Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our roundup of the sweet toys and merchandise we've seen this week. We have a magical Doctor Strange figure, a rather large Homecoming Spider-Man, and a miserable way to treat your favourite astromech unit. Also: Legend of Zelda Clue. No, really!
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Rooted in the visual imagery of classic ships like the Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyers, X-Wings and TIE Fighters, The Force Awakens didn't get much of a chance to really give us some new iconic vehicles for the Star Wars saga. But one great new design it did give us was Rey's Jakku Speeder — and it's getting a fabulous new toy this spring.
If there's one thing we like as much as an all-out Nerf battle, it's showing off our blaster skills. And that means trick shots — target blasting from a distance, or maybe around a corner, or while you're hanging upside down from a tree. Honestly, the limit of a trick shot is your own creativity. Here's some inspiration and guidance for your own tricks.
You might not realise it, but Nerf is a nearly 50-year old brand. From soft foam footballs to the latest in high-tech dart blasters, the history of Nerf is one of constant development and innovation. Here are Nerf's greatest hits and most important toys, starting in the year that humankind landed on the moon.
Nerf has a long history of innovating — making generation after generation of blasters that blasts further, more accurately, feel sturdier, and pack in more darts. That takes a lot more effort behind the scenes than you'd think. Here's why you get what you pay for.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our roundup of all the coolest new toys around (at least this week). This week: A totally lavish Aliens prop replica, an anime-style Kamala Khan, Pac-Man power for your phone, and a very elaborate Batmobile from Batman v Superman. Hide your wallet and check out all the good stuff below.
"I like to keep this handy, for close encounters."
Nerf's N-Strike MEGA DoubleBreach is an oversized, overpowered hunk of dart-blasting magnificence. It's enormous in every dimension, and the MEGA darts that it fires are equally big. If you've ever wanted to look like an ultimate badass swinging around a giant handheld Nerf blaster, this is your new go-to choice.
Harmonix is best known for video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and cluttering up your living room with fake plastic instruments. Its next music game, however, trades guitars and drum sets for collectable cards, and has aspiring DJs competing to remix songs — like playing Yu-Gi-Oh in the club.
The very first Star Wars movie turns 40 in 2017 — as are, practically, the toys that have long been intertwined with the franchise. To celebrate 40 years in the galaxy far, far away, Hasbro is breaking out the weaponised nostalgia with an homage to the classic Kenner era of Star Wars toys.
At last year's Toy Fair Hasbro made it a lot easier for Marvel fans to live out their superhero fantasies without requiring an Avengers-sized budget. The company's detailed but affordable role-play line is expanding this year with two new accessories for Thor fans, and those who wish they could join the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Hasbro has announced that the humble thimble, Monopoly's least beloved game piece, would be getting the boot from "an upcoming version of the game". Cynically, the toy company framed the eviction as a simple reflection of the people's will, the result of a recent online contest to modernise the board game.
Simon, the classic four-colour memory game, has managed to remain popular for decades despite countless other electronic distractions at our disposal. But all brands struggle to remain relevant through ever-changing fads, and in a valiant attempt to remain hip, Hasbro is now taking a cue from virtual reality setups like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.