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Toys R Us, Coachella, Stagecoach: Die, Die Again
February 1, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Waiting for Mando, Star Wars Playsets, and Top Gun Helmets! 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

Ad: Hasbro Star Wars and Super7 Transformers at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Hasbro, Super7, and Funko toys at Entertainment Earth! Super7's brand-new Transformers Ultimates Action Figures join new Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series and The Vintage Collection announcements, which you can order now rather than hunt in stores later.

Star Wars Black Series Bad Batch Elite Squad Trooper Figure Star Wars Vintage Collection Ahsoka Tano Mandalore Figure Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Maul Mandalore Figure

Pre-order yours now. They're due in a few months.

Transformers Ultimates Optimus Prime 7-Inch Action Figure Transformers Ultimates Ghost of Starscream Action Figure Transformers Ultimates Bombshell 7-Inch Action Figure Transformers Ultimates Banzai Tron 7-Inch Action Figure

These guys are coming in 2022!

--AP

Power Up Baseball: Lost NBA Jam MLB Arcade Game

Video GamesNew StuffVia the Video Game History Foundation: Baseball's Lost “NBA Jam” Revealed is a little-known 1990s arcade game that tried to apply the fast-paced play of NBA Jam to the slower-paced game of baseball. In the 1990s, baseball was getting a lot of grief during a strike where a lot of people speculated the slow-paced sport would probably not come back - obviously, this did not happen.

Why didn't the game come out? Roger Sharpe was quoted as saying: "It's one thing to put it in a box [for a home console] and sell it for $39. I don't care how long it takes you to play the game. You've made the purchase. But is it a quarter an inning? And nine quarters upfront? Do I give you a discount and it's $2 to play a nine-inning game versus $2 to play a four-quarter basketball game?

"You can have the greatest arcade game known to man. But if it's going to take 10 minutes to play that game, and it's going to bring in $1 versus it's going to take 20 seconds to earn $1, as a location owner, which product am I going to buy?"

--AP

Fortnite Crosses Over with G.I. Joe, Toy Too

G.I. JoeThe Crossover Nobody Asked ForVia Hasbro Pulse: Fortnite G.I. Joe Collab Snake Eyes: Zero Point Edition. You can pre-order the figure at Hasbro Pulse right now - it's a $20 figure with a bunch of accessories for $39.99, and looking at the paint job, that seems about right.

While I can't speak to Fortnite as I am a cartridge-era gamer, I can say this figure looks pretty good - but it's out in 2022, which may as well be a million years away.

--AP

Imaginext Slammers Walmart Clearance

ImaginextPopVia Phil and Walmart: Imaginext DC Super Friends Slammers Batmobile & Mystery Figure Set (Styles May Vary). You can order a random figure online for 50% off, or use Brickseek to check your local stores and use the ID codes to get the ones you want - and they're as low as $2.

Last year I bought and reviewed a Mr. Freeze and a Batman in Figure of the Day - and while they were good, they're not $8 good. But sat $4? Buy all you can.

--AP

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RIP Dustin Diamond
February 2, 2021
Review: Takara-Tomy Transformers Generations Selects Voyager Super Megatron Action Figure

Figure of the DayTakara-Tomy Transformers Generations Selects Voyager Super Megatron Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

It's newish! The Takara-Tomy Transformers Generations Selects Voyager Super Megatron Action Figure is Titans Return Galvatron with lots and lots of new parts to make him look like an unrealized concept from the later days of G1. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Ad: Siege Transformers Rainmakers Return to Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Super7 Transformers, Hasbro Star Wars, and so much more at Entertainment Earth! This week: Transformers War for Cybertron Siege Rainmakers Seekers 3-Pack - Exclusive. After selling out of a limited quantity a few weeks ago, these pre-orders are for new deliveries later this year!

Transformers War for Cybertron Siege Seekers 3-Pack

Order yours now! And while you're at it, pick up Maestro - new Marvel Legends from Hasbro! Also, more Juggernaut and Colossus are on the way - assuming you order it.

Marvel Legends Maestro Hulk 6-inch Action Figure Marvel Legends Colossus and Juggernaut 6-Inch Action Figures

--AP

Classic Review: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Acid Storm, Ion Storm, and Nova Storm Action Figures

Figure of the DayTransformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Acid Storm, Ion Storm, and Nova Storm Action FiguresSince it went back up for pre-order, I figured I should link you to a classic Figure of the Day.

