karimoku x Medicom Toy (Japan) Bearbrick Rosewood Paint 400%

Japanese furniture company karimoku partners up with Medicom Toy once again to present the limited edition Bearbrick Rosewood Paint 400%. The newest Bearbrick release is clean and simple in design and features a dark, rich wooden texture. The karimoku x Medicom Toy Bearbrick Rosewood Paint 400% launches April 24 at an approximate price of $545 USD (excluding tax).

Sith lord or samurai lord? Darth Vader becomes decorative “gogatsu ningyo” doll for Boys’ Day in Japan

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A long, long time ago, in a country far, far away, Yoshitoku Taiko made its first doll. Founded in 1711, the company’s history goes back to a time when Japan was ruled by a shogun, and the country sealed off from the rest of the world.

More than three centuries later, Yoshitoku Taiko is still in business, but Japan is now part of the global community. That’s why the company’s latest offerings are two exquisitely crafted dolls of Darth Vader in samurai armor.

In Japan, it’s customary to celebrate May 5, known as either Boys’ Day or Children’s Day, by decorating the home with a doll dressed in a suit of armor. Known as gogatsu ningyo, or “May dolls,” the figures are supposed to represent parents’ desires that their sons grow up to be strong and wise, like the samurai warriors they’re modeled after.

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▼ Simpler displays feature just the helmet.

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Speaking of samurai, it’s been said that Japanese armor was a major inspiration for the iconic design of Star Wars’ Darth Vader. There are definitely similarities, such as the way Lord Vader’s helmet covers the back of the neck, or the face plate he wears that resembles those samurai often went into battle equipped with. So, seeing as how there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out in December, Yoshitoku Taiko decided to make an addition to their traditional line of May dolls fashioned after historical figures such as Date Masamune, Uesugi Kenshin, and Sanada Yukimura, with these Darth Vader gogatsu ningyo.

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Or, if the whole suit of armor is a bit much, you could opt for this Vader helmet set.

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There’s also Yoshitoku Taiko’s Darth Vader bushi ningyo, or warrior doll, which forgoes the volcanic backdrop.

▼ And yes, of course the katana scabbard is red.

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While the noble Jedi knights might seem like more appropriate symbols for the virtues of bushido, they don’t wear armor. So Yoshitoku Taiko’s other Star Wars creation doesn’t draw from Luke or Obi-Wan, but the Imperial Stormtroopers.

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All of these items are currently sold out, despite prices ranging from 140,400 yen (US$1,180) for the Darth Vader bushi ningyo all the way up to 356,400 yen for the full gogatsu ningyo Vader set. But hey, as any collector will tell you, high-grade Star Wars figurines don’t come cheap, and if and when Yoshitoku Taiko does restock the items on its website, you can be sure they’ll be selling out quickly once again.

Andy Warhol x Medicom Toy (Japan) 400% Bearbrick

Fans of the pop art movement will want to take note of Medicom Toy’s latest release. The Japanese toymaker is set to release a set of Bearbricks that pay tribute to the late, great Andy Warhol, with the toy sporting Warhol’s signature glasses, his distinct high cheekbones and even his unique style of dress.

The Bearbrick will be available in the 400% and 1000% sizes (280mm and 700mm, respectively), and are available now from Medicom in limited quantities starting at a price of ¥8,800 JPY (approximately $75 USD).

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New Happy Meal in Japan lets you play with your food — and comes with a Pokémon toy to boot!

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Sure, we know we’re not supposed to play with your food, but the temptation can be great when there are gadgets around like the Direct Food Printer that lets you draw and write as you choose directly onto food. But now, for a limited time starting this week, McDonald’s Japan will be offering a new menu item that allows you to draw directly on your food using … chocolate sauce!

It’s the “Oekaki Happy Hotcake” (Draw and Happy Hotcakes) set, and if you think drawing on hotcakes with chocolate sounds like fun, we completely agree! What’s even better,  the set can be ordered as part of a Happy Meal that comes with a Pokémon toy — now, what kid can resist that?

The Oekaki Happy Hotcake set comes with a brown and pink “chocolate pen”. The set on its own, which includes two pancakes, the two chocolate pens and syrup, will cost 314 yen (US$3), but it can also be ordered as a Happy Meal as shown in the picture below, with either a cup of corn or french fries and a drink, which will be priced at 530 yen ($5.25).

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And in a joint promotion that’s sure to delight kids, there will also be a special Pokémon Happy Meal option available, which will come with one of eight Pokémon toys that feature some of the usual Pokémon characters as well as those from the new feature-length Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, which will be premiering in Japan on July 19.

