The Cutest Li'l Ryu Figure Yells and Throws Illuminated Fireballs at You

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm


Take the early 2000s McFarlane style of diorama figure, make it super-cute and Japanese, and you'd have BigBoysToys' Street Fighter II diorama figures. The first, Ryu, features a light up fireball and sound effects, as well as a signpost you can place anywhere you'd like; Ken will come with flaming dragon punch effect, and they've been soliciting audience feedback on whether Guile should have a Sonic Boom or Flash Kick.

Eight are planned - presumably the original eight SFII non-boss characters (which sadly means no Bison, on Tuesday or otherwise). And each one runs around $90, which is about what you'd expect from import market prices nowadays.

Once you see and hear it, you may be swayed...

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Google's Early April Fool - Play Pac-Man on Their Maps

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:20 am


Now this is clever synergy. Find a Google map of somewhere that's close enough to show the streets, and a Pac-Man icon will appear in the lower left corner (as seen above). Click it to play the game on that grid.

You'll do best if you find a map where the streets are oriented straight-up north/south/east/west - otherwise, the arrow keys get a little confusing when it comes to the angles. The goal is really more to have fun with favorite areas than make a super-playable game, I suspect.

But it's also easier to get the cherry than in any Pac-Man I've ever played before.

via Kotaku

Unboxing Geekfuel's March Package [Video]

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 8:00 am


Let's try this again - this month, as soon as we get it, in nicer weather and a cleaner place.

Want to sign up for Geekfuel and get an extra free bonus item? Watch the video to find a special URL just for us.

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The Alien: Isolation Amanda Ripley Figure Is Coming Along Nicely

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am


It's nicer looking than the actual game version, even, as - in stills at least - it has some serious uncanny valley issues going on. (The best thing about CG'ing the xenomorphs is that by definition they will never suffer from "dead eyes.")

Amanda Ripley is not to be confused with Moe's Bar patron Amanda Huggenkiss, for whom the proprietor is still looking, based on an anonymous tip.

Topless Robot LIVE! Butts and Catfishing at SXSW, With Fred Topel and Jen Yamato

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:30 am


On this week's podcast, our special guests The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato and TR contributor Fred Topel return from the South-by-Southwest film festival with tales of John Cena's bare ass, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's Get Hard controversy, Ex Machina's Tinder robot and more! Also: Luke speaks way too soon about Comic-Con hotel rooms, Julia convinces Jen that Minions is a worthwhile franchise, Fred explains why sequels should never stop, and we discuss why that controversial Batgirl cover might be neither about sexism nor censorship.

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New Mortal Kombat X Trailer Makes Larynx-Ripping a Thing

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:25 am


We know there'll be bonus characters like Jason Voorhees and Predator, but this new storyline trailer indicates that those guys might just be big ol' softies compared to the newly evil Kung Lao and Liu Kang. Russian subtitles only help to prove that Sting's old line about "sharing the same biology" has a totally different meaning in this context - no longer a plea for peace through similarity, but death through targeting of the same vulnerabilities.

Such an Outworldly kill to do, if the Russians love their Kombat too. And there's a great return at the end....

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Castles for Sale This Easter

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hi all. Well, we are back under the control of LYT. They escaped for the weekend and I understand they had a good time in Las Vegas, and got to ride on the world's tallest Ferris wheel...and that is has a bar in it. Only in Vegas. They also hit up one of the best seafood buffets in town at the Rio. I can second that the on buffet; they took me there one time when we were in town for a pageant and it was the best. Yes, we have dragged LYT to a beauty pageant one time. Julia was a judge and he came along for the ride and to see how she got all of the crowns that he now has to live with. Witney did a good job for the site - I enjoyed many of the pieces. This has been another busy week of appraising for me, but it's all good as there will be times when work is slow, and you have to work when the work is here. This week I got to appraise a property that was at one time owned by James Cagney - how cool is that?

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Steven Spielberg Set to Direct Ready Player One, Because He Can

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 12:23 pm


Spielberg doesn't exactly strike me as a big gamer - if he were, would he have allowed Atari E.T. to exist? There's a reason LucasArts came to be rather than SpielbergArts.

And yet if anyone has the clout to get all the necessary permissions for all the third-party brands included in the narrative - or at least as many as possible - it's the one director in Hollywood who can pretty much do whatever he wants all the time, and isn't too busy with underwater missions to make sequels.

WB president Greg Silverman has a point - they got a LOT of brands onboard for The Lego Movie, including some WB doesn't own. I'm not expecting the next Wreck-It Ralph, but this has to at least be better than Pixels, right?

8 Obscure Canceled Video Games We Wish Had Seen the Light of Day

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 5:00 am


Whether it's a lack of money, a loss of faith in the project or plain old controversy, games get taken out behind the barn to be put down with a Zapper all the time. Some will live on in infamy, like StarCraft: Ghost, and we don't think anyone will miss others, like Project Milo. It's always a shame when a creative project doesn't see the light of day, but we've dug up a few obscure titles you've probably forgotten (assuming you had even heard of them to begin with), that we especially wish had made it to the retail promised land.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain to Turn a Coaster into a Video Game Monster. Which is Cool. 'Cause I'm 9.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:45 am


Monster Hunter 4 is available on the Nintendo 3DS. That is neat. You can play the game. Six Flags Magic Mountain is one of the best roller coaster parks in the western half of the U.S. That is neat. You can ride on a bunch of roller coasters.

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