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Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode IX should start filming later this summer, and one new addition to the cast just might be an old collaborator for Writer/Director J.J. Abrams. Variety broke the news that Keri Russell, who famously worked with Abrams as the title character on Felicity, will join the final chapter in the Sequel Trilogy in an "action-heavy" role. According to the trade, Lucasfilm and Abrams met with several actresses for this role over the past few months, eventually locking in Russell right before the 4th of July. 

Retro gaming is showing no signs of slowing down, and as the archives continue to be mined, I keep being reminded of games that took up a lot of time during my youth. On November 13, the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch, bringing a host of classic games from SNK's early days into the new realm. So far, 13 games have been announced, and while more are to be revealed, one game does it for me: GUERRILLA WAR. It came out in 1987 as an arcade game, later being ported to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and I spent a ton of time playing it. I don't even care what other games are on it - I'm sold. Check out the trailer below, and pre-order now via GameStop or Amazon (both affiliates)

Now here's a new toy line that could stir up some serious debate. Announced a few weeks back, Figures Toy Company will soon roll out the first wave of their "World's Greatest Presidents" series of retro-styled action figures. So who are the "World's Greatest Presidents?" For starters, they're all American - having held the office of the President of the United States of America. And aside from Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, they're all of a pretty recent lineage.  Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all reporting for duty in that old-school cloth-outfitted style that was popular in the 60s and 70s, before the Kenner Star Wars collection hit the scene and made 3.75" action figures the norm.

Despite my massive love for Star Wars, I'm always a little bit glad that I don't cover all-Star Wars, all the time. In recent years, the hardcore fans have become a fickle bunch - particularly when it comes to collecting action figures and vehicles produced by Hasbro. With the much-requested relaunch of The Vintage Collection this year, even that has come with some gripes questions, and thus the folks at Hasbro have been attempting to keep an open conversation with fans, and the Hasbro Pulse Instagram account has been one way to do that. Last week, Hasbro's Steve Evans put out a call for questions, and today several have been answered. Check out the video below and stay tuned for more answers, now on Instagram TV (IGTV).

It won't even be released until 2019, and already, KINGDOM HEARTS III was awarded the Best RPG title at this year’s Game Critics Awards. This continues the critical reception of the title most notably at the E3 convention where it received over 30 awards from North and South American media publications.

For a series than began as a Frankenstein'd story crafted by combining several Japanese series' from Toei Animation, Voltron has certainly come a long way in the past 34 years. Already popular in Japan, Beast King GoLion is what most Americans would come to recognize as Voltron: Defender of the Universe, while the Armored Fleet Dairugger XV  became the second iteration of Voltron to hit the 'States, though a vehicular version that's oft-forgotten in favor of the lion-based counterparts. Since the launch of the Netflix Original Series, DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender in 2016, renewed interest in the character and it's past (fueled largely by the reissued Voltron '84) has led to it becoming a staple of Comic-Con. For this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, there's a huge amount of Voltron goodness coming into play - you could even say that it's an unusually large amount this year, packed with reveals and SDCC exclusives. It started with Playmates Toys' Voltron: Legendary Defender Hyperphase Voltron that Entertainment Earth will be selling, but now there's so much more...

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