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Pac-Man And His Ghostly Foes Star In New Funko Figures Line

The toy company behind the Pop imprint of pop culture vinyl figures, is releasing their take on the cast of
Pac-Man in March. Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and all those dastardly
ghosts are getting the Funko treatment with beady black eyes and extra big
heads. 

Pac-Man is pretty much just a big
head already, so the adjustment isn’t as striking as seeing Peyton Manning's enormous noggin.
There’s no word on when these figures will be up for pre-order, but
they will be releasing alongside Dark Souls III’s Red Knight in March

For more information about when Pac-Man will gobble his way onto your desk, head here. You can also check out our other
Pop figure coverage here.

[Source: Funko]

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Figma Figures Make Virtua Fighters A Bit Less Virtual

The original Virtua Fighter characters are laughable by today's standards, but there's something endearing about their blocky bodies. We're clearly not alone, as toy manufacturer Figma is bringing two of the game's fighters to shelves.

Akira and Sarah will be available this September, though we'll have to wait on further details, such as price. Akira has a regrettable case of victory face; perhaps the characters will come with alternate heads, like some of their previously released toys, 

Figma is on a roll lately. In addition to these guys, the company recently announced that it was releasing a Link figure based on A Link Between Worlds.

 

[Source: Sega SST]

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Gets Six Retailer-Exclusive Light-Up Figures

The Force is strong with a new wave of Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars figures available today. Five members of the galaxy’s most noble order (and one Sith Lord) have some new Jedi mind tricks up their sleeves.

The Light FX figures feature lightsabers that glow when put on the Disney Infinity base. They don’t function differently in the game, making this more about the toy than the digital equivalent.

Each of the six is a retailer exclusive. Here are the figures in the line and where you can find them:

  • Luke Skywalker: Walmart
  • Yoda: Target
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi: GameStop (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company.)
  • Darth Vader: Toys “R“ Us
  • Anakin Skywalker: Best Buy
  • Kanan Jarrus: Amazon

You can check out a gallery of the fancy new versions of these figures below. If you’re on the hunt for one, make sure you check the packaging for the “Light FX” logo.

For more, check out our review of Disney Infinity 3.0. You can also check out our big guide to this year's toys-to-life games.

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Hasbro Releasing Star Wars Battlefront Black Series Action Figures

The most popular line of Star Wars action figures on the market today is Hasbro's six-inch-scale Black Series. Collector's lined up for hours on Force Friday to snag the first line of Black Series figures from the upcoming film, The Force Awakens. While most of Hasbro's upcoming products focus on this movie, we are seeing a few new figures inspired by the Rebels TV show, and video games like Knights of the Old Republic (Darth Revan) and Battlefront.

The first black series figure from Battlefront is an Imperial Shock Trooper that comes packaged with two weapons. The figure is currently available for pre-order on Order Sixty Six Toys, and is estimated to release next March. Star Wars Battlefront the video game is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17.

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Action Figures Wage Office Warfare In Live Action Toy Soldiers: War Chest Trailer

The launch trailer for Toy Soldiers: War Chest captures the spirit of the game, despite not showing much actual gameplay. In the trailer below, a worker confined to a cubicle turns his desk into an open battleground where action figure superstars like Cobra Commander, He-Man, and Ezio Auditore engage in deadly, office warfare.

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Similar to the trailer, the actual game puts players in charge of armies led by some of their favorite childhood action figures. The base game includes generic armies modeled after science fiction, civil war, supernatural, and cutesy childhood toys. The Hall of Fame edition introduces familiar faces from G.I. Joe, Assassin's Creed, and He-Man: Masters of the Universe into the mix. Players take control of one of these armies and must upgrade and customize it to gain the competitive edge in Toy Soldiers' hybrid action-strategy matches. Check out the armies in action here.

Toy Soldiers: War Chest is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The base game retails for $ 14.99 while the Hall of Fame edition, complete with all eight armies, costs $ 29.99.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Figures And Play Set Coming To Disney Infinity 3.0

Actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who play Finn and Rey respectively in Star Wars: Episode VII, took the D23 stage to reveal figures based on their characters.

You can see the new figures above, which will be accompanied by a Episode VII playset.

It was also revealed that a set of figures with light-up lightsabers will also release for the 3.0 version of Disney Infinity. Here are the details from Disney Infinity's website:

A new set of limited edition Light FX Star Wars™ character figures were unveiled. Available this holiday, these figures have Lightsabers™ that light up when placed onto the Disney Infinity Base.  Figures include Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from the Star Wars™ Rise Against the Empire Play Set, as well as Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic Play Set and Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars™ Rebels.

