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Takara Tomy ARTS and SK Japan have been churning out the Kirby goods this year, and Kirby fans have been loving it. Return to Dreamland figures look great and come blind boxed. The set of five has four Kirbys (regular, bomb, wing, and stone abilities) and Magolor to collect. They are out now.
Also out are a set of mini-plush straps from SK Japan that are too cute for their own good. More pics of the figures after the break.
Japan really has a thing for these little earphone jack plugs. Union Creative has snagged the license to create and distribute these mini Dual Shock 2s for the 20th Anniversary of the Playstation next year. 20th? I'm old! The set of six are set to arrive in March 2014.
A nearly 12 inch cardboard tower. 24 stackable slime pieces in three colors. One die. You can figure out how to play this Japanese Kazanete Tower game in February next year.
First 4 Figures releases this diorama statue to the pre-ordering masses today. There are two versions, as always. The diorama features classic and modern Sonic figures riding through the street. The exclusive lights up in all the right places for an additional $30. Both are due Q2 2014. One thing is for sure, you're going to have to be as fast as Sonic in your ordering if you want to get your hands on this great piece!
Discuss in the forums - and see coupon codes to help you wallet pay for these!
McDonald's toys are always the pinnacle of any Happy Meal, and now Mario is the star, but only in Japan. Looks like the toys aren't promoting any specific game, as most of the toys have more to do with "generic" Mario rather than a specific release. Odd, as Super Mario 3D World is right around the corner. Penguin Mario and Boomerang Bro Mario do have more to do with New Super Mario Bros. U than with any other release though. A couple of these, a Mario and a Peach, double as stamps. Cool. Unfortunately, this is the second round of Mario Happy Meal toys not available in the USA.
Strength, Melee Weapons, Energy Weapons, Perception, Endurance, Lock Pick and Repair are the seven different Vault Boy bobbleheads announced today from Gaming Heads. Buy them in a pack of all seven ($80), or individually for $15 each.
Ten new characters/objects releasing in item chain form from Takara TOMY Arts. Potentially to attach to the first ten already released. Let's look at the rundown for this set:
Top row, from left
Second row, from left
Third row, from left
Fourth row, from left
» Bag of chocolate
» Chocolate Heart
» Vanilla ice cream
» Gift box
If you're going to market Puyo Puyo (which has been turned into Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Kirby's Avalanche), and have already done plushes, then stress balls is a brilliant way to go. Who doesn't like to squish a blob? Coming out for Puyo Puyo Tetris, which releases early 2014 on a bunch of platforms.
Super Mario 3D World has cats. Cats climb things. To simulate this, Bandai is making some magnets and some clings that fit on the side of your cups. They come in the flavors of each playable character, and are nearly too cute to report on.
Shipping in March 2014. If Luigi, Toad, and Peach are all color-coordinated, why is Mario orange instead of red?
Mario, brother Luigi, evil twin Waluigi, and brother and evil twin Wario. All in great poses. The new standard set run around 5-6 inches tall and are very collectable. Out now from Japan Auto Toy.
Thanks tl2005us and Manveri!
Like Final Fantasy VII? Like the soundtrack? Like vinyl records? Square Enix has you very, very covered. 29 tracks have been added to two vinyl records for master quality.
Track list after the jump.
Actually, a pair of busts, as there is an exclusive version. If you have $700 lying around, then you too can own these ugly mugs and partial chests of Akuma from the Street Fighter series. Limited to 350 pieces worldwide or 150 pieces for the exclusive, these will appear in Q2 2014. Pop Culture Shock lives up to its name with these, as they are certainly from pop culture, and they are certainly shocking, both in price and look. Cloth Gi, "separately cast teeth" (whatever that means), wooden prayer beads, and glowing eyes. GLOWING EYES! Made of fiberglass, and weighs in at around 25 pounds and stands 29" tall. Payment plans available, but if you pay in full you get a nice discount.
For 250 bones you can snag the CE, that includes the game, a poster, an art book, LED diorama packaging, and this statue. The cockpit supposedly has a motorized cockpit. Wow.
Coming March 11th next year.
Japan now celebrates Halloween, but it's nowhere near as popular as North America, and it tends to happen earlier in July or August (O-bon festivals). That's why I'm confused, because hats like these always go on pre-order in mid October and essentially miss the mark for anyone that wants to celebrate. Arriving in February next year from Taito, they just seem like a giant tease. Despite that, these are awesome.
Yellow has the leaf, blue has the bud, and red has the flower.
The Year of Luigi Coin from E3 is different from this one. This coin has the Club Nintendo logo on the back, rather than Luigi's face. This makes it more similar to the 25th Anniversary Mario Coin that was up in this same catalog last year. Blast! I thought I avoided the high cost, as I figured the one they were giving out at E3 would eventually appear in this catalog. It is really cool though.
1500 stars in the Stars Catalog.
European retailer GAME is selling pre-orders for the Collector's Edition of Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Watch the vine video from Nintendo to see the chest and hear the sound.
The set also includes a poster and DLC. That box art, while not finalized, is GORGEOUS!
Thanks kobefn and The Crow!
Plants Vs. Zombies has a special way of making everyone love it. It's just so darn . . . cute? Yet, it's still sufficiently mature enough to make you keep playing it. These statues from Gaming Heads perfectly capture the likenesses of the zombies. Peashooters are also available. Both characters have exclusive versions, so lets run them down.
Zombie - $140 - 13 inches tall - 750 pieces worldwide
Conehead (Pylon) Zombie exclusive - 13 inches tall (without pylon?) - 350 pieces worldwide
Peashooter - $70 - 9 inches tall - 750 pieces worldwide
Peashooter with Pea Exclusive - 9 inches tall - 350 pieces worldwide
Each will be available Q1 of 2014. While the zombie is perfect, the Peashooter just seems too static in my opinion. For such an animated game, it's a bummer that they couldn't add a little more emotion to the character. He's often . . . angry. I would have also loved to see the Gattling Peashooter instead of just a pea, but that would be a significant change from the regular edition.
Square Enix has some slimy slippers to comfort your feet. Seems unintuitive, but they are much comfier than they look! The metal ones though . . .
Out today and available through NCSX.