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RIP Carl Reiner
July 1, 2020
Star Wars Review: Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2, Dagobah, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2, Dagobah, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection). He's dirty! Read the whole review.

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Cartoons Un-dumped
July 2, 2020
Review: Healey Made Raider (Hunter)

Figure of the DayHealey Made Raider (Hunter)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!

This is a good one! Healey Made Raider (Hunter) sold out quickly - I hope they consider it worth rerunning, because it's cool. The figure contains elements from a number of vintage 1980s and 1970s action figures, and it very obviously owes a debt to Kenner's original Boba Fett - so it's nice to see it in his colors. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Cartoon Reboots Galore - Mission Hill, Star Trek, Beavis and Butt-Head

TVTawny vs. EverythingVia StarTrek.com: Star Trek: Lower Decks Sets Release Date. You knew about the show, but maybe not the date. It's August 6, with 10 episodes. What's interesting is that there have been many rumblings about animated shows making a huge comeback thanks to their being easy to make over a long distance. Even Kevin Smith's animated Clerks has been brought up for possible revival - and let me tell you, it was 6 brilliant episodes of TV that you wish you saw. But back to Trek, the voice cast is spectacular.

But there's more! Beavis and Butt-Head are up for their next revival at Comedy Central, but no release date has been given. The last reboot was in 2011 - that's how much time has passed.

Also Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein Plot Spin-Off Of Cult Animated Series ÔMission HillŐ. The WB show was a secret origin story of Matt Groening, taking place in a big city with lots of what would then be called "colorful characters" but now more accurately would be "people I think I've probably met and/or am." The DVDs are out there and it's a marvelously goofy series from some Simpsons producers that you should see - and the Gus & Wally spin-off should be amazing, if their appearances on the original were any indication. (Meat cleaver.)

In short, it's the golden age of cartoons again? Maybe we'll see new episodes of Space Ghost but for all we know that may change the future of classic rock forever.

--AP

RIP Hugh Downs
July 3, 2020
Star Wars Review: Rebel Soldier (Hoth, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Rebel Soldier (Hoth, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection). It's a two-faced hero. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchWiz This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Wiz, Ghost Grab 3000, The Otterman Empire, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Catherine: Full Body.

--AP

Nintendo 3DS Downloads This Week

Nintendo 3DSJack and Jane Jungle EscapeThis week's 3DS offerings: Jack and Jane Jungle Escape.

--AP

Back to the Future Transformers Gigawatt Comes and Goes

TransformersGigawattVia Hasbro: GREAT SCOTT! TRANSFORMERS-BACK TO THE FUTURE COLLABORATION INTRODUCES 'GIGAWATT' CHARACTER - AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW! It didn't launch on time, the sneaker bots bought them all, and fans are rightly cranky. There should be more later, but this launch was for 1,985 pieces - many of which are already up for pre-flip on eBay for over $700, because people are monsters.

Hasbro Pulse and other stores unlisted will be offering a second release of this item on or around October 1. This is to tie in to IDW's new crossover comic book. The exact quote from Hasbro for you to decipher: "The GIGAWATT figure is available now for pre-order at Walmart.com with only 1,985 pieces available that feature an exclusive, limited edition numbered package in honor of the 35th anniversary of the first film's release - July 3, 1985. A second variant release of the figure will be available starting October 1, 2020 via HasbroPulse.com and select retailers around the world; part one of the comic book also will be available October 1, wherever comic books are sold."

At the very least this means the packaging can be changed, but for all I know there are deco or accessory changes too. I was unable to order it, but I heard there was a limit of 12 - which isn't much of a limit, given the edition size.

--AP

RIP Nick Cordero
July 6, 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 Retro Retro Retro Imperfect! 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

A New Old Masterpiece Transformers

TransformersAir WarriorVia Takara-Tomy on Twitter: Transformers Masterpiece Teaser. It's looking like the third new mold for Starscream and his repainted brothers - with no additional details on pricing or availability.

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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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RIP Ennio Morricone
July 7, 2020
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Voyager Skywarp & Thundercracker Action Figures

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Voyager Skywarp & Thundercracker 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 Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Voyager Skywarp & Thundercracker Action Figure started popping up a few weeks ago but hasn't quite started to roll out everywhere. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Mossy Glyos Incoming from Spaced Out Design

GlyosAh ShootVia the Glyos News Dump: Get Spaced Out Thursday - New Glyos Incoming is the first new good news we've had in a while, in light of SDCC's non-con being vague and there being no holidays in the USA until Labor Day.

