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The Inevitability of Flight Delays
May 1, 2019
Star Wars Review: Darth Vader (2019, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Darth Vader (2019, The Vintage Collection). It's a figure that is 14 years old with a 2019 paint job. Read the whole review.

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PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Bird Game New to the Playstation 4 this week: Bird Game, Black Paradox, Bomb Chicken, BoxVR, Crashbots, The End Is Nigh, Fade to Silence, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark, Giga Wrecker Alt., Tower of Dragonasia, and Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action.

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Willow Considered for Disney+ - Thanks Ron Howard?
May 2, 2019
Review: Toy Pizza Mikros Set BLT Version Action Figures

Figure of the DayToy Pizza Mikros Set BLT Version Action 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!

Three for the price of three! The Toy Pizza Mikros Set BLT Version Action Figures is sold out, but don't worry - it sold out within minutes so you didn't probably have a shot anyway. I love this set. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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NEW! Micro Mages Released for Nintendo Entertainment System

NintendoI had mustard?Via Morphcat Games: Digital version [of Micro Mages for NES] released! Links to a ROM and a version on the Steam store were sent to backers very late Tuesday night, along with a PDF instruction booklet. Since I couldn't wait for the cartridge I booted it up and tried it for a little bit and was largely very impressed so far. The cartridges should be shipping next week.

Pre-orders for non-backers can be found here. You should look into this one.

I got to put in some time with the ROM (since the cartridge hasn't shipped yet) using an NES Classic Controller hooked up to an 8BitDo Gbros. Adapter - so it's technically using official hardware. I would best describe it as a distant cousin of Ice Climber with four players (if you have a Four Score, NES Satellite, AVS, or Analogue NT.) It's pretty simple and seems like a game you wish you had in arcades 35 years ago - your little tiny pixel wizard can jump off walls, shoot magic, and attack various goblins, ghouls, and goats while climbing auto-scrolling vertical platform game stages until you eventually hit a boss every few levels. Visually it looks a lot like Shovel Knigiht, colorful and easy to see. The story is classic "rescue the princess" but about 12 seconds in you won't bother thinking about it as it's rather engaging.

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RIP Peter Mayhew
May 3, 2019
Star Wars Review: Vice Admiral Holdo (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Vice Admiral Holdo (The Black Series 6-Inch). She has a blaster. Read the whole review.

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New Knights of the Slice Figure Available Now

GlyosControl!Via the Glyos News Dump: New Drop - Toy Pizza Testudo Knight! The turtliest member of the turtle club now takes on Knight form, making good use of the armored up 3 3/4-inch action figure mold.

New blanks and accessory packs are also available.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchPsycho Soldier This week's batch of titles on the eShop: James Pond: Codename Robocod, Impossible Mission, Arcade Archives PSYCHO SOLDIER, Puyo Puyo Champions, and several dozen others.

At retail it's Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, and Ugly Dolls: An Imperfect Adventure.

--AP

Attack the Devil's World!
May 6, 2019
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Stormtroopers, White Paint, Kay-Bee, and Toys R Us! 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

IGA's Bloodstained, Not Castlevania, Arrives June 18th & 25th

Video GamesBlood, StainsVia Kickstarter: Development Update: The [Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night] Release Date Is Here! June 18th for all platforms except Nintendo Switch, which is June 25. Amazon has a placeholder release date, but it's $39.99. That's $20 less than Kickstarter backers were charged. Mr. Iagarishi celebrated the occasion with a new trailer answering the various knocks the game has taken on social media, swearing to make the game better. There are before and after comparisons, and I'd have to say this is a good bit of marketing that took me a bit more into their camp.

If it really does ship in June, that puts it at about 27 months late - which in the video game world doesn't seem too bad if the final game turns out well. Mighty No. 9 wasn't so lucky.

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Switch Nintendo Online Games for May

SwitchSwitchVia Nintendo: Vs. Excitebike, Clu Clu Land, and Donkey Kong Jr. are coming to the Nintendo Online service this month.

