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!
Brian May is many things: Lead guitarist of Queen, lover of badgers, and astrophysicist. Now, add VR guru to the list—because he’s just announced his very own version of Google Cardboard.
Every year, the Queen gives a speech about what the UK government will focus its attentions on over the coming twelve months. Today, she explained that, among other things, she wants the country to focus on autonomous cars and drones.
Watching this video might make you want to go back to Jack Black’s school of rock. Here’s Black, and Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass, performing one of the greatest movie themes of all time: Queen’s “Flash Gordon.” Aaaaaaaa!
If you look closely at this photo of U.S. Astronaut Terry Virts, you can discover a neat little phenomenon that looks like a slice of 70s pop in space.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Sheer Heart Attack, the album which, by most accounts, launched Queen to international tight-leather-clad stardom. But rather than watching a fur-covered Freddie Mercury doing his thing (excellent though that would be), here's Panic at the Disco's cover of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which…
Being a Queen fan since I was little kid, I had my doubts about anyone covering 20 Queen songs in one single 60-second song and making any sense. I stand corrected: This medley is brilliant, smoothly morphing one song into each other while keeping every single hit recognizable.
In 1981 Freddie Mercury recorded "There Must Be More to Life Than This," which originally featured additional vocals from Michael Jackson. The song was eventually released without Jackson's voice, but thanks to the new compilation Queen Forever, you can finally hear Freddie and Michael together.
The 1980 Flash Gordon had so much promise. They had a budget, an all-star cast, and the filmmaker behind the 1971 classic Get Carter. They had Queen! How many shit-storms had to coalesce to create this altogether Perfect Storm of movie failure? Quite a few. Here are the weirdest secrets of the making of Flash Gordon.
Matt Perren has vision, patience, and good taste in music. The result of these talents is the above video, which features Perren transforming three years of self-portrait photos into a music video where he lipsyncs Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" while aging three years in less than a minute... and then back.
avital posted the photo this rather brilliant costumed fellow hanging out in the subway. He's not just a Sailor Scout; he's Sailor Freddie Mercury.
The early 1980s was a time of serious dread for many people worried that the U.S. and the Soviet Union might start World War III. And it's easy to understand why. One wrong move by either nuke-equipped country, and it was the end of civilization as we knew it. In fact, that's nearly what happened on September 26, 1983…
Holy crap this is excellent. Many of you are probably familiar with the intimidating crackle and flash of electricity-generating Tesla coils — but watch what happens when you combine them with wearable suits that behave like Faraday cages. It's like watching a shootout between Raiden and Emperor Palpatine.
When it comes to matters science fictional, the band Queen is best known for their soundtrack to Flash Gordon (although Freddie Mercury's encounters with Wolverine are near and dear to us).
Breaking into comic books can be difficult, but having a fervent imagination definitely helps. In the 1990s, an unnamed artist submitted the below illustration to Marvel Comics. Even though this pitch didn't get the hopeful a job with the publisher, it became a favorite of Marvel bullpen member Steve Bunche, who once…
As Queen's front-man, Freddie Mercury's overpowering vocals, four-octave range, and thundering stage presence couldn't be ignored. As a high-profile victim of the AIDS epidemic, his death on Thanksgiving Day, 1991 couldn't be ignored either. Tonight's Soundtrack honors Mr. Fahrenheit and marks the 20th anniversary…
Nothing to add here. Just watch this amazing live performance by one of the best—if not the best—rock singers and rock bands the world has ever seen. Happy 65th birthday, Freddie. You're dearly missed. [Amazon]