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The Spider, the Child, and the Wizard Lead the Charge for This Week's Best Toys

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Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.

Welcome back once again to Toy Aisle, where your responsible budgeting for the week all goes out the window. This week the Child gets a plastic brick makeover, Spider-Man suits up to take on Doc Ock, Hasbro channels the spirit of Kenner for a retro Marvel figure line, and more. Check it out!

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Lego Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Child

Lego left us a bit unsettled with its brick-built recreation of Jedi Master Yoda (the eyes... it’s always the eyes), but it’s given the same treatment to Baby Yoda and the results are infinitely more adorable. The 1,073-piece, $80 set is available for pre-order now and shipping on October 30; it includes the 7.5-inch (real) star of Star Wars: The Mandalorian with a posable head, movable mouth, and ears that can be repositioned to change his expression. The Child even comes with his favorite plaything: a gearshift knob from the Razor Crest that, if you ask us, doesn’t seem like the safest toy for a child to play with.


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Retro Marvel Legends Action Figures

After finding success in evoking the Kenner spirit with its anniversary retro figures for Star Wars, Hasbro’s now turning the idea to its Marvel Legends line. Clocking in at 3.75", these five-points-of-articulation figures are inspired by the classic Secret Wars action figures (that same line inspired a similar, but modernized retro line for the normal 6" figures a few years ago). The first wave includes Black Panther, Electro, Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, and Iron Man, but the figures will only be available as special two packs, despite being single-carded within. Electro is paired with Spidey, Iron Man with Cyclops, and Cap with Black Panther. The sets are available from Hasbro Pulse as of today, for $20 per two-pack for a release later in fall. [Toyark]

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Hot Toys Marvel’s Spider-Man Spider-Man Anti-Ock Suit Sixth-Scale Figure

Marvel’s Spider-Man for the Sony PlayStation 4 is a font of alternate suits for Peter Parker, and Hot Toys seems intent on turning every last one into a sixth-scale figure. No complaints here. Its new Spider-Man Anti-Ock suit gives Spidey the armor and tools he needs to fend off those robotic tentacle arms, even if the figure is just 12 inches tall. Thirty points of articulation means you can put Parker into any heroic pose you can think of, while swappable eye pieces set the perfect expression. You can’t pre-order it just yet, and delivery isn’t expected until well into 2021, but Hot Toys will also release a deluxe version that includes a display stand with Doc Ock’s arms battling Spidey.

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The Loyal Subjects Lord of the Rings Gandalf Action Figure

The Loyal Subjects’ weird line of cross-franchise action figures “BST AXN” offers up a peculiar mishmash of everything from Cowboy Bebop to KISS, which makes a random Gandalf the Grey in the first wave even stranger. We won’t complain at a little LOTR love in this day and age though, so it’s nice that our first proper look at these 5" scale figures offers a visit from one of the chillest wizards around. The BST AXN Gandalf the Grey has 22 points of articulation and will come with alternate hands for posing, as well as both of his weapons: his iconic gnarly staff, and Glamdring, the legendary blade of Turgon, King of Gondolin, now in Gandalf’s hands. The figure and others in the line will cost $16, and is set to hit Walmarts exclusively soon. [Toyark]

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Hasbro Nerf Halo Bulldog SG and Mangler Dart Blasters

It comes as no surprise that Nerf’s dart blaster-fication of the Halo arsenal isn’t stopping at the Halo: Infinite MA40 Assault Rifle, revealed earlier this year at Toy Fair 2020. Hasbro is following up with two new additions to the line: the $35 Nerf Halo Bulldog SG and the $20 Nerf Halo Mangler, both available starting in early 2021. Both blasters feature rotating drums that fire Nerf Elite darts, with Bulldog SG holding 10 and the Mangler holding six. Shots can be fired one at a time, or in quick succession using a pump-action with the SG.

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Playmobil Back to the Future Advent Calendar

We’re still completely enamored with Playmobil’s treatment of the Back to the Future franchise, but with three films to draw from the small collection of sets felt a little limited. To remedy that, Playmobil is releasing a BTTF themed advent calendar featuring 24 different accessories including characters like 1985 Jennifer Parker and 1955 Biff Tannen and even the sign from in front of Twin Pines Mall. On December 25, it all comes together with a Hill Valley diorama complete with the clock tower on city hall allowing the film’s climactic final scene to be recreated.

