I haven’t worked the toy beat as hard as I did back in the day, but I may have to pick up the mantle again if I’m missing out on stuff like this newly revealed model Galaga ship, awesomely sculpted by Maschinen Krieger creator Kow Yokoyama, and due out in March (Hobby Link Japan seems to have the best price if you’d like to pick it up for yourself).
If nothing else, it’s a reminder that I never really did think to extrapolate the sprite into 3D, nor, for that matter, has Namco in any overt way, which then leads me down the rabbit-hole of remembering how they axed the above experiments to bring Xevious back to life in the Ace Combat engine, and it’s all blackness from there. [via Tomopop]
The whole felt family of characters assembled from Simogo‘s hat-trick of iPhone game excellence — including all the stars of Kosmo Spin, Bumpy Road, and Beat Sneak Bandit — by stitch-wizard & superfan Emma Lindberg.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d love to see these offered up for sale, though it remains to be seen whether any of the lineup from Simogo’s upcoming fairy tale horror Year Walk would be as adorable & displayable or better suited for stuffing out of sight/mind beneath the bed. [via Simogo]
A hand-crafted wooden idol by local favorite artist Amanda Visell (find the rest of her work here, and see especially her extremely awesome Posters For Girls), part of an entire pop/fantasy character series that appears to have unfortunately entirely sold out almost instantly. [via Switcheroo]
What’s big and small at the same time?* Matthew ‘servotron‘ Ellison’s custom Shadow of the Colossus Munny, complete with itty-bitty Wander (who you can see in better detail via his original SpriteStitch post). [via Fidgit]
[*actual answer, a la Armando Iannucci: a big egg.]
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Ben O’Brien has just revealed the latest series of his curated line of “Speakerdog” papercraft models, and the local fave is, of course, Jason ‘harlancore‘ Harlan’s ‘Play Me’, which comes with A/V and controller port jacks, and its very own Key Quest Saga cart (direct fetch the PDF here).
Harlan is the ‘boxpunx’ creator whose My Virtual Memory line I featured back in March: a paper series dedicated to his favorite gaming memories. He’s been dutifully cranking out model after model since: see especially his ‘Innocence and Rainbows’ lineup of retro-inspired mods/swingers/hippies/disco-freaks/blaxploitation models, and, more on the gaming tip, his (Persona sister spinoff series) Devil Summoner meets Darkstalkers line.
From the patchwork workshop of Louisa Giffard: a collection of characters from Hand Circus’s Rolando 2:
From left to right; the Floating Friend, Lord Derby Disraeli (royal treasurer), the King rolando, Major James Cardigan (royal spiky commando), Turgut Reiss (reformed pirate) and Mr Scruff, the DJ who made the music for the game.
I believe an Etsy outlet is in order. [via Mikko Walamies]
If you’re as frequently intimidated by the finger-jamming origami complexity of some of the papercraft we regularly feature: here’s one for you, a no-muss Nintendo Entertainment System, released by Cubecraft for no apparent reason, but useful, the site says, as a replacement head for any of their more traditional models.
From frequent papercraft creator ddi7i4d, whose creations continue to grow increasingly complex: a second, Goomba-whomping Paper Mario automata, which NintendoPapercraft boldly claim can be completed in just half an hour. [via TinyCartridge]
The finest heavily-reworked custom I’ve seen in way too long: Nikejerk takes Frank Kozik’s now-ubiquitous Smorkin Labbit, and gives it the full Paratroopa makeover, with Velcro’d on wings and all. Bonus points, too for the tossed in Luigi-Dunny, and the de-luxe packaging to match. [via Destructoid, via Tiff]
The latest in Offworld’s attempts to keep your desk as littered with plastic as mine: First4Figure’s Phazon Suit Samus, the latest in First’s officially licensed Nintendo (and THQ and Sega and Tecmo and Ubisoft) lineup.
Riddled with LEDs and, no joke, an “internal IC chip [that] allows for the lights to fade out slowly” when you settle in for bed, it’s as deluxe and pricey as you might expect: the limited run of 1500 comes with a tag of $225, but is ideal for the figure freak that has everything, including First’s four other Samus figures (on top of her Gunship and Metroid Prime Hunters‘ Trace). [via Tomopop]