In the world of Mario merchandise, new Mario Kart games and pullback racers go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. With the past few entries, Tomy has released pullbacks of Mario characters in the standard kart from the latest game, a tradition which will be continued with Mario Kart 7. The first batch of Mario Kart 7 racers includes Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach and Koopa. The set is scheduled to release in mid-July, but HLJ has these listed already (just not available for preorder yet).
Hopefully the future sets come with the glider and prop pieces, they need to be ready for the air and sea segments of the race, too!
We've got another week of ample new Pokemon merchandise for you. Here is this week's news:
-Pokemon McDonald's toys set #2
-Meleotta/Keldeo school supplies
-Catch Your Own: Pokemon anime movie stamps
Dig through the break for more info and pics.
Capcom-Unity just broke the news that a 25th Anniversary set chock full of games, videos, memorabilia, and more is on its way, followed by a tournament with half a million as a prize.
Since we're a memorabilia blog, I'll tell you that the memorabilia is Ryu-focused, with a statue and a belt being the pieces included.
Head over to Capcom-Unity to get the full details of what's in the box!
The early stages of New Super Mario Bros. Wii have all sorts of interesting obstacles, one of which being rotating hills. The challenge in the game is now the challenge in this toy. Epoch has players trying to keep these figures on their perches to win the game. Out in Japan this June 30th.
Like buying gashapon? You know, those toys in capsules? Putting the coin in, getting the ball, and opening it to find out what whether you got another duplicate or completed the set? Great fun. Well, now you can bring that fun in your home with a Mario theme, thanks to Epoch. This gashapon dispenser comes with little capsules to open over and over again, and has little itty bitty Mario figures to enjoy collecting. Out the 23rd of June in Japan.
Even with 5,000 units (many more than the first Portal Gun), P-body's Portal Gun from Portal 2 has sold out within a day. With orange racing stripes and lights to represent the orange bot, it's a unique piece to be sure. There is still hope for those of you who didn't snag a pre-order from the various online retailers (see the link below), as several units will be sent to so far unannounced brick-and-mortar retailers soon. Check the video of the gun after the break.
Sound keychains are always fun. It's a great way to take a part of your most beloved titles with you. NECA has taken four sound bytes each from Borderlands, Assassin’s Creed and Gears of War and put them into these controller-shaped keychains. Look for the display case above in stores (there should be 48 pieces, 12 of each, per case) near you.
A streak of little Pokemon merchandise news is broken this week as Pokemon Center releases its June lineup. Here is this week's crop:
-Pokemon Center June merchandise
-Catch Your Own: Black/White figure set
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Don't think Nintendo cares about PC gamers? Well, this new merchandise probably won't change your mind, but Furyu thinks that you'll want to deck out your PC with these Mario Micro SD card readers and Mouse Mats.
The Micro SD card readers are shaped like Mario pipes and have Mario and Luigi coming out of them. The bottom of the pipe has a hidden USB connection, while the actual card goes in a slot in the side of the pipe. As a bonus, the sound effect for entering the pipe will play if you get the proper batteries (which sadly aren't included). NCSX has them up for pre-order at a whopping $30.90 each.
The second items are Mouse and mouse mats sets. One green koopa shell and one red accompany mouse mats showing Mario holding a shell. Each mouse has a scroll wheel, which makes them significantly more usable than previous offerings. Still, it is a ball mouse and not an optical one. NCSX has these too, same price as the pipes ($30.90).
Both sets are due out this September.
A small update this week with only a couple new items, so let's get right to it.
Pokemon Center stores in Japan recently released a new Pokedoll, a chibi-style Virizion, one of the Black/White legendary Pokemon. I love the style of the Pokedoll line, and this looks like another great addition to the set. Now we just need Terrakion and Cobalion!
