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.
I could see this
becoming a scene in a new Gundam anime.
TV / Movies
Instead of waiting to surprise people, Marvel announced that a certain
character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will become
Deathlok. That's a huge spoiler! Way to spoil it for everybody, Marvel! I
won't say who the character is here because I'm not that big of an asshole,
but if you watch the show then you probably know who it is.
He's a dandy...
There's a commercial for the
Subaru Forester featuring titans from Attack on Titan. Because when
I think of running away form titans I think I immediately try to find the
Namco Bandai is
changing its name to Bandai Namco. It was known as Namco Bandai in the
U.S., but as Bandai Namco in Japan, so it'll all be unified. No wonder I was
confused when I saw it written both ways. Namco Bandai sounds better, though.
King is trying to trademark the words candy and saga for use in videogames and
clothing. This is one of the most ridiculous things that has happened in
videogaming and life. These are common words! Candyland has existed
long before these jerks. They're also going after games with the word Saga in
it, like the indie game Banner Saga. I've never played a King game before and
now I never will. Seriously, read
this post about it at Forbes.
Gigantic Army reminds me of Cybernator and looks awesome. It's out on
To the Death game looks cool. It's kind of a shooter fighting hybrid game.
There's a Kickstarter going for it if you want to support it.
- Shawn - 1/26/14
The Monkey's News Box: 1/19/14
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?
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.
Xenogears Perfect Works book is getting a reprint in Japan. The book has
art not in the game and fills in story gaps. We can only hope that some
company will translate it and publish it over in the U.S.
Dragon's Crown Amazon has a figure coming out in a spine snapping pose.
The figure looks a little less defined than in the game, which is probably
First 4 Figures have posted concept art of their
Mega Man and
Proto Man statues. Mega Man would look better in better pose; he's just
running. The Proto Man concept looks great, though!
Kill Bill Minimates are coming in honor of the film's 10th anniversary.
The set includes a bloodied Bride, O-Ren Ishii, Gogo Yubari and Sofie Fatale.
Bluefin Tamashii Nations will be doing
something with Mario. A super-articulated Bowser, like the S.H.
MonsterArts figures, would be the best. Just saying.
Catlateral Damage you play as a cat knocking over all your owner's stuff.
It's absolutely fantastic.
It looks like
Disney has abandoned Star Wars 1313. They have not renewed the
and, if Disney's trend on other Star Wars media is any indication, then they
won't ever renew it. Another potentially great Star Wars project is gone.
new Dark Souls II trailer needs a severe audio remixing.
There's so much going on that it all just mashes together. It looks amazing,
Killer Instinct's new Spinal looks like he belongs in the Pirates of the
Caribbean movies in his first screenshots. There's almost too much going on
with him, with tattered clothing, ropes around him, massively huge shield, and
something on his
back. Is that a ship wheel?
Toro from Sony and Monomi from Danganronpa 2 have
cameos in Terraria in Japan. I might play this game if I can get a Toro
Man At Arms (not the He-Man guy)
made Sephiroth's Masamune from Final Fantasy VII. The super long sword
looks a little wobbly, but cuts good.
Doomed, a documentary about Roger Corman's never-released 1994 Fantastic
Four movie to show us all the trouble the movie went through. Will this help
it finally get an official Blu-ray release? That awful Captain America movie
was eventually released on Blu-ray, so who knows.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 will begin airing in February... in Germany.
There are episode synopsis over
at Jedi News is you want to spoil stuff for yourself. It's a start, but
when are they airing in the U.S.?
Thomas Kretchmann will be a villain in
The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. It's suspected that he'll play Baron
Von Strucker, the leader of Hydra.
Superman / Batman, or whatever the movie will be called, is being
pushed back to May 6th, 2016, over a year later than originally planned.
Well, at least the movie wasn't already completed, like what happened with
G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
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
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.
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
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
I haven't watched The Simpsons in years, but the
Lego Simpsons House is pretty damn impressive. It's basically the full
house, with garage, car, and six figures. It's also $200, but for as big and
detailed as it is, it's probably worth it.
TV / Movies
The first Game of Thrones Season 4 trailer is here! Is Winter
still coming? Will the ice zombies take over the world? Do we get to see more
dragons? Which characters that people actually like will die? It's going to be
a long wait until April 6th.
If you want to translate all the space words in Space Dandy, you
now can. It turns out the language is a simple Alphabet substitution cipher,
including numbers 0-9. Thanks to
Altair & Vega for cracking the code. The words are romanized Japanese, so
there may be a little awkwardness in translating some of it. I wonder how many
times "Boobies" appears in the show.
He's a dandy guy. In space.
Somehow there is going to be another live-action Tekken movie, which is surprising
considering the first one was basically direct-to-Blu-ray/DVD.
Tekken: A Man Called X will be a prequel and will star Kane Kosugi as X. Who
the heck is X? He's not in any Tekken game, so maybe he's revealed to be
someone else later in the movie? UPDATE:
Kane Kosugi has posted a retraction. The movie he'll be in will be called
Agent X and has nothing to do with Tekken. I wonder why he mentioned
new Sailor Moon anime is coming in July. Get ready for a
mass amount of Sailor Moon cosplay based on the updated uniforms.
Peter Parker is returning as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man
#1 in April. We all knew this would happen eventually, it was only a matter of
time. That cover art looks terrible, though.
- Shawn - 1/12/14
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?
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.
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.
The Xbox One could have been
released without a disc drive. Man, I wonder how different the current
state of systems would be if they had removed the disc drive. They certainly
would have gotten some more hate.
Ryo Hazuki is in the mobile version in of Sonic & All Stars Racing
driving an arcade cabinet car that transforms from Outrun, to Space
Harrier, to Hang-On. Man, I hope he can be be put in the console versions.
More Marvel games have been taken off PSN, XBLA, and Steam. Now
Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and a bunch of other Spider-Man
and X-Men games are gone. Better start tracking down physical discs if you
want to play any of these. This is why an all-digital future would be bad
because if you didn't buy the games when they were available then you never
The softcover version of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works
will have an
pixel sprite dust jacket exclusive to the Udon Store. Arnold Tsang created
new 2D sprites for all the characters adorning the dust jacket. The dust
jacket is available on the first printing of the softcover, but will somehow
be available separately in April 2014.
An incredible dust
jacket for the softcover debut of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Official Complete
We are likely to see some photos of upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
movie figures in a few weeks from Toy Fair 2014, but for now you can read
a description of the figures from someone who might have seen them. The
descriptions sound completely plausible for the figures.