Tetsuya Nomura is best known for his design work on Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts (for better or for worse). But he's also known for designing the world's most bizarre Batman figure, which turned the Dark Knight into... well, the giant Final Fantasy dragon-god Bahamut, basically. Now he's back to do the same to the Joker, and it's just as wacky.
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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our roundup of the shiniest toys currently threatening that pile of money you have in your back account. This week we have an incredibly detailed Wolverine figure, Spider-Man: Homecoming's weirdest new Spider-tech made robo-flesh, and some unique DC comics statuettes. Hide your wallets!
Honestly, this is usually the bit of Toy Aisle where we tease the rest of the fancy toys and merchandise we've spotted over the past week. But when you learn that there's a goddamn giant Mickey Mouse mecha that turns into a truck, Optimus Prime-style, do you really need to know what else there is in here? Let's just get started.
Like lawn darts, nano-magnets and slap bracelets, fidget spinners are only one stupid stunt away from becoming yet another forgotten fad. And as usual, instead of enjoying them responsibly, the internet is hard at work trying to find ways to make spinners as dangerous as playing with firecrackers. This is why we can't have fun things.
The world went a bit nuts last month when a company called Nimuno launched an Indiegogo campaign for Loops, its flexible adhesive-backed toy block tape — don't say the word LEGO, guys — that could be stuck to just about any surface and then have toy blocks clipped on to it. If you missed out, don't stress — it'll be in stores in Australia soon enough.
Video: Think your office is cool and progressive because there's a ping pong table in the corner? You'll still be stuck at your soul-sucking cubicle desk most of the day, which is why these engineers created a giant slot car track that races across everyone's desk, letting you compete while still getting some work done. (Theoretically. Who could resist getting totally distracted?)
Video: Fuelled by imagination, this 27-year-old LEGO set — the Solo Trainer — flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors. But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound LEGO's design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it.
"Wildlife" is a very big jigsaw puzzle. Clocking in 33,600 pieces, it ranks among the largest manufactured jigsaw puzzles in the world and will set you back almost 400 bucks. But if you think it's hard enough to do on its own, imagine turning it into a stop motion movie of classic video games while you assemble it.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our weekly round-up of all the coolest new toys. This week we have a truly spectacular Princess Leia figure, a double dose of Wonder with new Wonder Woman toys, some out-of-this-world cards, and a tiny version of the legendary Dragonzord from Power Rangers. Hide your wallets!
An all-out war between two of Hollywood's most terrifying extraterrestrials doesn't seem quite as scary when you add Mr. Potato Head to the battle. One of them is going to get torn to shreds, but that just means you're halfway to some delicious brunch-time hash browns.
Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions.
Tony Stark can't stop tinkering., That's why anytime Iron Man shows up in a Marvel movie, he's inevitably sporting a new suit of armour (I suppose merchandise might also play a small role.) The upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming certainly won't be an exception, as Tony Stark has a brand new Mark XLVII suit he'll be wearing — and we finally have a good look at it, courtesy of... the merchandise.
If there are two things every stroller lacks, it's a $4000 price tag and the ability to make a child look like an unfortunate castoff from Downton Abbey. Luckily for all of us, however, a company called D.Throne has created an obscenely over-the-top electric car for kids that you can justify as an essential baby accessory, if you're the kind of person who expels money from every orifice.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our roundup of the most interesting toys we've seen this week. It's a Guardians of the Galaxy blowout as we have life-sized Groots, creepy plush Groots and a fancy cassette player. But wait, there's more — including a very swanky David Bowie figure and a very large Iron Man. Check it out!
Video: As everyone from Texas already knows, bigger is always better, be it a giant steak or a remote control pickup truck that's 2m long, making it roughly a third the size of the real thing. At $US5250 ($6945), the Mammuth Works' Rewarron doesn't come cheap, but you can thrash it around a track without ever having to worry about your insurance rates going up.
Video: Despite only giving you about a second of excitement at launch, model rockets are still a fun way for us (non-billionaires) to live out our dreams of space travel. But have you ever wondered what's happening inside a model rocket engine while you're standing a safe distance away from ignition?