Additional details are scarce, but we will be sure to update this story as more details are revealed.

For lots more on Disney Infinity 3.0 and all of its Star Wars
content, click the banner below for all of our coverage from when the
game was on our cover. For details on the recently announced Star Wars PlayStation 4 Disney Infinity bundle, head here.

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These Street Fighter II Figures Want You To Go Home And Be A Family Man

The worst part of Street Fighter II was seeing your character, battered, broken, and taunted after a brutal defeat at the hands of your opponent. Soon you'll be able to immortalize that soul-crushing experience thanks to a set of 12 upcoming Street Fighter II figures.

The series includes the characters Ryu, E.Honda, Blanka, Guile, Balrog, Vega, Ken, Chun Li, Zangief, Dhalsim, Sagat, and M. Bison all featured in their Street Fighter II forms. The "Continue? Portrait" busts are being created by PVC figure manufacturer Embrace Japan, though no pricing or release schedule has been announced at this time. 

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Celebrate Thomas Was Alone’s Birthday With These Limited Run Action Figures

It’s been three years since puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone launched for PC and Mac. To celebrate that anniversary, developer Mike Bithell has teamed up with Kerry Dyer to create set of limited edition Thomas Was Alone action figures.

The set features the characters Thomas, Claire, Chris, and John. Just like in the game, the Claire figurine floats in water but each cube would probably be perfectly content just sitting on your desk and keeping you company.The figures are available in a very limited quality and will be gone for good once sold out, so Thomas Was Alone fans may want to act quickly. The set can be found here and retails for £20.00, which is roughly $ 31.47 USD.

If you’re confused as to why anyone would create figurines of brightly colored squares and rectangles, consider taking a look at our review for the Vita release of Thomas Was Alone here or check out the game itself on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PC, Vita, iOS, or Android. 

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NECA Announces Godzilla, Batman Action Figures

Ever wanted to know who would win in a fight between
Godzilla and Batman? Thanks to the National Entertainment Collectibles
Association (NECA), anyone interested in action figures now has the
opportunity to orchestrate a battle between these two iconic characters. The
manufacturer's ¼ scale Batman figure releases in July, and its 12" Godzilla
arrives in stores later this week.

 

For more Batman figures, check out this reveal by DC Comics as well as an exclusive collectible from Square Enix. Consumers
attracted to NECA's high quality products may also be interested in the company's
Devil May Cry toys

[Source: NECA] 

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A Checklist Of Skylanders: Trap Team Figures

Update (6/7/2015): The entire set of Skylanders: Trap Team figures is now available. Once you're caught up, be sure to check out our extensive preview of this year's game, Skylanders Superchargers.

Update (3/18/2015): Another wave of figures will be arriving to retail soon. This batch includes three Springtime variants, including two minis (Power Punch Jet Vac and Eggselent Weeruptor) and a special Easter-themed Earth Trap.

 

Update (12/18/2014): Wave 3 figures will be arriving at retail soon. These will make available the remaining closed elemental gates, including the two "unknown" elemental areas. Those have recently been confirmed as Light and Dark, with an expansion pack available at retail for each starting on December 22.

Update (10/17/2014): Wave 2 figures are now available at many retailers. These include three Trap Masters (Headrush, Bushwhack, and Lob-Star), two new core characters (Tread Head and Fist Bump) and a second Adventure Pack (Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items.)

We've put images of the new characters as they appear in-game in the gallery below. If you're waiting for a specific character, sit tight. Activision releases them in waves through the winter and into the next year. Some figures will not be out in time for the holidays.

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Fall is here, the leaves are turning, and the air has a chill in it. That can mean one thing: everything now has a pumpkin spice flavor. OK, fine. It also means that a new Skylanders game is out and I’m running down the list of characters available now and coming later in the season for Skylanders: Trap Team.

As you might recall from our review, there are three different types of characters this year (and you may already have some of the “new” ones thanks to an older Frito-Lay promotion). In addition to the large Trap Masters and new and returning core characters, the Skylanders Sidekicks are now fully playable. Of course, all your existing core, giant, swap force, and lightcore characters work in Trap Team. You can also use the items you've collected from adventure and battle packs.

This are sold in two-packs representing each in-game element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Magic, Tech, Life, and Undead). If you have some of them from their promotional releases, you’re ready to play.

