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The Round-Up 2/8/2013 – Lots of Early Toy Fair News

Lot’s of news pre-Toy Fair! I’m sure you all have seen this by now, since we’re all frothing at the mouth for new toy news. Nonetheless, here’s some cool news bits.

– Mattel Leaks! By now, I’m sure you all know this. Looks like photos of the MOTU Classics, Watchmen, and DC Universe reveals have snuck out early! You can check them all out here. All I have to say right now is YAY ICER! Looking forward to getting a better look on Sunday.

-The D-Arts Mega Man line grows with the addition of the web exclusive Bass & Treble! I’m really digging this line, and nice to see it moving forward. Here’s hoping we get to some classic robot masters soon. Bass & Treble can already be pre-ordered from Big Bad Toy Store.

– More classic toys return! Toyark.com has a post up confirming new Captain Power action figures based on the upcoming Phoenix Rising! I really enjoyed the old line, so this is certainly one to keep an eye on!

Stay tuned! There will be much more news over the coming weekend. I’m in New York now, and will be filming starting tomorrow. I’ll get video footage online as time permits, but in the meantime be sure to stay tuned to ToyNewsI.com for up-to-the-minute updates!

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The Round-Up 2/1/2013 – D-Arts Mega Man, Rocksteady & Bebop, Star Wars Black Series, More

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Round-Up post. There’s been a lot of toy news heading into Toy Fair 2013, so I figured now was as good a time as ever to bring this column back. So here are some of the noteworthy pieces of toy news for the past week:

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The Round-Up: figma Kid Icarus, D-Arts Mega Man, Weaponeers of Monkaa

It’s been too long since I’ve posted a Round-Up, so here we go! Some of this is probably old news to most of you at this point, but it’s all stuff I felt like sharing nonetheless.

  • -As if figma Samus Aran from Metroid and figma Link from The Legend of Zelda weren’t exciting enough, it was recently reported that the next Nintendo character getting the figma treatment will be none other than Pit from the Kid Icarus games, based on his appearance in the recent Kid Icarus: Uprising game on the Nintendo 3DS. I am overjoyed to keep seeing these classic Nintendo characters get modern, nicely sculpted and articulated action figures. It’s like a dream come true, and I’m hoping there are even more to come after this one! 8cough Star Fox *cough*
  • -On a very related note, Bandai Japan has revealed the next figure in their Mega Man D-Arts line! Like the figma Nintendo figures, I’ve been very happy with the D-Arts figures based on the Mega Man X franchise. I was thrilled to see that their next will be straight from the classic Mega Man games: Mega Man with Rush and Metall! Yes! Here’s hoping for many more of these figures based on the classic NES games! I want to fill my shelves with Robot Masters! Make it happen, Bandai Japan!
  • -Today’s round-up is practically video game themed! My friend Chris of Hunter Knight Customs is always making cool figures, but this one in particular really caught my attention. He made a MOTU Classics style Mega Man, which hearkens back to that bad US box art on the old NES games! You can check out his video here and bid on Ebay to try and add him to your collection here!
  • -In case you missed my post yesterday about the new stuff coming from Spy Monkey Creations, you really need to head over to http://www.weaponeersofmonkaa.com and scope out all of their mouth-watering teasers! While we still don’t know exactly what they are up to, I know I for one am incredibly excited and can’t wait for the reveal at Power-Con later this month!
  • -Speaking of Power-Con, are you going? I can’t believe that we are a mere three weeks away! All of the details and the schedule of events are available at http://www.ThePower-Con.com! Make sure to come up and say “Hi” if you’re attending!

Lots of exciting toy news there! I’ll do my best to try to stay up to date with these Round-Ups going forward. Stay tuned, as there are plenty of new video reviews on the way as well!

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The Round-Up: SDCC Exclusive-palooza!

San Diego Comic Con is very quickly approaching! With that, as always, comes a slew of limited addition, pricey, must-have-because-we-can’t-resist exclusive toys! So naturally, that’s the main focus of this week’s Round-Up.






  • Speaking of Matty, the MattyPalooza panel is Friday the 13th at noon EST. Mattel will be revealing new figures for next year, including MOTUC Mosquitor! On top of that, they are introducing a brand new subscription line for next year. Any guesses on what it might be? My money is on Back to the Future…but that’s just a guess.

That wraps it up for now! i’m sure there will be more SDCC tidbits as we get closer to the show. If so, I’ll post them here! Stay tuned!

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The Round-Up: Warlords and Warriors, Figma Samus Delayed, T-Shirts

Welcome to the weekly Round-Up, giving you some quick updates and things you should check out!


  • I’ve been asked this a lot, so to make things clear: I have not received Snake Man-at-Arms or the Griffin from Mattel for review. Mattel notified me last week that they themselves had not received samples for these items yet, so they would be late in sending them. Of course, now the figures have gone on sale and many folks already have these items in hand. My subscription figures are set to be delivered on the 28th (ugh…Newgistics.) When they arrive, I will absolutely rip them open and review them.


  • I received a notice this morning that the Figma Samus figure I currently have on pre-order has been delayed. The release date is now set for late July. So if any of you out there have this figure pre-ordered as well, be sure to adjust your budget accordingly.


  • I have a T-Shirt coming! Yep, the first ever official Pixel Dan T-Shirt. Is that something you guys will actually care about? I guess we’ll find out! It will be sold through the He-Man.org T-Shirt store on Printfection. My good buddy Eamon O’Donoghue designed it. I hope to have it up for order before SDCC. I’d like to see some folks wearing my shirt at the Con, if possible.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned, because I have a TON of reviews on the way! I’m trying to crank out as many as I can before I leave for San Diego in two weeks, so be on the lookout for reviews of Trash Pack, Kotobukiya ArtFX, more Mattel SDCC exclusives, Hasbro Avengers, and more!

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The Round-Up: Unofficial Guide to He-Man Reprint, Poe Ghostal Interview, SDCC Hellicarrier, more

Welcome to The Roundup, a new feature here on Pixel-Dan.com that will allow me to give some quick shout-outs, plugs, and just mention something toy related that caught my attention that may not necessarily warrant a full write-up. Here’s what’s on tap for this week’s roundup:


  • – Poe Ghostal, another friend of mine, has conducted an interview with yours truly along with several other well-known toy reviewers to ask the tough question: How does receiving free samples from toy companies affect the reviews? I know this is a topic many will be interested in reading about, and hope that my answers are both well-received and make for a good read. Poe’s introduction is up now, and each individual interview will follow.


  • – Over the weekend, Hasbro announced yet another San Diego Comic Con exclusive: The Avengers Hellicarrier playset that is over 4 foot long! Now we saw the Hellicarrier playset back at New York Toy Fair, but to my knowledge it has never actually hit retail stores. Now it’s almost a foot longer than before and is exclusive to SDCC. It will sell for a whopping $129.99, and surely be impossible to get home if you flew in. It also includes figures of Captain America and Maria Hill, though form the pictures they seem comic-styled and not movie-styled. Drat…I was hoping for the first-ever action figure of Robin Sparkles.



  • – Non-toy related, but The Video Game Years 1979 Part 1 was posted over the weekend at RetrowareTV.com.  I’m very happy to be a part of this very professional looking show. My hats off to the guys over there for all of their hard work on editing it each month. If you haven’t already, make sure you check it out!

That’s all I’ve got for this edition! Feel free to discuss below!


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