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Happy New Zoids Delay, Dammit
January 1, 2016
Review: Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo ComicConBox.com Metallic Metroid Samus Action Figure

Figure of the DayJakks Pacific World of Nintendo ComicConBox.com Metallic Metroid Samus 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!

A Christmas creature, stirring! The Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo ComicConBox.com Metallic Metroid Samus Action Figure comes with a chainsaw, making it the best Christmas action figure ever. Read on and come back Monday for more!

--AP

Delayed - Masterpiece Zoids Now March and August

ZoidsZoidsDelays are a thing! I checked Tomy's site and well, here's the latest. The 1/72 Zoids Masterpiece MPZ-02 Saber Tiger is now slated for August. It also shows a variant face piece.

MPZ-01 Saber Tiger is now March. Obviously more delays can (will) happen, and as far as I know these are the only kits en route. Obviously we're all hoping for Gojulas, Iron Kong, and of course Geruder. And War Dick.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii U1080 Snowboarding This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Molly Maggot.

Up for the Nintendo Wii U retro library: 1080 Snowboarding from the Nintendo64 for $9.99.

--AP

Get Back To Job
January 4, 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: Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Skywarp

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader SkywarpSomething 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!

Repaint the third! The Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Skywarp is another obligatory redeco and it's a little tiring - but still decent enough to look at, so here we are. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Club Mayhem Squad Vehicles

Vote!TransformersVia the Transformers Collectors Club Twitter: New Transformers 2016 TFSS 4.0 Vehicle Preview.

This may be the first almost-done in-hand look at the team, and it ain't bad. You can see a bit of the Thunderwing head, and the vehicles (plus their Targetmaster buddies) all look pretty fantastic. As a not-club-member I'll be keeping an eye on the secondary market next year.

--AP

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Caulk Sucks
January 5, 2015
Review: Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo 8-Bit Mario Action Figure

Figure of the DayJakks Pacific World of Nintendo 8-Bit Mario 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!

Pixel-riffic! The Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo 8-Bit Mario Action Figure is a tough find, but both are shipping. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Gets New Blurr

BlurrTransformersVia TFormers: First Look At Titans Return Deluxe Blurr In Extremely Low-Res Image?. It is, appropriately, blurry.

This more or less confirms the silhouette from a few months ago by giving us our first-look at the new Blurr, which seems to have the retro-futuristic car mode as well as a Headmasters gimmick/companion. It looks pretty awesome! Check it out - and don't forget Toy Fair is about 40 days away, so odds are a better picture is imminent.

--AP

I'd Be Stupid to Say No
January 6, 2016
Review: Funko Hikari Vinyl Predator Original Predator Unmasked

Figure of the DayFunko Hikari Vinyl Predator Original Predator UnmaskedSomething 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!

Vinyl Predator! The Funko Hikari Vinyl Predator Original Predator Unmasked is pretty freaking gorgeous. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Amplitude New to the Playstation 4 this week: Amplitude, Hardware: Rivals, Super Toy Cars, Rebel Galaxy, and Act It Out! A Game Of Charades.

New arcade classic games this week: Arcade Archives The Legend of Kage.

--AP

PS Vita: PSN Updates This Week

PS VitaVolume New to the PSP Vita this week: Volume.

--AP

Holey Rusted Metal
January 7, 2015
Review: Onell Design Glyos Neo Granthan Gatorrior Mercenary Action Figure

Figure of the DayOnell Design Glyos Neo Granthan Gatorrior Mercenary Action FigureSomething 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!

Gator done! The Onell Design Glyos Neo Granthan Gatorrior Mercenary Action Figure takes the whole Glyos faux-Battle Beasts thing and makes it a lot more concrete. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

LEGO Doing 1966 Batman Batcave

Pow!LEGOVia Mark Waid's Twitter: Rumored Lego 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave Update. The rumor-that's-not-a-rumor has over 2,000 pieces which means a $200 SRP is likely.

Other big sets tend to be exclusive or shared exclusives, so expect this one to be mail-order or LEGO Store-only. The set includes 9 figures, a Batmobile, and a bunch of other bells and whistles. And yes, Alfred.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneHyper VoidXbox fans, it's time to try Hyper Void. Microsoft says:

"Punch your way through waves and waves of enemies from all races in the universe as you travel through volatile and crazy wormholes, all rendered in high-quality 3D with a heart-pumping progressive soundtrack! Over 25 levels are awaiting you, filled with challenge and dangerous big boss encounters. And if that wasnÕt enough, three EPIC boss showdowns will test every space combat skill you have."

