Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of all things toy. This week, we’re shipping ourselves off to San Diego and staying in a cramped convention hall with tons of new announcements.. an a few toys that slipped out earlier in the week. Plus, Mario Kart Hot Wheels, the Golden Girls(!), and so much more!
Hallmark is continuing its celebration of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey right to the end of 2018 with a new keepsake ornament that lets you hang a miniature version of the film’s HAL 9000 computer on your Christmas tree, complete with its menacing, glowing, red eye.
Fifty years ago, the definitive science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, premiered in theaters. Unlike space operas like Star Trek and Star Wars, 2001 doesn’t exactly lend itself well to action figures and playsets, but Hallmark has managed to turn Dave Bowman’s character into one of the most adorable plush toys…
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys and merchandise we’ve seen all week. This time we’ve got an insanely nerdy Star Wars SDCC exclusive, the most affordable way to replicate Spider-Man’s new eye-moving mask, and much, much more!
It’s no secret that Hallmark has recognized the unique niche filled by its Keepsake Ornaments. The greeting-card behemoth releases new selections every year, and while some of them are of the traditional angel-and-snowflake variety, others are aimed squarely at geeky collectors.
Well this is certainly convenient. If you’ve always wanted to be a Jedi (or a Sith) but weren’t born with an abundance of Midichlorians, someone has finally bottled the Force and will happily sell it to you for a mere $16.
Back in 2013, I took on the unsavory, festive world of Hallmark ornaments. What I found, of course, rocked our nation to its core, but Hallmark’s onslaught of holiday WTF-ery did not end there. As such, I have updated our exposé of the company’s most unfortunate and upsetting ornaments.
Crayola has always been the first name in coloring innovation, so it’s surprising it wasn’t the company behind the recent trend in adult coloring books. But now it’s showing everyone how it’s done with its own line of wonderfully-detailed coloring books targeted at those who are already masters of staying within the…
Hallmark, you have outdone yourself. Although I feel like Kirk and Spock should be wearing little Santa hats, don’t you think?
No matter what holiday (if any) you celebrate ‘round December, Hallmark’s “Holiday Darth Vader,” available in October, is something to behold. According to the description, “The Dark Lord ornament will sense your movement and deliver a Christmas message.” It’s one of several geeky releases for 2015.
If you're easily nauseated by super-saturated displays of adorableness, you'll want to look away as soon as possible. Because Hallmark has created a series of plush Star Wars toys that push the limits of cute to the outer rim—and well beyond. Remember how intimidating Chewbacca was when you were a kid? Now he's cuter…
Every year Hallmark releases a treasure trove of Christmas ornaments, many of them nerdy as all get-out. This holiday season alone, there are ornaments from the Avengers movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Star Trek, just to name a few! Of course, some of Hallmark's ornaments are simply…
The kids are all about texting these days, right? So Hallmark—of all companies—has created these wristbands that allow young'uns to exchange simple ten character messages. But while they're cheaper than a cellphone, they're far less convenient to use.
Fact: 99% of holidays were invented by Hallmark back in 1623, and since then, yearly life has been punctuated by needless festive ceremony. Well here's the stamp They Don't Want You To Know About.
Your favorite pyromaniac might have to surrender his giant Hallmark snowman snow globe: The US Consumer Product Safety Commission just discovered that a bit of sunlight passes through them and it's "Goodbye drapes, hello firestorm!"