Here’s what you can find in stores now:

Starter Packs

  • Standard – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
  • Dark Edition – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Wildfire (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), three traps (water, life, Kaos)
  • Legendary (Toys R Us) – Legendary Snap Shot (Trap Master), Legendary Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
  • 3DS – Gusto (Trap Master), Barkley (Mini)

Trap Masters

  • Snap Shot (Water – included with all starters)
  • Wildfire (Fire – included with Dark Edition starter)
  • Gusto (Air)
  • Jawbreaker (Tech)
  • Legendary Jawbreaker (Tech – Toys R Us only)
  • Gearshift (Tech)
  • Wallop (Earth)
  • Krypt King (Undead)
  • Nitro Krypt King (Undead – Target only)
  • Lob-Star (Water)
  • Bushwhack (Life)
  • Headrush (Earth)
  • Blastermind (Magic)
  • Ka-boom (Fire)
  • Tuff Luck (Life)
  • Winterfest Lob-Star (Water)
  • Thunderbolt (Air)
  • Short Cut (Undead)
  • Enigma (Magic)

New Core characters

  • Déjà Vu (Magic – Mirror of Mystery Adventure Pack)
  • Legendary Déjà Vu (Magic – Toys R Us only) 
  • Torch (Fire)
  • Food Fight (Life – included with all starters)
  • Blades (Air – In three-pack or with Nightmare Express Adventure Pack)
  • Tread Head (Tech)
  • Chopper (Tech)
  • Fist Bump (Earth)
  • Funny Bone (Undead)
  • Cobra Cadabra (Magic)
  • Trail Blazer (Fire)
  • Echo (Water)
  • High Five (Life)
  • Rocky Roll (Earth)
  • Bat Spin (Undead)
  • Flip Wreck (Water)
  • Fling Kong (Air)
  • Blackout (Dark)
  • Spotlight (Light)

Returning Core characters – Compatibility: Spyro’s Adventure (SA), Giants (G), Trap Team (TT) 

  • Fizzy Frenzy Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)
  • Tidal Wave Gill Grunt (Water – SA, G, TT)
  • Tidal Wave Gill Grunt with Gill Runt Mini (Water – Walmart Only)
  • Hog Wild Fryno (Fire – TT)
  • Sure Shot Shroomboom (Life – TT)
  • Full Blast Jet-Vac (Air – G, TT)
  • Hog Wild Fryno with Small Fry (Fire – Walmart only)
  • Love Potion Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)

Minis

  • Spry and Mini Jini (Magic two-pack)
  • Trigger Snappy and Drobit (Tech two-pack)
  • Bop and Terrabite (Earth two-pack)
  • Hijinx and Eye Small (Undead two-pack)
  • Gill Runt and Thumpling (Water two-pack)
  • Weeruptor and Small Fry (Fire two-pack)

Adventure Packs:

  • Nightmare Express with Blades and two items (Piggy Bank and Hand of Fate)
    • Legendary version available at Toys R Us with Legendary Blades and gold items
  • Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items (Rocket Ram and Tiki Speaky)

Expansion Packs:

  • Light Element Expansion Pack with Knight Light, light trap, and level piece
  • Dark Element Expansion Pack with Knight Mare, dark trap, and level piece

Eon's Elite – Available at GameStop (Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company.) 

  • Elite Spyro (Magic) 
  • Elite Chop Chop (Undead) 
  • Elite Trigger Happy (Tech)
  • Elite Whirlwind (Air)
  • Elite Terrafin (Earth)
  • Elite Stealth Elf (Life)
  • Elite Eruptor (Fire)
  • Elite Gill Grunt (Water)

This year, there are some unrevealed characters on the poster that comes with each starter pack. These have since been revealed as one Trap Master and regular Skylander in each of two new elements: light and dark.

You can also purchase collector-style Eon’s Elite figures (pictured at the top, listed above). These are re-releases of original Spyro’s Adventure characters with a special metallic finish, extremely power stats, and a display case. 

Finally, you’ll likely want to have at least nine traps. These are available in each element plus one styled after series villain Kaos himself. There are multiple designs and you can store one of the forty villains in each trap. Don’t worry though, these can be swapped out so you can make due with just one in each element. 

Note that the 3DS version doesn’t use the trap crystal accessories. Capture and use is handled directly on the 3DS handheld.

Check back throughout the year as more characters are released. Still catching up on Skylanders: Swap Force? Visit our checklist from last year.

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