--AP

Hobo S Need a Deal Monty
January 8, 2016
Review: Tomy Robostrux Batlar Figure Kit

Figure of the DayTomy Robostrux Batlar Figure KitSomething 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!

A Christmas creature, stirring! The Tomy Robostrux Batlar Figure Kit comes with a chainsaw, making it the best Christmas action figure ever. Read on and come back Monday for more!

--AP

A Link Between Worlds Zelda Game Figma Coming

NintendoNintendoThere are two flavors! The Figma A Link Between Worlds Link Action Figure is now slated for July. The regular version comes with a sword, shield, and tons of articulation - but another, exclusive version has bombs, hookshot, pot, rupees, and other stuff.

No word yet on who (if anyone) will sell it in the USA, but this is the closet thing to a The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past action figure we're likely to see any time soon. It'll probably be at least $50 in the USA, and I want one.

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSOcean Runner This week's 3DS offerings: Ocean Runner and My Pets.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii UHogan's Alley This week's batch of titles on the eShop: AVOIDER, TABLETOP GALLERY, Bigley's Revenge, and Discovery.

Up for the Nintendo Wii U retro library: Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman, and The Adventures of Bayou Billy from the NES for $4.99 each.

--AP

RIP David Bowie
January 11, 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: Hasbro Transformers Timelines Nightracer and Shakar

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Timelines Nightracer and ShakarSomething 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!

An exclusive! The Hasbro Transformers Timelines Nightracer and Shakar is something I paid too much for on eBay, but it sure is neat. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Read This: Transformers Aligned Continuity Panel Notes

Vote!TransformersVia the a few: New Transformers Aligned Continuity Panel Notes.

A great mix of things we've heard, and things we haven't. And some just make sense, like War for Cybertron being a G1 prequel and pretty much all of "Aligned" - Prime, novels, and so forth - not aligning well. It's absolutely worth a look today while you pretend that you're working.

--AP

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--AP

Secret Scrambled Eggs Party
January 12, 2015
Review: Playmobil Play Box 5638 Haunted House

Figure of the DayPlaymobil Play Box 5638 Haunted HouseSomething 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!

A graveyard smash, sans graveyard! The Playmobil Play Box 5638 Haunted House is a tough find, but you can find it online in the USA at least. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Gets New Soundwave

SoundwaveTransformersVia TFW2005: Titans Return Leader Soundwave Revealed. It is, of course, not entirely dissimilar from Blaster.

The name for the head is "Soundblaster" and it should go well with that Buzzsaw you've been avoiding. I wouldn't anticipate it showing up for sale before late summer, though.

--AP

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Spend $79 on in-stock toys and they ship for free in the USA! Pre-order items $79 or greater also ship free.

--AP

This Is a Game?
January 13, 2016
Review: Funko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Linda Belcher Vinyl Figure

Figure of the DayFunko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Linda Belcher Vinyl 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!

She sings - on TV! The Funko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Linda Belcher Vinyl Figure is a decent recreation of the mom from the TV show. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Amplitude New to the Playstation 4 this week: The Banner Saga, Tharsis, Gone Home: Console Edition, Dogchild, and Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India.

New classic games this week: Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits (PS2).

--AP

And One More Day
January 14, 2015
Review: Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics He-Ro II

Figure of the DayMattel Masters of the Universe Classics He-Ro IISomething 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!

Son of He-Man! The Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics He-Ro II takes a character notion from Dare, Son of He-Man and delivers the goods. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Ad - New Star Wars and Transformers at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Star Wars and Transformers are up for grabs - pre-order yours at Entertainment Earth, or just peruse the listings of the fantastic newness.

Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Voyager Wave 6 Star Wars TFA Jungle and Space Action Figures Wave 4 Set Star Wars Micromachines Kylo Ren Vehicle Storage Case

Spend $79 on in-stock toys and they ship for free in the USA! Pre-order items $79 or greater also ship free.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneHyperdrive MassacreXbox fans, it's time to try Hyperdrive Massacre. Microsoft says:

"Jump in a space Cadillac and frag your way to victory against your friends, or fight the vicious AI to unlock the full crews roster, in the most frantic couch multiplayer neon fragfest for next-gen! Throw down the gauntlet in Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, buckle up and get your space tires screeching in DeathRace, be the toughest defender in LastManStanding, show off your tricks in Space Soccer, or put your retrogaming skills to good use in Space Pong."

