Monday, October 23, 2006

Blue Dragon Trading Figures

In the upcoming Blue Dragon game for the Xbox 360, a spiky-haired lad named Shu faces off against the forces of evil with an unlikely ally. By himself, Shu is unimposing but when it's time to battle, his shadow incarnates as a winged blue dragon which towers above the decidedly scrawny Shu. Since the game has been garnering buzz in Japan, Bandai ties itself to the project by announcing a set of Blue Dragon trading figures which ship in November 2006.

Akira Toriyama designed the characters for Blue Dragon and his distinctive style shows in the figures which include main character Shu, a gal named Kluke, Jiro, and three others.It doesn't appear that the pirate gal Zola made the cut. The figures measure approximately 3" tall and are sculpted from PVC. Each toy also includes a piece of candy and a bit of biographical information on the character. Each factory box includes 10 randomly packaged figures and NCS starts preorders today at US$39 per case.

Japanese import outlook

NDS Gyakuten Saiban 2 leads preorders for the week. Originally released on the Gameboy Advance in 2002, the Nintendo DS release of the game features a full English option. Simply tap on the language selector on the title screen and you're good to go. NDS Tales of the Tempest and PSP Spectral VS. Generation round out the top three preorder movers.
NDS Gyakuten Saiban 2 - The BEST Capcom

Lode Runner Hudson

Negima!?: Chou Mahora Taisen Kattoiin MMV

Otona no Joushikiryoku Training DS Nintendo

Oshare Princess DS: Oshare ni Koishite! Cult. Brain

Pinky Street: Kira Kira Music Hour Dimple Ent.

Pinky Street: Kira Kira Music Hour Limited Ed. Dimple Ent.

Puzzle Series: Jigsaw Puzzle Oden-Kun Hudson

Tales of the Tempest Namco
PS2 Colorbot Adventure Tecmo

Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood Bandai

Memories Off #5 Togireta Film - The BEST Kids

Nizu no Sentitsu 2 Kid

Nizu no Sentitsu 2 Limited Edition Kid

Ryu ga Gotoku - The BEST Sega

Shinseiki GPX: Road to the Infinity 3 Sunrise

SP2000 Series Vol. 111: The Itadaki Rider D3

Tenshou Gakuen Gekkou Hasumi Asmik

Utaware Rumono Aqua Plus

Utaware Rumono Limited Edition Aqua Plus

Yo-Jin-Bo: Unmei no Freude Two Five
PSP Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception Namco

Heaven's Will Taito

Shinobido Homura Spike

SP2500 Series Vol. 8 Doko Demo Gal Mahjong D3

Spectral VS. Generation I.Factory

USA Release Outlook

NDS Magical Starsign is the USA version of Magical Vacation. There's no clear export presales leader for this week's crop of releases but the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games and Phantasy Star Universe have garnered some interest over the weekend.
GBA Flushed Away D3

Juka and the Monophonic Menace Southpeak

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Activision

Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island THQ

Scurge: Hive Southpeak

Teen Titans 2 Majesco
GC Flushed Away D3

Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island THQ
NDS Magical Starsign Nintendo

Strawberry Shortcake: Strawberryland Games G. Factory

Flushed Away D3

Nacho Libre Majesco

Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island THQ

Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts Activision

Scurge: Hive Southpeak

Star Trek: Tactical Assault Bethesda

Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam Activision

Touch Detective Atlus
PS2 .hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth Namco

.hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth Special Edition Namco so

Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action B.Vista

Eureka Seven Vol 1 The New Wave Bandai

Flushed Away D3

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Activision

Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island THQ

Phantasy Star Universe Sega

Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Namco

Strawberry Shortcake G.Factory

Tokobot Plus: Mysteries of the Karakuri Sony
PSP Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception Namco

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded Capcom

Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 Koei

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Activision

Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Namco

Star Trek: Tactical Assault Bethesda
XBX Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Activision

Reservoir Dogs Eidos
X360 Cars EA

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Activision

Phantasy Star Universe Sega