Donkey Kong Jr. is an arcade classic. Clu Clu Land is an amusing and fun Pac-Man clone in which a balloon has to dig up gems while avoiding sea urchins. Vs. Excitebike is not Excitebike, which is already on the platform, but rather one of two Vs. versions which should have some tweaks and possibly different music.

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Ad: New Hasbro Star Wars and Marvel at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Star Wars & Marvel plus Funko and More at Entertainment Earth! New figures! Old Clones! Older heroes! Exclusives! There's a lot to see!

Star Wars Black Series Commander Gree 6-inch Action Figure X-Men Marvel Legends 6-Inch Cowboy Logan Action Figure Avengers: Endgame Thor Pop! Vinyl Figure Masters of the Universe Classics Snake Mountain Playset Ghostbusters Slimed Figure Box Set - SDCC 2019 Exclusive Godzilla 1995 Sakai Collection Godzilla 11-Inch Statue Alien Xenomorph Mini-Epic Vinyl Figure

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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!


Become a Patron!

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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We walk in the beef, and then we pull on the rope
May 7, 2019
Review: Hasbro Transformers Studio Series Optimus Prime (Bumblebee)

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Studio Series Optimus Prime (Bumblebee)Something 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 realistic Optimus Prime! The Hasbro Transformers Studio Series Optimus Prime (Bumblebee) is the 1984 design translated to the language of a 2018 blockbuster movie. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Hyperkin Debuts Sega Genesis HDTV Cable

SegaHDTVVia Instagram: Hyperkin HDTV Cable for Genesis Model 1, 2, and 3! While no price has been given, it's slated for later this month and will probably make a few of us who bought the Analgue Mega Sg question why we needed to do that.

From the look of things, it's a plug-and-play HD solution to your old gaming hardware - things like this for Dreamcast (VGA games only) and Wii are already out there. This may be the first mass-release item of this kind for cartridge-based game consoles, not counting some of the boutique higher-end cables available from the likes of HD Retrovision. Depending on compatibility with other add-ons, this might also solve the 32X dilemma for many fans.

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Kickstarter: Run-A-Mucks Adds Glow

KickstarterGlowVia Kickstarter: Run-A-Mucks GLOW IN THE DARK add-on. The set is funded as of press time, but now you can add $22 to your pledge and add a glow set via survey after its conclusion.

If you are into such things.

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Avatar Delayed, Star Wars Continued
May 8, 2019
Star Wars Review: Dryden Vos (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Dryden Vos (The Black Series 6-Inch). It's a sign of the great things coming and hopefully more great things that will continue to come for a while. Read the whole review.

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Puyo Puyo Champions New to the Playstation 4 this week: Puyo Puyo Champions and a bunch of other new releases.

Halloween Store Hippie Costume
May 9, 2019
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Selects Ricochet Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Selects Ricochet 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!

Shared exclusive! The Hasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Selects Ricochet Action Figure is available online and you probably should go get one. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneSNK 40th Anniversary CollectionXbox fans, it's time to try SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. Microsoft says:

"2018 marked the 40th anniversary of legendary studio SNK! To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, a variety of classic arcade games from SNK's golden age are coming back together in one anthology on Xbox One. SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION is packed full of retro games and a treasure trove of features! "

Also available: GIGA WRECKER ALT. and Puyo Puyo Champions. And a lot more, including pre-orders.

--AP

DS9 Doc In Theaters Monday Night
May 10, 2019
Star Wars Review: Han Solo (Mimban, The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Han Solo (Mimban, The Black Series 6-Inch). There's a lot of gear in this one. Read the whole review.

--AP

New Robo Force Available Tonight

RoboForceControl!Via the RoboForce News Dump: New Robo Force Friday! New Maxx Stele (classic deco) should join other surprises - so check those out!

New blanks and accessory packs are also available.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives TERRA FORCE This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives TERRA FORCE, and several dozen others.

