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NYCC 2015: Good Smile Company booth tour

The Good Smile Company was out in full-force at NYCC 2015, bringing tons of new statues and Nendoroid figures from a variety of licenses. Check out the new collectibles including Nintendo licenses like Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Mega Man and Animal Crossing and other games like Metal Gear Solid. Plus, animes like Kill La Kill, Yugi-Oh, and an amazing statue set of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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NYCC 2015: “Ghostbusters: The Board Game” Preview & Gameplay

At NYCC 2015, Mataio Wilson of Cryptozoic takes the mic to give us a hands-on look of their upcoming “Ghostbusters: The Board Game”. In part one of this two-part video, we learn the basics of what makes this game work and everything you need to know about the pieces, characters, and general gameplay.

In part two of this video, Mataio shows us an in-depth demo of how to play the game, as well as combat against ghosts and gates. This game will be available very soon from select vendors, and I already backed the kickstarter so expect an in-depth review once it comes in the mail! From my time playing it at the con with a group of strangers, the game was pretty easy to understand and within a few turns, I felt I had a solid understanding of the basic elements of gameplay. It’s intuitive and accessible for a board game noob like myself, and I look forward to playing this much more in the near future.

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NYCC 2015: Eaglemoss Booth Tour – Star Trek, Doctor Who, Marvel

Check out the newest offering from Eaglemoss at NYCC 2015, including pieces from their subscription services with Marvel Comics characters like Wolverine, Ultron, The Hulk, Doctor Doom, Deadpool, Captain America, and Ant-Man, Doctor Who characters including Doctors portrayed by David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi, Daleks, Cybermen, and other Alien species, and Star Trek ships from across the entire universe, including the new Shuttlecraft series.

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NYCC 2015: Diamond Select Toys – Ghostbusters, X-Files, Indymates

Zach Oat from Diamond Select Toys joined us at their booth during New York Comic Con 2015 to give us a three-part tour of all of the new items and exclusives from their company.

In the third and final part, we see new items including statues, action figures, minimates, dolls, and other items from Hack/Slash, Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, X-Files, their new line of minimates based on indy comic properites called Indymates, and all of their amazing new Ghostbusters action figures, including Egon, Winston, Ray (and “Dirty Ray”, Louis Tully, possessed Dana Barrett as Zuul, and the Build-A-Figure playset that will be packed with every figure. This is a must-have series for all serious Ghostheads!

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Hot Toys unveils First Order TIE Pilot from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

The First Order has enlisted a wide range of troops to carry out its will across the galaxy in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Following the reveal of the First Order Snowtrooper, Hot Toys is continuing to expand the First Order army and is delighted to officially present the new streamline designed First Order TIE Pilot 1/6th scale collectible figure from the highly anticipated movie!

The skilled pilots of the First Order launch into combat aboard advanced fighter craft to hunt down enemy vessels and protect space around First Order installations and warships.

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of First Order TIE Pilot in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It features an all new glossy black color designed TIE Pilot helmet and armor with life support system, meticulously tailored flight suit, detailed blaster pistol, and a hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem!

Recruit the new First Order TIE Pilot for your growing army today!

Check out the photo gallery below to see all of the shots of it, with the specs underneath that!

The 1/6th scale First Order TIE Pilot Collectible Figure specially features:

– Authentic and detailed likeness of First Order TIE Pilot in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
– Approximately 30 cm tall
– Body with over 30 points of articulations
– Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of relaxed palms
– One (1) pair of palms for holding weapons
– One (1) gripping right palm
– One (1) gesturing left palm

Costume:
– One (1) newly designed glossy black colored First Order TIE Pilot helmet and armor with life support system
– One (1) black colored flight suit
– One (1) belt with pouches
– One (1) pair of black boots

Weapon:
– One (1) blaster pistol

Accessory:
– First Order emblem hexagonal figure stand with First Order TIE Pilot nameplate and Star Wars logo

Artists:
– Painted by Lok Ho
– Art Directed by JC. Hong

Release date: Q1 – Q2, 2016

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Product details could be subjected to change without further notice

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A Boy and His Blind Box: Marvel Munnyworld Zipper Pulls

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It’s a big year for Marvel Comics, with Captain America 2, Amazing Spiderman 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy all making waves in the movie world, and an overwhelming avalanche of Marvel Now! debut issues flooding the market. Kidrobot has been riding the wave of Marvel’s popularity for awhile, and we got a hold of one of their many licensed products, but this one is a twist.

