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_Echelon Software Announces Three New Additions to the Black Powder Red Earth Series

Monday, October 8th, 2018

October 4, 2018 – New York, New York – _Echelon Software today announces three new additions to the Black Powder Red Earth® series.

First, is Echelon’s first step into miniature wargaming. Partnering with Spectre Miniatures, the _Echelon team has specced a chalk of Cold Harbor Assaulters for play in the Spectre Operations tabletop modern war game. These 28mm miniatures are based on Ember QRF teams depicted in Black Powder Red Earth Yemen and have been modeled to the exact specs of these assaulters. The anticipated release date of the set is Black Friday, 2018.

Steve May, of Spectre said, “We are very excited to be part of bringing BPRE into the world of tabletop gaming.” _Echelon could ask for no better partner than Spectre, who’s miniatures we’ve used in play since the brand launched in 2014.

Continuing with this thread, the _Echelon team is now designing a co-operative PVE board game focused on the application of small unit tactics in asymmetric urban warfare. With a campaign and rule system built from the ground up as an analog for small units working in non-permissive urban settings, the game is laser focused on creating opportunities for meaningful decisions employing cutting-edge weapons, set in real-world locations with real-world challenges as seen in the Black Powder Red Earth graphic novels and mini-series. Spectre will be developing the miniature component of the game as well as advising on creating a frictionless and natural game flow.

Finally, _Echelon has begun development of a Black Powder Red Earth animated mini-series. Conceived of as a 3 episode animated piece, series creator Jon Chang has been researching + developing the scenario since August 2017 with SME’s from US Army Special Operations. As with all BPRE projects, series creators work to insure the missions, tactics and equipment are all kept authentic and that the opponents tactics are accurately reflected.

Screen writing began with purpose in August 2018, with storyboarding set to begin in October in anticipation of a trip to Tokyo in January 2019 where the team will be selected to create this next endeavor. “As life long anime fans, dating back to series like Space Cruiser Yamato(StarBlazers), Macross, Akira, Gunbuster and Area 88 – it has been a dream to take the BPRE story from the page to the moving picture.”

Learn more and directly support these endeavors by supporting Black Powder Red Earth on patreon at www.patreon.com/blackpowderredearth

For more on Spectre Miniatures visit www.spectreminiatures.com or email info@spectreminiatures.com

For further information on these projects contact blackpowderredearth@echelon-software.com

Metal Gear Solid Venom Snake (Play Demo Ver.) 1/6 Scale Limited Edition Statue

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

This 1/6 Scale Venom Snake statue is produced by Japanese toy and figure company Gecco, and is based on Venom’s appearance in the TGS 2014 play demo version of Metal Gear Solid V. Measuring 12.6″ in length, this figure is made of PVC and ABS, and features a highly-detailed sculpt with non-removable accessories, barring Venom’s Stun Arm, which comes with replaceable with a default red arm or the blue and orange ‘Hand of Jehuty’.

This particular statue is limited to 800 pieces, and is expected to ship April 2019.
www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/80667

‘Inhuman Conditions: A Game Of Cops And Robots’ On Kickstarter

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

If the title didn’t already place the thought in your head: ‘Inhuman Conditions’ is roughly a Voight-Kampff test made into a party game, and currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The game consists of an Investigator trying to determine whether the other player, the Suspect, is a robot or human. The Suspect is privately given an identity as a robot or human from the start, along with a role they have to portray that is known to both players, and the investigator has five minutes to determine the humanity (or lack thereof) of the Suspect.

It’s already met its funding goal, but it still has 15 days to go at the time of writing. f you’re interested, check out the link below.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/tommy-maranges/inhuman-conditions-a-game-of-cops-and-robots

Sideshow Collectables – Boba Fett Life-Size Figure

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Boba Fett, who’s coolness factor way overshadows the relative ease by which he met his demise in ‘Return of the Jedi’, has been given the life-size replica treatment by Sideshow Collectables, in collaboration with noted prop replica specialists Tom Spina Designs. Standing in at over 6 feet tall, ligh up theme base included, this replica features authentically replicated armor, along with an articulated helmet with adjustable rangefinder, detailed fabric costume, light-up chest panel, and braided Wookie scalp; not to mention his weapons and jetpack.

