Friday, August 8, 2008

HALO 3' ACTION FIGURES: A RETAIL PHENOMENON!

From spawn.com:

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Halo 3 is quickly becoming one of the most successful licensed lines ever produced by McFarlane Toys.
Ever since the March release of our first series of Halo 3 action figures, it seems that everything's coming up Halo - and people just can't get enough. Vendors coast to coast have been reporting quick sell-through; the figures are disappearing almost as soon as they reach store shelves. Wal-Mart, Toys 'R' Us, KB Toys and GameStop report McFarlane's Halo 3 lines as their top sellers - and they're demanding more, More, MORE!
Series 2 arrived in stores in July, and is quickly becoming hard to find, as demand exceeds supply. But don't worry. We're happy to help you try and find these highly sought action figures. (Read below for retailer locations.)
WHERE TO BUY 'HALO 3', SERIES 2
Our Halo 3 product is currently available at these retailers:

  • Amazon.com
  • BigBadToyStore.com
  • Diamond (Comic Stores)
  • Entertainment Earth
  • Fred Meyer
  • FYE/Suncoast/Sam Goody
  • GameStop
  • KB Toys
  • Newbury Comics
  • Spencers Gifts
  • Toys 'R' Us
  • Wal-Mart (Canada)
  • Wal-Mart (U.S.)
While we can't guarantee that these retailers still have McFarlane Halo 3, Series 2 figures in stock, we can provide information that will hopefully make your search easier. (Check out our Where to Buy section.)
If you still can't grab up any of Series 2, rest assured that we have more Halo 3 product heading to store shelves.
'HALO 3' SERIES 3 COMING TO STORES IN SEPTEMBER
Next month, Halo 3, Series 3 will be coming to a retail store near you; six new figures with awesome articulation and insane detail to add to your collection.
Series 3 includes: 12-INCH MASTER CHIEF AND SPARTAN MARK VI EXCLUSIVE 'HALO 3' 2-PACK COMING TO FRED MEYER/FRY'S MARKETPLACE IN NOVEMBER
An exclusive Halo 3 2-pack will be coming to Fred Meier/Fry's Marketplace stores in November. This boxed set will include the Master Chief and the Brute Chieftain featured in McFarlane Toys' Halo 3 Series 1.

Get a Gears of War Lancer



"Amazon.com has announced an exclusive Gears of War 2 Lancer. Yours for a mere US$139.99! Out November 7th, the life-sized replica of course doesn't work, but hey, don't let that stop Dude Huge from pretending it does. Look how much fun he's having! If that is not a blast, will someone please tell us what one is?
If you pre-order the Lancer, you even get the standard edition of Gears of War 2, free of charge. And that's not a bad deal at all."

Kick. Ass. Thats freaking awesome. If it wasnt 140 bucks I would totally get one. Im already thinking about it anyway. I would love one.

~Hotapplepie

Source: Kotaku

Cortana and Mongoose Halo 3 Artfx statues are on the way.

On the back of the box of my newly acquired ARTFX Halo 3 Field of Battle statue is some info on two more statues that are on the way. One being Cortana with a light up base, similar to that of McFarlane's Halo 3 figure version and a Mongoose! The Mongoose looks pretty cool as a it has two Red Spartans riding back to back, most likely driving away from enemy fire.

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The photo of the back of the box is somewhat blurry, sorry!

Only One in the Universe

WETA has announced that it will be setting up some auctions for some one of kind sterling silver Halo statues. Currently an auction for the Master Chief and Grunts statue is up for auction and upon writing was at about $1600! Don't get me wrong, I love Halo but I'd never be to shell out that much money for something. I could pay off like 4 of my credit card accounts in full for that much!

I'll be waiting for the mass produced release of the Cortana Statue and hopefully that won't break the bank! See the whole press release below.

Go to Weta's eBay store for more details about the auctions

Nothing comes close to the feeling of owning something unique. One-of-a-kind. To know that nobody else in the Universe will ever have one like it.

Weta and Microsoft are giving you a rare opportunity to experience that feeling. We have taken our range of four Halo 3 Collectibles and plated them in sterling silver.

We have also gone one step further and cast certain parts of them in solid sterling silver. All to make these pieces truly unique.

As seen at San Diego Comic-Con 2008

Master Chief and Grunts - Auction Running Now! Click Here
Master Chief's hand and gun cast in solid sterling silver

- Master Chief and Arbiter - Auction Coming Soon
Master Chief's arm and rifle cast in solid sterling silver

- Master Chief and Flood - Auction Coming Soon
Master Chief's ands and guns cast in solid sterling silver

- Cortana - Auction Coming Soon
Cortana's computer chip cast in solid sterling silver

Check out the Weta website for images and more details around the auctions and to see all the cool stuff that Weta did on the Halo 3 trailers!

Good luck in the auctions!

From the team at Weta

Monday, August 4, 2008

Halo 3 Master Chief Field of Battle ARTFX Statue

For those of you looking for the newest ARTFX Statue for the Halo series, look no further. The brand new statue "Field of Battle" is out and ready to be picked up at stores and online shops.

I just picked mine up from White Wizard Toys and will be doing a video review of it and the first Master Chief statue soon!

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A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import!  From the worldwide smash hit X-box 360 game HALO 3 comes the second release in the high-end ARTFX Statue series.  Locked in deadly combat with the Covenant, the indomitable Spartan super-soldier MASTER CHIEF stands in the field of battle. 

