Team17 celebrates 17 years with Worms plushes

Team17 has essentially made the same game for 17 years, and it has been successful. That game is Worms. Now, after all this time, the worms finally get their own merchandise. A set of four characters, each available in medium plush or small keychain plush, released today. Worm, Pirate Worm, Army Worm, and the infamous Super Sheep make up the set.
You can get them here on GameOnStuff's Facebook Page, but also visit their website to see what they're planning, including Rabbids, Assassin's Creed, and LittleBigPlanet merchandise. They also think the world needs more Angry Birds stuff . . .

via Kotaku

Mario, Peach, and Toad 3DS systems heading to Austrailia

Register two of the following games on your Club Nintendo account for a chance to win one of these systems:

Resident Evil™: Revelations
Mario Kart 7
Super Pokémon™ Rumble
Star Fox 64 3D
Resident Evil™: The Mercenaries 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
DEAD OR ALIVE® Dimensions
Steel Diver
nintendogs + cats
Pilotwings Resort
Super Street Fighter™ IV 3D Edition

Now we play the waiting game to see if these make it to America...

Japan has 1,000 of each design
Europe has 1,000 of each design
Australia has 50 of each design

Link to the European announcement.
Link to the Japanese announcement.

Resident Evil Revelations to haunt art book, music players

Resident Evil Revelations releases in only a few weeks, and will be launching alongside a strategy guide/art book in Japan. The books contains 192 pages of what you would expect from a guide; maps, strategies and secrets, but also contains pages of concept art. On February 22nd, Capcom is releasing the official Revelations soundtrack, containing 66 tracks spanning 2 CDs. As a bonus, the first run of the soundtrack will also come with a Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D disc, all packed in a special edition sleeve. These have only been announced for Japan, but I wouldn't be surprised if they pop up in the Capcom Online Shop.

Pokemon Update 1/13/12

Another week, even more new Pokemon merchandise. This week is a couple of Pokemon Center exclusive sets for the Dragon fans and Stunfisk lovers. Here's what this week covers:

-Pokemon Center dragon-type Pokemon line
-Pokemon Center Stunfisk merchandise

Bike on past the break for more pics and info.

The Super Mario 3D Land Merch Flood is officially underway with these item chains

We all knew it was coming. Nintendo's flagship Mario title released in November, and you knew the usual suspects would be producing merchandise for it. Along with the Tanooki Mario plush from San-ei, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. is releasing its first set to start the inevitable wallet-crushing merch powerhouse.
This set includes several new items found in Super Mario 3D Land, such as the Super Leaf and the Boomerang Flower, and even includes the pity-power-ups Invincibility Leaf and the P-Wing. I like the wood Goomba too.
These will be out in May 2012.
Pre-order them here

Don't put Mario in the trash

New Super Mario Bros. Wii merch is really getting out of hand, as there is now not one, but two styles of trash can available for purchase stylized with the art of our favorite plumber and his friends and enemies. I found these in an auction on Yahoo Japan Auctions with very little information in the description, so I'll update this post with more info if I find any. These appear to be full size metal trash cans.
More pics after the break.

Tanooki Mario turns to plush instead of stone

National Console Support has released some info on these fabulous new Tanooki Mario plushes from San-ei. There are two sizes, small and medium, or big and small, really. These will ship in 2012.
Thanks Natendo!

Cheaper at HLJ

Play Arts Kai news includes Vanquish pre-order and Kratos joins the crew

Sam and Boggy are now available at your favorite import shop. They'll retail at ¥6,500 in April and come with boatloads of accessories. Not sure if the game was popular enough to support the price jump, but we'll find out.
Also out in April is a Kratos Play Arts Kai figure. He'll come with hands and swords to swap out, and he's ten inches tall, leading to a ¥5,800 price tag.

More Vanquish and Kratos info at Tomopop

Kingdom Hearts 3D's Dream Eater Plushified

What? Kingdom Hearts 3D isn't out yet? Yes, it is odd to see merchandise precede a game's release, but I'm all for it! "Wonder Nyan" will be available though the Square-Enix shop (in Japan-only so far, of course) in Spring, but you can pre-order it now for ¥3,800. Two more pics after the break, including a butt shot.

via Siliconera

Megaman shirts popping up at Japanese Kotobukiya stores

"The shirts also come with one of two limited edition pixel art keychains featuring a Rush-colored Megaman that are not featured in either of the two lines of pixel art blind boxed keychains that hit stores last year."

Via Tikisaurus

Pokemon Update 1/6/12

After a few slow weeks, this edition of Pokemon Update has a couple new sets straight from Japan. Here's what is covered this week:

-Pokemon Black/White McDonald's toys (2nd set)
-Pokemon Black/White plushes: Set D

The Pokeradar senses more pictures and information after the break!

