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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jun 29, 2019. 3 comments

Not Even Samurai Captain Phasma and a Lego PS4 Spider-Man Can Compete With This Tiny Sega Genesis

Not Even Samurai Captain Phasma and a Lego PS4 Spider-Man Can Compete With This Tiny Sega Genesis
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all things toy-related. This week, even more San Diego Comic-Con exclusives haunt our wallets (whether we’re going or otherwise!), Captain Phasma heads to medieval Japan, a very...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jun 01, 2019. 7 comments

This Week's Toys Are in Awe at the Size of This Absolute Pikachunit

This Week's Toys Are in Awe at the Size of This Absolute Pikachunit
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of the merchandise threatening to drain our wallets of their life essences. This week: McFarlane takes on the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Hasbro conjures up an adorable little...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Feb 20, 2019. 11 comments

The Coolest Star Wars and Marvel Reveals From New York Toy Fair

The Coolest Star Wars and Marvel Reveals From New York Toy Fair
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

New York Toy Fair descended on the Javits Center this past weekend, bringing us a new look at all the spectacular new toys (and games !) just waiting to plunder our bank accounts over the next year. As always, the show was a great...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Oct 25, 2018. 5 comments

This Cute Little Robotics Set Is Your First Step Toward Building Your Own Gundam Mobile Suit

This Cute Little Robotics Set Is Your First Step Toward Building Your Own Gundam Mobile Suit
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Today, roboticized model kits. Tomorrow, the world!

Gunpla—the scale plastic model kits of Gundam mecha that have almost been around as long as the franchise has—are usually just alarmingly detailed plastic models of your favorite...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook May 25, 2018. 2 comments

This Samurai Wolverine Figure Is the Exact Sort of Anime Bullshit I Crave

This Samurai Wolverine Figure Is the Exact Sort of Anime Bullshit I Crave
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

For years, Bandai has been turning Star Wars characters into samurai warriors in a wonderful line of figures called “Movie Realization.” More recently, but far more rarely, it’s been doing the same for Marvel with the “Manga...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Mar 03, 2018. 13 comments

A New Gundam Anime Means There's New Gundam Toys

A New <i>Gundam</i> Anime Means There's New <i>Gundam</i> Toys

Mobile Suit Gundam and model kits go hand in hand—the plastic kits arguably saved the series from obscurity and helped turn it into an anime legend. So inevitably the announcement of a new series in the franchise, naturally, that means there’s a whole slew of gorgeous looking toys to go with it.

First Good Look at the New Gundam Anime

It’s called Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Feb 27, 2018. 10 comments

Celebrate 35 Years Of Gundam Model Kits With This Exquisite Mobile Suit

Celebrate 35 Years Of Gundam Model Kits With This Exquisite Mobile Suit

This July, Bandai celebrate 35 years of selling 'Gunpla' - plastic model kits of the mechs from the long running Mobile Suit Gundam franchises. They're doing so in style too, with this ultra-fancy new version of the Gundam model that started it all.

The first ever Gundam Model Kit, a 1/144 scale rendition of Amuro Ray's RX-78-2 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam went on sale in Japan in July 1980...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Feb 26, 2018. 10 comments

This Golden Gundam Is The Slickest Mobile Suit Toy

This Golden Gundam Is The Slickest Mobile Suit Toy

I mean, look at it. It's literally a gold plated giant robot. Well, a model of said giant robot, but still, gold! That's the sort of fanciness I can totally get behind.

The Hyaku Shiki, or Delta Gundam, appeared in the second and third series of the long-running anime franchise, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta, the first of which is celebrating its 30th anniversary...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Feb 17, 2018. 21 comments

After 25-Year Run, Bandai America Gives Up Power Rangers Toys to Hasbro

After 25-Year Run, Bandai America Gives Up <i>Power Rangers</i> Toys to Hasbro

Whenever you think about Power Rangers, chances are you think about the American adaptation of theJapanese live-action kids series Super Sentai , a show about brightly colored spandex superheroes dramatically flipping away from pyrotechnics. But the toys based on the various TV series are just as important to the franchise. And now, for the first time in Power Rangers history, someone else...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jan 23, 2018. 7 comments

Miniature Plastic Cities Will Tremble Before Figuarts' Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Miniature Plastic Cities Will Tremble Before Figuarts' Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Sadly Stay Puft probably doesn’t come with a ruined city to stomp about in, but this figure does look great as he gleefully parades through tiny plastic skyscrapers. All he needs are some tiny Ghostbusters to fight him off.

Bandai’s latest Figuarts toy was first shown off at Comic-Con this year, but now official pictures of it have made their way online. Presumably clocking in at the typical...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jan 15, 2018. 15 comments

The New Power Rangers Movie Uniforms Work Way Better as Action Figures

The New <i>Power Rangers</i> Movie Uniforms Work Way Better as Action Figures

While they’re still not brilliant designs, the new suits in the Power Rangers reboot weirdly work way better as toys. Why? Because the toys don’t have that weirdbowling-ball-esque texture , and the bright, shiny color actually makes them feel way more like Power Rangers.