With a discharged grenade at his feet and the bubble shield dissipating, Master Chief readies his armaments and begins to rise.  Master Chief holds two M7 SMGs (Caseless Submachine Guns), or you can switch the bonus arms and have him grip his Assault Rifle.  When not using the Rifle, it can be stored on his back.  Additional hands are also included for expression, and as a special bonus for fans that collected the first Kotobukiya ARTFX Statue, you can swap weapons and hands with the first release!

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This pvc statue is fully assembled and ready to display out of the box. 

Highly customizable, and highly detailed...and highly desired by all Halo fans!

Halo Uprising complete collection.

One of my Youtube  subscribers (heriticelite) pointed out that Halo Uprising will be receiving full hardcover treatment in a few months. This collection will contain all the issues of the much delayed four part series. The reason there has been such a huge delay for the comic is the fact that some story elements needed to be changed due to some last minute plot changes in Halo 3. Why it has taken so many months to put these changes into effect are unknown to me, but it will be nice to have a complete book of the series. Here's hoping it comes out this year.uprising

The Eisner Award-winning team of superscribe Brian Michael Bendis and artist extraordinaire Alex Maleev unleash an epic story of mankind's struggle against the alien threat of the Covenant.

Picking up from the conclusion of blockbuster video game Halo 2, the must-read saga reveals how the Master Chief, while onboard a hostile ship headed towards Earth, is battling against Covenant forces!

Intertwined with Master Chief's interstellar one-man-war is the saga of a great American city's rebellion and downfall, two disparate lives' collision and shared fate, and the Convenant's hunt for an ancient relic of untold power and value. With hope dwindling and the fate of humanity hanging by a thread, is there any chance for a future?

Journey into the Halo universe!

Collecting Halo: Uprising #1-4 and Marvel Spotlight: Halo.

Thanks for the heads up Heriticelite!

Halo: The Cole Protocol (Cover unveiled.)

The next book in the Halo book series is out November 25th and is called "The Cole Protocol". While Bungie hasn't revealed the cover officially, Amazon seems to have already received the image for it. The last few Halo books have been great, lets hope this new one keeps the trend.

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sweet Viking Battle for Asguard Art Promo Book



"This is a mini art book for Viking Battle for Asgard for 360 or PS3 it contains 32 pages of various art from the game and it's characters. This item was never sold in stores."

The game (Viking) is one of the most overlooked games for the 360. It mixed great action with brutal, bloody violence. Plus it had some of the coolest and most epic battles Iv seen in a videogame. Id say rent the game at the least, buy it so theres hope for a sequel.

~Hotapplepie

Source: Ebay

New Proof of the $199 360 Rumor


"There it is (full size after the jump), according to VGChartz.com. (Thanks to eagle-eyed reader LoadedStatement). One of the site's members did a SKU inquiry on the 360 and got that screen, which shows the $199 price taking effect Sept. 7.
This apparently shows the SKU for the no-hard drive Arcade model. Other cuts are said to be coming for the Pro (60GB, $299) and Elite (120GB, $399), a development first reported by Ars Technica.
VGChartz follows the pic with a detailed analysis of what the new price points could mean for Microsoft, and the timing behind the price change. An excerpt:
The scheduling of the drop is telling as well. It takes place 1 week after Square Enix's 'Infinite Undiscovery' and 2 weeks before Harmonix/EA's 'Rock Band 2' - both exclusive to the Xbox 360 platform at the time of release and pricedrop (obviously, Rock Band 2 will ship in November for the other platforms).
The writer also peers into a crystal ball of sorts to guess at the production costs of the 360. Conclusion, down from $525 at launch to $140.15 to $182.19 today."
So this news isnt technically about a 360 related collectable but it is a 360 and thy can be collected. Before anyone gets too excited though this is the arcade SKU so it doesnt have a hard drive, just a memory card. Not a bad deal though, if true.
~Hotapplepie
Source: Kotaku

Half Life Crossword



"Reader Aeon sent this in to help you pass away those weekend hours, and we thank him for it. Arts and crafts are one thing, but to sit down and create a crossword? One based on Half-Life? It tips the awesome scales at, well, awesome. It's short, but sweet, and Aeon says if it wets your whistle there'll be a bigger one to come. Oh, before attempting it, note that questions 8 & 11 require you, reader, having seen this and this."

Im a fan of Half Life 2 and both its episodes so far but I missed out on Half Life 1 so when I looked over the crossword there was a few that I couldnt figure out. Its a great test for your (Half Life) knowledge. Now bring on the Portal crossword. ;)

~Hotapplepie

Source: Kotaku

Holy Crap! Halo Action Figure Stop Motion !

Part 3: Friends and Enemies (Halo Toys)





Halo Stop Motion (Halo shaped LEGOs)






Raiders of the Lost Frag: Part 4 (Halo Toys)

Dark Sector Hat


Hats make for great swag. Except they never fit my fat head. This one probably wouldn't either. I have a sweet GTA 4 one that doesn't fit and very depressing. This Dark Sector hat will probably be hard to find, if you are interested snag it here.

Unreal Tournament Xbox 360 Faceplate


Check out this very pretty Unreal Tournament Xbox 360 faceplate, Most likely a preorder bonus. Of course you can snag it on eBay, just make sure the price is right. I'm sure you will find more of these popping up for sale regularly.

myPAXblog.com interviews the Penny Arcade Project Manager.


MyPaxBlog.com is ran by me the owner of TheXboxCollector.com and 360style.net, head over there to read the full interview. Also make sure to check out the variety of interviews I have done with video game bands performing at PAX 2008. Quick reminder PAX runs August 29th-31st at the WSCTC in Seattle.