At retail it's Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package, Redout, and Sniper Elite V2 Remastered.

--AP

The Orville Renewed for a Third Season, RIP Peggy Lipton
May 13, 2019
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Retro Tarkin Musing, Star Wars Casepacks, Exclusives, and Sizes! 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

ICYMI: Imaginext Series 12 Blind Bags Hitting

ImaginextImaginextVia Walmarts and Amazon stores: Imaginext Series 12 Mystery Figures Are Hitting Stores Now. So far I've only seen them at some larger Walmart stores for under $3 each - and while that is an Amazon affiliate link, I would advise you hold off and buy them at retail. Each one has an embossed number on the back of the back, top-left corner, to identify who is who.

Adventure People Space Clawtron - 59
"Big" Building Robot - 60
Tan Line Surfer - 61
Backpacker/Camper - 62
Simian Tiger Warrior - 63
Cyclist - 64

And if you're me, you're wondering where the Masters of the Universe are in this whole mess. Surely a He-Man or Skeletor or Beast Man would be good fits in this format? I've picked up the Clawtron and Big Robot and can highly recommend both - both share a lot of body parts and accessories with existing toys, but the Big Robot has a main entrance on its crotch, and who doesn't love that?

--AP

Maxx Zero and Nazgar Return - ToyFinity Store Drop

RoboForcePins EnvyVia the Glyos News Dump: Nazgar and Maxx Zero Return to ToyFinity Store !

If you missed them, get these new versions - they're pretty spiffy.

--AP

Ad: New Hasbro Marvel Legends Big Time Spider-Man at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Marvel Legends 6-Inch Big Time Spider-Man Action Figure at Entertainment Earth! It's new, and more Marvel Legends figures are coming - keep checking back for more new releases!

Marvel Legends 6-Inch Big Time Spider-Man Action Figure

Order yours now!

--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!


Become a Patron!

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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RIP Doris Day
May 14, 2019
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Selects Dinobot Red Swoop Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Selects Dinobot Red Swoop 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!

Toy deco! The Hasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Selects Dinobot Red Swoop Action Figure is the 1985 toy deco applied to the 2017 combiner mold. I like it! So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Kickstarter: New NES Cartridge Soko Banana

NintendoGlowVia Kickstarter: Soko Banana. It's a new NES game from Sweden in which you, a monkey, push crates around not unlike Boxxle/Sokoban games. Sokoban... Soko Banana... get it?

The ROM is pretty cheap at about $5, with cartridges in the $45 and up range. Banana yellow and grey are shown to be available.

A demo ROM is available for download, and they're probably going to meet their goal this week. You've got 19 days to pledge, though.

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RIP Tim Conway, Conglom-O Buys Hulu
May 15, 2019
Star Wars Review: Mace Windu (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Mace Windu (The Black Series 6-Inch) . It's a good example of how far Hasbro has come in a few years - and they were already pretty great. Read the whole review.

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PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Castlevania Anniversary Collection New to the Playstation 4 this week: Castlevania Anniversary Collection, Guilty Gear, and Bubsy: Paws on Fire!.

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Ad: Masterpiece Beast Wars and The Big Lebowski Car at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New The Big Lebowski 1973 Torino 1:43 Die Cast Metal Vehicle at Entertainment Earth! Also Transformers Masterpiece MP-46 Beast Wars Blackarachnia! They're new, and orders are welcome today!

Transformers Masterpiece MP-46 Beast Wars Blackarachnia The Big Lebowski 1973 Torino 1:43 Die Cast Metal Vehicle

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Near-Criminal Shortages of Shame
May 16, 2019
Review: Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures Fishbot

Figure of the DayFisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures FishbotSomething 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!

