matter of time before the Orbital Frames from the anime were tapped. I shouldn't really be surprised to see a kit of Dolores from the Zone of the Enders: Dolores, i anime, but I kind of am. I guess I just wasn't expecting to see this one. Kotobukiya is bringing out a model kit of Dolores, the very pink Orbital Frame with a spirited personality. The first production run will include two tiny figurines of pilot James Links, one standing, the other sitting so he can go in the pilot seat. If you want to relive all the snappy banter between Dolores and James, then getting her in her first run is the way to go.
- Shawn - 4/23/14
Mega Drive Megatron Transformed
The biggest surprise back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter was Megatron as a Sega Mega Drive. At a recent Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. business meeting, a video was taken of the Mega Drive Megatron prototype being transformed from console to robot. A cartridge can be placed in Megatron's slot, making me wonder if the cartridge's label will be that of an actual existing game or some made-up Transformers game. The controller becomes a sort of wings nubs that attach to his back. It's a weird figure that kind of makes sense.
- Shawn - 4/20/14
Mazinger Z Brings Rocket Punches from ThreeZero
ThreeZero has revealed specs and photos of their more realistic take on Mazinger Z. Working with Mazinger creator Go Nagai, ThreeZero has made one of the most incredible Mazinger Z figures ever. The mechanical pieces and paint apps really turn Mazinger Z from an anime/manga giant robot to a possible real life looking mecha. The fully articulated Mazinger Z stands a proud 16" tall, has a detachable Hover Plider, Iron Cutters, Mighty Sword, and light-up eyes. Those that order the figure direct at ThreeZeroStore.com will also receive a Doublas M2 severed head. Doublas never stood a chance.
- Shawn - 4/19/14
Mega Man Cartoon DVD Gets Retro NES Box Art
If you missed out on the original DVD releases of the 1994-95 Mega Man cartoon, you'll soon have a second chance to get the full series. Discotek is re-releasing the Ruby-Spears produced series with new retro box art reminiscent of an old NES Mega Man game. There is even "wear" in the art to give it a used vintage look. Actually, the art is too good for an NES Mega Man box considering how bad most of the U.S. art was for Mega Man games. What would make this even sweeter is if the set has a slipcase or slipcover to give it that NES cardboard box look when it's on your shelf.
All 27 episodes of the series spanning both seasons will be on 4 DVDs.
- Shawn - 4/13/14
The Monkey's News Box: 4/13/14
- Shawn - 4/13/14
Galaga is in Super Smash Bros.
The Galaga boss ship has a role in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. As an aficionado of all things Galaga, this recent screenshot of the Galaga boss ship capturing Fox McCloud makes me more interested in the new Super Smash Bros.
While I was already interested in the game, I haven't actively been following it like the hardcore Smash fans, but seeing the Galaga boss is enough to make me want to play this.
- Shawn - 4/13/14
Flying Hamster Goes from Shooter to Platformer RPG
Flying Hamster was a fun little side-scrolling shooter and developer Game Atelier has started making Part II. The sequel is not a shooter, though; it's a platforming RPG adventure. That's quite a genre jump. The first game had nice visuals and music, cool power-ups like beer and bees, and at times had a Parodius type of humor. It's really a great game. It's a little weird that the sequel would be a completely different type of game, but from the video and assets posted so far, it's looking good.
Flying Hamster II: Knight of the Golden Seed is based a lot on the classic Wonder Boy/Monster World games, and Game Atelier even says that's what they're going for.
- Shawn - 4/12/14
Xenosaga Needs a Dinah Figure, Thus Spoke MegaHouse
Xenosaga fans will no longer be out of luck when it comes to figures of the games' mecha. When it comes to Xenosaga figures, it's pretty much Kos-Mos and more Kos-Mos. There are the occasional T-elos figures, or a rare Shion or Momo sprinkled here and there, but it's mostly just endless versions of Kos-Mos. Fans had to resort to making their own figures if they wanted mecha. MegaHouse is finally giving fans a break and by making a figure of the E.S. Dinah unit as part of their Variable Action line. You know, I think this is the first official mecha figure ever from the Xenosaga games. While this isn't and entirely Kos-Mos-less figure, as the Dinah is actually piloted by Kos-Mos, it's great to see that someone is starting to make mecha from the games.
