Optimus Prime Replaces the Matrix of Leadership With a Watch, and More of the Wildest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all the wonderfully weird and wallet-draining toys we’ve seen floating around the internet. This week: Fantastic Beasts comes to Hot Toys, Monopoly’s got something to say about kids these days, and the fluffiest answer to Super Smash Bros. possible.

The DC Movie Wonder Woman Goes Comic Book Retro, and More of the Most Fabulous Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all the shiny new toys tempting our wallets lately. This week: Doctor Who’s newest Doctor gets a lovely little action figure, Gambit gets an insanely articulated toy that’ll arrive before his solo movie ever does, and the most adorable Kirby plush around makes his…

I Don't Know What I Just Watched, but This Trailer Made Me Never Want to Use a Smartphone Again

If your brain is already feeling a little fried by the week’s end, you might want to skip the trailer for a Tamil film called 2.0. But if you want to try to wrap your brain around one potential outcome of our hopeless addiction to smartphones, this trailer’s got robots, explosions, and a gigantic cyborg eagle made…

Here Come the Men in Black (and Ghostbusters!) in the Latest Tabletop Gaming News

The spooky month of Halloween (yes, it’s a full month now) has come and gone, and gamers are getting ready to bring their new favorite board games and tabletop roleplaying games home to try out with their families and friends. At least, that’s what we’re doing! In this latest Gaming Shelf, we look at some of the…

Deadpool 2's Absurdly Fun VFX Reel Reveals Flying Peters, Man-Toddlers, and How Wade Wilson Was Blown to Bits

If you enjoyed the fourth-wall-breaking antics of Deadpool in his sequel, there’s a very good chance you’re also going to enjoy this behind-the-scenes video that reveals how VFX studio DNEG created many of the film’s most absurd and over-the-top scenes—including a digital crotch closeup, and Wade Wilson’s tiny toddler…

Watch This Sculptor Recreate Raiders of the Lost Ark's Creepiest Scene Using Crayons and a Hair Dryer

If made today, the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene with Major Toht’s grisly demise would undoubtedly be created using a digital stunt double and complex CG fluid simulations. But in the early ‘80s, old-school practical effects were still a Hollywood staple, and using crayons, sculptor Steven Richter demonstrates just…

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