S.H. Figuarts Blue Ranger Out in May

So far, the awesome Power Rangers / Super Sentai Zyuranger series from Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts has released the Red, Green, White, and Pink Rangers, with the Black one up for pre-order and shipping in April. But Bandai recently announced that the Blue Ranger will be out in May, along with his combining sais. This just leaves the Yellow Ranger figure to be announced.

Albotip: David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger, admitted to leaving the show due to crew members’ harassing him about his homosexuality. Lame.

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Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts at NYCC 2013
Bandai totally killed it this year at NYCC. They had what seemed to me like the biggest display of toys and action figures. From Gundam, to Mega Man, to Sailor Moon, to Saint Seiya, they came in full force.
One of the highlights for me was that they had nearly the full line of Power Rangers Figuarts figures on display, including ones that aren’t even up for pre-order yet.
Hit the link for our photo gallery of Bandai’s super articulated Power Rangers action figures.
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The Armored Red Ranger was super cool looking and comes with two sais instead of a sword. You can can buy one here.

The Yellow Ranger had me scratching my head. Bandai must have modified this figure for a Western release. Clearly there are some boobies here. In the original Japanese show, the Yellow Ranger was a dude, so I expected the figure to have the same body pieces as the other male characters.

The Pink Ranger could take out all those stupid Hunger Games kids so fast. Pre-order one here.

At the center of the Power Rangers display sat the Red and Green Rangers. Grab the Green Ranger, complete with dragon flute, here. Get the non-armored Red Ranger here.

I think I’m going to have to buy the Blue Ranger figure when it comes out. There’s no release date yet, as far as I know, but I’d assume it will be out early next year.

I’m guessing the Black Ranger will also be out in early 2014. Dat axe. Plus, as you can see in this shot, the figures come with the transforming blade / gun weapons on their belts, which is an awesome addition.

Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts at NYCC 2013

Bandai totally killed it this year at NYCC. They had what seemed to me like the biggest display of toys and action figures. From Gundam, to Mega Man, to Sailor Moon, to Saint Seiya, they came in full force.

One of the highlights for me was that they had nearly the full line of Power Rangers Figuarts figures on display, including ones that aren’t even up for pre-order yet.

Hit the link for our photo gallery of Bandai’s super articulated Power Rangers action figures.

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The Toys & Collectibles Of New York Comic Con
NYCC 2013 had plenty of booths on display from various distributors showcasing their latest and greatest action figures, statues, and other assorted collectibles. Click through for a look and remember, it’s okay to drool.
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First up was the Pop Culture Shock booth. They didn’t have much on display, but this lifesize Akuma bust was definitely the centerpiece.

Triforce had a buttload of high end (i.e. super expensive) collectibles on hand. Pretty to look at, but insane to pay for unless you have lots and lots and lots of money.

























This Black Mask bust is just a prototype, thus the lack of paint, but even in its uncolored state, you can already tell it’s gonna’ be freaking awesome.









These Tetris pieces actually light up, but they couldn’t get a power supply running to the case for them. They light up when connected, and if you make a row, the lights flicker off just as if the pieces were dissappearing in the game!





Here’s a sneak peak at the Yes Anime! booth. They had some super rad stuff. Stay tuned for our exclusive video tour of their booth later in the week.




Ahhh, the Goodsmile booth. Always awesome. They had the Link Figma and Sonic the Hedgehog Nendoroid on sale, but by the time I decided to go buy them, they were all sold out. =( C’est la vie.



























In case you didn’t know, New York Comic Con is effing HUGE! So huge that I didn’t even know Square Enix had a booth until the last day, and by then everything was sold out and most of their cases were empty. Bummer.






















So, I took way more pics of the Bandai booth, but the files on my camera are corrupt, which completely sucks. They a plethora of amazingness like Gundam figures (I’ve barely watched that show even though we have a primer on how to watch that show and I bought three!), some sweet Sailor Moon Figma-esque things, Daft Punk stuff, Mega Man stuff, lots and lots of Power Rangers things, and I can’t even remember what else. You’ll just have to settle for these crummy cell phone pics.