The Marvel Munnyworld Zipper Pulls combine your favorite comic characters with Kidrobot’s distinct Munny design, which is normally a build-and-paint figure that customizers flock to. However, in this case we have pre-made zipper pulls that look so cutesy, your brain might explode.

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There are 10 zipper pulls in total, which feature two bad guys, seven good guys, and one Deadpool, because Deadpool does whatever he wants. The selection is popular core characters, like Venom, Spidey, Captain America, Thor, and the aforementioned Merc with a Mouth.

The box art is simple but incorporates the zipper pull gimmick cleverly into the packaging, with Spiderman descending on the pull like it’s one of his webs. The art clearly shows you what you are getting, in their very Munny way.

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Each tiny box comes with a silver bag to ensure the secret identity of your blind box figure remains well-kept from the public. It also features the Marvel Munnyworld logo, which is cool but will not matter after you tear into the packaging. Speaking of, SNIKT!

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I bought three Marvel Munnyworld Zipper pulls, and I ended up with The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, and Spiderman! Each zipper pull stands about 3/4 of an inch tall, and is essentially identical to each other in terms of sculpting. That is how a Munny figure works, though, as it is all about customizing. What separates them apart is their paint job, which is smooth and clean and makes it easy to identify each person.

These little figures capture the iconic elements of each Marvel character, whether it’s Hulk’s scowl, Wolverine’s mask, or Spidey’s expressive eyes. Simplistic but effective, they may not be super detailed in any way whatsoever, but more is less with these little dudes, and I think they do the job of explaining the character in one glance extremely well. Plus, these are less than an inch tall, and for this scale, the paint job is perfect.

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Each Marvel Munnyworld Zipper pull costs $3.99, which is a hefty price for a small zipper pull. However, you are paying for the license, solid construction, and a good-looking and well painted little figurine. This is a blind box that I say is worth buying, but with some trepidation. If you plan on actually using this zipper pull, get it – if you plan on collecting it for the sake of collecting, skip it and get their other Marvel Munnyworld items instead.

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Opening night at “Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Art Gallery”

With 2014 being the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, all sorts of celebrations are happening in various ways around America. One of the more interesting ones is this special traveling art show, courtesy of Gallery 1988.

We were at opening night of the “Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Art Gallery” at the Gallery 69 in Tribeca, NYC, and are bringing you a taste of what you can see at this awesome event. Original art from Joshua Budich, Anthony Petrie, Dan Mumford, Sean Clarity, Jason Edmiston, and tons of others are on display, as well as prints of selected illustrations available for purchase.

Aside from shooting this video, the experience on opening night itself was pretty intense, so consider this my review of the event itself. I arrived at around 6:40, 20 minutes before the front doors opened, and was met with a line that already wrapped around one street corner. 90 minutes later, I finally made it in the front door and was handed an index card with the mysterious number “63” on it. As I squeezed my way around the gallery space that was not expecting such a huge turnout, I poked my head around to where others were gathering to buy prints. It was here that I found out my number on the card corresponded to my turn to buy prints. At roughly 8:30 PM, 90 minutes after officially opening, they were only up to the number eight…

As luck would have it, someone decided to throw in the towel and gave me their card – number 26, and I got to cut the line considerably. After purchasing my print, I then went to another line to wait to pick up my print, which was another 30 minutes waiting. I got my prints moments after my original number was called at 9:20 PM. The gallery was still packed, and I wept for any poor fans who got there late. Treat these words as a warning – get there early and be prepared, since chances are the other galleries that will have this art will be facing an equally daunting task of hardcore Ghostheads and 80’s movie fans (and a few hipsters).

