• Gachapin and Mukku: Bandai uses ugly monsters to design netbook

    Bandai in Japan announced a very special kind of netbook, the Gachapin and Mukku ultramobile PC [JP]. Gachapin is the green monster (a dinosaur, actually) and huge on Japanese kids TV, just like his sidekick Mukku, a red Yeti. Read More

  • The $2,200 Bandai Ginza-themed diorama in full working action

    Bandai’s Ginza-themed diorama speaker broke cover days ago and most of us was like, “wha? A diorama speaker?” Really, that’s what we said. Anyway, the video after the break clearly shows that this thing should stay over in Japan where apparently it means something cause it does nothing for us here in the States. Read More

  • Dangerous toy robot hurts 14 kids

    A small robot sold by Japanese toy giant Bandai is reportedly not the safest toy you would want to give to your kids. The company received complaints from a total of 85 parents in Nippon. In 14 cases, kids appear to have been hurt because they got their fingers caught in the robot. Some Japanese media are reporting that a 3-year old boy lost the tip of his pinky.. Video after the jump. Read More

  • Bandai sells gadget for women that helps understand men

    On February 7, Bandai Japan is coming out with a new gadget [JP] that will tell help women how well they understand men. The Onna Dameshi (Girl Tester) comes with a total of pre-installed 100 questions, such as “What phrase will make boys happy when said out of jealousy by their girlfriends?” or “What type of hair style do men usually prefer their girlfriends to have?”. Read More

  • Review: Bandai's Mugen Pop Pop

    As my brother said, “this is an tendinitis nightmare” or something like that. It’s quite addicting but it takes a bit of effort to actually get the fake bubbles to pop. I don’t see little kids over the age of 8 having the finger strength to play with this for very long. The texture of the bubbles is surprisingly similar to that of bubble wrap, though. And who… Read More

  • Mugen Pop Pop: America finally gets one of these wacky Japanese gadgets

    The problem with some of the Japanese gadgets I am blogging about is that they either never become available outside Japan or can only be bought through specialized import shops. But now Bandai America decided to bring its Mugen Puchi Puchi bubble wrap bubble pop simulator to the US. Time to celebrate. The toy, which has been renamed to Mugen Pop Pop in America, features a speaker that… Read More

  • Video gallery: Watch the Augmented Reality Tuttuki Bako Box in action

    Two weeks ago, I blogged about Bandai Japan’s Tuttuki Bako augmented reality-ish toy box, which is due out in Nippon on November 15 (price: $30). Bandai has set up a dedicated web site for the product in the meantime. The site is Japanese only but quite easy to understand. In addition to the strange (but official) video above, a few other clips cropped up in the last 24 hours… Read More

  • NetTansorWeb: Meet Bandai's awesome blogging robot

    Bandai showcased an update to its 2006 NetTansor robot at this year’s Robo Japan [JP] conference (that ended yesterday). The so-called NetTansorWeb robot [JP], which is made for home use, can be controlled remotely via WiFi and comes equipped with cameras and motion sensors to avoid obstacles . The robot can be used for surveillance (it’s even able to send video to your cell phone… Read More

  • Mugen Peri Peri: Experience the feeling of opening shipping envelopes over and over again

    When do you know that a given country, in this case Japan, is totally saturated with gadgets? When one of its companies, in this case Bandai, releases a combination of a cell phone strap and a mini toy that lets you relive the unforgettable experience of opening shipping envelopes or cardboard boxes. The so-called Mugen Peri Peri [JP] even features a built-in speaker for a number of… Read More

  • Augmented Reality? The Tuttuki Bako box needs your finger to play with virtual characters

    Who needs Augmented Reality Cybermaid Alice? Bandai Japan plans to release a palm-size cube in the middle of next month that lets you stick your finger into it to interact with the beings and things contained in the box. Read More

  • Cute gets an upgrade: The Tamagotchi goes color

    Yes, they are still around and today Bandai announced in Japan [JP] their Tamagotchis are soon even going color. The virtual pet toys became instant worldwide hits, selling around 75 million units between their debut in 1996 and today. Tamagotchis still must be fed, nurtured and played with by pushing buttons, or else they will die a virtual death. Buyers of the color version get new… Read More

  • Gun o' Clock: Bandai's new alarm clock has a death wish

    Japan seems to have a soft spot for weird alarm clocks. First the fly-away alarm clock, now this: At the end of October, Bandai will start offering an awesome alarm clock that can only be silenced with a special gun that will be sold along with it. The so-called Gun o’ Clock has two modes: In the time mode, the clock will wake users up with a normal alarm sound but also a voice… Read More

  • Smart Berry is not RIM’s new handheld, it’s a toy for girls

    If you like spoiling your kids and buying them things they will use for a week and then lose, then Bandai’s Smart Barry is worth a look. If you’re wondering why I’m being so hard on this device/toy, read on. The Smart Barry is a game/text messaging device that allows you to send messages to 4 other devices that are no more the 10 meters away. On top of that your message can… Read More

  • Bandai adds robotic crabs to its Hex Bug lineup

    Today Bandai announced they will start selling robotic crabs [JP] in Japan starting August 9. The so-called Hex Bug crabs will be available in red and blue (price: $25). Bandai wants to replicate the success of their robotic bugs [JP] and claims the crabs behave like real animals. Watch an impressive promo movie here. The robo crabs are even able to hide in dark areas, thanks to a built-in… Read More

  • Piggy bank for sugar mamas unveiled

    Bandai plans to release a piggy bank with a sugar mama theme in Japan starting September 6th. The Ikemenbanku (handsome man savings box) [JP] features an LCD screen displaying up to 5 different male characters:
    – old, wise man
    – athletic and young boy
    – nice schoolboy
    – cool model
    – funny comedian
    Each time the player deposits a 500 yen coin, a voice coming out… Read More

  • Tokyo Toy Show 2008: All award winners, first impressions, pictures

    Today I went to Odaiba, a strangely futuristic island just off the coast of Tokyo Bay, to cover this year’s Tokyo Toy Show. The event takes place every June and is one of the biggest and most important toy exhibitions in the world. Last year’s show attracted over 110,000 visitors. The picture above shows a huge crowd watching a Power Rangers dance show. Sorry, I didn’t see… Read More

  • Bandai introduces senseless stop watch toy

    Yesterday Japanese toy maker Bandai presented their newest product, a stop watch called “5-second stadium”, which will go on sale in J-land on July 27th for $9. The watch features 3 modes: game, practice, and challenge. The game mode works like this: Stop the time after exactly 5 seconds. That’s it. If you fail, the 5-Byou-Man (5-Second-Man, pictured below) will appear on… Read More

  • NetTansor WiFi Lets You Spy On Your Stuff

    I’m not sure what you could actually use this for, except to keep a close eye on your pet at home, but this is Bandai’s NetTansor WiFi Webcam on wheels. It’s a funny-looking little robot with useless arms that can be controlled from your PC. You couldn’t really use him to spy on people, because I can’t imagine that anybody wouldn’t notice the 11.4-inch… Read More