Three NEW Mortal Kombat Figures!

July 27, 2011

Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Raiden are probably the three most popular men in the Mortal Kombat pantheon so it’s no surprise that they’re the first to get the action figure treatment in this new collection by Jazwares, whom you might recognize from their Sonic the Hedgehog work.

The figures themselves make up the first series of figures, but given the success of the recent video game, it’s a pretty safe bet to expect more from this line in the future. All the figures are a bit over 6 feet tall and they come with the awesome, game-accurate weapons you know and love. If you’re a fan of the current game or any of its previous incarnations, you’ll definitely want to check these out.


Gears of War: Series 6

June 10, 2011

Fans of Gears of War might want to get pre-orderin’ as the release date for NECA’s stunning, highly-detailed 6-inch figures approaches at last. Coming this summer, you can get four new figures (Skorge, Kantus Priest, Boomer Mauler and COG soldier) individually or as a complete set.

They’re one of NECA’s most impressive lines if only because the complex, intricate character designs of the game have been captured so perfectly. Every spike, every tarnish, every dent has been captured and even the faces are just stunning. If you’re a fan of the game, then you’ll definitely want to snag this series or grab a couple from previous lines!


HALO 4 OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED!

June 7, 2011

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen! The official announcement that so many people have been waiting for…HALO 4 IS ON THE WAY!

Naturally, we don’t know a great deal about what specifically is in store for fans of the franchise, but they haven’t let us down yet, so I’m pretty sure this next entry is going to be pretty fantastic.

Naturally, we’ve got a ton of Halo items from Joyride to Play Arts to McFarlane and you should probably check out the collection! 6-inch figures, 3.75-inch figures and even big ol’ 12-inchers are available for almost every character you could possibly want, good or evil, from all the games! Check it out!


COMING SOON: The Electronic Big Daddy Bouncer

April 25, 2011

I am a massive Bioshock fan and I couldn’t be happier that toys and figures are still being produced even as we struggle through the days until 2012′s BIOSHOCK INFINITE. Coming in July, we’ve got a new and awesome addition to the collection with the DELUXE Electronic Big Daddy!

Standing about 8 inches tall, this Big Daddy is essentially the previous model, but with something decidedly cooler added (whether he visited a Power to the People station we’re not quite sure): working lights go from green to yellow to red depending on the mood of what Ryan called the “lumbering palooka”. Stunningly and lovingly rendered by NECA, you can pre-order now and expect it to arrive this summer!


Green Master Chief Bust Bank

April 15, 2011

Who better to watch over your change than HALO’s Master Chief?

The Master Chief Bust Bank captures the awesomeness of the Halo hero and gives him a break from fighting the good fight, allowing him to rest on your shelf and keep a close eye on your spare change. A Diamond Select PVC piece, it’s brilliantly-sculpted, features some really impressive detailing on the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/Mark VI and really does the games justice. UNSC approved!


HALO: REACH – KAI SERIES 2

April 5, 2011

Kat, Carter and Jorge are the latest figures from Play Arts’ KAI SERIES of HALO:REACH Figures. The Kai lines are Play Arts’ deluxe collection, boasting extra high-detail design, a ton of great accessories and a larger-than-usual size of about 8 inches. As per usual, you can grab these guys as individual figures or as a complete set of three. They join the first series, which included Jun-A266, Emily and, of course, Noble Six him or herself.

Now, some Halo fans weren’t thrilled by the ending of Halo:Reach (and we’ll spare you the spoilers here!) and if you were among them, then you might like this Machinima video…


Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City CONFIRMED!

