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Fanime '15: Cosplay

I've already posted a lot of cosplay, but there is still a ton more. This is all the cosplay I saw at Fanime except for Danganronpa, Borderlands, and Nintendo/Super Smash Bros. If you want to see those, you'll have to go to their own posts, since none of them will be in this one. Like all years, there was a bazillion cosplayers with lots of great costumes. Some highlights are all the Space Dandys and their wacky adventures, classic Shredder and April O'Neil, Dig Dug was back again this year, Lady Dante, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, Far Cry 4's Pagan Min, Morrigan, Felicia, and Lillith, and Elfen Lied, even though I hated the anime. Best female this year is classic action figure Angela. Such an amazing costume. It's basically like an old action figure came to life. I'll just give Angela and her ol' pal Spawn. And maybe Groot. And maybe Shredder and April because there were too many amazing costumes.

Action figure accurate Angela and Spawn costumes.

Space Dandy won't stop hitting on Boobies girls.

This amazing Lady Dante has some stylish combos.

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- Shawn - 7/5/15


Fanime '15: Some Random Things

Here are some random things from Fanime 2015.

-The Dealers' Hall was greatly expanded this year. Other years, the dealer booths only took up maybe half or a little more of the hall they were in. This year, the dealer booths went the entire length of the hall, with a little room in the back for a few food places and a spot for the Chalk Twins to rock their awesome chalk art. I, and I'm sure many other, liked the expanded dealers hall.

-Meanwhile the Arcade had some familiar games and events like tournaments, giant Jenga, and new games, like the crazy Bishi Bashi. Watch this video to what exactly this button-masher wants you to mash to.

The Chalk Twins' incredible Space Dandy chalk art in-progress.

Your yearly Strikers 1943 III photo.

The Bishi Bashi is an insane button-mashing game.

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- Shawn - 6/28/15


Slaughter's Kre-O Marauders at SDCC

Hasbro had a couple Sgt. Slaughter exclusive figures at SDCC 2010, so fives years later, it's time for another one. This year, Sgt. Slaughter gets an exclusive Kre-O figure in a Slaughter's Marauders box set. This set includes Sgt. Slaughter, five "Marauders," Gold-headed Pimp Destro, Iron Grenadier figures, and the Triple 'T' tank. That's twelve figures and a tank in a box designed like a an old G.I. Joe VHS set.

Do kids even know what this box resembles?

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- Shawn - 6/23/15


Master Chief Rides a Bronze Pelican to SDCC

Dark Horse's Bronze Pelican replica was an obvious exclusive for SDCC this year. Ever since Dark Horse announced they were going to make Halo ship replicas, much like their popular Mass Effect ships, I was waiting for the day when they would announce a bronze Halo ship for SDCC 2015. I figured it would either be the Pelican or the Infinity, but this year the Pelican gets bronzed. Both ships are important in the Halo-verse, but I'm glad they went with the Pelican since it's been around since the first game. The Pelican will be limited to 400 pieces and cost $50. Halo is about to get big again with Halo 5, so this might be a quick seller.

Halo's signature dropship, bronzed for fancy battle drops.

Check out the rest of Dark Horse's SDCC 2015 exclusives, including a slipcase edition of the complete Alien/Predator/Prometheus Fire and Stone series, Dragon Age: Inquisition playing cards, and a cat-sized Game of Thrones crown. Neat.

- Shawn - 6/19/15

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Fanime '15: Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. Cosplay

There's never a shortage of Nintendo cosplayers at Fanime, be it alternate versions of Mario, Zelda and Links galore, or something. There was a Super Smash Bros. cosplay gathering and while they are all Smash characters, they are all just originally Nintendo characters. I would hate for classic Nintendo characters to be known only as Smash characters, so I'm lumping them in with the Nintendo cosplayers, because they're all Nintendo cosplayers. So, here are all the Nintendo characters I saw at Fanime this year. And yes, most of them gathered because of Super Smash Bros. Other videogame characters will be in the upcoming larger cosplay photo post.

Wii Fit Trainer is fit.

Retro with modern Samus is the best team-up.

Falco was on a solo mission.

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- Shawn - 6/17/15


Final Fantasy VII Remake - E3 2015 Announcement Trailer

It's finally happening! The remake nearly everyone has been asking for is really being made. The trailer was revealed and people everywhere freaked the frak out. Minds were blown that it is actually happening. Now how long is this going to take to come out?

