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.

Dolores just wants to help Sir Uncle, if she could stop being a klutz.

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- 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.

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- 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.

Super Alloy Z never looked so good.

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- 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.

This box art would have been too good for an old Mega Man game.

All 27 episodes of the series spanning both seasons will be on 4 DVDs.

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- Shawn - 4/13/14


The Monkey's News Box: 4/13/14

Games

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a name that makes sense. It takes place on the Moon between Borderlands 1 & 2 and... you can play as a Claptrap! That's right, a Claptrap is a playable character. The other playable characters are actually previous NPCs from the other two games; Athena (General Knoxx expansion), Sheriff Nisha (Borderlands 2), and Wilhelm (first boss in Borderlands 2). This is exciting stuff. Oh, and there are jetpacks. Jetpacks! Borderlands The Pre-Sequel is coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 later this year.

Four-player Claptrap action on the Moon with jetpacks is going to be insane.

  • This is what $41 million looks like. At PAX East, Chris Roberts debuted some dog-fighting gameplay and helmet-spinning for his ultimate crowd-funded game Star Citizen. The game is still in an alpha phase, but it's looking very impressive so far.

 

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- 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.

Does Fox need to do a barrel roll to escape the Galaga capture beam?

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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

MegaHouse has answered fans' prayers for a Xenosaga mecha.

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- 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!

Happy 35th, Gundam! Here's to another 35.

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- Shawn - 4/7/14


The Monkey's News Box: 4/6/14

Movies / TV

  • The first trailer for The Expendables 3 shot online along with sixteen character posters. So much manliness. The trailer is saying this is the last one. If it is, they're really going out with a manly bang. The Expendables 3 hits on August 14th.

 

  • Ridley Scott is producing a live-action Halo digital feature, which might be a movie or a bunch of smaller chapters released individually. There's going to be a lot of Halo watching if that Spielberg show is still coming.

Merch

  • Revoltech Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures are coming in September. These are based from the new cartoon, but still look incredible. I could do without the goofy heads, but that pizza accessory is one of the best accessories ever. I would love Revoltech figures based on the original Turtles and/or the original animated turtles.

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- 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.

SKREEONK!!!

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- 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.

I like that Groot is big, but I also want to see a tiny Groot that Rocket can carry with him.

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- 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.

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- Shawn - 4/2/14


The Monkey's News Box: 3/30/14

Movies / TV

  • The first trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came online this week and what bothers me most is the look of the turtles. Why are the turtles so big? There's no way they could fit through a typical sewer hole. And forget about sneaking around when they're clomping around everywhere with their huge feet. They also look like Shrek without their masks. And that nose? Gross. Shredder is a white businessman and seemingly created the Turtles along with April's father, which eliminates any ancient feud within a Japanese clan. I'm all for seeing new interpretations of characters, but the Turtles themselves are looking terrible. Regardless of how bad the Turtles look, this movie is going to be huge. Here's hoping it's at least not as bad as Transformers 2 and 3.

 

  • Here's Ultron's head from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now that's a comic to movie character that looks good, and we haven't even seen the entire character yet.

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- 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.

Booker got lost looking for the bathroom.

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- Shawn - 3/29/14


The Monkey's News Box: 3/16/14

G.I. Joe

  • You would think G.I. Joe's 50th anniversary would be a big deal. Well apparently Hasbro doesn't think so. They have dismantled the G.I. Joe team and will not be at the Joe Con this year for the 50th anniversary celebration. I have doubts that the 50th anniversary figures shown at Toy Fair will even be released now. I can see G.I. Joe returning to retail in some years, like it has in the past, but this is a huge milestone and there should have been something much bigger for the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic brands ever. At leas IDW's G.I. Joe comics will still be going, with A Real America Hero celebrating its 200th issue this month.

Even though G.I Joe isn't having much of a 50th anniversary, IDW's comics are still going strong.

TV / Movies

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- 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.

