Our Top Items this Christmas!

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Here’s a look at the TOP 10 ITEMS on CMDSTORE.COM this Christmas! Is the Holiday Season creeping up a little too quickly, leaving you without ideas for what to get the fanboy or fangirl in your life? Take a look at the hottest toys we’ve got this Christmas, plus all the deadline dates to follow if you want your purchase to arrive right on time!

1) BAKUGAN : MAXUS HELIOS 7-IN-1
The most impressive Bakugan out there isn’t a single battle brawler, it’s the sum of seven! With this exclusive pack, you get six Bakugan that combine into a single Maxus Helios beast!

2) ZHU ZHU PETS
The latest craze to sweep this nation and others, we’ve got the four Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters, plus four accessories including the fun house and the Hamster City garage.

3) MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK
The Exclusive Marvel Select Red Hulk has been very popular this year. It features great sculpting, impressive articulation and a variant head, plus a rubble-strewn base sure to look awesome on any toy shelf.

4) TWILIGHT & NEW MOON FIGURES
The juggernaut that is the Twilight series has left some very nice NECA toys in its path, featuring Bella, Alive, Jacob and, of course, the man himself: vampire Edward Cullen. Swoon!

5) STAR WARS CLONE TANK
Featuring Electronic lights and sounds, plus launchable weaponry and some truly cool design, Star Wars fans should be pleased to see this brand new Turbo Tank roll out!

6) TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
Deluxe Class, Voyager Class, Robot Heroes and more! We’ve got everything from 2009’s biggest movie.

7) MCFARLANE’S HALO: SERIES 6
One of the biggest games of all time, the folks have outdone themselves in coming up with their toy line. Series 6 brings Brute Boyguards, Pure-form Floods and more!

8) SONIC ACTION FIGURES: SERIES 2
Sonic fans young and old will enjoy these figures, which bring together everyone from the Genesis years to Sonic’s rebirth with Nintendo. The new series features Yellow Super Sonic!

9) GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
This one’s a line of toys for fans of the film, but it should also be very appealing to any GI Joe fans looking for a new take on their favourite characters.

10) GEARS OF WAR: SERIES 5 Check out Col. Hoffman, Boomer, a COG soldier and a Grenadier Beast Rider in this awesome new series based on the hit XBox game.

DEADLINE DATES

STANDARD SHIPPING

ALL of the USA: December 20th before 4pm EST

Ontario & Quebec: December 21st before 5pm EST

Central, West Coast & Maritimes: December 15th before 5pm EST

Europe: December 11th before 5pm EST

UPS EXPRESS SHIPPING

ALL of the USA: December 23rd before 4pm EST

ALL of Canada EXCEPT NWT and Nunavut: December 23rd before 4pm EST

Europe, South America, Australia and Asia: December 21st before 3pm EST

Video Games: Figures and Awful Voice Acting

As many are saying nowadays and as I have said in a recent post, Video Games are becoming more and more cinematic. The scale is epic, with massive new worlds being created as stages for brilliant stories, sweeping tales that truly immerse the player. More and more video games are being made into movies (such as Brad Pitt’s recent purchase of Dark Void) for a mainstream audience who might want to get in on the tales without devoting hours to playing. And manufacturers are beginning to see that, beyond the games themselves, there’s a huge market for merchandise, from soundtracks to figures. And in the latter category, we can help fans out by offering a wide selection of toys from Bioshock to Super Mario, Street fighter to Call of Duty, Super Metroid to Halo and much, much more. Check it out!

 

But of course, there’s another side to that coin. Though video games are definitely improving in quality and becoming closer and closer to films, there’s still one area in which many are…shall we say…lacking: acting. Now, don’t get me wrong: there are a ton of really talented voice actors out there and they deserve all the work they get, if not more. But this youtube video captures a lot of moments where things just didn’t come together. Enjoy!

NECA’s Stylized Marcus Fenix

I still remember the amazing commercial for Gears of War, which was a trailer-style ad that showcased the dark, powerful imagery of the game to the sound of Gary Jules’ haunting cover of ‘Mad World’. If you don’t remember it, take a look right here…

Since that aired, the game has spawned a sequel and is soon to become a trilogy as massively successful as the acclaimed Halo. And with it has come a ton of figures and collectibles that capture the feeling of the game, plus the amazing detail of the armor, weapons and characters themselves. Fans have been spoiled!

But like Star Trek’s Quogs or Halo’s Odd Pods, Gears of War’s collection of figures have been popular enough to allow for more creative designs to be added to the line and that’s what’s brought us this stylized Marcus Fenix from NECA. It’s a great new look for the game’s protagonist and there’s no doubt this one will be popular with fans. You can snag it at CmdStore.com! Just click here or on the picture below to check out the whole collection of toys!

You can also check grab the game itself over at Amazon.com!
Gears of War (2-Disc Edition) for XBox
Gears of War 2 for the XBox

E3 Expo: June 2nd to 4th, 2009 and Video Game Figures!

Get ready, video game fans! The biggest video game convention in the world, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), goes down June 2-4, 2009 in the Los Angeles Convention Center and you can expect big news from Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and hundreds of others, from developers and designers to writers and artists. It’s going to be awesome!

Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing what surprises are in-store, but be sure to check out the official website for a look at the programming. And we’ll definitely be reporting on the new developments as we hear of them!

For now, video game aficionados can take a look at our selection of VG-related figures and collectibles for an easier way of bringing the virtual world to the real world!

The PS2 Price Drop and Video Game Figures

Maybe it’s the recession, maybe it’s market saturation or maybe it’s time to draw in the casual gamers, but Sony has lowered the price of its 2000 system, the Playstation 2, to $99.99 USD, with similar drops reflected internationally.

While the most gamers have long moved on to the PS3, the XBox 360 and the Wii (for more casual play), this move is sure to bring some new more experimental video game fans to the older PS2 system, which may have aged but still boasts a library of over 1900 games. So if you’re a casual gan, there’s never been a better time to dive right in and for the more hard-core crowd, look out for new competitors: the PS2 drop is almost sure to increase sales of the PS3 once the uninitiated get started.

In other video game news, we’ve recently listed some new video game figures over at our online store, both for ordering and for pre-order! We already covered the Resident Evil 5 figures in a previous post, sere are a couple samples of what elsewe’ve acquired!

RESISTANCE: Fall of Man

We’ve got the Nathan Hale, Steelhead, Ravager and Chimera Advanced Hybrid figures available for pre-order now, based on the Playstation 3 game, Resistance: Fall of Man. These guys only ship at the end of the summer (scheduled to roll out in September), but if you’re a fan, you can make sure you get yours right on time by snagging them in advance.

GEARS OF WAR

The third and latest series of Gears of War action figures has arrived, including a COG Solider, a Locust Drone Cyclops, a Locust Drone Grappler and the hero Marcus Fenix. NECA has outdone themselves once again in terms of detail and painting and fans of the game will not be disappointed.


HALO 5-INCH SERIES 4: Equipment Edition

This new collection of toys includes Master Chief in yet another McFarlane incarnation, two Spartan Soldiers, a Combat Elite and an Arbiter, adding to the already massive Halo collection. This series, however, is unique for its inclusion of extra equipment, making for a more game-accurate figure for anyone who’s loved the games and the toys.