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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s regular roundup of the funniest games geeky merch around. This week, Transformers are getting into the Christmas spirit, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s new hero gets a new Hot Toys figureand greetings to all the stickiest war of stars toys around. Listen!


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Hasbro Transformers Generations Holiday Optimus Prime

Even the Ho-Ho holidays need defending from the Decepticons, so Optimus Prime comes this year with a complete festive makeover, including a candy cane-striped trailer and blasters, green-tinted windows, a literal snow-covered paint job, and an Autobots logo with Santa hat. Instead of Mack, Prime disguises himself as a Volvo truck this year and switches from truck to robot mode in 37 steps. It is available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse for $56, shipping is expected as early as December of this year.


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Hot Toys Marvel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Sixth scale Black Panther figure

A new Black Panther Movie and a new Black Panther can only mean one thing: a new Hot Toys Black Panther figure! whoever The coat’s mysterious new legacy could yet be kept secret in marketing, but Hot Toys has confirmed that its new figure – which comes with alternate hands, as well as a set of Vibranium gloves and a spear – will indeed come with an unmasked head sculpt of the hero, which is likely to be revealed at a later Marvel-sanctioned date. You can probably Guess who it is, or at least you’ll have plenty of time to guess: the character is slated for release in early 2024. Well, that’s a spoiler embargo and a half! [Hot Toys]


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Lego Lunar New Year Parade

Each year, Lego helps ring in the Chinese New Year with intricately detailed and colorful sets, and as 2023 begins on January 22nd as the Year of the Rabbit, Lego is celebrating with a 1,653 piece Lunar New Year Parade set. Three push-fit floats make up the parade, with a giant rabbit leading the way, followed by an ornate dragon and a minifigure drummer who actually bangs away on a bass drum through an animated mechanism. The $130 set will be available from January 10th ahead of the celebrations and will include an impressive 18 minifigures wearing various costumes including a rabbit costume.


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Threezero Transformers MDLX Rodimus Prime

We hear all your complaints about Transformers toys that don’t actually morph, and we’re happy to dismiss them when Threezero creates awesome figures like this MDLX Rodimus Prime, which packs 46 points of articulation into a seven-inch-tall frame. Rodimus is made from a mix of plastic and die-cast zinc alloy so you know this figure is a satisfying weight. Rodimus features a lightly weathered finish and includes a laser blaster and blaster rifle that also combine into a photon eliminator rifle as well as eight sets of interchangeable hands. It is available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse for $80, but stock up on patience because it won’t ship until September next year.


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Stretch Star Wars Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt and Stormtrooper

Stretch Armstrong taught some generations not to care about their toys. The figure could be stretched to unimaginable lengths and eventually shrank back to its original shape, seemingly completely unharmed. It’s a toy that’s been around for 46 years, but somehow toy makers only recently realized that kids would love the ability to reach out to other characters as well, including Star Wars favorites like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, and even Jabba the Hutt. UK retailer Smyths Toys lists them all for around $18 each after currency conversion, although Jabba appears to be the largest of the bunch and will set you back $47 instead.


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