Nostalgia alert! Two series of RoboCop vs. the Terminator 16-Bit figures

For many, treasured memories were created around systems like the Sega Master System and the Super Nintendo. The 1994 release by Mega Drive and Genesis combined the Terminator and RoboCop franchises to make one epic, hybrid game concept. And a decade later, it’s still making waves! Re-live the sheer magic of the 16-bit gaming experience with four NECA figures based on the cult game.

In Series 1, we have two versions of the feared Terminator. The T-800 includes a plasma rifle accessory, and the Endoskeleton comes with a standing heavy machine gun accessory. Series 2 includes the Rocket Launcher RoboCop and the Flamethrower RoboCop. Rocket Launcher Robocop is partially covered in sculpted flames, and comes with rocket launcher and laser pistol accessories. Flamethrower RoboCop includes a massive flamethrower accessory with removable “flame spray” attachment.

All four figures stand seven inches tall with full articulation, and are painted in an original deco scheme that pays homage to the 16-bit on-screen aesthetic. This attention to detail to make these guys as authentic as possible make these two series impossible to pass up. Save when you buy the Series 1 figures together, as well as the Series 2 duo.

Series 1 of the RoboCop vs. the Terminator line includes the T-800 Terminator and the Endoskeleton Terminator.

Series 1 of the RoboCop vs. the Terminator line includes the T-800 Terminator and the Endoskeleton Terminator.

Sigma Mega Man X D-Arts Figure

The main antogonist and massive Reploid in the Mega Man X series joins the high-detail Figuarts ZERO statue line in appropriately massive form. Available only as a Tamashii Web Shop exclusive in Asia, this limited release has been made available to fans in North America. Ideal for displaying alongside D-Arts Mega Man X titles, the 7″ tall Sigma has been sculpted with meticulous attention to detail and features cape and special display stand. Window box packaging.

Sigma Mega Man X D-Arts Figure

Sonic the Hedgehog Collector’s Box Set

Sonic, Super Sonic, Amy and Tails make up this collections of Sonic Classics, perfect for any fan of the franchise looking to beef up their lineup. Check this out!

The figures stand about 3 inches tall and they all look great, perfect representations of the characters you know and love from the games, the comics or even the shows. Fans can also find a ton of other items, including plush toys, in our Sonic section.

New SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Action Figures from Jazwares!

Look out! There are brand new Sonic the Hedgehog Figures headed your way!

Jazwares’ Sonic collection is already pretty substantial, but as demand stays strong, they’re meeting it by coming out with a bunch of new figures that fans will be pleased to see. It’s been a heck of a long time for Sonic, with a host of successful games, recent Nintendo crossovers and the development of new adventures–not to mention the show. It’s no wonder that this enduring franchise is enjoying a second wind; something with a lifespan like that definitely has a solid fanbase and one that is more than willing to support the Blue Blur as he ages.

Below, check out the figures we just got in stock: Metal Sonic, Silver the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog and two different versions of Knuckles the Echidna. Enjoy!

New Figures from Sonic the Hedgehog!

Boasting 12 points of articulation and a smooth metallic finish, the 10-inch Deluxe Metal Sonic figure is one that should delight fans of the speedy blue hedgehog and his franchise.

He’s one of the new Sonic figures we’ve gotten in-stock and ready to go, joining a bunch of 3- and 6-inch figures including mini vehicles, Silver the Hedgehog, Knuckles (super poser and 3-inch) and Shadow the Hedgehog, plus many, many more. They’re all from Jazwares, who have been the leading provider of all things Sonic in recent years, producing high-quality items that capture all the adventure and character of the massively popular and long-lasting series. Check ’em out!

But wait! There’s even more good news for fans, back from E3. Remember this from February?

Well, it seems like Sega’s almost ready to send it our way. Here’s the report from!

LOS ANGELES – Sega displayed a slew of Sonic the Hedgehog games at E3 2010, including “Sonic Colors DS” and “Sonic Colors Wii,” but it was the upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1” that generated the most buzz at Sega’s booth.

“Sonic 4” is throwback to the 16-bit Sonic games that helped the Genesis compete with the Super NES in the early to mid 1990’s. There aren’t any silly side characters, no werewolf transformations, or black Sonic clones with guns. Instead, the game was remarkably simplistic and quite refreshing.

Gameplay is classic Sonic. In our hands-on time with the game, we found it remarkably similar to the original “Sonic the Hedgehog.” Sonic plods along until momentum is gained, sending him whizzing through loops, over hills, and other familiar Sonic locales. The 1080p HD graphics are appropriately bright and cheery, and the music is delightful.

“Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1” will be available in late summer for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Sonic Jazwares Figures and Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Sonic the Hedgehog has been around since 1991 in dozen of different incarnations: the original side-scroller, 3D platformers, television shows, guest appearances in other games and dozens more. He’s easily one of the most well-known and “busiest” video game heroes ever, but when Sega fell out of the console race, it seemed that Sonic’s days might be numbered. His games were becoming diluted, the core elements replaced with gimmicks and attempts to stay relevant. Gamers didn’t take to it. Which is probably why SEGA has seen fit to try to bring back the brand with toys and a new adventure. We’ll handle the merchandise, which ranges from fully-articulated Sonic action figures to plush toys and soundtracks, but after that, read on for a look at what you can expect in the way of play.