Now here's a new set that was recently put up on HLJ, a new set of small figures. The set features Pokemon from various generations, all in a very gleeful pose; even the likes of legendary Pokemon Heatran and Dialga are having a good time! You can nab a box of 12 random figures from HLJ for a reasonable 1620 Yen.
That's all for this week's update, check back next Friday for more Pokemon merchandise news!
Choro-Q has been using the Mario Kart license for years now, and it has done very well. There are the normal RC racers, and there are even some who run on tracks and use items (the karts slow down if hit by an item they get from question blocks on the track). With the release of Mario Kart 7 , Choro Q has big ambitions for their license and have introduced a new line of expensive figures and a new track.
Four new racers (Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Bowser), and a new track to race them on are coming September 27th this year. The track features a way for the racers to use that hang-glider on their kart, and it looks ingenious. Closer pics after the break.
Mega Man and Proto Man get emblazoned onto some wallets. The Mega Man wallet's sprite should have been the same size as Proto Man's much classier wallet, and then both would be spectacular. Still pretty nice set though.
July 30th this year is the date for these, and there is no pricing information yet.
Sure, several of these items are new to the Mario Kart universe, but to the merchandise universe they are old hat. With a Super Mario 3D Land set already announced that has the Super Leaf, and most of the items already appearing in the Mario Kart Wii set of item chains, there is literally nothing new here in the way of new merchandise.
But, if you don't have them in other sets . . .
Both Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros.
have versions of this game, where you tilt a marble through a table of interchangeable panels. Well, Super Mario 3D Land is popular, so why not add another game to the maze's list? Looks like the different panels have different Mario art on them. Hey, is that Tanooki Toad?
The first set was very exciting and classy, and the second set follows that act with a brand new set of four watches. The watches themselves look very similar, but the face designs have all changed. Two of the watches come in new brick tins, while the other two keep the Question block style. The new styles are:
Seen at auction on Yahoo Japan Auctions and ebay. They should run about 800 yen each, so it would be cheaper to get them from Japan. Stupid ebay.
YJA Auction - should be cheaper as time goes on. This is one of the first auctions to feature the whole set.
Bigger pics after the break.
The Last Story. Pandora's Tower. Xenoblade Chronicles. Three of the most amazing RPGs to come out of Japan in a long time, and they're all on the Wii. To celebrate the event of their localization in Europe, Club Nintendo is releasing three coins, one for each game, with the logo of the games on one side and iconic emblems from the games on the other.
How do you get them? Register them as you buy them on Club Nintendo Europe. After you have all three registered, you will be sent the coins, provided supplies last.
Video after the break.
This week's update is a little late, but we have a good amount of new merchandise to show to make up for the delay. Here's this week's new Pokemon merch:
-Pokemon stamp merchandise
-Pokemon Center Meloetta merchandise
-Mini Pokemon plushes
-Catch Your Own: Pokemon-Getter figures
Dig past the break for more pics and info.
Not content to let Rovio steal the casual game merch spotlight, PopCap is teaming up with six different companies (including game toy veterans Jazwares and Funko) to release figures, plushes, clothing, and more based on their popular franchises. While most of the prototypes revealed revolve around the character-friendly Plants vs Zombies, there are also plans to expand to other PopCap titles such as Bejewled and Zuma.
The full story, including images of potential merch, can be found on TOMOPOP. Jazwares also confirmed their involvement on their Facebook page earlier today.
Source: TOMOPOP, Facebook
Unfortunately, it was yet another slow week for Pokemon merchandise, so here are just a few things available for purchase now. The stickers for the newest Pokemon movie that were previously featured are now available on AmiAmi at 3140 Yen for 20 packs; a bit expensive by AmiAmi standards. The import shop also put up a new set of Pokemon magnets in honor of the movie, which are listed at a more reasonable 1570 Yen for 20 packs.
It's been a bit slow with Pokemon merchandise lately, but that won't stop a weekly Pokemon Update. Check back next Friday for more Pokemon merchandise news, rain or shine!