It looks like Spaced Out Design has mossy deco and a new head, which is a win if you ask me.

--AP

Welcome Back The Far Side
July 8, 2020
Star Wars Review: Lando Calrissian (The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Lando Calrissian (The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection). He's got a nice new paint job! Read the whole review.

--AP

Mini Sega Astro City Mini Candy Cabinet with Console Features

SegaBlackVia Kotaku, Sega, and more: Sega Announces Mini Arcade Cabinet Filled With 36 Games. Sega is apparently now in the toy and IP business!

While there is no US release known for this or the GameGear, the cabinet looks neat - not only is it a collectible, but it has an HDMI-out and a USB controller port with a pretty nice controller. Cames include Altered Beast, Alien Syndrome, Fantasy Zone, Golden Axe, and a bunch more not yet announced. At a bit more than 7-inches wide, the controls don't look like they're as cramped as some - but they're still small.

I definitely want that joy pad.

--AP

New The Far Side Comics

ComicsMystery!Via The Far Side: ItŐs Here! New Stuff from Gary Larson! Three actual new-to-you one-panel comics were posted, which seem to be from old Christmas cards not available to the public. You should check them out.

--AP

New Music, Old Games, New Old Games
July 9, 2020
Review: Super7 Toxic Crusaders Glow in the Dark Toxie Action Figure

Figure of the DaySuper7 Toxic Crusaders Glow in the Dark Toxie 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!

This is sold out! Super7 Toxic Crusaders Glow in the Dark Toxie Action Figure is a gem, and I hope Super7 does more big, glowing figures. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Missed Music in Multitudes

MusicTawny vs. EverythingVia Castle Face Records: Damaged Bug - Bug On Yonkers was announced and seemingly already sold out - I contacted a local record shop that says they can get some, but it doesn't seem to be available in physical form online anywhere. Bandcamp has the digital for $7 and it should be out July 24. It sounds good so far.

But there's more! Guerilla Toss is releasing Human Girl right now - it's a 2-track single and as far as I can tell there's no physical release to be bought yet. I don't know if it's digital-only.

--AP

Shantae Getting Long Overdue GameBoy Color Reissue

GameBoyShantaeVia Limited Run Games: Shantae GameBoy Color reissue September 2020. This is a big deal - the original came out late in the console's run from Capcom, after most people moved on to other platforms. It's highly-regarded and rather expensive, so a hopefully cheaper reissue should sell decent numbers. I'll buy one.

--AP

Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 Also Getting Cartridge

Nintendo SwitchMore Moons, More CursesPS4 and Switch fans will get physical releases of Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2. While no date was given, it was also announced on the Limited Run Games Instagram - along with a whole bunch of other things, like a Monkey Island collection.

--AP

Lots of Power Ranger News Today
July 10, 2020
Star Wars Review: Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection). It's a new mold. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchBloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, Gerty, Dangerous Relationship, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise.

--AP

Walmart SDCC Drop/DDOS Friday 10:00 AM Eastern
July 13, 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 Vehicles and More HasLab Fun! 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

Game Gear and Neo Geo Pocket Color Consolizers Coming

SegaNo Longer Portable, Still ColorVia Woozle's Twitter: Releasing this fall, two new members of the Consolizer family. Neo Geo Pocket Color and Game Gear Consolizers. Previously, Woozle64 made Game Boy Advance Consolizers but they're always sold out so you can't get one.

It looks like the soldering is reversible on the NGPC version, so check these out.

--AP

HasLab X-Men Legends Marvel's Sentinel

Toy PizzaSentinel MaximizedVia Hasbro Pulse: X-Men Legends MarvelŐs Sentinel. You have until August 24 to pre-order yours, at which point you will be charged $349.99 for the 26-inch electronic action figure and his buddy Bastion.

Stretch goals are set up as well - unusual for HasLab - but since the item was 50% funded in the first few hours, and about 83% on the first day and it already hit its second stretch goal. The figure is set to ship in fall 2021, and now that it has 2 bonus heads I assume that number is going to climb to 20,000 or more soon.

