Apparently this trend is a big deal in Japan. Topping your bottled drink with a little character to show your passion is a fun idea, but I can't imagine it's that practical. Well, whoever said trends were practical?
Takara Tomy ARTS is coming out with a set that sort of spoofs the trend. Capping a bottle cap with Mario's and Luigi's hats. Neat idea, especially with choice of hats. All coming from New Super Mario Bros. 2, the set features raccoons, foxes, gold, silver, fire, and regular hats. These will be in gashapon machines in Japan in December.
Ulalacube has some Pikmin 3 bendable keychains coming out in December. The only way to order them right now is through a pre-order on AmiAmi for a box of 12 packs. There are five types . . . and one secret. This marks the first time we've seen Pink and Rock Pikmin in merchandise. Anyone care to speculate what the secret will be? Discuss in the forums.
Due to the poor packaging of the Mega Man 25th Anniversary Statue, many are arriving broken. It appears that Mega Man X's arm has to much wiggle room, and therefore cannot really survive shipping. The Capcom Store did get back to me. You can see their response after the break. Rockman Corner has some ideas on getting a replacement. I'm following the same tactics outlined in that post. I got a response from both of the reps there and they say they will contact customer service on my behalf for a replacement. That was a quick turnaround! Good luck out there for anyone who is in the same predicament.
Being the Year of Luigi, the green guy has been as busy as ever busting ghosts and saving Peach. On August 25th, Nintendo World Store gave him a little break for his birthday celebration, which included gifts, cake and friendly competition. The event started at noon, but everyone in line who got there early got a foam Luigi hat or a Mario Kart Luigi flag. Upon entering, fans were entered into a raffle for Luigi plushes and special Luigi 30th anniversary T-shirts. There was also a New Super Luigi U speed running challenge, in which the top three times were awarded with a Year of Luigi coin. The highlight of the event was the cake cutting ceremony, during which they had Luigi come out next to his cake and everyone sang 'Happy Birthday' (video after the break via kirbygcn17 on Youtube ).
It was another great Nintendo World Store event and it was a lot of fun to celebrate Luigi with a ton of other fans.
Epoch has touched on something special with these balance game stages. This, the second set in what is now a series, focuses on New Super Mario Bros. 2. Plenty of coins are strewn about the small play field, and several characters try to keep you from balancing things.
Coming late September.
A Capcom 30th Anniversary handkerchief featuring Mega Man or Arthur and an acrylic pixelated Mega Man keychain, Ryu keychain, or Gargoyle popped up on AmiAmi for pre-order. There are also mugs, various shirts with many pixelated Capcom characters adorning each, iPhone covers, and puzzles. The mugs and shirts have 80s and 90s designs that are totally sweet. Why are you still here?
To see it all, type "Capcom" into AmiAmi. See more after the break.
Some of the best Mario figures to be made come from the Furuta sets of choco-egg figures. We got so many characters we never had figures of from these sets.
Now, Furuta is continuing the line with figures from New Super Mario Bros. U. The set is very traditional, with color swaps of two figures (Flying Squirrel Yellow and Blue Toads and Blue and Pink Baby Yoshis), a power-up on a block (the Acorn), and an enemy we've never had a figure of before (Boom-Boom). The only other Boom-Boom figure I've seen is from an unpainted set from SMB3.
A case (10 random boxes) can be pre-ordered from AmiAmi for a late October release.
Thanks Melda and Valendorf!
How do you make something of unspeakable horror cute? Plushify it! That is just what Gaming Heads is doing with the Doom license. Taking the monsters that would otherwise be nightmare fuel and making them cuddly. Out now in America with other regions following late next month. $14.99 each!
Straight from Yujin comes these mini gashapon games featuring scenes from New Super Mario Bros. U. Mazes, pinball games, balance games, and ball catchers. Most measure around 2-3 inches in length. In gashapon machines in Japan currently.
At PAX Prime over last weekend, Gearbox showed off a Zer0 prototype. This will be the first in a line of premium statues.
You'd think that Mario and friends might be offensive stereotypes in Italy, but apparently they embrace them just like the rest of us. McDonald's Happy Meals will feature several poses of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Toad, and DK. Out now!
I've always wanted this iteration of Ganondorf to get a figure. He's so huge and ominous in Wind Waker. His evil is slightly diminished because he is encased in a dome, but they did give him swords. He may escape!
Available at Gamestop for $54.99 and a special boxing of the game. $5 more than the regular version! $5! Go pre-order!
Kirby wears lot of hats. Hero, friend, mascot, bomber, cutter, beam, whipmaster. Now, you can accessorize Kirby with this new plush set. There are two "starter kits" that give you a Kirby plush and either Mic or Sword ability accessories. Then buy Cutter, Beam, Whip, or Bomb accessories to swap out. Starters are starting (heh) at 2750 yen, and the hat packs are 940 yen. Pretty sweet idea from San-ei. Coming in November.
It appears that just the Gamepad is customized. I see some of the design wearing off after continued use.
- 32GB flash memory
- Release date: September 20th
Update: Price changed to $300 and changed release date. Includes a digital copy of Wind Waker HD and a digital Hyrule Historia.
Hold onto your wallets! San-ei Boeki has just released 31 different plushes with several different types to attack your bank account. Let's run through them.
Banzai Bill (larger) (¥2,750)
Mario (8 inch)
Yoshi (8 inch)
Morton Jr. Koopa
Wendy O. Koopa
Ludwig von Koopa
All found at AmiAmi who has discounts on each one for pre-order. These will be released in early December. Merry Christmas Mario plush fans! Hit the break for bigger pics of each.