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Onell Drop Bumped to Tonight
April 29, 2016
Review: Hasbro Transformers Cybertron Ransack

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Cybertron RansackSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Don't blow your gasket! The Hasbro Transformers Cybertron Ransack was a cheap figure in its time, so I got one, and you should too. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSMini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge This week's 3DS offerings: Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, ASH, and SEGA 3D Classics Collection.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii UXenoblade Chronicles This week's batch of titles on the eShop: The Deer God, Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, and Lost Reavers.

Up for the Nintendo Wii U retro library: Xenoblade Chronicles from the Nintendo Wii.

--AP

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Nintendo NX & New Zelda - March 2017
April 28, 2015
Review: Takara Beast Wars Transformers Shadow Panther

Figure of the DayTakara Beast Wars Transformers Shadow PantherSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our 16bit.com Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

He's a Japanese toy that Hasbro brought over! The Takara Beast Wars Transformers Shadow Panther is a nifty footnote in toy history. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Titans Return: The Future Is Here?

LabTransformersVia Facebook and elsewhere: Color Guides for Transformers Toys. Let's say allegedly - but these align with a number of leaked lists lately.

Highlights include Megatron (Autobot & Decepticon stickers), Getaway, Doublecross, Hot Rod, Sixshot, Triggerhappy, and Optimus Prime (G2 Laser Rods/Star Convoy). You'll also find color guides for Wolfwire and Mindwipe.

--AP

Live - Creative Beast Studios Kickstarter

Raptor!ExclusiveVia the Kickstarter: Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series Action Figures. Figures are $35 each (plus shipping) or 3 for $100.

Creative Beast Studios cranked out some pretty good toys, and their name is indicative of what they do. Get one, or don't, but do.

Also, the Freezepop Kickstarter added a vinyl stretch goal at $40,000.

--AP

Nintendo NX, Wii U Zelda Due March 2017

Wii New NintendoVia many: Nintendo NX: everything we know so far. The answer is "not much."

Nintendo confirmed that the system is coming in March 2017, along with a port of the new Wii U Zelda game. The Zelda game will launch on both platforms, which is pretty much exactly how Twilight Princess played out with its Wii and GameCube launch strategy. There's no price, no final name, or anything like that yet but this means that the Wii U will have had roughly four years and change of life before it is replaced next year. And based on how Nintendo seems to be pushing new Wii U software, it'll probably be dead on the arrival of the new generation box.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneBrick BreakerXbox fans, it's time to try Brick Breaker. Microsoft says:

"Brick Breaker, the classic arcade game, is back with a breathtaking new version. Its explosive gameplay - unique and timeless - is filled with surprises. Sharpen your reflexes and precision to overcome the hundred different levels that await you. Collect bonuses, avoid traps and shoot your way to victory. Play alone or with up to 4 players on a split screen. Brick Breaker will offer you many hours of fun and entertainment!"

Also available: King's Quest - Chapter 3: Once Upon A Climb, Party Hard, Elite Dangerous: Arena, Battle Worlds: Kronos, and The Walking Dead: Michonne - Episode 3: What We Deserve.

--AP

I'm One
April 27, 2016
Review: Sonic Drive-In Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Mario

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations GrimlockSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Free with food! The Sonic Drive-In Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Mario is in a kid meal if you live in a state with this chain. Also take joy in Sonic giving you Mario. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Ad - Pre-Order New Aliens ReAction 3 3/4-inch Retro Action Figure 3-Pack

AliensEntertainment EarthVia the Entertainment Earth: Aliens ReAction 3 3/4-inch Retro Action Figure 3-Pack. This is due in September.

For $29.99 you get Ripley, a Power Loader, and Alien Queen - all 3 3/4-inch scale, just the way you wish you had them when Aliens first came out.

This nifty gift set is due in August. Also check out new Transformers toys. These will be showing up over the summer, so get your pre-orders in now for new releases from Rescue Bots, Titans Return, and Robots in Disguise.

Transformers Robots in Disguise Power Surge Optimus Prime Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Prime Racing Trailer Transformers Generations Titans Return Leader Wave 1

--AP

Today - Creative Beast Studios Kickstarter

Raptor!ExclusiveVia the Facebook: And... one more photo of Tsaagan to take us into the big day tomorrow. 'Comes with everything you see here.' There are multiple flavors of Raptor, available in singles or packs, for $35 plus shipping each. It's not a bad deal.

Creative Beast Studios are responsible for some pretty cool creature toys - you've seen some in the Jurassic Park and Star Wars lines, while others you haven't seen at all. It's neat to see feathered velociraptors as they're a rarity in toys still. These should go up some time today, so keep your eyes open for that.

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4 Arcade Archives Kid's Horehore Daisakusen New to the Playstation 4 this week: Alienation, Battle Worlds: Kronos, Brick Breaker, Don Bradman Cricket, Jetpack Joyride, Party Hard, The Sun And Moon, Rocketbirds 2 Evolution Americas, and The Magic Circle: Gold Edition.

New classic games this week: Arcade Archives Kid's Horehore Daisakusen. It is $7.99.

--AP

PS Vita: PSN Updates This Week

PS Vita The Sun and Moon New to the PSP Vita this week: Stranger of Sword City, Rocketbirds 2 Evolution, Severed, and The Sun and Moon.

