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RIP E3 2021
March 1, 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 Delta Squad, Rumors of Old, and Core Characters! 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

In-Person E3 Off for 2021

Video GamesE3 A-No-GoVia various news outlets and surprisingly also Wikipedia: in-person E3 2021 is not happening. The Los Angeles trade show was set for June 2021 and is not reorganizing as a virtual event.

Much like last year, this is one of many events just not happening - like New York Toy Fair 2021, Katsucon, most of the Wizard Worlds, and a few others.

Numerous shows are still on the books for this year, but it's worth noting that it took until mid-April 2020 for SDCC 2020 to be officially cancelled.

It's worth checking out.

--AP

NES Witch N' Wiz Alpha, Trials of the Wolf Clan ROM Out Now

NintendoWitch N' WizVia Matt "From Below" Hughson: Witch n' Wiz - NESDEV 2020/21 Competition ROM Out Now!. He says:

" This is an early, Alpha version version of Witch n' Wiz for the annual 2020/21 NESDev competition, and will give you a sense of what the game is about. However, please remember that it is much more limited in scope than what you can expect in the final version of the game! The final game will include far more puzzles, gameplay mechanics, characters, locations, music and story!"

It's a puzzle game that works on emulators and ROM cartridges. No cartridge is for sale at this time, but hey ran some for From Below last year and we'll be talking more about that if/when something comes up for this one.

Also pointed out on Twitter was Trials of the Wolf Clan, a demo from another developer. I really need to get an EverDrive for these things.

--AP

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SDCC Off for July, On for November?
March 2, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Warpath Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Warpath 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!

Blam! Zowie!! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Warpath Action Figure adds to the Minicar team, which is a mix of scales and price points but largely fits with his smaller companions quite nicely. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Uniqlo Shirts with Jurassic World art by Hajime "Sexy Robot Ladies" Sorayama

Jurassic ParkRobosaurusVia Uniqlo: Jurassic World x HAJIME SORAYAMA is the crossover you've never expected. Mr. Sorayama is famous for his pin-up robot girls - and he's applying the style to dinosaurs. If the name sounds familiar, he was parodied on The Venture Bros. with the Lesliebots, and some aamazing statues were made of his work over the years.

At press time there are three unique styles, and while we don't normally cover shirts here, this artist doing dinosaurs was too weird to pass up.

--AP

Ad: New WandaVision, Black Widow at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get New Hasbro and Funko Marvel Toys at Entertainment Earth! This week: it was Agatha all along... also Vision, and Red Guardian, and Melina Vostkoff. There were a lot of people in on it.

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July SDCC Cancelled, Fake November SDCC Possible

SDCCTapeworm Disco PuzzleVia Comic-Con.org: STATEMENT REGARDING COMIC-CON 2021. In short: WonderCon in March and San Diego's Comic-Con International in July are now both at-home events for 2021.

However, this nugget was in the news release: "...we are happy to announce that San Diego Comic Convention is planning to present a three-day in-person convention in San Diego in November. At this time, we are still working on specific details as to attendance capacity, badge cost, and related information, and those details will be forthcoming."

Based on projections from CNN on Monday after Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson announced their roll-out strategy, a November convention doesn't seem logistically impossible. However after being off of school and family gatherings for a year, I would doubt the industry - and possibly fans - would want to go to a limited, off-season convention during a busy Q4. C2E2 rescheduled for December 10-12 and Emerald City Comic Con is now set for December 2-5, which doesn't seem terribly outlandish as a possibility if CNN's projections hold true. Now if people are going to want to go, that remains to be seen.

--AP

No Inhumanoids for John Quays
March 3, 2021
Star Wars Review: Ahsoka Tano (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Ahsoka Tano (The Black Series 6-Inch). She's a Walmart exclusive that I never actually saw in a store - presumably some made it to stores, but I got mine online. Maybe there's more to be had - it's tough to tell. Read the whole review.

--AP

Sega Genesis Gets Erya the Crow Maiden Demo

SegaThe New OldVia Second Dimension on Twitter: We are happy to give you a taste of what Eyra the Crow Maiden will be like on the #16bit consoles with this #segagenesis #megadrive demo. Enjoy! You can play this on an emulator, a Mega Sg which has been hacked, a ROM cart, or whatever. It's also coming to the NES and the demo plays very much like its 8-bit counterpart with the requisite visual and auditory upgrades.