 

- Shawn - 6/15/15

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Fanime '15: Gunpla Builders World Cup

This year, Fanime was one of the stopping points for the Gunpla Builders World Cup. All the San Jose regional entries were on display at the Bluefin booth. There were over twenty entries for Fanime, which I don't know if that's a lot or not, but it was plenty to fill two display cases. The custom Gunpla were a range of familiar mobile suits with added detail and weathering, dioramas, and original mobile suits. There were also mobile suits based off characters from other properties like Link and Epona from The Legend of Zelda, Nemesis Prime of Transformers, and Majin Buu from Dragon Ball Z. All of these entries were extremely well done and way better than I could do for Gunpla building.

There were three winners for this region of Best Large Scale, Best Small Scale, and Best in Show. Best Small Scale was the RX-79 Ground diorama. The Best Large Scale was the Gundam X, and Best of Show was the Zeon Outpost. Heng Wang, builder of the Zeon Outpost was the winner of the San Jose Regional Competition and will see his diorama compete for the top in the U.S. He did make a very detailed and awesome diorama, so I wish him luck in the finals.

The Gunpla Builders World Cup should be back at Fanime next year, so if you want to enter get your Gundam kit ideas going now because you're up against a lot of talented fans. Check out all the entries, with the winners at the end.

The medals that were given to the three winners.

Effect parts enhance the look of Vanishing Gundam.

Nemesis Prime as a Mobile Suit. It works.

- Shawn - 6/13/15

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Fanime '15: Borderlands Cosplay

The Borderlands series had some of the best new characters to come out of the last generation of consoles. Not only are these some fantastic personas, but they're also great for cosplay because the characters are so colorful. There were a variety of characters from across the games, from Vault Hunters to supporting characters, and the brand new addition of Claptraptain America. There was a full-size Claptrap prop, too, so there's a Claptrap in every photo. Take that, Claptrap haters. We got to the Borderlands gathering a little late because the Gunpla Builder World Cup results was going on at the same time, but I think we got most of the happenings. Clicking the photos makes 'em bigger! Click you some!

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- Shawn - 6/12/15


Fanime '15: Bluefin Tamashii Nations

Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Star Wars, Godzilla, Batman, Sailor Moon, Luigi, and More

Bluefin has been at each Fanime since I've been attending, but they haven't had as big of a display presence as they did this year. In 2011, my first time attending Fanime, they had custom Gundam kits on display and some other goodies. The past few years, however, have been a just a few small display cases or nothing at all with the booth just being tables filled with Gundam kits. This year they bought in their big display cases with lots of cool stuff on display. While they didn't have the epic displays they show off at SDCC, there were a lot of different goods out for fans see. It was great to see Bluefin show off their stuff. It was one of the best booths to look at and wander into at Fanime.

A giant Gundam banner walling part of the Bluefin booth.

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- Shawn - 6/10/15


Fanime '15: Danganronpa Cosplay

Danganronpa is becoming a top notch series to cosplay. At Fanime this year almost all the characters from the games were represented. There were a few notable absences, such as Mondo, Hifume, and Leon, but nearly everyone else showed up. I saw some Danganronpa cosplayers out wandering the dealers room and Fanime hallways, but most of them were at the gathering. Some cosplayers left during the gathering so you may see certain characters in some shots but not others.

 Be warned, there are spoilers within some of the photos, so be careful when checking out the antics below. Let the ultimate despair begin!

- Shawn - 6/7/15

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Big Wow '15: Some Random Things

It's once again time for a bunch of random things together in one place.

-The big news was the announcement of Silicon Valley Comic Con in 2016. Steve Wozniak is bringing this new convention to the San Jose Convention Center on March 19th and 20th. It sounds like it's going to be a big convention with a technology twist. I'm interested to see how this turns out. It could be very cool with more tech stuff at a convention.

Silicon Valley Comic Con is next year. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out.

-Aside from the big sign for SVCC at Big Wow, there was a SVCC area with a bull ride, which was more like a goblin ride because the face kind of looked like Green Goblin. If someone rode the goblin long enough they got a T-Shirt for next year's Silicon Valley Comic-Con. It will be interesting to see who and what are all at next year's brand new show.

-Keith Tucker was a storyboard artist for a lot of the cartoons you probably watched in the 80s and 90s. I unknowingly watched a lot of shows he worked on when I was young so it was very cool to meet him. He worked on one of my favorite cartoons ever, Exo Squad, so I asked him if he had ever storyboarded anything after season 2's last episode (the one where planet Chaos is taken by some weird space creature.) He said he didn't because they hadn't started on season 3 yet when they were told the show got cancelled. However, he also really wanted to know what would have happened, so it might always be a mystery. Tucker said he would like to make books of his storyboards, which would be incredibly awesome. This needs to happen, somehow.

