Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest and greatest bits of plastic threatening our wallets. This week: Lego gets its May the 4th celebrations on by giving the worst Star Wars ship a lovely set, Neon Genesis Evangelion Tamagotchis make us question things we’d really rather not, and somehow, there’s even more Baby Yoda. Check it out!
By comparison, at 1,673 pieces, Lego’s new Ultimate Collectors Series A-Wing Starfighter isn’t as massive a building challenge as the UCS Star Destroyer or Millennium Falcon, but at $200 when available starting on May 1, it’s also one of the more affordable models in the UCS lineup. It’s not the first A-Wing model Lego has produced, but a removable canopy gives access to a new highly detailed cockpit design that an included A-Wing pilot minifigure can sit inside—or he can be perched on an included display stand next to a plaque featuring technical details about the craft.
Based on the character’s appearance in the beloved Batman: The Animated Series, Mondo’s sixth-scale Catwoman figure looks like an animation cel brought to life. The figure stands almost 12 inches tall, and there’s not as much detail as Hot Toys manages to include with its figures, given it’s based on a cartoon—but Mondo compensates with at least 30 points of articulation, and accessories like four sets of heads (with one unmasked), multiple whips, swappable hands, batcuffs, precious jewels, and even two versions of her cat, Isis. It’s expected to ship sometime in June, for $165.
If you’re avoiding the responsibilities of owning a pet or having a child, but still want to feel needed, Tamagotchis, the keychain dependents you can’t write off on your taxes, are still around. Since the ‘90s they’ve developed more abilities, and now let you care for tiny pixelated creatures like Pokémon and Pac-Man, but if those feel a little too childish, you can now tend to one of 20 Angels from the existentialist mind-warp of a legendary animated series that is Neon Genesis Evangelion. The tamagotchis come in three designs, inspired by the EVA mechs piloted by Shinji, Asuka, and Rei on the show. But, perhaps appropriately given the context, we can’t help being a little freaked out at the idea of EVA-esque shells raising the alien invaders they were made, through horrifying manners, to destroy. [Hypebeast]
A lotta “The”’s for such a little package! We’ve known that Hasbro’s been working on a 6"-scaled Baby Yoda for a while at this point, and while we got a glimpse at Toy Fair earlier this year, now official pictures have begun to hit retailers ahead of the wee one’s release next month. And yup: he’s a cutie.
The Hasbro Baby Yoda comes with the asset himself of course, but he’s joined by his bone broth bowl, a frog to snack on, and even the little control knob from the Razorcrest to play with. Oh, and a giant hunk of translucent plastic basically the same size as the lil’ puddin that holds all of his accessories. They have to justify that this 2"-tall actual baby will cost you $10 somehow, after all. [Toyark]
April 26 is just around the corner, a date which has unofficially been co-opted by Disney as Alien Day, given the 4/26 correlates to moon LV-426 where a lot of nasty stuff went down in the 1986 film Aliens. Since planning a party or getting together isn’t allowed right now, a considerably more expensive way to celebrate the fauxliday is with Hollywood Collectibles Group’s new 44-inch long replica of the Conestoga Class Light Assault Starship, the USS Sulaco. Limited to 500 pieces and extensively detailed with hand painting and weathering, it will set you back $1,200, with a complimentary display stand included.
It’s a good and bad time to still be a Transformers fan. The toys are now staggeringly detailed, with complex transformation procedures that ensure both robot and vehicle modes look as authentic as possible, which is fantastic. But on the downside, many of the character designs from the ‘80s were upgraded for the Michael Bay movies, and not necessarily for the better. Hasbro’s latest Movie Masterpiece is an 11-inch version of fan favorite Starscream, created using the original digital files the film’s visual effects artists relied on. Featuring die-cast metal parts and over 50 points of articulation, there are 63 steps to transform Starscream from robot mode to an F-22 Raptor, which is why it will set you back $150 come September.
For more, make sure you’re following us on our Instagram @io9dotcom.