Also available: Cubot - The Complexity Of Simplicity, Unepic, Rebel Galaxy, AssassinÕs Creed Chronicles: India, and The Banner Saga.

--AP

G2 Superion Day!
January 15, 2016
Review: Takara-Tomy Transformers United Stepper

Figure of the DayTakara-Tomy Transformers United StepperSomething 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!

A magazine mail-in! The Takara-Tomy Transformers United Stepper is spiffy, but expensive. Read on and come back Monday for more!

--AP

Ad - New G2 Superion Transformers at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Marvel, Star Wars, and Transformers are up for grabs - pre-order yours at Entertainment Earth, or just peruse the listings of the fantastic newness. Marvel Legends 3 3/4-inch figures, loads of Spider-Man, an assortment with a 12-inch Black Widow figure, and of course a Transformers Combiner Wars G2 Superion Aerialbots Boxed Set can be yours if you order now.

Transformers Combiner Wars G2 Superion Aerialbots Boxed Set

Spend $79 on in-stock toys and they ship for free in the USA! Pre-order items $79 or greater - like Superion - also ship free.

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSLionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails This week's 3DS offerings: Slice It! and Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails .

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii UMetroid: Zero Mission This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Space Hulk, Wicked Monsters BLAST! HD+, The Perplexing Orb, and Near Earth Objects.

Up for the Nintendo Wii U retro library: Metroid: Zero Mission from the GameBoy Advance for $7.99 each.

--AP

Walmart To Close Hundreds of Stores
January 18, 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: Funko Gremlins Bandit Gremlin ReAction Figure

Figure of the DayFunko Gremlins Bandit Gremlin ReAction 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!

A new head - and a gun! The Funko Gremlins Bandit Gremlin ReAction Figure is the last (so far) Gremlin to use this body mold, and it ain't bad. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Club Predacus Reveal

Vote!TransformersVia the Transformers Collectors Club Facebook: It is finally here. The DAWN OF THE PREDACUS.

This figure reveals a new head that looks a bit like the 1990s gnashed-teeth figures we all know and love. There's a whole lotta red here with dark pants.

--AP

Glyos Drop Tuesday Night

Going ClearishGlyosVia the Glyos News Dump: New Onell Design Glyos Drop Tuesday Night . Details have yet to be fully revealed.

The drop is scheduled for tomorrow night at 9:30 PM Eastern.

--AP

Record with Glyos Maker Influence

New Bird, ManMusicVia the Glyos News Dump: Onell x Rawshark x Music = This Record . If you collect vinyl music in addition to vinyl figures, this pieces features artwork from Jesse Moore and layout work from Onell Design's Marc Beaudette.

The 12-inch record comes in a random vinyl color - how's that for a chase piece? - and is $12. Yes I ordered one.

--AP

Ad - New Star Wars, Transformers, and More Hasbro at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Star Wars, Transformers, and more are up for grabs - pre-order yours at Entertainment Earth, or just peruse the listings to see some of the new stuff.

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Don't miss G2 Superion and all the rest!

--AP

Glyos Drop Tonight
January 19, 2015
Review: Playmates Star Trek: The Next Generation Vorgon Action Figure

Figure of the DayPlaymates Star Trek: The Next Generation Vorgon 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!

From the future that is 1993! The Playmates Star Trek: The Next Generation Vorgon Action Figure is a one-off alien of the week in mittens, but oddly the figure makes the design look more compelling than the TV show costume. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Platinum Hot Rod vs. Junkions

PlatinumTransformersVia Facebook: Transformers Planet of Junk Clash Platinum Edition Set.

No US release is set, but it has Hot Rod (Autobot Hot Rod), Junkion Scrapheap, and Wreck-Gar. I'd guesstimate a price of $60 if it hits here.

Also, check out this Upgrade Kit from Renderform to make Thunderclash out of Battle Core Optimus Prime. Stickers, guns, head. And it adds up, but it's cool.

--AP

Hubba Bubba, Indeed
January 20, 2016
Review: BanDai Godzilla Tokyo Vinyl Mechagodzilla Action Figure

Figure of the DayBanDai Godzilla Tokyo Vinyl Mechagodzilla 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!

