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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our weekly roundup of the best toys in this galaxy (and any other). This week, a bizarro Godzilla figurine, a very slick Star-Lord figure, a fancy Star Trek lamp, and maybe more than a few new Star Wars toys, thanks to Celebration Orlando. Gird your wallets and check them out below!

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Consider the humble light globe. It hides in your ceiling, turning electricity into light, but little do you know how inefficiently it's doing that. Halogen light bulbs aren't great, but traditional incandescents are downright terrible. Ikea says that the average Aussie household could save nearly $150 a year by switching its lighting to LEDs.

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Hidden away in a warehouse theatre in Sydney's Inner West, a stage show with a difference is happening. An improvised re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the actors switching the scene from romantic to sad to action-packed, the mood entirely driven by the colour of the lighting.

And the colour of the lighting is entirely driven by the audience - via Philips Hue.

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More powerful lights, a new app and a new website are the backbone of Philips' Hue 2.0, but it's the Apple HomeKit integration that will probably tempt most of the smart, Wi-Fi-connected multi-colour LED lighting system's new buyers. The new Hue 2.0 Bridge is the heart of the setup, and it sounds like we're finally getting to a point where Hue is a feasible lighting solution for a smart home.

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We've been thinking about lighting the wrong way for years, apparently. Desk lamps with shades over globes, downlights in household ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures in offices. Jake Dyson, son of renowned inventor Sir James Dyson, and an entrepreneur and inventor in his own right, has turned his attention to making a better light — and fixing the way that designers use light in home and office spaces alike.

"It's not about seeing the light," he tells Gizmodo. "It's about seeing the result of the light."