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- Shawn - 5/26/15


Big Wow '15: Cosplay

The first time I went to Big Wow in 2012 there were not a lot of cosplayers, but since then Big Wow has grown. Lots of cosplayers now show up with many professional cosplayers featured by the convention. The increased cosplayers really make it feel like Big Wow is making it as a staple convention. First off, though, there was an amazing Gamera suit. I wouldn't be surprised if Gamera was by one of the Godzilla costumed guys last year. It was a great costume and I'm giving best cosplay this year to Gamera. For best female, Fem Beast was pretty bad-ass and it's a gender-swapped character I hadn't seen before. There was a Catwoman with her that was spot-on, too. The was an awesome Zer0 form Borderlands, an amazing Snake Eyes (I think he was one of the professionals), battle-damaged Gohan, a fantastic Beetlejuice group, Shang Tsung, Shao Khan, multiple Deathstrokes, and Spider-men everywhere. Also, the Wolfman showed up for his yearly photos with superheroes.

Gamera! The mightiest of giant flying turtles.

Kit Quinn as vintage Catwoman.

Fem-Beast, stitched Catwoman, and I think Black Canary without her mask.

At Big Wow this year was the bull ride, or maybe it was called a goblin ride since it had a Green Goblin-ish looking head on it. The point was that if you rode it long enough you'd get a T-Shirt for next year's Silicon Valley Comic-Con, but it also made for some great photo-ops when cosplayers would ride it. I was able to nab a few photos of cosplayers testing their ability to hang on tight.

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- Shawn - 5/19/15


The First Turtle Figure is Mondo Tubuloso

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle was drawn by Kevin Eastman as a joke. The turtle was drawn on a napkin and had Nunchucks strapped to to it arms. At SDCC '14, Mondo showed off The First Turtle vinyl figure based on Eastman's original sketch. It was very awesome how they captured all of Eastman's lines and sketch marks on the figure. Mondo's figure has five points or articulation, which is kind of surprising because I wasn't expecting it to have any.

The First Turtle was essentially Michelangelo. Cowabunga!

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- Shawn - 5/17/15


Big Wow '15: Toshio Maeda Tentacle Talk Panel

Artist Toshio Maeda had his first panel ever at Big Wow 2015. Appropriately titled Tentacle Talk, Maeda-san talked about the experiences in his life that molded him into the Tentacle Master renowned across the world. His works include Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, La Blue Girl, Demon Beast Invasion, and Adventure Kid, among others. His first convention in the U.S. was Big Wow 2012, but did not hold a panel until now. I recorded the panel for your viewing pleasure, but be warned; there is strong and inappropriate language and is only for mature audiences. It's also hilarious. Well, Maeda-san didn't think some of the tings were funny when they happened to him, but his stories are a good laugh for all of us. Enjoy parts 1 and 2 below.

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- Shawn - 5/16/15


Sub-Zero Tosses his Ice Klone at SDCC

Mezco announced a Mortal Kombat X exclusive for SDCC 2015, Sub-Zero's Ice Klone. Mezco's Ice "Clone" is their already badass Sub-Zero figure in translucent blue. Now, if you have the regular Sub-Zero figure, you can set up a diorama where he's throwing his klone at his opponent... just like in the game!

Ice to meet you.

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- Shawn - 5/8/15


Galaga and Tekken Combo into a Crossover Game

It started as an April Fool's joke, putting Tekken characters into Galaga, but Galaga: Tekken has become a real game. This crazy combo of a game is in celebration of Tekken's 20th anniversary. It's available for mobile devices right now and is free through Google Play and the App Store. Check out this trailer to see how amazing this free game is.

 

All the characters are in simple bit designs, but are fairly easy to identify because most of the characters form Tekken are pretty unique. The game lets you play as Heihachi, Lili, or Tekken 7 newcomer Claudio, and you can unlock three others as you play.

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- Shawn - 5/3/15


NECA Brings Endoglow Terminator from the Past to SDCC 2015

NECA isn't just re-making Kenner's old Predator figures, they're now re-making Kenner's old Terminator figures. For this year's SDCC, they now have at least two Kenner throwback figures: the Ambush Predator and the Endoglow Terminator Endoskeleton.

Come to SDCC if you want to glow.

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- Shawn - 4/29/15


Big Wow '15: Vampirella Exhibit

This year, Big Wow Comic Fest's art exhibit was celebrating 45 years of Vampirella. Also a little bit of Swamp Thing, but mostly Vampi. I didn't realize that Vampi was that old. While I think I've only read a few Vampirella comics myself, I do appreciate the character... and the outfit, obviously. There wasn't a ton of art and collectibles in the exhibit, but I don't think any future exhibit at Big Wow can top the sheer amount of stuff in last year's Batman museum. This was a great chance to see original Vampirella art in person, though, and I especially like the title and look of the "Vampi's Feary Tales" stories. There was also an art auction that focused on Vampi art and I'm sure some of the pieces sold for a lot.