Old but findable maybe! The Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 11 Collectible Figures Fishbot is potentially in a grocery store or Walmart near you for $3. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

GameBoy Advance HDMI Consolizer Kit Pre-Orders Now Available

GameBoyGBA ConsolizerVia Game-Tech: Woozle’s GBA Consolizer kit! Links to a ROM and a version on the Steam store were sent to backers very late Tuesday night, along with a PDF instruction booklet. If you can solder, this gizmo can add HDMI output and a Super NES controller (or 8Bitdo's Super NES receiver) to the portable, making it a game console for your TV. Hence the name.

You can slap it to a GameBoy Advance or stuff the guts of the portable into a special console box which looks pretty snazzy. I lack the skills and tools, but would be very interested in buying this or something like it if pre-built or an FPGA solution. The kit is about $170 and you have to supply the GameBoy Advance, but the demo units look remarkable.

--AP

The Title Is Star Trek: Picard?
May 17, 2019
Star Wars Review: Luke Skywalker (Endor, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Luke Skywalker (Endor, The Vintage Collection). New face paint here. Read the whole review.

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New Super NES Reissue - Earthworm Jim 1+2 from iam8bit

Super NESControl!Via iam8bit: Earthworm Jim 1+2 (25th Anniversary Edition)! The Playmates/Interplay/Whatever game duology is coming out for $134.99 in udder pink or black and white cow print cartridges. 2,000 total are to be produced with a fancy box and only 100 of the cow print version randomly inserted. Given the high price tag - original cartridges of the first couple of games are usually in the $20ish-$30ish range - it follows their pattern of rereleasing popular, common games for collectors, not unlike Rhino Records.

Previous iam8bit rereleases include Street Fighter II, Mega Man 2, and Mega Man X - each of which had significantly higher runs and similar special packaging with cartridge variations inside. Pre-orders for Earthworm Jim begin May 21 for delivery in November.

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More Sega Genesis Mini Games Disclosed, Mega Man!

SegaMega awesome!Via Sega: More Sega Genesis Mini games. What's interesting here isn't Beyond Oasis, Ghouls 'N Ghosts, or Street Fighter II - with only a 3-button controller. Oh no, it's the first closest-thing-to-a-physical-release for Capcom's Mega Man: The Wily Wars, a 16-bit compilation of the first 3 NES games, which was only distributed on the Sega Gannel before.

That's a selling point! With new HD cables from Hyperkin and Analogue's Mega Sg system, there are a lot more options in 2019 for HD Sega solutions than ever before.

--AP

Kickstarter: New NES Cartridge NEScape!

NintendoNEScape!Via Kickstarter: NEScape!, an escape room game for the original NES!. It's a new NES game from Kevin Hanley that brings escape rooms to the best-selling game console of the 1980s.

The game has been previewed by retro review folks on YouTube and at press time is already funded with 29 days to go - so get it if you like, it's already supported. A ROM is $10, the cartridge is $60 or higher depending on if you want extras like the Super NES Mouse adapter.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Ninja Gaiden This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives Ninja Gaiden, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Zero, and several dozen others.

At retail it's Team Sonic Racing, Assassin's Creed III Remastered, and Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland.

--AP

Curse You Gentle Breeze
May 20, 2019
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Sizes, Stores of Tomorrow, and Themerey! 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

Kickstarter: Genesis The Curse of Illmoore Bay

SegaNewVia Kickstarter: The Curse of Illmoore Bay - An exciting new adventure for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. With 27 days to go, it has already been funded. The group behind it - Second Dimension R&T LLC - has also done Kromasphere (Genesis) and Family Picross (NES), previously covered here, neither of which have been delivered just yet.

The Curse of Illmoore Bay follows a kid kicking and jumping through a Halloween-night town filled with monsters, and the music goes from that rotten Genesis-specific grind to pretty decent not-quite-MIDI-ska. A bare cartridge is $30-$40, a boxed game is $60, and there are fancy editions for those who need such things. More importantly, the campaign does have a link to a demo ROM so you can try it on your Everdrives or jailbroken Mega Sg or what have you.

The game is currently not done and is set for June 2020.

