Hellboy, Waffle Makers, Overwatch Nerf Blasters, and More of the Most Collectible Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of all things fun, collectible, and frivolous. San Diego Comic-Con is but a distant memory at this point, but thankfully there’s still plenty of toy news to be had. Lego’s still pumping out new sets, Jell-O’s trying its hand at making edible toys, and we’ve got some fun…

Ten Years Later, Marvel Studios Still Feels Phase One Was Its Greatest Achievement

When Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters next week, it’ll be the 20th Marvel Cinematic Universe film released in the past 10 years. That’s a lot, and—especially after the unprecedented success of the last two films, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther—it’s easy to forget this was never a sure thing.

The Weirdest Rumors About the Marvel Cinematic Universe That Never Came True

This month, years of meticulous movie planning will culminate in the release of Avengers: Infinity War, smashing together heroes from a decade’s worth of some of the biggest films on the planet. The road to Infinity War has been paved with a decade of reporting around it—some of it leading to some very bizarre rumors…

Life-Sized Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy Toys, and More of the Biggest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of shiny toys and merch we desperately wish we had the money to waste on. This week is getting a bit life-sized, with a giant Star Wars trooper, a slightly less giant (but still life-sized) baby Groot, and a cool look at Thor’s new Infinity War weapon. Check it out!

This Iron Man-Inspired Robot With Jet-Powered Feet Is a Master of the Splits

Robotics engineers at Guangdong University of Technology’s School of Automation in China are bringing us one step—albeit a much larger step—closer to realizing Tony Stark’s fictitious Iron Man suit. Their new robot features jet-powered feet that greatly improve the bot’s balance, agility, and capabilities.

Exclusive: Thanos, Iron Man, Gamora, and Star-Lord Are Getting the Lego Brickheadz Treatment

You might have heard they’re making another one of those Marvel Comics movies. Ahead of Avengers: Infinity War’s April 27 release, Lego has given us the chance to reveal four new adorably-deformed Brickheadz characters, with Iron Man’s MK50 armor, Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, Gamora, and Star-Lord now joining the…

Tony Stark's Arc Reactor Is Back in Avengers: Infinity War, But Not for the Reason You Thought

Last year, pictures of Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Infinity War revealed a particular arc-reactor-shaped hole in his costume, sparking talk of a dire fate for the Iron Avenger. Although we eventually glimpsed the reactor in the Infinity War trailer, we now know its return isn’t for Tony’s health: It’s…

There's More Going On in Black Panther's End Credit Scenes Than You Realize

Seeing as how Black Panther is the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fact it ends with two credits scenes is hardly a surprise. What is a surprise, though, is that while these scenes seem relatively self-explanatory, there’s a lot more going on in them than you’d think—especially in the second scene.