- Shawn - 4/10/14
Happy 35th, Gundam!
This year marks Gundam's 35th anniversary, but today, April 7th, is the day the original Mobile Suit Gundam began airing in Japan back in 1979. That's practically Gundam's birthday. So, happy 35th, Gundam! The RX-78 celebrates with a pile of delicious chocolate chip cookies. Gundams love stepping on cookies!
- Shawn - 4/7/14
The Monkey's News Box: 4/6/14
Movies / TV
- Shawn - 4/6/14
Godzilla Action from NECA and in a New Trailer
NECA posted new glamour shots of their upcoming Modern Godzilla figure in some city-smashing poses and couple close-ups. This Godzilla is 6" tall and 12" long from head to tail, with 25 points of articulation and a bendable tail. Big-G is looking good even though his feet seem too small and stubby. NECA has a 12" tall 24" long movie figure coming, too, which will have even more detail than this G. Both Godzilla figures should be out in May.
- Shawn - 4/5/14
Rocket Raccoon and Groot Guard the LEGO Galaxy
Back at Toy Fair this year, we got our first look at one of the Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO sets from the movie that will launch Rocket Raccoon into super stardom. LEGO revealed the other two sets which round out the members of the Guardians and give us some cool spaceships. The photos of the sets are not big enough to really see everything, but give us a decent look at what we'll get, namely Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
- Shawn - 4/5/14
Wheeljack Invents Himself a Masterpiece
Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack has been known about for a while, with some prototype photos and blurry magazine scans appearing around online, but now there are high quality photos of the original Autobot inventor. These photos come from Amazon.jp and show off a lot of Wheeljack's awesome little details. Masterpiece Wheeljack looks amazing in both robot form and the super cool Lancia Stratos race car.
- Shawn - 4/2/14
The Monkey's News Box: 3/30/14
Movies / TV
- Shawn - 3/30/14
NECA's Booker DeWitt Lives, Lived, Will Live
It's been strange having an action figure line from one of the biggest videogames ever and not having a figure of the main character. NECA's BioShock Infinite figures have been released very slowly, but they could have been released right on time. Elizabeth and the Boy of Silence both came out just before the game. A George Washington Motorized Patriot hit store shelves much later afterwards (I had finally seen it on shelves a month ago), with a possible Benjamin Franklin version also in the works.
I had my doubts that we'd ever see a Booker figure, but at Toy Fair '14, NECA showed off a 2-up of Booker. This week, NECA officially announced the figure which is scheduled to ship out in July this year. So, this Summer, or maybe it's already out as you're reading this, there will finally be a Booker to pose alongside Elizabeth to fight the Boys of Silence and Motorized Patriots. Booker includes a Sky-Hook and shotgun, but won't include the previously shown Vigor bottle, unfortunately.
- Shawn - 3/29/14
The Monkey's News Box: 3/16/14
TV / Movies
- Shawn - 3/16/14
Assault Suit Leynos Targets PS4
A new Assault Suit Leynos will be coming to the PlayStation 4. The original Assault Suit Leynos came out in 1990 and was known as Target: Earth on the Sega Genesis in the 'states. It was also the predecessor of the SNES' much beloved Assault Suit Valken/Cybernator. The teaser trailer doesn't show much, but it's more than enough to get me excited for a new game in the series.
- Shawn - 3/11/14
The Monkey's News Box: 3/9/14
- Shawn - 3/9/14
Raiden IV Overkills in April
UFO Interactive did PS3 shooter fans a solid, announcing that Raiden IV: Overkill is arriving on PlayStation Network in April. The PS3 needs more shooters. The game hits on April 29th on the North America PlayStation Network, just two weeks after its Japanese PSN debut. Previously released on the Xbox 360 in 2009, the game features a brand new Overkill mode for some ultra shooter action. The Arcade and Additional Mode round out the modes, but I wonder if Additional is a new name for the previous Xbox 360 mode. There are also three ships to choose from; the classic Raiden Mk II, the newer Flying Thunder, and the naked fairy. The fairy was DLC for the 360 release, but looks to be included from the start in Overkill.
Here is UFO Interactive's Japanese trailer showing off a ton of shooter action with a slight edit for the North American release date.