March 28, 2011

Good news for Resident Evil fans from Capcom Unity! Read on:

Capcom® a leading worldwide developer and publisher of videogames, today announced Resident Evil®: Operation Raccoon City, is in development for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PC. In addition it was also confirmed that the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS™ title, Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D, will ship with a playable demo of Resident Evil® Revelations.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is collaboration between Capcom and Vancouver based studio Slant 6 Games and is scheduled for release this Winter. Since the launch of the first title 15 years ago the Resident Evil® series has enjoyed phenomenal success, selling over 45 million units worldwide to date. This latest offering will take the series in a completely new direction and offer a style of gameplay yet to be seen from the franchise.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City delivers a true third person team based shooter experience set within the dark and sinister Resident Evil universe and a reinterpretation of the events depicted in Resident Evil® 2 and Resident Evil® 3. The setting of the Resident Evil universe not only provides a rich backdrop to the action but delivers a unique and thrilling triple threat battle. Zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W’s) add to the mix as players not only compete against an opposing squad but also tackle this third unpredictable element, creating a brand new style of gameplay and breaking the conventions of traditional team based shooters.

It is September 1998 and the action centres once more on the ill-fated Raccoon City and the horrific consequences of the deadly T-virus outbreak from the Umbrella facility. With a cover up required, Umbrella orders an elite team into Raccoon City to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and eliminate any survivors. Hearing of this plan, the US Government dispatches its own special forces to uncover any evidence that exposes the cause of the viral infection and Umbrella’s actions. Players take on the role of an Umbrella Security Services soldier (U.S.S.), competing alone or in four player co-op in a battle against all the competing forces at play in Raccoon City.

Expect the return of original Resident Evil enemies, iconic landmarks such as the Raccoon City Police Department and fan favourite characters, including Leon S. Kennedy, who as a rookie police officer in Raccoon City is on your hit list to eliminate. Players will experience a retelling of classic moments from past titles Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 and watch the events unfolding from the menacing perspective of the Umbrella Security Service, giving fans the chance to rewrite the history of the Raccoon City outbreak.

In addition, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will deliver a number of competitive online multiplayer modes. Each one of these will provide a unique gaming experience thanks to the three way combat between the Umbrella Security Service, US Special Ops and threat of zombies and B.O.W’s that could only exist in the deadly and twisted Resident Evil Universe.

Purchasers of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, scheduled for release in the coming months, will get an extra taste of horror thanks to the addition of a playable demo of Resident Evil Revelations. Set on board an ocean liner, the demo lets players take control of one of the full game’s characters, Jill Valentine, as she explores the ship’s dark interior, killing any mysterious creatures that emerge from the shadows. A brand new title built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS, further details on Resident Evil Revelations will be revealed at this year’s E3.

Of course, we’re an action figure blog so we also recommend checking out our selection of Resident Evil toys from NECA, Square Enix and Sideshow! Click the pic below!


STARCRAFT: Two New PVC Statues

March 22, 2011

TWO new Starcraft PVC statues are now available for pre-order. They ship in October of this year and are another example of DC Unlimited’s amazing work with video game figures.

The first one is Zeratul, a Dark Templar Protoss posed leaping and ready for battle, an intimidating figure to be sure. He stands about 10 inches tall.

The second is Jim Raynor, the Terran protagonist of the Starcraft series. Standing about 7.5 inches tall, his statue sees him armed and dangerous on the battlefield.


No More Guitar Hero

February 10, 2011

If you’re a fan of Guitar Hero, yesterday probably wasn’t your day. And if you’re not a fan, you still might have seen #RIPGuitarHero trending on Twitter and wondered what that was all about. Well, here’s your answer from CNN:

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(Mashable) — The premiere plastic guitar game just flamed out. Activision, beset by falling sales, has decided to shutter the division that created “Guitar Hero” and its sequels.

It’s an ignominious exit for a title that was once touted as the first great game franchise of the 21st century. “Guitar Hero” was created in 2005 by indie studio RedOctane, in collaboration with Harmonix, which had previously found success with the “Karaoke Revolution” franchise.
“Karaoke Revolution,” where players plugged microphones into their consoles and were scored on the accuracy of their singing, was the first game to show a significant number of videogamers were interested in making “music.” RedOctane’s “Guitar Hero” proved they were equally interested in shredding a plastic guitar.

