Friday, September 30, 2011

Ye Olden Days

Hey remember when manga used to be published in the U.S. in "comic book" form with the artwork flipped left to right? Neither did I until I found my Gundam Wing comics back when I was moving. It was like I had a colony of nostalgia dropped on me. I decided to share the thrill on AFOS. Because it's awesome. And I just wanted to post something today since the monthly haul post is going to be late.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Transformers 3 Exclusive Roundup

Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes out on Blu-ray this Friday, on September 30th. Friday releases seems to becoming a regular trend lately. A downward trend on the other hand are retailer exclusives for movies. There doesn't seem to be any crazy transforming cases for the third Transformers movie. But hey you get your choice of what Transformer you want on the cover. The standard release is a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and has Optimus Prime on the cover.

Best Buy will have an exclusive double sided slipcover with Bumblebee and Shockwave.

Wal-Mart will have a single disc edition. It doesn't come with the DVD or the Digital Copy, but it does have Sentinel Prime on the cover. It's probably the better choice for fans of Leonard Nimoy and/or firetrucks.

However you might want to hold out for the 3D Limited Edition coming out later. It's existence was confirmed when the HD Room got an early copy of Dark of the Moon with a $10 off coupon packed inside. At least Paramount is trying to take some of the sting off for those who will double dip. The 3D Limited Edition will have "never before seen content" which means it will have the extras that Friday's release does not, so that's something else to keep in mind.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shinkenger Figuarts at TRU

Toys R Us will be selling imported Japanese figures based on Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, the series currently being adapted into Power Rangers Samurai. The figures are from Bandai's Figuarts line. The website currently has Shinken Red and Shinken Gold listed for sale for $34.99 each, although neither is actually in stock. They will eventually be sold in stores. In Japan the other Shinkenger Figuarts were only available as exclusives. I hope Toys R Us carries the exclusives as well just so that more people can get a chance at them.

This is pretty awesome. If it were the Gokaiger Figuarts that were being imported I'd probably buy them. Of course we're only getting Shinkenger because of the Power Rangers Samurai tie-in. However there are a lot of Figuarts I would buy if they were less expensive and available locally, such as One Piece and DragonBall Z. Does Bandai of America still have the DragonBall license? I always thought it was odd that Bandai seemed to give up on Dragonball just around the time the series returned to TV in the form of DragonBall Kai.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Rage of the Red Preschool Toys

Fisher-Price's Hero World toyline is sort of a successor to their classic Rescue Hero toys, but Hero World also includes the DC Super Friends sub-line. I like the Super Friends toys. They may not have the character selection of DC Universe Classics, but they seem a lot more fun. Until now DC Super Friends were mostly focused on Batman and his rogues with Superman and Hal Jordan thrown into the mix. But yesterday I spotted several Green Lantern vehicles at Toys R Us. I saw Hal Jordan with a jet, Kilowog on a motorcyle and Tomar Re with ...well the website just calls it a vehicle. It looks like a helicopter without a rotor.

On the back of the packages are pictures of some single carded figures, Green Lanterns Sinestro with B'Dg and Red Lanterns Atrocitus with Dex-Starr. I don't think they're out yet. They're not even listed on the website. Sinestro would have been much cooler as a Yellow Lantern but I guess B'Dg makes up for it. Atrocitus and Dex-Starr are insanely awesome. Would it be too much to wonder if Fischer-Price included a blood vomiting feature?

Update 9/30: Here's a slightly better picture of the new figures.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Halloween Meals

Both Burger King and McDonalds will have Halloween themed kid's meal toys this year. What's more both are retreads of Halloween giveaways from years' past.

Burger King has The Simpsons Horror Classic toys, which are akin to their Spooky Light-Ups from 2001 and Creepy Classics from 2002. They are available now, which seems a little early for Halloween toys. Each toy has a light which reveals an image in their respective backdrops. Club BK has images of all of the toys.

What's interesting about these new toys compared to the Creepy Classics and Spooky Light-Ups is that those were a mix of original designs and ones taken directly from The Simpsons' annual Treehouse of Horror episodes. All of the characters in Horror Classics are taken directly from the show. That would make Horror Classics more appealing than the older toys, but there some real head-scratchers being offered.

The Homer toy is based on the time traveling Homer who appears briefly at the end of "The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms". That's a pretty obscure choice. They could have done Donut Head Homer, Jack in the Box Homer or Blob Homer instead.

Even stranger is the Fly Bart toy from "Fly vs. Fly". It's based on what Bart imagines he'll turn into instead of what he actually becomes. Wouldn't the actual Fly Bart be a better choice? Or how about Bart as Stretch Dude? Clobber Girl and The Collector are part of the assortment, so why not Stretch Dude?

McDonalds' current promotions are Power Rangers Samurai and iCarly, but according to the Happy Meal website their next giveaway will be Halloween pails. They're the same basic design as last year's Mr. Potato Head pails but they have faces this time. That makes them more similar to the classic McBoo pails which makes them better in my book. I still wish they'd ditch the sculpted handles and bring back the plastic lids though.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

This Came Out of Left Field

The Rocketeer on Blu-ray is now available for pre-order on Amazon. And because I look gift horses right in their mouths, I really wish they had used this art for the cover.