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NYCC 2020 - Online Only
August 18, 2020
Star Wars Review: Moloch (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Moloch (The Black Series 6-Inch). He's big, and you may have missed him - but at least you had a long time to find one! Read the whole review.

--AP

NYCC Now Officially Online Only

NYCCThe N in NYCC means NoVia New York Comic Con: A Statement From ReedPop. The statement is this: there's no actual convention, it's going to be online-only.

ReedPop handles a few events and a lot of them are going online-only this year. SDCC is run by a different outfit, but a number of panels were placed online with exclusives largely being sold directly to the consumer - a sensible strategy. The roll-out for New York remains to be seen but one thing is for sure: I won't see you there! (Which is a shame, I had some swell pins made to give away at cons this year and I'm not any of them.)

--AP

RIP DC Direct, Lots of DC Jobs
August 11, 2020
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Deluxe Cliffjumper Action Figure

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Deluxe Cliffjumper 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!

Available now! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Deluxe Cliffjumper Action Figure is a smaller toy, but you can see where the money goes with more paint, more articulation, and more accessories. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Analogue Nt Mini Noir to Sell Out Again Today

NintendoBlackVia Analogue: Analogue Nt mini Noir pre-orders reopen Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific. Even at $500 it probably sold out immediately.

If you have an AVS, you probably don't need one - but it does have built-in support for CRT monitors which is why I am looking at this and actually considering it. I assume it will have sold through in ten minutes, but we'll see, won't we?

--AP

DC Direct Shut Down, Lots of DC Layoffs

DC ComicsDCVia THR: DC Comics, DC Universe Hit By Major Layoffs. Several editors and executives are gone, but the biggest news for people in toy and collector space is the end of DC Direct, formerly DC Collectibles, formerly also DC Direct. We hope for the best for everybody put out of work, and I hope to hear from some of you very soon at new positions. THR writes:

"Also a victim of the layoffs: DC Direct, the companyŐs in-house merchandise and collectibles manufacturer. The division has been shuttered after 22 years, another move that was rumored when Warner Bros. Consumer Products began taking a more active role in DC merchandising."

DC and Diamond split earlier this year, and it's unknown what the future is going to look like for... well, anything.

--AP

Animaniacs: New Episodes November, Hulu
August 10, 2020
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Retail Comeback (Is Not Happening Soon), Reissues, and Vehicles! 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

MOTU Imaginext Coming, but Not the Right Size

Masters of the UniverseBigger than you wantedVia Mattel: Masters of the Universe Imaginext XL Figures are coming, with a tease of "this time, next year" for news on the 3-inch size.

On one hand I appreciate this - Masters of the Universe characters are colorful, fun designs for toys - but on another, more accurate hand... c'mon. Throw us a bone. Skeletor. Scare Glow, anybody as a 3-inch figure. Any of these guys would look stunning as a 3-inch figure packed in with a random castle or blind bag even without any sort of attribution. At least we know they're giving it a shot, but it's a pity it's not the actual thing people were asking to get for the last decade or so.

On the bright side, you've got a year to go through Kohl's and thrift stores to find Imaginext stuff without as many people competing with you. Here's hoping they can fit in some of the more fun playsets and vehicles in this cheaper format - we've already seen that the brand support what is basically the Roton and it was a mere seven bucks.

--AP

Larry Hama Figure Incoming

G.I. JoeNo JoeVia Fresh Monkey Fuction: LARRY HAMA ACTION FIGURE PRE-ORDER is open until September 1, and due in Q1 2021. He's $35 and while it's not an actual G.I. Joe figure - you can always get Tunnel Rat - it might fit in nicely with your existing collection of figures from the 25th anniversary on to the present.

--AP

Amazon's Newest Distribution Center May Be in Your Dead Mall

ToysSentinel MaximizedVia the Wall Street Journal (and others): Amazon and Mall Operator Look at Turning Sears, J.C. Penney Stores Into Fulfillment Centers. Basically this would mean that abandoned anchor stores could be turned into last-mile fulfillment for Amazon, which is a decent use for the building but not necessarily good for the malls.

Here in Phoenix, Metrocenter Mall bulldozed the Macy's - formerly Broadway Southwest - for a Walmart. The Walmart removed the connection to the mall, so you couldn't get in the mall from the Walmart. It took about two years, but the mall just closed for business a few weeks ago. Walmart did not bring extra traffic to the other stores or food courts - so I don't know if this means Amazon might bring people needing a place to go for lunch to the table. But hey, anything to fight the blight of another abandoned retail mausoleum. When those buildings turn into concrete husks, it can take a while for them to get filled by another tenant - or knocked down.

--AP

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16bit.comWe're taking donations for server costs! Really. One of the rewards is Q&A a few days early - you can read next Monday's installment as soon as it's ready, which can be as early as 12:01 AM my time on Monday!


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A Chorus Line of Pic-a-nic Baskets
August 7, 2020
Star Wars Review: Boba Fett (Carbonzed Graphite, The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Boba Fett (Carbonzed Graphite, The Black Series 6-Inch). This may well be Hasbro's best paint job, even if it is a little garish. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchAlphadia Genesis This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Mystery Mine, Alphadia Genesis, RogueCube, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Skully and Instant Sports: Summer Games.

--AP

Unicron Unboxing, Instructions, oh and it takes 50 minutes to transform

TransformersThis Is a Stick-UpVia Hasbro Pulse: HasLab War for Cybertron Unicron: Production Update #3. Maybe you regret missing it, but now you can also potentially express regret at buying it - it looks like a lot of work.

