toys Tag

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Apr 2013

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.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 10 Dec 2012

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.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 26 Jun 2012

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.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 13 Mar 2012

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.

Posted by Gareth Seiler - 12 Nov 2008

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.