In the short space of a week I've gone from owning zero Nintendo Amiibo, to having an insatiable thirst to buy one nearly every day. I currently own four of the immaculately designed little figurines, and I understand why they're selling like hotcakes around the world. But which ones are flying off the shelves faster than they're getting there? Better yet, which one will soon be rare collectible items?
There’s a lot that I’m digging about Arkham Knight. Conspiracy theories, new visuals, the Batmobile and all that. But tell me about the gadgets dammit. Half the fun in the previous games was figuring out which combination of gadgets would work in which situation, and just how much explosive gel a thug could swallow before the Bat-stomach pump and Bat-waiver forms were needed. It’s a part of Arkham Knight that hasn’t been revealed exactly, and while it looks like you won’t be getting any new toys in the game, you will be getting new ways to play with them.
Who’s afraid of the big bad bat? Well, besides the dozen or so goons who are spending an evening in an ICU and adjusting to the fact that they’re going to be crippled for life. There aren’t too many villains who can match Batman in a physical and mental showdown, but the Arkham Knight might be the closest threat in many a year. There’s been a lot of speculation as to who’s the man is underneath that fancy high-tech helmet. And right now, the odds are definitely leaning in favour of former Robin Jason Todd. Thanks to some toys that is.
Not so long, long ago in a bedroom that happened to not be far, far enough from my bed, some dorm mates were getting BIZZAY. There are plenty of marital aids out there, to help spice up a relationship. From that neck massager in your mom’s draw, to a suspicious pump that should only be handled with chemical gloves, the options are varied. Especially if you’re looking for something more nerdcore.
There’s something relaxing about collecting toys (THEY’RE CALLED ACTION FIGURES DAMMIT!) of a particular franchise. Getting a full run of collectable figures, is a time-consuming and challenging task. Not too mention expensive as hell. And then, you get those people who decide to flog the entire collection that they have built up, such as this one, which recently went up for auction on eBay.
I love Skylanders. i think it’s one of the bravest, boldest and wallet unfriendly properties Activision’s released in a long time. The genius marriage of video games and toys has my own kids whining at me for new Skylanders all the time, and the imminent release of Skylanders Giants is only going to make my wallet feel worse. It’s done better than Activision was expecting.
We love our toys over here at Lazygamer. Which is why we write about them over on Tegato. And if you happen to be a Mass Effect fan with a wallet that is burning a hole in your pocket, then you might want to take a quick gander at the latest wave of toys, that features Commander Shepard and company.
The bright, colourful and ultimately kid-focused money-trap Skylanders is probably one of the best games available for younger gamers today. The use of physical toys that come to “life” inside of a videogame is nothing short of genius - and one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning with my kids.
It could have been completely different.
Todd McFarlane is a name that is extremely well-known in the game industry -- both as a visual artist and Spawn creator who has lent his talent to games, and for his toy company, which has produced a number of action figures based on popular properties. Which I'm happy to say I own pretty much every single one of. Gamasutra have put up an exclusive interview with him, where McFarlane discusses the progress his company has made in rebuilding its video game figure business, after the successful introduction of Halo 3 figures earlier this year. He takes in the changing retail landscape since the initial launch of the McFarlane Metal Gear Solid toys in 1999, as well as the changing media environment that dictates new opportunities for hits. He also discusses 38 Studios, the MMO developer founded by ex-baseball player Curt Schilling, which is currently at work on an MMO title for which McFarlane is producing the concept artwork and offering general creative input -- including how McFarlane, based out of Phoenix, Arizona, collaborates with the game studio's artists in Massachusetts. The talk even reveals a bit of the game's heretofore-unknown design philosophy. Find the interview here.