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- Shawn - 4/28/15


NECA Re-Makes Kenner Ambush Predator for SDCC

NECA continues their awesome practice of re-making all the old Predator figures I had as a kid. This time it's Kenner's classic mail-away Ambush Predator. This won't be a mail-away offer, though; it's an exclusive at SDCC 2015. The snap-on weapons and mask have been upgraded with slightly more detailed silver paint instead of the old, easily-chipped cheap chrome paint, but it does include a second included vac-metal mask for a more vintage look. There is no black chest plate like the original, but the second mask makes up for it.

Even as a kid I thought it was weird that the clear Predator had super shiny weapons when he was supposed to be in stealth mode. You could see his weapons from miles away.

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- Shawn - 4/25/15


ThreeA's Half-Size Rex Goes Less with More

ThreeA's Metal Gear Rex Half-Size Edition is just as incredible as the enormous original, but it could be even better than it's big brother. Although smaller, it's just as detailed and amazing as it's big brother. Half-Size Rex has improved articulation, meaning Rex can now turn his head. The knee panels can now be opened and closed instead of being completely removed. It's not entirely clear if still has the Railgun firing sequence, but ThreeA claims it "retains the light-up system" so that probably means it does. Half-Size Rex's smaller frame has a resting height of 8.35" and a 7.35" width with an 11.5" Railgun. Apparently there won't be a Bambaland exclusive version this time, so no little Snake to place in the cockpit. I was wondering (and scared) that there would be an alternate colorway, but I guess not. Or maybe not yet? With this smaller size anything is possible for new colorways. For now, the camo Rex is the only ThreeA Rex; it's just in two sizes.

All the features of the original Rex at half the size.

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- Shawn - 4/21/15


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2

You've watched this already, probably dozens of times by now, so watch it one more time. And then watch it again because none of us fans can stop watching this since its reveal at Star Wars Celebration earlier today.

A crashed Star Destroyer, Vader's melted helmet, Luke's voice-over, X-Wings a-flying, smilin' Stormtroopers, Chrome-Troopers, Chrome TIE Fighters, new Sith guy, sneaky BB-8, the Millennium Falcon, and Old Man Han and Chewie. This teaser is perfect. I kind of don't want to see anymore before Christmas to keep everything else a surprise, but I do want to watch this again.

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- Shawn - 4/16/15


Half-Size Metal Gears Come in Half-Size Boxes

ThreeA released a teaser of the Metal Gear Rex and Ray Half-Size Editions by showing off the half-size boxes. If you know how beastly and massive the boxes of the normal-size version are then these are probably half that, so they'll still be kind of big, but much more manageable for storage. The art is different than the normal bigger boxes, too, and it looks like the art make a "Vs." picture when they're side by side. ThreeA also announced the release date for Half-Size Rex on April 23rd at 9:00am, which is the 22nd for us Metal Gear fans in the U.S.

Half-Size Rex + Half-Size Ray = Full Size Awesome!

Nothing else has been announced yet, but the release date is next week, so we'll know everything soon. Fans who thought ThreeA's regular versions were out of their price range should be able to pull the trigger on these.

- Shawn - 4/13/15

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G.I. Joe Exclusives for 2015

Exclusives coming to SDCC, Toys 'R' Us, and the G.I. Joe Collector's Club.

This weekend JoeCon saw lots of reveals for most of the exclusives coming out in 2015. There is a lot of great stuff here, so let's get started.

SDCC: First up is the Crimson Strike set which includes the Crimson Scythe, which is a Skystriker captured by Cobra and painted in a new crimson & silver deco. The Joes have also captured a HISS tank, painted it Joe green and named it the Chimera. This set includes A.V.A.C. pilot, Alley Viper Officer, Grunt, and Steeler. This will be the Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive at SDCC and sell for $99.99.

The second SDCC exclusive is the Desert Duel set with a Cobra Basilisk, which is a captured G.I. Joe Snow Serpent. This looks natural and really cool in the traditional Cobra blue and red color scheme.

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- Shawn - 4/12/15


Lord British and Vic Viper Models Switch Views

R.C. Berg has made lots of cool model kits from Xevious and DoDonPachi, but now they've made two ships from the Gradius series. Specifically, they've made the Vic Viper and Lord British from Salamander, a.k.a. Life Force. Yes, Lord British, one of the ships in the Gradius series that isn't nearly as well known as Vic Viper. I think this is the first ever Lord British model kit. I've seen a few fan-creations before, but I'm pretty sure the first official one and it looks amazing. Various Vic Viper models have been released throughout the years, but there aren't enough, so another is a welcome site. These full color resin kits measure over 6.5" long when assembled and include a display stand. If you are able to get these, expect to pay a premium because R.C. Berg's stuff is extremely limited.

