They are little pandas, ice bears, tigers and lions and they all are Japan’s newest toy robots. CCP, the company behind the so-called Baby Animals [JP], is part of the Bandai Namco Group, meaning an export of the robots outside Nippon is possible in the future (Bandai America brought the Mugen Pop Pop to the US, after all).
Each of the robots is equipped with four sensors and two buttons. The animal will start moving its mouth and making “realistic” sounds every time you touch its head or neck. It will react the same way if you lull it. Ignore the robot for about 5 minutes and it will start sleeping (it then only wakes up by pulling the right ear).
Powered by 4 AA batteries, the baby animals’ sitting height is 35cm. Bandai plans to start selling the robots in Japan this week for $80 each.