The long awaited next chapter in the Resident Evil video game saga has been released today. I’ve played it. It’s quite different, and I loved it! However, I’m an easy mark for Resident Evil games, so I don’t plan to do an in depth review of it for the site. Instead I thought this would be a good time to point out some of the Resident Evil toys and collectibles on the market, and my opinions on them. So let’s go ahead and see what Capcom has licensed out for Resident Evil during their 20th anniversary year:
Funko Pop! Games: Resident Evil
As you can probably tell from the title image, I recently hunted down a couple of these guys and so far I love them! The Hunter and Tyrant are the larger scaled six-inch Pop! figures, and both are exclusives. The Hunter can be found at Gamestop while Tyrant is available at Hot Topic. The regular series includes four of the most popular characters/creatures from the series: Nemesis (Resident Evil 3), Licker (Resident Evil 2), Jill Valentine (BSAA version from Resident Evil 1), and Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil 4). This series is currently available over at Amazon.
No Chris Redfield, Funko? That’s okay because …
Good Smile Co. Nendoroid Resident Evil Chris Redfield
Yep, Chris in his classic Resident Evil uniform. Before he became the giant HGH, boulder-punching, muscle-head he was Jill’s partner. Similar to the Funko figures, Nendoroids are stylized, but that is where the similarities end. Nendoroid figures are articulated and come with a boatload of character specific accessories. Chris will come with a display stand, rocket launcher, blast effects, pistol, knife, and more. He should be out around June of 2017. I’ve preordered him, and you can too over at Amazon.
Not a lot of action figure currently out there currently, are there? Not really in recent years, unfortunately. Best we got currently is …
Hot Toys Resident Evil 6 Ada Wong 1/6 Scale Figure
Resident Evil 6 can be a polarizing topic. In fact many genres of the Resident Evil franchise tend to elicit strong responses from people who felt the series “changed.” Some people felt the series went south after Resident Evil 4 dropped the survival horror and tank controls. Some people loved Resident Evil 4 and though 5 and 6 turned the franchise into Call of Duty. I’m sure people will have something to say about the direction of RE7. The franchise has never been afraid to evolve or change.
Regardless of all that, if you have the cash, this Hot Toys Ada Wong is incredible! She’ll also be joined later in the year by Leon Kennedy. It’ll be an expensive set, but if you already collect Hot Toys I’m sure that isn’t news.
So on to Resident Evil 7. We have yet to hear of any merchandise in development for the game. Of course to be fair, a lot of the later game was kept under wraps up until launch. Check out the new launch trailer to see a bunch more of the game Capcom has kept hidden from us up until now:
Not gonna lie, a Jack Baker figure in any form would be an instant purchase for me.
Our friends over at Capcom have also sent along this press release, some new imagery, and a brand new launch trailer for Resident Evil 7: biohazard:
SAN FRANCISCO — Jan. 24, 2017 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced Resident Evil® 7 biohazard is now available both digitally and at retail across North America and Europe. This latest entry in the renowned Resident Evil® series, which has sold over 71 million units worldwide to date, is available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (the full game is also available to play via the included optional PlayStation®VR Mode), Xbox One and Windows PC (Steam and Windows Store). The Resident Evil series which first coined the “survival horror” term some twenty years ago, innovates the genre yet again as Resident Evil 7 biohazard delivers an incredibly realistic horror experience updated with modern gameplay systems.
Resident Evil 7 biohazard introduces players to Ethan Winters, who has been led to Dulvey, Louisiana in search of his missing wife. There he comes upon a sinister and supposedly abandoned plantation. Upon entering the property it becomes clear that there are secrets to unveil and all is not as it seems. Ethan soon encounters the mysterious Baker family, who have been missing from the area for some time. Will Ethan ever be reunited with his wife? Players will unfold all the secrets behind the mysterious plot as they embark on this truly terrifying and unpredictable survival horror experience.
Resident Evil 7 biohazard features the signature explorative and atmospheric gameplay from the critically acclaimed series that fans across the world have loved for years. The innovative and immersive horror gameplay delivers a disturbingly realistic experience that challenges players to face untold fears, up close and personal, thanks to the dramatic shift to first person view. Powered by Capcom’s original RE Engine and working in tandem with industry leading audio and visual technologies, Resident Evil 7 biohazard promises to define the next era in horror entertainment.
Capcom will continue to support the release of Resident Evil 7 biohazard after launch with optional downloadable content. Available shortly after launch, Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 will each deliver two further scenarios and an extra bonus mode for players to dive even deeper into the terrifying game world. Following those, an additional story episode, Not a Hero, will be released for free to all players in spring 2017 and will introduce players to a new separate storyline away from the mysterious drama they’ve already unveiled with Ethan Winters. The Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 content, along with an additional downloadable story episode are available via the Season Pass and deluxe editions of the game. These downloadable contents will also be available for purchase separately with more details to be shared soon.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games including ground-breaking franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Monster Hunter™, Ace Attorney®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom and its products can be found at www.capcom.com or www.capcom-unity.com.
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