It's also a new 16-bit game in the year 2021, which is generally a good cause for celebration.

--AP

Kickstarter - Stone Protectors DVD (and other stuff)

KickstarterThe New OldVia Kickstarter: Stone Protectors - Special Edition Series Box Set. If Comix.tv hits $30,000, a DVD boxed set with unreleased episodes could be made. If you don't remember Stone Protectors, there was a huge trend on Trolls knock-offs and inspired action toy lines in the 1990s. In addition to this line, you could see things like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trolls from Playmates and Battle Trolls from Hasbro. And others, probably, but I don't remember their TV spots and don't have my old issues of Tomart's Action Figure Digest handy to go verify.

Action figures, video games, and Blu-Ray releases are among the stretch goals.

--AP

Cluck Cluck Number One
March 4, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Voyager Dinobot Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Voyager Dinobot 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!

No golden discs? The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Voyager Dinobot Action Figure is a marvelous remake of a classic figure which draws from the original toy and Mainframe animation model. You're going to want this one - he's big. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

NESDev ROM Compilation 2020/2021

NintendoHe-ManVia @NESHomebrew on Twitter: Tons of great entries to the 2020/21 NESDev Compo!! Download them all, and play some NEW NES games. Not all of them work on all emulators - for example, I was excited to play a Breakout/Tetris mash-up called Upsad Down but my two go-two emulators couldn't run it - but a browser-based one ran it fine.

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

--AP

Blaster Master Zero 3: July!
March 5, 2021
Star Wars Review: See-Threepio (C-3PO 2020 Redux, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: See-Threepio (C-3PO 2020 Redux, The Vintage Collection). It has less paint, but looks better than the 2010 release. He also has removable panels and a removable leg, which I admit I missed the first time this mold got put out back in 2010. I assume and hope you got this by now. Read the whole review.

--AP

Replacement Crystal Clear Super NES Case

Super NESQuadtariVia Retro Game Restore: Retro Game Restore - SNES Transparent Case $97.49 (Super Early Bird price, Postage not included). This has been making the rounds on the socially distant medias and it looks sharp - but it's expensive, and it won't fit all Super NES revisions.

Before you buy one, read the description to make sure yours fits this one - you may need to do some research. Or you'll see the $97.49 price and go "Maybe I'll try that Retro Brite thing."

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives GUERRILLA WAR This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives GUERRILLA WAR, Kill It With Fire, Pixel Game Maker Series Puzzle Pedestrians, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Apex Legends .

--AP

When Ryu Wore Shoes
March 8, 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 Cardbacks, DIY Droids, and Old Brands! 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

New NES (and Famicom) Games: Banana Bash, Slow Mole

NintendoBanana BashVia Work3 Studio on Twitter: We'd thought it's time to announce that Saru Kani Panic will be called BANANA BASH! for the western NES version. The in-progress game is set fro Famicom and NES releases, and there's already a packaging mock-up.

You will want to see this video on Twitter which shows a game that looks surprisingly detailed, with colors similar to Kirby's Adventure.

Meanwhile, Erik Rosenlund as a shockingly good promotional video for Slow Mole on the free tiers of his Patreon, plus a playable beta. It looks great - and it's hard!

It's worth checking out.

--AP

Kickstarter: IndestructoTank! Game Boy Cartridge

Game BoyIndestructoTankVia Matt "From Below" Hughson: IndestructoTank! - Physical Game Boy cartridge game in 2021!. He says:

"In 2007 I released a simple Flash game series that went on to have well over 50 million downloads and destroyed productivity in countless school classrooms.

"Now that Adobe have decided to pull the plug on Flash, I discovered after much market research that the kids of today are more interested in mobile gaming... So I decided to port the game to a more viable platform - the original Game Boy!"

It looks like fun. It's about US $35 for a physical cartridge plus shipping from the UK. That's not terrible - a first-party game was $19.99 in 1989, which is $42.17 in today's dollars.

--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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RIP Tony Hendra
March 9, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Decepticon Runabout Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Decepticon Runabout 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!