Activision purchased the franchise in 2006 for $100 million; to date it has shipped more than 25 million units for a roughly $2 billion ROI. “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” made $1 billion on its own. Harmonix went on to publish the highly successful “Rock Band” franchise, which added drums, microphones and keyboards to the plastic guitar mix.
How the mighty have fallen. The holiday season was a disastrous one for the music game genre. First Harmonix was sold by Viacom to a consortium of shareholders; the terms were undisclosed, but it was reported to be a fire sale. MTV Games, which collaborated with Harmonix on “Rock Band,” was shut down. “Guitar Heroes: Warriors of Rock,” the sixth title in the series, received lackluster reviews and even more lackluster sales.

Activision posted a $233 million net loss for the fourth quarter. Its decision to lay off the 500-person “Guitar Hero” division was, Activision said in a press release today, “due to continued declines in the music genre.”

So what stopped the music? The first culprit: oversaturation. There are just too many games competing in the genre (“Band Hero” and “DJ Hero,” anyone?), with too many pricey controllers. A “Warriors of Rock” guitar bundle will set you back $80. Considering many of the controllers do not play nice with similar games, that’s a lot of dough to drop on pretend jamming.

Secondly, there’s the novelty factor. The dynamics of the game changed little from one title to the next, despite the introduction of innovations such as a touch-sensitive slide bar on later guitar controllers. At a certain stage, users are going to be more interested in picking up a real guitar. The series also felt like it was running out of great rock anthems for users to emulate. Reviews of “Warriors of Rock” complained that the set list seemed dull and full of synth-heavy tunes.
Finally, of course, Activision isn’t going to stop actually selling “Guitar Hero” titles any time soon. If you’re interested in becoming a maestro of the pretend Gibson, you can still pick up the “Guitar Hero” back catalog and buy extra songs online. “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” may one day be seen as a classic party game, pulled out of the closet at holidays and special gatherings, the way we play Monopoly or Scrabble today. Maybe it’s time you introduced Grandma to the plastic guitar.

If you’re one of the many saddened by these developments, you might want to check out the last couple Guitar Hero items we’ve got in-stock. Slash, Lars Umlaut, God of Rock and more await!


Four NEW Dragon Age Figures

February 9, 2011

Video game fans have something else to celebrate besides the impending release of awesome new titles: action figures! DC Direct has been making some pretty impressive renderings of the best and brightest characters from all around the video game world and the latest to arrive on our shelves are four from Bioware’s DRAGON AGE. Here you’ll find, available as a set or individual figures, Duncan, Genlock, Loghain and Morrigan. Very nice to look at and very highly-detailed.

Now, you might also enjoy the very awesome Dead Space figures and, if you do, you’ll probably want to take a look at something of a crossover between the two games…

The Escapist has the info…

In a genre-bending crossover, Dead Space 2 will include a code for an exclusive Dragon Age 2 armor set.

EA has put together a DLC crossover that involves Dragon Age again, but two seemingly unrelated games. Those that purchase a copy of Dead Space 2 will also receive a code to unlock a special set of armor in Dragon Age 2.

Last year’s crossover put a code in Dragon Age that unlocked the Blood Dragon armor set in Mass Effect 2. This time, EA looks to be trying to build interest in Dragon Age 2 with gamers that might not normally take a look at an RPG.

The armor set is called Ser Isaac’s armor and is modeled after the main character of Dead Space 2, Isaac Clarke. It comes with boots, a chestplate, gauntlets, and a helmet, each with their own individual stats. It doesn’t look like the set provides anything other than a couple of rune slots, a critical damage increase, and improved defense, but it does make Hawke look like a boss. The helmet gives him the triple-tiered blue light visage that Isaac Clarke is known for, though in Dragon Age the lights are probably the result of magic rather than technology. It would have been really cool if the code could have included a crossbow with targeting lasers too, but fans such as I always want it all.

The crossover makes sense when you consider that BioWare has developed Dragon Age 2 to suit both action-RPG fans and those that want to take the tactical approach (see here), while both games are also somewhat horror oriented. As the armor appears to be mostly a cosmetic improvement, so I don’t think it’s that big of a loss if you have no interest in Dead Space 2.


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