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- Shawn - 3/11/14


The Monkey's News Box: 3/9/14

Games

  • Batman: Arkham Knight was announced and Bat-mania ensued. This is a proper sequel to Arkham Asylum/City made by Rocksteady, not the buggy cash-in that Origins was. Apparently, Arkham Knight is the name of a new Batman villain being introduced in the game. The new world is said to be five times the size of Arkham City and you can drive the Batmobile to cruise around. Speaking of which, the new Batmobile has headlights in the tires. Batman thinks of everything. Arkham Knight will be out later this year for PS4 and Xbox One. It doesn't seem like it's hitting PS3 or the Xbox 360, so those who want to finish the proper Arkham trilogy are going to have to upgrade.

 

Headlights in the tires!

  • PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is coming to PS4 and Vita this Summer. Ultimate combines both PixelJunk Shooter 1 and 2 into a complete game, with updated visuals, a redesigned ship on and 60 frames-per-second on PS4, a new heads-up display, a new scoring system, and cross-play. I love the PixelJunk Shooter games, so I'll definitely re-play them on the PS4 and maybe on the Vita.

  • Keiji Inafune and Inti-Creates' upcoming 3DS game is Azure Striker: GunVolt. The story is that Gunvolt is ordered to kill a virtual pop star, but doesn't and gets swept up in fighting super-powered psychics. Sounds bizarrely awesome. It's looking cool and will be out this summer on the eShop. If only I had a 3DS.

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- 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

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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.

 

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- Shawn - 3/3/14


The Monkey's News Box: 3/2/14

TMNT

  • I can't believe it's been 30 years since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made their debut. I feel incredibly old right now. The creative duo of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird are re-teaming for a special 30th Anniversary issue for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is the first time in over 20 years that the two have worked on TMNT together. The issue will have short stories from the different eras of TMNT. Man, 30 years of TMNT in my life.

Thirty years of Turtle Power!

Movies / TV

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions is on Netflix March 7th. The trailer shows a lot of Yoda action and looks to shed some light on the whole Sifo-Dyas putting in the order for the Clone army and the creation of Order 66. It appears the cartoon will explain things that were left unanswered in prequel movies. Also, where is Ahsoka? She has to make some kind appearance so we know what happened to her, right? I need to know! I also need to find a friend with Netflix.

 

  • There's a new Godzilla trailer! And a video of Director Gareth Edwards explaining a few things in the trailer, which doesn't give anything away, but hints at some possibilities. Still no full reveal of Big-G, but we kind of know based on the leaked toys.

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- 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.

The pilot doesn't actually ride the top of the Hardballer, he can sit inside.

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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

Sagat towers over the other figures in his fancy shiny Tiger shorts.

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- 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.

Those legs in Doom's legs look like they're glowing. Will Doom have LEDs going through his armor?

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- 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.

Godzilla

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.

Predator

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.

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- 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.

Marvel Legend's has a great line-up of a bunch of a-holes.

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- 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

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.

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- 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

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.

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- 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.

Arctic B.A.T. would have made a lot more sense in all those snow scenes with the regular B.A.T.S.

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.

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- 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.

For the glory of Helghan! And New Helghan. And the other side of the wall.

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- 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.

Get ready for Wolf Fang.

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- 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.

"I would have waited an eternity for this. Game over, Prime."

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.

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- 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.

Two horror icons made less horrific. Maybe this will inspire some cosplay.

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?

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- Shawn - 2/9/14


The Monkey's News Box: 2/9/14

Movies / TV

  • Movie Grimlock is a dragon. That's what the general movie-going populace thinks Optimus is riding at the end of the Transformers: Age of Extinction Superbowl trailer. I've seen the trailer with a number of people and their comment at the end upon seeing Grimlock is always the same: "There's a dragon in it?" or "What's with the dragon?" or "Optimus riding a dragon?" or something similar using the word "dragon" or "dragons" including the two-headed one. None of these people are into Transformers like us fans, so when I told them it's Grimlock the Dinobot they would respond with, "Looks like a dragon." I agree that he looks like a Chinese dragon; It's those damn horns. A T-Rex doesn't have big horns. Until the word "Dinobots" is actually uttered in a trailer or the movie, non-Transformers people will keep thinking that Grimlock is a dragon.

