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Figma Link from The Legend of Zelda images!

 

SO MUCH WANT!!

Just look at him in all his glory! If you’ve been following me online for a while, then it’s no secret that I’m quite a big fan of The Legend of Zelda series. In fact, one of the very first toy videos I ever made was about Legend of Zelda action figures.

This new Figma Link figure looks like it may very well be the Link figure I have always dreamed of. Good Smile posted details and images showing off the amazing detail, poseability, and interchangeable parts that will make this the ultimate Link for your collection!

I’m not usually one who imports figures from Japan, but I have long dreamed of owning amazingly detailed and articulated action figures of my favorite classic video game characters. Between the D-Arts Mega Man X from Bandai Japan, the Figma Samus Aran and now this Link, I am well on my way to finally achieving this dream.

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The Round-Up: Unofficial Guide to He-Man Reprint, Poe Ghostal Interview, SDCC Hellicarrier, more

Welcome to The Roundup, a new feature here on Pixel-Dan.com that will allow me to give some quick shout-outs, plugs, and just mention something toy related that caught my attention that may not necessarily warrant a full write-up. Here’s what’s on tap for this week’s roundup:

 

  • – Poe Ghostal, another friend of mine, has conducted an interview with yours truly along with several other well-known toy reviewers to ask the tough question: How does receiving free samples from toy companies affect the reviews? I know this is a topic many will be interested in reading about, and hope that my answers are both well-received and make for a good read. Poe’s introduction is up now, and each individual interview will follow.

 

  • – Over the weekend, Hasbro announced yet another San Diego Comic Con exclusive: The Avengers Hellicarrier playset that is over 4 foot long! Now we saw the Hellicarrier playset back at New York Toy Fair, but to my knowledge it has never actually hit retail stores. Now it’s almost a foot longer than before and is exclusive to SDCC. It will sell for a whopping $129.99, and surely be impossible to get home if you flew in. It also includes figures of Captain America and Maria Hill, though form the pictures they seem comic-styled and not movie-styled. Drat…I was hoping for the first-ever action figure of Robin Sparkles.

 

 

  • – Non-toy related, but The Video Game Years 1979 Part 1 was posted over the weekend at RetrowareTV.com.  I’m very happy to be a part of this very professional looking show. My hats off to the guys over there for all of their hard work on editing it each month. If you haven’t already, make sure you check it out!

That’s all I’ve got for this edition! Feel free to discuss below!

 

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MOTU Classics Custom Pixel Dan Figure WIP Video from Hunter Knight

By now you’ve probably already seen the video I did on the incredibly awesome custom action figure of yours truly created by Hunter Knight Customs.

Now, Hunter Knight has put together his own “Work in Progress” video to show you how he created this handsome action figure!

Check out the video after the jump!

 

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MOTU Classics Mosquitor Sneak Peek #4

The torture continues!

Mattel just sent along the 4th image teaser for the upcoming Masters of the Universe Classics Mosquitor figure!

This is a pretty good one, showing off the figure’s left arm! We can see Mosquitor’s short, brown gloves. Also, it looks like he’s utilizing the “monster” forearms as seen on figures like Whiplash and Kobra Khan. That’s an interesting and clever way to accomplish his forearms without a newly tooled piece. The vintage figure have similar “fins” on his forearms, just not quite the same as this.

I’m getting more and more excited to see the final figure!

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Mattel reveals the next MOTU Classics Quarterly Variant!

Mattel once again rewarded subscribers by sending them an e-mail revealing the next Quarterly Variant in the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line. I don’t think there’s really any need to keep it a secret, since it no doubt hit the web the second people started getting the e-mails, so there he is…Dragon Blaster Skeletor!

We’ve known for a week or so that this reveal would be coming soon, and many have been speculating that this would indeed be a Skeletor variant. Many rumors were pointing to either New Adventures Skeletor or Dragon Blaster Skeletor, the latter of which turned out to be correct.

He makes total sense for 2012. We already received Thunder Punch He-Man this year, and in the vintage line Dragon Blaster Skeletor was released alongside him. Also, this is a very heavily dragon themed year with Draego-Man already released and Granamyr coming later in the year. It’s kind of cool to add this version of Skelly to that group.