Now we just have to wait until the release date for the PS3 release of Caladrius is announced.
- Shawn - 3/4/14
Direct link: Raiden IV Overkills in April
Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst Infinitely Bursts
Point your ship to the sky and BURST with infinite bullet souls! From 5pb and Mages comes Bullet Soul: Infinite Bust, a top-down shooter for the Xbox 360 and follow-up to Bullet Soul. The first Bullet Soul was fun, so it's cool to see another. Infinite Burst has a new character with a new ship for more infinite bursting. The game has three modes with Normal, Caravan, and Burst. Caravan mode is basically score attack with a two-minute time limit. Burst Mode has a burst meter that fills when you destroy enemies and once it's full, you burst which ups speed, firepower, and turns coins into big Bancho coins. The trailer seems to have a few low-resolution parts where you can't tell what's going on because everything gets super blocky. However, the rest of the trailer is awesome. If you weren't already on board from it being a new Bullet Soul, the music and announcer will hype you up.
- Shawn - 3/3/14
The Monkey's News Box: 3/2/14
Movies / TV
- Shawn - 3/2/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: Lost Planet
Here's something unexpected from Toy Fair; a new line of Lost Planet 3 figures from Toy Notch. The figures are 3.75" tall, allowing them to have in-scale vehicles and Vital Suits, which is pretty awesome. At this scale, I could potentially see some G.I. Joe figures utilizing those vehicles. I've never heard of Toy Notch before and a look at their website shows that Lost Planet 3 is all they have right now. Apparently Toy Notch had these on display at SDCC last year, but they were kind of hidden. Man, I wish I would have found these when I was there. Maybe I saw them, but didn't realize it. Thankfully, Figures.com found them at the Bluefin booth and got a bunch of photos of the figures and vehicles from this year's Toy Fair.
Lost Planet games have some cool mech designs and I like the looks of the random mercenaries. There are so many different figures that Toy Notch could make from all the various outfits in the game. There aren't any of the ladies in battle thongs yet, but if the line does well maybe we'll see them.
- Shawn - 2/25/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: Batman The Animated Series
From all the Toy Fair reveals the 6" Batman: The Animated Series figures surprised me the most. These are something I never thought I'd see. These look just like the amazing animated series from the 90s and have lots of articulation with Batman at 24 points and Catwoman at 25. Batman is actually The New Adventures of Batman version when the show brought in new designs for some of the characters in 1997, but it's not too far off from The Animated Series style. I still hope they have a true TAS Batman in the works, though.
For accessories, Catwoman will include her whip, cat stars, camera, and necklace. Batman will probably have lots of wonderful toys, too.
- Shawn - 2/23/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: Capo Toys' Street Fighter
Capo Toys, the new challenger in Street Fighter figures, had their first five figures on display at this year's Toy Fair. Ryu, Sagat, and Guile were fully painted, while Chun Li and Blanka were still in the unpainted prototype phase. The figures are in scale with one another, so Sagat just towers over everybody else. I was intrigued when Capo Toys said that some of their figures will have cloth elements. Well, The Ryu and Sagat figures look great with cloth on them. The cloth elements work really well, but Capo Toys had a couple other neat little surprises.
- Shawn - 2/23/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: ThreeA
This may have been ThreeA's first time at Toy Fair, but they had a ton of stuff packed into their booth. ThreeA puts out a lot of cool figures, too many, in fact. Here are some thoughts on some of their offereings, but check out ThreeA's own Toy Fair '14 galleries here and here.
ThreeA's prototype for Doctor Doom was on display at Toy Fair, next to the various colorways of Iron Man. The style certainly matches the Iron Man. I like it, but for me, it doesn't seem as huge of a departure from regular Doctor Doom that the Iron Man was. Maybe once it's painted it'll be everything I want from an Ashley Wood-styled Doom. It's a little difficult to tell, but It appears that the figure could have LED lighting going through his armor. It looks like his legs are lit up and the lines on his torso and chest look similar to the leg lines. This Doom might be more interesting that I initially thought. I'm guessing there has to be a variant Doombot, too.