--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 Grant Imahara
July 14, 2020
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Megatron with Captive Pinpointer and Captive Lionizer Action Figures

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Megatron with Captive Pinpointer and Captive Lionizer 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!

Available now! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Megatron with Captive Pinpointer and Captive Lionizer Action Figures is pretty good, even though you don't need another redeco of Megatron as Megatron. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Nintendo Entertainment System LEGO Set Incoming?

NintendoNintendoVia Polygon and confirmed by LEGO: A Lego NES console set is releasing, and the first teaser trailer is already here. After the leak, this teaser from LEGO confirms it - but I guess we'll pretend we didn't see it? It has a TV, cartridge, controller, and control deck for what is guesstimated over $200. I would argue the TV set is the most interesting part of the collection.

After the rampant success of the NES Mini I hope Nintendo takes a look at its product catalog and considers some new game console with cartridges and the NES form factor. Maybe it's RFID game transmission (like CommTech) rather than the 72-pin connector. Maybe it's literally the same old hardware with HDMI-out and FPGA-style-features for the mass market. Just don't be afraid to cash in, I'll buy more cartridges.

--AP

Transformers Generations Top Gun Mash-Up Maverick

TransformersVolleyballVia Hasbro Pulse: Transformers Generations Top Gun Mash-Up Maverick Robot. It looks like a heavily - one may say completely - retooled version of the recent Starscream, with bonus hands and a volleyball. It's $49.99 and due in October.

--AP

Big Day of New Sega
July 15, 2020
Star Wars Review: Stormtrooper Commander (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Stormtrooper Commander (The Black Series 6-Inch). He's blue! Read the whole review.

--AP

ICYMI: Sega Genesis Port - Chip's Challenge

SegaBlackVia Alekmaul: Chip's Challenge for Super NES and also Chip's Challenge MD. I never played the Atari Lynx version, but now there are two 16-bit ports you can play on emulators, ROM carts, or a hacked Mega SG. And it's pretty neat.

Given you probably don't have anything else to do right now, it might be worth giving it a shot on your emulators of choice.

--AP

Meanderings About How I Don't Feel Well
July 16, 2020
Review: Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Kannigal Action Figure

Figure of the DayTakara-Tomy Beast Saga Kannigal 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!

Not from a forgotten Atari arcade game! Takara-Tomy Beast Saga Kannigal Action Figure is long gone, but it has a great sculpt and some nifty armor. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

New Jurassic World Imaginext

ImaginextPachyrhinosaurusVia BeImaginext on Instagram: Another new Jurassic World set spotted! This one looks really cool... Lowery and Pachyrhinosaurus. I have no idea if it's coming out in the USA or if I can get one, but I like it. It's cute..

But there's more! Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World Allosaurus Dinosaur & Ranger Figure is up on Amazon (yes that's an affiliate link) for seven bucks and I haven't seen it elsewhere yet. I also haven't been out much.

--AP

John Warden Abandons Transformers for Ghosts, Power Rangers
July 17, 2020
Star Wars Review: Shadow Stormtrooper (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Shadow Stormtrooper (The Black Series 6-Inch). It's a nice exclusive. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Gradius This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives Gradius, Panzer Paladin, Golf, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Paper Mario: The Origami King and Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.

--AP

Quintesson Transformers Exclusive Set Coming to Pulse

TransformersHe Likes to WatchVia Comicbook.com: Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy Quintesson Pit of Judgement 5-Pack Unveiled (Exclusive). It is expected to be around $70 - not bad for 2 new mini-figures and a $30, a $20, and a $10 toy - and it's due in September on Hasbro's Pulse store. This might be one of the most fun sets in a while, with the first-ever Quintesson Bailiff toy and a nifty pit playset, and it seems everything in the set has unique deco too.

Most likely this would've been a San Diego Comic-Con item before the complete year of 2020 was canceled. The tease was to promote the absurdly early Fan First Friday livestream tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM Eastern - which is 6:30 AM Pacific. New items are expected from Marvel, Star Wars, and Transformers.

--AP

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Delayed
July 20, 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 Vintage, 3 3/4-Inch Figures, HasLab Again! 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 Adds Dozens of Transformers, Joes, Marvel, Star Wars

TransformersBumblebeeVia Walmart.com: Walmart Collector Con Hasbro. Hasbro revealed a ton of stuff on Friday, and preorders went up and down (and up and down) all day long - even if the item you want is sold out, maybe look again just to be sure.

