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Magneto Gets a Gleaming New Figure, and More of the Shiniest Toys of the Week Magneto Gets a Gleaming New Figure, and More of the Shiniest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all things collectible. This week, we’ve got a very goopy Venom, Magneto takes center stage, and the power of Asgard itself compels you to...tenderize your meat? Ooh err. Anyway, check it out!

None of the Visual Effects Magic Behind Netflix's The Christmas Chronicles Came From the North Pole

Long gone are the days when holiday revelers were satisfied with fake potato-flake snow or stop-motion puppets for their festive entertainment. Christmas movies are visual effects smorgasbords now, and Method Studios reveals all the digital magic it mustered to turn Kurt Russell into Saint Nick for Netflix’s The…

Samsung Now 'Re-Evaluating' That Controversial Collab With the Fake Supreme Samsung Now 'Re-Evaluating' That Controversial Collab With the Fake Supreme

Remember two days ago when Samsung introduced the Galaxy A8s in China and trotted out the CEOs of the fake Supreme brand to announce a collaboration for future products? After much backlash from fans who love paying a premium for branded tchotchkes, Samsung wants you to know that it’s possibly, maybe, considering not…

Watch This Guy Blow an Upside-Down, Fire-Spewing Smoke Tornado Inside a Bubble

If the internet has benefitted humanity in any way, it’s by spotlighting people’s amazing-yet-questionably-useful talents. Is blowing bubbles and filling them with upside-down smoke tornadoes that spew fire a lucrative pursuit? I don’t know, but I sincerely hope bubble artist Dustin Skye finds a way to make some coin…

This Wiggling Robot Could Chase You on Land and Underwater

Copying one of Mother Nature’s designs is a clever shortcut when building robots that need to navigate our complex world. But those designs aren’t always adaptable—a fish can’t do much when it’s out of the water. Adding some human ingenuity, however, results in the best of both worlds; a robot that swims like a fish,…

Puma Is Re-Releasing Its 32-Year-Old Smart Shoe That Was Lightyears Ahead of Its Time Puma Is Re-Releasing Its 32-Year-Old Smart Shoe That Was Lightyears Ahead of Its Time

The concept of today’s smart, connected wearables just didn’t exist back in the 1980s when text-only operating systems like MS-DOS were still popular. But that didn’t stop Puma from releasing what was possibly the world’s first modern fitness tracker by strapping a chunky computer to the back of a sneaker. Thirty-two…

Everything Is Temporarily Awesome Again in This Charming Lego Movie 2 Christmas Short

As the trailers have revealed, all is not well in the land of Lego after the arrival of the “Duplo savages” at the end of the first movie. And even though Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, Benny, and Unikitty find themselves living in the dystopian Apocalypseburg in the upcoming sequel, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, the…

How Westworld VFX Artists Created Disturbing Illusion of Burning Flesh

Even knowing they’re robots, watching Westworld’s hosts go under the knife for repairs was even more gruesome than the bloody battles that sent them to the ER. But in addition to using lots of CG, visual effects studio Pixomondo employed some old-school special effects tricks to make those surgeries look as…

Samsung's Going to Make Very Real Products With the Very Fake Version of Supreme Samsung's Going to Make Very Real Products With the Very Fake Version of Supreme

During the launch event for the Galaxy A8s in China, Samsung announced an upcoming partnership with Supreme, the New York streetwear brand known for slapping its name on premium-priced merchandise. Except, it wasn’t actually that Supreme. The partnership is instead with Supreme Italia, a knock-off brand that exists…

Captain Marvel Gets an Awesome Action Figure, and More of the Most Kickass Toys of the Week Captain Marvel Gets an Awesome Action Figure, and More of the Most Kickass Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of the coolest collectibles and merchandise we’ve seen floating around on the internet. This week, Figuarts gets Captain Marvel fever, Lego reveals another grand addition to its modular building series...and Mr. T is strong with the force!? Check it out!

