It’s been 84 years.

Amiibo, Collecting, Figures, Game Music, Gaming, Nintendo, Totaku

Not quite 84 years, but if you told me it had been 84 weeks since my last post I would not be surprised, while life has been busy (ok, it is mostly me going squirrel and not staying on track) I have continued to be on top of amiibo releases which sadly, for the time being, appears to have concluded. Perhaps Totaku will fill that void but I am still waiting on figures I pre-ordered 6 months ago to show up at my local store so that has been a frustrating experience.

In my absence from posting, I was busy completely redoing the audio stream server and thankfully it has remained stable for a couple months now. This is currently handled by an audio server-specific distro on the Raspberry PI which was prompted by my interest in using low powered computers as servers instead of the Power Edge servers I had been using previously which generated tons of heat, noise and had high electric consumption.

Similarly, I am using another PI to run both Pi-hole and to seed torrents released by The 16-bit Audiophile Project (which you should check out). I have even moved any locally stored videos we stream via Infuse on our Apple TVs to a hard drive connected to our wireless internet router and surprisingly with the ATV hard-wired (gigabit network) they are able to stream 4K movies as large as 60-80 gigs flawlessly.

On the gaming side of things I am behind on the latest WOW patch, 2 expansions behind on Destiny 2 and still have not completed the current DLC for Forza Horizon 4. Doh… I am however enjoying Dragon Quest XI a lot and just started digging into Animal Crossing New Horizons. There is always way too much to play and not enough time dedicated to actually enjoying them, something I have improved so far this year but I still find myself constantly behind.

In the coming months with our daughter moving off to college, we will be shuffling some rooms around a bit to relocate our game room to a larger room in the house, as that happens I will be posting lots of pictures of the new setup.

February, March and April…

Amiibo, Classic Gaming, Classic Gaming Videos, Collecting, Disney Infinity, Figures, Game Music, Nintendo, Pokemon, Sony, Totaku

My last post to the blog was on January 1st so while I have been busily posting to both Instagram and Twitter it is quite clear that I have been negligent of my blogging duties.

And while the blog posts have been slow the goings-on in the background have not been with a new server being setup and configured for the audio stream, please feel free to let me know via my social media accounts if you would like to hear a particular games music as I generally just play random 8/16-bit stuff or if I am digging something particular that gets put on heavy rotation for awhile.

In addition to that I have been making slow plans to develop out a podcast as the mic purchase below shows, the delay will be a bit longer as my co-host prepares to move over the course of the next month. In addition to this we may also start providing streams of game play though the podcast will be my personal priority.

On to the acquisition pictures below with descriptions included as needed.

The most recent Nintendo toys from McDonald’s, this batch was one of my least favorite with some being almost pointless from a “toy” standpoint and others being downright creepy looking.

The above is the latest batch of Pokemon toys from McDonald’s, a pretty solid group of toys and much much better than the Nintendo offering.

I finally managed to snag some Nintendo Cereal with the amiibo functionality, we actually picked up 4 boxes with one going to my mom and another to be used for a micro amiibo cereal custom!

3 of the 6 Japan exclusive Monster Hunter amiibo, I plan to grab the other 3 and the Boxy Boy amiibo that were exclusive to the country to complete the entire set of current amiibo.

Family game night with Gamer Edition Monopoly!

Some extra figures for the above Monopoly set.

Detective Pikachu amiibo next to Bowser for a size comparison, quite the large amiibo!

Kirby Star Allies and a proper Kirby plushy that matches the theme, I am currently about a quarter ways through the game and have enjoyed it quite a bit so far.

The Japan exclusive Super Mario Odyssey soundtrack, fantastic in every way as this is possibly the best Nintendo soundtrack ever. This has me much more interested in these Japanese soundtracks and my plans are to grab the recently released BOTW and Splatoon 2 OST’s.

While at one of the Disney World resorts I found a Wreck it Ralph penny machine at the Arcade, not a huge fan of “penny smashers” but considering the theme I had to get one of each.

Some updated pictures of my two Ikea Detolf cabinets and acrylic risers, while they mostly contain amiibo the newer cabinet also includes my limited Disney Infinity collection and the new Totaku Figures.

A couple of classic GameBoy pickups!

Amazon had this on sale for dirt cheap, it had recently been out of print with prices going way up at the time so it made sense to grab what many consider to be the best game in the series at a low price with the latest re-print.

I finally hung up the Nintendo NYC exclusive Zelda 3D art cell prints, eventually I will grab the missing few.

The new Yeti mic sounds amazing in tests, it should provide a solid base for the podcast.

