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Even More Weird and Wonderful Comic-Con Exclusives, and the Rest of the Best Toys of the Week Even More Weird and Wonderful Comic-Con Exclusives, and the Rest of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of the newest, coolest toys we want to add to our collections. This week’s entries might be a bit hard to acquire though—because truly, San Diego Comic-Con exclusive season is upon us. We’ve got creepy Yodas! Aquamen! Spaceship cockpits! Oh, and a Swedish chef. Take a…

A World of Toys Comes to Life in Robert Zemeckis' True Story Welcome to Marwen A World of Toys Comes to Life in Robert Zemeckis' True Story Welcome to Marwen

The true story that inspired Welcome to Marwen is a harrowing one. A man was nearly beaten to death outside of a bar and lost most of his memories. During recovery, he used handmade dolls to create a fantasy world in his backyard and took photos to document its story. It’s a sad but interesting tale about the power of…

You Can Rearrange the Letters and Spell Out Any Message On This Scrabble Tile Rack Lamp You Can Rearrange the Letters and Spell Out Any Message On This Scrabble Tile Rack Lamp

The most effective way to tell your co-workers you don’t want to be bothered is to close your office door. But if you’re stuck in cubicle purgatory, that’s not an option. Instead, try this Scrabble tile rack desk lamp that lets you spell out seven-letter warnings like ‘GO AWAY’, ‘NOT NOW’, or other, blunter messages…

The PS4 Spider-Man Heads to Your Toy Shelf, and More of the Most Spectacular Toys of the Week The PS4 Spider-Man Heads to Your Toy Shelf, and More of the Most Spectacular Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round-up of all the shiny things we’ve wanted to spend our savings on recently. This week, we’ve got some very cool Voltron, Star Wars, and Batman Beyond toys heading to San Diego Comic-Con, a lovely little Pokémon pal, and a most impressive Sith Lord. Check it out!

It's OK To Be Jealous of This Toddler's Magnificent Star Wars Sandcrawler Toy Box

I always assumed I wasn’t the kind of person who’d be willing to take candy from a baby. A lollipop is easy to resist, but this epic toy box built to look like a miniature Star Wars Sandcrawler? Someone distract Matthew Regonini’s son so I can sneak this wonderful creation into my trunk.

Now You Can Play the Switch With Just the Most Adorable Controller Ever Now You Can Play the Switch With Just the Most Adorable Controller Ever

Playing classic 8-bit side scrollers with a touchscreen is awful, so 8BitDo’s releasing an updated version of its tiny, keychain-sized Zero gamepad with support for the Nintendo Switch, and motion controls, so it should be easier to be perpetually prepared for any retro gaming emergency.

Open Channel: Which Obscure Toy Should Get a Movie Next? Open Channel: Which Obscure Toy Should Get a Movie Next?

Growing up, we all had one weird toy or game we loved more than anything that today, nobody remembers. Well, maybe not nobody. Hollywood sure seems to remember.

You Can Strap a GoPro to This New Hot Wheels Car and Ride Along on All Your Dangerous Stunts

Watching a race from the sidelines is never as fun as being in the driver’s seat, and with that obvious wisdom in mind, Mattel has partnered with GoPro to create a new camera-compatible Hot Wheels car that lets kids and grownups experience what it’s like to careen down those iconic orange plastic tracks. It’s also the…

Hasbro Is Bringing Some of the Star Wars Comics' Best New Characters to Comic-Con Hasbro Is Bringing Some of the Star Wars Comics' Best New Characters to Comic-Con

Marvel’s Star Wars comics have given us some delightful new characters over the past few years, but none have been taken to quite like the intrepid archaeologist Dr. Aphra (one-time associate of Darth Vader himself) and her killer droid pals, Triple Zero and BT. Now, for the first time, they’re all coming to action…

Solo's Breakout New Characters Get Action Figures, and More of the Coolest Toys of the Week Solo's Breakout New Characters Get Action Figures, and More of the Coolest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the coolest toys and merchandise we’ve seen floating around the internet lately. This week, the Solo deluge continues, SDCC’s 2018 exclusives begin tempting our wallets, and Lego just can’t stop revealing cutesy little BrickHeadz. Check it out!

