First 4 Figures November Roundup: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl Progress Update

December 1, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Seto Kaiba in episode 149

Over half a year has elapsed since First 4 Figures has announced any significant developments with its Yu-Gi-Oh! products. In April, the high-end collectibles maker revealed that it had completely redone its Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician sculpts, a move that transformed the look of the monsters for the better at the cost of delaying their launch. Since then, the company has submitted those designs to Konami for approval and the two have been working together to prepare for production. In November, F4F’s CEO Alex Davis at last provided some promising updates about their progress.

“I just got the a-okay finally on one piece at 3D,” said Davis in his November 15 Q&A live stream. “We’ve reworked that a couple of times as well.”

Davis provided further details on November 23 in a comment in the F4F Official Collectors Club on Facebook. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

“This project [has] been challenging — but we’re now moving to the physical on BEWD [Blue-Eyes White Dragon] and DM [Dark Magician],” Davis wrote. “DMG [Dark Magician Girl] 2D concept is now done and looks sick — moving to 3D on that.”

To date, Davis has not provided any images of Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician’s new designs. But with these latest comments underscoring their progress, we can only hope that he is ready to provide a tease next before printing the prototypes.

Previously:
First 4 Figures April Roundup: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Completely Redesigned

Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Sale: 30% Off Everything

November 29, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Banner ad for Gallery1988's 2019 holiday sale

Today, Gallery1988 kicked off its annual holiday sale, with everything in its gallery now 30 percent off. That includes the limited and open edition screen prints and poster print replicas from its Yu-Gi-Oh! art shows. You can pick up Dan Mumford’s Behold, The Legendary Gods. screen print for $42, Tom Whalen’s King of Games screen print for $35, Haste’s Yugi Muto giclee print for $14, and more during this sale.

Enter the code “WINTER” when checking out to get the 30 percent discount. This sale ends on December 31, 2019.

As a reminder, almost all of the 60+ original works displayed at the Yu-Gi-Oh! art shows — even those that aren’t listed on Gallery1988’s website — are available for purchase. Check out my multipart coverage of the Los Angeles and New York shows to see all of the pieces, and if you like any of them, please email Gallery1988 directly to inquire about purchasing.

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon T-shirt from Atsuko

Anime lifestyle apparel brand Atsuko is also offering a week-long sale on all of its goods, with its Yu-Gi-Oh! collection scoring a 30 percent discount. The popular T-shirt featuring Anthony Petrie’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon artwork is on sale now for $19.60.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday! Shop safely out there!

(News from @Galleries1988, shopatsuko)

Hulu Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, Restricts The Dark Side of Dimensions to STARZ Subscribers

November 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 4Kids, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi looking angry in the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

After streaming for one year on Hulu, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions saw some changes this past weekend on the popular video network.

As of Saturday, the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie has expired on Hulu and is no longer available. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is still available on Hulu, but only to subscribers of STARZ. The premium cable network has been streaming DSoD since April 2018. Hulu viewers can add STARZ to any Hulu plan for an additional $8.99 per month.

These changes are not a total loss though. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is still streaming for free at local libraries that use the hoopla digital borrowing platform. It is also available for digital rental and purchase on select platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, and Microsoft Video. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is available for rental and purchase as well on even more digital platforms, like Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation Store, and YouTube.

Both movies have also received physical releases on Blu-ray and DVD. The widescreen remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie seen on Hulu was released on home video in the U.S. last month, while Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has been on sale in the U.S. since mid-2017.

Coincidentally, Funimation, the owner of Manga Entertainment UK, began streaming both movies in the United Kingdom and Ireland earlier this month. And in Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premiered yesterday on AbemaTV, a free video streaming network.

Previously:
Hulu Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Blue-Eyes White Christmas Exclusive Shirt

November 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Blue-Eyes White Christmas shirt design

ShopYuGiOh.com has added an exclusive new T-shirt design for the 2019 holiday season, fitting in perfectly with the record-breaking arctic blast that’s been pounding much of the United States. Available now is “Blue-Eyes White Christmas,” a wintry take on Seto Kaiba’s signature monster. Devastate your opponents by snowing them in while sending a message of holiday cheer with a White Christmas attack!

The Blue-Eyes White Christmas T-shirt is on sale now for a limited time. The short-sleeve style starts at $23.95 and long-sleeve style at $25.95. Both unisex and women’s cuts are available.

Other limited edition holiday shirts in past years have included “It’s Time for Yule” and “Deck the Halls.” Those are long gone and quite the collectors’ items, so don’t miss your chance to own this year’s Blue-Eyes White Christmas!