One of the things that was awesome about Life Force is that some stages were the traditional Gradius side view and other stages were top view.

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- Shawn - 4/10/15


The Monkey's News Box: 4/5/15

Games

  • This was a big week for Amiibo. Wave 5 was announced and includes Dr. Mario, Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Bowser Jr., and Olimar. Wave 5 will be out in September, but oddly, there will be a mini-wave in July consisting of Dark Pit and Palutena. I'm not sure how that'll work. Yoshi's Wooly World will also get its own Amiibo with three differently colored Yoshi. What's cool about the Yoshi is that they will be made of fabric instead of plastic. All these new Amiibo are great and all, but with what happened during the Wave 4 pre-orders it's probably going to be insanity getting these.

Dr. Mario doesn't have a cure for missing out on Amiibos, but he does recommended taking lots of pills.

  • So, Amiibo wave 4 pre-orders turned into Amiibo-geddon. Here's a great review of the chaos of the Amiibo wave 4 pre-orders, which is very accurate. For myself, I was able to get Ness after being in line for 2 hours, waiting for the slow-ass web-in-store ordering process. I was the fifth in line and finally got to order him at the register an hour and forty minutes after the four people in front of me got their Amiibos ordered. Or didn't for two of them, because Lucina and Robin sold out while their orders were processing. I was also able to order a Pac-Man elsewhere. While I would have liked to have gotten a couple others, at least I was able to get the main two I wanted. Surprisingly, the Splatoon Amiibos also quickly sold out. Keep in mind that Splatoon is a game that isn't even out yet. That's blind Amiibo-fever right there. This was easily the worst pre-order launch for Amiibos yet. I'm scared of what will happen with wave 5 because I want almost all the wave 5s.

- Shawn - 4/5/15

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TIE Fighter - The '80s Anime-Style Short Film

This awesome TIE Fighter short film, done in the style of old '80s anime, takes the Empire's perspective of a large space battle focusing on three main TIE pilots. According to the animater Paul Johnson, this was animated by himself during 4 years' worth of weekends. It definitely has that classic anime style and those the missile contrails are fantastic. The sound effects were pulled right from the TIE Fighter game. The metal music is good and works, but a full score would also match this perfectly. Watch and be amazed. Man, I really miss this style of anime.

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- Shawn - 3/29/15


Change is Afoot

You may notice that the site looks weird. Maybe it looks broken or messed up, or maybe you can't even see the site at all and you think it no longer exists. Well, my hosting company decided to no longer support the web software that I was using. Admittedly, I was using an out-of-date program, but they could have at least given me more than four days notice. Sigh. So, while I try to get a familiar with a new web program to get back to posting cool stuff, I won't be able to post updates and the site might look like something from 2002. In the meantime, I might post stuff to the DigitalMonkeyBox Facebook page so that I can at least still share some things, so please visit our Facebook page. I don't know how long it will take, but eventually the site will be back in full working order. Stay frosty.

Until the change is complete, here's a photo of Jack•Bot.

- Shawn - 3/21/15

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A-Jax / Typhoon Archived on PS4

Konami's 1987 shooter A-Jax just got a release on Japanese PS4s, as part of the Arcade Archives series. What was cool about A-Jax is that it had two type of stages. In some stages the player would pilot a jet in a behind-the-plane perspective (kind of like Afterburner), while other stages had the player piloting a helicopter in a traditional vertical scrolling top-view. Jets and choppers, shooting enemies separately, but together.

A-Jax, cleaning the skies of bad guys!

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- Shawn - 3/21/15


The Monkey's News Box: 3/15/15

Merch

  • ThreeA will be making Star Wars figures. Casually announced in the latest issue of ThreeA's H3adlines, the line might be called Star Wars Alternate. An official announcement will be coming. The picture below is not of the actual figures. Maybe. ThreeA previously showed off Tomorrow King Trooper concepts last year, but who knows if the actual Star Wars Alternate figures will look like that or be something else. I'm hoping for something with more armor than the Tracksuit Trooper. Regardless, this is very cool news considering Ashley Wood has been wanting to make his own Star Wars figures for a long time now.

This might not be what ThreeA's Star Wars figures will look like.