Takara Tomy returns Kirby to figure form

Takara Tomy is releasing a small set of Kirby figures that highlight some of Kirby's transformations from Return to Dreamland. They appear to very similar in size and style to previous Kirby figures, but this set consists of some new forms from the game (Lasso and Leaf Kirby) and uses different poses for the returning forms (Sword, Ninja and basic Kirby). These will be released February in Japan, but haven't been spotted on any import shops as of yet.

Thanks for the heads up metaknight64!

Star Fox, Steel Diver Figures for Land, Air, and Sea

Many people were hoping that the re-release of games like Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 3D would mean a second chance at merchandising. Both games have produced figures now, as we see an Arwing, the Landmaster Tank, and even the Blue Marine available for collecting in May this year. The "Nintendo Mechanical Kit Collection" also includes three subs from Steel Diver. They will retail at ¥300 each.

via Siliconera

And the winners of the VGMM 2011 Contribupoints Contest are . . .

And now, the winners are:

1st: yoshiyoster
2nd: Sephiroth_2487
3rd: Boba
4th: Natendo
5th: lightsnowfalling

Congrats to you all!
The real winner is me, with great contributions to the database for my site, and a great community of friends to help me with my projects!

More info here.

And Happy New Year!

2011: VGMM's Year in Review

Like most years, 2011 saw the release of tons of new merchandise representing countless series. It was an especially big year for Legend of Zelda merchandise due to the release of Ocarina of Time 3D and Skyward Sword, and because 2011 marked the 25th anniversary for the beloved series. Another big anniversary was the Dragon Quest 25th, which was celebrated in Japan with TONS of merchandise. A lot of creative Portal merchandise was released throughout the year courtesy of ThinkGeek and an overall influx of Valve merchandise thanks to the company's online shop. Angry Birds, the phenomenon iOS game, received the merchandise treatment with plushes, board games, costumes; you name it! Another big series this year was Uncharted, with the third entry receiving a collector's edition and Nathan Drake getting a few figures. Megaman didn't do so much on the video game front, but had a lot of new merchandise make its way to stores, along with the spectacular D-Arts figures. Even Jak and Daxter, who haven't had a game since 2006, received a pair of new figures (and even got their own Minimates)! 2011 also marked the return of video game merchandise to retail stores with Walmart, Toys 'R Us and other big name companies stocking all sorts of merch. It was a great year for collectors of all series, old and new!
Now, lets check out VGMM members' favorites of the year after the break.

Pokemon Update 12/30/11

Welcome to the last Pokemon Update until the New Year!
This one covers only one new set, but it's a doozy. Pokemon Centers have recently released a massive set of metal Pokemon charms that cover the first 256 Pokemon (first 2 generations). Each charm comes with the base Pokemon and any evolution form that it may have. These range from 150-1000 Yen depending on how many charms it includes, so it would be costly to complete this one!
Hit 'Read More' for a bunch of Pokemon Snaps!

Mario pocket watches for the more discerning Mario collector

A set of four Super Mario Bros. Hatena Block Pocket Watches just released and are appearing on many Japanese sites. The metal pocket watches are each shaped like the question block from the original game and come in a question block tin that has a window to see the watch. The face of the watch features 8-bit scenes from the game. I have not found a site selling them yet, but several are on Yahoo Japan Auctions right now.
They tend to close for about 1250yen a watch, which isn't bad considering everything that goes into making them.
Closer pics of the styles after the break. Classy!

DIY PotatOS is ThinkGeek's best science kit ever

As I did, you may have missed the release of the GladOS (or PotatOS as some have dubbed . . . her? It?) Science Kit over at ThinkGeek. Well, it's amazing, as you may expect. You have to provide your own potato . . . seriously . . . and it says GladOS' best phrases from the game. And blinks. Hey, there's not much power to go around here.
$24.99 on sale right now. Just keep it away from birds. And any Wheatley flashlights you may have purchased.
A picture of the box it comes with folded out to be a science display and a video of the assembled product are after the break.

A couple more characters race into the Target Mario Kart Wii RC set

It appears that the Target Mario Kart Wii RC could be getting a little bit of an expansion soon. An eBay auction for a Peach RC (which wasn't in the original set) has been spotted along with its set sheet, which contains newcomers Donkey Kong and Toad. According to Target's website these aren't available yet, but I have a feeling they will be released in the coming months. A bit of a pain for those who thought they had the complete set, but I know Peach collectors won't be complaining!

The Legend of Zelda Series Figure Collection shows Hero of Time's travels

With the official Zelda series timeline just released in the Hyrule Historia book, Zelda fans are all reminiscing about Link's adventures with Zelda in Hyrule. To commemorate this event in figure form, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. is releasing a set of six figures featuring Link and Zelda in three of their most notable adventures. Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time has young Link and young Zelda, Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass has Tetra and Link (in poses that appear to have been previously released in the gashapon figures sets), and brand new Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword figures. All of the poses look great and come directly from official art.
Hobby Fan are the only ones that have this listed so far, and they have attached a release date of late June 2012 to the set. You can pre-order a set from them for $34.99, discounted from $39.99.
Thanks Dark Link!