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Blanka

This full color Blanka doll sure looks cool, will likely be super expensive


From Pop Culture Shock
Jul 28
// Chris Carter
Pop Culture Shock has revealed the design for their upcoming Blanka statue, and it actually looks pretty great. There's no pre-order page or pricepoint set, but they also have E. Honda, Oro, and Vega statues for sal...
Mewtwo amiibo photo
Mewtwo amiibo

South African retailer says Mewtwo amiibo is coming in October


It's been accurate before
Jul 23
// Chris Carter
I feel like every few weeks a South African retailer spills the beans on a release date for a big gaming item, and this week, it's the Mewtwo amiibo. The online storefront of Raru has revealed a listing for "Mewtwo," set to a...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Weird Pokemon toys are returning to McDonalds


In Japan
Jul 17
// Chris Carter
Say what you will about McDonalds, but so many Happy Meal toys were my jam growing up -- especially the Pokemon line. Japan is getting a new set starting next week, complete with a Pikachu ring toss, a Fennekin...wand......
Metal Gear photo
Metal Gear

Metal Gear's Raiden is getting a naked Nendoroid!


Jack the Ripper-Offer-Of-Clothes
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
Oh hey look another Nendoroid whoa this one is naked. Yep, that's right, the Kahotan's Good Smile blog has revealed a new figure, and it's going to be Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid series. He can sport his c...
Toy Soldiers photo
Toy Soldiers

Cobra Commander and Assassin's Creed, together at last


They're both in Toy Soldiers: War Chest
Jul 09
// Jordan Devore
After showing He-Man and G.I. Joe in Toy Soldiers: War Chest, Ubisoft noted that it would announce two more licensed armies for Signal Studio's latest tower defense/action game. We dreamed big, as you do. That was a mistake. ...
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Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney Infinity 3.0 will arrive on August 30 with a ton of day-one items


Get your Star Wars outfits ready
Jul 08
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 3.0 will decidedly focus on Star Wars to promote the upcoming film, and now, we have a solid release date of August 30, 2015. The starter pack will come with Anakin Skywalker and Ashsoka Tano -- which is ...

That's it, I'm done with hardcore amiibo collecting

Jul 08 // Chris Carter
I know, it's dramatic, right? Declaring that I'm not going to collect a series of toys with this level of bravado? But here's the thing -- Nintendo had every opportunity to fix these issues along the way, and outside of recognizing the situation a handful of times over the past eight months or so, hasn't made any real efforts to patch things up. In fact, most of the time, it's oblivious to what's going on. It's getting so bad that in multiple regions, it has stopped shipping to the US due to the fact that scalpers and customers alike are basically leeching the entire stock, causing shortages all over the world. Here are some recent developments that gave me pause. More exclusives -- because it worked out so well in the past Right out of the gate, exclusive amiibo promotions were a bad idea, but they net a hefty profit for Nintendo, so they're going to keep happening -- this was unfortunately confirmed by a Nintendo representative late last year in a Reddit AMA. While other portions of the world don't have to deal with them, they've been increasingly annoying to handle in the US. I thought maybe with each increasing day Nintendo would learn a thing or two about customer satisfaction, but each wave comes with...well...a unique wave of disappointment. Just recently, Nintendo announced that Dark Pit would be exclusive to Best Buy, and that pre-orders would not be happening at all. This situation has "nope" written all over it. For the last wave, you had to basically choose what store you wanted to wait in front of overnight -- Target, or Toys"R"Us, to get the exclusive you wanted. I waited outside of a few retailers with friends for fun, but I'm not doing it every other month. There's too many damn amiibo Oh hey there's eight Animal Crossing amiibo now, in addition to the AR card line, none of which have release dates outside of "fall" and "holiday." Like Dark Pit and most of Wave 4, I doubt any of these will be available for pre-order. Then there's Chibo Robo, which you can only get by buying the entire game as a bundle. Then there's the rest of the Smash Bros. line, three Yoshi's Woolly World variants (that don't even come out in the US until the fall), two retro Mario variants (making this the fifth Mario variant), three amiibo for Miis, and two R.O.B. colorations. Eight Animal Crossing amiibo? Who asked for this? I mean, I get the need for Tom Nook and K.K. Slider figures, and maybe Mabel, but Cyrus and Dibby -- who are these people clamoring for these characters? I get that I don't have to buy them, but at this point Nintendo is just asking for over-saturation, while gating content out of their respective games unless you buy them. If they were easy to purchase it wouldn't be as big of a deal. Expensive cross-promotions? ::I'm out.gif:: It finally happened. Nintendo decided that exclusive retailer deals weren't lucrative enough, and struck a deal with Activision. At first, I was hesitant -- okay, so there's two amiibo total, and they work with both Nintendo and Activision products with a little switch on the bottom, cool! Then they announced that each figure would be exclusive to the expensive starter edition of the game. Shortly after, they announced "Dark" variants on top of that, for sale in the $99.99 editions of the game. Maybe I'll end up having them all eventually. I have a lot of great friends, and they've randomly gifted me amiibo in the past, and gave me a heads-up when figures go up for retail price. At this point though, I'm no longer making it my goal to "catch 'em all." Nintendo is a business first for sure, but it's bungled this situation beyond recognition. [Image via reddit]
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It's becoming a shit-show
I currently own every amiibo released in the US, including variants. It was very fun for a time, collecting them with friends, but it got increasingly less fun. I always said that I would stop when it got ridiculous, and lead...