From an editorial over at The Escapist

This weekend, there were rumors that the long-teased “Project Needlemouse” could perhaps actually be Sonic 4, the direct continuation of a once-glorious 2D platformer franchise that had been dormant since 1994’s Sonic & Knuckles. And yes, those days had truly been glorious (personally, I consider the combination game Sonic 3 & Knuckles to be one of the finest old-school platformers ever made). But no, it was just wishful thinking, wasn’t it? Sega couldn’t possibly be giving the fans what they’d been asking for for years, could it?

As it turns out, yes. Yes they could.

“Project Needlemouse” is indeed Sonic the Hedgehog 4, reports Gamespot, and will be out on all three major consoles as a downloadable title (via XBLA, PSN, and WiiWare) this summer. Curiously, the launch trailer seen above refers to Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Episode 1, which indicates that there will be more to come. That, of course, makes it even more like Sonic 3 & Knuckles, which was one game that was released in two parts thanks to time and budget considerations (so in a way, the precursor to modern DLC when you think about it).

Sega associate brand manager Ken Balough told Gamespot that Sonic 4 will pick up directly where Sonic & Knuckles left off, and will include old-school elements such as the spin dash and power sneakers – as well as online leaderboards for the world’s fastest hedgehogs to strut their stuff, and optional motion controls for the Wii Remote and the Sixaxis.

It remains to be seen if Sega can still pull the same magic out of the franchise, but the classic “Se-ga!” jingle brings a smile to my face nonetheless. One thing remains certain: As long as they call him Dr. Robotnik and can this “Eggman” crap, we’ll be good.

And finally, check out the first trailer!

Sonic the Hedgehog set for 2D return

From The Guardian

Exciting news for Sonic fans as Sega yesterday revealed that the beloved blue hedgehog will be returning to a 2D environment in a new release next year.

The game, which has the development codename ‘Project Needlemouse’, will satisfy the clamouring of the thousands (okay, maybe hundreds) of fans disappointed by Sonic’s 3D outings such as Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast and the more recent Sonic Unleashed, released last year.

The news was confirmed by Sega associate brand manager Ken Balough, speaking to Gamespot, who said:

“Old-school Sonic fans have long asked to see Sonic return to a more 2D style of gameplay. Many liked the daytime stages in Unleashed but wanted to see a game that plays purely similar to the early games of the Genesis. Project Needlemouse is that critical first step that brings Sonic back to his 2D roots.”

The full interview can be read here. There’s also a Needlemouse website floating around featuring some decidedly Sonic-looking landscapes, though the disclaimer running along the bottom suggests this is the work of a designer looking to flaunt his wares rather than an oblique marketing strategy on Sega’s behalf.

Sonic’s first outing was in the 1991 MegaDrive release Sonic the Hedgehog, which wowed gamers with its speed and frenetic gameplay. The fact that I’ve played Sonic 2 in only the last couple of months suggests that there’s definitely a market for more of the same.

Xbox Arcade and WiiWare have revived interest in the retro gaming market in recent years, and made developers realise that there’s still money to be made in playing up to gamers’ nostaligia. But this announcement is partly a reflection of Sega’s failure to make Sonic ‘work’ in 3D. Sonic fans have never had a Mario 64 or Mario Galaxy – a great 3D game worthy of such an iconic character – and Needlemouse makes it look even less likely that ever that they will.

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And in toy news, we’ve just gotten the latest batch of Sonic the Hedgehog toys from Jazwares. Sega may have dropped out of the console race, but they haven’t stopped working on games or on building their most beloved franchise, which has meant that merchandising for Sonic games has managed to hit a high despite an age of nearly twenty years.

You can check ’em out over at our website in the Sonic section!

Sonic the Hedgehog: JAZWARES figures have arrived!

The first three Sonic the Hedgehog action figures have now arrived and are in-stock, ready to order! Sonic, Shadow and the echidna, Knuckles, are the first of a collection from Jazwares. Each figure features over 25 points of articulation and stands over six inches tall! The sculpting is perfectly loyal to the dynamic art you’ve come to know and love in the Sonicverse and the toys look awesome.

Plus, coming in later months (but already available for pre-order!), you can find Werehog, Black Night and more! Whether you’re a long-time fan or just getting into it thanks to Nintendo’s purchase of the Sonic franchise, you should definitely check this collection out!

Nintendo Toys: Mario, Sonic and More!

On the heels of our post about The upcoming Legend of Zelda game, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, we’ll continue our Nintendo theme with a look at some of the toys and collectibles we’ve got in our online store.

The Legend of Zelda is arguably Nintendo’s most epic franchise, a tale of stolen princesses, rogue magic and adventure in the land of Hyrule. It’s spawned over ten games so far, with more on their way, and we’ve got toys from every LoZ era. From plush toys to replica swords, we’ve got something for every fan! Plus, for a special treat, be sure to check out the Legend of Zelda albums for the sounds of your favourite games.

Definitely one for the retro fans, this vintage figure of Donkey Kong’s Pauline is a rare find, but represents some of the first merchandising Nintendo ever produced to support its North American releases.

Sonic the Hedgehog was originally a Sega property, but made the move to Nintendo when its original company gave up the ghost following the Dreamcast’s failure. Now new life has been breathed into the speedster and you can find some of the older figures here, or pre-order the upcoming Jazwares figures–shipping in May, June and July!

Super Mario and friends are the Big Names in Nintendo, the company’s signature characters. And Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad and the others are all here in a number of forms: plus toys, trading cards, Gashapon minis, and even magnets of Mario’s original 8-bit form.