▼These four toys featuring Pikachu, Froakie (Keromatsu in Japanese), Deddene and Yveltal will be available as part of the Pokémon Happy Meal from July 11.happy 2 Pokemon 7-11

▼And these four featuring Fennekin (Fokko in Japanese), Chespin (Harimaron in Japanese), Diancie and Xerneas will be available starting July 18.happy 3 pokemon 7-18

▼The Pokémon Happy Meal will come in a special edition box which has pop up features that can be used like a frame or picture stand. The cute Pokémon illustrations are sure to catch children’s hearts!happy 4 Pokemon box

Actually, all of this looks fun even if you’re not a kid, especially decorating the hotcakes with chocolate ink! It looks like there’ll be another reason for children to ask their parents to take them to McDonald’s this summer. Both the Oekaki Happy Hotcake Set and Pokémon Happy Meal will be launched on July 11, and the Pokémon Happy Meal will be available for about one month, while the Hotcake Set is scheduled to be served until mid-August.

And yes, we admit we’re wishing we can get a Hotcake Set now and do some serious chocolate doodling … but we guess we’ll have to make do with crayons and paper until July 11!

People love Nintendo’s plastic Amiibo figures: Nearly 2.6 million sold


Nintendo has announced that sales of its Amiibo figures are “nearly double” that of Super Smash Bros. game sales on the Wii U. (Nintendo sold 1.3 million copies of the title in the tail end of 2014, and so math tells us that figure sales float around the 2.6 million mark, which is pretty incredible.)

Last month, Nintendo stated that figure sales were roughly equal to the game sales, meaning people apparently buying more figures now. Nintendo stated that some figures have already been discontinued, much to eBay profiteers’ delight. Naturally, a little bit of rarity can help give sales a lift.

Attack on Titan x Medicom Toys (Japan) 1000% Bearbrick

If the 400%-sized version of the Colossal Titan Bearbrick wasn’t large enough for some of you, the good news is that there’s now a 1000% variant, which stands at 700mm tall in all its glory. Aside from the height and the slight color change on the lines detailing the exposed muscles of the wall-destroying humanoid, everything else looks-wise, grimace and all, pretty much stays the same.

While us fans will have to continue to wait with agonizing patience for season 2 of Attack on Titan in 2016 (at least they gave us a timeline right?), the figure’s May 2015 release date does come at a good time considering that the two live-action films are set to hit theaters over the summer. So if anything, this could be a move from Medicom Toy to help start brewing a little early hype for the upcoming movies.

The Colossal Titan Bearbrick will be available at 32,000 JPY (approximately $270 USD). Find the full details here.

Toy Story x Medicom Toy (Japan) 400% Woody and Buzz Lightyear Bearbrick

Medicom Toy unveils its latest collaboration with Disney’s Toy Story franchise with two new Bearbricks, one of Woody and the other of Buzz Lightyear. The main characters of the franchise are re-imagined in Bearbrick fashion, while still staying true to Woody’s cowboy characteristics and Buzz Lightyear’s futuristic features.

Both retail for ¥7,800 JPY (approximately $66 USD) and will be released May of this year at select stockists or online at Medicom Toy.

The toy you’ve always wanted: Action-figure you


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Do you ever have those days when you wonder what you would look like with a six-pack, throwing a punch, or literally bending over backwards to do something, but you don’t have enough confidence in your own strength and flexibility to actually try? Have you gotten tired of your usual action figures, wishing it was you fighting the bad guys? Well, you don’t have to wonder or wish anymore with this fully moveable action figure made to look just like you!

Just send a picture of yourself, choose your desired skin tone and hair color and you’ll have a little mini-you in no time! These 30-cm (12-in) figures are designed to be approximately 1/6 of normal human scale. In addition to having a fully mobile body (perhaps more muscular and limber than your own), the bottoms of the feet have strong magnets to help the figure stay in your desired pose.

▼ No pose is impossible for this bendable figure!


Now, I have to say, there is something creepy about owning a naked figure of yourself, and the creators agree. That’s why they are offering a stylish suit set for an extra 6,000 yen (US$55). Mini-you might be better dressed than the real-you!


While it seems that the doll is only available in the male body, girls can probably get a figure made, as long as you don’t mind a more macho stature.

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The standard price is 50,000 yen (US$460 ), but it’s on sale until November 3 for half-off, at 23,800 yen (US$220 ) per doll. At that price, you might as well get one for yourself and another one to give away to that special someone or your co-worker. Better yet, buy an action figure of yourself to give to your mother so you won’t have to visit home as often.