Keep Your Summer Adventures Going with the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

Keep Your Summer Adventures Going with the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

Nintendo is all about bringing people together, friends and especially families.  Announced today and below, a brnd new 2DS bundle, this coupled with the New Nintendo 2DS XL (and of course the 3DS XL), Nintendo is positioning the 3DS family of systems as a full line of products with a massive amount of options for, especially parents, to choose the right system(s!) for their family.  Don’t forget, nothing goes better with a 3DS than a Nintendo Switch!  If you haven’t tried out the Switch yet, check it out, one round of 1 2 Switch…or 167 hours of Zelda Breath of the Wild and I assure you, you will be hooked!

Nintendo 2DS Bundle with New Super Mario Bros. 2 Launches Aug. 25 at a Suggested Retail Price of Only $79.99

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Even though summer break is over in a matter of weeks, it doesn’t mean your summer adventures have to end. With the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, incredible adventures through amazing worlds are always at your fingertips.

On Aug. 25, a sleek white-and-red Nintendo 2DS system with the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game pre-inst ... On Aug. 25, a sleek white-and-red Nintendo 2DS system with the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game pre-installed is hitting store shelves at a suggested retail price of only $79.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

On Aug. 25, a sleek white-and-red Nintendo 2DS system with the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game pre-installed is hitting store shelves at a suggested retail price of only $79.99. And just recently, the New Nintendo 2DS XL system launched in stores the same day as two awesome new games: Hey! PIKMIN, a new type of Pikmin game, and Miitopia, a charming, personalized adventure starring Mii characters. The Nintendo 3DS family of systems has thousands of games to choose from, including beloved franchises like Super MarioPokémon and The Legend of Zelda.

“Nintendo 2DS is the ideal system for parents that want to introduce their kids to the creative world of Nintendo that they grew up with,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Its budget-friendly price and huge library of games will provide hours of entertainment for the whole family – whether after school, on the weekends or even while traveling.”

This fall is packed with a variety of new games (in addition to the existing library of games), which can be played on any system in the extended Nintendo 3DS family, including in 2D on Nintendo 2DS. Monster Hunter Stories, the next game in the hit Monster Hunter series, launches on Sept. 8; Metroid: Samus Returns, the return of legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran, launches on Sept. 15; and the wackiest Yo-kai adventure yet, YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters, launches on Sept. 29. That’s a month full of exciting adventures!

Monster Hunter Stories serves as an introduction to the popular franchise, which finds you discovering and customizing the skills of a wide variety of fantastical beasts. A free demo for Monster Hunter Stories will be available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 10. In the meantime, fans can check out a new trailer and learn more information about the game by visiting http://monsterhunterstories.nintendo.com/.

Bounty hunter Samus Aran is back in the Metroid: Samus Returns game, a side-scrolling adventure full of hidden pathways and underground chambers that lead you into the depths of a hostile alien planet. The game features immersive 3D visuals, powerful weapons, and special moves and abilities. For more information about Metroid: Samus Returns, visit http://metroidsamusreturns.nintendo.com/.

Whether you or your family missed it the first time or want to fall in love again, the YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters game delivers the full YO-KAI WATCH 2 experience and a variety of new features, including new Yo-kai to befriend, exclusive quests and the ability to hop on the Hexpress to a new resort area. Players who already own YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits or YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls can also transfer their save data to pick up where they left off. For more information about YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters and to see a new trailer, visit http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/yo-kai-watch-psychic-specters-3ds.

With these games – and many others to choose from – the Nintendo 3DS family of systems offers exciting adventures for all ages. Remember that the Nintendo 3DS family of systems features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switchsystem and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 703 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

HASCON 2017 Exclusives!!

HASCON 2017 Exclusives!!

MUReview and our litlbuddies at litlgeeks are heading to HASCON 2017! (the first of it’s name…sorry, watched Game of Thrones last night).  What better way to celebrate, then to talk about the awesome exclusives that will be available to HASCON attendees! 

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH UNCANNY X-FORCE DEADPOOL Figure 

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available at HASCon)

Join the infamous Merc with a Mouth on his next katana-wielding mission with this comic-inspired DEADPOOL Figure from the MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES! Showcasing his alternate UNCANNY X-FORCE outfit and outfitted with iconic accessories including two katana swords, a rocket launcher, three blasters, taco and alternate head, this collector grade DEADPOOL figure also features premium articulation and deco. MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH UNCANNY X-FORCE DEADPOOL Figure will be for sale during HasCon 2017. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

 

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CLONE CAPTAIN REX Figure 

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available at HASCON)