After a brief batch reappeared (and sold out), the Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Acid Storm, Ion Storm, and Nova Storm Action Figures are returning if you pre-order online at select stores. (It is not anticipated they will be back in Target stores.) So read on, and order one at your favorite store if you missed them! Two years later and I really still love these.

--AP

RIP Hal Holbrook
February 3, 2021
Star Wars Review: Jar Jar Binks (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Jar Jar Binks (The Black Series 6-Inch). It's also sold at Best Buy as an exclusive on an Episode I cardback for the same price - $30 - but without the shield or atlatl. I'd suggest you buy a boxed one if you're going to open it. Read the whole review.

--AP

Ad: New Hasbro Transformers Deep Cover, ThunderTank at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Funko and More New Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth! This week: Transformers Generations Selects Deluxe Deep Cover. More are on the way!

Transformers Generations Selects Deluxe Deep Cover

But wait - there's more! Super7's ThunderCats Ultimates ThunderTank vehicle is coming in 2022, and new pre-orders are welcome today. It is very large.

ThunderCats Ultimates ThunderTank Vehicle

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

--AP

Resident Alien Was Pretty Good
February 4, 2021
Review: Lanard Toy Alien 7-Inch Drone Xenomorph Action Figure

Figure of the DayLanard Toy Alien 7-Inch Drone Xenomorph Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

It's newish! The Lanard Toy Alien 7-Inch Drone Xenomorph Action Figure is probably at a Walmart near you now, and it's ten bucks. For a figure of that size, I couldn't say no for ten bucks. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Ad: Old Hasbro Marvel Legends at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get Old Marvel Legends and Exclusives at Entertainment Earth! This week: Marvel Legends Captain America Worthy 6-Inch Action Figure. More are on the way!

Marvel Legends Captain America Worthy 6-Inch Action Figure

But wait - there's more! Spider-Man and Valkyrie are back for a short time, too.

Spider-Man Marvel Legends Spider-Man MK III Action Figure Avengers Marvel Legends 6-Inch Valkyrie Action Figure

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

--AP

A Large, Properly Formatted Data File
February 5, 2021
Star Wars Review: The Mandalorian (Beskar Armor, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: The Mandalorian (Beskar Armor, The Vintage Collection). It's a retool with a lot of new parts, and particularly bright armor. Read the whole review.

--AP

Ad: Transformers Gigawatt at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Transformers at Entertainment Earth! This week: Back to the Future Transformers Mash-Up Gigawatt! It comes in a G1-style box with a flap, but is actually also a fantastic toy. Modeled after Siege Sideswipe, it's a fun transformation with loads of DeLorean DeTail.

Back to the Future Transformers Mash-Up Gigawatt

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives HALLEY'S COMET This week's batch of titles on the eShop: G-MODE Archives29 ZANAC, Arcade Archives HALLEY'S COMET, Turrican Flashback, and over a dozen more.

--AP

RIP Christopher Plummer
February 8, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Piloting Star Wars Vehicles, Lost Figures, and New Joints! 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

Remastered Super Mario World Soundtrack

NintendoEar CandyVia Chris Kohler: Super Mario World Restored OST. The Super NES used highly-compressed samples to make the music in the game - someone re-created the music using uncompressed samples. It sounds pretty neat, but it's not going to change your life like suddenly hearing a remix of Tom Waits' "Table Top Joe" that inexplicably adds a trumpet near the end.

It's worth checking out.

--AP

G.I. Joe Gets Small

G.I. JoeSmallVia Toy-Wizards: G.I. Joe Classified Mini 99 Cent Discount Figures are Showing Up in Stores. Power Rangers are also showing up.

Hasbro (and other manufacturers) develop product specifically for these low-dollar chains - Hasbro has had a lot of Spider-Man stuff in recent years, too. You are unlikely to see any of this in big box stores or online retailers, unless you're buying them to flip online that is.

--AP

Transformers Get Even Bigger

TransformersBigVia Buyker Lab on YouTube: Unboxing Hasbro's MASSIVE HasLab Transformers: War for Cybertron UNICRON In 4K | ASMR. Unsurprisingly, it's big. Surprisingly, it begins with someone fondling the box for several seconds.

While certainly the largest Transformers toy to date, it's not Hasbro's biggest toy ever - that crown will probably remain with G.I. Joe's U.S.S. Flagg for the remainder of our lifetimes. It also shows the figure is bigger than Scorponok - but not significantly so. Bulkier, sure, but not a lot taller.

