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#1967550 Diamond Select Toys Kingdom Hearts action figure unboxing/review

Posted by Toominator on 04 December 2017 - 07:40 PM

Our friends at Diamond Select Toys (@CollectDST) were kind enough to send us a few pieces from their Kingdom Hearts Select series of figures for review. We made an unboxing/review video for you all, which you can view below:

These figures are great for collectors because they offer unique figures for characters who have yet to receive the action figure treatment: Axel, the Soldier Heartless, and the Dusk Nobody. They all stand fairly easily, save for the dusk who needs a special stand. The accessories accompanying Sora, Axel, and Mickey are great quality and make for a fun display. The downfalls include spotty paint jobs, awkward face models, and not many posing opportunities due to a lack of points of articulation. Overall, these figures are good quality, durable, and will fit into any collector's collection.

Thank you to Diamond Select Toys for this opportunity.

After seeing this review, would you be willing to purchase this line of Kingdom Hearts action figures? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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#1964013 9 years of KH13.com in the Kingdom Hearts community

Posted by Toominator on 09 October 2017 - 04:06 PM

Thank you guys for the shoutouts and the thank you's. This site means the world to me and I'm so thankful to the other staffers, DChuich, and everyone in the KH13 community for making it one of the best I've ever had the privilege of being a part of. 




#1954722 Tetsuya Nomura says a Nintendo Switch version of Kingdom Hearts III is possib...

Posted by Toominator on 15 July 2017 - 09:00 PM

Following the announcements made at D23 2017, including a new Toy Story world and a new, lengthy trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, series director Tetsuya Nomura talked with the staff of IGN. In speaking with IGN, Tetsuya Nomura claims that their main focus is releasing the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Kingdom Hearts III, but that they will consider releasing Kingdom Hearts III for the Nintendo Switch. You can read Nomura's full quote below:

“The Nintendo Switch is definitely a very interesting piece of hardware, but if we lightly say, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll be on the Nintendo Switch,’ I’m sure people will come back and say, ‘But what about the PS4 and Xbox One? We want them out first. Don’t focus on other platforms ... So for now, we want to focus on what platforms we’ve already announced we’re going to be releasing Kingdom Hearts 3 on. And so after, perhaps, maybe we can start thinking about other possibilities.”

Nomura also talked about possibly releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on the Xbox One, saying that it is in consideration but that there might not be enough interest besides with the Western audience.

“Just like with the previous answer, if we were to announce yet another non-Kingdom Hearts 3 [project]...people are going to be like, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ So we will want to focus on releasing on the platforms that we have already announced. Do the Western audiences want Kingdom Hearts titles on the Microsoft or Xbox platforms? Japan might say ‘well, we don’t want any more on Xbox.'”

Would you like to see Kingdom Hearts III on the switch, or Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments!

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#1953955 KH13.com exclusive interview with author of Bossfightbooks' "Kingdom...

Posted by Toominator on 12 July 2017 - 03:36 PM

Following the release of her book, Kingdom Hearts II, published by Bossfightbooks, Alexa Ray Corriea agreed to speak with staff member Toominator to discuss major aspects of the book and also talk a bit about the recent and coming trailers for Kingdom Hearts III. Alexa has been a games journalist for various video game news sites such as GameSpot and Polygon, and now dubs herself a full-time author.

Her book is essentially a collection of essays analyzing some of the deeper themes and character tropes seen throughout Kingdom Hearts II, while also including a bit of Alexa's own personal connection to the series. In this interview/podcast, both Toominator and Alexa explore these analyses and give listeners a good overview of what readers can expect from the book, while also discussing the topics further - going beyond what is in the book itself.

Please enjoy the discussion below, and be sure to pick up Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea on bossfightbooks.com or Amazon.com, available as a paperback or e-book.


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#1949271 #KH13MeetUp for New York City concert!

