McFarlane NFL Football 2-Pack: The Jets’ Mark Sanchez & Shonn Greene

The Mark Sanchez and Shonn Green 2-Pack joins the growing collection of McFarlane NFL SportsPicks Exclusives and Box Sets over in our NFL section over at CmdStore.com!

The Jets teammates look stunning, near-perfect miniatures of their real far-from-miniature selves and posed as they might appear on the field, caught mid-action in dynamic poses. As per usual, they stand roughly 6 inches tall (give or take a bit) and make excellent additions to any display shelf whether you remove them from the packaging to stand on their replica field sections or keep them in their window box, which itself is optimized for showing off the figures. Either way, they’re available on the site now, so check ‘em out!

The Other M: Nintendo Fixes the Bug! Plus: Statues!

Nintendo’s new Metrod: Other M is hotly-anticipated and sure to rise to the top as part of their signature franchise, but that’ll have to be after they fix something that’s gone wrong. Here’s a look and the story from Kotaku.

Metroid: The Other M has a game-freezing bug. In Japan, Nintendo has a fix. It involves sending things on a truck.

The bug has been causing players to get stuck in the Section 3 section of the game. Stuck as stuck and not able to get out. It’s a game-breaking bug. Some players are unable to get a door with a red lock open after swinging past three grappling points.

The bug does not affect all players. It is apparently caused when players double back to a save point after defeating an enemy. Players that continue straight ahead do not experience the bug.

In Japan, Nintendo is offering to rectify the problem. The Kyoto-based company is asking players to either send a SD card with their save files or their Wii console (with its 512MB of internal Flash memory) to its service center in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

It is not necessary for players to send a copy of their game. Nintendo says it will take a week to fix the game and will cover the cost of shipping.

In an official release, Nintendo humbly apologizes for any trouble this bug has caused.

Kotaku is contacting Nintendo of America to see if a similar program will be offered.

Hopefully, they’ll get a positive response. I know from a bad experience involving an oft-forgotten and underrated game called “Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy” that it’s infuriating to encounter a blocked door and have to start all over again just because you dared to save.

But in some happier or at least lighter Metroid related news, we’ve got a very un-buggy and non-defective statue available that might put a smile on the face of fans! And here she is:

Clad in her skin-tight ZERO SUIT, Samus Aran stands at about 7 inches tall and comes from First For Figures and PBM Express.

PBM Express is extremely proud to present Samus Aran’s Zero Suit, the third collectible statues in First 4 Figures highly anticipated suit series based on Retro Studios Metroid Prime game trilogy. This version is based on the Zero Suit seen at the end of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. First 4 Figures has used the official game files in order to create an extremely accurate recreation of the Zero Suit. She comes armed with her signature pistol and has curves in all the right places! The Zero Suit was first seen in Metroid: Zero Mission, ending sequences of Metroid Prime 2 and Metroid Prime Hunters, and is making an appearance in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl.Cast in high quality poly-stone, the statue is hand finished and hand painted. Comes packed in a foam interior full colored box with a card of authenticity. Artist: Original Metroid game data with modification by Jiang Di.

BAMF! The New Sideshow Nightcrawler Pre-Order!

Forget what Urban Dictionary says (or maybe remember it, because it also describes the hero), BAMF is, was and always will be the sound of Kurt Wagner’s awesome teleportation powers, exhibited as NIGHTCRAWLER within the pages of many, many X-Men comics! Formerly “Bampf”, the shortened BAMF isn’t just a sound and a descriptor, it’s what he’s doing in this new statue from Sideshow Toys!

Pretty awesome, no? Leaping out of a burst of pink smoke, this Polystone Kurt stands at a whopping 19 inches tall, making him perfect as the centerpiece of any Marvel Sideshow collection or maybe just a toy shelf in desperate need of something rad to sit on its surface. He also comes with an extra switch-out portrait to make it look even cooler and give it unique display possibilities.

Each one is individually hand-painted, of course, and you can pre-order yours now! They ship in the first quarter of 2011.

NEW Harry Potter Trailer and Upcoming Toys!

That’s the latest trailer for the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last two entries and final chapter of the incredible Harry Potter franchise. I am absurdly excited for these movies to come out and for a chance to see my favourite characters and actors (Bill Nighy is going to be worth the price of admission all on his own. This I know.) at it again–or for the first time. Naturally, I am far from alone in my anticipation and I have a ton of friends and family members awaiting this with just as much Keen (with a capital K) as I.

And, of course, as an action figure aficionado I am excited to see that NECA will be bringing yet more highly-detailed figures to my life and my display shelf. The Deathly Hallows brings three new figures in its first wave in 2011: Harry Potter, Fenrir Greyback and another Severus Snape (yess!!!), available as both individual figures and as a set of three. Irritatingly enough, there are no pictures as yet, but you can pre-order them or take a look at all the other figures available in our collection, from 7-inch figures, deluxe packs and box sets to Harry Potter LEGO toys that let you recreate the films with a build-it-yourself touch. You can visit the whole section by clicking the famous font below!