What can I say about the art that the video does not? My favorites were Anthony Petrie’s “Metroplasm”, which was a Subway map done in the shape of a proton pack, Julian Callos’ portrait of Gozer, Tom Whalen’s “Doe, Ray, Egon”, and Scott Campbell’s gorgeous watercolor that you see at the end of the video and as the featured image here, which I wish was available as a print (AKA that needs to be made as a print so I can have it on my wall!).

This is a must-see show for any serious GB fans, as well as nerds of any part of geek culture! Beautiful art ranging from traditional to digital to three-dimensional, and all of it based on one of the best comedies of all time.

The show is currently going on in NYC at 69 Leonard Street (bewteen Church & Broadway)until April 26, then travels to LA from May 17 – June 1st at Gallery 1988 (West) at 7308 Melrose Avenue. After it finishes up in Cali, Chicago fans can enjoy it for a few days at Rotofugi from June 20-22 at 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., and finally finishes at San Diego Comic-Con at Booth #1806. Limited edition prints will be available to buy at all locations, and if you get lucky, you might find a few pop up on their website.

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A Boy and His Blind Box: Kidrobot “Simpsons” Keychains

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Kidrobot has the market on blind box products with great franchises, especially heading into 2014 when they announced Megaman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will join their already loaded line with Futurama, Family Guy, South Park, and one of the license’s we will look at today, The Simpsons! America’s longest running cartoon family was given the keychain treatment, which means that this looks like a job for a boy and his blind box!

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With 14 potential figures to get, the wave is pretty diverse with plenty of fan favorites like Disco Stu and Hans Moleman to yearn for. The big mystery item is Bumbleeman, who is the rarest of all of these keychains. The odds are stacked against me for getting him, along with Stu and Moleman, but otherwise, this is a good mix of core characters with b-lister’s that make for a great wave.

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I love the design work that goes on the packaging, which keeps the tone of the art on the show fused with the stylized look of Kidrobot. It’s a colorful box art that looks extra cool when you have a pair to put side-by-side and really enjoy the effort that went into making this not just attractive, but very unique. I would love to get a print of The Simpsons characters done in this simple but cool-looking style.

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Each keychain comes individually wrapped in a small blue bag to ensure that you have no idea what figure you got, even if some industrious little snoop tried to pry open the box to peek at the inside. Blind box figures can be a pain in the butt, but at least Kidrobot makes sure that the mystery stays mysterious and any jerks that want to try and spoil the surprise will have a very difficult time doing so.

Without futher ado, let us tear into these blue bags and see who I got!

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D’oh! It’s a father and son pair, as I got Homer and Abe, complete with his rarely worn fez (because fez hats are cool). Each keychain is about an inch-and-a-half tall, although Grandpa Simpson is a bit taller because of his fez (so in general, most of the keychains will fall in that 1 1/2 – 2 inch range, although I feel like Maggie will be a bit smaller but I can not confirm this theory until I get a keychain of her).

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Here they are back to back to show you that, yes, they do have the classic round Simpsons belly!

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The sculpting is very good, with a slightly more caricatured look to them as opposed to the old Playmates or current NECA Simpsons figures. They are all a bit more warped and stylized, and I think that adds to their appearance and makes them more cartoony than just trying to sculpt them straight on. The Simpsons were characters that were never really meant to be three-dimensional, but I think Kidrobot has nailed not just the look, but the feel of The Simpsons with these keychains.

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The paint job is also good, albeit simple, but nonetheless still as detailed as you would see on the show itself. Overall, a very good blind box figure/ keychain that is worth checking out.

Each Simpsons keychain blind box retails for $5.99 from KidRobot, and for those wondering, even the keychain itself is sturdy (and features a tiny clip so that you can remove the keychain part and attach it to a necklace, wrist band, or whatever else it will fit onto). I really like these Kidrobot Simpsons keychains, and if you are a fan of the show or Kidrobot, they are absolutely worth the purchase.

