Valve has released a line of apparel for Portal 2 fans, showing several different art pieces and scenarios from the game. They even have an Aperture Science 1940s pint glass available for $12.95!
Personally, I love the new Aperture logos from the old test chambers, and the signage from throughout that portion of the game is available in poster form from the store as well.
Don't forget your Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube Plush for those particularly dangerous test chambers, still alive for $29.95 each!
A collaborative effort to promote Patapon 3 has been devised by SCEJ and Ciaopanic. The game will be demoed at various stores that sell the Ciaopanic brand, and also available at the event will be limited edition polo shirts and tote bags. No word on how much the merch will cost. The promotion will take place between April 28th and May 8th.
Square-Enix has made some figures for Metal Gear Peace Walker in the Play Arts line. They are very articulated and have trading parts bewteen the two figures. Snake in Battle Dress and Kazuhira Miller are available for ¥5,040 (a little over $60) each.
See Miller after the jump. These are due out this summer.
Someone opened the sticker floodgate, apparently. Ensky had a similar thought that Takarara Tomy did: Mario's new game is great fodder for stickers!
There are two new sets of stickers, one thick and one regular.
The thick set has 20 different types and they come in packs of two for ¥200. They are very durable and can stick to many things well. The other set has 37 different types of regular stickers, but you get them all by buying one pack, which is ~¥300.
Pictures of the full sets of each can be seen after the jump.
The Mario light mascots must be popular in Japan, because Bandai is releasing yet another New Super Mario Bros. Wii light-up set. The only repeat in the set is the Penguin Suit power-up, with the 1-Up Mushroom, Pow Block, Monty Mole, Foo, and Huck-It Crab being lit up for the first time. It's great seeing merch for the off-shoot Mario enemies; variety is the spice of collections!
Hobby Link Japan has these listed for ¥1,600 ($19.25) with a May pre-order and a July release.
Will Bandai release even more Mario light-up sets? Stay tuned!
Club Nintendo Japan has announced that, come July 1st, you will be able to take a photo with your Mii much like Iwata-san. The reverse of this giant AR card will be a giant Mario AR card. For a simple 100 points, Japanese members can receive the 2.5' x 1.5' AR card.
There are no plans as of yet to bring the card to other regions.
Available in three sizes and in red and yellow varieties, you can now spend infinitely more money on Angry Birds plushes than you did on the game itself (especially if you have the free version!). Toys R Us recently stocked up on both large and small size Birds, as well as mini "backpack clip" plushes. The larger varieties are supposed to make a sound when squeezed, though I wasn't able find the sound box in my brief time suspiciously squeezing them in the store like ripe fruit. With plans to expand the franchise into a TV show among other things, could this just be the beginning of an Angry Birds merch flood?
Five types of sticker sets just hit the streets in Japan, each coming in their own Mario-themed block. Each block come with 30 stickers with ten different styles, so you get three of each style of sticker.
Each block has a theme for the stickers -
Question Block - (items) - Super Mushrooms, coins, etc.
Exclamation Block - (one player characters) - Mario and Fire Mario.
POW block (two player characters) - Luigi, Mario and Toads.
Brick block (one enemy character) - Koopa Troopa, Boo, etc.
Glowing blocks (two enemy characters) - Goomba, Blooper, Bowser, etc.
There are fifty different sticker styles in all to collect, and being 100 yen a block, they will be easy to complete. Thank goodness for that. I'll have to shake someone's hand at Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.!
2011 marks the 15th anniversary of Biohazard (Resident Evil), and Capcom is celebrating in more ways than one. Along with the many games that are coming out this year, Capcom launched a web site for the event, which has some new merchandise, but is mostly rereleases of very limited items. The site has soundtracks, figures, shirts and a few other pieces. One of the highlights of the merchandise is a replica of Chris Redfield's Samurai Edge gun which will be released sometime this year (pictured above). You should be able to buy these with a proxy service, but nothing in the shop is cheap!