Previously:
ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Exclusive Yami Yugi NYCC 2019 Shirt

Close-up of the Blue-Eyes White Christmas shirt design

Animated Version of Haste’s Yugi Muto from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

November 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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One of the many transformations in the Yugi Muto video installation from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Yugi Muto was originally a painted wall mural at Konami and Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show in Los Angeles earlier this year. Even though the 12-foot-tall creation by graffiti artist Haste is no more, the design was revived as a video installation by Ryan Kelly for the show in New York last month.

Yesterday, Konami uploaded the complete animated version of Yugi Muto to share with the world. Now accompanied by some soothing music, the video shows Haste’s creation unhurriedly transforming and warping with the use of numerous digital effects over the course of 14 minutes. Check it out!

I knew the animation was long, but I had no idea it was that long. I’m embarrassed to say that when I first saw the video installation in New York, I thought it was a just a static image of Haste’s original art because I happened to look at it when it was in its unaltered state. I sure felt silly after being told that it changes ever so slowly. Well of course it does!

A 7-by-8-inch giclee print reproduction of the original Yugi Muto is still available for sale from Gallery1988 for $20.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2019 SJ Jump Pack

October 30, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga panel in the Shonen Jump Fall 2019 Jump Pack and Destiny Draw promo card

It’s the beginning of a new era for the print edition of VIZ Media’s biannual Jump Pack Shonen Jump magazine. Gone are the old Weekly Shonen Jump name and logo that it had shared with the discontinued digital magazine of the same name. Starting with this Fall 2019 issue, the print magazine uses the same bright yellow Shonen Jump logo adopted by VIZ’s revamped Shonen Jump service, which launched in December 2018. The design of the magazine elements have also changed to match the bold, retro look of the logo, which this issue says was inspired by the original Japanese Shonen Jump logo.

One thing that has remained constant, though, is the presence of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V as a cornerstone of this magazine. The manga included in this issue are:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 7
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 8
  • Dragon Ball Super, chapter 5
  • World Trigger, chapter 1

The appearance of the magazine isn’t the only thing that has changed; its Yu-Gi-Oh! promotional contents are also different. Readers can bid farewell to Master Duels. The Fall 2019 issue is all about Speed Duels — the real-life incarnation of the dueling seen in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links and Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS that launched at the beginning of 2019 — and features a write-up that introduces the game and its products. It even includes a special promo card that was awarded as a prize at a Speed Dueling Yu-Gi-Oh! Day event back in April.

The full list of extras included with this issue are as follows:

  • An Ultra Rare Destiny Draw Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel card (YDPR-ENS01).
  • A coupon for one free Yu-Gi-Oh! Starter Deck, redeemable at your nearest Official Tournament Store (OTS). You can use this to get any Starter Deck — for Master Duels and Speed Duels.
  • A Speed Duel fold-out game guide. Measuring approximately 9 by 23.5 inches, it contains a Speed Duel field adorned with Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon on one side and the rules of the game on the other.
  • An 11-card Speed Duel demo deck that accompanies the guide.
  • A promo code for a free two-month membership for VIZ Media’s digital Shonen Jump, home to 10,000+ chapters — including every Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series.

The Shonen Jump Fall 2019 Jump Pack is on sale right now for $10.99 at Scholastic book fairs throughout the United States. Thousands of schools across the country host the book fair, which serve as fundraising endeavors for the schools. Everyone is welcome to shop there, so why not search for your nearest book fair, pick up some great manga and Yu-Gi-Oh! promos, and support a local school?

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Spring 2019 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Shonen Jump Fall 2019 Jump Pack

Table of contents of the Shonen Jump Fall 2019 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel cards and extras included with the Shonen Jump Fall 2019 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel article in the Shonen Jump Fall 2019 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel Destiny Draw Skill card promo included with the Shonen Jump Fall 2019 Jump Pack

Celebrate 100 Million Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Downloads with Seto Kaiba

October 25, 2019 at 8:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba sleeves and game mat by Kazuki Takahashi in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Congratulations to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, which duelists worldwide have downloaded a whopping 100 million times! To celebrate this momentous milestone — and Seto Kaiba’s birthday today — the game is offering a wealth of cool giveaways with its 100 Million Downloads Appreciation Campaign.

Fire up the game today to receive a playmat and sleeves featuring new artwork of Seto Kaiba drawn by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi (pictured above), a prismatic alternate art Blue-Eyes White Dragon card, one UR Dream Ticket, and more.

Check out a video announcement of the campaign featuring Kenjiro Tsuda, the Japanese voice of Kaiba.

The same illustration of Kaiba also appears on the cover of the December 2019 issue of V Jump magazine, on sale now on newsstands in Japan. As always, V Jump is offering downloads of the cover illustration as a desktop calendar and cell phone wallpaper.

