So yeah, last week’s “Whatcha Been Playin’?” was a little deep and I really appreciate the kind comments I received in return. The simple fact of the matter is that it’s important to me that y’all know you’re important. I don’t dally about and I certainly don’t bullshit anybody. Sometimes you just gotta let people know they matter. Life’s too short – and currently far too unpredictable – so be sure to pass it on and let those that you care about know that they matter.
I’ve been really busy this week, which has put paid to a lot of my gaming opportunities. I’ve spent most evenings squeezing in sessions on Easy Trigger Games’ Huntdown, which remains a solid contender for my favourite game of 2020. I’m currently trying to 100% the game on Hard, which is understandably a pretty wild ride. But with that soundtrack, those visuals, and a cameo appearance from Snake Plisskin, it’s easy to keep walking the mean streets. If you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t sleep on it.
You know the score by now, we’re just as interested in hearing what you’ve been playing lately. So whether you’re rocking recent releases such as Ghost of Tsushima, PGA Tour 2K21, or Battletoads, or whether you’re just jamming away at your backlog or replaying an old favourite, jump into the comments and share your gaming escapades with us.
Have a safe and pleasant weekend, from all of us at Destructoid.
In expected, yet sad news, San Diego Comic Con 2020 has been officially cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. SDCC is scheduled to return for next year with the announced July 22-25, 2021 dates. Pass holders will have the option to request a full refund or transfer their badges over to next year’s show—a nice gesture considering the difficulty of obtaining a pass through the lottery. Hotel reservations made through SDCC’s travel partner, onPeak, will be cancelled with deposits fully refunded. While WonderCon was initially postponed, it has since been cancelled and is slated to return to Anaheim on March 26-28, 2021.
Beyond SDCC, we’ve already seen cancellations/postponements of many art toy-centric shows including Creature Bazaar, Five Points Festival, Thailand Toy Expo—which is going online, and Shanghai Toy Show. As with WonderCon, postponements may end up as cancellations. Here’s hoping that the situation will improve enough to the point where DesignerCon can be held safely in November.
SDCC is exploring an online (virtual) convention experience, perhaps similar to the WonderCon@Home concept. Online convention offerings may become more common for the rest of the year. We’re excited and curious to see what form they take. Thailand Toy Expo is one to watch as it has announced a transition to an online experience for this year—date to-be-announced. Perhaps it will be possible to incorporate more of the convention experience beyond an online store approach.
While it was the prudent, safe, and really only viable option, we’ll certainly miss attending SDCC this year. It will be the first time in 15 years that we won’t make the mini-trip down from LA for the show. While it hasn’t been a major show art toy-wise in a while, there’s still nothing quite like SDCC in terms of scale, presentation, and frenzy (thrilling and tiring).
There’s a lot riding on Shenmue III for a lot of people.
Not only have several other developers and studios gotten in on the collaboration with Ys Net, but the original Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki is involved, and THQ Nordic, now parent company of Deep Silver, is also banking heavily on its success. As one of the highest earning Kickstarters of all time in any category, not just gaming, all eyes are on it to succeed — especially since it’s a continuation of a story seemingly abandoned in 2001.
Recently THQ Nordic hosted a segment on Shenmue III in a financial presentation, which re-iterated that the game was delayed in 2019, and showed off some new footage, showcasing some of the upgrades to the visuals we saw at gamescom. For a better look, you can check out the direct comparison video from Shenmue Fans.
If you’ve been following the Dollfie Dream twitter feed, you will have noticed that several additional costumes have been announced for the Macross F x Dollfie Dream collaboration but rather than bore you with multiple posts when each costume was announced, I felt that it would be better to collate them all once prices were revealed. And, well, prices have been revealed!
Just to recap, The pre-order window for the two will be from the 22nd November to the 18th January, with their release and shipping being penciled in for Fall/Autumn 2015. Like the other open pre-order releases (KOS-MOS, Hatsune Miku), there’s a long gap between pre-order and purchase but that just gives you time to save up!
Nendo Halloween Miku is absolutely adorable, but I have to admit being a little baffled as to why the character is holding a candy cane. I mean, that’s really more of a Christmas thing; I can’t even recall ever seeing candy canes for sale except around the winter holidays. Did they run out of candy corn and think, “Well, this also has ‘candy’ in its name so it’ll be a decent substitute”? Given that the original artwork depicts Miku as being armed with a fencing sword, the fact that she’s instead holding a candy cane is even more unusual.
The character will apparently also come with a holiday-appropriate Jack-o’-Lantern (did you know that Jack-o’-Lanterns were originally made from turnips?) which matches her Halloween-y outfit. She even has these cute little vampire teeth! Although I adore the overall look, I’m going to try waiting in case the design also gets a figma.
For additional release information and a look at the artwork, be sure to check out our original coverage. Otherwise there’s a full image in the gallery.
Kotobukiya has unveiled the full prototype for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The sculpting (which still subject to great) looks surprisingly great and I find that I absolutely love the design… which is why I’m not looking forward to seeing it painted because things can only go downhill from here. Granted, if Kotobukiya could make the pose work then perhaps there’s hope for the paint as well.
The one point of interest is that the statue doesn’t seem to have any special effects. The Shunya artwork depicted an overly stylized version of Jubilee’s energy plasmoids and I would have assumed we might see something similar in the finished product since they’ve done the same for other characters. It’s possible that the piece is being sculpted separately because it will likely be removable.
Casual X-Men fans will best remember Jubilee from X-Men: The Animated Series where the character had a starring role (yet received no action figure in the associated toy line despite having the potential for a great light-up gimmick). She would go on to have a very minor place in X-Men Evolution (where, due to differences in design, it didn’t really even look like Jubilee) and was featured in some deleted scenes in the films. Jubilee seems to be frequently cut in favor of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat, formerly Sprite) who serves a similar function as a teen/rookie member and features a power that offers more diversity to the team (although both have powers known for shorting or damaging electrical instruments).
In the comics, Jubilee has often served as Wolverine’s “Robin” (more literally used in Amalgam, where she became the character known as Sparrow and served as a sidekick to Dark Claw (a fusion of Wolverine and Batman)).
Rachel Hell Haus of Dolls has produced some female versions of Batman’s more popular rogues in a series of Monster High doll customs entitled “Daughters of DC villains” which, among other things, includes a “Ms.” Freeze, female Joker (not Duela Dent, the Joker’s alleged daughter), and a female Scarecrow, among others. Batman’s female villains (Ivy, Harley, and Catwoman specifically) also received “daughters” although those are obviously less zany.
Some of the designs (like Freeze) came out looking great while others might be hard to figure out within the context (such as a far too thin, too tall Penguin’s daughter who is only recognizable for the umbrella). Scarecrow’s daughter (“Scarecrowette”?) notably features a masked and unmasked look. Without that mask, her most identifying characteristic would be the syringe-tipped glove that the Scarecrow wore in Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Although the concept is a little out there, the customs look neat. My favorites are probably Scarecrow, Freeze, and Joker. How about you?