Last year, Walmart started selling bed sheet and comforter sets based on Mario Kart Wii, along with micro raschel blankets and throws featuring 2D Mario artwork. Now it seems that Target has gotten in on the act with a new release based on the previous game in the series, Mario Kart DS. The comforter again features rendered art of a race in action, and the bed sheets appear to feature Mario and Luigi this time around, rather than items. Another 2D art throw has also been released, this time featuring Mario and Luigi standing with arms crossed.
Pricing on the set will run you $32.99 for the comforter (twin size), $21.99 for the sheets (twin size), and $14.99 for the throw (50 in x 60 in). Pictures after the break!
AmiAmi breaks the news once again, showing that volume 2 of the Rockman Dot Strap Collection from Union Creative has been revealed. As predicted by the "shadow figures" set sheet seen at the toy fair, this set contains each Robot Master from Mega Man 1, as well as a shooting Mega Man. There are another two secrets in this set as well that have yet to be revealed.
The box of 8 PVC straps can be pre-ordered, but will lead to an incomplete set as there are nine straps in each volume. There's probably only one secret per box. It's looking like these sets will be a challenge (for the wallet) to complete.
This set will ship in late July this year.
The local Toys R Us has some new LittleBigPlanet plush toy figures for sale for $13.99 each. There are six that I found in the set. They have very good construction and are good representations of the in-game sackboys or sackgirls. Hit the jump for more pics.
Also seen were the wristband and belt buckle sets that are a much more reasonable price on clearance ($9.99 down from $17.99 each).
SOTA opened pre-orders today of all days on some Okami Den plushes that were first sold at PAX East. At the event, the sellers said that each plush was limited to 300, but evidently SOTA realized what they had on their hands when they started selling with huge prices on ebay.
I think SOTA should send out apology letters to those ebayers for misleading them, but then again . . . that's ebay.
I was at my local Toys R Us today looking for what was out, and found that the Series 2 set for the Ratchet and Clank Future set was out. At $19.99, they're more expensive than the last set.
The set includes:
* Holo Armor Ratchet with Clank
* Azimuth with Orvus
* Rusty Pete
* Hyperflux Arm Ratchet
The Hyperflux Ratchet doesn't appear on the back of the box, so I'm led to believe that this figure may be a special one or more limited, but there is no documentation for that on the figure.
I also found some new Mario Kart DS and Wii figures, but those have been out for a while at other stores. There was also a de Blob 2 promotional figure there for $2.99. Hit the jump for individual pics of the Ratchet set, the Mario Kart DS set, and de Blob figure.
Future Publishing is ready for another cash-in off-subscription issue. These should start cropping up at your favorite newstand, but you can order it here if you don't want to hunt.
So, what's in it? It'll be an update to the first edition, with these new features:
* 10 marvelous Mario posters
* Detailed looks at Mario’s defining games
* Profiles of Mario and his pals
* Mario’s coolest cameos, most prolific power-ups, and more
This new Mario patch set has two sizes and six different styles.
The large set has Mario, Yoshi, and Bowser Jr. The small set has two patches per set, and has Goomba and Coin Block, Fire Flower and Red Shell, and Boo and Mushroom. These remind me of the old Wappen patch sets from the Super Mario World era, and have the same level of detail and character recognition.
If you really like your Mii ripoff, then you can go buy a figure of it from FigurePrints. These same folks create figures for World of Warcraft avatars.
Provided your avatar does not have any licensed material on it (like that overpriced shirt you just bought for it), you can select a pose, pay $50, and the figure will arrive at your door.
It really is a cool idea, but it's a shame they aren't bobbleheads.
All of the original robot masters have come put for this great poster by Poster Revolution, using the art of the CD database from Mega Man & Bass. The image above mimics the 3D of the poster. The 11 x 17 poster is on sale for $8.47 at the company website for a limited time. It's normally $19.99 is stores.
Nintendo World Store held a Pokémon Black/White launch event on March 5th, and they made sure guests were entertained. Fans lined up early, with the line to purchase the game spanning 3 blocks (according to Nintendo, 10,000 people!!!).