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“Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff” App Review

You know, it seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV. But, where are those good old family values that we used to rely on? Beats me, but it’s certainly not in Seth McFarlane’s “Family Guy”, which has been dominating Sunday nights and syndication for over a decade. I am a regular player of “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” game, and have also tried a few other city-builder/ sandbox games that I will review soon as well, but the Simpsons has been my favorite. Family Guy brings a few new additions and features to this popular genre, but does it do enough to keep me playing? Keep in mind, this review was written days after the game launched, so there are plenty of bugs that I am sure will be taken care of by the next update, so I am not deducting any points for things that will clearly be fixed sooner than later.

Just like most of the other licensed city-builder apps that are on the market, the world that the Family Guy characters live in has been decimated. In this case, Peter and his blood-feud with the chicken are the cause of it, as their latest brawl led to a massive explosion, which of course led to flaming chickens rampaging through Quahog. With the town left in a heap of rubble, it is up to you to rebuild and repopulate.

The game moves pretty fast in the opening acts, and right off the bat there are some differences from other city-builder games. It is easy to be immersed in this world, especially thanks to the art. Graphically, the animation is much smoother than The Simpsons, with more frames in all of the sprites to make it feel like you are watching the show and not playing a game. When the characters are not doing a task, you can actually grab them and move them wherever you want, a feature that I wish was available when they are doing things as well.

There is a lot of grabbing, in fact, as when you want your characters to do a task, you click the desired character, then instead of just clicking an activity, you drag it into the character to start them. Unlike other city-builder games, each character levels up separately from how the game itself levels. Certain tasks can not be completed until your character reaches a certain level, and specific items are also held back until your town levels up, so the game forces you to make sure you tap things as well as use all of your characters equally, something that players may become lazy with as the size of their town grows and the money flows from buildings rather than characters doing tasks.

As you get more characters, you are also able to add them as friends on your “Facespace” account, a Facebook parody that lets you see how your characters interact with each other when they are not doing your bidding. It’s a fun and welcome feature that adds more depth to the game. Another new addition that this game has is items that characters will randomly find when doing tasks. These items are used to advance certain quest lines, and later in the game after you unlock Al Harrington’s, you hunt for more items to purchase new outfits for the characters.

As you obtain more homes and buildings, you need to buy more space. Unlike in the Simpsons game where you just pay in-game money to open that part of the map up, in Family Guy, you utilize a migrant worker who you spend in-game money on, as well as wait a specific period of time for him to finish working on that space. I will get back to that topic in a bit, once we start talking about the biggest negative aspect of the game.

As of the initial release, there are 18 characters available in the game – 14 you earn by leveling up, and four additional characters that you can purchase with “Clams”, the in-game premium currency. Clams start as low as 1.99 for 50, with the most expensive purchase at 3,500 for $99.99, and are used for buying stuff that you can not normally spend with in-game money or for speeding up tasks.

The biggest problem with the game is how incredibly money-hungry it is. All freemium games are ultimately trying to get your money, but most are far more subtle. Just like the Family Guy cartoon show, the developers desire for your cash is in your face all the time. Every tutorial in a city-builder game like this makes you spend the premium currency early on to show you how it works, but the Family Guy game makes it into quests. There is no need to actually do them, but the amount of times it thrusts Clams in your face just in the beginning is deplorable.

There is plenty of things to buy with the clams ranging from cheap to pricey, such as a mere 50 clams for Jake Tucker and the church (which is one of the earliest things that the game yells at you to buy by making you think it’s a mandatory quest and never actually goes away unless you do buy it), or 300 for Consuela and her home, or 750 for the Crippletron, among other fun items from the shows mythos. Remember when I mentioned those random item drops that you often need to get to complete quests? Your clams can also be used to bypass that, otherwise you will be forced to replay the same task until you do get it – another way the game is shoving the premium purchase down our throats. Buying more land becomes pretty pricey right from the start, as well as being time-consuming, and the remedy to that problem is also clams. Ultimately, it is the players choice on whether they want to spend their hard-earned clams on this stuff or not, I just wish the game was not as pushy about it.