Now That It Owns Power Rangers, Hasbro Has Hopes For New Mighty Morphin' Movies Now That It Owns Power Rangers, Hasbro Has Hopes For New Mighty Morphin' Movies

The recent Power Rangers movie reboot had no right to be as alright as it actually ended up being (even if the actual Power Rangers-y aspects fell a bit short), but despite some incredibly optimistic plans for a whole Mighty Morphin’ saga, its box office performance put plans for sequels in doubt. Hasbro wants to…

You Can Wait a Few Years For a Tesla—or Build This Magnificent Lego Bugatti Chiron Yourself

Two years ago, Lego rolled out one of its largest and most complex Technic sets ever with its 2,704-piece Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But that car looks about as exciting as going for a Sunday drive in Grandma’s sedan now that Lego has finally revealed its long rumored (and teased) Technic Bugatti Chiron.

Clever Cosplayer Hacks Nerf Blaster to Cast Floating Holographic Spells

Benedict Cumberbatch aside, the best part of Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie was the animated spells the magical characters could generate out of thin air. Given our world lacks real magic, a Japanese cosplayer has found a way to simulate the same effect using a modded Nerf blaster and a spinning LED wand.

A Deadpool Figure Fit for the Dance Floor, and More of the Greatest Toys of the Week A Deadpool Figure Fit for the Dance Floor, and More of the Greatest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the neatest toys around. This week, Hot Toys gives us a Deadpool with killer footwear, the incredible Batman Ninja gets an equally worthy action figure, and more Harry Potter Lego than you can shake a whomping willow at. Check it out!

Hasbro Has Officially Trademarked the Smell of Your Childhood: Play-Doh Hasbro Has Officially Trademarked the Smell of Your Childhood: Play-Doh

I have some bad news if you’ve created a perfume that has a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough. That’s exactly how Hasbro describes the scent of Play-Doh, a smell that many of us associate with out childhoods, and a…

Lego's New Remote-Controlled Batmobile Looks Fun as Heck Lego's New Remote-Controlled Batmobile Looks Fun as Heck

Lego just announced a new batch of smart systems that you can control with your phone. The so-called Powered Up Platform works with smartphones to turn classic brick-based creations into fun, animated sets. And right out of the gate, Lego is offering up a new app-controlled Batmobile. It looks awesome.

Friendship Fuels This Erotic Photographer's Collection of '90s Toys

Fwee Carter believes nerds can be sexy too, and he’s got an entire book (and website) devoted to images he’s taken of nerdy guys with their nerdy cosplay or collections looking totally sexy. But what drives Carter—other than the need to level the playing field and give us great examples of what it really means to see…

Lego's Harry Potter BrickHeadz Are Going to Avada Kedavra You With Cuteness Lego's Harry Potter BrickHeadz Are Going to Avada Kedavra You With Cuteness

Lego is about to take its biggest bite yet out of Funko’s domination of the adorably-deformed, collectible figurine market with the addition of its first Harry Potter BrickHeadz characters. The new figures include Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Harry himself, and his snowy owl, Hedwig.

This Glowstick-Shooting Star Wars Blaster Replica Looks Like It's Firing Actual Lasers

Star Wars cosplayers of the world take note: Joerg Sprave, the internet’s favorite slingshot-designing mad scientist, has come up with a clever way to simulate blaster fire in real life. Instead of employing dangerously powerful lasers that will get you kicked out of a convention faster than you can reload, his…

XM Studios' New Collector's Statue Is the Greatest Red Ranger of Them All XM Studios' New Collector's Statue Is the Greatest Red Ranger of Them All

In all of Power Rangers, which Red Ranger is the greatest, the most heroic, the best leader? Well, it’s this one, played by a statue. He’s perfect.

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