Sold out? The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Decepticon Runabout Action Figure is a Target exclusive that seems to have run its course - so get it if you see it. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Wars Review: Captain Cardinal (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Captain Cardinal (The Black Series 6-Inch). It's a First Order Stormtrooper, but red, and with a cape - and you got charged $5 more for it. It's a book character that I don't believe is a costumed character at Galaxy's Edge, but I may be wrong about that. It was part of Target's exclusive program and that's 100% appropriate. When do I get my Target exclusive Red Bumblebee? Is that happening? And if not why not? Anyway. Read the whole review.

--AP

Bowser's Airship Toy Coming from Jakks Pacific

NintendoIt's A-BoatVia Jakks Pacific on Twitter: Super Mario Bowser's Airship Playset. Joining the #JAKKSToys and figures world this Fall! Apparently they were too excited to wait for March 10 - you know, Mar10, because the only stupid holiday pun couldn't be "May the Fourth" which never stopped being any less funny than it was the first time I heard it. Which is to say, not at all funny.

"Fall" is usually code for "August big box toy aisle reset dates," so stay tuned for more on that.

--AP

Beetlejuice, Lydia, Buffy, TMNT join BST AXN

ToysHey LydsVia ToyArk: The Loyal Subjects - BST AXN TMNT, Gremlins, Beetlejuice Cartoon, Ozzy Osbourne, Buffy, and More. In short: if you are me or married to me this is probably an exciting link.

Cartoon Beetlejuice has been an underserved market as Kenner's old toy line (and NECA's) were largely original designs or based on the movies - these are clearly from the Nelvana cartoon. TMNT looks animated - and far cheaper than Super7's figures at 5-inches tall and $14.99. It's quite a line-up.

I'm told Gandalf and others are in circulation now but I've yet to see any of these in the wild - but the pictures on Twitter look nice.

--AP

Game Boy Advance Retronauts, Starring Everybody (and Me)

Game Boy AdvanceIt's A-BoatVia Retronauts on Twitter: One week early for our Patreon subscribers: there comes a time when every Boy becomes...an Advance. @gamespite @bobservo & @Adam16bit reflect on Nintendo's sophomore handheld console, the Game Boy Advance! Hey, I'm one of those people. It's a really fun podcast and you should check out their other episodes that are up for free right now, or sign up for their Patreon because they do really good stuff. If you don't support mine, you should probably support theirs first. And if you have a dollar, I'll take it.

--AP

Ad: Soundwave's Spy Patrol Restocked at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Transformers Generations Spy Patrol Elite Command Unit Team at Entertainment Earth! A limited supply of this Selects set is in stock, as are G2 Megatron, Greasepit, Exhaust, and Cromar - while supplies last.

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--AP

RIP Norton Juster
March 10, 2021
Star Wars Review: Bo-Katan Kryze (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Bo-Katan Kryze (The Black Series 6-Inch). She's a new figure you'll probably never see on shelves because everybody else wants her, so ordering online might be a good move. The sculpting is great, but you'll notice a lot of sculpted scrapes and scuffs that lack any sort of decoration - which is a shame, it's a great sculpt with a good helmet and an excellent head under said helmet. Read the whole review.

--AP

Atari VCS Gets New Cartridges from Ex-Activision Developers

AtariCircus ConvoyVia Audacity Games: Circus Convoy! This is a new $60 game from David Crane (yes Pitfall David Crane) and Garry Kitchen. It goes on sale shortly and ships the week of March 22.

This article delves a bit into Audacity Games for those of you who may need to know a bit about Activision. "Every release comes with a download of a digital version (with the same serial number) which is Stella emulator compatible," it says. At sixty bones it's pretty pricey, but for a limited edition boutique product from OG-developers it might be a bargain. Also it's a pretty decent price when adjusted for inflation, but as to the quality of the games? That remains to be seen.

--AP

Transformers Kingdom Rodimus Prime Revealed (in Japan)

TransformersRodimus PrimeVia Takara-Tomy but translated at TFormers: Transformers Kingdom Rodimus Prime with Trailer Official Images & Details Revealed! This is expected to be a US Commander-Class toy, which means it's $80, which means it's rather pricey - but Rodimus' trailer is significantly more robust than that of the $50 Leader-class Optimus Prime. It also has lots of extra weapons, like a blaster, and 10 effect parts which are as of yet unrevealed.

