Journalists often receive fun and unique items with press kits to ensure that they pay attention to what’s being sent to them. But it looks like Electronic Arts wasn’t up on their weapons law when promoting their new Godfather II game…
The game in question: Godfather II, a Grand Theft Auto-style adventure based on the famous movie. The offending item: a set of brass knuckles, mailed to video games journalists together with other goodies including a cigar, a silk handkerchief, and a book of matches. But while it nicely complements the game’s mafiosi theme, it also had the unfortunate side-effect of turning recipients of the mailing into criminals, as mere possession of brass knuckles is illegal in many states and can carry hefty penalties.
After blog GamePolitics expressed its consternation, the publisher began a flurry of hush-hush phone calls to arrange the return of the weapons. EA declined to comment beyond expressing a desire to assist journalists in proper disposal of the items.
How long before these end up on eBay?Tweet
There are some old movies that you just can’t help but stop and watch every time they come on TV, even if it means sitting through the commercials. For me (and my wife), one of those movies is Big. It’s likely because we’re both still kids at heart and, like Tom Hanks’ character Josh Baskin, we have filled our house with toys that entertain us. So this week’s flashback is devoted to…
Toys from the Tom Hanks movie Big
Big is certainly filled with plenty of fun kids’ toys and other items that make me reminisce about my own childhood every time I watch the movie. Once the grown-up version of Josh Baskin began earning money, he bought a condo and filled it with some of the best of the ’80s goodies available to him. Through the wonder of the Internet, many of these products (or very similar ones) are still available online:
When Josh invites his soon-to-be girlfriend in for a “sleep over,” you can see that his bunk bed is made up with Thundercats sheets, exactly like the ones pictured here. One set is currently available for purchase on eBay. Thundercats was/is a fantastic cartoon, though I personally had He-Man sheets growing up.
One of the first deliveries that Josh has sent to his condo is the great pinball machine called Pin Bot. I’m somewhat of a pinball junky and have recently enjoyed playing Pin Bot on the Wii version of Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection, which simulates a number of classic pinball machines. Of course, you can also pick up the full-size machine on eBay.
Laser Tag / Lazer Tag
While exploring FAO Schwarz in New York, Josh plays a quick game of laser tag with another random boy. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the specific (and cheaper-looking) version of the game that was shown in Big, a search on eBay reveals plenty of variations. Years ago, I had one that looked a lot like the one pictured here, though I never had the helmets. The set didn’t work very well and ate through batteries entirely too quickly. Still fun though.
One of the most famous scenes in Big is when Josh and his boss play the giant floor piano found in FAO Schwarz. The one pictured here is the same piano that’s featured in the movie (though it appears to have been moved to another spot in the store since then). I couldn’t find one quite this large for sale online, but I did find this smaller version on Amazon.
These are just a few of the many toys featured throughout Big that make the movie have such an authentic to anyone who grew up in the ’80s. Other notable products include a Godzilla punching bag, Go-Bots pajamas, silly string, and the “Truckapillar” (which I couldn’t find any information about other than a few images like this one).
Do you have a favorite ’80s toy or product seen in Big? comment!Tweet
I will definitely be heading to Target very soon to pick up one of these…
Fans looking to spend some time at the pool or park this summer can look forward to a great new selection of Star Wars inflatables and kites from Jakks Pacific now hitting store shelves!
Available at Target stores in the US and at Walmart Canada are four new inflatable starships and a Death Star beach ball (why has it taken 31 years to get one of these?!):
* Millennium Falcon and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter are over three feet long!
* X-wing and Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi Starfighter each measure over five feet long and include a direct-draw water cannon!
* The Artoo inflatable drink server won’t be available until next year, but we couldn’t resist sharing this one early!
I wasn’t totally convinced I was going to buy one of these pool floats until I read that the X-wing has a built-in water cannon. What could be more fun than blasting lizards on my pool screen enclosure with a mounted water cannon?
It’s disappointing to find out that the R2D2 drink server won’t be available until next year, but I suppose floating around on an X-wing is good enough in the meantime.Tweet
Finally! The ability to become an endoskeleton!
These toys from Playmates tie to the upcoming Terminator Salvation film and I can’t wait to add the T-600 endoskeleton “Voice ‘N’ Vision Skull” to my collection. It will go well with my Transformers Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet.
More information about these toys can be found at toysrevil.blogspot.com, including some hilarious Japanese promo images like these:
Have you played Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s California Adventure and wished that you could play again and again and again without having to wait in line? Looks like that dream may be coming true, at least a little bit…
Disney Interactive Studios today announced Toy Story Mania!, inspired by the Disney/Pixar animated feature “Toy Story,” will be released exclusively for the Wii™ home video game console this fall. Toy Story Mania! showcases an array of entertaining games based on the new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort attractions, while featuring the iconic characters and humor from the popular Disney/Pixar “Toy Story” franchise.
“The ‘Toy Story’ franchise is a fun, dynamic and heart-warming series containing characters and themes that connect with every age group,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Toy Story Mania! combines those popular elements with the unique antics of the new theme park attraction for the ultimate in family entertainment.”
In Toy Story Mania!, players experience the fast-paced, zany fun of the Toy Story Mania! theme park attraction, which is an interactive experience requiring 3D glasses and involving rapid or quick-firing shooting galleries. In addition to galleries adapted from the attraction, the game includes new and original galleries and a series of mini games, all hosted by beloved characters from the movies. The thematically-connected levels are designed for up to four players of all ages with competitive and co-operative multiplayer options. Toy Story Mania! also includes bonus 3D features, transforming the game experience with eye-popping visuals.
The Pixar-created “Toy Story” and ”Toy Story 2” have both had successful box office and DVD sales. The Disney Digital 3D™ theatrical re-release of “Toy Story” is in the works and will open in theatres on October 2, 2009, followed by the 3D re-release of “Toy Story 2” opening on February 12, 2010, leading up to the premiere of “Toy Story 3” in 3D summer 2010. Toy Story Mania! is the first video game to place characters from these films into a carnival game setting and is expected to resonate with fans of the films and the attraction, as well as gamers who like pick-up-and-play party games.
No word as to what style of 3D glasses will be used. Traditionally, home 3D movies have required red/blue anaglyph glasses, though lately yellow/blue have become popular. The yellow/blue anaglyph glasses were used during the last Super Bowl to see a trailer for Monsters Vs Aliens in 3D and subsequently an episode of NBC’s Chuck. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly also came with a pair of yellow/blue glasses and an assortment of 3D images inside the issue, including one from Toy Story.
If the Wii version of Toy Story Mania! does use colored glasses, the image won’t be nearly as lifelike as in the attraction, but will certainly be an adequate home substitute… and it certainly beats actually breaking your mom’s best china with baseballs.Tweet