The iconic Japanese children’s character, Doraemon, will be making an appearance in Happy Sets (better known as Happy Meals in the United States) at McDonald’s Restaurants in Japan. The promotion will see McDonald’s offer up six different Doraemon toys with its Happy Sets. Doraemon, who is a robotic cat who promotes positive values, first made his appearance in Manga in 1969. Since then, he has since gone on to appear in three anime series and multiple movies as well, the latest of which was released this month.
Scale model kits often depict military hardware or robots from popular Anime, but Japanese firm As If Toy has produced a kit that is in a league of its own. As If’s Varacil Mechanical Pencil Plastic Puzzle Kit is a model kit that allows for the building of a 1:1 scale functioning pencil. The kit consists of 22 pieces and takes a little under an hour to put together. The pencil uses 0.5mm lead but it cannot be used for heavy duty writing due to its fragility. The Pencil kit first became available in June and is priced at ¥945 or roughly $10.75.
Source: Rocket News 24
Born in France, Bottled in Japan is the tagline that Suntory Holdings, the producer of Orangina, is trying to highlight with its new promotion that features a model Air France plane with each bottle of the orange flavored sparkling beverage. The promotion includes six different planes of the Airbus, Boeing and Concorde variety. Beverages in Japan often feature novelty items or small toys included with the purchase of each bottle. An Orangina bottle with the included plane model is priced at ¥147 or roughly $1.75.
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Some lucky folks will have the opportunity to celebrate the Holidays with a wide variety of Disney inspired BE@RBRICK figures thanks to the Disney Christmas Party BE@RBRICK Happy Lottery. The lottery, which will cost ¥500 or roughly $6 per ticket, will give contestants the chance to win one of 25 BE@RBRICK prizes, 15 pair box prizes, 1 special prize (400%) and 1 L@ST prize. Those who purchase two tickets will also receive a Christmas card. With tickets only available for purchase in Japan, this Holiday season will mark only the second time that BE@RBRICK has held such a lottery.
Source: Medicom Toy Blog
5,000 LEGO fans In Japan have come together to create a 3D map of the Land of The Rising sun, with the help of 1.8 million LEGO bricks. The event, entitled Build Up Japan, was put on to celebrate 50 years of LEGO on the island nation. Continue reading Land Of The Rising Sun Celebrates 50 Years Of LEGO
Osaka may not be host to the biggest Gundam model in the world but the largest gunpla box does call Japan’s second city its home. Located in Osaka Station City’s South Gate Plaza, the Real Grade RX-78-2 Gundam box is more than 27 feet wide. Intended to promote the Real Grade series, the box will serve as a show room for more than 200 gunpla models.
A host of Pokemon will soon be transformed into far more artistic and chic versions of themselves thanks to the design sensibilities of artist Momo Okada. Pokemon Centers in Japan will soon start carrying the line of goods, called, PokeMomo. Items range from a fittingly sized Snorlax plush that will be priced at ¥3500, to a mug featuring artsy Pocket Monster designs for ¥1000. The line is set to depict a variety of characters from the long running media franchise including: Pikachu , Snorlax, Gengar, Plusle, and Minun. Expect to see the PokeMomo line out August 11th.