The figure seems to share a bit of design thought with Studio Series Hot Rod, but the spoiler appears to be painted sadly. There's also a fair amount of paint, and more details will presumably follow when the US pre-order pops up eventually.

--AP

Ad: G2 Ramjet Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Transformers Generations Selects G2 Ramjet - at Entertainment Earth! New orders are welcome today for release later this year.

Transformers Generations Selects G2 Ramjet - Exclusive

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Happy Unintentionally TMNT Day
March 11, 2021
Review: Mattel Hot Wheels Screen Time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Wagon

Figure of the DayMattel Hot Wheels Screen Time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party WagonSomething 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 a buck! The Mattel Hot Wheels Screen Time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Wagon is a redeco with different wheels, and it's a buck. How could I not buy this? You're going to want this one - he's big. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

New 16-bit-style TMNT Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesOffice PoliticsVia Tribute Games: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ShredderÕs Revenge - Reveal trailer. From the Canadian developers that gave you Scott Pilgrim, this love-letter to Konami's 1990s side-scrolling beat-'em-ups has a gorgeously animated introduction with appropriately retro sprite work that looks a bit fancier than the genuine article.

Presumably it will be on consoles, and it is listed for Steam - but will it be on Switch? Can I play it online? This is all I care about right now.

--AP

Healey Made Raider Mutations - TMNT-Flavor

GlyosHe-ManVia the Glyos News Dump: Pre-Orders: Healey Made Raider Mutations Set. Four figures at $100 isn't cheap, but this is a pretty good figure mold. Old-school figure fans will probably love these more than Glyos fanatics.

As you can see, the colors borrow heavily from Playmates' first four versions of the green teens.

--AP

Game Boy Color Infinity - RPG Coming

Game Boy AdvanceIt's A-BoatVia Retro Modding's Incube8 Games arm: 20 years later, one of the most anticipated Game Boy Color RPGs is back from the dead! I didn't keep very good track of Game Boy Color developments during the original one despite going to Best Buy on launch day due to the many NES ports, shovelware games, and Pokemons - so this is new to me. It's coming to Kickstarted from Retro Modding, a company that's been making inroads as one of the go-to businesses for Game Boy modding over the last few years. They're hiring some of the original game developers - and some new people - to finish this game that looks like it smells a bit like Secret of Mana, so I'm potentially very interested.

--AP

Beast Wars Reissues
March 12, 2021
Star Wars Review: Asajj Ventress (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Asajj Ventress (The Black Series 6-Inch). She shares tooling with Dark Side Vision Rey, but you wouldn't know it at first glance. This version of Dooku's assassin is largely based on the first couple of seasons of the 2008 The Clone Wars show - and Read the whole review.

--AP

Beast Wars Reissues Coming to Walmart (with New Deco)

TransformersCheetorVia IGN: New Transformers: Vintage Beast Wars Coming to Walmart Collector Con. The prices are strange - Leader-class Optimus Primal and Megatron are each $40, while Cheetor is $20 and, for some reason, so is the basic Rattrap - which sold for half of Cheetor's price in 1996.

Both Optimus and Megatron have significant color changes to their helmets, but seem to retain all of the gimmicks from 1996 for a price that, given inflation, isn't bad - these are big toys. Cheetor has red robot eyes and green cheetah eyes, a mix of two of the previous releases, and Rattrap's rat mode has black eyes. They're all a little bit different from previous editions.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchArcade Archives LEGEND OF MAKAI This week's batch of titles on the eShop: Arcade Archives LEGEND OF MAKAI, Bishoujo Battle Cyber Panic!, R.B.I. Baseball 21, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Crash Bandicoot 4: ItÕs About Time.

--AP

Happy 100th, Al Jaffee
March 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 Pilots, Creatures, and Retro Action Figures! 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 Getting Ecto-1, Fearsome Flush, Bug-Eye Reissues

GhostbustersE3 A-No-GoVia GameSpot: Ghostbusters Kenner Classics Line Adds ECTO-1, Toilet Ghost, And One More Eye-Popping Toy. These go up for pre-order today and will be in stores later this year.