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Lego Creator Expert Elf Club House

If you’ve been faithfully collecting Lego’s festive structures over the years, including the Winter Toy Shop, Gingerbread House, and the Winter Holiday Train, you’ve probably got enough to start a little Christmas village on your fireplace mantle with the newest addition for 2020: the Elf Club House. Designed by Chris McVeigh (who’s collaborated with Gizmodo in years past), the 1,197-piece set includes a festive tree, a “working” waffle making machine, lights hanging off the outside, and even a tiny PC the elves can use to check elf-mail before the bed, which has long been one of McVeigh’s specialties. The $99 is currently listed as “Coming Soon” on the Lego website, so hopefully it will arrive before the holidays come and go.

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Spin Master Games Rubik’s Perplexus Hybrid

Despite 2020 already feeling like an impossible uphill battle for most, Spin Master has decided that people need even more challenges in their lives, and has combined its Perplexus maze toys with a Rubik’s Cube, resulting in the Rubik’s Perplexus Hybrid 2x2. Not only are players tasked with navigating a small metal ball through a complicated twisted maze, the entire puzzle also has to be shifted and rotated like a Rubik’s Cube to make it all the way to the end. If you need more stress right about now, Rubik’s Perplexus Hybrid 2x2 is available from Target and Amazon now for $15.

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DISCUSSION

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Brainlock can NOT FKG reply on kinja

So I guess the Hasbro “PulseCon” was too late to add to this week?
LOTS OF CONFUSION and no real write ups, afaik?
Marvel Legends:
Mr Fixit wave: mixed questions about Gamerverse or not, grey/green color, confusing everyone. Built off the Kingpin BAF. NAvy suit, fedora.

Gamer Cap (black version of the blue “SWAT” style suit, currently clogging pegs.)
Gamer Astro Iron Man - blue armor, almost looks Fantastic in nature?
comic Falcon - white/red suit, transparent red wings. (90s? pre-Perez/Busiek run)
Jocasta - Ultron’s bride-to-be
Kang - comic update, despite recent MCU casting rumours.
THUNDERSTRIKE - ERIC Masterson is a screamer. LOL Package calls him “Kevin”, tho his son had a different costume. Everyone else is mocking him as HHH, even tho Eric is older than Levesque’s WWF/E ring character.


Comic Infinity War Thanos (deluxe) - redeco using current AOApoc BAF body.

Spider-Man w1 2021: STILTMAN!!
Spider-Verse Miles - skinny legs
Spider-Verse Gwen + Spider-Ham - she has unmasked head. Porker looks to be LPS?
Hand Ninja - Stilt legs, so presumably, we can army build AND stretch Stilts ceiling high?
??? x3?

Bring on the Bad Guys:
Arcade - essentially white suit w/ bowtie + TWO new heads, classic/long haired.
comic Dormammu
no clue if this is a full wave or singles, like Thanos?

X-Men: House of X
Magneto - white full body suit.
Xavier - black buck body, Cerebro helmet (unknown if removable?)
Moira X - pink outfit

“Most Wanted” - Firestar “modern”. open collar.
Jesse Falcon teased that more news was coming.

Retro X-Men - TARGET EXCLUSIVE
Gambit - silver boots, lighter brown coat 
Rogue - new hair, if not full head sculpt from Juggy wave.

WALGREENS EXCLUSIVE “Fallen” Silver Surfer
Norrin in dark cosmic deco, Mjolnir, pink power burst.

No word on when “Fan Poll Winner” Silk (white accents) was coming out or where.
Confusion on the Hellfire Club boxset availability, no news I saw on the Hellfire Guard army builder, either.

GI JOE:
3.75" wave 2 - Scarlett, Roadblock, Destro, FANG w/viper

6" wave 3(?) - Zartan, basic Viper, basic Cobra Trooper, Firefly
two are TARGET EXCLUSIVES, of course. Collectors are ready to nuke Pawtucket over this FIASCO. AGAIN. No one can answer why they’re bungling this line so bad. ugh.

 
TRANSFORMERS: I honestly forget if there was any NEW news, or just a rehash of last few weeks’ worth of leaks? nothing is selling here, blocking the WFC w2-3 releases, not even holding my breath for xmas push clearing them out.

 

STAR WARS: 6" JAR JAR BINKS. NUFF SAID.
and a bunch more Mandos. and Darth Rey.
and a holiday themed wave, spread across like 5-6 retailer exclusives, Target, Walmart, BEST BUY, GS, among others. The Solo Range Trooper Santa (with ReinD-O) is the only one I like. WM Hoth xmas wrap trooper is hilarious, tho.

oh, and something about next HasLab being 3.75"scale Razor Crest?
Every time someone mentions that, someone else brings up a guy who was building like THREE in 6" scale, and it was going to be built from scratch and $500. His model was like 4-5ft long. so, like Khetanna barge sized.