THE FINAL VOYAGE: Star Trek Urns

Eternal Image is a company that specialises in creating “brand-name memorial products”: headstones, urns, caskets and other such items with an added twist. Was your loved one a baseball fan? Well, the MLB offers urns and caskets that incorporate favourite teams and their logos. A cat fancier or maybe the best friend of a loyal canine companion? Cat Fancy and The American Kennel Club have created something for them. And, of course, “Precious Moments” characters provide some comfort to those saying goodbye. But now, a new market is being reached: Trekkies.


How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn’t you say? – James T. Kirk

Both officially-licensed headstone medallions and urns are available from the site and help connect people to the fandom they love, even in death. Definitely a strange item, but a touching one given the fact that Star Trek’s fans tend to be some of the world’s most loyal and devoted. So check out Eternal Image if you’d like to learn more.

BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion LIGHTNING FORCE BEYSTADIUM

Beyblade fan? Collect the fighting tops but not sure where you want to wage your battles against your friends–or enemies? Well, there’s a new area available for players and here’s a look at it!

It’s designed for the Metal Fusion collection, but if you haven’t hopped on-board the MF train, than you can use whichever Beyblades you’d like and watch them duke it out. Hasbro’s added this to its existing collection of awesome Beyblade Metal Fusion tops, which we’ve got both in-stock and pre-orderable.

Check out the whole collection: we’ve got everything from Rock Aries Purple to Storm Aquario Blue, Flame Libra Green to Lightning L-Drago Blue, plus electronic blades, face-off packs and MORE!

You can take a look at the whole collection here!

NEW Ame-Comi Heroine Statues SERIES 2

Though I’m not exactly sure how Cheetah made the cut (though I suppose plenty of villains have made it before) , DC Direct has unveiled its upcoming Ame-Comi HEROINES 5-inch Series 2, a trio of figures featuring Cheetah, Donna Troy and Wonder Woman as anime-fied statues. Made of PVC and standing at about 5 inches, they’re a very nice addition to the massive (and massively popular) line that DC has been so diligent in updating. Really, in a time when figures are frequently pulled and when many “series 1″ have seen themselves become the only series, it’s good to see something growing steadily.

Check out the rest of the collection by clicking the pic below!

It’s not just you: FACEBOOK DOWN!

Nope, it’s not on your end. As the Huffington Post reports, Facebook is currently having a few issues…

Developing–more information to come
Wondering if Facebook is down? It’s not just you!

Users have been reporting issues accessing Facebook, and the website DownRightNow reports that a “service disruption” is “likely.”

DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com also confirms that Facebook is currently down.

According to DownRightNow, as of 3:30PM ET, the last status change was 51 minutes ago and the “last widespread service disruption” occurred an hour ago.

TechCrunch points out that Facebook’s downtime has taken the Internet’s Like buttons with it:
This is a problem not just because the site is down, but Facebook’s omnipresent Like button is also completely down, so the entire Internet (or a good percentage of it) is feeling this pain.

This is the second time in two days that Facebook has been experiencing service issues. Yesterday, according to Mashable, problems with a “third party networking provider” caused the disruption.
We’ll keep you updated on its status. In the mean time, follow the Twitter feed below for real-time updates on the outage.

LEGO MINIFIGURES: Series 2

What do a Ringmaster, a Spartan, a Lifeguard, a Witch, a Pop Star, a Weightlifter, a Jungle Explorer, a Surfer, a Karate Kid, an Egyptian, a Mime, a Skier, Dracula, a Mexican and Dracula all have in common?

Well, it’s simple. They’re all part of the second series of Lego Minifigures!

The Lego Minifigures take all the cute little Lego Figures you know and love and turn them into real characters you can snag on their own, now, instead of only finding them in the construction kits. Each one is about two inches tall, some come with accessories and they make a great addition to the collection of any fan seeking an even more customiseable addition to their Lego people and places.

They join the first series (which included the Magician, Circus Clown, Super Wrestler, Ninja, Spaceman and more!) over in our LEGO Minifigures collection! Check ‘em out!

McFarlane’s NFL LEGENDS FIGURES: Series 6 Arrives!

The sixth series of McFarlane’s NFL Legends figures have now arrived and are available here! Take a look at the collection right here:

Snaggable as individual figures or as a complete set, you can get Jerome Bettis, Dick Butkus, Tony Dorset, Phil Simms, Marcus Allen and Steve Young and several of their variants. They join McFarlane’s brilliantly sculpted collection of sports figures and feature Collector Level items that will appeal to those more serious about their figure-acquisition. Here’s the info!

ALL-STAR SIMMS: White Jersey 50-100
GOLD BETTIS: White Jersey 250-500
SILVER CUNNINGHAM: Purple Jersey 500-1000
SILVER YOUNG: Buccaneers 500-1000
SILVER ALLEN: White Jersey 500-1000
BRONZE RIGGINS: Green Jersey 1000-3000
BRONZE MOON: Purple Jersey 1000-3000
BRONZE DORSETT: Royal Blue Jersey 1000-3000
BRONZE BUTKUS: White Jersey 1000-3000