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Terebi no Te Remote Control: Channel Changer, Back Scratcher or Nose Picker?

Terebi no Te Remote Control: Channel Changer, Back Scratcher or Nose Picker?
There are plenty of remote control options on the market, but they’re all pretty ordinary looking. If you’re looking for something a little different, how about a remote control that looks like a cartoon finger you point at your TV? Your wish, my friends, has been granted, courtesy of Takara…

Utamin is One Ugly Hairless Mogwai Theramin

Utamin is One Ugly Hairless Mogwai Theramin
Have you ever wanted a Mogwai? You know, those creatures from Gremlins who remain cute and cuddly as long as you don’t expose them to sunlight, feed them after midnight or get them wet? While this new toy from Japan doesn’t really look like a Mogwai, it does sing like…
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PlayStation Business Card Case: The Original PlayStation Portable

PlayStation Business Card Case: The Original PlayStation Portable
A while back, I came across some fun business card holders that looked like classic gaming systems. But for some reason, they didn’t include the original PlayStation in the mix. Fans of the retro PlayStation will be happy to know that they too can hand out their business cards out…

Takaratomy Micropets-I Robots Will Kill You With Cuteness

Takaratomy Micropets-I Robots Will Kill You With Cuteness
Cuter than a bowl of kittens covered in marshmallows and sprinkles, these little electronic playthings are enough to make me want to puke a rainbow. Each of TakaraTomy’s Micropets-i miniature desktop robo-playthings has a tiny little mind of its own. The little animals can chase after a tiny ball or…

If Pandas Ran the U.S. Banking System We Wouldn’T be in the Mess We’Re in Today

If Pandas Ran the U.S. Banking System We Wouldn’T be in the Mess We’Re in Today
New from Japan – home of things too cute and strange to ever make it to American soil, comes TakaraTomy’s latest dose of sugary electronic goodness, the Panda Bank. I’m not sure what these panda bears are doing with all of my Yen coins, but they appear to be quite…

Bowlingual Voice: Dog Translator 2.0 Teaches Fido to Speak. Speak!

Bowlingual Voice: Dog Translator 2.0 Teaches Fido to Speak. Speak!
Remember the BowLingual? Released in the early 2000’s, the device claimed that it could translate your dog’s barks into phrases and emotions that told you what your dog was thinking, or how it was feeling. Now the BowLingual has gotten a 2009 upgrade, which actually gives your dog a human…

Robo-Q Optimus Prime and Bumblebee: Tiny Transformers

Robo-Q Optimus Prime and Bumblebee: Tiny Transformers
Just because you’re a robot in disguise doesn’t mean you have to be huge. These tiny little versions of two popular Transformers autobots prove quite the contrary. The latest in TakaraTomy’s Robo-Q series, these palm-sized Optimus Prime and Bumblebee robots are just too cute to be capable of any real…

Q-Steer Mario Kart Remote Contol Cars Bring Video Game Races to the Real World

Q-Steer Mario Kart Remote Contol Cars Bring Video Game Races to the Real World
Fresh off the boat from Japan, these miniature remote control cars let you tool around as the characters from Mario Kart. These Q-Steer cars from TakaraTomy let drive around using a pocket-size infrared remote control. Each one features the likeness of one of your favorite characters, and they can run…

Space Invaders Piggy Bank Only Saves Yen

Space Invaders Piggy Bank Only Saves Yen
Space Invaders fans, here’s a fun way to save your spare change – if you happen to live in Japan, that is. This Space Invaders piggy bank looks just like a miniature cocktail table version of the classic arcade shooter. The 1/6th scale game has a tiny little version of…

Flower Rock 2.0: Dancing Flowers Get a Makeover

Flower Rock 2.0: Dancing Flowers Get a Makeover
Back in the late 1980s, a sensation swept the streets of Asia called the “Flower Rock”. The desktop gadget did one thing, and one thing only — it danced to any music that you played near it. Flower Rock 2.0 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the original Flower Rock, giving…

Takaratomy Qfo Flying Objects Get Ready to Land on Earth

Takaratomy Qfo Flying Objects Get Ready to Land on Earth
Imagine an army of tiny little UFOs whizzing around your head. Now imagine that you could be the one controlling them. TakaraTomy’s mysterious looking QFOs are pint-sized remote controlled hovering spacecraft which spin through the sky. A little propeller mounted on the bottom of a lightweight foam body gives the…

Exploding Piggy Bank Sends Coins Flying

Exploding Piggy Bank Sends Coins Flying
Put your cash in this bomb-shaped piggy bank and if you’re not a good saver, you’ll be punished. The electronic piggy bank waits for you to add coins too it every day. If you’re not consistent, it’ll explode, sending coins all over your desktop. If you don’t add coins each…

Doggie Cam Takes Dog’s Eye View Photos

Doggie Cam Takes Dog’s Eye View Photos
Our friends over at CScout Japan turned me onto this wacky digital camera that straps to your dog’s neck and can automatically snap pictures throughout the course of the doggie day. TakaraTomy’s Wonderful Shot camera keeps a visual diary of the happenings in your dog’s life by snapping an image…

Optimus Prime 18-Wheeler iPod Dock

Optimus Prime 18-Wheeler iPod Dock
I guess news of this Transformers Optimus Prime iPod dock has been floating around for a few months now, but this is the first time I’ve seen up close photos of this fun compact stereo in action. The dock features an 18-wheeler that provides a place for your iPod and…

The Sights and Sounds of the Islands

The Sights and Sounds of the Islands
Picture yourself lying on the beach, listening to the crashing waves, soaring seagulls and the squawks of far-off dolphins… Now you can bring a bit of that feeling inside your house, thanks to this new gizmo from Japan’s TakaraTomy. The Healing Theater Umine projects watery blue and green moving images…

Planetary Lights Float Around Your Room

Planetary Lights Float Around Your Room
Bring the solar system into your living room with these floating lights from Japan’s TakaraTomy. These Fuwarito lamps look like the earth and the moon, but are just simple helium-filled mylar balloons with an LED built into the bottom. Each light comes with a two cans of helium gas and…
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