Ultimately, who among us wouldn’t want a life-size Boba Fett replica in their possession? The answer is: anyone who doesn’t want to spend $8500 on one. Yeah, the price is pretty steep, but, hey, at least the shipping’s free.

www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/star-wars-boba-fett-sideshow-collectibles-400301

NERF – N-Strike Infinus

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

NERF blasters have been getting pretty creative as of late, and the latest edition to the N-Strike line, the Infinus, is no exception. A fairly bulky design, the Infinus comes with a detachable 30-round drum, and has top mounted N-Strike rails for the attachment of accessories. What makes the Infinus unique, and where it gets its name, is the motorized Speed-Load technology which will load individual darts into the drum via a loading port that’s built into the receiver. Check out the commercial below to see this feature in action.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-n-strike-elite-infinus

Brickmania – MH-6 Little Bird – Delta Force Add-On Pack

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

If you’re looking for LEGO-compatible sets based on real-life militaries, then you might want to check out the offerings of Brickmania. One such offering is their MH-6 Little Bird – Delta Force Add-On Pack. As its name implies, it’s a set that comes with four “custom-printed Delta Force” minifigures, complete with combat vests, ballistic helmets, GPNVG-18 goggles, and a variety of modern weapons: M110, M249, M4, and M21.

The minifigures alone are cool enough to function as a stand-alone set, but this is technically an add-on pack for Brickmania’s MH-6 Little Bird set.

www.brickmania.com/mh-6-little-bird-delta-force-add-on-pack

Sideshow Collectables / Hot Toys – John Wick 1/6 Scale Figure

Monday, August 27th, 2018

The man. The myth. The legend. John Wick, the titular main character of arguably the best pair of action movies to come out of Hollywood in recent memory (with a third on the way), is receiving the Hot Toys treatment, with a 1/6 scale figure now up for pre-order, exclusively from Sideshow Collectables. Coming in at approximately 31 cm tall, the John Wick figure features a battle damaged head sculpt with movie-accurate facial expression and detailed hair, beard and skin textures. 30 points of articulation allows for a variety of poses, such as John’s CAR shooting stance.

This particular figure is absolutely loaded with accessories. Although the figure is based on John’s look from ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’, it comes with weapons and accessories from both movies:

– Compensated P30L with removable magazine
– TTI-marked Glock 34 with removable magazine
– Glock 26 with removable magazine
– Kimber Warrior given to Neo John by Morpheus The Bowery King, complete with removable magazine and case
– Kel-Tec KSG with EOTech sight
– TTI-marked Benelli M4
– TTI-marked TR-1 Ultralight AR-15, with removable sling
– Microtech Combat Troodon knife
– And, of course, a fookin’ pencil

Also included are 10 pieces of interchangeable hands, two Blood Oath Markers, and gold coins, both individual and in a stack.

This figure is expected to ship between July and September of 2019, with a price of $243.

www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/john-wick-john-wick-hot-toys-903754

Green Wolf Gear – DEVTAC RONIN Custom Figure

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

UK-based military model specialist Green Wolf Gear is releasing a highly detailed, 1/6 scale DEVTAC RONIN custom figurine. The figure’s namesake is the accurately-replicated DEVTAC RONIN helmet worn by the figure, although it is also outfitted in a combat uniform featuring a camouflage designed called D1RT, made by camouflage design company FEAR GEAR.

This is a pre-order figurine, with a release date of September 20th, 2018. Check out the link below for more details, and to purchase.

https://www.greenwolfgear.com/product/28/devtac-ronin

NERF Laser Ops Pro

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Hasbro’s latest NERF line blasters, the Laser Ops Pro line, aren’t traditional foam dart blasters, but laser blasters which fire IR beams. Laser Ops Pro which is due out later this Summer, consists of two blasters, the Alphapoint and Deltapoint, a pistol and rifle, respectively. The Alphapoint will come in a two-pack ‘battle ready’ package, and the Deltapoint will be sold as a stand-alone unit.

Hasbro is also releasing a smartphone app for iOS and Android which will allow players to customize their blasters, track performance, earn power-ups, and track opponents. You can read the full release for the Laser Ops Pro line at the link below:

http://newsroom.hasbro.com/static-files/13a35f77-553e-4467-b9a4-f5f244e246b6

Chronicle Collectables – Fallout Plasma Rifle Replica

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Chronicle Collectables has partnered with Bethesda Softworks to offer a series of 1:1 scale replica models based on weapons featured in Fallout 4, one such weapon being this Plasma rifle replica. Created from Bethesda’s 3D game assets, the Plasma Rifle features dimensions of 45″ x 6″ x 13″, and weights approximately 10 lbs. It features LED lights on both slides, with the trigger functioning as the on/off switch.

Those familiar with Fallout 4 will remember that the weapons in that game are highly-customizable, with a large variety of parts that directly affect how the weapon looks and performs. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t share that modularity, however the product page claims various modulations of the Plasma Rifle will be made available through GameStop specifically, so be on the lookout for those if the base model shown doesn’t do it for you.

This is a pre-order item, and is expected to ship December of this year.