"Me Grimlock am dragon now. Like playing ride 'em Autobot with puny Optimus Prime."

  • The first trailer for the live-action Patlabor: The Next Generation series came up. This is an original story in the Patlabor universe with the third generation of Patlabor. There will be seven episodes with the first in April and a full movie coming afterwards.

 

  • 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.

  • Seth Gordon will be directing the Uncharted movie. He previously directed The King of Kong, which is videogamey in a different way

Games

  • Sega revealed a brand new look for Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends and the internet went up in flames. Sonic Boom will be a game, cartoon, and a toy line. I'm fine with the new designs, except for Knuckles. The new Knuckles is pretty much the worst thing ever. They should have used Knuckles body for Big the Cat. That might have actually worked. All those bandages are weird, too. Do they get hurt a lot more now?

New Knuckles is just the worst. And what's with all the bandages?

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- 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.

You are one retro mother...

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.

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- 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 Invincible Iron Man, retro-styled with some big-ass boosters.

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.

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- Shawn - 2/5/14


The Monkey's News Box: 2/2/14

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  • It's-a S.H. Figuarts Mario! Bluefin Tamashii Nations Mario teases has ended, revealing the first super-articulated Mario figure. There will also be diorama playsets with bricks, question blocks, coins, pipes, Goombas, and Koopa shells. These are priced to move too, with Mario being $25 and the diorama sets at $20. Mario and the sets will be out in June.

I bet the first thing most fans do with the diorama sets is make World 1-1.

  • The next Lego Cuusoo set is the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, just in time for Ghostbusters' 30th anniversary. This set looks incredible. It will include the four mini-figs of the Ghostbusters themselves plus Slimer. The original proposed set included the firehouse, but that won't be in the final set, which is probably good since the price of that would be huge.

 

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- 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.

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- 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.

The Predator in full 8-bit glory.

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- 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.

An Iron Man you've never seen before. Four of them.

- Shawn - 1/28/14

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The Monkey's News Box: 1/26/14

Merch

  • NECA showed off the paint masters for Pacific Rim Series 3 Cherno Alpha and Coyote Tango figures. These are looking awesome and better than the previous series. Hopefully they'll be easier to find, but I doubt it.

Cherno Alpha and Coyote Tango, two Jaegers way cooler than "analog" Gipsy Danger.

  • If you ever wanted a Macross (Robotech) Gunpod scaled for humans you'll have a chance to buy one at the Arcadia booth at Wonder festival 2014 Winter... for over $1000. And there will only be 10 available. The Gunpod lights up, makes sounds, and vibrates. Sometime after the show Arcadia will have U.N. Spacy branded Gunpods available on their website, probably also for an extremely high price.

For $1000 or probably more you can be as cool as this guy.

  • ThreeA's Invincible Iron Man figure will be going up for pre-orders the first week of February. There will be four variants with classic, Silver Centurion, Stark Industries prototype, and Stealth. The prototype is a ThreeA exclusive and will be available singly or in the four-pack set.

  • Capcom had some 30th Anniversary stuff you could only win from some raffle in Japan. This included Monster Hunter Felynes dressed as Capcom characters. Felynes as Mega Man, the blue Sengoku Basara guy, and Amaterasu are super cute, but the Felynes dressed as Morrigan, Chun Li, and Phoenix Wright's Maya are quite disturbing.

  • The Transformers Masterpiece Prowl will probably be a Toys 'R' Us exclusive. Maybe he'll be easier to get than Soundwave.

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- 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.

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- 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.

Gun. Boots. Pantyhose. Bikini. Ready for war.

