Star Wars Hasbro PulseCon, Animal Crossing, More
Welcome again to Toy Aisle, io9’s common put up celebrating the top of the week by taking a look at all of the foolish toys that can make us willingly empty our wallets. This week, Lego’s sitcom prowess grows with a visit to Seinfeld, Hasbro reveals its Star Wars PulseCon exclusives, and Pokébutts. Yes, you heard us. Check it out!
Lego Seinfeld Jerry’s Apartment
Did anybody have “turning in style ‘90s-era sitcoms into toy building sets” on their 2021 bingo cards? Following a lavish recreation of the apartments from Friends, Lego has revealed another miniaturized standing set from NBC’s “Must See TV” Thursday evening lineup and the community’s greatest hit, Seinfeld. The 1,326-piece set recreates the title character’s New York apartment (it additionally features a tiny stage for Jerry to carry out standup) and is filled with Easter eggs and inside jokes from the collection, together with a Festivus pole and an image of Larry David on the fridge. Available August 1 for $80, the set additionally contains 5 minifigures: Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, George, and Newman, however you’ll must construct amusing monitor machine your self.
Hasbro Star Wars Black Series and Vintage Collection PulseCon Exclusives
SDCC could be not far away, however Hasbro’s taking part in the lengthy sport with a trio of Star Wars bulletins for its personal upcoming conference this fall, PulseCon. The toymaker’s already teased Marvel and Transformers exclusives for its on-line occasion, however now it’s turned to Star Wars for the newest batch of reveals, unfold throughout the unique trilogy (give or take a number of post-Endor years) and its vary of Star Wars strains. On its lonesome within the 3.75″ scaled Vintage Collection, a new Emperor Palpatine release gives the Sith Lord an in-scale throne from Return of the Jedi to skulk about in, and even a replica of the viewport his throne room had aboard the Death Star II as a background. It’ll cost $32.
The Black Series line of 6″ figures, in the meantime, will get two releases, one retro, and one ripped proper out of contemporary Star Wars. The first standalone launch for $30 is a determine of Clone Wars, Rebels, and Mandalorian co-executive producer Dave Filoni, in character as New Republic X-Wing pilot Trapper Wolf from his cameo appearances within the Disney+ present, full with a detachable pilot helmet and blaster rifle (sadly, no cowboy hat). Meanwhile for retro followers—on this context, “retro” which means in the event you grew up with the ‘90s Power of the Force line—a brand new, $105 “Cantina Showdown” set brings collectively 6″ figures of Ben Kenobi with, for the first time in the scale, infamous Mos Eisley duo Ponda Baba and Doctor Evazan. Based on an old POTF set of the same name, each figure comes with a few accessories, like Ben’s lightsaber and even swappable alien hands for Baba (no word if his arm can come off, intentionally at least, to recreate Baba’s close shave with Ben’s laser sword), but it even comes with a modular section of the Mos Eisley cantina’s bar, which Hasbro teases is compatible with future, similar sets. All three exclusives will be available during PulseCon, at a currently unannounced time this fall.
Sideshow The Big Lebowski The Dude Sixth-Scale Figure
No matter what they consider the movie, you’ll be hard-pressed to search out anybody who has one thing dangerous to say about Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, arguably actor Jeff Bridges’ most well-known and beloved function. We’ve seen loads of figures primarily based on the Dude (and different characters from the movie) however none have captured the character’s spirit fairly like Sideshow Collectibles’ new sixth-scale homage. The tiny patterned sweater alone would possibly make this determine definitely worth the $250 funding when it’s lastly out there someday subsequent yr (you can pre-order it now), however it additionally contains 9 totally different swappable arms, a miniature White Russian, a bowling ball with bag, and a rug-themed stand to actually tie every thing collectively.
Lego Pickup Truck
Lego revealed this new model in a very under-the-radar fashion, which is a shame because the 1,677-piece 1950s-era vintage Pickup Truck set is an absolute charmer with some of the loveliest curves we’ve ever seen on a Lego vehicle. Officially available October 1 but available for pre-order now for $130, the truck features doors, a hood, and tailgate that all open, working steering, removable wooden side rails on the bed, and farm-related accessories like produce, a wheelbarrow, and a milk jug. It also comes with a festive wreath that can be attached to the front so you can park this beauty on the fireplace mantle when Christmas rolls around.
Nanoforce Star Trek ‘Army Men’ Figures
The humble green plastic “Army Men” figure is one of the most iconic toys of all time, and hasn’t had much of an update since being first introduced in the 1930s. But what happens when your imaginary war shifts from Earth to space: the final frontier? Then it’s time to say goodbye to the green and upgrade to these Nanoforce two-inch figures based on popular Star Trek figures. Two sets will be available for $25 each come November: one featuring Captain Kirk, the OG Enterprise, and 11 other figures primarily based on the unique Star Trek collection, and the opposite that includes Picard and 11 characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Pokémon Yamper’s Butt Nap Cushion
The solely factor probably extra satisfying than sneaking a nap in at work is burying your face in a Pokémon’s cushioned butt within the course of. It seems like a fantasy, however head on over to the Pokémon Center web site and for $40 you’ll be able to rating this Yamper-themed pillow (nicely, not less than half of Yamper) that boasts a “chewy texture and elasticity like marshmallows” which we’re going to imagine isn’t a completely correct Google translation, however we’re glad to go together with it. Focusing totally on Yamper’s posterior, the pillow additionally features a pair of pockets for burying your arms and maintaining them heat whilst you doze.
Hasbro Monopoly Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition
Few of us would be keen to count up the hours we’ve spent staring at a Nintendo Switch or a TV screen playing Animal Crossing New Horizons over the past year, which might make playing this board game alternative more appealing, or at least less guilt-inducing. It’s the latest Monopoly redux, and when available next month for $25 players won’t be rushing to buy up properties and bankrupt their competitors, but will instead collect bugs, fish, fossil, and fruit; buy decorations; and try to amass the most Nook Miles before the game is over.
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