One problem noticed in the videos is that his lower teeth are now blue, not silver like on hte original solicitation. For a typical toy I'd say it's no big deal, but when we're talking $600 robots I don't think it's unreasonable to expect that the details match - the extra buck a unit should have been spent to get it right.

Pre-orders direct from Hasbro ended in 2019, but some retailers in Asia and elsewhere were able to secure a supply of these which may still be available for a slight mark-up. I would assume that the nostalgia will run out before they try another giant Unicron toy again - but who knows?

--AP

Pitman: A Sega Master System Homebrew for Boulder Dash Fans

SegaPitmanVia SMS Power!: Pitman, a new Sega Master System game. It's not presently being sold on cartridge, but the Boulder Dash-esque colorful homebrew game plays on emulators, ROM carts, and of course your Analogue Mega Sg if you bought one. As of my writing this I've played a few levels and I really like it.

Give it a spin.

--AP

Weird Al + Triumph the Insult Comic Dog = This

ComedyPopVia SF Sketchfest/Weird Al/Triumph/etc.: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog interviews "Weird Al" Yankovic. It's about 10 minutes and absolutely worth your time to watch it.

I mean, what else are you doing today? Watch the stupid video. You're welcome.

--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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Your Dad Loved Siblings
February 9, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Soundwave with Laserbeak and Ravage Action Figures

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Soundwave with Laserbeak and Ravage 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!

It's newish! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Soundwave with Laserbeak and Ravage Action Figures is a heavy remold of the Siege toy, and it's a lot more fun. I got mine online and have yet to see it in stores - if you see it, you should buy yourself one. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Kevin Smith Reveals New He-Man Score Snippet

Masters of the UniverseThat guyVia Silent Bob: Here's @ThatKevinSmith reacting to @bearmccreary's Masters of the Universe: Revelation score for the first time. You all aren't ready for how good this show is going to be. He-Man has struggled to find a place in 21st century pop culture outside of nostalgia, but it sure seems like the music sounds like music you'd put in a He-Man cartoon.

Will it be fun, goofy, and/or campy? No idea. Kevin Smith also gave us the daffy and wonderful Clerks: The Animated Series about 20 years ago so if any of that gets mixed up with He-Man it should be pretty great.

--AP

Ad: Variant TMNT Ultimates at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Super7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Action Figure Variants and More at Entertainment Earth! This week: Raphael sold out already, but the Foot Soldier, Baxter Stockman, and Splinter are temporarily up for grabs while supplies last. These should have slightly different weapons and possibly other changes.

TMNT Ultimates Foot Soldier 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Splinter 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Baxter Stockman 7-Inch Action Figure

Order yours now! Raphael sold out quickly.

--AP

RIP Mary Wilson, Blue Sky
February 10, 2021
Star Wars Review: Captain Rex (2020 Reissue, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Captain Rex (2020 Reissue, The Vintage Collection). It's a reissue of The Black Series 3 3/4-inch figure with slightly sharper details and slightly more saturated blue paint. Of the two releases, it's the better one, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference without a side-by-side comparison of both figures in person. Read the whole review.

--AP

Transformers Authentics Barricade from Chile?

TransformersFor real?Via TFW2005: Unknown Barricade Authentics/Evergreen (?) Figure shows off what may be a new release. Assuming it's legit, this could be popping up at Walgreens, Dollar General, Five Below, or Family Dollar for $5-$7.

It looks to be inspired by the movie Barricade, but a G1 form factor - it also looks to have more metal pins than some other toys of this size. Will it hit the USA? It remains to be seen!

--AP

RIP Larry Flynt
February 11, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Studio Series Grimlock & Autobot Wheelie

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

It's newish! The Hasbro Transformers Studio Series Grimlock & Autobot Wheelie is the big Grimlock you've been wanting - no sword, but big detail and it's almost as good as the Masterpiece Editions, other than the strangely tinted chest window. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Hyperkin Releasing Variant Atari Clone

AtariSunsetVia Hyperkin on Instagram: hyperkin Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the sunset . #RetroN77 #Retrogaming #Hyperkin It's clear red with a matching controller.

The Retron 77's regular edition has received largely positive marks - especially with updated firmware - and now it's in a new color.