I think he looks great, and I’m excited to check him out in person. How about the rest of you? What do you think?

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Lucha Sharks!

My good friend Ben Spencer is working on a new figure project, and the name alone has “want!” written all over it!

Not much information is available on Lucha Sharks just yet, but there is a blog showing a work in progress image. Awesome. I’ll definitely be following this project!

Be sure to check out Ben’s other cool figure project, Galaxxor!

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What does the future hold for ThunderCats?

Update: Well, the plot thickens. ToyNewsI.com has just put up an article stating that they contacted Bandai asking about the rumors surrounding the demise of the line. Bandai states that they are still the master toy license holders for ThunderCats, and that they are currently focussing on rolling out product outside of the US.

That’s not a terrible amount of info, but at least we know Bandai hasn’t lost the license…yet. I’m still very interested to see how this all plays out, as I still find it highly unusual that Bandai hasn’t released or even shown us any new ThunderCats product since late last year.

Original Post: The future of the ThunderCats has been a hot topic as of late, and it seems to be really heating up.

The general consensus about the Bandai toy line has been that it’s in trouble. Ever since Toy Fair in February, where Bandai didn’t show off anything new for the brand, most collectors got the impression that the toy line was coming to an end.

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ToyGuru shows off SDCC Bruce Wayne to Batman

ToyGuru has been on a roll with these videos lately! I like these. I think it’s a really good way to show off the figures and their features in a way the usual press release cannot.

This time around, Scott shows off the upcoming San Diego Comic Con exclusive Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne to Batman figure set. This set looks pretty cool, from what we can see. I like the packaging quite a bit. That alone would make for a cool display. I’m interested to see exactly how the figure looks in hand.

He also gives us a quick glimpse of the MOTU Classics Snake Men 2-Pack and Horde Prime. If you want a closer look at Horde Prime, my video review is here.

 

 
I think I need to have a talk with Scott about his video quality. 🙂

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UPDATED: G.I. Joe Retaliation release date pushed to 2013- How does this affect Hasbro?

UPDATE: Hasbro has finally made an official announcement concerning the status of the Retaliation toy line. TNI has the full press release.

“There is a limited amount of G.I. Joe Retaliation product at retail now, but in light of the movie moving out to March 29, 2013, the majority of the movie line will be made available early next year in time for the film’s release.”

Well, that’s pretty much exactly what I assumed would happen. You’ve got to think that this cannot be good for Hasbro. Retailers already seem to not like stocking G.I. Joe figures as it is. This can’t make G.I. joe look any better to those retailers who all assumed stocking this product would be ok since there is a movie to back it. And now, Hasbro has to wait almost a year without any new Joe product. Ouch.

If you are interested in any of the first wave stuff, I’d recommend grabbing it now if you see it. I have a feeling these will end up being the hard to find items come next year.

ORIGINAL POST: Out of nowhere, Paramount and Hasbro announced that they are pushing the release date of G.I. Joe Retaliation from June 2012 to March 2013 in order to convert the film to 3D. ToyNewsI.com has the full press release.

It’s crazy to think that after all of the promotion that has gone into this film Paramount thinks the best thing to do is push the release date almost 9 months just so the film can be in 3D. Is 3D really that important? Does it really affect sales? It seems to me that many people are over the 3D thing at this point. I’m sure most people would have been just fine with 2D.

But here’s my bigger question: How does this affect Hasbro and the release of the Retaliation toy line? These toys have already started hitting stores. They’re out there. Hasbro also put a lot of focus on this line of movie toys at New York Toy Fair in February.

Hasbro hasn’t made an official announcement about the toy line as of yet. I am very curious to see what kind of problems this may cause, if any. Will Hasbro pull the toys? Will they just not release any of the next waves until next year? Or will they just put it all out anyway even though the movie is now almost a year away?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens, that’s for sure.

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Ghostbusters subscribers rewarded with GitD Slimer figure

 

Those who signed up for the ill-fated 2012 Ghostbusters Club Ecto-1 Subscription service from Mattel were told that they would be receiving a special gift after the subscriptions ended up being canned.

Those customers received an e-mail this week containing the above image letting them know that Mattel would be sending them a free Glow-in-the-Dark Slimer action figure.

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