Fallout dolls photo
Fallout dolls

New set of 12 Fallout amiibo announced


Much less rare toys
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
After its E3 conference, Bethesda pulled an Oprah to announce those who waited two hours in line in the sun to get in would get three limited edition Bethesda vinyl dolls made by Funko. They went up on eBay for $400 immediate...
Catwoman photo
Catwoman

Tetsuya Nomura's Catwoman figure still looks like a Metal Gear villain


I'd fight her
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
Late last year Final Fantasy producer Tesuya Nomura announced that he was working on a special figure based on Batman's Catwoman, and now we can see the fruits of his labor thanks to a retail listing from Ami Ami. The figure ...
Thomas Was Alone toys photo
Thomas Was Alone toys

Thomas Was Alone action figures are a real thing


Autographed by Mike Bithell
Jun 30
// Kyle MacGregor
I haven't had the urge to buy blocks in... a long time, but these Thomas Was Alone "action figures" are testing my resolve. The Claire figure even floats, apparently, which sounds perfect for the tub. Yes, I'm a supposed adul...
Toys to life photo
Toys to life

Toys-to-life games have a long way to go


Here's something to strive for
Jun 22
// Jordan Devore
Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, amiibo, and now LEGO Dimensions, I'm hearing an awful lot of talk about the "toys to life" category these days. That's fine, but nudge me when we can do this:
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E3

Please don't murder me, Donkey Kong


Seen @ E3 2015
Jun 16
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo's E3 2015 booth was dominated by huge lines for Star Fox Zero and a massive Super Mario Maker section but, tucked away toward the back, there was our old pal Donkey Kong sporting his new Skylanders SuperChargers look. Good lord!
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Bethesda dolls

Bethesda conference attendees receive Fallout amiibo


Bethesda dolls
Jun 14
// Steven Hansen
Look under your seat... EVERYONE WHO WAITED IN A HOT ASS, HOUR PLUS LINE IN HOLLYWOOD GOT FREE DOOM, DISHONORED, AND FALLOUT DOLLS! You can find them on eBay soon.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest photo
Toy Soldiers: War Chest

It's He-Man vs. G.I. Joe in the new Toy Soldiers


Holy shit!
Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
Lot of smaller but still rather cool announcements this week ahead of E3. Toy Soldiers: War Chest is fleshing out its roster of original toy armies with the likes of He-Man and G.I. Joe. This series, if you've never played, ...
Yoshi photo
Yoshi

Check out Yoshi's Woolly World's amiibo functionality in action


These hellish creations
Jun 08
// Chris Carter
Are you scared of the amiibo skin functionality in Yoshi's Woolly World? I am! Thanks to this video from the Odderz Plays YouTube channel, we now have an idea of what these demon spawn creations will look like in-g...
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amiibo

What is your current take on the state of amiibo?


Are you out, or still in?
Jun 08
// Chris Carter
Wave 4 is over, collectors! Robin and Lucina have been fully confirmed as unicorn figures, making them near impossible to find. Peppered in there are some rarer exclusives like Jigglypuff (Target) and Ness (GameStop), and the...
Batman figure photo
Batman figure

San Diego Comic Con exclusive Batman toy is not that exclusive


Wait, what?
Jun 05
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix's Play Arts Kai line is doing a limited color version (it's blue, the color is blue) Batman Arkham Knight doll billed as, "Square Enix's 2015 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive," but you don't have to go to SDCC to get...
Disney Infinity Star Wars photo
Check and check
If you're making a Star Wars game with pilotable ships, I'm going to want to zip around Hoth in a snowspeeder and tie knots around some AT-ATs. I'll also want to shoot down a bunch of TIE Fighters on my path to destroy the De...

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Order x LBP

This LittleBigPlanet-style Order: 1886 statue needs to be killed with fire


Or, you can pay $200 for it
Jun 04
// Brett Makedonski
You know how teleportations sometimes go wrong and the result is a mangled mess of horror that just needs to be killed as quickly as possible? You know how in Alien: Resurrection, Ripley finds a room of failed clones of herse...
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amiibo

Here are all the amiibo waves and figures we know about


Wallets on the ready
Jun 04
// Chris Carter
[Update: Additional waves have been added. Display your collections below!] The amiibo figures are out today, and in some locations, they're selling out. While Villager and Wii Fit Trainer seem to be two of the rarer figures...
Funko Pop photo
Funko Pop

Fallout, Skyrim, and The Elder Scrolls Online getting Funko Pop! figures


Get your small lumps of plastic today!
Jun 04
// Joe Parlock
Do you like small plastic bits of tat as much as I do? Great! Well you might want to know that Funko has announced its three newest lines of the Funko Pop! Figurine collection. Considering a certain bit of news that might&rsq...
Mighty No. 9 photo
Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9 has a one-hit-death mode


Uh, thanks but no thanks
Jun 03
// Jordan Devore
A few Mighty No. 9 updates to talk about today. First, all launch-window versions of the game will come with the Retro Hero DLC, which gives protagonist Beck a blocky, weirdly Minecraft-esque appearance and, good lord, a one...