--AP

Ad: New Arrivals and Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New and Newish Hasbro Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Fortnite, Marvel, and More at Entertainment Earth! This week: Hasbro a-go-go. This first batch of items are in stock at press time:

Deadpool Katanas Roleplay Swords Star Wars Black Series Anakin Skywalker AOTC Action Figure Marvel Legends Captain America Worthy 6-Inch Action Figure Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 4 Case Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 3 Case Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 2 Case Transformers Earthrise Micromasters Astro Squad Transformers Masterpiece Edition MP-51 Arcee

But wait - there's more! New G.I. Joe variants and other things are on the way.

G.I. Joe Classified Duke Action Figure - Variant G.I. Joe Classified Roadblock Action Figure - Variant Transformers War for Cybertron Siege Seekers 3-Pack

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

--AP

RIP Again, Brooklyn Nine Nine
February 12, 2021
Star Wars Review: The Child (with Din Djarin, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: The Child (with Din Djarin, The Vintage Collection). It's a positively tiny little gremlin with jointed arms and a neck. The paint is good, the sculpt is good, and you probably want it if you don't already have one in your house. Read the whole review.

--AP

Ad: Devo Funko and Other Things Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Funko at Entertainment Earth! This week: Funko Soda Devo and more! Sure you can get Captain Cold and Iron Man, but Devo. We're all Devo.

Devo Satisfaction Vinyl Soda Figure Devo Whip It with Whip Pop! Vinyl Figure Devo Satisfaction (Yellow Suit) Pop! Vinyl Figure

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

--AP

Four Player Adapter for Atari VCS Exists Now

AtariQuadtariVia Bite the Chili Productions: QuadTari - The world's first 4-player adapter for the Atari 2600. Do you need one? No. But it's cool - if you have homebrew games, you can now play four player games. They say a ROM is included for QuadGames, which is great, in theory, except you probably don't live with 3 more people that want to play Atari with you right now.

Other homebrew games are listed that do work with it - but you'll be forgiven for not knowing about them. Some upcoming games are coming up as well, including a RoboTron clone with 2 sticks per player. Not bad for a game console that came out 43 years ago.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Ninja Kazan This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Asterix & Obelix XXL 3 - The Crystal Menhir, Arcade Archives Ninja Kazan, Binarystar Infinity, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Gal Gun Returns, and Azur Lane: Crosswave.

--AP

Happy 30th Anniversary, Lemmings by Psygnosis
February 15, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Lando Futures, Head Swaps, and Big Old X-Wings! 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

Playstation Infinite Memory Card

PlaystationNew StuffVia 8BitMods: [Preorder] MemCard PRO for PlayStation 1 is a gizmo that has a screen on it that lets you have thousands of memory cards. Will you ever need this many? Probably not, but it's $70 for what may be the last one you'll ever need.

I had one that uploaded from floppy disks back in the day, which probably was ultimately wasteful but it was a neat idea at the time.

--AP

Classic PC Game Lemmings Turns 30

Video GamesOh NoI saw a few social media posts indicating that February 14 was the 30th anniversary of the Amiga release of Lemmings, a monumental PC puzzler that got ported to dang near every console. Game Anim posted Lemmings: 30 Year Anniversary – Animation Previz for their tribute, and The Retronauts Podcast did an episode abotu the game in 2019. It's worth a look.

1991 was a pretty monumental year for video games - in the USA, it brought about the release of the Super NES (with Super Mario World, Final Fantasy II, Super Castlevania IV, and so many more) alongside Metroid II for GameBoy and Sonic the Hedgehog's Sega Genesis debut.

--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!

If you want a piece of merchandise, we now have one! The 16bit.com and Galactic Hunter Collectible Enamel Pin is now available on Etsy. Money goes to me, after Etsy fees, shipping, and whatnot.

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Moving Past the AOL Address
February 16, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Paleotrex Action Figure Hasbro

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

It's newish! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Paleotrex Action Figure Hasbro is basically what Glyos does, but with Transformers. You should buy a few. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Trek: Voyager Now On The Greatest Generation

Star TrekThe Greatest GenerationVia The Greatest Generation: Ep 353: The Bathroom Cloaca (VOY S1E1)! We've been listening to their goofy wrap-ups of Star Trek for a few years and can safely say it's probably worth a look if you're interested in listening to something on your commute from the bathroom to the office to the bedroom. They just wrapped an excellent spin on Deep Space Nine, so it's arguably worth a listen if you're interested in such things and are swimming in abundant, near-silent patches of time.