- Shawn - 2/22/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: NECA
It seems like NECA has more stuff than ever. They have Godzilla, Predators, Aliens, BioShock Infinite, Pacific Rim, Planet of the Apes, Robocop, Halo, and lots more stuff coming out. Here's some NECA figures that caught my eye from Toy Fair.
NECA officially announced Godzilla figures. Godzilla will be Godzilla '94 from Godzilla Vs. Space Godzilla and Godzilla '85 from The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985). The figures will stand 6" tall, be 12" from head to tail, and have 30 points of articulation. These will certainly give S.H. MonsterArts a run for their money.
NECA is making more Kenner tribute Predators. The next three Kenner Preds in Series 13 will be Scavenge, Renegade, and Cracked Tusk. I mostly loved the previous tribute Preds, so I'm very happy to see these continue. I'm sure the glow-in-the-dark Pred is somewhere in the works for NECA.
- Shawn - 2/22/14
2014 - The Year of Rocket Raccoon
2014 will be The Year of Rocket Raccoon. Rocket is going to see a huge bump in popularity not only due to the hopefully awesome Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but also the push that the character is getting from all the incoming toys and merchandise. Once the Guardians of the Galaxy movie hits, the franchise as a whole will get a boost, but it's Rocket Raccoon who is going to be the face of it and be everywhere. I love the furry little bastard already, but the movie will be many people's introduction to the insane trigger happy space Raccoon.
Let's start off The Year of Rocket Raccoon and take a look at the toys shown off at Toy Fair 2014.
Lots of Guardians of the Galaxy toys were shown off at Toy Fair this year, but one of the interesting things about the packaging, is that the smallest member of the team has the most prominent spot. Yep, Rocket is in front and the largest character on the packaging. And it's not just on the toys, but there are other things, like plastic cups, where Rocket is the biggest character. Rocket's going to be all over kids' back-to-school supplies because there's nothing that kids love more than a raccoon holding a gun bigger than him.
First up is the Marvel Legends line dedicated to Guardians of the Galaxy. They will have all the main movie characters of Rocket Raccoon, Star Lord, Gamora, and Drax, with Groot being the build-a-figure. The Marvel Legends line-up photo came out just before toy Fair and gave us all our first look at the figures.
- Shawn - 2/19/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: Square Enix
Square Enix has a ton a cool Play Arts Kai figures coming out, including new licenses like Appleseed and Titanfall, along with brand new and some previously revealed figures for Final Fantasy, DC, Metal Gear Solid, Robocop, and Aliens. There didn't seem to be any Tekken or Street Fighter figures, though. I was kind of hoping to see at least one or two more Tekken figures, but the Appleseed figures more than made up for it.
Appleseed Play Arts Kai figures? Damn, I love these already. Deunan and Briareos were in unpainted prototype form, but look amazing. These are the Play Arts Kai figures I'm personally most excited for. They're apparently based on the characters' look in the upcoming Appleseed Alpha, but their looks doesn't seem that different then their look in the other Appleseed stuff. And you know what this could potentially lead to? More Masamune Shirow characters, maybe even Ghost in the Shell Play Arts Kai.
- Shawn - 2/18/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: Transformers
Hasbro showed off a ton of Transformers at Toy Fair, including new Generations, movie Dinobots and Transformers, and a second chance at Masterpiece Grimlock. Here's some of the Transformers stuff I found interesting.
Transformers Generations is getting lots of cool stuff, primarily an amazing new Jetfire. This figure looks incredible in jet and robots modes. He can also have a mask less or masked face, which is a fantastic detail. I wonder if Harmony Gold is going to try to sue Hasbro for this one.
The winning fan-built Transformer is Windblade, a female Autobot with an energy sword and black/red color scheme who transforms into a VTOL jet. She's almost like an Autobot version of Thrust. Her face is very Kabuki-inspired and it's kind of interesting that the two newest additions to the G1 roster, Windblade and Drift, are both basically Japanese Autobots. The fans chose well with her and Hasbro made a new cool looking Transformer.
- Shawn - 2/17/14
Toy Fair '14 Thoughts: G.I. Joe
Hasbro celebrates GI Joe's 50th Anniversary with a new line of 3.75" figures and more Kre-O.