Also on offer are a Plasma Pistol, Super Sledge, and Power Fist.

gear.bethesda.net/products/fallout-plasma-rifle

Goat Guns Miniature Rifle Models

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Goat Guns are non-firing, die cast, 1:3 scale models of modern rifles and submachine guns. The models come with some assembly required, and in many ways are put together much like their real steel counterparts. The AR-15s, for example, have a functioning delta ring assembly for installing the forend. Additionally, the complete models include features such as adjustable collapsible stocks, functioning charging handles, squeezable triggers, and a magazine that can be loaded with included dummy rounds.

Currently, the Goat Guns line consists of various AK and AR pattern rifles, as well as the Accuracy International AWM, an SVD, AUG, and a Thompson Machine Gun. You can check out the full line, along with build videos, at the link below:

goatguns.com

Anovos – Luke Skywalker ‘Red Five’ Prop Replica Helmet

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Anvos, noted movie and television prop replica maker, is releasing a movie-accurate replica of Luke Skywalker’s ‘Red Five’ Rebel Pilot Helmet from the Battle of Yavin AKA the destruction of the Death Star. Created from digital scans, as well as measurements of the original prop and references from screen-used production assets, this helmet features an exterior made of ABS plastic with a fully-lined interior, including comlink boom and earcup cushions. This helmet is adjustable, however only up to a US 8 hat size.

As is usually the case with products like these, it’s available as for pre-order, and is estimated to be available on January 2019.

www.entertainmentearth.com/product/star-wars-luke-skywalker-rebel-pilot-helmet-prop-replica

Sideshow Collectables – Hot Toys Han Solo Sixth Scale Figure

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Hot Toys is producing a highly-detailed 1/6 scale figure baseed on Han Solo as seen in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. The figure will feature a newly-developed head sculpt, and accessories including Han’s iconic DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol, a communicator, and Han’s gold-colored lucky dice. Seen above is the deluxe version, which will come with Han’s Vandor cold weather gear; an image of the standard version can be seen below.

This figure is available for pre-order, with an expected delivery date between July and September 2019.

www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/star-wars-han-solo-deluxe-version-hot-toys-903610

Neko Busou

Monday, May 21st, 2018

A cat equipped with its own mechanized combat suit. It would have to be from Japan, right?

This is Neko Busou, which means ‘Cat Weapons’. It’s a new model series from Bandai that started as an April Fools joke, but gained enough popularity to be made into a real product. This particular model is a cat named Socks, who is equipped with a cat-specific military jacket, to which various armaments can be equipped.

The entire series is scheduled for an August release, and can be purchased from: hlj.com/search/go?w=neko%20busou

Sideshow Collectables – Alien Queen Maquette

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Adding to the list of extravagant desk pieces is Sideshow Collectables’ upcoming Alien Queen Maquette. Designed in conjunction with Legacy Effects, a noted American special effects studio, this maquette comes in at 19″ tall, featuring a highly-detailed Xenomorph queen atop an intricate egg chamber base, and surrounded by eggs, Facehuggers, and two Xenomorph warriors. The collectable is made of polystone, polyresin, ABS, and PVC, and comes in at $1100 with an estimated arrival of April 2019 – June 2019, so any pre-orders will be waiting at least a year for this one.

www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/aliens-alien-queen-sideshow-collectibles-300267

HasLab – Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Crowdfunding has become so mainstream and ubiquitous that even larger companies have started to take advantage of it to offer unique and limited products to people willing to put money up to see those products realized. Such is the case with Hasbro and HasLab, “[their] new crowdsourcing platform that hopes to bring dream products into the hands of fans.” In this case, HasLab is being used to offer The Khetanna, Jabba the Hutt’s Sail Barge from ‘Return of the Jedi’, under the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Line. The Khetanna as designed will come in at roughly 49″ long, 14.5″ wide, and 17″ tall, with a total weight of 13.89 lbs. It features a highly-detailed interior and exterior with soft cloth sails, and is sized for 3.75″ scale figures, and even comes with a Jabba the Hutt figure. The Khetanna will come in premium deco, vintage packaging, and a 64-page booklet detailing the design and development of both the actual film set piece and the toy itself will be offered to backers.

