Did you know that arcade cabinets in Japan are totally different from those in the West? Over here, they're big ugly wooden contraptions with joysticks and buttons meant for controlling construction equipment, not video games. Over in Japan, they're compact, plastic, and feature controls specifically for gaming. These sit-down cabinets are known as candy cabs. One of the most famous candy cab is SEGA's Astro City, with an iconic green and purple color scheme and very cool silhouette. While a real (and used) Astro City goes for about $800 plush shipping, you can grab a 1/12 scale version for about $30. The parts snap together, no glue required. A sticker sheet lets you add graphics from SEGA's '90s arcade hits, Virtua Fighter, Fighting Vipers, and Dynamite Deka. And it even comes with a single player 3-button control panel as well as a two-player 6-button panel. You can pre-order one from Play-Asia here.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 3:04pmLast year, Takara made an amazing Transformer out of a pun, mashing up the big bad guy, Megatron, with Sega's 16-bit Mega Drive. And while it was nowhere near as punny, they followed it up with a Playstation-based Optimus Prime. But they stopped there.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 2:28pmOne of the perks of DCON is that, being in California, it's easier to pick up Japanese designer toys there. While we haven't heard from Itokin Park, we can confirm that Konatsu will have two toys available via Q POP's booth.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 1:39pmThe ninth installment of Medicom's Vinyl Artist Gacha series is getting contributions from both Shoko Nakazawa and Konatsu!