The not-friendly-for-families podcast is a hoot, and usually runs about an hour an installment. There are hundreds of episodes now, too. What else are you going to do, clean your house? Learn a language?

--AP

Doctor Z Has a Show Now
February 17, 2021
Star Wars Review: Kuiil (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Kuiil (The Black Series 6-Inch). It's the first figure of this character and one of very few new Ugnaught figures this century. He's got a hat. Read the whole review.

--AP

Undercover Cops Reissues for Super NES

Super NES$20 CheepVia Irem, Strictly Limited Games, and Limited Run Games: Undercover Cops - Standard and Collector's Editions bring an obscure Super Famicom to the USA, but are much later.

It's orange, it's a cartridge, and it's a side-scrolling brawler. I haven't played it but the Limited Run Games people do good work so it might be of interest to the olds who had a 16-bit console back when they were new. (Hello, fellas.)

--AP

Ad: New Super7 Variant TMNT Wave 1 In Stock at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Funko and More New Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth! This week: Super7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Wave 1 Variant Baxter Stockman, Foot Soldier, and Spinter are in stock - until they sell through.

TMNT Ultimates Baxter Stockman 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Splinter 7-Inch Action Figure TMNT Ultimates Foot Soldier 7-Inch Action Figure

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

--AP

Paradise Valley Mall to Close
February 18, 2021
Review: Lanard Toy Predator 7-Inch Jungle Hunter Predator Action Figure

Figure of the DayLanard Toy Predator 7-Inch Jungle Hunter Predator Action FigureSomething new every day-- unless it's old! Our exciting Figure of the Day continues for you lucky people! Is there anything we won't cover in this column? Probably not!

It's newish! The Lanard Toy Predator 7-Inch Jungle Hunter Predator Action Figure is probably at a Walmart near you now, and it's worth it - just be careful, the ball ankles will sag without support. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Hyperkin's New GameBoy Replacement Console

GameBoyComing SoonVia Hyperkin Lab: RetroN Sq: HD Gaming Console for Game Boy/Game Boy Color/ Game Boy Advance (Hyper Beach) - Hyperkin and also available in Black and Gold. This is the "Retron Pocket" teased a while ago, and it's $75 with a release date of late March. Is it good? We have no idea.

Supposedly Hyperkin's GameBoy emulation is pretty good, but note this bullet point from their description: • Compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges via open source software. Compatibility with Game Boy Advance cartridges (beta function). How well is it going to work, and will we get good firmware updates? I don't know. But it does have a slot for updates, and a USB Super NES-style controller. For those of us who assume Analogue may not be re-opening pre-orders on their Pocket, this might be an alternative.

--AP

Big Batman Transforms to Batcave

BatmanBat-Man-CaveVia ComicBook.com: Batman Transforming Batcave and RC Batmobile Revealed by Spin Master (Exclusive). This week would have been New York Toy Fair were it not for the continued COVID-19 outbreak, so this 30-inch figure that turns into the Bat-Tech Transforming Batcave probably would've been a big media driver on the news. But it's not, because there's no Toy Fair, but it should be.

They say: The Bat-Tech Transforming Batcave measures over 30 inches and features 10 different areas to play in, including a training area (complete with training dummy), a grappling hook area, a weapons locker, several computer areas, a cell for villains, several platforms, and the main Bat-Computer area. It also features an elevator that connects them all and can move the Batman figure up and down through the levels, and as it moves through it triggers interactive sounds. It is compatible with any of the 4-inch figures and comes with its own exclusive Batman figure.

--AP

Second City Being Sold?

ComedyFun While It LastedVia Block Club Chicago: Second City Could Be Bought By Private Equity Firm: Report. Strauss Zelnick of Take-Two Interactive Software is leading the charge here, and as Second City has been having rough times this could mean a comedy institution could be removed from the face of entertainment.

--AP

Ad: Super7 Brings Back ThunderCats at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Super7 Panthro, Lion-O, and Mumm-Ra with Ma-Mutt return to Entertainment Earth! This week: ThunderCats Ultimates Lion-O 7-Inch Action Figure, ThunderCats Ultimates Panthro 7-Inch Action Figure, and ThunderCats Ultimates Mumm-Ra with Ma-Mutt 7-Inch Figures. More are on the way!

