How to find which character you want with the Mario K'Nex individual racer packs

These new figures are blind packaged, as opposed to the last set that had the character on the package.
To read about how to decipher the code and get the character you want, hit the 'Read More" link!

Maxwell from Scribblenauts gets a figure and you can wear his hat

Scribblenauts is one of my favorite modern series, and its so nice to see it get some mainstream merch love. Jazwares has added pictures of the newly released hat and figure that are in stores now on their Facebook page. No info on prices, but I will go soon and find these and update when I know.
Bigger pics after the break.

PAX Prime 2012 Swag roundup

Another major game convention has come and gone, and left a pile of swag out there for collectors. Let's take a look! (Hit "Read More"!)

Bandai's D-Arts line adds some classic Blue Bomber

The D-Arts line has been a very fun and rewarding line for Mega Man collectors. Looking forward, we have Sigma, Ride Armor, and Black Zero, and now we can add Classic Mega Man and Rush. And a Metall!
The figure, pending all the licensing and paperwork, is slated for this December, and will retail around ¥3,780 (about $50).

via The Mega Man Network

Final Fantasy Creatures Kai Vol. 5 is anoth- OMG IT'S KEFKA!

Kefka. Kefka Palazzo. The big bad from Final Fantasy VI finally gets a figure that isn't all God-like or chibi. Also completely overshadowed in this set are:

-Shiva (FFVIII)
-Alexander (FFVIII)
-Bomb
-Bahamut (FF Type-0)

These will be released in January 2013, and you can pre-order either at AmiAmi or the Square-Enix Japan shop.

via Final Fantasy Merchandise

New "Ultra Detail" figure set from Medicom is a long-time collector's dream

AmiAmi just posted a new line of six figures featuring both Link and Mario, and it takes them through the major points of their respective franchises. Classic Mario has his pre-90's red pants, blue shirt, and awkward pose. Funny that I'm most drawn to him out of the three Marios. Tanooki Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3 looks great as well, and very true to the original art, and the New Super Mario Bros. version looks better than ever with a fun pose.
The real star of this show is Classic Link, coming straight off the first page of the Japanese manual, and is now my favorite Link figure of all time. I've longed dreamed of owning a classic-looking Link like this and Medicom is my new favorite company for it! The Link from Legend of Zelda Wind Waker is in a great pose with a great expression as well, and while there aren't pictures yet, a Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Link is planned as well, rounding out the "from classic to modern" set.
Each figure is approximately 2.5" and was sculpted by Yohei Kaneko.
The set is scheduled for release late January in 2013.

Classic Mario
Tanooki Mario
NSMB Mario
Classic Link
Wind Waker Link
Skyward Sword Link

Closer pics after the break!
Thanks Melda and Valendorf!

Super Mario Special Edition Collector's Case

If, somehow, you missed buying the first two waves of figures that have been re-released and repackaged in almost every way imaginable, this is for you. It's also a pretty cool item if you own all of the figures in the first two waves as well.
Twelve figures are in the set, and each has there own little spot in the case, which is shaped like Mario. The mold on the inside looks like one of those flimsy plastic molds that either barely hold the figures or hold them so tight you have to ruin the plastic trying to get them out.
These should be appearing in stores soon! Go past the break for a shot of the inside.

Mario figures go to the Max

These giant "Max figures" from Banpresto are shipping this November 2012, and feature art from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2. NCSX has them up for pre-order for a little under $30 a piece.

New Sonic Plushes from San-ei

A set of five new plushes featuring Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Tails, and Shadow. A few years back they released a similar set, but the patterns on these have improved. San-ei's quality of late have probably put them in the highest plush quality on the market right now for video game characters.
These are out now!
Thanks Foxwhisker!

San-ei page

Gamescom swag roundup

There's kind of a big deal going on in Cologne, Germany. It's called Gamescom, and most of the big developers show up to show off games and give out goodies, just like at E3. Let's take a look at what was available, shall we? Hit the jump!