--AP

Porun-Chan no Onigiri Daisuki (Porun-Chan's Love of Rice Balls) Demo for Famicom

NintendoPorun-Chan no Onigiri DaisukiVia Twitter and a few places: Porun-Chan no Onigiri Daisuki (Porun-Chan's Love of Onigiri) Demo. Along with Haradius, it appears this game (demo at the link above) was being sold and demonstrated in Japan at a fan convention of some sort.

If you haven't seen it, you can play 1 or 2 players with anime girls gobbling up rice balls from a floating person in the sky. It plays sort of like a simplified version of the Puppy Love stage of Earthworm Jim 2 or Game & Watch Fireman or countless other similar games - they throw, you catch. It sold for 6,000 yen and I am unsure where one can actually buy a cartridge at this time, but I will say the demo ROM was fun.

--AP

Ad: New Hasbro Marvel at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: New Hasbro Marvel Legends at Entertainment Earth! New Marvel Legends 80th Anniversary Wolverine and Hulk 6-Inch Action Figures! There's a lot to see!

Marvel Legends Wolverine and Hulk 6-Inch Action Figures Star Wars Black Series Commander Gree 6-inch Action Figure X-Men Marvel Legends 6-Inch Cowboy Logan Action Figure Avengers: Endgame Thor Pop! Vinyl Figure Masters of the Universe Classics Snake Mountain Playset Ghostbusters Slimed Figure Box Set - SDCC 2019 Exclusive Godzilla 1995 Sakai Collection Godzilla 11-Inch Statue Alien Xenomorph Mini-Epic Vinyl Figure

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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!


Become a Patron!

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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Sony Sees Marvel, Valiant, Says "Us Too"
May 21, 2019
Review: Onell Design Glyos Mutant Evolver Pheyaos Hyper Mordireus Fusion

Figure of the DayOnell Design Glyos Mutant Evolver Pheyaos Hyper Mordireus FusionSomething 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!

Pink! The Onell Design Glyos Mutant Evolver Pheyaos Hyper Mordireus Fusion is not the exact same shade under black light, but looks pretty much like my other Mordireus figures to the naked eye. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

A New Apple ][ RPG? Yes!

Video GamesHDTVVia Instagram: Nox Archaist: An 8-bit RPG for Apple II, Mac, and PC.

You can get anything these days. It's already funded - standard caveats apply - and can be played on Macs and PCs. There are boxed versions, USB, floppy discs, the works. It's amazing, but here we are. There's definitely a growing market for old computer and console software... and records, and VHS tapes, and whatever else your increasingly old butt liked as a kid.

The campaign has 10 days to go if you want in on this. Shipping is expected spring 2020.

--AP

ICYMI: There Was a New Dinosaucers Comic Book Last Year

ToysDinosaucersBecause I missed it: Reptilon has just found its sister planet— Earth —complete with water, fauna, and a billion pieces of MEAT.

The original Dinosaucers series was something of an oddity. It was a typical kiddie good-versus-evil-gang-fight cartoon with 65 episodes, toyetic characters and vehicles, and no real merchandise to speak of in the USA. Some stuff got out in Brazil - as is life - but Americans never saw the prototyped Lewis-Galoob toyline. The brand has been dormant until last year's Lion Forge comic book 5-issue mini-series, which I had no idea existed. Well, now you know.

The show has a generally unremarkable cast and storyline, but did enjoy some bizarre puns of high-grade dad joke stock. "Reduced for Clarence" came about as a misunderstanding regarding a clown and a shrink ray with the bad guys not understanding how a sales rack worked. Also notable, the chief villain Genghis Rex was voiced by Dan Hennessey. He was a busy guy, playing the likes of King Gorneesh, Uncle Gundy, RoboCop, and a lot of other characters from cartoons and TV shows from which you probably own action figures.

--AP

Toy Prices Likely to Increase
May 22, 2019
Star Wars Review: Princess Leia Organa (Hoth, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Princess Leia Organa (Hoth, The Vintage Collection). This is the one with better paint from last month. Read the whole review.