Tokyo-ish vinyl! The BanDai Godzilla Tokyo Vinyl Mechagodzilla Action Figure came out a few years ago, but I lucked into one at a Goodwill late last year for a couple of bucks. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

New Glyos - Drop Last Night

Menu!GlyosVia the Glyos News Dump: Glyos Onell Design January 20 2016 Drop Menu.

The really cool Glyarmor is back (and the painted one sold out), plus there was the first-ever painted version of the new Zeroids mold which you'll see more of from Toyfinity. (A flesh-colored one was sent as a sneak peek to Club Zeton members.)

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Amplitude New to the Playstation 4 this week: The Deadly Tower Of Monsters, Tachyon Project, Stardust Vanguards, Resident Evil 0, Inside My Radio, Croixleur Sigma, Baseball Riot, Attractio, Klaus, and 5 Star Wrestling: ReGenesis.

New classic games this week: Dark Cloud 2 (PS2).

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates

PS3 Resident Evil 0 New to the Playstation 3 this week: Resident Evil 0.

--AP

PS Vita: PSN Updates This Week

PS VitaVolume New to the PSP Vita this week: Red Game Without A Great Name, Atelier Escha & Logy Plus ~Alchemists Of The Dusk Sky~, Baseball Riot, and Oddworld: New ŌNÕ Tasty.

--AP

The $26,815 Robot
January 21, 2015
Review: Funko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Louise Belcher Vinyl Figure

Figure of the DayFunko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Louise Belcher Vinyl FigureSomething 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!

Son of He-Man! The Funko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Louise Belcher Vinyl Figure takes a character notion from Dare, Son of He-Man and delivers the goods. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Unite Warriors Blast Off Revealed

PlatinumTransformersVia a friend of mine on IRC: Transformers Unite Warriors Blast Off image scan (from new Bruticus set).

No US release is known for this mold or a remold of this mold just yet, but you'll note he has swell rocket hands and a new weapon. His combiner hand looks somewhat metal, too.

This set is due around June. Pricing expected at $95-$135 before shipping. Check your favorite importers for pricing and availability.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneA Boy And His BlobXbox fans, it's time to try A Boy And His Blob. Microsoft says:

"A Boy and His Blob makes its triumphant return! As the boy, you feed Blob jelly beans and watch him transform into cool and useful objects to solve puzzles and escape danger. With its robust and emotionally driven story, challenging puzzles, and visually impressive art style, A Boy and His Blob marks the re-release of this 2009 cult-classic!"

Also available: Resident Evil 0, Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space, Electronic Super Joy, Fortified, and Gemini: Heroes Reborn.

--AP

Floating in a Tin Can
January 22, 2016
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Autobot Pipes

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Autobot PipesSomething 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!

A blue repaint - with a sticker! The Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Autobot Pipes is a decent toy but a rotten update of the classic minibots truck. Read on and come back Monday for more!

--AP

Rise of the Beasts Return to Kickstarter

Return of the Rise of the BeastsRise of the BeastsVia Kickstarter: Rise of the Beasts - Series 2.

4 new molds are up for grabs in numerous decos - including glow-in-the-dark for the very first time.

4 painted dudes are $32 before shipping (sadly not included), and glow figures are 2 for $11. As I write this it's about $2,600 funded out of $16,500. In addition to figures, weapons are coming - and this is a kind of a big deal because there aren't many Glyos weapons that aren't also a limb or a backpack.

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSMario & Luigi: Paper Jam This week's 3DS offerings: Pet Inn 3D and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii USuper Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode One: The Order of the Stone and SKEASY.

Up for the Nintendo Wii U retro library: Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 from the GameBoy Advance for $7.99. Also, the Wii classic Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure for $19.99.

--AP

Beyond Top Secret
January 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: Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo Shy Guy Action Figure

Figure of the DayJakks Pacific World of Nintendo Shy Guy 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 in small and large! The Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo Shy Guy Action Figure is the small one - I haven't bought the large one yet but it looks dang near identical other than size. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Hasbro Moves Some Toy Production to India

Hoof ItToysVia All About MLP Merch: Hasbro moves Part of Production to India. Before you say "I don't care about pony" let me stop you - this is actually pretty significant as toy stuff goes.

