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Become A Guitar Hero With The Best


Maybe it's my age...

But it seems that Guitar Heroes was THE game of 2007.

To be honest, I've seen it in the Malls and the kids thrashing away at their 'guitars' like young Van-Halens and I could never quite work out what was going on.

Sure, when I was a kid we had 'air guitars' and this is just seems an extension of that but...

We used to 'play' our air guitars in the privacy of our bedrooms, usually behind a locked door, to such classics as 'The Ace of Spades'.

So what is Guitar Hero?

This is a 'game' in which players flail away on guitar-shaped controller and try to replicate the moves of the guitarist playing a popular song.

A bit like guitar karaoke.

What makes Guitar Hero unusual and unique is it comes packaged with a guitar peripheral modeled after a black Gibson SG rather than using the console's standard controller.

The game's guitar has no strings; its fret board features five colored buttons that you press with your left hand as you hit a plastic strumming bar with your right. You do this in time according to what's on the screen, winning points -- and playing a cool song -- for hitting the right notes at the right time, and losing points, and making bad music, when you mess up.

The magic of the video game is that it lets a novice sound like a pro. On "Guitar Hero," playing well is easy.

Even if you suck and stick to Easy mode, you can ape a solo worthy of Jimmy Page.

It "makes you feel like you're a guitar player without having to practice for years and years," says Ted Lange, an associate producer and in-house guitar expert at Red Octane, the company that makes "Guitar Hero."

Published by Red Octane in partnership with Activision Guitar Hero is a popular series of music video games.

The development of Guitar Hero was inspired by Konami's Guitar Freaks arcade game, which at the time, had not seen much exposure in the North American market.

The games support individual play as well as cooperative and competitive modes for two players and uses a range of both licensed and independent rock music tracks from the 1960s to present, many of which are master tracks from the bands.

In total, four games have been released for video game consoles, while games have been released for mobile phones and the Nintendo DS handheld gaming system.

Remember Karaoke nights at the local bar in the 80's?

Well it looks like Guitar Hero nights are set to become all the rage.

In New York Guitar Hero night has quickly become a hit in some.

The bar appeal of the game has huge potential that has been likened to karaoke but with karaoke people often feel the need to get drunk.

Guitar Hero is different because guitar playing is seen as a showy flashy thing to do.

Add alcohol, members of the opposite sex, or the same sex, and it becomes like going to a party in your parents' basement.

If you haven't seen or heard of Guitar Heroes yet, be prepared.

Because this is likely to become as big as Karaoke was in the 80's.

And now you can get Guitar Hero action figures!

McFarlane Toys have announced that they have signed a deal in partnership with Activision to produce action figures based on the hit video game.

With the new video game due to be released in November you should see these at about the same time.

Some of the most popular characters in Guitar Hero are to be represented in McFarlanes first line of Guitar Hero's action figures.



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McFarlane 'GUITAR HERO' ACTION FIGURE RELEASE SCHEDULE

Pre-order Guitar Heroes Figures and Collectibles

Buy Guitar Heroes Action Figures and Collectible 2009

2008 Releases


We've got a lot of Guitar Hero merchandise heading your way. Here's a look at what you can expect to see in 2009.*

IN STORES JANUARY 2009

Guitar Hero 2009 Mix & Match Guitars, Wave 1

Build your own guitar with interchangeable guitar heads, necks and bodies. 2-packs include stands and stickers for customization!

2-packs

  • Feedback guitar (Effervescence pattern) & Voracious guitar (Cedar Ripple pattern)
  • Feedback guitar (Machine pattern) & Frydaze guitar (Tiger Stripes pattern)
  • Frydaze guitar (The Forge pattern) & Widowmaker guitar (Dragon pattern)
  • Widowmaker guitar (Paisley Dream pattern) & Voracious guitar (Camo pattern)
  • Voracious guitar (Cubert pattern) & Frydaze guitar (Boltz pattern)

Single Packs

  • Frydaze guitar (Boltz pattern)
  • Feedback guitar (Splatter Fest pattern)
  • Widowmaker guitar (Flame Rod pattern)
  • Voracious guitar (Cubert pattern)
  • Feedback guitar (Machine pattern)
  • Frydaze guitar (Tiger Stripes pattern)

IN STORES FEBRUARY 2009

Guitar Hero 2009, Wave 1

Five fan-favorite characters in 6-inch scale; 12-15 moving parts per figure, each includes a unique guitar!