  • Mattel showed off a couple of the yet unseen figures in their Masters of the Universe 200X mini-subscription: King Chooblah and Queen Grayskull. Both of these figures look amazing and Chooblah has so much new tooling. I'm thinking of actually subscribing for this now.

People who like to complain about MOTU can't complain too much about all the new tooling and details in Chooblah.

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- Shawn - 3/15/15


Godzilla: King of Pixelated Monsters

NECA is using their Godzilla license to bring out as many versions of Godzilla as they can, which is now including ones we haven't had as a figure before. First shown at Toy Fair alongside the 8-Bit Gremlin, the latest in NECA's videogame figure line is 8-Bit Godzilla as he appeared in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters for the NES. The 8-Bit King of Monsters is presented with a partially pixelated paint deco in a lovely shade of NES green. Like NECA's other Godzilla figures, this G is over 6" tall and 12" long,with over 30 points of articulation in a package much like the old NES box. Videogame Godzilla does have new dorsal plates, though, so he is a little more than a straight-up repaint.

A full 8-Bits of the King of Monsters.

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- Shawn - 3/14/15


Gremlins from a Game with 8-Bit Machine Guns

Gremlins 2 is a very divisive movie. People seem to either love it or hate it. I'm in the former camp. I love how self-aware the movie is. It's lots of bad decisions, but it just goes with them because it knows exactly what it's doing and it's all intentional. Surprisingly, a while back I learned a very good friend of mine had never seen Gremlins 2, so he started to watch it, but turned it off halfway through. I told him he should at least finish it, but I'm sure he didn't listen to me. It surprised me because he has even made a list of his favorite bad movies. Anyway, the reason we're all here is NECA's next retro videogame figure, the Mohawk Gremlin. First revealed at Toy Fair, the 8-bit Mohawk Gremlin wields an 8-bit machine gun from the NES Gremlins 2 videogame. I don't remember if I liked the game or not, but I do like the look of this figure.

All Gremlins want to do is disco machine gun!

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- Shawn - 3/9/15


The Monkey's News Box: 2/22/15

Games

  • The Predator and Colonel Dillon will both be in Mortal Kombat X as DLC in June. Carl Weathers even approved his likeness for the game. This is seriously awesome. The only thing that could be better is if they were able to get Arnold's Dutch into the game who could say, "I'm here! Kill me!" during a fight. That's not all, though, because Spawn might end up in Mortal Kombat X. Apparently he was originally considered to be a guest character in Injustice or Injustice 2, but there is only a limited amount of time he can be used so MKX seems likely.

  • NIS confirmed that Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls will be heading to the U.S. this Fall. This is a spin-off and is quite different than the normal games. This looks more like dark silliness than ultimate despair, but I'll definitely be playing it regardless.

 

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- Shawn - 2/22/15


Toy Fair '15 Thoughts

Toy Fair 2015 debuted a lot of cool figures and here are some of the things that peaked my collector interest. Since I wasn't able to attend, I scoured all the various photos posted by other sites and here are my thoughts on some of the countless things shown off at the show. All photos that aren't provided press photos are from Action Figure Insider and Figures.com, so be sure to check out the galleries and coverage at those two sites for TONS more awesome pictures of everything.

Hasbro Transformers: The biggest and best thing I've seen form Toy Fair was the new Devastator. The Constructicons are the larger Voyager class size, so Devastator will be about 2 feet tall. Finally the Constructicons are the size they should be. This set will run $150, which is a decent price for the size of everything. I can totally see Hasbro doing a yellow and purple G2 variant for SDCC.

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- Shawn - 2/22/15


Halo 4 Series 3 Escalates

Originally shown as three figures, a fourth figure has been added to McFarlane Toys' Halo 4 Series 3 and, not surprisingly, it's another Walgreens exclusive. This new Walgreens Spartan Soldier is brick red with white accents. This figure isn't nearly as cool looking as Walgreens' previous exclusive, but it's nice that at least one retailer still has some kind of faith in the product. Plus, Walgreens has become a hotspot for exclusive figures with the Prototype Armor Boba Fett, Game of Thrones, and Spider-Man Pop exclusives they've had over the past year, so they might as well add another.

This is the first Halo figure series since Halo 4 Series 2 about a year and a half ago, which is a very long time between Halo waves. The lone Master Chief with a cloak doesn't count since the Chief has been released ad nauseam. Spawn.com has updated with official photos of the four figures which look a little different than the prototypes shown last year with better paint coloring and detail. It's great that we're getting at least one more series of Halo figures.

The new Walgreens exclusive almost looks like a Medic Spartan. It's just missing a little cross.

Jul 'Mdama and his hood ornament don't care about the truce.