Tokyo Disneyland Is Getting a Beauty and the Beast Ride With Animatronics That Look Like Living Cartoons Tokyo Disneyland Is Getting a Beauty and the Beast Ride With Animatronics That Look Like Living Cartoons

Disney’s Imagineers—the company’s term for the artists, designers, and engineers who create its theme park attractions—are about to revolutionize the art of turning the studio’s animated films into rides that bring visitors right into the movie. Tokyo Disneyland is in the process of building a Beauty and the Beast ride with…

This Customized Hydrogen-Powered Nerf Blaster Makes Its Own Explosive Fuel

If you’ve ever been disappointed by the performance of a Nerf toy, you’re not alone. For safety (and legal) reasons the blasters come with limited power out of the box, but there’s a thriving community of modders online who’ve found ways to give them more kick. That includes Peter Sripol who hacked a Nerf blaster so…

We Finally Know Which Film Franchise Is Better as 20,000 Jedi Battle 3,000 T-rexes

It hasn’t raked in as much cash as all the Star Wars films have, but with five movies in the series (and a sixth on the way), Jurassic Park stands as one of the biggest Hollywood franchises of all time. But which one is truly superior? The only way to really find out is to simulate an epic battle between 20,000 Jedi…

The Empire Strikes Back's Rare Filming Parkas Have Been Recreated by Columbia The Empire Strikes Back's Rare Filming Parkas Have Been Recreated by Columbia

Die-hard fans will collect whatever they can get their hands when it comes to film memorabilia, including the outfits worn by crew members who never actually appear on camera. One of the rarest examples of these are the snowsuits given to the crew of The Empire Strikes Back while filming the snowy Hoth scenes in…

This Stick-On Robotic Arm Promises to Put the Damn Toilet Seat Down For You

I’m just going to come right out and say it: Urinating while standing is a terrible idea. It creates a host of messes including splash back and disgusting drips, and inevitably the toilet seat gets left up, leading to someone accidentally plummeting into the porcelain abyss. But until we can all agree to just sit…

An Unfortunately Timed Netflix Daredevil Figure, and More Toys of the Week An Unfortunately Timed Netflix Daredevil Figure, and More Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all the weirdest and most wonderful toys around. This week: The Lego Movie 2 gets some Lego sets (duh), Hasbro finds a new way to sell you cutesy little Star Wars figurines, and...a toilet in disguise. Yes, really! Check it out!

This Incredibly Rare Console from the 1980s Is Like the Switch's Great-Great-Great Grandparent [Updated] This Incredibly Rare Console from the 1980s Is Like the Switch's Great-Great-Great Grandparent [Updated]

Without the internet instantly dispersing images to millions of people, it was probably a lot easier to keep video game prototypes under wraps in the ‘80s. Just a handful of photos backed up rumors about the possible existence of a miniature version of the ill-fated Vectrex console, but it’s a rumor no more now that…

This $20 Thermometer Doesn't Even Need to Touch You to Take Your Temperature This $20 Thermometer Doesn't Even Need to Touch You to Take Your Temperature

Even if you get the flu shot, a cold winter spent hiding indoors with the means at some point you’re going to get sick. But just how sick are you? For just $20, iHealth’s new no-touch digital thermometer can help you figure that out, without requiring you to probe anywhere unpleasant.

How The Walking Dead Blew Up a Bridge Full of Zombies Without Actually Blowing Up a Real Bridge

Just a few weeks after it originally aired, Goodbye Kansas Studios has shared a behind-the-scenes video of its work on The Walking Dead episode “What Comes After,” where Rick, with some help from a pile of dynamite, blows up a bridge full of approaching zombies. Creating one of the series’ most complicated shots…

Big Mouth Billy Bass Will Now Annoy the Shit Out of You With Alexa Support Built In

It’s one of the most common hardware hacks you’ll find online, but for those who don’t know the first thing about soldering, there’s now an upgraded version of the Big Mouth Billy Bass that can respond to voice commands right out of the box, courtesy of Amazon’s Alexa.

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