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Transformers x Back to the Future

Transformers x Back to the Future
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To celebrate 35 years of Back to the Future, Hasbro has made a new Transformer known as “Gigawatt.” In vehicle form, it looks like Doc and Marty’s DeLorean DMC-12 time machine, but can turn into a mech with a flux capacitor in his chest. The car’s wheels also flip into horizontal mode like the flying version in the movies.

Ghinorah Kaiju Figure

Ghinorah Kaiju Figure
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Looking for something to complement that Nozilla figure on your bookshelf? Illustrator Noger Chen and Black Seed Toys are back with another playful anthropomorphic kaiju. This three-headed gold dragon monster is ready to hit the schoolyard, and comes complete with a mini Nozilla toy figurine, dodgeball, and trading card game.

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MAFEX The Mandalorian Figure

MAFEX The Mandalorian Figure
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Medicom’s 1/6-scale premium figure of Mando features his Beskar armor and lots of articulation. Our gunslinger wears a real cloth cape, and carries both his blaster pistol and Amban sniper rifle, along with a flamethrower gauntlet. The set also includes a scale version of Baby Yoda aka “The Child”. Drops 12.2020.

Murder Hornet Action Figure

Murder Hornet Action Figure
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In case you missed it, one of the many threats facing humanity (and the insect world) is the Vespa Mandarinia aka “Asian Giant Hornet” aka “Murder Hornet.” Revoltech’s RevoGeo line is offering an incredibly lifelike 7″ long plastic figure that captures every detail of the terrifying flying killer, complete with posable body parts.

Tactile Rubik’s Cube

Tactile Rubik’s Cube
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This special edition puzzle adds a tactile dimension to the classic Rubik’s Cube. Each of its color cubes also has a different embossed texture, making it possible to be solved in the dark, with a blindfold on, or by people with visual impairments.

Statler & Waldorf Action Figure Set

Statler & Waldorf Action Figure Set
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The Muppets regulars Statler and Waldorf are here to heckle all of your other action figures. Diamond Select Toys’ set includes both of the grumpy old men, along with a balcony for them to hang out in while they look down their noses at the rest of the world. Figures stand 3″ to 5″ tall.

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth
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Calling occupants of Planet Earth! This fun kit lets you build a pixelated 3D model of our globe using 1338 tiny bricks. The resulting planet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hands, and will look great sitting on your desk or bookshelf. Just don’t let the dog get ahold of it, or you’ll have a tiny armageddon on your hands.

Picard Facepalm Bust 2.0

Picard Facepalm Bust 2.0
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Since the sad demise of ThinkGeek, Icon HeroesPicard facepalm bust has been off the market. Just in time for the madness of 2020, the 8″ tall sculpture is back, now with a painted Starfleet logo on its base. You can pre-order one from Entertainment Earth, with deliveries expected by 8.2020. Limited to just 1701 pieces.

Transformers x Ghostbusters Ectotron

Transformers x Ghostbusters Ectotron
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The 1980s meets the 1980s with this fun mashup toy from Hasbro. The poseable figure is a model of Ghostbusters’ iconic Ecto-1 wagon that uses 22 moves to transform into a 7 inch-tall, ghost-zapping mech warrior. Includes a scale Slimer figure to go with.

Hot Wheels High Jump

Hot Wheels High Jump

The guys from 5MadMovieMakers love their Hot Wheels. They assembled a track with a 13 foot drop and a vertical ramp at its end to see how high they could launch the toy cars, and still land them on their wheels. We wonder how much higher you could go with a longer runway.

Retro Tech: SEGA Grand Piano

Retro Tech: SEGA Grand Piano

Techmoan checks out another unusual gadget from the past – though this one only dates back to 2007. For a brief period of time, videogame company SEGA’s toy division made a pricey miniature grand piano with mechanical keys that move in time with the music. You could also play it yourself – if your fingers were really tiny.

NERF Ultra Two Blaster

NERF Ultra Two Blaster
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Holding up to six Ultra darts in its chamber, NERF’s oversize motorized blaster can fire its sturdy foam projectiles up to 120 feet. Its mechanism can fire fast, and its open back means super quick reloads. Additional darts sold here.

Mattel Thank You Heroes

Mattel Thank You Heroes
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To pay tribute to our brave and dedicated frontline workers, Mattel is creating toys that include figures based on nurses, doctors, EMTs, and delivery drivers, as well as police, fire, rescue, garbage, and delivery vehicles. Proceeds from purchases made through 5.31.2020 will go to #FirstRespondersFirst. (Thanks Pat!)