The car is $50 - not bad, I've still got my original one and it's a nice toy - and the ghosts are $15 each. I remember seeing a lot of Fearsome Flush and the non-cartoon ghost and monster toys on Red Tag Special at Lionel PlayWorld as a kid, and while I've always wanted the ghost toilet.

--AP

New Transformers - Sparkless Seeker and Optimus Primal join 4 Deluxes

TransformersWitch N' WizVia TFW2005: First look at Netflix WFC wave 3 voyagers, Sparkless Seeker and Optimus Primal with Rattrap. These are most likely Walmart exclusives for around $40 that will most likely be on-shelf in a few months. (I haven't seen wave 2 in the wild yet!)

The green and rusty Sparkless Seeker comes with Sparkless Caliburst and Sparkless Singe - it's a gorgeous set. I really dig it.

Optimus Primal with Rattrap doesn't seem to be terrible different than the standard release. The colors on the Primal chest are swapped up a bit - some grey spots are blue, some blue spots are grey. Also the robot feet are now grey instead of blue. Other than that, it seems to be identical and I needed someone to point the changes out to me when I was holding up the Kingdom Primal on my desk next to this new one. It's not different enough for me - but if you missed the regular release, this is a can't-miss substitute.

Also, the third wave of deluxes are already being found. Nothing quite as crazy as new molds - but there's a blue Deep Cover, a rusty Sparkless Bot, a metallic Cheetor with green eyes, and the Deeseus Army Drone from Ironhide. Presumably there are repacks in the case.

--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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RIP Yaphet Kotto
March 16, 2021
Review: Hasbro Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Core Buzzworthy Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky Action Figures

Figure of the DayHasbro Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Core Buzzworthy Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky 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!

New - and available! The Hasbro Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Core Buzzworthy Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky Action Figures is probably at a Target near you as I write this. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Wars Review: Hunter (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Hunter (The Black Series 6-Inch). ShHshares tooling with Crosshair. But what may interest you is that he looks suspiciously like a member of Delta Squad from the Republic Commando video games - are we looking at a secret pretool? Read the whole review.

--AP

Toys R Us: Don't Call It a Comeback

Toys R UsEyes of Geoffrey Are EverywhereVia CNBC: Toys R Us has a new owner that's planning to open stores again in the U.S.. Two locations and some "experience" places closed after the 2018 folding of the entire chain. The long and short of it is WHP plans to reopen for the holiday season. However, if they didn't start working on this last year, getting supply of toys in time may prove impossible (even though it's only March.)

There has been no heir apparent for the toy industry's crown retailer since 2018. As of right now there's basically nothing left of the old Toys R Us but a tiny bit of nostalgia and some graphic design, and this article makes it sound like there may just be people looking to license out the name again. I wouldn't be surprised if we did some day see a revival of the chain, but other dead retailers like Tower Records, Circuit City, and KB Toys' revivals fell through completely. I can't name a single successful retailer comeback in any of the spaces I follow - I'd love to see an exception because the buying power of the old Toys R Us allowed for the proliferation of hundreds of thousands of toys that had nowhere else to go. I just don't think that anyone can go from 0 to National Chain in a year, so unless the plan was to open a couple dozen stores and scale up over a few years, I don't think this is gong to be something you even need to worry about.

--AP

Walmart Exclusives Are Up

TransformersMystery BoxVia Walmart: Calling All Collectors - Preorder new Ghostbusters, Transformers, Beast Wars, and Star Wars exclusives. This is not a paid post, but Walmart put up a bunch of new stuff you may want. Conspicuously absent are the Netflix War for Cybertron Wave 3 deluxe toys which started appearing in stores over the weekend - but have yet to be officially announced anywhere.

A mysterious ammo box has been rumored for a while, with no contents listed. The 17-step toy inside has a Fossilizer, and if you've been following the rumors you may have a good guess as to which leaked Fossilizer this may be and may have read the matching other character could be coming as well. But, of course, nothing's final and they want your $60 up front. Is it as cool as Nemesis Prime? Maybe. Probably not.

--AP

It's Another Long Week
March 17, 2021
Star Wars Review: Crosshair (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Crosshair (The Black Series 6-Inch). This Clone looks a bit like Tem Morrison and a bit like Clint Eastwood - but he's also missing the trademark crosshair on his helmet. There's a lot of sculpted detail and specialized armor elements, so Clone fans should get a huge kick out of this. The character appeared on The Clone Wars last season and will be starring in The Bad Batch in May. Read the whole review.

