A Very Clever Lego Pop-Up Book, and More of the Most Wonderful Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of all the cool toys and merch we’ve spotted on this here internet lately. This week: War Machine suits up for Figuarts’ Infinity War line, an incredibly squishy Super Mario cushion, and perhaps the most inconvenient yet still delightful way to play Ms. Pac-Man ever…

The Comic Book Lore Behind the 3 New Costumes Coming to Marvel's Spider-Man

Next week, the excellent Spider-Man game for PS4 is getting its first piece of downloadable content. It’s a new mission that brings Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat herself, back into Peter Parker’s Spandex-clad life. But it’s bringing with it even more costumes, if you can believe it, including a pair right out of the…

Star Trek Online's Journey to Discovery Squanders Some of Its Great Potential

This week, for the first time in its history, Star Trek Online got the chance to launch content related to a concurrent Trek TV series with Age of Discovery, a mini-update that brings gamers into the time of Discovery. This first slice does a grand job of capturing Discovery’s look and it’s tone—but it also slips up…

The New Video Game Spider-Man Just Got a Fascinating Introduction to Marvel's Comic Universe

The beauty of Spider-Man is that there are so many interpretations of the character across a myriad of mediums—Spiders-men, women, kids, hams, and so on. The latest of them, the Peter Parker starring in Marvel’s Spider-Man, is a fascinating take on the character. But his comic book debut just made things a whole lot…

Tinkerer Builds More Durable Version of Nintendo Labo Toys Using Lego

When I reviewed Nintendo’s Labo kits a few months ago, I was genuinely impressed that the company had managed to create playable accessories out of cardboard. However, a few months later they’re starting to show some wear and tear, and glue and tape can only go so far when it comes to repairing them. That’s why I love…

Celebrate Some Super Mario Milestones With a Slew of Trippy Artwork

Apparently 2018 is a big year for everyone’s favorite plumber, Mario. It marks the 35th anniversary of the first Mario Bros. game, the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. 3, and the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite, the Super Mario Bros. movie. So to celebrate, the Bottleneck Gallery in New York is going down…

Hateful Kitties, Space Lasers, Spider-Man, and Soundbars: Best Gizmodo Posts of the Week

We’re up for a big week in the news, folks. There’s a lot going to happen, from Apple’s big September 12th announcement event to the notably less fun Hurricane Florence, which is currently projected to barrel into the East Coast at a minimum Category 3 status or possibly even worse before the weekend. As the president…