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Takara Tomy Clockman: Wakes You Up, Then Won’T Shut Up

by Paul Strauss

Clockman is a little cube-dude that’s designed to wake you up and get you going for the day. Sure, he might annoy the crap out of you in the process, but that’s part of the fun.


Designed by Japan’s Takara Tomy, Clockman jars you awake each morning with a variety of chatty statements, along with some goofy animated facial expressions. But even after you hit the snooze bar, he seems to keep going, and going, and going. Clockman just doesn’t know when to shut up. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for those of us who don’t speak Japanese, we have no idea what Clockman is actually saying. Here – watch the video below and let us know what you think Clockman is talking about.

I like to think he’s saying something like “What the hell are you still doing in bed?”, “Don’t you have to get to your McJob so you can buy more cheap plastic gadgets from Japan? Loser!”


The other weird thing is that you’re supposed to choose a Clockman based on your blood type. There’s AB, B, O and A versions for you to pick from. Why? Why not? The guys over at CScout Japan seem to have an explanation – but it’s about as scientifically sound as biorhythms, horoscopes and tarot card readings.


I dare you to buy an O, even if you’re AB negative. Do you think it might reject you like a transplanted organ?

Clockman hits the streets of Japan this September, and it’s doubtful that we’ll see an English-language version anytime soon ever.

[photos: Kaden Watch and CScout Japan]

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Comments (3):

  1. RosenRed says:

    Japanese give a lot of attention to blood type. They even base relationships to that.

    The little fellow seems to be a lot of fun, but I doubt that it will continue to be fun after a few days…

    He says “It’s morning! Get up!” and “It’s 8 o’clock! You’re gonna be late!” The really hilarious part is when it’s night. He says “You need a diet!” And when the girl tips him over he says “Hey! What are you doing??”

  2. otatan says:

    In addition to what RosenRed said, the Clock Man also says the following in the video:
    *after being whacked on the head to stop the alarm*: “Ah, that surprised me”
    “My partner’s snoring is so loud, I didn’t get any sleep!
    “It’s very hectic in the morning huh~”
    “Once the night comes, will the atmosphere fire up? Let’s go!”
    “Even if you diet, the weight seems to come back~”
    Sorry that’s all I could pick up.
    Honestly, I’d buy it just for the fun of it XD

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