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- Shawn - 2/19/15


Mad Moxxi Likes it When Borderlands Pop

It seems like NECA might not be making any new Borderlands figures, but luckily Funko has opened their vault and pulled out Borderlands Pops vinyls. They're not full-on actions figures, but at least it's something. The first Borderlands Pop figures will be coming in April with Mad Moxxi, Psycho Bandit, Handsome Jack, and everyone's favorite (or most annoying) robot Claptrap. Claptrap will be in normal yellow along with both a Gentleman Claptrap and blue Claptrap being exclusive to GameStop. Gentleman Claptrap will be exclusive to GameStop stores, while the blue Claptrap will be an exclusive to the Power Up Rewards program, meaning you can only get it by using GameStop's space points or finding one on the secondary market. I'm sure those won't be the only variants either because I can already see a ton of possible variants for Mad Moxxi, the Psycho Bandit, and Claptrap.

These Borderlands Pops and all the inevitable variants coming soon

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 Shawn - 2/11/15


The Monkey's News Box: 2/8/15

Games

  • The trailer for Persona 5 went live and is showing what looks like a different kind of Persona. Action and stealth elements, characters who might change into their Personas, and most importantly, a cat character. A cat! This is an exciting time for Persona fans.

 

  • Have a gander at some sweet Xenoblade Chronicles X concept art. Also, check out the presentation for the game showing the vast world, badass transforming mechs, and gameplay. I am loving what I see in this. Xenoblade Chronicles X is looking like a very good reason to own a Wii U.

- Shawn - 2/8/15

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PlayStation Optimus Plays Golf with Everybody

Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has released some new images of PlayStation Optimus Prime, revealing that the Autobot leader and Sony fanboy will get not one, but two game discs. Optimus will include Everybody's Golf (Hot Shots Golf to us U.S. folks) and Play Play Vol. 1. I'm not sure what Play Play is, but it sounds like it would be a demo disc of some sort like the PlayStation underground discs we got. Man, I would loved to have seen Optimus with a Ridge Racer disc.

"There's a thin line between being a hero and being a memory card."

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- Shawn - 2/7/15


NECA Two-Tones the Alien 3 Dog Alien

NECA is now bringing their Aliens figures to their retro videogame figure line. First up is the dog alien from Alien 3 game released on the SNES, NES, and Genesis. While the movie was less than what everyone had hoped it would be, the game was great. At lest the SNES version was, which was the one I played. I think this version is more based on the NES and Genesis versions of the game, though, because I don't remember that mission still from the SNES version. The two-tone paint makes it look like there are blue glowing lights reflecting off the Alien's right side, which is a pretty cool effect when looking at the figure from the front.

They mostly Two-Tone at Night. Mostly.

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- Shawn - 2/1/15


Kojima Pre-Reveals ThreeA's Half-Size Rex and Ray

Ultraman snack eater Hideo Kojima pre-revealed the latest Metal Gear Solid goodies coming from ThreeA: half-size versions of Rex and Ray! This is great for fans who don't have the money and/or the room for the normal massive-sized versions. I'm guessing Rex will be around 7 inches tall with a 12-inch railgun and Ray will be about 8 inches tall with a smaller-yet-still-large 19-inch wingspan. I'm wondering if the half-size Metal Gears will have all the lights and articulation as the bigger originals. The full reveal of half-size Rex and Ray will be at Wonder Festival in a couple weeks, but I have a feeling we won't find out every single detail regarding them. The rest of the details will probably be revealed before ThreeA makes these newer smaller Metal Gears available.

Metal Gear Rex and Ray are being made half-sized to reach more MGS fans.

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- Shawn - 1/28/15


The Monkey's News Box: 1/25/15

Comics

  • Marvel announced that they are ending the Marvel universe and the Ultimate universe in Secret Wars. I guess these aren't spoilers since Marvel is telling us all this, but they kind of are. The universes will collide and everyone will be in Battleworld. What happens in Battleworld will form the new and only Marvel universe. Many of the big Marvel stories from the past like Age of Apocalypse, Days of Future Past, Armor Wars, House of M, and many more will be the building blocks of the new universe. Some characters will not make it to the new Marvel universe, which we are told that fans will be probably be angry about. Secret Wars will begin in May with issue #0 for Free Comic Book Day. The Interactive Battleworld map will be updated to show who is where in Battleworld and what stories you can catch up on until this all begins. Watch the video below to see the announcement of all this craziness. DC did the whole New 52 reboot a few years ago and that didn't turn out so good. Hopefully Marvel can make a mass reboot will turn out better.