(News from @YuGiOh_DL_INFO)

Win a Trip to Japan from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

October 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Win a Trip to Japan sweepstakes ad image featuring Kaiba and Mokuba

To celebrate the addition of The Dark Side of Dimensions to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Konami wants to send one lucky duelist to Japan in an awesome sweepstakes. The winner and a guest will receive round-trip airfare to Tokyo and a four-night stay at a hotel in the city. To enter, simply submit your email address and a screenshot of your favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links card.

This sweepstakes is open to all residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., who are the age of majority. The winner must have a passport valid through 2021, and the trip must take place sometime in 2020. Check the official rules in the above link for more details. This sweepstakes ends on October 30.

(News from Konami mobile, shared by Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

Gallery1988.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC Prints for Sale

October 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi Muto print on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Several prints, posters, and original pieces from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC are now available for purchase online. Check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! collection on Gallery1988’s website, updated today to include the seven limited edition works that were on sale at the New York show, along with other pieces from the Los Angeles show.

While supplies last, everyone can pick up limited edition prints of Haste’s Yugi Muto (pictured above) for $20, Dan Mumford’s Behold The Legendary Gods. for $60, Michael Vincent Bramley’s Forbidden for $35, and more.

The framed original or first printing of most of the works are also available. Definitely take a look at Bennett Slater’s Two Little Blue Little Eyes, available for $2,000, and Daria Theodora’s Osiris the Sky Dragon, available for $1,000. The limited edition screen print versions of these two pieces sold out at the New York show, so the originals are all that are left.

Budget-conscious Yu-Gi-Oh! fans can buy poster print replicas of two popular pieces from the Los Angeles show — Anthony Petrie’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon and Dan Mumford’s It’s time to duel. — for $20 each.

For more information about the order fulfillment and shipping process, take a look at Gallery1988’s FAQs.

Update (October 22): All of the original pieces displayed at the New York show are still available for purchase, even if they aren’t currently listed on the website. A post today on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook instructs interested buyers to inquire by emailing Gallery1988 at:

\textrm{\textbf{info}\ [at-sign]\ \textbf{gallery1988}\ [dot]\ \textbf{com}}

You can see photos of all of the works in my multipart coverage of the Los Angeles and New York shows.

Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 4

October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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A tease of the new pieces that debuted at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Konami and Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC debuted several pieces of art not seen at the Los Angeles show. One of those pieces was Dan Mumford’s screen print Behold, The Legendary Gods. Now, in this final look at the exhibition, let’s take a gander at all of the other new art on display.

Front of Chris Beaumont's Battle Ox and Celtic Guardian sculptures at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Battle Ox by Chris Beaumont at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Battle Ox by Chris Beaumont
Wood and acrylic
26.5 x 33 x 20 inches
$2,000

Side view of Chris Beaumont's Battle Ox and Celtic Guardian sculptures at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Front of Celtic Guardian by Chris Beaumont at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Celtic Guardian by Chris Beaumont
Wood, acrylic, and fabric
24 x 25 x 15 inches
$2,000

Side view of Celtic Guardian by Chris Beaumont at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Backside view of Chris Beaumont's Battle Ox and Celtic Guardian sculptures at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Do these sculptures look familiar? That’s because they’re gigantic wood versions of Chris Beaumont’s Cubeecraft papercraft toys! Beaumont has been providing everyone with free paper-folding fun for over ten years.

Exodia by Beau Berkley at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Exodia by Beau Berkley
Marker and colored pencil
11 x 14 inches
$600

Close-up of Exodia by Beau Berkley at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Dimensions by Poppy Small at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Dimensions by Poppy Small
Digital print
12 x 16 inches
Limited edition of 1
$600

Neutralized by Mark Bell at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Neutralized by Mark Bell
Digital print on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Limited edition of 1
$600

Close-up of Revolver and Borreload Dragon in Neutralized by Mark Bell at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Close-up of Playmaker and Firewall Dragon in Neutralized by Mark Bell at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Jinzo by Cuyler Smith at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC
Jinzo by Cuyler Smith
Digital print
8 x 10 inches
Limited edition of 1
$600

Close-up of Jinzo by Cuyler Smith at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi’s four special pieces of art made their East Coast debut at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC. The works were lovingly enshrined in their own room, a luxury made possible at this spacious New York gallery.

Room that held the works of Kazuki Takahashi at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi and Black Luster Soldier at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

All of Kazuki Takahashi's artwork on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Kazuki Takahashi's message and art display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

Side view of the room that held the works of Kazuki Takahashi at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

This little room looks like, and has the aura of, a sacred space, doesn’t it? It was a charming touch to an already outstanding show.

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There was much more art on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC. To see photos of all of the other pieces, including close-ups of Takahashi’s works, check out my four-part coverage of the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show when it was in Los Angeles.

For even more pictures, head over to Konami’s photo album on Facebook that it posted last Friday.

Did you visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC? What did you think of the exhibition? Would you like to see more events like this one in the future?

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Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 1

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Inside the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC, Part 3

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