G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary
After all the hype surrounding Transformers 30th Anniversary, there was never any mention from Hasbro regarding G.I. Joe's much bigger 50th Anniversary. At Toy Fair, Hasbro finally revealed that they are doing something for the Joes' 50th by making a series of multi-figure and multi-vehicle packs with special 50th Anniversary packaging. There will be figure two-packs, figure three-packs, and vehicle two-packs available this Fall. What's great about the line is that many of the figures were originally just concept figures for the 25th/30th Anniversary figure style that were shown off at various conventions years ago, which didn't get made until now. It's pretty awesome that some of these figures are seeing an actual release. A few of the figures are new ideas on established characters, like the Night Viper in red and black, and the especially cool Arctic B.A.T. A few of the figures look like straight re-releases of earlier and/or harder-to-find figures.
For vehicle packs, first up is the Cobra Wolf and Arctic Skyhawk with Ice Viper and Arctic Snake Eyes. The Skyhawk looks great in the Arctic color scheme and it's awesome that the Cobra Wolf is finally seeing a re-release.
- Shawn - 2/17/14
ThreeA Honors Killzone's Helghast for the Glory of Helghan
In the midst of their Invincible Iron Man event, ThreeA have posted photos of the recently confirmed Helghast Hazmat Trooper. The Killzone enemy has the awesome red LED eyes, because you need the signature glowing eyes for a real Helghast figure and ThreeA isn't going to let those details slip by. The figure will stand 12.5" tall, is fully poseable, includes interchangeable hands, and the Sta-5X Arc Cannon with movable pistons. The Helghan Hazmat Trooper is up for pre-order already at some online retailers for $150 and will be out later this year. I wonder if ThreeA will be making al the Helghan soldiers. It probably depends on how well this guy sells.
- Shawn - 2/12/14
Wolf Fang on PSN and in Video Game Robotics HD
Mech shooter Wolf Fang came out on PlayStation Network today, which is actually perfect timing, because over the weekend Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. showed off the new Wolf Fang kit for the just announced Video Game Robotics HD line. Wolf Fang the game and a new Wolf Fang VGR kit just a few days apart? Incredible timing.
- Shawn - 2/11/14
Mega Drive Megatron Does What Autobots Don't
Wonder Festival 2014 Winter happened during the weekend and had lots of great new things on display, with the best and most unexpected thing being Mega Drive Megatron. For some reason Megatron transforms into a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis for us in the 'States). Why is Megatron transforming into a Mega Drive? This would be a role probably more akin to Soundwave/Soundblaster's tastes, but who cares because this is just super awesome. This incredible collaboration is between Sega and Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. Sega of Japan and attendees at the WF14W posted pictures on Twitter, with shots of the prototype and the concept art.
The concept art shows that the finished figure will have a USB port, which means this will be another addition to the other USB Transformers that have made it out over the years.
- Shawn - 2/10/14
Bishoujo Freddy Vs. Jason is a Bizarre Combination
Artist Shunya Yamashita revealed the art for Kotobukiya's Freddy and Jason Movie Bishoujo statues. I heard the news of these a while back and wondered how these could possibly work. Well, here they are and I don't know what to think other than they're weird and bizarre. They don't look very scary and I guess having grotesque faces would take away from the Bishoujo aspect, which is the whole point of these. "Jason" has some mean abs, though.
For the finished statue, I wonder if "Jason's" mask will be able to be placed over her face or if it will be just on the side of her face. It would be better if the mask could be moved on her face; it would make her slightly scarier, at least.
Will the hardcore fans of these two horror icons will actually like these?
- Shawn - 2/9/14
The Monkey's News Box: 2/9/14
Movies / TV
This might be a spoilery piece of casting news for Avengers: age of Ultron,
Paul Bettany will be Vision. Why is this spoilery? Because Bettany
already voices JARVIS.
second Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer has lots
of Winter Solider in it.
Seth Gordon will be directing the
Uncharted movie. He previously directed The King of Kong,
which is videogamey in a different way
This might be a spoilery piece of casting news for Avengers: age of Ultron, but Paul Bettany will be Vision. Why is this spoilery? Because Bettany already voices JARVIS.
The second Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer has lots of Winter Solider in it.