In the 1980s and 1990s, stuff was manufactured and assembled in all sorts of places - maybe Macau, maybe Mexico, maybe Indonesia, and of course maybe "China" proper. Some things were even still made in the USA - but in the late 1990s and 2000s, most of your small plastic men came from China. Hot Wheels moved to Malaysia, because China won't allow any foreign entity to completely own a factory - Mattel runs the show in Malaysia, and as such can more tightly control whatever labor or manufacturing techniques keep the small cars at a dollar after several decades. It's really quite amazing.

China is a de-facto one-stop shop for manufacturing - you can get screws, packaging, product, and raw materials pretty closely together. This has resulted in the rise of the middle class (as your high school teachers predicted as one of two default answers to almost any question), meaning higher wages and an appetite for more interesting goods. Companies therefore need to keep moving to keep costs down with lower wages or different regulations, or different quality control, or diversity in case one country's ports get clogged and you want to make sure you've got something. Transformers mostly moved to Vietnam a few years ago for new stuff, some of the older tools are still in China so be sure to check your various Platinum items with older molds and reissues to see where those came from. New stuff is coming from Vietnam with few to no exceptions, as far as I can tell. The toys are simpler and, in many ways, cheaper.

India has worked with Hasbro before (Funskool's G.I. Joe line comes to mind) so seeing things like this mean we're hopefully going to see them ratcheting up their options and hopefully continuing to deliver us all consistent wares at hopefully not-increasing prices. They make some changes based on freight, but thanks to trade agreements and other loopholes we could even see returns to some of the odder manufacturing techniques of the 1990s, such as an item being manufactured in Asia, assembled and/or packaged and Mexico, and shipped to the United States for sale. It's a strange, newish world.

--AP, thanks Monzo!

Venture Bros. Shirt Club Returns

Shirt HappensToysVia Astro Base Go: Venture Bros. Shirt of the Week Club Returns. 9 shirts, $150 for the set shipped or $20 plus shipping by the single.

The designs are kept a mystery but last year's batch was pretty awesome.

--AP

Nothing's Gonna Stand In Our Way
January 26, 2015
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Dead End

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Dead EndSomething 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!

Build a bigger bot! The Hasbro Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Dead End is going to be out in a redder G2 color in a couple of months, but today you can still buy this one. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Platinum Optimus Prime vs. Megatron

PlatinumTransformersVia many: Transformers One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall Platinum Edition Set. This is the back of the box - the front hasn't been shown to the public yet. In it, you'll get 2006 molds of Classics Optimus Prime and Megatron with more translucent bits. No US price or outlet are known as of yet.

Also, check out this unpackaged shots of Optimus Prime. The clear door kibble works on the robot mode, but is pretty dreadful on the vehicle. Here's hoping this is the "GOODBYE, MEGATRON" set for these molds and we get something new next year. I'd wager that this set is going to be $70-$90 if/when it hits the USA, but let's wait and see.

--AP

Pac-Vinyl
January 27, 2016
Review: Funko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Tina Belcher Vinyl Figure

Figure of the DayFunko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Tina Belcher Vinyl 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!

Butts! The Funko Pop! Animation Bob's Burgers Tina Belcher Vinyl Figure comes from the show complete with a notebook of hand-written erotic friend fiction, so there's that. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Ad - New Star Wars, Pac-Man Pop! Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Star Wars action figures are up for grabs - pre-order yours at Entertainment Earth, or just peruse the listings to see some of the new stuff.

While you're there, see new Funko Pop! Vinyl Pac-Man figures, coming in April for $9.99 a pop.

Star Wars TFA Jungle and Space Action Figures Wave 5 Set Pac-Man Pop! Vinyl Figure Pac-Man Ms. Pac-Man Pop! Vinyl Figure Pac-Man Blinky Pop! Vinyl Figure Pac-Man Inky Pop! Vinyl Figure Pac-Man Clyde Pop! Vinyl Figure Pac-Man Pinky Pop! Vinyl Figure Pac-Man Blue Ghost Pop! Vinyl Figure

Don't miss G2 Superion and all the rest!

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Amplitude New to the Playstation 4 this week: This War of Mine: The Little Ones, The Witness, LEGO Marvel's Avengers, Gemini: Heroes Reborn, and Saturday Morning RPG.

New classic games this week: Dark Cloud 2 (PS2).

--AP

PS3: PSN Updates

PS3  LEGO Marvel's Avengers New to the Playstation 3 this week: LEGO Marvel's Avengers.