A random shot from my latest gaming obsession, Forza Horizon 3. I grabbed the digitally recently and being able to play it on my PC or Xbox One S on the same cloud save is a great user experience.

The recent launch of Totaku figures has been interesting, I  am missing the Bloodborne Hunter figure but was lucky to get the figures I have so far due to this being a Gamestop exclusive line and so far having a very limited release run.

The line is neither video game or Sony exclusive as the Sea of Thieves figure above and the announced Blue Eyes White Dragon figure show, that said past the initial window I will restrict purchases to just the game franchises I care about.

I pulled my original M.U.S.C.L.E. figures down from the closet and thought it would be fun to start sharing pictures of them on social media, a bit of digging shown that there is still a following online for these old things.

After years of looking for one in the wild I finally picked up the Black Sports Dreamcast model from my local gaming shop, it is dirty but in great shape!

A Classic 1991 Ultimate (fat) Sonic figure that was released by Tomy through GameStop, my favorite Sonic variety and the base holds swappable hands, faces and items such as rings and a chili dog!

I asked my brother in law to do a custom Sanic rock painting and he delivered in epic fashion! Those googly eyes!!

New LED lights for my second display cabinet, while these are not very bright it does add some much needed light to the display when you are in the mood to show the figures off.

I spent some time a few weeks ago cleaning up the panel and screen/glass of my old Fighters History arcade cabinet and recorded some random auto play footage just for kicks. Under the inch of dust is an old arcade monitor that still looks great though a rebuild and mild degauss are in order.

Irmagherd and vidya gamez!

Amiibo, Anime, Collecting, Figures, Nintendo, Sega, Sony

August and September have come and almost gone, plenty of unbearable heat and hurricane Irma wrap up summer. I have not done much with retro game collecting lately but have purchased a few newer games.

Beyond collecting, I am slowly working on the start of a classic gaming podcast and the plans include streaming on the weekends. The stream itself has been up and down as the server which hosts it is on its last legs, I hope to have a new server in place sometime in October and a revamp of the content of the stream.

 

Below is the Sonic Mania Collectors Edition which comes with an awesome Sonic statue standing on top of what looks to be a 1:1 sized replica of a Sega Genesis, a mock Genesis Game cart and a metal Sonic Mania card. The only thing missing is a physical copy of the game, I hope Sega seriously considers doing so as I will pick it up in a heartbeat.

The game itself is amazing, while I have yet to finish it I am roughly half way through and everything from the soundtrack to the level design is top notch, most say this is the best 2D Sonic game since the Genesis while I believe it may also be in the running as top 2 or 3 alongside those games.. it is simply that good!

 

My first venture into “Limited Run Games” releases, while I will not become a collector of their releases, in general, I did have to purchase these re-releases of two classics from my childhood.

The Dragons Trap is a rerelease done the way all remakes should be done, it includes the original game and a graphical update that retains the originals feel as close as I have ever seen done before, what’s more is you can actually switch between the original and updated graphics on the fly anywhere in the game!

Night Trap was redone using original film footage and video pulled from the non Sega-CD platforms to provide the best video quality released to date, the game itself was never that good to be fair but it had tons of 80’s campiness and was far ahead of its time as a live action video type game. It was one of the games that made my purchase of the Sega-CD addon worth it.

 

My favorite Anime character in Funko Pop form!

 

I also grabbed the Samus Returns Amiibo set (I will get the game soon).

Metroid!

Samus!

June & July stuff so far.

Amiibo, Classic Gaming, Collecting, Figures, Gaming, Guides, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Xbox

June was an incredibly busy month, we started and completed a remodel of our living room, dining room and have since moved on to the kitchen.

On the collection front, it has been busy as well with the typical smattering of Amiibo releases etc..

More Link Amiibo was released recently, look at that Majora’s Mask Link!

A bit late on posting these McDonalds Happy Meal toys from a few months back.

We have only had the time for a few hours of Arms but so far this seems to be a pretty deep fighting game, good job Nintendo!

I picked up more NES Classic Mini accessories as they continue to be cleared from retail shelves & the Yoshi Wii Remote Plus was on clearance as well since the Switch does not work with the Wii line of accessories.

The collector’s edition guide!

Crash is back!!

I have played a few levels and so far this is one of the best “HD Remakes” I have seen. Great attention to detail!

Another HD remake collection for a series I love and since Horizon was on a sale, I planned on picking this up anyway.

I was so amazed by Abzu that I had to pick up a physical copy, seeing how good it was I also jumped in on the Journey Collectors Edition.

Some classics that were on my wanted list.

