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Patapon Plushies March To Stores This December

By Spencer . December 2, 2008 . 11:45am

The loveable Patapon are getting 100% more huggable thanks to Medicom Toy, the company that makes Kubrick collectibles. Sometime later this month Rolito’s creation is going to be sold as a plush doll in Japan for 3,990 yen ($42) each. At that price the stuffed Patapon isn’t really a stocking stuffer since you can purchase […]

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Another Round Of Adorable Final Fantasy Figures

By Spencer . November 3, 2008 . 5:45pm

Square Enix is on its third series of Final Fantasy miniature trading figures. The first one included Cloud and Yuna. The second batch contained Squall and Tifa. Who is in set three? Tidus, Aeris or Aerith if you prefer, Rikku, Fran, and Balthier. Only one Final Fantasy VII character per batch folks. This group is […]

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Square Enix strengthen ties with Snoopy

By Spencer . September 16, 2008 . 12:59am

We get it Square Enix, you love Snoopy. First you announce Snoopy DS: Let’s Go Meet Snoopy and His Friends which comes out in Japan on October 9 and now a bundle of Snoopy Formation Arts figures are sitting in your store. The five pack of Snoopy toys runs for 5,920 yen ($56) which makes […]

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The other reason to buy Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2 at stores

By Spencer . September 16, 2008 . 12:40am

In October Sony’s two tiered price structure for first party PSP games starts in Japan. Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2, an expanded sequel to last year’s awesome dungeon management simulator with blocky Dragon Quest inspired graphics, will be a distributed as a downloadable PlayStation Network game and in retail stores. About a 1,000 yen […]

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Even the Sony cat celebrates 30 years of Space Invaders

By Spencer . September 11, 2008 . 12:05am

Toro, the Sony cat and star of the freebie PSN game Mainichi Issho, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders by wearing teeny, tiny Space Invaders clothes. These three limited edition Toro dolls will be sold in Japan sometime this month for an unknown price. Like other Toro merchandise these plush toys won’t be […]

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Sega makes Valkyria Chronicles capsule toys

By Spencer . August 18, 2008 . 8:46pm

It’s only a few months until Valkyria Chronicles comes out in November. In Japan it’s a different story. Valkyria Chronicles has been around since April and gashapon toy maker Yujin already released a series of Valkyria Chronicles toys in stores. The set has five toys in all. You can see Alicia, Isara, Rosie, and Eleanor […]

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Blaze makes a Mega Drive Micro

By Spencer . August 13, 2008 . 11:08am

Blaze International has a license to make plug and play hardware packed with Sega Genesis ROMs in Europe. Paying £29.99 ($56) for a handheld with 20 16-bit Genesis games seems steep since Sega Genesis Collection for the PSP costs around $20. It’s really the system’s design that makes Blaze’s device notable. Their device looks like […]

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MSX Virtual Console release celebrated with a Comiket toy

By Spencer . August 11, 2008 . 2:06pm

The MSX, the console where Metal Gear made its first appearance, got off to a rocky start on the Virtual Console in Japan. Nintendo revealed Japan would get MSX games in 2007. The first MSX game was Aleste and it didn’t come out until May 27, 2008. D4 Enterprise handles MSX and Neo Geo Virtual […]

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Atlus gets into the character goods biz with plushies and Persona 4 towels

By Spencer . August 7, 2008 . 1:42pm

Nippon Ichi is huge into selling character goods especially with the Disgaea series. Stuffed prinnies, plastic prinnies, and prinny hats can be found at any anime conference. Atlus Japan is just getting their feet wet selling character goods so you won’t see any hats of this, but you can get a Jack Frost plushy for […]

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One of Nintendo’s early light gun “games”

By Spencer . August 7, 2008 . 11:01am

In honor of the mediocre release of Wild West Guns on WiiWare let’s look back at a 1976 light gun toy from Nintendo. The Nintendo Kousenju Custom Gunman is amazingly basic, it doesn’t even move. All you do is shoot it with a bundled revolver. The delay is laughable, but for a 1970’s toy it’s […]

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Video game figurines take a walk on Pinky Street

By Jenni . July 3, 2008 . 12:36pm

The Pinky St. figurines have grown quite popular in Japan due to the adorable character designs, customization options and interchangable parts. They’ve even inspired PS2 (Mahoroba Stories) and DS games (Pinky St. Kira Kira Music Hour, Pinky St. Kira Kira Music Night). Some of the most popular Pinky St. releases, however, are versions of popular video game characters.

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Kotobukiya brings out DMC 4 Devil Bringer statue

By Spencer . May 14, 2008 . 9:23am

Kotobukiya, the company behind the plastic Final Fantasy summoned monsters and this awesome looking Shadow of Colossus statue, is working on more Devil May Cry figures. After Devil May Cry 3 became a hit they made Dante and Vergil toys, both came out last December in Japan.   In August the toy maker is moving […]

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Putting together Final Fantasy VII Potion toys

By Spencer . March 7, 2008 . 9:16pm

Remember the Final Fantasy VII Potion? Last November Square Enix released a limited edition potion package, which consisted of a carbonated soft drink and a trading arts figure. I already talked about the taste of the potion, so I’m going to skip over that and get straight to the toys.       Here is […]

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Carry Super Mario Galaxy sounds in your pocket

By Spencer . February 1, 2008 . 3:32pm

Super Mario Galaxy recycles many sound effects from other Mario games. However, Nintendo added new chimes like hearing a star piece fall to the ground. New sounds means new sound drops! In May, Japan gets a series of eight keychain sized toys with chimes straight from Super Mario Galaxy. While these are sold individually as […]

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Wii: The plush edition

By Dan . January 25, 2008 . 9:18am

  Tired of smacking your friends in the head with a wayward Wi-mote? Or worse yet that brand new HDTV? Maybe your kid hit you while playing Wii sports together. Well now there's an edition of the Wii that'll make it impossible for those blunt injuries to continue.    Naturally this little bad boy won't […]