Posted by Toominator on 14 June 2017 - 09:08 PM

Some of the KH13 team are attending the "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -" concert in New York City on the 24th of June. And after the success in London and Los Angeles, we thought this would be another great opportunity to meet up with fans before the concert begins!

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We will be meeting at the United Palace in New York City on Saturday the 24th from 4:00pm until guests begin to be seated.

We'll be in a public space so even if you're going to the concert the night before or are an eager fan, feel free to pop round! We welcome all!

As well as a meet up, KH13 have created a 3rd booklet to give to Yoko Shimomura (composer of Kingdom Hearts soundtrack) after the concert to show our appreciation of her musical talents in the franchise.

Fans who meet us at the concert hall beforehand and write a small compliment/message within the booklet, will receive an exclusive KH13 sticker! We will have 3 choices, but they will be limited!

Few things to note before writing in booklet:
  • Maybe write it out beforehand so you can just copy it in booklet on the day; we want to reduce the amount of spelling errors or mistakes as much as we can.
  • We’ll ask that you write in capital letters so it’s easier to understand/translate for Yoko Shimomura.
We will also be creating another short film of the meet up before the concert of what we got up to on the day! We will be taking general shots of the group, but it will also let you show off cosplays and let you say why you love the franchise. Of course if you don't want to be a part of this, you can just tell us on the day. The film will hopefully be created and uploaded within the following week!

If you take any pics with us be sure tweet about them using the hashtag #KH13MeetUp. We look forward to seeing you all there!

You can also join our Facebook event page to get all the updates about the meeting by clicking here.


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#1949084 The D23 Expo 2017 event schedule has been released but is not final

Posted by Toominator on 14 June 2017 - 12:27 AM

Earlier today, the D23 Expo site was updated to include the activity schedule for the three-day event. The most recent Kingdom Hearts III trailer confirms that the game will appear at D23 with a new world announcement in addition to a new trailer on July 15th, 2017, but the current schedule released on the D23 website does not list a Kingdom Hearts event on July 15th. There is a note made on the page claiming that the schedule is not final and is schedule to change. You can view the schedule by clicking on the image below:

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#1931691 Official KH13 Merchandise

Posted by Toominator on 07 March 2017 - 10:32 PM

O.O

 

Merchandise?

 

From my favorite website of all time!?

 

Representing my favorite video game series of all time!?!?

 

You people have got me sold!

 

Wow, this is amazing! All of the merch looks frackin awesome!  I really love the design that Andrew Hankinson dreamed up for all this merchandise, it's very appealing to the eye! :D

 

Do you already have this merch on sale, or are you all still setting things up?

 

Should be available now!




#1931010 KH13.com's exclusive interview with Seth Kearsley

Posted by Toominator on 04 March 2017 - 06:35 PM

Back in 2014, Seth Kearsley revealed the storyboards for a rejected Kingdom Hearts TV show, which he was set to write/direct, on his deviantART page. Fourteen years after his initial attempt at creating a Kingdom Hearts TV show, Seth is currently in the process of making the show a reality once again. We contacted Seth for an interview in which we asked him about his vision for the show, why he decided to try and make the show happen again, and what worlds he wants to see featured in the show. Check out the full interview below:

KH13: Seth, thank you so much for participating in this interview with KH13.com. We are thrilled to have this opportunity.With a whole plethora of video games out there that would suit a TV show, what drew you to Kingdom Hearts specifically? What inspired you to make a show for Kingdom Hearts?

S: I was coming off directing Eight Crazy Nights, and I was hounding my agent about an idea of American Anime. I couldn’t quite define what American Anime meant at the time, but whenever I would say it in a meeting people would perk up like “Ooooo…those two words sound good together." He knew about this Kingdom Hearts project Disney TV animation had in development, and thought the mix of anime and American animation would appeal to me. I grabbed a copy of the game and started playing, and with no kids, or job at the time, I burned through the game in about a week. When I finally got the script for the pilot, it didn’t feel at all like the game I had just played, but more like an episode of Aladdin starring the characters from Kingdom Hearts. It was at that point that I almost lost the job because I said I wanted to rewrite the script, and that doesn’t generally go over well. It’s not like the idealized version of how hollywood works in people’s heads. Generally, once a studio has spent money and time getting a script to the point where they’re ready to go, if you say you don’t like the script then they just move on. Probably, the only reason that didn’t happen was because I was just coming off having directed a feature, so they heard me out more than they may have otherwise.

