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This Little Robot Broke My Heart This Little Robot Broke My Heart

I know I’m not going to have a robot zipping around my home, working through random chores, anytime soon. But is a simple autonomous companion so much to ask for? Anki’s new Vector bot wants to be your robotic sidekick, but as it looks up at me with confused eyes as I repeatedly try to ask it about the weather, I once…

Lego Overwatch and a Wild Groot Puppet Are Among the Most Delightful Toys of the Week Lego Overwatch and a Wild Groot Puppet Are Among the Most Delightful Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round-up of the coolest toys we’ve seen draining our wallets for a perpetually growing list of preorders. This week: Bastion the robot gets turned into Lego! Hot Toys is making an Infinity War meme a very expensive reality! Groot gets a disturbingly detailed puppet! And more!

Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Game of Thrones Collide in the Best Toys of the Week Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Game of Thrones Collide in the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's round up of the best toys we’ve seen all week. This time round, a very cool take on the comic book Iron Spider suit, Obi-Wan Kenobi reaches out into the Star Wars figuarts line, Darth Vader’s sinister castle gets a slightly less sinister Lego set, and more. Check it out!

My Dream of Wearing Motorized Shoes Was More Painful Than Expected

It was always a weird ambition of mine to own shoes that would turn into little electric cars at the flip of a switch. Probably a lazy one. So I jumped at the chance to try Razor’s Turbo Jetts. They’re like the advanced version of Heelys that I wanted when I was 11 years old. I’m much older now, and so naturally, I…

Imagine What This One-Handed, Rubik's Cube-Solving Robot Could Do With a Deck of Cards

Rubik’s Cube-solving robots are far from a new idea. In fact, while the human record holder can solve a cube in just 4.22 seconds, the fastest cube-solving robot does it in a little over half a second. This robot isn’t quite as fast, but it’s ability to quickly solve a Rubik’s Cube using just one three-fingered hand…

Good Robots, Dead Robots, and an Excellent Princess Leia Are Among the Best Toys of the Week Good Robots, Dead Robots, and an Excellent Princess Leia Are Among the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the coolest merchandise we’ve seen on the internet. This week: RIP Optimus Prime! Plus, a very good Princess Leia, Wolverine goes ronin, Overwatch’s divine robot monk gets the figure he deserves, and much more. Check it out!

I Want This Custom Bluetooth Soundwave Boombox, Even if It Doesn't Transform I Want This Custom Bluetooth Soundwave Boombox, Even if It Doesn't Transform

Optimus Prime and Grimlock were among the most popular Transformers characters from the original animated series, but Soundwave, who spoke like he’d swallowed a synthesizer, was undoubtedly every kid’s favorite. I still have the original toy, but as an adult, I want this custom Soundwave-shaped boombox even more.

This Robotic Rubik's Cube Can Solve Itself

It’s not going to set any world records, but this robotic Rubik’s Cube that’s filled with electronics and tiny electric motors is actually more impressive than watching someone race through the puzzle in a few seconds because it can solve itself without any assistance—aside from a human messing it up in the first place…

These Laser Tag Wands Deliver Some Hogwarts Fun Without as Much Studying

As a kid, I would have been ecstatic to attend Hogwarts instead of my boring public school. But given the choice as an adult, even the promise of magic isn’t enough to convince me to ever go back to school again. Why would I spend years studying textbooks and practicing potions when JAKKS Pacific’s new Wizard Training…

It's Never Too Early For Ugly Sweaters, and More of the Weirdest Toys and Merchandise of the Week It's Never Too Early For Ugly Sweaters, and More of the Weirdest Toys and Merchandise of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the toys and merchandise that have caught our eyes lately. This week: repping your favorite Marvel heroes as the nights grow colder, how to make your Nerf armory even more ridiculous, and...poop? Check it out!

Tinkerer Builds More Durable Version of Nintendo Labo Toys Using Lego

When I reviewed Nintendo’s Labo kits a few months ago, I was genuinely impressed that the company had managed to create playable accessories out of cardboard. However, a few months later they’re starting to show some wear and tear, and glue and tape can only go so far when it comes to repairing them. That’s why I love…

Thanos Faces Horror's Most Iconic Villains in This Killer Photo Thanos Faces Horror's Most Iconic Villains in This Killer Photo

Even with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes couldn’t defeat Thanos. But maybe a bloodier solution would do the trick. What if five icons of horror decided to battle the Mad Titan instead?

Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week

Ending the week without a list of new ways to blow your paycheck just feels wrong, so welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week we’ve got some Star Wars-themed costume ideas that will unintentionally terrify your neighborhood, a fun Squirrel Girl doll…

Sphero's Rolling Robots Gain a Tiny Display and the Ability to Roam in Packs

Originally sold as the world’s first remote control ball, Sphero’s baseball-sized rolling toy has evolved over the years to eventually become one of the most accessible ways to learn the basics of coding robots. Bolt, the company’s latest creation, adds new abilities and ways to automate the bot’s behavior, including…

Spider-Punk Does Whatever a Spider-Punk Can in the Best Toys of the Week Spider-Punk Does Whatever a Spider-Punk Can in the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week, Spider-Punk rocks out, Overwatch’s D.Va adds another sweet piece of merch to her highlight reel, a very cool Star Wars set, and...Barbie’s craziest ride yet? Check it out!

An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all things merch. This week, Tamashii Nation’s “movie realization” range takes on Threepoio, an incredibly detailed Keanu Reeves emerges from the Continental, and Doctor Who’s Bill Potts finally gets her own action figure. Check it out!

Sony Can Keep Its Plastic Dog, This Robotic Raptor Is My New Perfect Pet

With the first Jurassic Park, we were all content to just stare in awe at what appeared to be living, breathing dinosaurs onscreen. But four sequels later, we now want to do more than just look at dinosaurs, we want to play with them too. Science has yet to deliver the goods, so Mattel has stepped up to bring…

Marvel At This Drivable Bugatti Chiron Built From a Million Pieces of Lego Technic and 2,304 Electric Toy Motors

As cool as the 5.3-million-piece Lego X-wing fighter the toymaker built in Times Square was—the ship didn’t actually fly. That’s what makes Lego’s latest over-the-top build even more impressive. There’s over a million pieces of Lego Technic in this life-sized Bugatti Chiron, as well as 2,304 tiny Lego electric motors…

40 Years of Lego Minifigures: What's Your All-Time Favorite?

If you’re a Lego aficionado, there’s a good chance you’ve occasionally bought an entire set just to add a single, four-centimeter plastic figure to your collection. Today Lego is officially celebrating the 40-year anniversary of its Minifigures, so now’s as good a time as any to discuss which one is your all-time…

Cyclops' Best Design Gets a Great Figure, and More Xcellent Toys of the Week Cyclops' Best Design Gets a Great Figure, and More Xcellent Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the best toys we’ve seen that are currently trying to swipe our hard-earned wages (earned by writing about toys, of course). This week: Tyrion Lannister gets the booze-wielding figure he deserves, Funko gets overtly muscular with retro Thundercats figures, and more!

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