Seth Gordon will be directing the Uncharted movie. He previously directed The King of Kong, which is videogamey in a different way
- Shawn - 2/9/14
ReAction Figures Get a Massive Reveal
Funko and Super7's retro-styled ReAction line had a massive reveal through Entertainment Earth with a crazy number of 60+ figures. I knew they would be making a lot of figures, but I wasn't expecting this many all at once. All these figures will be coming from June - October of this year. The ReAction line includes The Terminator, Predator, Escape from New York, Back to the Future, Universal Monsters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Rocketeer, Goonies, The Crow, Pulp Fiction, and the main horror characters like Freddy, Jason, Pinhead, Michael Myers, Ghostface, and Trick 'R' Treat's Sam. That is a ton of figures.
There are photos for some of the figures that show off the figure an its retro-styled packaging. I ordered the Alien ReAction figures at SDCC last year. These were cool because these were actually scheduled to be produced at one point, but were cancelled. All these new properties are done in the same 70's/early 80's 3.75" figure style as the Alien figures. I love the Alien figures, but from the photos revealed so far, I'm not digging a lot of these. Maybe it's just the photos, so hopefully we'll see better photos something out of Toy Fair soon.
- Shawn - 2/8/14
ThreeA's Invincible Iron Man Blasts Out Soon
ThreeA's incredible version of the Invincible Iron Man will go up for pre-order on February 13th Hon Kong Time, so the 12th for some places in the world. As mentioned previously, there will be 4 colorways with Classic, Prototype, Silver Centurion, and Stealth. The Stealth and Prototype armors are exclusive to Bambaland, while the prototype armor is extra exclusive being only available to 3AA members.
The figures are 1/6 scale and fully articulated. There are LEDs in the chest, eyes, and probably the palms. Most of the lights are blue, but the Stealth armor will actually have red eyes.
- Shawn - 2/5/14
The Monkey's News Box: 2/2/14
- Shawn - 2/2/14
Final Fantasy XIII Looks Amazing in 16-bits
To get everyone ready for the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix released a recap video of Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 de-made into 16-bit versions. This is probably the best thing to come out of the whole FFXIII saga. Oh, and if you haven't played the games there are massive spoilers in the video.
After watching, it's clear that Square Enix should just remake FFXIII as a 16-bit game.
- Shawn - 2/1/14
NECA's Classic 8-Bit Predator Can Kill It
Slyly teased a couple weeks ago, NECA has fully revealed their awesome 8-bit NES Predator. The fourth in NECA's classic videogame figures, this Jungle Hunter Predator is shades of blue, with black, and apparently a hint of cel-shading. The box is also the same as the other figures in the series and is essentially a beefier version of the the original NES box. The figure is limited to one production run, so get it while you can when it's released in May.
- Shawn - 1/30/14
See the ThreeA Invincible Iron Man In Color
ThreeA has revealed the long-awaited colorways of Ashley Wood's take on the Invincible Iron Man. We've seen the armor before, but now we finally get to see it in color. It's actually four color variations, previously mentioned a couple days ago. The classic red and gold, Silver Centurion, Stealth, and the prototype armor stand tall and proud in 1/6 scale. The armor design has a very stylized classic look, and while not everyone may like the take on the character, I'm digging it. The paint appears metallic and have the usual ThreeA weathering. It looks like this will have LEDs in the eyes and chest. More details will be coming soon, as the figures are supposed to go up for pre-order in early February. Check out a larger image at ThreeA.
- Shawn - 1/28/14
Direct link: See the ThreeA Invincible Iron Man In Color
The Monkey's News Box: 1/26/14
- Shawn - 1/26/14
Street Fighter Figures Hitting from CapoToys
A new challenger has appeared in the world of Street Fighter figures. Brand new toy company CapoToys was somehow able to land the Street Fighter license for new action figures. Their first wave of their 7" scale figures based on Ultra Street Fighter IV will have five of the most popular world warriors with Ryu, Chun Li, Guile, Blanka, and Sagat. CapoToys is new, but is aiming to make the best Street Fighter figures possible.