A cleared, 8-foot table was used to remove the toy from the box and assemble it. So what hope do you have?

The instruction book is 32 pages. When asked how long it takes to convert, Mark the Graphic Designer says "If I follow the instructions I can convert Unicron in about 50 minutes to an hour." So I'm just going to say maybe plan on taking a day off of work next spring for this one.

--AP

RIP Meltdown Comics' Burned Corpse
August 6, 2020
Review: Playmobil Scooby-Doo! 70287 Scooby and Shaggy with Ghost Figures

Figure of the DayPlaymobil Scooby-Doo! 70287 Scooby and Shaggy with Ghost FiguresSomething 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!

Newish! Playmobil Scooby-Doo! 70287 Scooby and Shaggy with Ghost Figures is the figure set you wish you had as a kid, with a slightly better but still classic-ish ghost. It's worth your money. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

More Bluestar Outer Space Men - Class of 2011 (in 2020)

Outer Space MenBlueVia The Outer Space Men News Blog: New Outer Space Men Coming - New Series of Bluestar Figures.

Packaging shows the class of 2011, much like the previous batch of glow Bluestar guys were the class of 2010. This time around you can expect Commander Comet, Alpha 7, Electron+, and Mystron.

--AP

Fuzz III Due in October

MusicIIIVia In the Red Records: Fuzz III. You can pre-order now or harass the poor people at your local record store to get you one. (Guess which one I did?)

The band features Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, and Chad Ubovich. Ty Segall has more bands than I do action figures, and has a new release pretty much constantly. You might want to check this out.

--AP

Mulan Going to Disney+ for $30 on 9/4
August 5, 2020
Star Wars Review: Gonk Droid (Color-Changing Droids, Droid Factory Line Look)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Gonk Droid (Color-Changing Droids, Droid Factory Line Look). He's able to change colors, from a 1970s-esque blue to the 1990s-looking grey! Read the whole review.

--AP

More Corps Star Trooper Previews

ToysHouse of BugginVia The Corps Elite Fan HQ boards: YOUR FIRST LOOK at the LINE. Lots more bugs, lots of space vehicles, and lots of figures. But, as many have pointed out, seemingly no new women in the line, which is a shame given there's still unmet demand for women on the action figure aisle most of the time.

These guys tend to put out great creatures and what seems to be a legit letter announcing Predator figures coming has also been making the rounds, so if these show up near you - presumably at Walmart or Argos - give them a look.

--AP

No Pocket For You (or Me Yet)
August 4, 2020
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters Soundbarrier Action Figure

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters Soundbarrier 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!

Available now! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Battle Masters Soundbarrier Action Figure is a ramp and shield and it's somewhat hard to come by. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Analogue Pocket Presells Out in Under 10 Minutes

GameBoyPocketVia Analogue: Analogue Pocket Pre-Order info. Redditors shared their order numbers with the company and it is estimated 10,000 or as many as 15,000 units sold during the brief window yesterday. There will be more made.

Since pre-sales were also shut down for the dock, cables, screen protectors, and other peripherals, it's a safe bet they're going back to the suppliers to order another run as we speak. Analogue seems to understand the nature of a "collectible" when it comes to how they sell their hardware. Again, there will be more.

While many are crying foul on scalpers or sneakerbots, it's also important to remember that there's a really good chance this market is underserved. While Chinese manufacturers offered the GB Boy and GB Boy Colour, there haven't been any portable GameBoy consoles that accepted cartridges in the US in years. Also there were 16 or so years of GameBoy Pokemon kids around the world who bought millions of copies of old games that want a new system or to play on a big screen. Also notable, many Redditors and Twittizens posted how they were planning to buy 2 units - one for them, one for a spouse.

I have to assume they'll have a few different colorways down the road and multiple runs, mostly because there are GameBoy collectors that have multiple units with different shells, mods, or other feature sets.

--AP

RIP Wilford Brimley
August 3, 2020
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Exclusive Drops, Collector Engagement, and Warped Senses of Cardbacks! 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

Walmart.com Cancels Another "Collector Con" Pre-Order

TransformersAgainVia Walmart: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Series-Inspired Optimus Prime Battle 3-Pack are being canceled, according to reports on social media (and also my order.) Previously Walmart canceled hordes of Elita-1 pre-orders, and then re-opened the item for new orders.

According to Transformers fans online, a lot of (if not all of) the Netflix pre-orders for the first wave may still be unfilled - so if you see these guys in a store on your grocery trips, go ahead and pick them up.

--AP

New GameBoy Kickstarter - "Where Is My Body?"

GameBoyPocketVia Kickstarter: New Game Boy Cartridge Game 'Where is my body?' has been funded, but you've got another 2 weeks to get it from the Spanish developer. It looks like an old-school Adventure game where you play a severed hand looking for the rest of his body - which sounds like a winner.

There's more about it on Vintage Is the New Old, and also Analogue Pocket goes up today for pre-orders if you need a replacement GameBoy.

--AP

Support 16bit.com and Galactic Hunter via Patreon

16bit.comWe're taking donations for server costs! Really. One of the rewards is Q&A a few days early - you can read next Monday's installment as soon as it's ready, which can be as early as 12:01 AM my time on Monday!


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If you've got a dollar a month to share, please Visit the Galactic Hunter Patreon and help cover our server costs. I'll still put in hours of work, writing, photography, and research for you - I just need some help making sure that the site costs me only time, and hopefully not money. Thanks for your support!

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