--AP

25% Trump Toy Tax Incoming - Take Action!

ToysMade in ChinaVia the TIA (they handle Toy Fair): Trump's Latest Tariffs Threaten the American Toy Economy - Help Us Push Back! Regardless of your political interests, this one hurts you - a 25% tax on Chinese-made toys is very likely to be a thing in the near future. The Toy Industry Association has a form letter you can fill out to your representative and senators, and unless you relish the idea of your $20 6-inch collector figures getting to be $25-$30 real quick, it might be a good idea to read up on this.

Almost every toy I review on this site, buy for my collection, or sell at work comes from China. A small quantity of items - Transformers, mostly - come from Vietnam, and a smattering of items are made in India and Mexico, with little more than board games and puzzles tending to be manufactured in the USA.

While it is possible things may not go through, and that the industry will continue to shift and diversify manufacturing outside of China, nothing is certain. With toy stores in a ditch, kids moving toward electronics at a younger age, and the action figure generation aging out of collecting, this isn't the kind of news anybody in any part of the business wants to hear. (Except maybe for the Transformers brand team, or the Nerf blasters made in India, or the Indonesian Hot Wheels.)

--AP

PS4: PSN Updates

PS4Dragon Fantasy: Volumes of Westeria New to the Playstation 4 this week: Dragon Fantasy: Volumes of Westeria, Team Sonic Racing, and a bunch of other new releases.

Razer Officially Kills Ouya
May 23, 2019
Review: Eaglemoss Collections Enterprise Star Trek Discovery Special U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

Figure of the DayEaglemoss Collections Enterprise Star Trek Discovery Special U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Die-Cast Metal 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!

A revised classic! The Eaglemoss Collections Enterprise Star Trek Discovery Special U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Die-Cast Metal Vehicle is pretty big and has a nice booklet that really explains all the changes from the classic version of the ship. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

New Games for the Xbox One

Xbox OneCastlevania Anniversary CollectionXbox fans, it's time to try Castlevania Anniversary Collection. Microsoft says:

" Konami's Castlevania Anniversary Collection traces the origins of the historic vampire franchise. Included is a unique eBook with details provided by developers, artists and others inspired by the Castlevania legacy which sheds a fresh light into the world of Castlevania. Released as part of the Konami 50th Anniversary celebration, relive these timeless classics that helped define the platformer genre. From the Belmont clan to their extended bloodlines and allies, the Castlevania Anniversary Collection is the best first step for anyone to take into the world of Castlevania and the fight against Dracula!"

--AP

FTP Issues, Delayed Update Today
May 24, 2019
Star Wars Review: Grand Moff Tarkin (The Retro Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Grand Moff Tarkin (The Retro Collection). It comes with a board game. Read the whole review.

--AP

New Portable Game Console: Playdate

Video GamesNew!Via Play.date: Playdate. A new handheld gaming system.. Hot on the trail of the Ouya's store going down - meaning all "phone home" applications will cease to function shortly - is a new portable hand-crank powered game system. The $149 console boasts 12 weekly game releases included and is due to ship in early 2020. "Stock will be very limited," they claim, but new game hardware tends to be as production ramps up. From news coverage, it appears it may not have a backlight - a design flaw harped on even by the most loyal GameBoy fans from 1989 to about 2003.

The future of gaming tends to center around the notion that you don't own anything, that physical media is dead, and there's nothing to sell when you're done with it - so hey, a new game console. I'll wait and see - after the Ouya and GameStick, plus the dying of downloadable game stores over time, I'll be sitting back to see more about how this works myself. Considering both Hyperkin and Retro-Bit have (so far) both failed to deliver on simple GameBoy clone hardware, for the time being I'll stick with my old GameBoys.

For the portable fiend, I would also remind you that KongFeng's GB Boy Colour (GameBoy Color clone) is under $40. And color. I admire the Playdate crank/analog controller, but I will need some serious convincing to buy one.