ThunderCats Ultimates Lion-O 7-Inch Action Figure ThunderCats Ultimates Panthro 7-Inch Action Figure ThunderCats Ultimates Mumm-Ra with Ma-Mutt 7-Inch Figures

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

--AP

R.I.P. Prince Markie Dee
February 19, 2021
Star Wars Review: Din Djarin (with The Child, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Din Djarin (with The Child, The Vintage Collection). It's a retool with tons of dirt and damage, an unmasked head, an ice cream maker, beskar ingots, and tons of other goodies. Read the whole review.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives Thunder Cross This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives Thunder Cross, Cape's Escape Game 2nd Room, Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Persona 5 Strikers and Taxi Chaos.

--AP

Toy Fair 2020 Was On 1 Year Ago Today
February 22, 2021
Star Wars Q&A at Galactic Hunter

Q&A by Adam PawlusGalactic Hunter Star Wars NewsGalactic Hunter has posted a Q&A: Star Wars Movies, Vintage Exclusives, and Future Findings! 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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Game Boy Advance SP Alternate Case

NintendoSexy SP RevisitedVia Boxy Pixel: Game Boy Advance SP Unhinged. This is not a thing you can buy, but rather, a very expensive conversion process. The metal case lets you put the SP guts in a metal case - with a headphone jack! - for about $94. But you also need buttons, possibly a new screen, and other things that could drive up the total cost of gear to $150 or more, not including a functioning SP that you'd need to provide.

It's cool - and would be a fantastic thing for someone to mass-produce. Analogue Pocket is a similar thing slated for production, but after selling out pre-orders in 7 minutes last year it is unknown when or if more will be sold. Also other competing concepts from other manufacturers have so far completely evaporated.

It's worth checking out.

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The Muppet Show on Disney+: Omissions and Warnings

MuppetsSmallVia the AV Club: 18 episodes of The Muppet Show have content disclaimers on Disney Plus. The variety show was the toast of pop culture for several years and is widely considered to be a cultural milestone - but if you were a kid when it aired, you probably had little idea who a big chunk of the hosts were then. And you probably don't know who they are now, either. Two episodes don't presently appear, several episodes have some material that were cut from the DVDs, and 18 episodes have some sort of disclaimers. (The Vincent Price "You've Got a Friend" number is back, so all is well.)

As it was no doubt inspired by the variety shows of the 1970s, the shows are a little uneven. If anything, the show may be better for the TikTok generation as a lot of the sketches and songs may stand better on their own as a short bit than a full episode, but some have great payoffs - take the Mark Hamill episode, which has appearances by Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 during The Empire Strikes Back era. Also it's really funny - even the "bad" stuff is a hoot.

It isn't complete, but it's better than the nothing we've had. And it's way more complete than the wildly hole-filled line-up of Taxi episodes on CBS All Access.

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Mexican Aliens and Predator Bootlegs

AlienDinomorphVia eBay: RARE TOY MADE IN MEXICO FIGURE XENO-REX ALIEN & PREDATOR ACTION FIGURE. There are lots of figures of Predators painted like Micronauts riding Queen Aliens designed to be rode on like dinosaurs. No packaged ones exist and I genuinely have no idea if it's an art project or what - but they're neat.

The listings say:
DESCRIPTION OF FIGURE:
MADE IN MEXICO BY MEXICAN ARTISANS
HAND PAINTED
MADE OF PLASTIC HARD
THE FIGURE HAS A MEASURE OF 6 INCHES
THE FIGURE HAS LIGHT BUTTON
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They out-weird Lanard's recent releases by a lot, and I'd love to know if these are any good - I've been tempted to buy some myself. They're cheap, but shipping is not. Perhaps they'll put up some bundles.

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Shearer Out as Dr. Hibbert
February 23, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Core Vertebreak Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Core Vertebreak 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!

Bone up on new Predacons! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Core Vertebreak Action Figure adds to the Predacon team, which is mostly dinosaurs at this point, and this is the way I like it. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Analogue Delays and Updates

Video GamesNot in Your PocketVia Analogue: 2021: Pocket, Bots, Scalpers, Limited Quantities vs Limited Editions and Customer Support - 2/22/21. They acknowledge what's still coming - what's not - and some other problems.

The "when" for more Analogue Pockets was not confirmed - but the NT Mini Noir is confirmed as done. They also are trying to deal with scalpers - an amazing problem to have with clone hardware for very old game consoles.

