Friday, December 05, 2008

LBP Mini Knit Sackboy Mascot - New Import, In Stock

«©NCSX» Sackboy is a pop culture phenomenon. NCS got schooled on this fact back in October when we received LittleBigPlanet for the PS3 a few days earlier than the street date. Orders flowed in at an alarming pace and when news of Sony's recall got around, the pace quickened. Exponentially.
It was an eye-opener as to the power and draw of Sackboy.

LittleBigPlanet and its hero has also attracted fans in Japan and when that happens, merchandising can't be too far behind. The first Japanese manufacturer to exploit Sackboy is Taito which is part of the Square Enix juggernaut. The Mini Knit Sackboy Mascot Plushes were released on November 28 and our entire shipment made it in earlier today. Four styles are in stock as follows:
Normal Sackboy, Soldier Sackboy, Pirate Sackboy, and Smile Sackboy. Update: Taito changed Smile to Sunflower (check here for photo). Each mascot measures 10cm or 3.93" in height and is made of plushy brown material that's soft to the touch. To recreate Sackboy faithfully, a zipper is located beneath Sack's chin.

Due to higher than expected shipping costs and the continued advance of the yen against the US dollar, we're raising the price per plush to US$13.90 (which includes free Media Mail shipping) but we're honoring the original price for preorders already submitted by customers.

Famitsu Wave DVD January 2009 - New Import, In Stock

«©NCSX» The January 2009 issue of Famitsu Wave DVD features print and video coverage of the following games and/or events:

» Wii Monster Hunter 3 [Capcom]
» PS3 Prince of Persia [Ubisoft]
» PS2 Sacred Blaze [Flight-Plan]
» NDS Genso Suikoden Tierkreis [Konami]
» PSP Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes [Capcom]
» PSP Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid [Koei]
» NDS RIZ-ZOAWD [D3 Publisher]
» ARC Blaze Blue [Arc System Works]
» Monster Hunter products including a 2009 calendar and Pugi PSP case

Three DVDs are included in this month's release to accommodate the truckload of coverage on the recent Tokyo Game Show 2008. Viewers get to check out the venue, the crowds, the interviews, the games, and of course the publisher booths and their attendant booth babes.

General Updates

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe [Europe]
Backorders and new orders for the European version of MK vs DCU for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 are expected to ship today. The shipment from the UK is in transit and delivery should be made this afternoon. As a general rule of thumb for Xbox 360 imports, Midway's X360 titles have always been region-free and will work on USA/EUR/JPN consoles.
Large Sackboy Plush Update
The large Sackboy plushes were released today in Japan but too late in the afternoon to make the outbound flights from Tokyo. Our supplier will however ship them on Monday and NCS expects delivery by Dec 11.
Minnow Eating Minnow Photo
The once-hungry minnow on the left was taken from a bag of flash-frozen minnows that we purchased from a bait & tackle shop. We've also uploaded a larger version of the photo in case anyone's interested in checking out freaky cannibal fish.

Viewtiful Joe Jo-Jo Clock - Clearance

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» NCS located the Viewtiful Joe Jo-Jo Clock in storage about a week ago and mistakenly assumed that they were a Japanese bonus item. We checked our invoice history and determined that they were actually released in the United States for the debut of Viewtiful Joe 2 on the Gamecube. The invoice for the game was originally printed in Oct 2004.

The Viewtiful Joe clock is designed to sit on a desktop where a weighted base allows it to stand and wobble upright. The LCD on top of the clock tells time as well as the date. To adjust the settings for the time and date, you'll have to twist and remove the back of the clock to access two buttons. A small battery powers the clock which is still running after four years in NCS warehouse storage.

Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of the Viewtiful Joe Jo-Jo Clock is new, factory boxed, and in excellent condition. Pricing is set at US$9.90 per unit which includes "free" shipping by USPS Media Mail within the continental United States. Media Mail normally delivers within 2-3 weeks.