I have been eying these Pops since they came out, I found the set on Amazon for less than $20 so picked it up.

With the launch of the new iPad Pro, I decided that after 6 years it was time to upgrade my iPad 2, I could not be happier with the performance of the new iPad. The keyboard will be useful in meetings at work where I often need to take notes.

An IOS gaming controller? While “mobile” gaming is generally not my forte I decided to pick one up with the launch of the Sega Forever series, some have noted performance issues with the games released so far as I can confirm on my older iPhone 6Plus which released in 2014. On the new iPad, however, there is no sign of slowdown or performance issues anywhere, I think it is safe to assume that when I upgrade to the iPhone 8 later this year it too will perform as expected.

4K is awesome!

Amiibo, Classic Gaming, Collecting, Figures, Gaming, Nintendo, Sony, Xbox

I decided that it was time to make the move to 4K, with the Xbox One S and its HDR and 4K Blu ray capabilities, Netflix 4k streaming, PS4 Pro being available and Xbox Scorpio on the way I decided to make the leap.

 

The crappy cell phone picture above does not do it justice but the Sony 65-inch XBR65X900E TV is amazing, as a side note Abzu is an amazing.. artful gaming experience. SO GOOD!

With a new 4K TV the PS4 Pro only makes sense, I have only tried a few games but so far I really like the graphical updates provided, even if it is not “true 4K” PC game developers could learn a thing or two about the techniques applied as the raw horsepower required for full on PC gaming 4K are still REALLY steep for most setups.

I picked up a copy of Shenmue II as it was on my wanted list and with E3 coming up my assumption is that any Shenmue III announcements will make the cost of this skyrocket (Larrabee lock?), NieR: Automata was on sale at BestBuy so once combined with the GCD and a $5 credit I had it was a no brainer for something so highly praised and on my wanted list. I have only played it for about an hour so far but the game has thoroughly impressed in this short amount of time.

The latest Nintendo Switch lineup, Mario Kart 8 is amazing and even better than its original release, PuyoPuyo Tetris is a lot of fun and Ultra Street Fighter II is an update to one of my favorite games of all time!

Fatal Fury II PC Engine CD and Paranoia Hu Card for the PC Engine from my local game store.

It looks like everyone is starting to clear these themed Wiimote Plus controllers, I already had Mario & Luigi so grabbed these two. I have Yoshi on the way and will pick up a Princess Peach soon.

A BestBuy branded NES Classic  controller on clearance (I have more of these and the extension cables on the way) and an after market NES controller, both on the cheap!

MOAR AMIIBO!!

Lucio & Diva Funko Pops, um yes!

Guardians of the Galaxy II Baby Groot and a Star Trek 50th anniversary NCC-1701!

Something to test out 4K Blu-ray, wow what a movie!

NYC 2017: Nintendo NYC!

Figures, Nintendo, Sony

Another trip to NYC this year and per usual we managed to hit up Nintendo NYC almost every day. 🙂

While there I managed to take a bunch of pictures (I am bad at this), they remodeled the store last year and with the recent launch of the Nintendo Switch everything is geared towards the new console at the moment.

I also managed to record some video but I will need to review the results and if salvageable I will get it edited and uploaded.

My new wallet!

The Star Power Mario was purchased at Nintendo NYC while the Barbossa was picked up at a small game store.

A random figure that they had sitting in the Zelda area of the store, Wind Waker figure from Japan? Sure..

More additions to my keychain collection, unfortunately these were the only two that they had available.

Part of the 3D Art Cell Zelda series, I believe there are 6 all together.

Limited Edition BOTW shirts!

A nice PlayStation shirt from Kinokuniya New York.

A couple The Walking Dead shirts from House of The Dead in Pittsburgh.

August & September! #wow #legion #nes #segagenesis #ps4 #sonicthehedgehog

Collecting, Figures, Gaming, MMO, Nintendo, Sega, Sony

Long time no post!

Another couple months have past by and I have had quite a few pickups so onto it!

img_2117Uncharted 4 and Tomb Raider! Deep sales at Best Buy + Gamers Club discount got me both of these for $51, not bad considering how new UC4 is.

img_2158I was finally able to pick up the last starter pack at a big discount!

 

img_2118A few more figures from Tru sales.

 

img_2119World of Warcraft: Legion Collector’s Edition, a few weeks in and in my opinion this is the best expansion since Wrath of the Lich King so far!

 

img_2161The Frostwolf Pup plushy for my wife!

 

img_2160Pepe for me!

 

img_2156My local Tru only got a few of these in, the 25th anniversary Sonic plush. Sega needs to go back to the original fat Sonic design!

