Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's new weekly series gathering the latest and shiniest pop culture toys and merchandise around. This week: a very fancy take on Peter Parker’s low-rent Spider-Man: Homecoming look, a giant Optimus Prime, and a fully armed and operational battle teapot. Let’s take a look!
Sitting in the captain’s chair on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise must certainly give you a feeling of power and authority. But comfort? Captain Kirk’s Starfleet throne never actually looked that comfortable, which is why we’d prefer boldly going where no one has gone before in this bean bag captain’s chair…
Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek television show, revealed that she will be heading out on a NASA flight in September.
When Adam Savage ordered a replica of Captain Kirk’s Star Trek chair off eBay, he found it to be “totally sad and not accurate.” What’s a fanboy who also happens to be capable of building practically anything to do? Watch the (long, but entertaining and Shatner-approved) video below to find out.
Styled on the iconic captain's chair that Kirk occupied during his time in command of the USS Enterprise, this inflatable pool float will undoubtedly make you feel more important than everyone else at the pool. So while you're lounging around soaking up the sun, you can order others to get you drinks, fetch your…
A man named James Kirk will be the captain of the $4bn USS Zumwalt, the first of America's new stealth destroyers. No, I am not making this up.
A debate broke out over at Foreign Policy magazine when John Arquilla, a professor of defense analysis, argued that the Prime Directive should be our model for non-intervention in Syria. Now Foreign Policy writer Michael Peck has a snappy rejoinder, arguing that Kirk would join the revolutionaries.
William Shatner invaded Seth MacFarlane's opening Oscars sketch to add a science fiction plot line to the Academy Awards. Captain James T. Kirk (suspiciously wearing his admiral's uniform and sounding less like Shatner doing Kirk than Shatner doing grumpy Shatner) traveled back in time to prevent MacFarlane from…
Over at our favorite pop culture journal Hilobrow, there is a recently-completed collection of fascinating short essays called "Kirk Your Enthusiasm." Each essay focuses on one memorable scene featuring Captain Kirk, whether in the original series, the animated series, or the films (including an essay by yours truly…
James Tiberius Kirk: lover, explorer, chanteur, a veritable 23rd-century bon vivant. Captain Kirk has many fine traits, but his martial prowess is perhaps most deserving of our fear and respect. Here are 10 fighting maneuvers that should be enshrined by Starfleet as "The Decalogue of Whooping Ass."
The potato adventure is just beginning! PPW Toys will release Star Trek Mr. Potato Head collectible figures along with a few TOS-centric sets! Future potato characters include Captain Kirk, Kor, Mr. Spock and Lt. Uhura. [Star Trek]
Vintage department store costumes followed a strangely predictable formula: soulless plastic mask + psychedelic torso art with the character's face again (for absolutely no reason). Here are some of your favorite scifi characters looking like narcissistic lunatics. First off, we have the Alien. It's like he was his…
The battle of the Summer Glaus was long and fierce — but we're calling it. River Tam vanquished her robotic twin, Cameron. But how will River do against the man who doesn't believe in the no-win situation: James T. Kirk?
If you happen to be flying over the city of San Francisco, HP headquarters will be easy to spot. It will be the building with the words "Hazardous Products" finger painted on the roof.
The number of times you can say "I thought you were dead!" in science fiction is probably only rivaled by characters in soap operas. In honor of Easter, here are eleven of the best resurrections.
Two new Star Trek teasers broke today. In this first one, we can see Handsome Young Kirk hit on Uhura at a local space bar, presumably followed by a space barfight.
PopSci's Adam Weiner did some calculations to see if young Kirk could survive the car jump in the new Star Trek trailer. Adam's wrong. We have the real answer in our own video.
Captain Kirk's original chair cost $304,750 when it was auctioned off back in 2002, but now you can own your own replica chair for only a bit over $1000. You won't get Shatner's actual butt imprint in your chair (nor his fart remnants and other juices), but you will save quite a bit of money and get a seat that's as…
Some new details about the starships in the new Star Trek movie have come out — and they answer a major nagging question about the movie's over-arching plot. It seems as though we'll be getting to see a variety of types of ships, including one you might not have expected. Details (and spoilers) ahead.
They yell at you and fire you twice a day. They insist that a five-day job should only take five hours. They flip-flop and then blame you for their mistakes. Star Trek's captains model all kinds of bad boss behavior, but luckily they also show us what to do with a boss who's out of touch with reality.