Why is it that the Japanese have such cute toys, though I suppose they would call them collectibles?
Standing just 4.6 inches (12 cm) tall, he is the perfect companion for my computer desk, which is already jammed with slightly demented Japanese characters from tokidoki , a Doraemon, a giddy robot cat who has no ears because they were chewed off by rats, to the original yellow cutie, Pokeman, who started my collecting frenzy in the first place.
I just hope that Bastardino makes Peegee welcome.
Some dogs love nothing better than to crunch on an empty water bottle -- must be that lovely sound -- so Fat Cat designed WaterBottle Crunchers toys. Consider it a great way to recycle and make Fido happy at the same time. Made of durable canvas, it's made to stand up to chewy pups.
Even though my doxies haven't tested it yet, Casey, the publicist, has a pit bull, Parker, who's been tearing away at it for over a week, so that's good enough for me.
The set (an amusing catepillar and snake) will put you back $21.95 at Bamboo/ Fat Cat. The toys can be filled with empty water bottles up to 20 oz. in size.
Why do we put real shoes on just born infants who can't even hold their heads up, let alone walk? Newborns' feet are like mush; they just dangle like a pair of earrings. Yet, we jcan't help ourselves, can we? Because what's cuter than a pair of teeny tiny shoes on a teeny tiny human being who doesn't have the awareness to complain about useless apparel?
Taking this silliness to a whole new level, a company has designed soft crib shoes that look like high heel pumps for budding Carrie Bradshaws. Purely for the amusement of adults, of course, as the baby could care less (until she's about 9, at which point she'll either love them or want to kill you for once making her look ridiculous). Heelarious shoes come in six different designs, and each pair comes in a little plastic purse with a rhinestone button closure. They're for infants who are zero to six months, so if you're going to have fun with these, you've got to buy them at birth. Once they're out crawling, it's too late.
Next time a friend of mine gives birth to a girl, I'm visiting the hospital with a pair of these. Every new mother needs a good laugh after what she's just been through, and I don't think $35 for a pair of these mock shoes is too much for a bit of comic relief at the beginning of a long journey. Look here for stores that sell them.
As evidenced by the ever-popular Hello Kitty vibrator, and Gloomy Bear, cute Japanese toys are not always as sexless or as gormless as they may appear at first glance. Tomy's "Healing Partner" doll may not be that cute, and isn't covered in bloody wounds, but it follows the Japanese tradition of something which looks benign being a little menacing. The Healing Partner doll shadow sleeps with you- so using six sensors it goes to sleep when you do, and stays awake ungodly hours when you do. And then it lets you know what it thinks about your joint sleeping pattern by singing sweetly when it's well-rested, or hurling abuse when you've been out all night, leaving it alone and shaking with fury, filled with robo-psychotic thoughts.
Since Healing Partner already looks like it's suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a few tours of duty at war, you probably need to kick it out of bed before going on a sleepless weekend bender.
Healing Partner is available in Japan only, but can be purchased from Audiocubes for $180.
In what amounts to little more than another animated i-Dog speaker alternative, The Sharper Image has recently come forward with the iDance WALL-E MP3-playing robot ($25) in preparation for the buying frenzy that will likely accompany the summer release of Disney-Pixar's new WALL-E flick.
The 8-inch trash-compacting robot dances and makes sounds when it's packed with a trio of AA batteries and nearby or plugged into an audio source. Pretty cute in a useless sort of way, don't you think?
Remember the MacGyver TV show where the character got himself out of harrowing situations with a piece ot dental floss and a paper-clip? This is his watch.
The MacGyver watch sports a 5-mode audio equalizer, 3-D stereo sound, built-in voice recorder, integrated USB cable, and thumb drive to store and transfer data, and . . . it transforms to a getaway vehicle (okay, just kidding about the last one).
Made by Skullcandy, a company known for their audio-integrated lifestyle products, such as backpacks with built-in speakers and snow helmets with iPod controls, this watch continues the tradition of music on the go.
It plays both MP3 and WAV files, comes with USB 1.1 flash storage, is equipped with an automatic power-off battery (handy if you're tied up?), is shock proof/static proof (shark tank?), and sports a built-in microphone/voice recorder (for taping the bad guys' confessions?).
At $199, it's perfect for the MacGyver in your life. The TV character could save the world with this thing.
Mimoco, maker of the popular Mimobot designer USB flash drives, has partnered with tokidoki, the brand created by pop fashion designer Simone Legno, to create the tokidoki for MIMOBOT series. This newest group of flash drives is part of Mimoco's MMOBOT Artist Series, and comes in three different characters, each priced at $39.95: Pirate Nero, Pistaio, and Meletta.
Mimoco has released tokidoki for MIMOBOT preloaded with the second issue if its mimoZine, the first digital magazine delivered via flash drive. This pop culture magazine features interviews with Japanese pop-rock artists, videos of art events, and musical videos.
See a preview of the mimoZine after the jump.
If you were blown away by the color-screen version of the handheld Tetris game, then you'll love this Meiji chocolate bar puzzle from Strapya World. You're clearly quite easy to please, so I can tell you won't mind that the inedible puzzle isn't electronic and that rather than clearing lines, the object of this "game" is to fit all of the chocolate-looking pieces into the included clear container.
It's the anti-Tetris really because you've got similar-looking pieces that must be positioned manually (instead of flipping them frantically into place as they fall from the sky at accelerating speeds) and the more open space you have, the less "done" the game is (as opposed to trying not to let the rows of blocks build up too high). Additionally, if you've managed to figure out all 2,339 ways to solve the puzzle, you get to"level up" by buying another chocolate bar: white chocolate = easy, milk chocolate = beginner, black (dark?) chocolate = advanced.
Grab yours from Strapaya World for about $7.
I don't have any little kids in my house, so when one comes to visit, I'm often at a loss for how to entertain my guest, as I have no toys lying about. My repertoire of Origami cranes and inflatable cubes exhausts itself in about twenty minutes.
I've bookmarked this page of Fractalspin for the next time I find myself in this dilemma. The Mandlebot Paper Toy is a foldable robot that you print out on your own printer, then spend the next hour folding in accordance with the instructions. Fractalspin describes Mandlebot as a "stylish robot who just needs some help becoming 3D like the rest of us," and who likes electronic music.
Hopefully, by the time I finish the project and my little friend figures out that it doesn't actually do anything, it'll be time to gather him up to send him home.
There's good kitsch and bad kitsch, and for the most part these cute tins from Dumpling Dynasty are good kitsch.
They feature stylish retro designs and good quality products and would make great gifts or keepsakes. There's a shoeshine kit, baking kit, first aid kit and sewing kit, which all look great. But the pigtail kit and explorer kit, whilst good whimsical fun, play into gender stereotypes a little too much for my liking (boys explore while girls fix their hair? Pah).
I recommend subverting the patriarchy and buying the former for your bald self-deprecating uncle and the latter for your sexually adventurous sister...
Via Strawberry Fool.