Transformers fans got a new wave of Netflix War for Cybertron including some new molds. Soundwave is a tape deck. Bumblebee is an actual licensed VW Bug. Elita-1 is a remolded Arcee. Also you can get repaints of Earthrise Optimus Prime, Wheeljack, Impactor, and Red Alert. Note: on Sunday, my order for Elita-1 was cancelled, and so was a friend's of mine, without notice from Walmart. You may want to check your orders too.

A new 3 3/4-inch G.I. Joe line of repackaged vehicles and figures with new deco and tons of accessories on very nice cardbacks are up for a very fair (given inflation) $13 per figure or $25 per vehicle plus figure. Sure, it's more than the 25th anniversary figures 13 years ago - but that's time and the rise of the middle class in China. Stuff costs more.

Marvel added a Venomized Captain America plus Cable.

Star Wars added 6-inch figures from The Clone Wars of two Mandalorians, Ahsoka Tano, and a new Clone redeco - so basically, something good in every sector.

--AP

New Game Boy/Super Game Boy/Game Boy Color: Journey to Oblivion

GameBoyDCVia 1st Press Games (who previously published Tobu Tobu Girl Deluxe): Powa! for GB/GBC-compatible systems! Pre-orders are live through August 16 and the game is due in a vague "Q3 2020," with pre-orders including beta test access and a collector coin.

There are multiple box, color of cartridge, and bonus variation levels - which is good. The cheapest version is 50 Euros. It also says Q3 2020 - which is over when the beta testing starts - so that seems like it might be in error. At current exchange rate levels, with shipping, it starts at US $70.

--AP

Glyos Healey Made Raiders Revealed, Sold

GlyosRaidersVia the Glyos News Dump: Healey Made Menu - July 17, 2020. Two new figures and a vinyl release went up and sold pretty quickly on Friday. Check the store in case it comes back up again, but don't get your hopes up.

--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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Film "Tenet" Delayed Indefinitely
July 21, 2020
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Hotlink with Heatstroke and Heartburn Action Figures

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Hotlink with Heatstroke and Heartburn 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!

Available now! The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Hotlink with Heatstroke and Heartburn Action Figures may be in a store near you, but I haven't been in a Walmart in a couple of weeks. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Untitled Goose Game Lovely Edition Physical Media Release

Video GamesGooseVia iam8bit: Untitled Goose Game Lovely Edition for PS4 and Switch, plus vinyl soundtrack. The question was never "if" so much as "when."

The LP has some double-groove fun going on and random reclaimed vinyl coloring. The Switch version is $40, the PS4 version is $35. It also has a sticker, booklet, and poster - and costs a lot more than the download, but if you're like me, that's fine, you wouldn't buy the download anyway.

--AP

Thanksgiving Plans Changed
July 22, 2020
Star Wars Review: Stormtrooper with Blast Accessories (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Stormtrooper with Blast Accessories (The Black Series 6-Inch). He has unique blast accessories and a two-sided stand plate! Read the whole review.

Also Hasbro and Target confirmed a large swath of Disney merch coming to stores, which makes sense given the pandemic and lack of theme park visitations. More is rumored to be on the way.

--AP

Goodbye, Black Thursday at Walmart

ToysBlackVia Business Insider: Walmart will close stores on Thanksgiving, ending a Black Friday tradition that drew huge crowds. I mean... good?

I assume online deals will still exist - even for in-store pickup later - but at this point, anything to keep crowds down to manageable levels is probably for the greater good. I'm not a big fan of street dates or shopping holidays, so this certainly sounds like a good and indeed pleasant move.

--AP

Bomb Rush Cyberpunk, Eh?
July 23, 2020
Review: The Outer Space Men Bluestar Metamorpho Action Figure

Figure of the DayThe Outer Space Men Bluestar Metamorpho 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!

This is a bright figure! When charged, the The Outer Space Men Bluestar Metamorpho Action Figure looks electric even with the lights on (as pictured here.) So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Not-SDCC Ghostbusters Tully and Terror Dog

GhostbustersTawny vs. EverythingVia Hasbro Pulse Facebook: Now immortalized forever by Ghostbusters Plasma Series, you too can relive TullyŐs Terrible Night over and over forever. Available September 2020. No price listed, but this basically completes a basic set of the Plasma Series figures.

