Little Big Planet: SERIES 2

Series 2 of NECA’s Little Big Planet is coming in May 2011! You can pre-order now to get your hands on denim Sackboy, dragon mask Sackboy and Sky, all available individually or as a set of three. Most of our series 1 items flew off our shelves in a hurry when they were released, so pre-ordering is definitely a good idea if you want to make sure you want to add these 4-inch figures to your collection!

They might also help you with the wait until the second game’s release! Here’s a look at the trailer:

You can also pre-order the game from Amazon.com! Both the regular and collector’s edition are available:

LittleBigPlanet 2 for PS3

LittleBigPlanet 2: Collector’s Edition

LITTLE BIG PLANET – Sequel Beta and Figures!

The famous Destructoid reports that there’s extra special news for a handful of Little Big Planet fans!
LittleBigPlanet 2 is on its way to us this November, so fans of the first game don’t have long to wait. However, if you’re lucky, you just might find yourself playing the beta a little sooner — if you were a true enthusiast of the first game, that is.

The PlayStation forums have made an announcement that beta invites are going out this week. Will you get one? Well, here’s what they had to say:

We will be sending out invitations to the LittleBigPlanet 2 beta during this week to users who’ve been really active in LittleBigPlanet (PS3™). So if you have been a busy Sackboy™ or girl then an invite might be coming your way. This decision has now been made; unfortunately we are not able to recruit any further Beta Testers at present.

Well, makes sense to me. I guess if you didn’t put in your time with the first game, you’re screwed. I wish more betas worked this way. If so, not only would I be the first b*tch in line for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, I’d also get stock in D3 Publisher and my own gold-plated giant ant.

Of course, not every fan will be able to get on-board at the beta level, but for anyone who still needs that little something extra to tide them over until the second game, we’ve got three new items that might fit the bill. They’ve just arrived and they are as awesome as they are adorable! Here’s a look at Mezco’s LITTLE BIG PLANET 4-inch figures!

SACKBOY (Closed mouth)

SACKBOY (Open mouth)

NEON

SET OF ALL 3 FIGURES

Oh! And! You can also pick up a copy of the Playstation 3 game over at Amazon if you’re uninitiated or pre-order the highly-anticipated sequel. Here are the links!

LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition

LittleBigPlanet 2

Sideshow’s New 20-inch Prince of Persia Statue: DASTAN

Dastan, the Prince of Persia joins the Sideshow lineup as a brand new statue clad in a real fabric costume and bearing a brilliant likeness to actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who of course portrayed the hero in Disney’s 2010 adaptation of the hit video game. Here’s a look:

The statue itself stands a whopping 20 inches tall and wields the twin blades seen in the film. Naturally, the sculpting is top-notch, as anything else would never do for Sideshow, whose items seem to be getting better and better. Fans of the film are sure to love it. And they’re also sure to love this news:

In this piece from The Independent, we learn that The Prince of Persia Surpasses Tomb Raider as the Highest-grossing video game adaptationHopefully this’ll pave the way for a ton of great new movies based on some of the brilliantly-written games currently out there. Assassin’s Creed anyone? Here’s the full story:

With more than $295 million in worldwide earnings, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is now the biggest grossing film adaptation of a video game. The previous holder of the record was 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which held the position at $275 million.

It has taken almost a decade to better the record of the first Lara Croft film starring Angelina Jolie. It took Jerry Bruckheimer’s production starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton to grab the top spot and much of its accomplishment is owing to the outstanding performance internationally.

Prince of Persia’s box office receipts only totaled $81 million in the US, compared to Lara Croft which made $131 million in the US. But Prince pulled in more than $213 million around the world where it was the No. 1 film in most countries.

This success should disprove the conventional wisdom that films based on video games are doomed. Some have theorized that this is because most video games lack a strong narrative.

Resident Evil will try again with another sequel, Afterlife, in September with Milla Jovovich and Mortal Kombat will return in 2013.

Of course, it’s just a great time to be into Prince of Persia over all, isn’t it? Because the new game is doing amazingly well and if you haven’t grabbed it, here are the Amazon links where you can get your hands on it for whichever console you like:

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for The XBox 360

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Playstation 3

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Wii

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the PC

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Nintendo DS

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the PSP

Pre-order RESISTANCE: Fall of Man figures!

If you’re a fan of Resistance: Fall of Man, you’ll be pleased to know that the brilliant designers and sculptors at DC Direct (I’m surprised, too!) were awesome enough to create a very cool set of four figures based on the game.

The first series is available for pre-order over in our video game section and it includes Nathan Hale, a Chimera Advanced Hybrid, Ravager and Steelhead. Each one stands a little over 6 inches tall and the detail on these guys is impressive. Just take a look!

And if you haven’t gotten into the game yet, or you’re looking for a little help in that department, here are some links to the games and strategy guide over on Amazon.com…
Resistance: Fall Of Man for PS3
Resistance: Retribution for PSP
Resistance: Fall of Man Signature Series Players Guide (Bradygames Signature)

Activision CEO calls for PS3 price cut

I always wanted a PS3 but was not willing to fork out $400 bucks.  If the PS3 console price dropped, I would seriously consider picking one up.

Article by David Carnoy, June 19, 2009

Sony Playstation PS3Apparently, it’s not just CNET readers but game developers who are among those demanding Sony cut the price of the $400 PS3. In an interview with the London Times, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has some strong advice for Sony and threatened to pull its support for the console.

“They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates (the number of games each console owner buys) are likely to slow,” Kotick said. “If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony.” As for the timing on that, he adds: “When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console–and the PSP (portable) too.”

For its part, Sony, which is mired in third place behind Nintendo and Microsoft in the next-gen game-console wars, keeps saying it won’t be pressured into trimming the price of the PS3. But with industry heavyweights like Activision making these types of remarks, it’s becoming more and more clear that the pressure is indeed on.

Should Sony hurry up and wilt under the heat? Or should it stick to its game plan, whatever it is?