--AP

Quiet the Screeching of the Sugar Demons
April 26, 2015
Review: Takara-Tomy Transformers Legends Armada Starscream Super Mode

Figure of the DayTakara-Tomy Transformers Legends Armada Starscream Super ModeSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

From Japan! The Takara-Tomy Transformers Legends Armada Starscream Super Mode looks like a real thundercracker. Which is not an expression, I don't think. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Alien Day - Today!

LV-426AlienA ton of stores and vendors are doing Alien promotions today, starting with Super7: Alien Day 2016! shows a Kenner-style carry case with an exclusive figure, a Japanese-inspired variant of a ReAction 3-pack, a Sofubi Alien Queen, and there were rumors of more. They go up at 7:00 PM Pacific tonight, or will be at their store at 10:00 AM.

Be sure to check out other online stores and also there's a contest that it isn't quite obvious what you win. You'll see some neat stuff.

--AP

Freezepop - Next Album on Kickstarter

FreezepopMusicVia Kickstarter: Freezepop's New Album! Digital album starts at $10 and is due in January, the CD is due in February and is $20, and the vinyl is a stretch goal. In less than a day, they're already over halfway to the goal.

If you've heard the legends of how terrible streaming royalties are, this shows one of the checks - there's a reason bands thrive on selling shirts, albums, and merch on tour. I've got a pretty solid suite of Freezepop physical objects, and I'm hoping that we get an LP out of this.

--AP

Glyos - New Onell Design Drop Thursday

EsedethGlyosVia the Glyos News Dump: Return to Esedeth on Thursday.

Robo Force and other molds are on deck, and goodness knows what else. Stay tuned for more!

--AP

Losing My Patience
April 25, 2016
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A column! It's new! Be sure to click through and read up on the latest!

Be sure to send in your questions for the next thrilling update!

--AP

Review: Warpo Toys Legends of Cthulhu Deep One Action Figure

Figure of the DayWarpo Toys Legends of Cthulhu Deep One Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

It's a monster! The Warpo Toys Legends of Cthulhu Deep One Action Figure is a highlight of the seemingly ended trend of Kickstarter-based toys, arguably being one of the best figures to come out of it. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

RIP Chyna, Prince
April 15, 2016
Review: Burger King G.I. Joe AWE Striker with Snake Eyes Vehicle

Figure of the DayBurger King G.I. Joe AWE Striker with Snake Eyes VehicleSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

Free with food! The Burger King G.I. Joe AWE Striker with Snake Eyes Vehicle came out of nowhere and I still don't get why they made it. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Kmart and Sears Announce Many Closures

Goodbye, GoodbyeExclusiveVia the Sears Holdings: Sears Holdings To Close Stores To Accelerate Its Transformation And Its Return To Profitability. That's code for "kiss another part of the American retail experience goodbye."

Sears used to be one of America's top retailers - crushingly bigger than Walmart, dominating the landscape with its massive mail-order business, department stores, and of course Wishbook toy catalog. They had exclusives when nobody had exclusives, and today maybe you go there for tools when Home Depot is too far to drive. 10 of them are closing. On the other side of the coin is Kmart, which revolutionized discount retail and dictated some changes to how toys were packaged. For years, they were one of the top five chains in the toy business along with Kay-Bee Toys, Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us - they were part of the cabal that could dictate what could or might be made. And now, there will be 68 fewer convenient locations.

--AP

The Slow Adoption of New Game Consoles

NopeVideogamesVia QZ: The golden era of video-game console sales is over. It sounds clickbaitey, but you get a look at how many of each console of any significance has sold over the past few decades. Did you know the Wii U has only barely eclipsed the total lifetime sales of the Dreamcast? That's super depressing.

The best-selling console of the current generation is the Playstation 4, clocking in at 35.9 million units. That's barely more than the Nintendo64 sold, a little less than the Sega Genesis sold, and less than half of what the Playstation 3 sold - 80 million units.

The article cites competition from smart phones, and doesn't factor in portables. Games are frequently cited as why kids no longer want toys - but apparently games are bad for games, too.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii UStar Fox Guard This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Star Fox Guard, Dreamals, Pinball Arcade, and Blockara.

Up for the Nintendo Wii U retro library: Mario Party DS from the Nintendo DS.

--AP

Xbox 360 to Stop Production
April 21, 2015
Review: Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Angella

Figure of the DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics AngellaSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our 16bit.com Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

She's pink! The Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Angella is a surprisingly normalish-dressed angel person from a fantasy land. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Toys at Sonic

LabNintendoVia Mrs. 16bit: Sonic Drive-Ins My Wacky Pack Kid Meals have Mario. Whoa!

The figures are mostly flat or blocky, I was handed a red clear plastic block with a flat Mario on either side and a bull-back mechanism. Of course we'll be looking at it shortly.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OnePang AdventuresXbox fans, it's time to try Pang Adventures. If it sounds or looks familiar, "Pang" is Japan's Buster Bros. Microsoft says:

"The Pang series is a beloved collection of arcade video games from the early 90s. Guide two brothers on a quest around the world to save humankind from a massive alien invasion! Use your wits and skills to overcome the attack balls pouring from the skies and rescue the world’s cities and landmarks from impending annihilation! Pang Adventures brings new features and gameplay to this arcade legend while keeping true to the original spirit of the series."

Also available: Skyling: Garden Defense, Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom, and Battle Ages.

--AP

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