 

Merch

  • Mondo's Iron Giant figure went up for pre-order this week. The Iron Giant has over 30 points of articulation, two interchangeable heads with light-up features, Hogarth mini figure, gun arm, a girder, and a magnetic S sign to attach to his chest. Their exclusive edition included a "Hand over foot" accessory and sold out super fast. Iron Giant costs $300, but is probably worth it.

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- Shawn - 1/25/15


Super Chain Crusher Horizon Challenges Darius as Widest Widescreen Shooter

The Darius games have some of the widest displays of widescreen gaming, but a shooter has arrived that might be even wider: Super Chain Crusher Horizon. SCCH boasts a 3200 x 800 pixel display that I think is actually wider than the ultra widescreen Darius Burst: Another Chronicle. There are two ways to play SCCH. You can play with the Mono Shot utilizing the largest charge gauge ever to create a chain of explosions, or play it like a normal shooter with rapid fire and just shoot everything. Check out the video with some fantastic trance shooting music by Logic Bomb.

 

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- Shawn - 1/24/15


The Monkey's News Box: 1/18/15

Merch

  • Hasbro's first attempt at a fan-created character was a huge success, resulting in the very popular character Windblade. Hasbro is taking things a step further with letting fans vote on a new combiner team. Fans can decide on whether the characters are Autobots or Decepticons, the types of vehicles they transform into, and the names. The new characters will eventually be a part of the Combiner Wars toys and I'm sure will make their way to the comics, too. All voting will be handled on the Transformers app. I'm excited to see where this goes. Windblade turned out awesome and is a fantastic character, but a combiner team is a much bigger responsibility, so hopefully the fans make good choices again.

Fandom chose wisely for Windblade. Can they do it again?

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- Shawn - 1/18/15


ThreeZero's Iron Kong Brings a Pounding

ThreeZero's second Zoid, the mighty Iron Kong, is ready and willing to bring some poundings to whatever you got. The 1/72 scale Kong has over 50 points of articulation, including the opening mouth and cockpit, spinning blades, and articulated fingers. It has all the detail and weathering you might expect from an awesome ThreeZero product and includes two pilots and a light-up cockpit. Unlike Shield Liger, ThreeZero is offering Iron Kong directly from their webstore for an equally mighty $300. Unfortunately, there is no ThreeZero exclusive item or colorway for Iron Kong, so you're basically deciding if you want it sooner than later by ordering direct from ThreeZero. It will be shipping during the second quarter of this year.

Iron Kong is here to pound out the old Shield Liger.

Now what will ThreeZero make for their third Zoid? There are so many possibilities.

- Shawn - 1/17/15

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NECA Debuts 25th Anniversary Dark Horse Comics Predator

First teased on the latest Predator visual guide, NECA has revealed the 25th Anniversary Dark Horse Comics Predator. It painted just like the Pred on the original comic cover of Predator #1 from 1989. Yes, it's basically another repaint since the armor isn't exactly like the one the comic cover, but this figure looks spectacular. This makes me want to dig out my old Predator comics.

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- Shawn - 1/14/15


The Monkey's News Box: 1/11/15

Merch

  • Hot Toys is making an Alien figure, but it's a busty girl wearing an Alien costume as a part of their Hot Angel line. It almost seems like their version of Kotobukiya's Bishoujo statue line, but with high end expensive action figures. What a coincidence that it was announced hot on the heels of Neil Blomkamp's concept art showing Ripley wearing an Alien head helmet. I guess Hot Toys' previous She Predator Machiko figure will have someone to fight soon.

  • Mezco released new photos of their Judge Dredd One:12 Collective figure. Dredd stands 6" tall has extra hands, weapons, fabric uniform. It's interesting that two companies are doing 6" Judge Dredd figures, Mezco and ThreeA. Mezco's Dredd looks like it came out of a comic, but ThreeA's upcoming Dredd will probably have a more realistic look to it. I'll have to hold off until I see ThreeA's version to decide, but they'll both be around the same price, Mezco's is $65. Mezco is also teasing a Lawmaster (ThreeA has also said they have one in production).

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- Shawn - 1/11/15


NECA's 16-bit Predator Coming to Town for a Few Days

At this point NECA has basically made every Predator that made an appearance in Predator 2 and even re-made a couple, but they found at least one more they can release; the Predator's 16-bit videogame appearance. Similar to the previous  videogame inspired 8-bit Predator figure, the City Hunter Pred has been repainted based on the coloring in the Sega Genesis title. The 16-bit inspired paint gives the figure a very cool color scheme of bronze and black with blue highlights, along with the required skull and spine. The Videogame Predator 2 figure will be out in May, for at least a few days.

Predator is in town with a few days to kill and rip out spines.

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- Shawn - 1/10/15


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