Under the HasLab campaign, they are requiring at least 5000 backers, each of whom have to pony up $500 to secure a barge and booklet for themselves. They’re definitely appealing to the serious collector market and nostalgia for this one.

www.hasbrolab.com

Star Wars – Custom Made Wood Millennium Falcon

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Made by Etsy store lovemycustomwood, this Millennium Falcon model comes in at 32 1/2″ x 21 1/2″, and is carved from solid white cedar. The shop also offers other Star Wars themed pieces, including a smaller Falcon at half the price, various SW helmets, and an AT-AT and TIE Fighter.

www.etsy.com/listing/543392244/star-wars-large-32-12-in-long-millennium

FigureBase – Trickyman TM001 Seal Team 6 Squad Leader

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The Trickyman TM001 SEAL Team 6 Squad Leader figure comes in at 5″ tall, with a super deformed style design. Highly articulated, it comes complete with a helmet w/ NVD, combat vest, rifle, pistol, and, get this, a removable beard.

www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/67320

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast Trooper Eddie Vinyl Figure

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

This is a Vinyl figure of Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot, wearing his iconic Red Coat uniform from the cover art for ‘The Trooper’ single, itself a song based on the Charge of the Light Brigade. It stands about 4″ tall, and comes in a window box. Would make for a great collectable, or an interesting desk piece.

www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/69018

Fools Paradise – Super Professional

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

A creation of underground toy maker Fools Paradise, Super Professional is one of the more interesting cross-overs I’ve ever seen, combining Super Mario with Leon: The Professional. The set is made of Vinyl and PVC, with the Leon figure approximately 30cm in height, so it’s actually a fairly large set.

Oh, and unfortunately this one is sold out at the time of writing; 398 pieces do go quick.

But, seriously, how great is it that a Bullet Bill is the can on Mario/Leon’s pistol?

doublefools.blogspot.com/2018/01/super-professional

Yoga Joes

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Yoga Joes were featured on the site about 2 years ago, however the line has expanded since then with multiple series, including ‘Advanced Yoga Joes’, and even a ‘Big Meditating Yoga Joe’:

www.yogajoes.com

TFB Christmas Gift Idea – Bandai – Star Wars PG 1/72 Millennium Falcon (A New Hope) Model Kit

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Yeah, you’re going to see a lot of Star Wars on here in the coming weeks, what with Episode VIII coming out (very) soon, and Disney pumping out the licensed products like clockwork.

Anyway, Bandai Japan is releasing a meticulously-detailed 1/72 scale model of the Millennium Falcon under their ‘Perfect Grade’ series, which is their line of meticulously-detailed plastic model kits. Made of ABS plastic, the kit is based on “thorough research of the 67-inch studio model used in [A New Hope]”. That translates to photo-etched parts, water-transfer decals, and an LED unit which illuminates the engines, landing gear, cockpit, and boarding ramp. It also includes seated Han, Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan, and C-3PO figurines.

The best part? No glue required!

The price? Four Benjamins, but this is a hobby-grade, highly-detailed model, so that price isn’t unexpected.

You can get one here: www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/64761

GEIO, The World’s 1st FPS Battle Bot With Visual Recognition

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

First it’s “Oh, here’s a neat toy with AI that lets it track targets.”, then it’s an army of 50-foot tall versions of this thing with on-board laser canons and missile launchers, actively subjugating humanity like Skynet in the Terminator series.

In all seriousness though, this looks pretty cool. If you want one for yourself, its currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, linked below:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1085341127/geio-a-fps-battle-bot-with-visual-recognition

Machination Studio – Schnauzer Armored Walker On Kickstarter

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

The Schnauzer Armoured Walker is a scale model mechanized dieselpunk walking tank, from a model/toy line called Codename Colossus. The first ‘Colossus’ walking tank to be produced from the Imperial German faction, the Schanuzer is 21 cm tall, with a realistic walking action, spinning Gatling gun, and cannon motion. It features a series of mechanical gears and cams, all driven by a single motor, powered by 4 AA-sized batteries.

Two colors of the Schnauzer will be produced through this funding campaign: green with Grenzjäger (Border Patrol) markings, and grey with Kaisergarde (Imperial Bodyguard) markings.

For more information on this project, check out the link below:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/machinationstudio/schnauzer-armored-walker

Sideshow Collectables – Life Size K-2SO

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Rogue One was pretty great, and one of its best characters is K-2SO, the reprogrammed Imperial security droid with the snarky attitude. For those of us to whom money is no object, Sideshow Collectables is releasing a “life size” K-2SO figurine for you to proudly display in your location of choice. And when they say “life size”, they mean it; K-2SO stands at 94″ (~8 ft.) tall, and features weathered and detailed armor, red and yellow details on his shoulders and panels, and an Empire logo on his shoulder. The statue is made of fiberglass, resin, and non-descript metal, with a poseable head and light-up eyes.

This is (understandably) a limited edition piece, with a hefty price tag of… wait for it… $8900. But, luckily for any prospective buyers, there’s an affordable payment plan; just $801 a month, and, get this, the shipping is free!

www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/star-wars-k-2so-sideshow-collectibles-400319