--AP

PS Vita: PSN Updates This Week

PS VitaSaturday Morning RPG New to the PSP Vita this week: Saturday Morning RPG and LEGO Marvel's Avengers.

--AP

DeLoreans Back in Production
January 28, 2015
Review: Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity

Figure of the DayMattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover CuriositySomething 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!

I want to go to Mars! The Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity has six wheels and is indeed hot stuff. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Transformers Titans Return Mindwipe, Alpha Trion, Scourge

MindwipeTransformersVia TFormers: Titans Return Pre-Toy Fair Leaks Begin! Deluxe Mindwipe & Scourge, Chromedome's Titan Master, Voyager Alpha Trion!.

These are blurry photos of preproduction stuff, so things like the absence of Chromedome's body do not necessarily mean he won't have one. Or that these are necessarily confirmed, but betting men and women will probably get a chance to cash in come Toy Fair around Valentine's Day next month.

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneROBLOXXbox fans, it's time to try ROBLOX. Microsoft says:

"Community Created Gaming. Limitless Possibilities. All the games on ROBLOX are created by gamers like you! Play solo or with friends in a variety of indie games exclusive to ROBLOX. Find Strategy, Platformer, Role Playing, Tycoon, Shooter, Survival games and more! ROBLOX is free to play, although you can buy ROBUX, our virtual currency, to upgrade the look of your ROBLOX avatar or to get optional in-game power-ups. Xbox Live Gold and an internet connection of 192 Kbps or higher required to play. Create your own games for FREE at ROBLOX.com/develop"

Also available: Saints Row Metro Double Pack, Sparkle 2, WRC 5 FIA World Rally Championship, Mortal Kombat XL, and LEGO MARVELÕs Avengers.

--AP

Baths of Constriction
January 29, 2016
Review: Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo Convention Exclusive Jakks Giants Link Action Figure

Figure of the DayJakks Pacific World of Nintendo Convention Exclusive Jakks Giants Link 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!

A big prepaint - the mold debut! The Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo Convention Exclusive Jakks Giants Link Action Figure is a really cool figure we sold at work at Comic-Con last year, and most of them are gone - unless you want a dented box, and I did, so I got one. Read on and come back Monday for more!

--AP

Stretch Armstrong Show - Netflix 2017

Stretch ArmstrongToysVia Hasbro: A press release! Which was short. It is as follows.

NETFLIX CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS AWARDWINNING KIDS ORIGINAL SERIES FOR MEMBERS WORLDWIDE

Beverly Hills, Calif., January 28 , 2016 - Continuing its investment in original content for kids of all ages, Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's leading Internet TV network, is adding three new original series to its lineup. Suspenseful drama The Greenhouse expands the live action category for tweens that currently includes Degrassi: Next Class, Lost & Found Music Studios and Project Mc2. The iconic Hasbro brand Stretch Armstrong will make its television debut with an all new look in an animated series. A musical update to the new Lalaloopsy series joins a growing portfolio of shows created to engage and pique the curiosity of young kids. All episodes from each new series will launch on Netflix at the same time around the world.

"With roughly half of our 75 million members regularly watching kids content, we're happy to expand our original slate with these three great series," said Andy Yeatman, Director of Global Kids Content for Netflix. "We know kids love Netflix and that's in part because they never really outgrow us. We program and recommend new TV shows and movies from preschool through their teen years and into adulthood."

--AP

Ad - New Transformers IN STOCK at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Transformers including Combiner Wars Sky Reign Limbs and Platinum Optimus Primal are up for grabs - and in stock! Get free shipping when you order $79 worth of in-stock items, including these fine new arrivals and restocks.

Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Wave 6 Set Transformers Year Of The Monkey Optimus Primal Transformers Decepticon Purple Car Graphics Set Transformers Generations Deluxe Windblade Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Wave 5 Set

Don't miss Wheeljack, Trailbreaker, Hound, Smokescreen, and all the rest!

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSHello Kitty's Magic Apron This week's 3DS offerings: RV-7 My Drone and Hello Kitty's Magic Apron.

--AP

Nintendo Wii U Downloads This Week

Nintendo Wii UFINAL FANTASY Tactics Advance This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Shadow Puppeteer, Level 22, Joe's Diner, and MINI-GAMES MADNESS VOLUME: #1 ā€“ HELLO WORLD!.

Up for the Nintendo Wii U retro library: FINAL FANTASY Tactics Advance from the GameBoy Advance for $7.99.

--AP

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