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Although you can't (well, legally) get Super Mario Bros. games on your smartphone, you can show your love for the series with these smartphone caps/plugs. The set consists of 6 well-known Mario items that can be inserted into a smartphone's headphone jack for decoration. Boxes of 50 can be preordered at Otacute for $100, but if you are looking to snag the set, I think it would be far cheaper to wait for them to pop up on Yahoo Auctions Japan; that way you wouldn't have to deal with a bunch of duplicates. According to Otacute, these are set for a November 2011 release, so it won't be a while until they begin appearing on YJA.
Thanks for the intel, Genome!
Sega is pulling out all the stops for Sonic's 20th anniversary as two new figure sets have been announced. First up, the popular Japanese figure company Nendroid is going to be crafting a set of high quality Sonic figures. Currently, the only details regarding the set are what is in the picture above (2 figures so far and a winter 2011 release date), but Nendroid is known for loading their figures up with accessories and exchangeable faces, which is certainly a possibility with these. No word on the price yet, but if there previous figures are anything to go by, these should be around $40 each.
Next up is the set of 6 buildable Sonic figures made by Tomy. These are currently on sale in Australia in blind Gacha capsules, but expect these stateside at retailers like Hot Topic and Toys 'R Us soon. The set has a nice variety of characters, but unfortunately, Foxwhisker's pictures (after the break) show that the paint jobs on these are rather poor.
Thanks to Foxwhisker for finding pics and details of both sets!
On July 21st, Nintendo World Store held a Mario Kart Wii K'NEX event at which attendees were given a free Luigi sampler figure and the store had a few contests set up. However, the big news out of this event was the announcement of 8 building sets, 2 race sets and a track expansion pack. Each building set comes with one character and kart, track pieces, an obstacle and 2 decorative items; with the race sets having all this plus a complete track and an additional character in kart. I really wish that each set came with a different character, but instead, the focus is on Mario; with Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser getting a few nods. It is going to be expensive to add the entire line to your collection because forum member D. Funky (who attended the event) reported that each building set will cost $30 with the race sets priced at $60.
The official K'NEX website has not been updated yet but check out the video above to see a few of the new sets in action. No official release date, but expect these to start appearing at Toys 'R Us in the coming weeks.
Check after the break for pictures of each set.
Thanks for the info and pics, D. Funky!
Never before have I seen a board game being hyped up as much as USAopoly's Metal Gear Solid Risk, which was revealed at Comic-Con . Check out the official USAopoly page to see what I mean, the site even has a countdown clock to the presale date (only 79 days as of this post)! There aren't too many official details regarding the variations from the original Risk game, but with all this hype, this seems to (well, definitely should) be a very different board game built upon Metal Gear elements. Looks like the only way to really find out, though, is to keep checking the USAopoly site to see exactly what MGS Risk will entail.
No release date has been announced, but preorders start October 17th.
The name Comic-Con makes it seem like it's just about comic books, but all forms of media are involved, even video games. There were certainly a lot of excitingvideo game merchandise announcements at Comic-Con this year, but there was also a fair share of giveaways and freebies in attendance. Let's take a look at all those promos after the break in this special San Diego Comic-Con edition of the 'Promo Press'.
Mortal Kombat is many things. Brutal. Gory. Exciting. And apparently the perfect game to make statues out of. Hot off Syco Collectible's statue announcement, Sideshow has put up a large Scorpion statue and an 'exclusive' variant for preorder. Sideshow has revealed that both statues will come with a "glow in the dark lava base"; while the 'exclusive' variant, for only $10 more, comes with a Skull Head, which also glows. For it's size (16.5 inches tall, 25 inches wide) and quality that Sideshow delivers, $315 isn't too bad a price, especially when you look at their other prices (looking at you Ezio).
The Dragon Quest 25th anniversary merchandise has been piling up over the past few months, and unlike the previous offerings, the newest announcements are actually affordable! One of the newest items announced, the gold Slime vinyl figure, comes with the anniversary pillow just like the expenive King Slime figure, but will cost only 730 Yen. A pair of snazzy bow-tie wearing Slime plushes are going to be released in September in Japan alongside a glitter filled crystal Slime; both will run fans a reasonable 1,480 Yen. A slew of other, smaller pieces have been announced for Japan, including business card holders, tote bags and straps; there's something for every fan!
Due to the volume of anniversary merchandise, it is tough to keep up with it, but you can stay updated with this extensive Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary merchandise catalog. Just look at how many pieces have yet to be announced!
Time to get up to date on the latest Pokemon merchandise! A ton of new Pokemon Black/White sets are being released, including minifigure straps, Pokemon evolution chains, and figure stamps; along with decks of playing cards that have already been released.
Jump after the break for more pictures and details!
Syco Collectibles is planning a huge line of Mortal Kombat statues and busts and is starting with fan favorites Scorpion and Sub-Zero. There are three different styles/sizes for each character, being 10" collectible statues ($164), 18" premium format statues ($300), 1:2 scale busts ($200) and some 'exclusive' statues/busts styles thrown in for good measure. According to the website, they are planning on giving many of the other characters the same treatment, so who knows how many thousands of dollars the complete set will cost. Wallet fatality!
