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TUBBZ "cosplaying ducks" also adds Street Figther, DOOM, and Resident Evil characters to its lineup

Duck and cover!

We’re incredibly proud to introduce the second wave of TUBBZ - the official range of collectable cosplaying ducks! Featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, DOOM, Resident Evil, The Last of Us, and Street Fighter, wave 2 is sure to be a treat for gamers and pop culture fans alike.

Representing the biggest video game, movie, TV show, and comic book brands, TUBBZ are fantastically fun collectables that transform all of your favourite characters into duck-style figurines.

Featuring cute, recognisable designs, these high-quality figurines feature individual poses to suit their characters and each come packaged in a stackable box with a unique bathtub-shaped display stand!

Fans around the world have loved collecting Batman, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Street Fighter, Ghostbusters, and more; with 5 sets announced today as the first of many for 2020, there’s even more for anyone and everyone to collect.

TUBBZ - your favourite video game, movie, TV show, and comic book characters come to life as cosplaying ducks
Official collectables – all official licensed products, designed and engineered by merchandise experts Numskull Designs
Collect them all – up to 8 in each range, with lots to collect
Display box - comes in a collector’s bathtub display box, featuring the franchise logo and the ability to stack on top of other TUBBZ
Premium collectables – highly detailed features and made from premium quality PVC
Approximately 9cm (3.54”) tall when outside of tub display stand (some may vary)
First wave of 2020 – thanks to its huge success, TUBBZ is ramping up this year with more frequent reveals coming throughout 2020

The new line-up includes:

Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic, Dr. Eggman Street Fighter (wave 2): Guile, E. Honda DOOM: DOOM Slayer, Imp, Marauder, Hell Knight The Last of Us: Ellie, Joel, Tess, The Clicker Resident Evil: Leon S. Kennedy, Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield

Also available now:

Borderlands (wave 1): Psycho, Lillith, Moxxi, Tina
Borderlands (wave 2): Brick, Maya, Tyreen Calypso, Troy Calypso
Crash Bandicoot: Crash, Coco, Dr. Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Gin
DC Comics: Batman, Robin, Joker, Harley Quinn
Destiny: Cayde, Lord Shaxx, Sweeperbot, Eris Morn
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dovahkiin, Alduin, Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl Balgruuf the Greater
Fallout: Vault Boy, Vault Girl, T-51 Power Armor, Nuka-Cola Pin Up Girl
Ghostbusters: Egon, Ray, Venkman, Winston
The Lord of the Rings: Frodo, Gandalf the Gray, Sauron, Legolas
Spyro the Dragon: Spyro, Ripto, Elora, Moneybags
Street Fighter (wave 1): Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Blanka

New TUBBZ: Cosplaying Ducks collectables are available worldwide for preorder here, launching April - May.

Soccer star shows off his custom Street Fighter Adidas X 17.1s

Sweet kicks

German soccer star Lukas Podolski is a huge fan of Street Fighter. He's such fan that just playing the game isn't enough for him. He needs to show off his love of the series when out on the pitch. That's why he had shoe artist Pierre Navarro give his Adidas X 17.1s a radical makeover, which you can see above. I'd say these shoes are too damn nice to wear anywhere!

EB Games claims Street Fighter V Champion Edition is heading to Switch (UPDATE)

Could it be?

Well here's a weird one! Usually we see retailer listings for games that haven't been announced yet, but EB Games has gone a step further. They sent out a tweet announcing that Street Fighter V Champion Edition is coming to Switch. Capcom hasn't made a peep about this, so we're not quite sure what's going on! EB Games hasn't removed the tweet either, so perhaps this could be true?! We'll keep tabs and see what happens.

UPDATE - EB Games has removed the listing, and Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has denied the existence of the game, which you can see below.

Street Fighter Swimsuit Special Collection Art Book seeing release on June 23rd, 2020

Might not want to put this one on the coffee table

A rather unique art book for Street Fighter fans is on the way. The Street Fighter Swimsuit Special Collection is set to release on June 23rd, 2020, and is priced at $30. Check out official details on the book below.

The lovely ladies and lads of Street Fighter take a break from fist fights and tournaments to hit up the world's hottest beaches, pools, volleyball courts, and more! Everyone from Chun-Li to Poison to Guile shows off their favorite swimwear, plus guest appearances from the cast of Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and Final Fight!

This beautiful hardcover tome gathers four years of UDON’s Street Fighter Swimsuit and Pin-up specials in an over-sized art book format, including rare covers and never-before-seen rough concepts.