Get a Closer Look at the Weird Texture of the Power Rangers Movie Uniforms

When we first saw the new costumes for the Power...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Dec 15, 2017. 12 comments

Try Not to Think Too Much About This Weird and Wonderful Samurai Captain America Figure

Try Not to Think Too Much About This Weird and Wonderful Samurai Captain America Figure

Shouldn’t he be like... Captain Japan? Naming conventions aside, the latest in Bandai’s line of Feudal Japanese takes on Western heroes might just be its best figure yet.

Samurai Iron Man Is Ridiculously Cool

Remember those Samurai-style Star Wars toys? Well, Bandai has also kicked off a Marvel-themed…

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Revealed at Tamashii Nations 2016, the Movie Realization Captain America...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Dec 14, 2017. 9 comments

The Coolest New Toys At The Hong Kong Animation, Comics And Games Expo

The Coolest New Toys At The Hong Kong Animation, Comics And Games Expo

ACGHK 2015 took place over the weekend, and the best and brightest of the Asian Toy scene were out in full force, showing off their coolest products and teasing some new ones. Here’s the very best of what’s was on the show floor in Hong Kong!

Hot Toys had plenty of their already-announced new figures on display, but there were some new ones, too: The Age of Ultron collection finally rounded...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Dec 14, 2017. 2 comments

This Samurai Spider-Man Figure Does Whatever a Japanese Spider-Man Can

This Samurai Spider-Man Figure Does Whatever a Japanese Spider-Man Can

Tamashii Nation’s amazing Star Wars “movie realization” series, which takes the Galactic Empire’s most iconic designs and turns them into armor for classical Japanese samurai warriors, is absolutely fantastic—but it looks like their next addition to the line from the world of Marvel comic books. Behold, Spider-Samurai!

Bandai's Samurai Star Wars Figures Have Gotten Even Better

Bandai’s “Movie...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Oct 14, 2017. 19 comments

For The First Time Ever, the Next Super Sentai Series Has Been Made With Input From America

For The First Time Ever, the Next Super Sentai Series Has Been Made With Input From America

Although the Power Rangers and Super Sentai franchises have been forever linked since Power Rangers began 24 years ago , the Western side of things has never had creative input on the making of the Japanese show—it has simply been left to create its own series out of Super Sentai footage. That’s changing this year.

Ever since Saban first made a deal with Toei to use the action footage from...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Oct 12, 2017. 10 comments

Tamagotchi Is Back—And I Already Killed Mine

Tamagotchi Is Back—And I Already Killed Mine

Just after 11 am on Saturday morning, I became the proud parent of my very first Tamagotchi, freshly hatched from its virtual egg. By yesterday afternoon it was dead; its passing a poignant reminder that the gadgets we adored as kids aren’t always as awesome 20 years later when we’re grownups.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of the world’s first virtual pets, Bandai is re-releasing...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Oct 09, 2017. 7 comments

This Great Doctor Strange Figure Is on Fire (Not Literally)

This Great Doctor Strange Figure Is on Fire (Not Literally)

Usually, importing one of Figuarts well-sculpted, well-articulated action figures can be a costly endeavour—but the company’s upcoming Doctor Strange is actually making an official journey to western shelves... and he’s bringing a lot of giant plastic bits of fire with him.

To celebrate the fact that their 6-inch Figuarts Doctor Strange is getting an official Western release through Bluefin,...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Oct 06, 2017. 15 comments

These 'Then and Now' Power Rangers Action Figure Sets Are Not Doing the Movie Any Favors

These 'Then and Now' <i>Power Rangers</i> Action Figure Sets Are Not Doing the Movie Any Favors

Look, I’m not gonna say no to some new Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers action figures. But it kind of seems like a bad idea to package figures of the original TV show costume designs with their movie counterparts, mainly because they’re instant, undeniable proof of how much better the original suits were in comparison.

I actually quite like the new movie suits —at least, in comparison to almost

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Oct 03, 2017. 8 comments

Bandai's Age Of Ultron Iron Man Figure Is Gloriously Good

Bandai's <i>Age Of Ultron</i> Iron Man Figure Is Gloriously Good

Between Hot Toys, Lego and now this, it seems like Iron Man's new Mark 43 armour is by far the most toyetic aspect of Age Of Ultron we've seen yet. And looking at this brilliant new Figurarts from Bandai, I'm not complaining about that one bit.

The six-inch scaled Avenger will be the first of Bandai's line of Figurarts based on the upcoming movie, leading the way for Captain America, Thor and...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Oct 02, 2017. 17 comments

Bandai's Figuarts Jedi Luke Lets You Pose Him Just Like The ROTJ Poster

Bandai's Figuarts Jedi Luke Lets You Pose Him Just Like The <i>ROTJ</i> Poster

It's not often you get to see an action figure that boasts 'Looks just like that poster!', but Bandai's latest Star Wars figuarts can claim such a thing. Looking good, Mr. Skywalker!

The 6 inch scale figure depicts Luke as he appears in Return of the Jedi, complete with green lightsaber and black robes, and is Bandai's first attempt at a human sculpt for their Star Wars line - or that should...

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