It looks like the heavy-hitting new releases are taking the week off, but that doesn't mean there aren't some killer new products dropping this week. With the exception of Toy Story 3, there isn't anything too high-profile this week, but there are a few under-the radar releases worth checking out, including one of the strangest Haynes manuals we've ever seen, a book about the financial system's influence on politics and more. Christmas might still be almost two months away, but that doesn't mean you can't start thinking about gifts now, right? 5. Goldeneye 007 (Wii) Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64 may be one of the most loved games of all time, with people of all ages having shared in the memory of playing four-player deathmatches on the couch until midnight on school nights. Nintendo is well-attuned to the idea of tapping into gamers' nostalgic past, and Goldeneye 007 on the Wii is no different. The game keeps everything as simple and enjoyable as it was 13 years ago, only adding a slight graphic update and swapping out Daniel Craig for Pierce Brosnan. 4. Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 is already one of the highest grossing films of all time, so it's safe to say the DVDs and Blu-Rays are going to sell just fine on their own. Even still, if you've somehow missed out while it was in the theater, now it's available for you in your home. Of course, you might want to hide it from the kids for a while, as they'll likely watch it on repeat from now till Christmas. 3. Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise: Haynes Manual by Ben Robinson and Marcus Riley It probably comes as no surprise to dorks that a Haynes Manual exists for the USS Enterprise, but to those of us that haven't had today marked on the calendar in celebration for this release, it's still a bit crazy. The Haynes manuals are usually associated with overpriced car repair guides, so seeing one of a fictional space shuttle is strange. Even still, it should provide the perfect gift for your nerdy uncle. 2. Icons: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee Calling Jim Lee an icon isn't hard. He managed to help define an entire generation of comics and helped reshape the industry. His most famous work probably comes from his foundation of Image Comics and his work on X-Men, but this collection is the first chance fans will have to take a close look at big selection of his work in one place. An interview and a new eight-page strip are included as well. 1. Griftopia by Matt Taibbi The world has recently been attempting to understand the implications of the financial crisis, and authors have been trying to make sense of everything that's happened over the last few years. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi takes it a bit further, digging into not just the recent crisis, but the overarching narrative of evil in America. The labyrinth of lies and manipulations between politics and money is a complicated one, but Taibbi delivers a story that's both entertaining and understandable.
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