Sakurai talks about Smash Bros. Ultimate surpassing Street Fighter II in sales

A milestone achievement

Masahiro Sakurai's most recent column for Famitsu gives us some commentary on Smash Bros. Ultimate surpassing the sales of Street Fighter II. Check out a summary of what Sakurai had to say below, courtesy of @Sephazon.

- in Japan, Smash Bros. Ultimate is referred to as an action game, rather than a fighting game
- with so many variations of Street Fighter II having been released, it's hard to decide what versions should be tallied together
- since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released as a single game, there's no doubt it's the best-selling singular fighting game
- despite Smash Bros. Ultimate surpassing Street Fighter II, Sakurai feels Street Fighter 2 is still the king of fighting games
- Sakurai says Street Fighter II is a wonderful game, and many titles followed in its footsteps
- Terry Bogard has a play-style like a classic fighting game, and his inclusion makes for a fun and exciting eSports game
- Smash Bros. Ultimate can be a difficult game to play online, particularly for children
- that said, it's still easy to have fun, especially with so many famous characters available
- Smash Bros. is a series based on the idea of a fighting game with many interesting tactics
- traditional final games can get stale once you learn all the tactics
- Smash Bros. is a paradox of a game, but Sakurai is happy to see it top the fighting genre
- Sakurai says thank you for supporting Super Smash Bros. and he will continue to work hard

Capcom updates sales totals for multiple titles, Mega Man 11 hits a million sold

Way to go, blue bomber!

Capcom has updated their million-sellers list with some new data. Check out where various titles now stand below.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate - 3.3 million
Okami HD - 1 million
Mega Man 11 - 1 million
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection - 1 million

Street Fighter producer goes into more detail on why Capcom turned down a Mortal Kombat collab

Keep dreaming, fans

Mortal Kombat x Street Fighter is something fans of both series' have been dreaming of for decades now, yet its never happened. We do know that Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon tried to get the ball rolling on a collab, but it never came to be. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono went into more detail on why the idea was shot down.

It's true that a proposal for a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat was rejected by Capcom. But it wasn't me personally! There were many people at the company that felt that it wasn't a good fit for our characters. I actually met Ed at the Brazil game show and spoke to him personally about it. So it's true - but I didn't make the decision! (the two worlds don't mix) was the major concern of our licensing.

We don't necessarily rule anything out. We've had our share of crossovers over the years - Marvel vs. Capcom, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. From Ed Boon's side they had Injustice that had various universes colliding. It didn't work out this time, but Capcom is interested in doing that kind of thing. If we can get something we feel good about, we could move quite quickly to make that happen.

Street Fighter producer considered creating a turn-based installment

Well that would have ruffled some feathers

Would you want to play a turn-based Street Fighter game? Believe it or not, that's what producer Yoshinori Ono was considering doing when Street Fighter IV was being developed.

"I did have an idea that I thought was revolutionary, to turn it into more of a turn-based simulation. So you would take the moves you want to do and put them together like blocks and they'd run automatically. But obviously we didn't make that in the end."

Street Fighter IV ended up being a return to form for the Street Fighter franchise, rather than a wild re-imagining. Who knows what'll happen with the series down the road!

Street Fighter 2 developer looks back on how adding the mechanic of blocking was a controversial one

"So you basically never die?"

Akira Nishitani is one of the developers who worked on the original Street Fighter 2, which is still used as a blueprint for the series today. It birthed many of the mainstay mechanics, including that of blocking. Believe it or not, Nishitani says the idea of blocking caused quite the controversy back in the day, even if nowadays it seems like an essential inclusion.

"So what I was told by others was, 'So... if you block, you never die.' You know the shooting game R-Type. It has something called 'Force,' which basically makes it invincible to attacks. So people told me, 'Oh, it's like that? So, you basically never die?' And I did think it was dangerous too.

Those who win are those who are good at blocking. Ever since the mechanic was incorporated in 1992... It's profound. Because if you only block, you're just weak. But here and there, with block, you can deal with things without losing health. My impression of fighting games is that if you're good at blocking, you're strong."

HORI releasing Street Fighter-themed "Fighting Stick Mini" and "Real Arcade Pro" arcade sticks for Switch

That sticky feeling

If you're looking for an arcade stick to use on Switch, HORI has two more solutions on the way. The company is releasing Street Fighter-themed versions of their "Fighting Stick Mini" and "Real Arcade Pro" arcade sticks, and both are due out Oct. 15th, 2019. The Fighting Stick Mini packs a lot of punch and features for $60, but the Real Arcade Pro option is about as fancy as it gets, and is priced at $160. You can check out full details on the Mini here and the Pro here.

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