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Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Buta san This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives Buta san, Wonder Boy Returns Remix, Castlevania Anniversary Collection, and several dozen others.

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G.I. Joe Movie Set for March 2020
May 27, 2019
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Retro Tarkin Musing, Star Wars Casepacks, Exclusives, and Sizes! 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!

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ICYMI: Polymega Pre-Orders Back Open

Video GamesPolymegaVia Polymega: Shop Consoles, Modules, and Accessories. The multi-platform not-a-Retron is up for pre-order. A fully tricked-out unit with all modules and controllers lets you play cartridges and CDs from NES, Super NES, Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, TurboGrafx-16, Turbo CD, and a few other variants... for about $500.

Early impressions have been good - it even plays Sega Saturn CDs! - but final hardware and final emulation has not, as far as I've read, been completed yet. Will it be good? For that price one might hope, but I'm holding off for final in-hand impressions before going near it. It seems like a handy idea though. So far as I can tell, it does not have RBG/S-Video support or a way to plug in original Playstation or Saturn controllers as of yet, though.

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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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Aladdin Does Just Fine
May 28, 2019
Review: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Galaxy Upgrade Optimus Prime Action Figure

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Galaxy Upgrade Optimus Prime 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!

Remold! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Galaxy Upgrade Optimus Prime Action Figure takes the Ultra Magnus base toy and retools it into the finest Autobot leader 2005 had to offer - only smaller and with less crazy wings! So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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ARM "Simun" Returns Friday

NintendoGlowVia Instagram: Simun strides toward a second drop! He will be available in my store again this Friday (5/31) 9am PDT. The fleshy keshi is one of many fan-made figures that have been in the Alien Robot Monster Store which, as of this time, seems to have no actual toys up for grabs.

Previous figures were tributes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comics, Stranger Things, and Metroid, so it's generally worth watching this concern on Instagram.

--AP

Contra Anthology Looks Decent, New King Gizzard
May 29, 2019
Star Wars Review: Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot (The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot (The Vintage Collection) . It's barely different, but it's different. Read the whole review.

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Kickstarter: Action Figures for Game You've Never Heard Of

KickstarterSwitchbladeVia Kickstarter: Switchblade - A Retro Video Game Action Figure Line. It seems to be based on a game I don't believe I've heard of, with figures in the style of old 1990s Toy Biz super heroes - something we don't see too often.

The game itself is also included in the campaign, as is a Tiger-style LCD game as a stretch goal. The figure has an ETA of November, which is either optimistic or means they're pretty far along - the boat from China tends to take roughly 6 weeks depending on the ports and traffic.

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LOL "Freedom Gas"
May 30, 2019
Review: Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 12 Collectible Figures Big Building Robot

Figure of the DayFisher-Price Imaginext Series 12 Collectible Figures Big Building RobotSomething 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!

New! The Fisher-Price Imaginext Series 12 Collectible Figures Big Building Robot is theoretically on sale near you in a blind bag somewhere. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Snake Mountain Meets Goal

Masters of the UniverseGBA ConsolizerVia Super7 Instagram: MOTU Fans: Here is the current status of the Snake Mountain Playset... We are at 100% funded! THANK YOU for making this gigantic dream a reality! You can order direct, or through stores like advertisers below. And yes it's big, and yes shipping is expensive.

Masters of the Universe Classics Snake Mountain Playset
Order Snake Mountain at advertiser Entertainment Earth!

It's big and expensive, and according to at least one interview may well be Masters of the Universe Classics' last big hurrah. Which still has me hoping its next small hurrah will be Imaginext.

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RIP Leon Redbone
May 31, 2019
Star Wars Review: Han Solo (Echo Base, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Han Solo (Echo Base, The Vintage Collection). New face paint here. Read the whole review.

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Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchGato Roboto This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Gato Roboto, Arcade Archives IMAGE FIGHT, and several dozen others.

At retail it's Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa, PixARK, and TT Isle of Man.

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Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSPDI CheckThis week's 3DS offerings: PDI Check and Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.

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