That about wraps it up, kids. Hope you enjoyed oggling all these sexy bits of plastic as much as I did on the Comic Con show floor! My wallet is still feeling the sting, but it hurts so good!
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The Toys & Collectibles Of New York Comic Con

NYCC 2013 had plenty of booths on display from various distributors showcasing their latest and greatest action figures, statues, and other assorted collectibles. Click through for a look and remember, it’s okay to drool.

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DAFT PUNK ACTION FIGURES

These Daft Punk figures are from Bandai’s premium label, Tamashii Nations, and will be available as a set or individually for $45 apiece. Pre-orders for Guy-Manuel and Thomas Bangalter are currently up on Amazon. Both figures drop December 27, 2013.

Gunbuster Chogokin Figure
Revoltech released a Gunbuster figure last year. And it was about time. After nearly 25 years since the anime premiered, there still weren’t many quality figures based on the series’ giant robot. Now Bandai are adding Gunbuster to their Super Robot Chogokin line. The 6” figure will be released in March for $74.
Preorder: Gunbuster Super Robot Chogokin Figure
Peep it: Revoltech Review: Gunbuster

Gunbuster Chogokin Figure

Revoltech released a Gunbuster figure last year. And it was about time. After nearly 25 years since the anime premiered, there still weren’t many quality figures based on the series’ giant robot. Now Bandai are adding Gunbuster to their Super Robot Chogokin line. The 6” figure will be released in March for $74.

Preorder: Gunbuster Super Robot Chogokin Figure
Peep it: Revoltech Review: Gunbuster
‘Project X Zone' Opening Cinematic [VIDEO]
Although I’m not really into SRPGs, I can’t help but be a little bit stoked for Project X Zone. The 3DS game takes characters from Capcom, Namco, and Sega, and mixes ‘em all up in a bag of strategic role-playing goodness. This means characters from popular franchises like Street Fighter, Mega Man, Tekken, Space Channel 5, Phantasy Star, Xenosaga, God Eater, .Hack, Shining Force, Virtua Fighter, and more will all be together in the same game! Kinda’ bummed about the lack of Phoenix Wright, though.
No western release has been announced yet, but look at the collector’s edition Japan is getting. Lucky jerks.

Check out the opening cinematic below and let us know which characters you spotted and which ones you wish would’ve made the cut.

Pre-Order: Project X Zone First Print Special Edition (NTSC Only)

Project X Zone' Opening Cinematic [VIDEO]

Although I’m not really into SRPGs, I can’t help but be a little bit stoked for Project X Zone. The 3DS game takes characters from Capcom, Namco, and Sega, and mixes ‘em all up in a bag of strategic role-playing goodness. This means characters from popular franchises like Street Fighter, Mega Man, Tekken, Space Channel 5, Phantasy Star, Xenosaga, God Eater, .Hack, Shining Force, Virtua Fighter, and more will all be together in the same game! Kinda’ bummed about the lack of Phoenix Wright, though.

No western release has been announced yet, but look at the collector’s edition Japan is getting. Lucky jerks.

Check out the opening cinematic below and let us know which characters you spotted and which ones you wish would’ve made the cut.

Pre-Order: Project X Zone First Print Special Edition (NTSC Only)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle Is Bizarre

Before I watched this trailer for the Namco Bandai game, I figured I’d be writing up a post called “The Game You Should Play Instead of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle” and then show you Capcom’s 2D fighter based on the series. But then I watched the trailer and the game actually looks awesome. I can’t quite tell if it’s a psuedo-3D fighter or if there’s just a sidestep command like in Rival Schools / Project Justice. The weird part is that the graphics style looks like Street Fighter IV’s. Are some of Capcom’s artists now working for Namco Bandai? Or are Namco Bandai just ripping off Capcom?

Also: Helvetica bold.