--AP

Ad: New Predaking at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get Predaking at Entertainment Earth! This week: A limited supply of Transformers Power of the Primes Predaking may be ordered!

Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Predaking

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

--AP

Isn't That the Fun of It?
March 18, 2021
Review: Lanard Toy Predator 7-Inch City Hunter Predator Action Figure

Figure of the DayLanard Toy Predator 7-Inch City 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!

With disc! The Lanard Toy Predator 7-Inch City Hunter Predator Action Figure includes a staff, a disc, and a non-removable mask. This is my favorite of the three Lanard Predator figures. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

The Most Dangerous Cheese
March 19, 2021
Star Wars Review: Queen Amidala (2021 Redux, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Queen Amidala (2021 Redux, The Vintage Collection). The repaint is tremendously improved with incredible face paint - the outfit is pretty much the same, as is the blaster, but with slightly cleaner paint masks. When do we get a 6-inch version of the Queen with the make-up? Hasbro really nailed this one. Read the whole review.

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Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchNEOGEO POCKET COLOR SELECTION Vol.1 This week's batch of titles on the eShop: NEOGEO POCKET COLOR SELECTION Vol.1, Arcade Archives THUNDER DRAGON, and over a dozen more.

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I'm a Mummy
March 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 Lost Tooling, Boba's Torso, and Retro Figures! 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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Ad: New Expanded Universe Star Wars at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Get Star Wars The Black Series figures from the comic books at Entertainment Earth! This week: Luke Skywalker, Jaxxon, Kir Kanos, and Darth Maul!

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Chino's Moving
March 23, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Decepticon Thrust Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Decepticon Thrust 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!

Sold out? The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Kingdom Deluxe Decepticon Thrust Action Figure is a Target exclusive that seems to have run its course - and has unique wings compared to the various other coneheads we've seen thus far. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Star Wars Review: R6-Series Astromech Droid White with Yellow and Silver

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: R6-Series Astromech Droid White with Yellow and Silver. It's a redeco of a redeco - a second take at a yellow droid for Disney parks' parts bins. It's more lemony in color, and has a few different changes from the previous release in 2012 - assuming you can find one, it's pretty nifty. Read the whole review.

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16:9 Super Mario World Hack

Super NESWiderVia Vitor Vilela on Twitter: What if Super Mario World was optimized to run at widescreen 16:9? Here is the result! There's a video of the game running on BSNES - so far it is not yet said to run on things like ROM carts or an Analogue Super Nt. But I can dream.

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Ad: Transformers Siege Omega Supreme Restocked at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment EarthAd: Transformers Generations War for Cybertron: Siege Titan Omega Supreme at Entertainment Earth! A limited supply of this Titan is in stock, as a few other awesome items - while supplies last.

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Farewell, George Segal
March 24, 2021
Star Wars Review: Boba Fett (The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Boba Fett (The Vintage Collection). What you'll hear about in fan circles are two missing lines on the chest - a slight blemish on what would be Hasbro's very bet Boba Fett sculpt in this size to date. There is no known running change in the works, but at least what you get looks really good - the articulation is great. The sculpting is fantastic. The colors are excellent. If you can find it, you're going to buy it anyway - it's just that good. Read the whole review.

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US Release of Mini Sega Astro City Cab Coming

SegaTiny ArcadeVia Limited Run Games: SEGA Astro City Mini! The Japanese import goes up for sale this week for $130 if you did not import it previously. 3500 English-box versions were produced.

While the arcade stick is sadly not coming to the USA in a box for American gamers, the USB pad and some little stools and other accessories will be up for sale this week.

--AP

The Marvel/Pixar/Disney Movie Shuffle

MoviesBlack WidowVia everywhere but I'll link Variety because why not: 'Black Widow,' 'Cruella' to Debut on Disney Plus and in Theaters as Disney Shifts Dates for Seven Films . There are a lot of other movie changes too - here's a list of franchisey toy-related things.

May 28: Cruella, a live-action Disney movie, debuts in theaters and Disney+ ($29.99 "Premier Access" upcharge.)