--AP

Analogue Pocket on Monday?

GameBoyPocketVia Analogue: Jul. 27 2020 8 am PST. Well, I assume they mean PDT - because nobody seems to make the distinction anymore. It doesn't explicitly confirm what is at that date or time, but given the graphic we assume it's pre-sales for the new portable's first run.

--AP

NES Kickstarter: Space Raft

NintendoSpace RaftVia Kickstarter: Space Raft NES - A whimsical new NES homebrew game based on the music and humor of the indie rock band Space Raft. There's a demo ROM for the cartridge release, and they have October as an ETA. Given how NES deliverables in 2020 have been so far, maybe expect it in December or January.

--AP

Bill & Ted - September 1, Mulan - Never?
July 24, 2020
Star Wars Review: Dak Ralter (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Dak Ralter (The Black Series 6-Inch) . It's a pack-in with the Snowspeeder. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchKoutetsu Yousai Strahl This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Koutetsu Yousai Strahl, Dex, Crysis Remastered, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise.

--AP

RIP Regis Philbin, John Saxon, Peter Green
July 27, 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 Crowdfunding, Third Party Bootlegs, and Sisters! 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

Target Exclusive Transformers - Direct to Clearance?

TransformersCloneVia Target: Transformers War for Cybertron: Earthrise WFC-E30 Decepticon Clones 2-Pack are just arriving in stores over the past 2 weeks - and as of last week, they went from not being in Phoenix at all to showing up for 30% off, despite being full price on the web site.

According to some price tracking web sites there may be plenty available for $17.48 - or $24.99, depending on the store. If you're out and see these, go ahead and scan them - they're basically the Takara-Tomy Legends deco from a few years ago, and significantly cheaper than the Big Bad Toy Store-exclusive Pounce on the secondary market.

As far as I can tell Skywarp and Thundercracker are full price and probably not in stock as of press time.

--AP

Analogue Pocket Today?

GameBoyPocketVia Analogue last week: Jul. 27 2020 8 am PST. As I write this Sunday evening, no specifics have been given - is it a pre-order? Review embargo? First in stock? Nobody knows. Analogue farmed its controller duties out to 8bitdo, so it's a big question mark if the system will feel any good. Historically their systems played incredibly well, but also could use vintage controllers.

The estimated $200 portable was originally expected for a 2020 release, but COVID-19 pushed back another run of its NT Mini console by several months. If things continued as planned, the Analogue Pocket would play Nintendo GameBoy family games right out of the box, and adapters for other portables might come later. This is where teh known details have been living so far.

--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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Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 on October 15
July 28, 2020
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Deluxe Ironworks Action Figure

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Earthrise Deluxe Ironworks 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 Ironworks Action Figure is a base... and a robot... and another base, and armor. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Analogue Pocket Presales Next Week, Delivery 2021

GameBoyPocketVia Analogue: Analogue Pocket Pre-Order info. While the Mega Sg threw in a Master System adapter, a pad to connect to the Sega CD, and a bunch of other odds and ends, it looks like the Pocket will be dividing up everything. USB cables, AC adapters, and everything else are offered separately - like a $30 hard case, a $16 screen protector, and a $100 dock. And $30 adapters for the Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx.

Read the fine print of everything you think you might want to order - because there are some things in the box for the dock that the system doesn't have. The system has the portable and a USB-C cable. The dock has the cable, and a power supply, and an HDMI cable. Since Analogue charges $20 for the USB-C Power Supply, and I assume you want the dock, it's a good idea to figure out what you'll want and need here.

The system has a USB-C cable, but if you want a dock, a case, the screen protector, and the cartridge adapters, you're already looking at over $400 before shipping. Ouch. Goodness help you if you need some MIDI cables too.

--AP

New Demo - Mega Drive/Genesis Insane Pain

SegaInsane PainVia Blast Process: Insane Pane. It looks a lot like Killer Insinct, but somehow more '90s, and you can get a demo ROM for your MISTer, Mega Sg, emulators, ROM carts, or whatever.