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Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

New Wave Toys expands their lineup of retro-inspired miniatures with a pair of detailed, working boomboxes. The M90 Mini is about 40% of the size of its muse, with dual 2.5″ speakers and 16w of amplification, while the teensy M90 Micro is a 1/6th scale replica that looks perfect alongside Replicade arcade machines.

Hot Toys IG-11

Hot Toys IG-11
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One of our favorite characters to emerge from The Mandalorian is IG-11. The robotic bounty hunter didn’t last long but the Taika Waititi-voiced droid certainly left a lasting impression. Hot Toys‘ sixth-scale figure measures 14″ tall, has 29 points of articulation, and has a light-up mechanical head. His waist can even spin 360º.

A Toy Store Near You (Trailer)

A Toy Store Near You (Trailer)

Brian Volk-Weiss is the man behind The Toys That Made Us. When he heard about the challenges faced by independent toy stores in the face of COVID-19, he got to work producing a docuseries about 50 wonderful shops, giving them some added exposure, and donating the majority of the show’s proceeds to the stores featured.

Gaming Heads DOOM Plushes

Gaming Heads DOOM Plushes
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Gaming Heads‘ cute and cuddly plush toys are based on two of DOOM’s creepy floating creatures, the horned Pain Elemental and the spiky Cacodemon. Each one measures about 7″ tall, and would look great sitting on any gamer’s couch. They also made a Space Marine plush, but sadly it’s already sold out.

Best Fidget Toys 2020

Best Fidget Toys 2020

Looking for a good way to burn off a little stress? Fidgeting is a good way to occupy your mind and to focus on something other than the day’s worries. The guys over at Everyday Carry have picked out 10 of their favorite fidget toys, including one of our go-tos, the stainless steel Mechforce EDC Gyroscope.

Nozilla Fire Edition

Nozilla Fire Edition
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Taiwanese illustrator Noger Chen’s and Black Seed Toys imagine Godzilla as a youthful dude in shorts, a t-shirt, and sneakers. This variant dolls him up in a flame tee and black shorts, and comes with a tiny Game Boy, a video game, and a VHS tape. The original version already sold out, so grab one before it’s gone.

QMX Planet Express Replica

QMX Planet Express Replica
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Good news everyone! There’s a sweet light-up replica of the Planet Express spaceship from Futurama. Quantum Mechanix’s collectible measures about 12″x 4″ x 4″ and has lights on its cockpit, portholes and exhaust. It also has magnets that make it easy to mount it on its stand.

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Dumpster Fire Vinyl Figure

Dumpster Fire Vinyl Figure
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This hilarious collectible vinyl toy from 100% Soft artist Truck Torrence features an adorable kawaii interpretation of the object that has come to symbolize much of what’s wrong in the world these days. The flaming heap of rubbish has a big pie eyes and a smiley face inviting you into its warm trash pile. Ships starting late May 2020.

Brickworld Virtual

Brickworld Virtual

Brickworld is offering up a way to enjoy some of the awesome LEGO builds normally on display at their conventions from the comfort of your home. On Saturday, April 18, 2020, viewers can meet builders and check out their creations via Zoom meeting rooms. Only 1000 tickets are available, so sign up soon!

Circuit Board Spaceships

Circuit Board Spaceships
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Artist Daniel Shankalonian takes old circuit boards and other electronics, and recycles them into desktop sculptures. Among his many creations are spaceships from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek, as well as a model of NASA’s Space Shuttle. He also made an awesome sculpture of BioShock’s Big Daddy bouncer.

iBoy Collectible Figure

iBoy Collectible Figure

Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.

Funko Pop x Animal House & Stripes

Funko Pop x Animal House & Stripes
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Funko memorializes two classic 1980s comedies with figures from Animal House, and Stripes. The collectibles include two versions of John “Bluto” Blutarsky, along with John Winger, Russell Ziskey, and Dewey “Ox” Oxberger. Both the Animal House Pops and Stripes Pops figures drop 5/2020. That’s the fact, Jack.

Boone’s LEGO Ray Guns

Boone’s LEGO Ray Guns

You might recognize Boone Langston from his time on LEGO Masters. He’s also a contributor to the Beyond the Brick team, and is here to show off some of the very cool retro sci-fi ray guns he’s made using LEGO. The background is a space-themed baseplate from Slab Dream Lab.

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