The Very Best Toys And Collectibles Released In 2014

They used to say that whoever dies with the most toys win — but that was before we had a toy industry cranking out so much insane quantity that you could fill several buildings with crap in one lifetime. Now, it's all about quality, not quantity. And here are the most brilliant toys and collectibles that came out in… » 12/26/14 10:32am 22 minutes ago

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

Some might argue that everything that passes for "paranormal" is a hoax. (There's no fun in that, but insist if you must.) But even the biggest unexplained-phenomenon junkies have to admit when a fraud's a fraud ... as the 10 cases below will attest. » 12/26/14 9:25am Today 9:25am

This Weird Side Effect Nearly Torpedoed The Practice Of Anesthesia 

It's 1844, and surgeries are brutal, agonizing, and necessary slapdash. One man promises he can make it so patients feel no pain. He proves it with a patient who screams hysterically throughout a short procedure. Here's how a side effect of laughing gas nearly strangled anesthesiology in its cradle. » 12/26/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

If You're Planning To Invade The US, 2028 Will Be The Optimum Year

Timing is everything in warfare, so here's a helpful tip for any up-and-coming global superpowers, evil masterminds or future corporate nation-states. The best year to stage your very own version of Red Dawn could be in 2028, when the U.S. Navy, the main protector of America's sovereignty, will be at its weakest. » 12/26/14 7:40am Today 7:40am

This Darth Vader Toy Comes With The Coolest Lightsaber Attachment

There's a lot to like about Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai line - usually its willingness to offer batshit stylised versions of popular characters. But what I think I love about this Darth Vader the most is the awesome swishy lightsaber he has. I dare you to look at that and not make lightsaber noises! » 12/26/14 10:19am Today 10:19am

What Does The End Of Last Night's Doctor Who Mean For Season Nine?

There's some new confirmation that even DC's wildest film will still share the same universe as Batman v. Superman. Plus wild speculation about who will be the next big villain on The Walking Dead. And also, sneak peeks at the next seasons of Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful. Spoilers now! » 12/26/14 6:00am Today 6:00am

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Doctor Who Offers Us A Joyous Celebration Of Reusing Old Story Ideas

Doctor Who's head writer, Steven Moffat, has sometimes been accused of having a few main story ideas that he trots out again and again. Today's Doctor Who Christmas special, "Last Christmas," feels like a hilarious, spirited defense: A story made entirely out of old stories, which just has fun with it. Spoilers… » 12/25/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

This Supercut Of Super Sentai Heroine Transformations Is My Happy Place

Japan's insanely long-running Super Sentai series has produced a lot of really amazing female heroes and villains — including one who blows explosive kisses at people. (In the U.S., we know Super Sentai as Power Rangers, sort of.) Here's a lovely reel of Super Sentai Heroines transforming. Warning: highly addictive. » 12/25/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

The Robocop Reboot's ED-209 Is Now An Excellent Figure

ThreeZero are continuing their line of figures based on this year's Robocop reboot, and the Robocop 2.0 design will soon be joined by the shiny new ED-209 from the movie. Regardless of how you felt about Robocop, hooray for pretty robot toys! » 12/25/14 8:06pm Yesterday 8:06pm

Get a Free Month of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm 12/13/14 3:09pm