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- Shawn - 1/20/14


The Monkey's News Box: 1/19/14

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  • 2014 is G.I. Joe's 50th anniversary! This year's G.I. Joe Con will be in Dallas, TX with an exclusive zombie-themed figure set, because... zombies! I love the ARBCO Technician Lab-Rat figure. The club should make a version of him for the next round of subscription figures for those of us that can't go to the con. The Collector's Club knows it's the 50th anniversary, but does Hasbro? They have yet to announce anything regarding G.I. Joe. Hasbro started the Transformers 30th anniversary celebration for 2014 in 2013, like the Thrilling 30, so where's the G.I. Joe love?

50 years of crazy adventures, and now more zombies.

  • How about some Rocket Raccoon and the Guardians of the Galaxy promotional art? It's kind of funny how Rocket Raccoon is the biggest character in the art. And there's going to be a plastic straw cup!

It looks like rocket Raccoon's gun will be as big as him. Perfect.

  • Sanrio's newest character is a salmon fillet. A SALMON FILLET. It's name is Kirimi-chan. One of her quotes is, "Please eat me, I'm delicious." Sanrio have lost their damn minds.

Couldn't it at least have been a tilapia or a halibut? Or a full fish?

  • Some Sunday Q&A news from ThreeA. 1) ThreeA is making an Elite from Halo and Master Chief is coming soon. 2) ThreeA will be releasing 2000AD figures in waves, so a bunch at a time. 3) A Half-Life Gordon Freeman with Dog set is being made. Start saving up for all those awesome ThreeA toys.

  • Tsume's Ultra Street Fighter IV Chun Li and Vega statues are looking incredible and are up for pre-order. The two statues can be placed together for an ultra awesome battle scene.

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- 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.

Ripley, Hicks, Hudson, and Newt are probably coming in future assortments, so for now enjoy some corporate sleaze and characters with a couple minutes of screen time.

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.

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- 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)

There's something blue and purple in those trees.

- Shawn - 1/15/14

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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.

ThreeZero's bulky, bladed, Iron Kong.

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- Shawn - 1/13/14


The Monkey's News Box: 1/12/14

Games

  • The first trailer for Alien: Isolation has finally arrived. It's a first-person survival horror with Ripley's daughter, Amanda. It's seems a little weird that Ripley's daughter also had an, possibly similar, Alien experience, but maybe it will make sense in the story. So far it's looking good and I'm sure Sega is keeping a close eye on this one so that it doesn't end up like Colonial Marines.

 

  • A guy by the YouTube name Master of Luck changed his Gamertag to Xbox Sign Out and plays Call of Duty: Ghosts. Hilarity ensues. I'm surprised Microsoft actually allows people to have "Xbox" in their Gamertag.

Merch

  • ThreeA posted a new photo of their Robot Pyro from Team Fortress 2. It's not final, but it's looking cool. If I were a Team Fortress 2 fan I would be all over these.

Do Team Fortress robots wear hats?

  • ThreeA will be re-launching their 2000AD line this year. All the figure will be 1/12 scale, so around 6" or so. They plan on making as many characters as they can. I would love a Judge Dredd with a Lawmaster from them. They already made a 1/12 Mongrol a while back, so those who have it already started their collection and those that just heard of ThreeA making 2000AD figures are probably scrambling to get it.

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- 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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The Monkey's News Box: 1/5/14

Movies / TV

  • It's the first still of Rocket Raccoon from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie! Okay, it's a group shot with Gamora, Star Lord, Drax, and Groot are in the photo too, but Rocket Raccoon is the most important of the bad-asses here. 

So how much bigger will Rocket Raccoon's gun be than him?

  • It's the new Turtle Van from the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Apparently this is older news, but I didn't see it until this week, so maybe you haven't either. I like that it's an old style van and don't mind that the windows continue the "turtle shell" graphics, but why are the tires so far out from the body? If the tires retracted under the body then it'd be cool.

Those tires have to be violating some kind of safety code.

Games

  • Have you seen the trailer for Cuphead yet? It's a run 'n' gun done in the style of a 1930s cartoon. It looks great and really captures the style of the time. There's a missed opportunity with Cuphead's straw being the gun, though.

 

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- Shawn - 1/5/14


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