New Super Mario Bros. 2 merchandise is about your gold coins

My most anticipated Mario game in a long time is nearly here, and I don't think I've ever seen Mario merchandise swifter to market than this game. While the game has been out in Japan for a little while, seeing merch before the North American launch is definitely unprecedented when the launch windows are so close. That aside, these water toys are easy to make and re-brand, making them a staple for manufacturer Epoch. Expect a November release.

Pikachu 3DS XL headed to Japanese Pokemon Centers

Available September 15th for ¥18,900. To buy the system, you have to preorder it between now and September 14th at any Japanese Pokemon Center. As with most special editions, quantity is very limited.

Continue on to see a pic of the full system.

Legend of Zelda. Hyrule Historia. North America. UK. Australia. Yes.

Hysteria for Historia is going on is the dwellings of all Zelda fans, as the Hyrule Historia Zelda Encyclopedia is being localized by my new favorite company Dark Horse Comics. Coming to North America, UK, and Australia.
January 29th, 2013 is the current release date. Also, $34.99 is the price tag. OH MY YES!

via tons of outlets

Pokemon Update 8/10/12

This week's update features a very unique line from Pokemon Center stores, along with the weekly 'Catch Your Own' piece. Check out this week's news:

-Okada Momo Pokemon Center line
-Catch Your Own: Overdrive Kyurem Forms Figures

Grab some poffins and take a jump past the break for more info and pics!

Club Nintendo goes for the gold . . . finally

After all other regions, Club Nintendo North America updated today with the Gold Nunchuk for 900 coins. Now we can finally complete our Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Wii Remote Gold set!

Click here for the page

Kirby goes large with another set of figures

It's Kirby's 20th Birthday, and to celebrate some more, Takara Tomy is releasing a second set of figures based on the Kirby Return to Dreamland game on Wii. There are five in the set including:

  1. Fire Kirby
  2. Sleep Kirby
  3. Mic Kirby
  4. Beam Kirby
  5. Ice Kirby

via Inside-Games

Ganondorf preorders are open!

Order the exclusive here for $479.99 or the regular version here for $449.99.

The exclusive version comes with an extra head of Ganondorf laughing.This is also the first time F4F has done a TBD amount of statues, so order soon if you want one as the exclusive will be capped in the next approximately 36 hours and the regular will be capped in a month.

Pokemon Update 8/3/12

A small update this week with a new Pokemon item that has been added to Hobby Link Japan. The new piece of merch is this Pokemon board game, listed as Poke Scan, from Takara Tomy. The object of the game is to slide the Poke scan disc on to the cards to get the Pokemon...or at least that's what I got from these images. Regardless of the game's actual rules, it is an interesting piece and should be worth checking out for 3230 Yen.

That is all for this week's update, check back next weekend for more Pokemon merchandise news.

Ganondorf preorders start on August 7th!

Get there early to get your number! And hit up the F4F Facebook page for their live launch countdown.

Metal Slug gets long overdue figure kits

If you haven't played an entry in the lengthy Metal Slug series, you're missing out. They're very accessible and just good fun. To commemorate the decades of fun the series has given us, Takara Tomy is giving us a figure kit collection.
There will be five gashapon capsules in a set, each coming with a figure, a tank, and a mini cartridge as follows:

» Metal Slug: Marco Rossi figure, Super Vehicle 001 toy, and a Metal Slug mini cartridge
» Metal Slug 2: Tarma Roving figure, Super Vehicle 002 toy, and a Metal Slug 2 mini cartridge
» Metal Slug X: Eri Kasamoto figure, Metal Slug Harrier VTOL jet toy, and a Metal Slug X mini cartridge
» Metal Slug 3: Fiolina Germi figure, Metal Slug Camel toy, and a Metal Slug 3 mini cartridge

The fifth set is a secret. You can pre-order now, and look for them in November this year.

via NCSX