 

img_2122Newer World of Nintendo figures, all were %50 off at Walgreens.

 

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img_2162From the creators of Retrogamer magazine a thorough guide to Sega hardware and games!

 

img_217425th anniversary, am I getting that old already?

 

img_2166Dual system Retrogamer guide, this side SMS.

 

img_2170And this side NES.

 

img_2165World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide. Really nice Blizzard WOW art book.

 

img_2171World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 1, fantastic book that covers the pre WOW lore of Warcraft!

Pickups from July.

Amiibo, Collecting, Figures, Nintendo

Another month has gone by with nothing too exciting to report on but I continue to pickup the slow trickle of Amiibo coming out and Disney Infinity as the sales allow.

I am unfortunately seeing an issue with random .mp3 audio files on the stream so I have switched things back to Sega Genesis tracks only which are .flac, not sure what might be causing this issue but I haven’t had a chance to narrow it down.

IMG_2017The squid sisters!

IMG_2016The recolors for the squid kids and the squid!

IMG_2019Best Buy had a Black Friday in July sale which when combined with the GCU discount brought this game down into the $27 range and an obvious grab!

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IMG_2022Starter packs for under $20, why thank you…

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IMG_2027Much Infinity!!

IMG_2029I have always loved the Retrogamer magazines and books, this one has some great content.

Mega post for the past month. #Amiibo #ArcadeBlock #NES #Genesis #PhantasyStar #worldofnintendo

Amiibo, Arcade Block, Classic Gaming, Collecting, Figures, Game Music, Nintendo, Sega

I haven’t posted in a little over a month so I have quite a few items to report including multiple Arcade Block shipments, game pickups and more so please read on!

  • On the non collector front I am happy to report that my first game review was recently made available on Sega-16.com, Wonder Boy on the Sega Master System which is known to many as Adventure Island on the NES is a fantastic game and I am proud to have the review available on what has been the premier Sega fan site for over a decade! http://www.sega-16.com/2015/04/wonder-boy/
  • The audio stream has been consitently popular since I redesigned the backend to be much more reliable, we hit a new listener peak a few weeks back with a simultaneous listener count of 378 unique listeners!

 

Last months Arcade Block included two shirts instead of the usual one, that said this was my least favorite block so far mostly due to my lack of interest in the FarCry shirt and the misc. items excluding the SF2 keychain were a bit lackluster in my opinion.

IMG_0099Not a bad shirt in its own right but at this point I have quite a few Majora’s Mask themed shirts already.  🙂

 

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IMG_0131 A GameBoy themed notepad, an Atari joystick stress “ball” and a Ryu Street Fighter 2 keychain that lights up and says hadouken when pressed.

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IMG_0133A Batman Arkham Knight comic book.

 

On the flip side this months Arcade Block stands out as being one of my favorite ones yet,

IMG_0156This months shirt was based off of Kingdom Hearts, the Disney themed action RPG series!

IMG_0161 A set of Pac-Man salt & pepper shakers and an Ignitor Skylander figure.

IMG_0164 A Video Games Live audio CD from the concert series with songs from Zelda, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, MGS etc. and a simple 8-bit themed chest bag clip on.

IMG_0167A full issue of Retro Videogame Magazine, I am definitely going to check this one out in digital format.

 

While at Barnes & Noble I spotted this in the bargain bin, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment typically retails for around $50.00-$75.00 but was on sale for less than the $19.99 listed. I have been keeping an eye on this for almost two years waiting for a price drop so it didn’t take much persuading for me to pick this one up.

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A few game pickups!

IMG_0123A couple classics missing from my NES collection, Karnov and the Adventures of LOLO!

IMG_0160Phantasy Star II the fantastic Sci-Fi themed RPG boxed and complete with manual and the map! I hope to get the box and manual for my copy of Phantasy Star III soon for a complete set.

IMG_0124“Duck Tales Remastered” the remastering of the NES classic was on sale at Toys R Us and once combined with a gift card was only about $4.99!

 

A few more “World of Nintendo” figures!

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I was also able to grab a couple Wave 4 Amiibo from Amazon U.K, I have all but GreninjaJigglypuff pre-ordered from a U.S retailer and hope to get those final two exclusives after release.

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The final items I selected from the now closed Club Nintendo. 😦

IMG_0157 A Majora’s Mask puzzle that I will assemble and frame with my wife as soon as we locate an acceptable frame to place it in.

IMG_0170And of course the Mario bros. greeting cards…. I had some final points to spend and it was either this or Nintendogs cards.