Global Holdings and Banpresto are releasing Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser figurines inspired by the latter's Japanese Super Mario collection figure line (released last year). Unlike the Japanese figures, the new ones come with a plastic display case with the character's name on the base (ya know, if you happen to forget the name of that red plumber guy). According to tl2005us (a forum member), the paint jobs on these figures are very well done, which is a beacon of light for the US after many lines of lackluster Goldie figures. Expect these at your local Toys 'R Us store soon (though, they may already be stocked) at $12.99 each.
Hopefully more of the Japanese set will be localized with the quality of these four figures!
Thanks tl2005us for the photo and info, and check out more of his pics by clicking the picture above!
Welcome to another merch filled edition of the 'Promo Press'! Expect more Zelda merchandise, Australian preorder bonuses, and the very first limited edition Nintendo 3DS. Here's the latest news:
-Ocarina of Time 3D lanyard and gift card
-Super Mario + Mario Kart Australia preorder poster
-Heroes of Ruin limited edition 3DS
As always, jump after the break for more details and pictures!
WB Games is answering your bat signals with a Batman: Arkham City collector's edition which is loaded with awesome merchandise and even a few digital bonuses:
-Kotobukiya Batman statue
-Collectible artbook (what would a collector's edition be without one?)
-Batman: Arkham City soundtrack
-Four collectible cards
-DC cartoon movie Batman: Gotham Knight
-Digital Content: Dark Knight Returns skin and early access to the Iceberg Lounge challenge map
Expect these to hit retailers along side the game (October 18th) at the very reasonable price of $99.
A plush line for the popular Cut the Rope character Om Nom has been teased by Chillingo and the game developer ZeptoLab. There's no official details regarding the set other than the pictures released, which show three sizes and three styles (smiling, mouth open, and frowning). It's too bad there aren't plushes of the sweets from the game, what is Om Nom supposed to eat?!
Furuta is taking a short break from the popular chocolate figures by releasing these Mario keychains. Each keychain features a Mario character with artwork from New Super Mario Bros. Wii on something similar to a dog tag. According to the Furuta website, these were released in February, but have not been spotted on YJA. However, this is no cause for discouragement if you are looking to snag them because the set is listed under Furuta's current products, making it possible that the set has been delayed.
Not only do the Super Mario Galaxy 2 Yo-Yos have a ‘sweet spin’, they are also filled with ’giga’-sized ‘juicy, crunchy and chewy’ candies. These Yo-Yos are Ausome’s latest Nintendo candies, featuring red or blue Yo-Yos with Super Mario Galaxy 2 artwork and filled with candy. Although they are a rehash of a previous product, at least Ausome is treating the amazing, breathtaking, and spectacular Super Mario Galaxy 2 to merchandise.
These should be appearing at Toys 'R Us, Hot Topic, and other retailers that regularly carry Mario merchandise soon.
However, you could buy a box of 12 right now through Amazon
It looks like San-ei is planning another set of high quality Mario plushes, which could fulfill the dreams of many Mario collectors. The plushes in this set that have caused excitement for many fans are the Chain Chomp and Shy Guy plush, as there has not been an official one yet although plenty of fakes appear on eBay. Overall, this looks like a solid set with more Yoshis, 3 babies, lots of love for Luigi, Bob-omb, and a very cool Piranha Plant in pipe plush. I was really hoping for a Baby Wario or Baby DK plush (I loved them in Yoshi's Island DS), but hopefully they will be included in a future San-ei set.
There has been no official word on a release date, but hopefully these get the green light soon!
Thanks for finding the pictures, Super Peach!
Here at VGMM, there is certainly a lack of posts covering Pokemon merchandise. It's not that we have anything against Pokemon, it's just that there is a ton of new merchandise coming out in Japan (and even North America) all the time, making it difficult to blog. That's where 'Pokemon Update' comes in, it's a new VGMM column in which we will feature recent Pokemon sets and merchandise and include some sites to purchase them from if we can find them.
This update includes:
-Pokemon Center Christmas 2010 plushes
-Pokemon Center 'Pokemon Musical' merchandise
-Black/White Sound Drops
Jump after the break for more details!
Collector's editions seem to be all the rage these days with more and more games receiving the treatment. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is joining in on the fun with a collector's edition that includes some cool swag and, of course, the game (PC, 360, or PS3). Here's what is included in the box:
-25 foil info cards that feature the main characters and gameplay hints
-Purity seal, which is a replica of the seal worn by Titus in the game
Preorder at the THQ Store for $99.99 (releases on September 6th).
Thanks for the info, sarshelyam!
To celebrate the series' 15th anniversary, Capcom is releasing a Resident Evil (or Biohazard as it is called in Japan) box set that is infected with 4 games and some merchandise. All of the games are for PS2 and PS3 and come in special cases, and include Resident Evil: Director's Cut, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Last Escape and Resident Evil: Revival Selection, which is an HD remake of RE4 and Code: Veronica. In the swag department, this box set has Code: Veronica and Resident Evil 4 soundtracks, S.T.A.R.s and Umbrella Corporation pins and stickers and a Resident Evil 5 'spacer' (which might just mean that there is room in the box for RE5). This will be released on September 8 and will be exclusive to Japan through the E-Capcom shop for ¥7,800 (about $96); not bad!
T-ARTS is releasing another set of watches, this time for the merchandise powerhouse New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The set consists of 5 digital watches, each with their own unique color for the wristbands, Mario object for the cover, and game artwork featuring Mario for the face of the watch. These will be appearing in Japanese Gacha machines in August (200 Yen each), so look out for import shops stocking these soon.
Via et-c (a Gacha machine/capsules seller)