Pledge loyalty to the Republic and head into battle with the revered 6-inch CLONE CAPTAIN REX Figure from the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES line! Featuring customized armor decos with distinctive blue markings inspired by the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, this collector grade figure includes 28 points of articulation, four blasters, premium packaging, and a removable helmet revealing this fan-favorite character’s incredibly sculpted face. Rescues, droid attacks, and the most exciting missions from a galaxy far, far, away are brought to life with this authentic figure. STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CLONE CAPTAIN REX Figure will be for sale during HASCON 2017. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME CONVERTING POWER BANK 

(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available at HASCON)

Fate rarely calls upon us at the time of our choosing. When it does, the Hasbro TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME CONVERTING POWER BANK figure will help you be ready and powered up with the spark of a Prime! This special edition power bank converts between robot and charger modes in 16 steps and comes with a blue-Energon LED Light-up sword accessory, mobile phone stand and a Micro USB/USB charging cable. Compatible with most devices the TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME CONVERTING POWER BANK figure supports 6500mAh of battery power so you can roll out without worry.

 

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN ARCEE SPECIAL EDITION SET 

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available at HASCON)

The Hasbro TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS TITANS RETURN ARCEE SET lets you harness the power of not 1 Titan Master, but 2! Featuring a G1-inspired Titans Return Deluxe Class Arcee figure with Titan Master and a special edition Titan Master Ultra Magnus figure with die-cast parts. The set also includes 2 blaster accessories, 2 collector cards and special edition TRANSFORMERS packaging and custom art for the ultimate play-at-home experience. The Titan Master figures become the head of Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader Class Titans Return figures (each sold separately). 

HASCON Exclusive Products Include:

  • MY LITTLE PONY BOX ($19.99 USD)
  • TRANSFORMERS Optimus Prime Converting Power Bank ($49.99 USD)
  • Dungeons & Dragons My Little Pony Dice Tin ($20.00 USD)

Multi-Convention Exclusive Products Available at HASCON Include:

  • Marvel Legends Series 6-Inch UNCANNY X-Force Deadpool Figure ($19.99 USD)
  • The 2017 MAGIC: The Gathering HASCON Collection ($29.99 USD):

HASCON guests will also have the opportunity to purchase a new early release TRANSFORMERS Generations Titans Return Arcee Special Edition Set and Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Clone Captain REX Figure, which will be available for purchase for the first time at HASCON before landing at other major retailers

Marvel Legends Doctor Strange and Astral Doctor Strange 2-Pack

Marvel Legends Doctor Strange and Astral Doctor Strange 2-Pack

Star-Lord & Yondu | Dr. Strange & Dr. Strange | Spider-Man & Vulture

Marvel Legends Doctor Strange and Astral Doctor Strange 2-Pack

In the grand scheme of things, why would you ever want one Doctor Strange when you can have two?  I’d suggest two would always be better.  So, why wouldn’t Hasbro offer a 2-pack featuring two Doctor Strange figures?  One Movie Regular, and One Astral.  It just makes sense, to me at least.  On store shelves now, you can find this awesome 2-pack, I like it.  Let me tell you why.  

Doctor Strange | Astral Doctor Strange The Rest | Availability Family Photos

Doctor Strange

The Good

  • The face looks great, the sculpt is exceptionally well done in this scale.  You definitely see a little bit of Benedict here.
  • The sculpting and detail on the Doctor’s shirt, buckles and pants is beautiful and well executed.  Highly detailed and all textured.
  • Coloring is movie perfect, highly accurate.  
  • Cape, like it’s 6 inch cousin is very well detailed, sculpted lines and all.  It flows very nicely for a static piece of plastic.  
  • Painted on eye of Agamotto looks great.  I’ve reviewed a lot of Doctor Strange figures, and I’m very good at spelling Agamotto now.

The Bad

  • I’d love it if Hasbro shrunk down the magic effects from the 6 inch line and included it here.

Astral Doctor Strange

The Good

  • The astral plane visage of the good doctor is well captured here in plastic.
  • Sculpt detail is the same as the standard Strange from head sculpt to toes and he looks great because of it.  
  • I’m a fan of translucent figures, they just look so freaking cool, this one is even a little sparkly.  

The Bad

  • Photographing translucent figures is really freakin’ hard.

The Rest

The second in our series of movie packs from 2017, the Doctor Strange pack does the film character and actor justice twice over.  This should make for good diorama / action scenes for Doc Strange fans the world over.   Apart from the no magic effect accessories, the biggest downer about this pack is mainly the other fantastic characters in the movie that aren’t available as 3017 3.75 inch figures.  The same can be said of the Guardians and Spider-Man pack as well.  Look at me…wishing for more movie figures?  Not something I thought I’d ever do, but these are fantastic figures and they should have more friends.

Availability

Available now wherever you hunt toys, but the easy grab is for under $20 at Amazon, and you can click here to grab it.

Family Photos!