  • Izzy Sparks
  • Judy Nails
  • Lou
  • Metalhead
  • Additional figure to be announced

Guitar Hero 2009 Mini Figure 2-Packs, Wave 1

Small in stature but HUGE in attitude! Stylized 2-inch scale Guitar Hero characters include figure-specific accessories.

  • Johnny Napalm and Axel Steel
  • Lars Ümlaut and Eddie Knox
  • Axel Steel and Lars Ümlaut
  • Eddie Knox and Johnny Napalm

10" Guitar Hero 2009, Wave 1

Four of Guitar Hero's most popular characters in 10-inch scale; each figure has more than 18 moving parts and includes guitar!

  • Johnny Napalm - British Flag
  • Johnny Napalm - Skeleton
  • Additional figure TBA

IN STORES APRIL 2009

Guitar Hero 2009 Mix & Match Guitars, Wave 2

Build your own guitar with interchangeable heads, necks and bodies; 2-packs include stands and stickers for customization.

2-packs

  • Fire Fighter guitar (Slither pattern) & Manta guitar (The Forge pattern)
  • Manta guitar (Tiger Stripes pattern) & Twango guitar (Matchbook Maple pattern)
  • Skull guitar (Zebrawood pattern) & Fire Fighter guitar (Black)
  • Twango guitar (Cherry Blossom pattern) & Skull guitar (White)
  • Skull guitar (Camo pattern) & Manta guitar (Red)

Single-packs

  • Manta guitar (Red)
  • Twango guitar (Firestarter pattern)
  • Skull guitar (Camo pattern)
  • Fire Fighter guitar (Cherry Burlwood pattern)
  • Twango guitar (Cherry Blossom pattern)
  • Skull guitar (White)

Guitar Hero 2009, Wave 2

Four more fan-favorite characters in 6-inch scale; 12-15 moving parts per figure, each includes a unique guitar.

  • Eddie Knox
  • Casey Lynch
  • Axel Steel (black metal version)
  • Metalhead (TV head version)

IN STORES MAY 2009

Guitar Hero 2009 Mini Figure 2-Packs, Wave 2

Small in stature but HUGE in attitude! Stylized 2-inch scale Guitar Hero characters include figure-specific accessories.

  • God of Rock and Izzy Sparks
  • Lou and Metalhead
  • Metalhead and Izzy Sparks
  • God of Rock and Lou

IN STORES JUNE 2009

Guitar Hero 2009 Mix & Match Guitars, Wave 3

Build your own guitar with interchangeable heads, necks and bodies. Includes stands and stickers for customization!

2-packs

  • Iron Cross guitar (Orange) & Treblemaker guitar (Paisley Dream pattern)
  • Twango guitar (Dragon pattern) & Spider guitar (Cubric pattern)
  • Hammer On guitar (Tiger Eye Maple pattern) & Iron Cross guitar (Engine pattern)
  • Widowmaker guitar (Teal pinstripe detail) & Hammer On guitar (Boltz pattern)
  • Hammer On guitar (Effervescence pattern) & Iron Cross guitar (Slither pattern)

Single Packs

  • Hammer On guitar (Effervescence pattern)
  • Spider guitar (Spalted Koa pattern)
  • Treblemaker guitar (Hero Guitar)
  • Iron Cross guitar (Slither pattern)
  • Twango guitar (Dragon pattern)
  • Spider guitar (Cubric pattern)

Guitar Hero 2009, Wave 3

6-inch scale; 12-15 moving parts per figure, each includes a unique guitar.

  • Clive Winston
  • Riki Lee
  • Skeleton
  • Midori


'GUITAR HERO' 2008 ACTION FIGURE RELEASE SCHEDULE

Guitar Hero Wave 1

  • Axel Steel with Spawn T-shirt
  • God of Rock - All gold (Toys 'R' Us Exclusive)
  • God of Rock - White toga variant
  • Johnny Napalm - Green mohawk variant
  • Johnny Napalm - Skeleton Johnny
  • Johnny Napalm - Black mohawk with green striped pants (Toys 'R' Us Exclusive)
  • Lars Ümlaut - Blond variant





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