Monster High Goes to India

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:37 -- Vanessa Band

Mattel is bringing its popular Monster High franchise to India. The Monster High animated series made its premiere on the TV network POGO! on Friday, May 10th, and Mattel India has already begun introducing the dolls and accessories to retail stores. The Monster High fashion dolls and movies have been a huge hit in the U.S., and Mattel has increased its success with launches in select European and Asian markets.

Monster High follows the teenage daughters of classic Hollywood monsters such as Frankenstein and Dracula, as they face problems most 8 to 15-year-old children encounter during their day to day lives. The dolls are released in fashion-related sets based on the "ghouls" various adventures. Popular characters include: Frankie Stein, the daughter of Dr. Frankenstein's monster and his bride, Draculaura, the daughter of Count Dracula and Clawdeen Wolf, the daughter of the Werewolf.

New Canon and Nikon Lenses Announced

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 16:40 -- Alex Gardner

Both Canon and Nikon announced new lenses late Monday night. Canon unveiled the 200-400mm f/4 telezoom lens with an internal 1.4x extender for adding additional focal length (280mm to 560mm). The 200-400mm f/4 is part of Canon's L-series of lenses, and it's aimed at both professional sports and wildlife photographers.

It is equipped with fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements, Super Spectra Coating and an Ultrasonic Motor. The rugged lens is dust and water-resistant, and it features a tough magnesium alloy chassis. The 200-400mm f/4 telezoom lens will be available for $11,800 on May 29.

Amazon Coins Now Available for Kindle Fire Users

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:43 -- Michael Jung
Amazon Coins

Amazon has kicked off its Appstore virtual money program by giving Kindle Fire users $5 worth of free "Coins" to do some shopping. Customers can also purchase additional Coins and save up to 10% on future purchases. Coins can be used to purchase apps, games and in-app items in the Amazon Appstore and on the Kindle Fire.

"Today we are giving Kindle Fire owners $5 worth of Coins to spend on new apps and games, or to purchase in-app items, such as recipes in iCookbook, song collections in SongPop or mighty falcon bundles in Angry Birds Star Wars. And with discounts of up to 10% when you buy Coins, this is a great way for customers to save money when they buy apps, games and in-app items," said Mike George, Vice President of Apps and Games at Amazon.

Tales of Xillia Collector's Edition Announced

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:30 -- Laura Silver

The popular Japanese role-playing game Tales of Xillia is coming to the U.S. for the PlayStation 3 on August 9, 2013. The game follows Jude Mathis, a medical student, and Milla Maxwell, who are joined by several other characters as they investigate the mysterious Spear of Kresnik. Tales of Xillia was a huge hit in Japan, breaking records and selling over half a million copies in its first week. Namco Bandai Games is releasing a special collector's edition in the U.S. alongside the regular release. The $100 special edition includes the game, an exclusive 21.5 cm Milla Maxwell figurine (including base), a 100 page book of art and the original soundtrack.

In the game, players can choose to play as either Jude Mathis or Milla Maxwell. The game utilizes the Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System for battles, and features new and traditional RPG elements, strategy and combo bonuses, and a realistically scaled 3D environment. The game also includes impressive characters designed by renowned artists Kosuke Fujishima and Mutsumi Inomata, and full voice acting.

Disney and Electronic Arts Agree to Star Wars Video Game Deal

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 08:27 -- Alex Gardner

Electronic Arts Inc.has signed a multi-year agreement with the Walt Disney Co. to develop future video games based on the Star Wars franchise. The announcement came after Disney decided to stop producing video games for the franchise in-house. The company shutdown its Lucasfilm Ltd. game development division last year, and has named EA the exclusive provider of Star Wars games. Disney has retained certain game rights for mobile, social and online platforms.

Disney bought George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd. and the rights to the Star Wars universe for $4.05 billion in October.

Next Generation Call of Duty Game Gets a Release Date

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 14:31 -- Laura Silver
Call of Duty Ghosts Logo

Activision and the original Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward have announced that the next generation COD title will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on November 5, 2013. Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. promises that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be a whole new experience powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine. The new COD "sub-brand" will feature a brand new story with all-new characters, and will also be the first COD game for both the PS4 and new Xbox. It's safe to assume that the PS4 and new Xbox versions will get their own release dates to coincide with the release dates of the new consoles.

New Beyblade Video Game Coming to Nintendo 3DS

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 14:44 -- Michael Jung

A new Nintendo 3DS video game based on the popular anime Beyblade is coming in 2013. Beyblade: Evolution will utilize gyro and motion sensors to incorporate the popularity of the Beyblade toys. The Nintendo 3DS release will also include an exclusive, six-piece Wing Pegasus 90WF toy, which was previously only available in Japan.

The Beyblade video game is being released by Rising Star Games as a sneak peek to the upcoming TV series Beyblade: Shogun Steel. Hasbro is also working on a new toy line based on the new series.

Fujifilm and Sony Unveil Two Affordable Point and Shoot Cameras

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:28 -- Alex Gardner

Fujifilm and Sony have both unveiled two new affordable point and shoot cameras. The Fujifilm FinePix JZ700 features some pretty impressive specs not normally seen in low-end models. It is capable of shooting 8 fps and can capture 1080/30p video, plus it is equipped with a 14MP CMOS sensor and a 2.7-inch 230K-dot LCD. The JZ700 also ships with several advanced filters, 3200 ISO sensitivity, Optical Image Stabilization and a Motion Panorama 360 mode. Not bad for only $200. The FinePix JZ700 is currently available from some Fujifilm retailers.

Microsoft Announces Xbox Event for May

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:39 -- Michael Jung

Microsoft has sent out invites for its next-generation console event to be held on May 21st. The invite reads: "A New Generation Revealed". The event will be held at the Xbox campus, and will offer a "real taste of the future," according to Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb. Gamers will be able to stream the show through both Xbox Live and Spike TV.

Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 on February 20, 2013, but never actually unveiled the console. The PS4 and new Xbox are expected to go head-to-head during the 2013 holiday shopping season. Nintendo already released its next-gen console the Wii U, during the 2012 holiday season.

Original Kenner Alien Action Figures to be Released 34 Years Later

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:13 -- Vanessa Band

Super7 is releasing the original Alien action figures that were shelved by Kenner 34 years ago. Kenner created five prototype figures based on the hit Ridley Scott film in 1979, but never released them due to the films violent content. Super7's Frank Supiot told MTV Geek, his company plans to release the toys for the first time based on the original molds.

"The Super7 ReAction Figures are exactly what was planned to be released in 1979 – we do not want to change the toys or intentions in any way at all," explained Supiot. "For some characters, we were able to acquire actual castings of the original figures, for others, we would have to use photos or reference material to complete our prototypes. Countless hours have been spent ensuring that the 'Alien' figures are authentic and accurate as possible."

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