KH13: We know this is not your first attempt at making this show happen. What has changed about the show since that first attempt, and why give it a second try?

S: The fans. I honestly didn’t think anyone would even know about it when I put up the first storyboard panels on my Deviantart. I put them up because I loved that project and wanted to share some of my favorite drawings from this project that I loved. I stopped paying attention to Kingdom Hearts after they didn’t go with it. It’s going to sound sappy, but when you pour yourself into a project and it doesn’t happen, it’s kind of like a little romance that you had. The further the project gets the more it hurts when it doesn’t happen. Usually, it doesn’t get passed the first date. When it gets as far as a pilot that they’re testing, and it tests better than anything else they tested, and THEN it doesn’t go…it’s kind of like the girlfriend you had at camp. You were so in love, and who knows what would have happened if things where different, but you live too far away, or she was only looking for a summer camp love. I was a little heart broken after Kingdom Hearts. It’s only now as the fans are letting me know about what’s been going on over the last 14 years, that I’m like “Well, the least I can do for this long lost love is to give it another shot.”

What’s different this time around? I’m a lot better than I was 14 years ago. I also have my own little studio, which the pilot was one of the first project before my studio had a name. The technology is also so much more advanced now. Even if the do over is just re-doing the board, I can make it so much more now than if ever was then. You have to keep in mind, the drawings for that board were all about the size of the average post-it. That’s how we did boards back then. With Storyboard Pro now, I can have complicated camera work and tons more posing in the same amount of time.

KH13: Many games have come out in the Kingdom Hearts series since your first attempt at greenlighting this show. Do you plan on incorporating more games from the series besides Kingdom Hearts 1?

S: IF…..and that’s an intentionally big if…if something happens with Kingdom Hearts, I’ll be immersing myself in the entire Kingdom Hearts universe before we start writing anything. I felt like I needed to play the game to do it justice the first time around, now there’s this magical thing called YouTube where I can watch walk throughs of the games. I’ll be studying everything. The last thing I want to do is disappoint the fans who have brought my attention back to this project.

My first job in animation was on a show called The MAXX, for MTV. All of us working on the show were huge fans of comics, and all hated the way comics change when they go into animation. We faithfully brought The Maxx to life in animation holding true to the comic. I would do the same thing today for Kingdom Hearts. The worst thing that could happen for a fan of a property is to see that property warped into something they no longer love.


KH13: Do you plan on incorporating Disney worlds we have yet to see in the Kingdom Hearts series? Are there any definitely-included worlds you would like to share?

S: Since there’s no deal, there’s no breach of confidentiality. There’s also no weight in what I’m saying, and the legalities would all come into play should something actually happen, and that’s when I won’t be able to say anything. The Disney Universe has expanded exponentially with the inclusion of the Marvel and Star Wars universes. I would think it’s a no brainer to thing that at some point those might come into play. Henry Gilroy is a good friend, and he’s written and Executive Produced in both the Marvel and Star Wars universes, so it would be a fun idea to play with.

KH13: How many games in the series have you played, and which is your favorite?

S: Only the first, but all the way through. I was the super cool uncle who could get my nieces and nephews passed whatever part of the game they were stuck on. Like I said, Kingdom Hearts was like a summer love from 14 years ago. You know that love is still out there in the world, but I honestly had no idea how big it’s gotten.

KH13: Who will be the main antagonist of the show: Maleficent, Ansem, or a new character?

S: Maleficent was the main antagonist for the pilot. It’s hard to say for the show because I need to get myself reacquainted with my summer love, but I’m definitely not going to add a character of my own as the antagonist. I think that would be the perfect way of pissing everyone off.