The figures are sculpted by Rocco Tartamella and will each have 19 - 24 points of articulation, mostly ball-jointed. The figures will also be in 7" scale, and they will be in-scale to one another, which is awesome. For example, Sakura will be 6" tall, while Sagat will be 9" tall. Some figures will also get the added bonus of cloth costumes. Ryu will have a cloth Gi and headband, while Sagat will have cloth shorts. Not all the figures will have cloth outfits, as Chin Li, Blanka, and Guiles clothes will be sculpted on, but there will be other characters in further waves; Ken will also have a cloth Gi. There have been a ton of Ryu figures over the years, but definitely going to need a Ryu and Sagat in cloth fighting outfits.
Before the first wave hits, there will be exclusive figures at this year's EVO tournament and San Diego Comic-Con.
- Shawn - 1/25/14
Kojima Bares Play Arts Kai Quiet and Skull Face
Godzilla action figure displayer Hideo Kojima has posted in-progress test model photos for the Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Play Arts Kai Quiet figure and Skull Face's head... with a hat! The controversial Quiet figure includes a sniper rifle and not much else. Her figure is pretty spot on and has all the lack of clothing and torn pantyhose as the initial character model. Kojima says there's a reason for her look besides selling figures and cosplay and that we'll see the explanation in the game. For now, well, at least she's wearing boots so she can walk around on all that grueling terrain! The Skull Face figure will apparently be coming with two heads, one with a mask, and a hat to place on his grotesque head. Ground Zeroes is out in March and I'm sure the figures will be out sometime this year.
- Shawn - 1/20/14
The Monkey's News Box: 1/19/14
- Shawn - 1/19/14
Aliens Mostly Minimate at Night. Mostly
Diamond Select Toys is bringing us Aliens Minimates, but not with any of the big-name characters we would expect in the first series. The first series includes Dropship Pilot Spunkmeyer, Colonial Marine Wierzbowski, and Carter Burke, along with three different varieties of Xenomorph: closed mouth, tongue extended, and battle damaged. Man, what a weird selection of characters for the first series. Spunkmeyer, Burke, and Wierzbowski? I never thought we'd ever see action figures of any of these characters. We can only hope that a Dropship vehicle is in production for Spunkmeyer to pilot.
I guess the bigger names won't be appearing until Series 2. Ripley and Newt Minimates were on display at SDCC 2013 and NYCC 2013, so they should be in a future assortments.
- Shawn - 1/18/14
NECA Reveals 8-bit NES Predator
NECA did a sly reveal of the next figure in their retro NES-style series, the Predator. NECA's Twitter picture was a screen from the old 1987 NES Predator game, which basically told everyone that they were making one. Then today they switched it to a photo of their NES Predator figure at the same angle. It's a small shot, but the Predator is looking good in blue and purple. NES Pred will be joining Jason, Freddy, and the soon-to-be-released Robocop. Now, the only question is, will they make a retro Dutch? They have every other version already. (Via Topless Robot)
- Shawn - 1/15/14
Direct link: NECA Reveals 8-bit NES Predator
ThreeZero's Iron Kong is Coming
A Shield Liger needs a good adversary, so the next Zoid from ThreeZero is the mighty Iron Kong. We've known about Iron Kong for a while, but ThreeZero has released a couple new photos of the unpainted prototype. This might be the first time we get to see the back of Kong. I also didn't realize how many blades were on it before. I'm thinking all those blades will spin, too. The fingers look like they're articulated and I'm sure a small pilot figurine will be included. Kong should be the same 1/72 scale as the Shield Liger. According to ThreeZero and previous photos, Iron Kong almost as tall as a 1/6 scale 12" figure, but is very bulky for that Kong presence.
- Shawn - 1/13/14
The Monkey's News Box: 1/12/14
- Shawn - 1/12/14
Space Galaga has a Dandy Trailer
It's Galaga, but you can call it Space Galaga. That first episode of Space Dandy was great, but was a little more ridiculous than I was expecting, more so towards the end of it. Namco has released a new trailer for Meow's "dream game," personified by Space Galaga. It's free-to-play and features ship customization, along with enemies from the anime. So at some point will we get to see Meow play the game on his space phone, or does he just use it to sneak photos of girls from the intergalactic space restaurant Boobies? I don't know how game releases work on Android and iOS, if they are a global release or if this will just be in Japan. Hopefully there will be a Western release, especially considering that Space Dandy premiered on Toonami in the U.S. first. Space Galaga comes out sometime, probably soon.
- Shawn - 1/11/14
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- Shawn - 1/5/14
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