If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, but don’t want to deal with the hassles of getting up from the couch to take it for a walk, or even feeding it, you might be in luck if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, thanks to Bandai’s new “SmartPet.”
I remember the Tamagotchi “virtual pet” craze from years ago. It’s definitely something uniquely Japanese, but it did have global appeal too. If you were one of those original Tamagotchi fans, then you’ll be happy to find out that Bandai has just released a special 15-year anniversary edition Tamagotchi.
Most quirky alarm clocks make it difficult for the user to turn off the alarm, for obvious reasons. But Bandai’s Gun O’Clock might actually make you look forward to its alarm sounding off, because then you can shoot at it.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Japan, you’ve had plenty of opportunity to check out the giant Gundam statue that’s been around for the last year or so. But for those of us here in the States and other places around the world, we’ve got no giant Gundam love.
While it’s certainly not as tall as the 59 foot Gundam in Japan, this 4 foot-tall version is still pretty impressive. Taras Lesko built this amazing statue of Freedom Gundam out of paper.
This is his latest papercraft project which took him over 2 months to construct.
In celebration of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, the Japanese are getting drunk on wine. At least that’s what this unlikely commemorative set of Pac-Man wine glasses would have you believe.
My Japanese isn’t very good, but it looks like you’ll be able to get a pair of these glasses, along with a set of collectible Pac-Man wine coasters for about ¥5250 (appx.
Whether you’re a Japanese toddler or teen, you love Rilakkuma. Apparently, this cute teddy bear is on its way to dethrone Hello Kitty in the realms of cuteness. This makes Rilakkuma perfect for companies trying to make their devices cute.
This Rilakkuma netbook is actually a tablet as well, although the Japanese like to call it a UMPC.
Here’s the latest ridiculous keychain gadget to come to us from the same guys who brought us infinite bubble wrap and the thirst-unquenching beer can simulator. I give you… never-ending chocolate.
Created in celebration of the 84th anniversary of Meiji chocolates, Bandai’s Meiji chocolate bar clips onto your keychain or cell phone and lets you simulate the sensation and sounds (???)
We’ve featured some fun bento box creations on the site over the years, but they’re clearly the works of master food artisans with tons of time on their hands. Now thanks to this new gizmo from Japan, you can make your own funny lunches without any such skills.
Bandai’s new Anpanman sushi maker toy lets you crank out edible nori maki faces of characters from the famous Japanese kids’ anime series.
I’m not sure if you can actually make phone calls with the Bandai Phone Braver 7, but I don’t mind. I mean really, it’s a cell phone with bendable arms and legs, so what’s not to like?
The Phone Braver 7 (model GE-46) is an anthropomorphic mobile phone from Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin series.
Here’s an odd little gadget fresh from Japan. It’s a digital pedometer with a twist. Instead of just measuring how many steps you’ve walked, it has you play a little Samurai game as you amble along.
From what I can tell, Bandai’s YUU HO KEI pedometer game involves ordering your foot soldiers out to battle with you – by making them walk – and then walk some more.
This flying saucer-like apparatus from Bandai is a modern day take on a classic kids’ toy – the spinning top.
Just flip open the collapsing handle on the Bandai Luminodisc and give it a spin. As it goes round and round, a persistence-of-vision LED display tells you how many rotations your spin made.
Ahh, there’s nothing more refreshing than popping open an ice cold brewski on a hot Summer day. Of course, if you happen to not have a cold brewski on you, you could always go for the next best worst thing – an electronic beer can simulator.
Brought to you by the fine weird minds of Bandai Japan, the Mugen Beer Can simulator hangs on your key ring, and plays an electronic sample of the sound of opening a can of the cold frosty stuff when you flip its pop top.
At least you won’t be spilling beer all over yourself when you have too many of these.
Single Mugen cans of are available for pre-order over at Gizmine for$17.99
This new interactive toy from Japan involves sticking your finger in a hole on the side of the box to interact with a virtual environment. Really. I’m not kidding.
Bandai’s new Tuttuki Bako handheld interactive plaything requires you to twiddle your finger around inside the orifice to play with a variety of virtual characters on an LCD screen on the front of the device.
Why is it that Japan gets all the coolest toys? I mean really, why can’t I walk into the neighborhood store and pick up one of these?
Coming this December from Bandai Japan, this remote-controlled Mechagodzilla robot is truly a sight to behold.
Towering at nearly 20-inches tall (1/100th scale), the mechanical creation is faithful to the version of the Robosaurus Rex from 1974’s Gojira tai Mekagojira (Godzilla vs.