KH13: Will you be taking inspiration from the manga/graphic novels?

S: You know…unless I hear from the fans something akin to “Raiders of the Arch, The Last Crusade are all you need to know about Indiana Jones and it’s best to pretend like the other two movies don’t exist” or “Just start at episode 4 and pretend the prequels don’t exist” then I’m diving into all of it.

KH13: Will the pilot episode be a movie-length episode?

S: That would be cool.

KH13: If the show gets greenlighted, will it air on the Disney channel or a different network?

S: Can’t even speculate.

KH13: How many episodes do you anticipate on including in the first season?

S: That’s a network thing. There are standard season orders depending on the network.

KH13: Do you have an idea on who you would cast in the show? Do you think you would be able to get any of the original voice actors from the game to do the show?

S: As much as possible.

KH13: Any updates you would like to give fans in terms of the progress of the show?

S: I try to keep people updated on Twitter.

A huge thank you to Seth Kearsley for this interview! Best of luck to you on getting the show green-lit!

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#1924975 A Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Limited Edition has been announced

Posted by Toominator on 09 February 2017 - 11:09 AM

The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account has announced the limited edition of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for sale exclusively on the Square Enix Online Store. The Limited Edition contains both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for PS4, and a unique pin featuring Sora from the cover art of each of the two titles in the collection. You can view the promotional image included with the tweet below:

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#1921828 Boxart for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 has been revealed by Amazon Canada

Posted by Toominator on 27 January 2017 - 07:58 PM

The boxart for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been revealed via its listing on Amazon Canada. You can view the image below, thanks to reddit user m0rtadello.


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Nomura previously stated that no new art would be made for this collection, and based off of this new image, it seems as though that holds true. What do you think of the boxart? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE 1: The boxart for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been uploaded and fixed by Square. The original upload had Xion's hand mysteriously disappear in this air. You can check it out below.


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UPDATE 2: The back of the box has been shown off thanks to @K_Everwood on Twitter! View it below:


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#1920737 Kingdom Hearts website undergoes major changes to focus on PlayStation 4 titles

Posted by Toominator on 23 January 2017 - 08:24 PM

Update: The Xbox One logo has been added back to the Kingdom Hearts III website.



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As of January 23rd, 2017 the official Kingdom Hearts website went through a massive overhaul. The website now includes various links that seek to explain some of the lore of the series, as well as characters' roles and the many worlds that can be explored throughout the series. However, among these changes is the notable removal of the Xbox One icon on the Kingdom Hearts III section of the website. In the Worlds section of the website, it is also interesting to note that the logo used for Port Royal is the upcoming movie, Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The area seen towards the end of Kingdom Hearts II and in the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep has also been named "End of Sea". Thank you to Nathan Hatton for the tip!


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#1920379 If any, what type of free DLC do you think Kingdom Hearts 2.8 will receive?

Posted by Toominator on 22 January 2017 - 05:35 PM

If it gets DLC at all, it won't be free I'm sure.




#1916336 Sora Champion Summon World of Final Fantasy DLC patch is now available worldwide

Posted by Toominator on 11 January 2017 - 10:58 AM

I actually just got the notification on my PS4, that's how I found out! It's available EVERYWHERE.


Seems like it's just the patch though, he will probably arrive tomorrow


#1913049 Kingdom Hearts Tattoo Design (Made with Photoshop)

Posted by Toominator on 01 January 2017 - 11:59 PM

As a Kingdom Hearts Tattoo owner, I approve.




#1895574 Check out my custom KH necktie and get one of your own!

Posted by Toominator on 17 November 2016 - 07:04 PM

Hey everyone! I recently had a custom Kingdom Hearts necktie made by a friend of mine called FreshBiscuits on Etsy!

 

Check it out:

 


 

If you'd like a custom tie or bowtie of your own, please visit FreshBiscuits on Etsy, send her a message, and tell her Toominator sent you!