One of the biggest complaints fans had about the Michael Bay Transformers movies was they really weren’t about the Transformers. They were human stories with Transformers as supporting characters. Well, the producers heard those sentiments and they’re changing the franchise.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the best toys we’ve seen all week. This time we’ve got a bumper bunch of Jurassic Park merchandise (and some Jurassic-adjacent attempts too), rocking toys that boldly go, and perhaps the world’s most absurdly articulated action figure cape ever seen. Check them out!
The Transformers have been reborn again and again since the toys first hit America in 1984, including appearances in several animated series. But if you grew up with the original toys, and were left confused and disappointed when Optimus Prime was turned into a gorilla, the toys from the latest series, Transformers…
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of all things merchandise. This week we’ve got even more San Diego Comic-Con exclusives to drool over, some new Lego from the upcoming Ninjago movie, and the best plastic recreation of Bruce Campbell’s face the world has ever seen. Really!
Remember 10 years ago when director Michael Bay took the simply designed cartoon Transformers of the ‘80s and made them into ultra-complex, shiny beings with so many moving parts they made no sense? Well, what Bay did to the Transformers themselves is what he’s done to the fifth film in the franchise, The Last Knight.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly reminder to hide your life savings somewhere safe, because there are so many goddamn awesome toys coming out. This week: Hot Toys finally unleashes the Homecoming figure we really want, Overwatch gets an amazing action figure, Anki’s adorable robot gets a new coat of paint, and…
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 roundup of the sweet toys and merchandise we’ve seen this week. We’ve got a magical Doctor Strange figure, a rather large Homecoming Spider-Man, and a miserable way to treat your favorite astromech unit. Also: Legend of Zelda Clue. No, really!
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!
30 years ago, every kid who was lucky enough to see Transformers: The Movie in theaters must have had something stuck in their eye when Optimus Prime died. But if the Autobots had had access to a 3D printer, maybe Optimus wouldn’t have had to die before passing the Matrix of Leadership on to Hot Rod—they could have…
Having your parents throw an awesome Transformers-themed party for your sixth birthday is one thing. But having your dad make a talking Optimus Prime cake that actually transforms? That’s a birthday you’re never, ever going to forget.
If you’re looking for a difficult challenge in life, try building a perpetual motion machine. But if you want an impossible challenge, try assembling one of these intricate laser-cut metal puzzles that are now available in Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee versions.
Half of me wants to believe that this amazing Lego version of Optimus Prime (the Michael Bay movie version) that can actually transform into a robot is legit. But the other half of me is having a hard time believing that Ralph Savelsberg didn’t just hire Industrial Light & Magic to help fake these photos with CG.
Sure, they may be made out of of re-purposed bits of scrap metal, but I'm willing to say this Optimus Prime looks way cooler than what we got in Michael Bay's Transformers films.
Well, just his upper torso and head, but even then, this thing is humongous.
Lego enthusiast Angus MacLane might be more known for his lovely Cube Dude creations, but when he's not building those blocky designs, he's still making awesome Lego goodness, like this super-deformed Optimus Prime.
Takara Tomy has found the best way to suck the cash from our wallets save for some kind of reverse-ATM tractor beam. First teased earlier in the year, you can finally pre-order the toymaker's homage to robots and classic gaming consoles with these updated Optimus Prime and Megatron figures that transform into the…
I mean, why be a truck when you could be one of the coolest video game consoles ever? Smart choice, Optimus.
Man, do you guys remember how fun that Transformers trilogy was? Back when Shia was happy muttering no no no no when things went bad, back when we weren't sure if Megan Fox was part of a new beautiful species, back when Michael Bay didn't implode on a stage, back when it was just giant good transformers pummeling…
This edible Optimus Prime is made of 700-800 individual pieces of gingerbread. And it doesn't just look impressive—it also won its maker, artist Caroline Eriksson, a huge cash prize.