 

Marvel Legends Star-Lord and Yondu 2-Pack

Marvel Legends Star-Lord and Yondu 2-Pack

Star-Lord & Yondu | Dr. Strange & Dr. Strange | Spider-Man & Vulture

Marvel Legends Star-Lord and Yondu 2-Pack

Hasbro first announced their 3.75″ roster of 2-packs at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.  We had a look at comic Shocker and Spidey earlier in the year.  Now, thanks to the magic of movies, we are going to dive into 3 more 2-packs, starting here with Star-Lord and Yondu.  The 2-pack features the characters in their Guardians of the Galaxy 2 decos.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet…be warned there are spoilers below and in the images.  

Star-Lord | Yondu The Rest | Availability Family Photos

Star-Lord

The Good

  • Star-Lord is well captured in his waist coat with mask, solid design and movie accurate.
  • Detail on his mask is very good, sculpt shows an exceptional amount of detail and paint is spot on.
  • Star-Lord comes with his blasters, and it is beyond words that I appreciate he has “holsters” for them in the form of hanging pegs on his legs, they stay on there very well.
  • Good leg and arm articulation for Star-Lord, ankle rockers, ball and socket hips. 
  • He looks movie “dashing” in figure form. Well done!
  • Jacket is packed with sculpting detail, amazing tiny lines everywhere.

The Bad

  • Jacket makes him look a little top heavy / bulkier than I’d like.
  • No unmasked head included.

Yondu

The Good

  • That grin!  Yondu’s smile is perfectly captured.  The folks at Hasbro have taken Michael Rooker and made him 4 inches tall.  Perfect face sculpt here.PERFECT!
  • The blue skin is the exact right color.  
  • Yondu is designed in such a way that his iconic coat pull back pose is easy to achieve, it’s almost the default pose give or take an arm shift.
  • Yondu features his larger sized “enhanced” fin, it is well sculpted and detailed, tons of visible tiny lines.
  • Like Star-Lord, Yondu has an incredibly detailed and textured jacket / outfit.

The Bad

  • Yondu has a holster for his arrow, but doesn’t have his arrow. 

 

The Rest

Hasbro is heavily supporting Marvel movies in 2017, Guardians 2, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, DEADPOOL (Rainbow Deadpool 5 pack), Thor Ragnarok (Enchantress, Executioner, Thor, Hulk).  Folks are pretty vocal about limited offerings in the 3.75″ scale in 2017, but when you look at that roster, adding in the Spider-Man Amazon box set, Wave 1 of 3.75 with Moon Knight, the coming wave 2 featuring Age of Apocalypse Magneto, we are up over 30 3.75″ scale figures.  I don’t have more than 10 fingers, so counting above that is pretty hard for me, but I think including comic and movie line figures last year, as well as the SDCC exclusive last year, we aren’t that far off in 2017 than 2016, a handful less maybe.  I’m hoping the above fuzzy math helps some folks back away from the ledge.  3.75 is still getting a solid amount of attention, I think we are gonna be ok.  What was I talking about? Yondu and Star-Lord!  Right, great two-pack, pick it up!  Last warning before spoilers in photos.

Availability

Yondu and Star-Lord are available now from Amazon for less than $20.  Go grab em!

 

Family Photos!

 

Marvel Legends 12-Inch Group Shots

Marvel Legends 12-Inch Group Shots

Captain America | Spider-ManIron Man | Deadpool | Group Shots

If you’ve read the reviews leading up to this post (linked above), you’ll note my revelations regarding Hasbro’s Marvel Legend 12-inch figures.  I’ll sum them up for you here.

I stayed away from Marvel Legends 12-inch to this point for really just one reason, space.  I am still having a hard time finding the right home for them, but I do have some ideas.  These are very large figures, and while that is part of what makes them astonishing and beautiful, it is also a challenge for apartment dwellers and small home owners.  If it’s the only line you collect, you should be fine, but so, so many of us have shelves lined with 3.75-inch figures, 6-inch figures, maybe a statue here and there.  It’s by no means a deal breaker, but you need to understand that there is an investment in space as much as financially.  

That said, after shooting these figures, and now living with them for a week or so, I can’t be happier to have them.  As action figures go, these are incredibly detailed, highly articulated, and just so substantial.  If you spend 10 minutes holding one of these 12-inch figures, and then pick up a Legends 6-inch figure, the difference is staggering.  Sheer mass, level of detail, I’m having a hard time putting this into words, so I’ll just stop talking and show you pictures in a second.  

The bottom line is, Marvel Legends 12-inch has arrived and it’s worth your time, your money, and your space to check out at least one of these beautiful figures.  For the pictures below, I implore you to click the first image and scroll through to the right one at a time.  The first 10 pictures tell a story that I had a lot of fun creating for you.  I hope it makes you laugh, it still makes me laugh.