If you haven't played with the Analogue line, they're pretty great - I have their Super Nt (Super NES) and Mega Sg (Sega Genesis) and they do a great job running cartridges and side-loaded ROMs from indie developers - the Genesis in particular is a treasure trove of microcomputer ports on Itch.io, many of which are free.

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Frogger: The Game Show
February 24, 2021
Star Wars Review: Incinerator Trooper (The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Incinerator Trooper (The Vintage Collection). You can get a big one, or at Walmart, you can get the smaller exclusive one. It's good, it has fire with it. It doesn't have the Imperial cog on the backpack, though, but I'd still say get it if you're a fan of either The Force Unleashed or The Mandalorian. Read the whole review.

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Imaginext: 20th Anniversary Figures Nod to Adventure People

ImaginextDriveVia MyGrodd: Imaginext Turns 20! Celebrate with New Figures in Throwback Style Packaging are probably why I have to go toy hunting now. Two of the figures - a revised X-Ray Man named FP-636 and a vehicle pilot now named Jett Cosmoblast - come on packaging with gorgeous artwork inspired by 20-year-old Velcro-flapped Imaginext packaging.

Joining them are knights Sir Macelot and Helmievel. Also pirates Shackles McMatey and Blackbellows. You will, of course, wish to purchase them all.

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Frogger Game Show: Casting's Open in Australia

TVFor real?Via Castig Crane: Frogger: The Game Show is a thing and there's an open casting call! In Australia. This is what they're doing with Name That Tune on Fox - American contestants, and probably mostly Australian studio audiences.

You can win cash! Well, maybe. You can watch it on TV. That's more likely. It'll be on Peacock, another streaming service you don't currently get.

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Ad: New Hasbro Transformers Transmutate at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Hasbro and More New Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth! This week: Transformers Generations Selects Deluxe Transmutate. More are on the way! But who?

Transformers Generations Selects Deluxe Transmutate

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

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RIP Fry's Electronics
February 25, 2021
Review: Onell Design Star Marshall Sincroid Superior

Figure of the DayOnell Design Star Marshall Sincroid SuperiorSomething 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!

Sold out! The Onell Design Star Marshall Sincroid Superior is a retro figure - but with indie styling - from the people who bring you things like Pheyden and Knights of the Slice. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Mattel's Next He-Man Reboot

Masters of the UniverseHe-ManVia The Toy Book: Top Announcements from Mattel's 2021 Virtual Analyst Meeting. So far they've previewed He-Man, Skeletor, Battle Cat, and Evil-Lyn.

This particular incarnation is a new collector line for adults based on the new Netflix show designs.

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Fry's Electronics Closes Doors

Video GamesFry's ElectronicsVia Frys.com: After nearly 36 years in business as the one-stop-shop and online resource for high-tech professionals across nine states and 31 stores, Fry's Electronics, Inc. ("Fry's" or "Company"), has made the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently as a result of changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The store chain - a huge deal in the 1990s and early 2000s - has been largely emptying slowly over the last six or seven years. The store was filled with empty shelves and, rumor has it, largely consignment items as things like video games, DVDs, and computers were in increasingly short supply.

The chain was famous for its fun facades, often transforming a building into a sci-fi themed shopping destination or a storybook fantasy land. With retail and web operations shutting down, there was no proper "going out of business sale" but if you wandered in a Toys R Us during its final month you no doubt can picture what it looked like - a shrinking selection of products surrounded be a sprawling sea of fixtures. If anyone is going to be purchasing said fixtures or monuments, that would be a fun collection.

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Netflix Gets BotBots
February 26, 2021
Star Wars Review: Rey (Dark Side Vision, The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Rey (Dark Side Vision, The Black Series 6-Inch). I just got my Asajj Ventress and the two share some tooling - a clever cost-saving measure that serves both figures well as the rang of motion is excellent and the sculpting is top-notch. Read the whole review.

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Ad: New Star Wars at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Funko at Entertainment Earth! This week: A new Stormtrooper helmet and Wrecker of The Bad Batch! Also be sure to look at new and old arrivals from The Black Series including some exciting warehouse finds.

Star Wars The Black Series First Order Stormtrooper Helmet Star Wars The Black Series Wrecker 6-Inch Action Figure

Order yours now! Keep an eye on that page for new arrivals all week long.

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Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchGhosts ’n Goblins Resurrection This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Blizzard Arcade Collection, Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection, Arcade Archives CYBATTLER, and over a dozen more.

At retail: BRAVELY DEFAULT II.

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