Watch the Incredible VFX That Brought War for theĀ Planet of the Apes' Simian Stars to Life

The filmmaking techniques used to bring human-like apes to life have changed considerably since the original Planet of the Apes. Makeup still comes into play, but instead of putting bulky prosthetics on an actor, visual effects technicians cover their faces in tiny white tracking dots, allowing their performances toā€¦

Life-SizedĀ Star WarsĀ and Guardians of the GalaxyĀ 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 Thorā€™s new Infinity War weapon. Check it out!

Our Best Look at Justice League's Big Villain, And More of the Coolest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the latest plastic behemoths that are going to drain away all your spare change. This week, thereā€™s a Justice League blowout, including our best look yet at the movieā€™s ferocious villain. Plus, a truly fabulous Magneto figure, and the worldā€™s most impractical Thorā€¦

How Scientifically Plausible Is the ā€˜Simian Fluā€™ inĀ Planet of the Apes?

The Planet of the Apes prequels did much to explain how humans lost their status as the dominant species on the planetā€”a cataclysmic set of events fueled by a global pandemic known as the ā€œSimian Flu.ā€ This virus, the product of a medical experiment gone horribly wrong, wiped out the vast majority of humans, but itā€¦

Here's Your Requisite 'Shows the Whole Damn Thing'Ā War for the Planet of the ApesĀ TrailerĀ 

Itā€™s always the same with blockbuster movie marketing these daysā€”the closer you get to release, the more and more footage comes out to the point you could piece together everything chronologically and come away with a huge chunk of the actual movie. Sometimes the studios themselves do it for you in the form ofā€¦