Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest collectibles around. This week: Star Wars! Sure we just got a whole bunch of them last Friday, but somehow the world managed to make space for even more Star Wars toys. Can you believe it? But there’s more than the galaxy far, far away to tempt your wallet this week.
Star Wars returns to feudal Japan for even more of these weird and wonderful samurai-esque takes on the galaxy far, far away. Only one of the three new figures from Tamashii Nations is really new—the Ronin Jango Fett is simply a repaint and tweaking of the design based on Boba Fett and the “Shadow” Stormtroper is an all-black recolor of the standard figure with some new accessories. But that’s made up for with the sheer craziness that is the Sohei Darth Maul, who looks petrifying. As well as coming with a dual bladed Light-Naginata that can be split into two swords, and an additional face mask to make the figure’s freaky visage look even creepier. Maul, Jango, and the Shadow Trooper are out in November, December, and January respectively for between $85 and $90 each. [Toyark]
Hollywood can keep churning out Batman movies as long as it wants, but they’ll never hold a candle to Bruce Timm’s animated series that premiered 25 years ago. To commemorate that anniversary, DC Entertainment is releasing a five pack of figures from the cartoon including detective Renee Montoya, Bane, Killer Croc, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy. The set includes accessories for each figure, and elaborate light-up packaging that looks like a miniature prison. The catch? It also includes a $175 price tag. It’s a good thing we loved that cartoon.
Were you disappointed that Kylo Ren turned out to be as whiny and angsty as his uncle Luke was? Hot Toys’ talented sculptors have almost captured Adam Driver’s likeness here, but were apparently aiming for more of a high school yearbook look, rather than the henchman for a new generation of Sith. The sixth-scale figure includes 30 points of articulation, seven swappable hands, Ren’s helmet, and a light-up version of his jaggedy lightsaber that for some reason he keeps being posed with as if he’s leaning on it like it’s a real sword. Guys, lightsabers don’t work like that. Expect it to be available sometime next year with a price tag between $200-300. [Hot Toys]
ThinkGeek continues to come up with fun ways to turn your car’s cigarette lighter into a useful tool for charging your toys. First there was the R2-D2 USB charger that sits in a cupholder, then a Back to the Future-inspired flux capacitor, but now fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation can put a semi-functionality warp core in their rides. This $40, 12-volt charger won’t power warp engines, but it will charge two tablets at the same time, which are crucial for your long drives to the final frontier—or grandma’s house. [ThinkGeek]
Most of Mezco’s super-cool comic book figures have focused on the good guys, but the villains get a shot in the arm with the arrival of the Red Skull in the line. Based on his old-school comic appearances, this figure is pretty threadbare—aside from the simple clothing he just comes with a pistol, a flamethrower, a cosmic cube and the alternate hands needed to hold any of those things. But what makes it work is the two headsculpts that come bundled too: one, a stern and steely expression worthy of one of Marvel’s cruelest villains. The other, a completely manic and wild-looking expression that’s both sinsiter and goofy, and looks like it was magically lifted out of the pages of a ‘60s Captain America comic. It’s delightful. [Mezco]
Dating back to its original Bow ‘n’ Arrow that was first released in 1991, Nerf’s arrow-firing toys have always relied on a blast of air to send the projectiles soaring. But the new $50 Zombie Strike Dreadbolt crossbow features an actual elastic string that’s stretched and primed using a simple lever beneath the toy. It also comes with five arrows that each feature an extra-soft rubber tip, but you’ll still want to avoid finding yourself in this blaster’s crosshairs. [Nerf]