Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the best toys in this galaxy (and any other). This week, a bizarro Godzilla figurine, a very slick Star-Lord figure, a fancy Star Trek lamp, and maybe more than a few new Star Wars toys, thanks to Celebration Orlando. Gird your wallets and check them out below!
It’s a simple idea for an art installation: Fill an entire giant room with glowing lamps from floor to ceiling. On paper it sounds an awful lot like your grandma’s living room, but walking through teamLab’s Forest of Resonating Lamps exhibit feels a lot more like drifting through a giant swarm of jellyfish.
If you’ve ever wanted to talk to your lamp, GE’s new C by GE lamp has Alexa baked right in. Amazon has licensed its Alexa assistant to a slew of different gadgets, but this is the first lighting product to feature the voice-controlled service.
Thanks to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Death Star is en vogue again, which also means there’s no shortage of Death Star merchandise flooding the market. And despite it being a super weapon capable of extinguishing billions of lives with one blast, this Death Star lamp might make it easier to drift off to sleep at…
Using a lightsaber as a flashlight is a bad idea, given you can easily lop someone’s arm off while flailing around in the dark. But ThinkGeek’s new five-and-a-half-foot tall lightsaber floor lamp is a much safer way to find your way around in the dark, since it only relies on LEDs to glow.
Much to the chagrin of the person you sleep next to every night, this wonderful Super Mario Bros.-inspired Question Block lamp makes that classic video game ‘ping’ sound every time you tap it on and off. No actual coins are ejected, but we’re waiting for confirmation on whether or not the occasional mushroom pops out.
Could a relationship between an astromech droid and an anthropomorphised articulated desk lamp ever really work? Debatable. But it’s worth a shot, because if it did, their offspring would be this fantastic R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp that ThinkGeek is now selling for $60.
Using the same science that makes fiber optics and modern communications possible, these ultra-flat LED lamps look like they’ve each got a shade attached to them, but it’s all just an optical illusion.
If this lamp looks somehow familiar, that’s because it’s based on something you see hundreds of times every single say: a single italicized letter i.
There’s no shortage of fancy lamps on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, but the Lunaluxx looks like it truly brings something unique and innovative to the table, or your desk, or your bedside table. It uses a small floating disk that glows brilliantly when hit with an invisible blue LED from underneath.
Mother Nature has had a lot more time to perfect her designs than we have. And since she hasn’t bothered patenting a single one, we’re free to not only use her creations as inspiration—but to straight up steal them. So if you’re trying to create a pendant light with an adjustable beam, there’s no reason not to just…
Studio DRIFT made these lovely lamps that feel alive because they've been designed to bloom like a flower. It's a beautiful idea that's even more gorgeous when you see it happen, I would love to walk into my living room and have these ethereal lights dance for me as they descend and shine up the room.
Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights: For this week's Shooting Challenge, photograph lights.
Are you looking at the outline of lamp or just the glow of a bulb? Or maybe it's both? This lamp, you see, is made entirely from the fluorescent tube which is used to emit its light.
Winter is upon us, and so is the death of our outdoor plants. Polish design studio Lightovo want to help you preserve a little slice of your garden through the winter using its handblown glass lamp called Milo. Think of it as a hybrid terrarium and pendant lamp.
Now that a trio of red, blue, and green LEDs can reproduce almost any color you can imagine, tinted mood lighting has become a hot trend. But why settle for manually dialing in a specific shade when this ColorUp lamp includes a built-in color picker that can sample and reproduce any color you so desire?
To see the glow from a species of bioluminescent octopus used to require a trip to the deep sea and a fair amount of patience. Not anymore. Ambio, a mobile lamp from Amsterdam-based designer Teresa von Dongen brings the sublime light away from the ocean by creating a "artificial saltwater medium."
Let's say that you've got a spare two grand stuffed in a shoebox under your bed, and you want to put it towards something really useful. No, not paying off a credit card bill, or getting your car serviced — you want to blow that on a Mario Bros lamp made out of Lego.
Look around hip London or Manhattan coffee shops and restaurants, and you'll know that big, heavy lampshades of industrial light fittings are in right now. But these stripped-back lights provide a nod to that style—with a lighter, modern feel.