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Pikachu

Pikachu wearing a Gengar is the best thing you'll see all day


Pretty fly for a Pikachu
Sep 04
// Chris Carter
Starting tomorrow, Japan will kick off a Pokemon Halloween Parade event. At participating Pokemon Center affiliates and online, you'll be able to buy spooky merch, most of which features Pikachu. You'll find such items as the...
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amiibo

8-bit Mario, Dr. Mario, Olimar, Ganon, and Zero Suit Samus amiibo up on Target


Grab 'em
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
[Update: looks like most of them are gone. Try accessing them on a mobile browser or through the Target app.] Still collecting amiibo? You'll find the Classic 30th Anniversary Mario, Dr. Mario, Olimar, Ganondorf, and Zero Sui...
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Nintendo

Which of these upcoming Nintendo games are you most excited for?


For me, it's Star Fox Zero
Aug 26
// Chris Carter
There's a bunch of cool-looking games in this updated "road map" that Nintendo sent us a few days ago, but all in all, I'm mostly stoked for Star Fox Zero, which is now set for a November 20 release. The Star Fox series ...
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amiibo

Mii Fighter 3-pack, Mewtwo, and Falco amiibo dated


All in November
Aug 24
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has shared some news with us in regards to some upcoming amiibo dates, which is always great. The Mii Fighter 3-pack will arrive on November 1, priced at $34.99. Additionally, Mewtwo will launch on November 13, and F...

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Hyrule Castle

This LEGO rendition of Hyrule Castle is a work of art


Complete with characters on the scene
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
It's crazy to think how far people have come in the arena of LEGO construction. As a kid I kind of just make these straight towers, that I'd often use as swords until they slowly broke apart (Lincoln Logs for life). Now, peo...
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Link Nendoroid

Oh my goodness the Link Nendoroid has custom masks!


Another amazing Nendoroid
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Another week, another Nendoroid I want. This time, Good Smile Company has a new Majora's Mask 3D style Link, complete with his standard getup, and an array of masks from the game. You'll find accessories like the Bu...
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Star Wars amiibos

Disney Infinity's new Star Wars: Episode VII toys


These things will print money
Aug 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Disney Interactive's D23 Expo presentation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members Daisy Ridley and John Boyega helped reveal Disney Infinity 3.0 figures based on their characters. So yeah, that's Rey an...
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'Exclusive pre-order event'
[Update: you can grab the 3-pack online now at GameStop's website in the US. My guess is this is leftover pre-orders from the event, and will shut down once the allotment is out.] [Update: Here's a link to pre-order...

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GameStop amiibo

The GameStop amiibo 3-pack event is real, be there on Saturday


Stores open an hour early
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
While rumors and pamphlets have been circulating for an amiibo event on Saturday, now we have official confirmation by way of GameStop's mobile app (above). There's nothing up on the main site now but I expect there will be a...
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Mewtwo

The Mewtwo amiibo will launch on October 23 in Europe


Hopefully worldwide too
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
Nintendo of Europe has just announced that the fabled Mewtwo amiibo will launch on October 23, 2015. This announcement seems to be Europe-centric for now, but it would make sense that the worldwide date would be around that t...
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amiibo

Nintendo announces September dates for upcoming amiibo wave


September 11 and 25
Aug 05
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has sent over a helpful bit of info regarding the upcoming amiibo wave. Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Ganondorf,  30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color, Olimar, Zero Suit Samus will launch on September 11, right al...
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Three hundred dollars

$300 Bloodborne Hunter statue stands in a pool of blood (borne)


Three hundred dollars
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
What with Dark Souls 3 coming out early 2016 and us entering the end of the year, I've forgotten that Bloodborne just came out a few months ago. Its expansion, information on which is promised for this year, could help bolste...
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Mega Man

Kidrobot's Mega Man toy collection finally dated, priced


August 4
Jul 31
// Chris Carter
After a nebulous "summer" release date for the Mega Man Kidrobot toy line, we now know some final details. They will be released on August 4, with individual boxes to go for $5.99, and complete sets will run you $49.99. ...
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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...
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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...
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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......
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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...
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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...
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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...

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