Ni no Kuni Limited Edition up for Pre-order

The game’s Western release is almost a year away, but I’ve already thrown down my $99.99 for this amazing limited edition of the game. Yup - $99.99. That’s a lot of money, even for a limited edition, but this time I think it’s worth it. The “wizard edition” of the RPG co-created by Studio Ghibli and Level-5 will include a hardcover version of the spell book used by the protagonist, as well as a plush version of his pal, Drippy.

If I remember correctly, the DS version of the game required players to use a similar physical spell book to progress through the game. It doesn’t seem like this has been worked into the PS3 version, but it’s still a very cool bonus. The real treat is Drippy, and there will also be two DLC characters included in the bundle.

Side Note: The pre-order page mentions that the Western release of the game will contain both English and Japanese voice over tracks - good news for people who prefer hearing bad voice acting that they can’t understand rather than bad voice acting that they can understand.

Get it exclusively through Namco Bandai.

(Source: destructoid.com)

A Little Bit on the Char CD Player Side: If you need to go all out after buying that Char helmet, check out this CD player, designed after his Zaku mobile suit. It’s originally from a mail-in-your-points-type program from Bandai, but one is on eBay right now. I was going to bid, but now it’s up to $35 plus $15 shipping. But it is a great collector’s item.

A Little Bit on the Char CD Player Side: If you need to go all out after buying that Char helmet, check out this CD player, designed after his Zaku mobile suit. It’s originally from a mail-in-your-points-type program from Bandai, but one is on eBay right now. I was going to bid, but now it’s up to $35 plus $15 shipping. But it is a great collector’s item.

A Little Bit on the Saint Seiya X Devilrobots Side: Check out this Saint Seiya zipper pull / cellphone charm thingamabob. Devilrobots redesigned several of the series’ characters into these cute but awesome super-deformed styles.

A Little Bit on the Saint Seiya X Devilrobots Side: Check out this Saint Seiya zipper pull / cellphone charm thingamabob. Devilrobots redesigned several of the series’ characters into these cute but awesome super-deformed styles.

A Little Bit On the Akira Side: So, the live-action Akira remake has been put on temporary hold, but that shouldn’t stop you from living our your own live-action Akira fantasies! To celebrate Akria's 30th anniversary, Bandai is selling a fer-realz version of Kaneda’s sweet red leather jacket for a paltry 69,800 yen (685 euros/900 U.S. dollars). Seems like they’re sold out at the moment, but they still have some of the not-as-awesome graphicless black ones left

I kind of want one just so I can run around screaming “TETSUOOOOO!!!!” to the top of my lungs in crowded public places.

(via Kirai)

Bearfest
This diorama set of custom painted Gundam Bearguys won first place at this year’s Hong Kong Gunpla Competition. You can check out more detailed pictures of each Bearguy HERE.
[Via Gunjap]

Bearfest

This diorama set of custom painted Gundam Bearguys won first place at this year’s Hong Kong Gunpla Competition. You can check out more detailed pictures of each Bearguy HERE.

[Via Gunjap]

Dat Ass…
Lieutenant Quattro from Zeta Gundam really knew how to keep his cool. But as soon as the camera pans away…

Dat Ass…

Lieutenant Quattro from Zeta Gundam really knew how to keep his cool. But as soon as the camera pans away…

Official Trailer for Soul Calibur 5 - no more shaky cam business!

[via ATLGamesExaminer]

Soul Calibur 5 - Official Announcement

Hot off the heels of the “Soul Cal Boob Chart" comes the official Soul Calibur 5 announcement! Officially announced in Dubai late last night (around 11:00 PST) the game will see a 2012 release on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. We’ve went ahead and boiled down some of the early information into some easily digestible facts:

- SC5 will take place 17 years after SC4.
- Patroklos will be the story’s protagonist - he is the son of Sophitia and Rothion.
- Will NOT be called Soul Edge 2 as rumored!
- Character customization will remain intact (but no fetish or skimpy outfits!)
- Will remain a 1-on-1 fighting game.
- Siegfried/Nightmare will be in this game.
- You can check out a bootleg trailer here!

Patroklos

[via Twitter / Odashima Daishi]

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