Honestly, this is usually the bit of Toy Aisle where we tease the rest of the fancy toys and merchandise we’ve spotted over the past week. But when you learn that there’s a goddamn giant Mickey Mouse mecha that turns into a truck, Optimus Prime-style, do you really need to know what else there is in here? Let’s just…
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!
In a remarkable feat of miniaturized engineering, Takara Tomy has created a tiny R2-D2 toy that stands just over an inch tall but can still be steered around your desk using an equally small lightsaber remote control.
If your attempts to own and care for a pet fish have resulted in a non-stop procession of toilet-side funerals, this new aquarium from Takara Tomy should help boost your success rate. It’s filled with colorful virtual fish you draw and color yourself that will only die if your smartphone does.
If you needed another reminder of just how woefully primitive public transportation is in North America compared to Japan, even the tiny toy versions of their high-speed bullet trains now float on magnets. And with such little friction, Takara Tomy’s new Linear Liner model can hit scale speeds of over 300 miles per…
For some reason a life-sized stuffed version of Darth Vader or Obi-Wan Kenobi just doesn't seem as appealing as these life-sized plush versions of Yoda and Wicket the Ewok. But that's probably because one is an adorable Muppet, and the other looks essentially like a cuddly walking teddy bear.
If your kids have been jonesing to get their Vine on, but you'd rather not put a $500 mobile device in their hands just so they can create bite-size six-second videos, Takara Tomy has a cheaper solution. Its new Magical 6 camera does basically the same thing as the Vine app, but with a little more legwork needed to…
Saving the indecisive from having to choose between an RC boat, an RC car, or an RC helicopter, Takara Tomy has released an all-terrain remote control toy that can be used on water, dry land, or even take to the air—and all without having to reconfigure the toy with extra floats, wings, or wheels.
It turns out the term 'pudding' has different meanings all over the world. In North America it's usually a creamy dessert treat, in the UK it's a soggy bread mess, and in Japan it's a pre-scrambled boiled egg that's drizzled with caramel sauce. And now the Japanese version is a lot easier to make with this whimsical…
In Japan they love their beer with a healthy head of foam. Which explains why gadgets like the self-frothing beer mug, and now this ultrasonic frother even exist.
We all hate using a smartphone or tablet when the screen's covered in greasy fingerprints. But it's a situation that's easy to solve with nothing but a shirt sleeve, or if you're particularly anal, a microfiber cloth. What the world doesn't need is a tiny Roomba-like cleaning device designed specifically for cleaning…
Targeting the lucrative markets of agoraphobes, those with sun allergies, and residents of windless cities, Takara Tomy has created an indoor kite that majestically soars as high as the ceiling—with sufficient cranking, that is.
Great news if your aquarium goes through fish faster than a fish n' chips restaurant. Takara Tomy has created these robotic alternatives that will swim around your tank in an incredibly lifelike fashion. But they never need to be fed, and more importantly, will never dirty the tank.
Japanese watch purveyors Seahope have come up trumps with a Transformers clock which I'm hoping can actually transform into a watch.
What is your dog trying to say when he's barking at bicyclists riding by your window? If only we spoke Japanese, we'd know.
Jump into your glittery spandex pants and crown you head with that leopard headband, because you are going to need them to follow the 100 million—yes, million—three-minute workouts of the Minutes Gym Digital Video Trainer.
Takara Tomy has come out with a dog-specific, digital pedometer that not only works as a digital dog tag, but also records your dog's physical activities including eating, sleeping and walking. But what about sexing?
If you need help reliving your childhood, Takara Tomy is re-releasing its classic Transformers watch. I don't remember Transformers looking so drab though. Funny what a few years will do to your perspective.
Japanese kids and otaku need slightly more motivation than the rest of us to save money, and to that end, Takara Tomy has made a piggy bank with an RPG game built right on there. It's called Bank Quest (was Final Bank Fantasy taken?) and you can buy weapons and armor for your dude from the savings you place inside.…