The great Wave 4 amiibo hunt is on today, and it's about what we expected

May 29 // Chris Carter
Here is the absolute worst part about the Wave 4 launch -- everything is coming out at the same time. Did you want Greninja and Jigglypuff, and missed the 15-minute online order window at 3AM EST? Tough. Unless you have a loving spouse or a family member to wait in line at another store, you have to choose between them. The same goes for Ness, an exclusive that you'll need to go to a GameStop location at opening to snag today. Silver Mario throws another wrench in the equation, as he was only officially announced roughly a week ago and tossed into the mix seemingly to watch consumers squirm. The GameStop I went to was completely sold out of everything but Pac-Man, Silver Mario, and the Splatoon amiibo when I arrived. In case you're wondering, the Splatoon series is looking exceedingly common. Charizard and Wario's rarity kind of jumps store-to-store, and I'd expect a Diddy-like situation in the future where they are rare at first, then become common. Pac-Man seems to be a confirmed common. Ness seems to be very rare, but I don't know if he's a unicorn just yet, unlike Shulk. Surprisingly, Silver Mario seems to be everywhere today, but who knows what his status will be next week. This is what the GameStop situation typically looks like elsewhere. Again, Robin and Lucina are as rare, if not rarer, than Marth at this point. Many stores didn't even have them, and my location only got two of each. I've been listening to testimonies all day, and the rub on Target is that although rumors circled that each store would get as many as 20 Jigglypuffs, most of them only obtained 4-10. One tip I've heard from the East coast crowd is that lots of folks are heading to Target, and not Toys"R"Us, so you might be able to sneak into a smaller line there. Though it must be said that the latter is not getting a lot of extra Greninja stock across the country, with most going to pre-orders -- call your store if possible first to avoid disappointment. For those of you who are in earlier timezones where retail locations haven't opened yet, the folks over at Amiibo News and Nintendo Inquirer have concocted a pretty killer shopping guide for today. If you're going out, good luck!
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Good luck
Today, Wave 4 of the amiibo shopping "experience" begins. We already assumed it was going to be hell on earth based on the pre-order process, and it turned out to be fairly uninspiring all around as shops opened across the US...

Kidrobot photo
Kidrobot

Remember those cute Kidrobot Mega Man figures? They're coming this summer


$11.99 in blind boxes
May 25
// Chris Carter
Some time ago, Kidrobot announced a line of 3-inch Mega Man toys. They were to be sold in blind boxes for $11.99 each, with a 5-pack for $59.99. Then...we didn't really hear anything for over a year. Now, thanks to Vinyl Puls...
Splatoon amiibo photo
Splatoon amiibo

Here are some closeup shots of the Inkling Boy Splatoon amiibo


Love that detail
May 21
// Chris Carter
A few months ago I shared some closeup shots of the Mario Party amiibo line, and you guys seemed to really enjoy it, so here we are today with the Inkling Boy figure. I've been playing Splatoon for over a week now (revie...
Bloxels photo
Bloxels

Bloxels is a tactile tool for building video games


I kind of wish I were a kid today
May 20
// Darren Nakamura
As a kid, I loved playing with blocks, and I loved playing video games. I think the combination of the two is at least partially why Minecraft is so popular with kids these days. Well, here's another product that I wish exis...
Nintendo photo
Nintendo

Nintendo talks restocks of Marth, Ike, and Meta Knight amiibo, but again, it's 'limited'


Haha, limited to disappointment
May 15
// Chris Carter
Nintendo took to Facebook today to assuage fears of US amiibo restocks, noting that Marth, and "a few other amiibo like Meta Knight and Ike" (gotta love the vagueness, like they don't know who exactly was reprinted) will...
Silver Mario amiibo photo
Silver Mario amiibo

Nintendo finally spills the official beans on the Silver Mario amiibo


Not exclusive
May 14
// Chris Carter
[Update: I am being told by a source at GameStop that Silver Mario will not be available for pre-order, and should be in-store on May 29 for purchase. "No replenishment" is the expectation being communicated to stores na...
Marth photo
Marth

The Marth amiibo restock situation doesn't look good at GameStop either


Only a few per store
May 12
// Chris Carter
We've talked about it at length before -- the great Marth amiibo restock of May. Well, it doesn't seem all that great so far. Amazon was trickling out select orders through the day last Saturday (and were, for all intents and...
Marth photo
Marth

That Marth amiibo restock may have already came and went on Amazon


Mash F5
May 09
// Chris Carter
When Nintendo announced the Marth amiibo restock for this year, I had a feeling it wouldn't end well. It was originally scheduled for April, then May, and now that the month is here, the publisher is still completely silent a...

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