Stunning Star Wars, Star Trek, and Black Panther Figures, and More of the Prettiest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of the best toys around. This week, we’ve got some cute and collectible little Transformers, Mezco takes a swing at Spider-Man: Homecoming’s other spider-suit, and Funko goes all the way in on your childhood cartoon nostalgia with a new line of Disney figures. Check it…

Watch This Pilot's Frantic Dash to Save His Dying Drone From Drowning in a Lake

It’s the fear of anyone who’s ever spent hundreds of dollars on a drone. You’re out flying, capturing beautiful footage of a lake, when suddenly the battery on your craft begins to die, and the drone starts its pre-programmed slow descent to what should be a safe landing—except that it’s over water. Dave Svorking…

At 60 Frames Per Second, It Feels Like I'm Riding This Drone As It Races Down a Mountain

If there was ever a good reason to fullscreen a video on your computer, this is it. The third episode of Team Blacksheep’s Long Term Paradise series, featuring some of the best drone pilots in the world, might have you experiencing vertigo if you’re brave enough to watch this footage running at a full 60 frames per…

Earth Looks Like a Bleak Alien World Under the Blinding Glow of a Drone Carrying a Spotlight

As soon as cameras got small enough to ride along with drones, the internet quickly filled with amazing aerial footage shot by pros and amateurs alike. But in addition to a camera-equipped drone, filmmaker Ian Montgomery used a second quadcopter carrying a bright spotlight to capture these eerie videos of what barely…

Kaleidoscopic Drone Footage Takes You To Mind-Bending Places That Can't Really Exist

It looks like drone pilot and videographer Alban Roinard somehow managed to fly his quadcopter into the dream worlds of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But watching these European cities fold onto themselves isn’t the result of a million dollars-worth of special effects; it’s just simple mirroring tricks applied to…

Don't Blink or You'll Miss the World's Fastest Drone Flying Faster Than a Sports Car

Watching first-person footage of racing drones makes it seem like the tiny craft fly somewhere close to the speed of light. In reality, due to the limits of their human pilots, they top at around 80 miles per hour. That’s incredibly fast, but the Drone Racing League managed to double that with a new world record speed…

Music Festival Confetti Cannons Might Be Our Only Surefire Defense Against Drones

As if random asteroids and vengeful hawks weren’t enough of a reason to keep a wary eye on the skies, drones have gone from being harmless RC toys to genuine weapons. Until now, the only way to stay safe was to only go outside on windy days, but it looks like there’s a new weapon for the war on drones: confetti…

Drones Are Giving Us Never-Before-Seen Close-up Views of Volcanic Eruptions

It’s not just the intense heat that makes it hard for researchers to closely study an active volcano, there’s also a potpourri of noxious gases that are less than ideal to inhale. But at the controls of a sensor-laden drone, scientists from the University of Cambridge have been able to capture amazing close-up footage…

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