The game also has social aspects to it, since Stewie gives you the ability to travel into the multiverse to see other people’s Quahogs. Unfortunately, this feature seems to be glitched currently, along with being able to link to my Facebook account, so hopefully they fix this very soon (if it’s working for you, let me know).

If you are a fan of the Family Guy brand of humor, then you will definitely enjoy the game. It does not hold back with in-jokes and show references, as well as the usual brand of bad taste humor, and is pretty fresh compared to the stale writing that the Simpsons game is currently going through (meta-jokes that never seem to end with each new update). Even without spending money, there is plenty of fun stuff to do in the game, and as far as this genre of game goes, it does offer some refreshing new aspects compared to rival games. However, when you do compare it to a game like “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” you realize the difference between that game and this is the same as the two shows – subtlety. You can buy premium items in either game, but Family Guy waves it in your face just like Al Harrington’s wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tubemen. Drink the kool-aid and become addicted to “Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff”, just be prepared to ignore a ton of messages asking for your money.

“Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff” is available to download for free on your iPhone or Android devices.

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A Boy and His Blind Box: “Crashlings” review

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Back at NY Toy Fair 2014, we first heard about the latest blind-box style mini-figures from Wicked Cool Toys, the Crashlings! Our wicked cool friend at the company let us grab a handful of the mystery figures to play with, so it seems like an appropriate time for a boy and his blind box to return to Nerd News Today and see what he can uncover!

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The Crashlings mini-figures each come in a tiny asteroid ball made of a soft rubber that is 1 1/2 inches tall, which we will talk about a bit more later since this container doubles as an accessory. Each series within the wave is color-coded to make it easier to find a specific breed, such as green being for aliens, blue for sea creatures, grey for dinosaurs, red for insects, and black for monsters!

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And here are my first three Crashlings! The last two (from left to right) are Space Rocker and Meteor Mammoth, and for the time being, I can not name the Vampire fellow on the far left since I lost his name page. Each figure is about an inch tall, and for a mini-figure this small, the detail of the paint job is very good. Not even for a mass=produced level, but overall there was no slop or misaligned colors, and while these might not be super-detailed, what is done is done well. There are a few very tiny paint specks, but you would need to look very closely to see those.

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Shake yo’ booty, Crashlings! On the underside is a small hole, making these guys equally useful as pencil toppers. I don’t know if kids are still into pencil toppers, but back in my day, these were the rage and I like seeing a higher-end version of them back on toy shelves (higher-end in comparision to 25-cent vending machines at super markets).

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Here is a size comparison next to a Doctor Who mini-figure and a Kid Robot Spiderman Dunny zipper pull, and below are pics of each Crashling on their own.

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Each Crashling comes packed with a fact sheet called a “Crash-tronomy” Chart related to which species they are from (pictured above is the Dino sheet). This very tiny piece of paper is folded neatly inside the orbs, and opens to unveil all 30 creatures, and reminds you that there are still over 150 more Crashlings to collect. Aside from telling you the names of each little creature, the back of this sheet also explains different ways to play with them. Not all Crashlings are created equally, as this chart also lets you know which monsters are common, rare, ultra rare, and “Special Edition”, the hardest of all to find.

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This is where that tiny meteor comes into the picture, as it is actually an elastic cup that you can push in, and once it releases, it sends your Crashling flying into the air! I was unable to capture a photo of this since it happens very fast, but these little dudes will soar through the sky, so when you do play with these, make sure to do it in a controlled environment so you do not lose them as easily.

Overall, these Crashlings are a lot of fun and priced to move! The designs for the characters are cute and creative, and designed with a younger child in mind. This feels like Pokemon back when they were fresh and innovative, but much more kid-friendly with their design and color schemes.

Great for little kids and even adult collectors, Wicked Cool Toys is also releasing some playsets which we will be reviewing son as well, so keep your eyes to the stars and look out for the invasion of the Crashlings!

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