June 18: Luca, a new Pixar movie about Italian sea monsters, will be part of Disney+ regular lineup and bypass theaters. I am unaware of any toy offerings, but that doesn't mean there are none.

July 9: Black Widow debuts in theaters and Disney+ ($29.99 "Premier Access" upcharge.) The movie was originally slated to be in theaters last year, and the bulk of the toys have already been made, shipped out, and no replenishment on the sold-out items are expected at this time.

September 3: Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings debuts - slightly delayed, but no specific information was given as to how/where it will be released. No toys have been announced to the public yet and as such, no announcements were made.

For those keeping track at home, Avatar 2 is still slated for December 16, 2022 (13 years after the original, notable because Star Wars took 16 years between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace) and the next Star Wars movie is on deck for 2023.

--AP

Ad: The Child's Snack Time at Entertainment Earth

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Romulans Love Soup
March 25, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Optimus Prime with Enerax and Sheeldron Action Figure

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Optimus Prime with Enerax and Sheeldron 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 a repaint! The Hasbro Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy Optimus Prime with Enerax and Sheeldron Action Figure is a redeco with nifty yellow accessories with some of the worst names in the history of the line - so you know I had to get it. So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

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Jessica Walter 1941-2021
March 26, 2021
Star Wars Review: The Child (The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: The Child (The Vintage Collection). He's tiny. He has a the hovering pram and a frog. He also costs more than the 6-inch scale one - but you will probably want this one anyway. Read the whole review.

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Demo/Beta: Alwa's Awakening for NES

NESAlwa's AwakeningVia Elden Pixels: Download the Beta demo now! (Don't mind if I do!) It's free and plays like a mix of The Legend of Zelda with one-screen-at-a-time action and Metroid with exploring the map requiring certain items or skills. I need to play more of it - it was previously sold on other consoles as a retro-style game. An NES port just makes good sense.

No word yet when the final cartridge will be sold, but for now you can load this up on your Everdrives, hacked Analogue consoles, or emulators.

--AP

Nintendo Switch This Week

Nintendo SwitchTHE GAME OF LIFE 2 This week's batch of titles on the eShop: THE GAME OF LIFE 2, and over a dozen more.

At retail: Monster Hunter Rise.

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RIP Beverly Cleary
March 29, 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 Ewoks, Size Issues, and The Really Big Ships! 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

SDCC Gets Dated for November

SDCCE3 A-No-GoVia Comic-Con.org: Comic-Con Announces Dates for November Convention. These dates are November 26, 27, and 28 - Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend, or one of the busiest weekends of the year for travel in the USA.

For those keeping track, D-Con is the weekend of November 13, SDCC is November 26-28, ECCC is December 2-5, C2E2 is December 10-12. Given the stress of holiday timing just on regular sales, I assume not every vendor or studio is likely to attend - especially given the many big question marks we're all still dealing with regarding variants. (Not the kind of variants we like.)

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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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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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Free Boaty
March 30, 2021
Review: Hasbro Transformers Studio Series Blurr

Figure of the DayHasbro Transformers Studio Series BlurrSomething 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 - and available! The Hasbro Transformers Studio Series Blurr is just finally starting to hit pegs for more than 30 seconds at stores near me, so should you get one if you see it? So read on, and come back tomorrow for more!

--AP

Star Wars Review: R0-Series Astromech Droid Black with Orange

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: R0-Series Astromech Droid Black with Orange. This might be at a theme park still - I haven't been by in a few years so I can't say. This was one of the most recent part drops at Disney, which was five years ago. Do you need it? No - but it's really cool and one of only two R0 droid domes to be made so far, making it essential for me at the very least. Read the whole review.

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Drops in the Socializing Bucket
March 31, 2021
Star Wars Review: Princess Leia (Bespin Escape, The Vintage Collection)

Star WarsVia the Star Wars Galactic Hunter Figure of the Day Blog: Princess Leia (Bespin Escape, The Vintage Collection). I assumed this was just a head swap, but it looks like nearly every piece added new elements when compared to the 11-year-old Hoth Leia figure. Having said that, the articulation is largely very much like that figure, minus any of the Rogue One-era improvements like the improved leg articulation. Still, she's great, and that's a marvelous head sculpt. The last time we got a new version of this costume was Power of the Jedi, so get this one. Read the whole review.

--AP

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