It's neat - but it has some collision issues and the controls are a little stiff. I played through it with Princess and most of the way with Haley, and then I had to write this.

--AP

Wizard World Chicago Postponed until 2021
July 29, 2020
Star Wars Review: C1 Astromech (Color-Changing Droids, Droid Factory Line Look)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: C1 Astromech (Color-Changing Droids, Droid Factory Line Look). He's able to change colors, from Chopper to a blacker Chopper! Read the whole review.

--AP

PSP Batteries Expanding/Breaking - Check Yours!

Sony PSPBlackVia Kotaku: PSP Owners, Check Your Batteries. Why?

"This weekend on Japanese Twitter, 'PSP battery' started trending. Owners of the Sony handheld began noticing that the batteries were swelling up, and in some cases bursting open."

Mine was fine - but you might want to go check yours and maybe remove it until the next time you play it. (Also if anyone has a great way to play my UMDs on an HDTV without tracking down the later revision with the cable, I'm all ears...)

--AP

Netflix Transformers Day - War for Cybertron Debut
July 30, 2020
Review: Kenner Batman: The Dark Knight Collection Iron Winch Batman Action Figure

Figure of the DayKenner Batman: The Dark Knight Collection Iron Winch Batman 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!

Old! Kenner Batman: The Dark Knight Collection Iron Winch Batman Action Figure is part of Kenner's Batman revival around 1990, which was mostly Batman with a couple of Jokers mixed in - they were fun. I once got to hang out with Mark Boudreaux from Hasbro (Kenner) in 2000, setting up a booth of Star Wars toys in Plano, TX at a sci-fi con. He gave me the pitch to Warner/DC he and his team gave about why they should be able to do all the Batman figures, because he's all about his "wonderful toys" as Jack Nicholson's The Joker put it. And he was right! These figures are all kind of the same, but the accessories - snow gear, aqua sleds, radar suits, and the works - sold millions of figures. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Gigaleak - Hit The Ice, Lost 1993 Hockey RPG for NES

NintendoHit the IceVia Frank Cifaldi (on Twitter, via the Gigaleak): Here's a tiny thing that happened from the Nintendo leaks that makes me happy: among the email attachments was the final, approved build of Hit the Ice, a weird unreleased NES hockey RPG (yes really). The prototype I dumped in 2002 wasn't finished yet.

A prototype dump came up in the past, but according to his notes this was actually finished and approved. The Super NES hit in 1991, so by 1993 nobody was really releasing NES games anymore. The final NES game in the USA, Wario's Woods, would hit in February 1994. Where it was dumped and if more goodies were in there, I don't yet know, but it's exciting!

The big question now with games like this is if it will actually see a release. Limited Run Games just shipped the newly-developed Jay & Silent Bob's Mall Brawl - mine arrived yesterday - and other games are seeing limited releases through a variety of means. Much like big boxed sets of recording studio demo bonus tracks from The Stooges, there could be a market for this kind of thing still - and hopefully someone reaches out and puts out a run of these lost games. I could say "gems" but I have no idea what the puck to expect from a 1993 hockey RPG.

--AP

Freezepop Sharing Some of Kickstarter Album to Supporters
July 31, 2020
Star Wars Review: R5-D23 (Droid Factory Line Look)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: R5-D23 (Droid Factory Line Look) . It's long gone and has a nice hat. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchSamurai Showdown NeoGeo Collection This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Samurai Showdown NeoGeo Collection, BurgerTime, Rugby Challenge 4, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Fairy Tail and Escape Game: Fort Broyard.

--AP

Analogue Rerunning Super Nt

Super NESJack and Jane Jungle EscapeVia Analogue: Super Nt Classic, SF, and Black notifications are back up. Another run of the console has been mentioned for a while - and three colors are returning. Transparent is not, nor is the white Ghostly model. The Mega Sg adapters also have reminder notifications back up.

If you don't have one, the Super Nt is the best commercially available new production clone hardware that can play Super Nintendo cartridges from all over the world - I've got one and have used my old games, some Super Famicom titles, and Super Game Boy on it. While expensive, it plays perfectly on an HDTV and there's a handy alternative jailbreak firmware if you're inclined to run homebrew ROMs like New Super Mario Land.

Of course, if you have your old Super NES and an old CRT TV, you're probably just fine.

--AP


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