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Mog Mog Wanco: A Coin Eating Doggie Bank

It has a sensor on its nose and, whenever it detects a coin, it moves its mouth to beg you for it. Push the dog’s tail to empty the piggy bank.

Mog Mog Wanco
Mog Mog Wanco
  There a thousands of piggy banks on earth, but when you get your hands one a doggie bank as cute as this one, you’ll just want to keep putting coins in it! It’s called "Mog Mog Wanco" by Bandai and its a little dog that seems to enjoy eating coins whenever you put one in.

This dog has a sensor in its nose, so when you come near it with a coin it starts moving its mouth as if he were begging you for it.

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 on 5 Jan 2010 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture

Muji x Lego: A Toy that Combines Lego Blocks and Paper

Muji Japan is selling a toy that you can use to create 3-dimensional paper shapes using colored Lego building blocks.

A cocodrile made with Muji x Lego
A cocodrile made with Muji x Lego
  Everyone likes playing with Legos. They’re simple colored blocks, but you can use them to make thousands of different shapes. And wouldn’t it be all the more fun if you could decorate your works of Lego art with pieces of paper?

In keeping with its functional and minimalist style, Muji, the Japanese multinational brand that makes products for the home, has a great idea to help us enjoy Legos to the max.

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 on 7 Dec 2009 by in

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Under 15 Euros

We have 10 suggestions for cheap Christmas gifts, none costs more than 15 Euros. Don’t let the financial crisis ruin your Christmas!

Choose your cheap gift for Xmas
Choose your cheap gift for Xmas
  With the crisis is making it hard to make ends meet, how can we possibly deal with Christmas? We’ll have to look for alternatives to avoid over-charging our credit cards. One idea that’s worked for us: turn the Secret Santa drawing into a contest. Whoever finds the best gift for the least money wins. We have some suggestions for cheap Christmas gifts for the rest of the family.

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 on 7 Dec 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts

Pichi pichi Ebi-san, A Shrimp Shaped Cell Phone Strap

It looks like a shrimp fresh out of the sea, but it’s actually a very realistic-looking cell phone strap. It comes in two models: cooked and live.

Pichi pichi Ebi-san, cooked version
Pichi pichi Ebi-san, cooked version
  Fried shrimp are a favorite dish for many Japanese kids. I remember when I was a young girl, before I really knew anything about shrimp, I thought the tail was the head (see, in Japan, we remove the heads from shrimp before frying them).

Shrimp are a very common food in Japan, and, not surprisingly, a Japanese company has designed a cell phone strap that’s shaped like this little critter and is very realistic-looking.

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 on 26 Nov 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture

Cardbo, A Real Life Manga Comic Robot

Cardbo is one of the characters in the Yostuba manga comic. Its first-generation robot style and the friendly, startled look on its face have conquered the hearts of robot lovers.

A copy of Danbo
A copy of Danbo
  Its name is Danbo or Cardbo, (from the Japanese word "danboru", which means "cardboard") and it’s one of the lead characters in the manga series Yostuba, a cartoon that narrates the life of a 5-year-old girl with green hair who is full of energy and very curious.

Cardbo isn’t really a character, it’s actually a cardboard disguise that one of Yostuba’s schoolmates wears, although Yostuba thinks that it’s a real robot!

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 on 23 Nov 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts

Micro Pets-i, Intelligent Pocket Size Robots

Micro Pets-i are animal-shaped Japanese mascots that move, sing and interact amongst themselves.

A dog, a panda bear, a cat... choose your favorite Micro Pet
A dog, a panda bear, a cat... choose your favorite Micro Pet
  There are many toys that look like pets, but they’d be a lot more fun if they also did whatever you ordered them to do. Takara Tomy’s Micro Pets-i are tiny robots that look like cute little animals. They first came out in 2002, and 10 million of them have already been sold, but now they’ve been re-launched on the market with a more intelligent strategy.

There are 9 different Micro Pets-i models and they each look like different animals: a dog, a cat, a panda bear, etc.

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 on 19 Nov 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture

Otamatone, A Curious Instrument

Otamatone is an instrument that’s shaped like a tadpole and you can use it to create melodies using different techniques. Learn to play it!

  Otamatone is a very curious instrument. It looks like a cross between a musical note and a tadpole and when you slide your fingers down the staff, it plays music.

It’s a sort of theremin (one of the first electronic musical instruments), you have to push its tail a bit to make a sound. And, when you open and close its mouth, the Otamatone creates vibrant effects.

It looks like a toy, but if you practice enough you can actually play songs on it.

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 on 17 Nov 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture

Candy Grabber

Fishing the candy out with the hook is harder than it looks. We were forced to rely on a technique that, admittedly, is really for wimps: turning the candy grabber over and shaking it.

Don´t put any valuables inside...  you may not see them again!
Don´t put any valuables inside... you may not see them again!
  We received the candy grabber Curiosite and very excitedly opened it. Even before the fairground music starts playing, the striped box looks very festive.

The package includes:
  • A candy grabber
  • A pack of 25 fake coins
  • Rather succinct instructions for use

    It looks really cool, just like the picture, but when you take it out of the box it’s a little disappointing to see that it’s empty...

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  •  on 27 Oct 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts

    Video Eyewear Glasses "iWear AV230 XL"

    The first time we saw these video eyewear glasses on the Internet, we thought they were so modern and futuristic that we couldn’t wait to get them and try them out. Now we’ve finally tried them.

    The package includes all this stuff
    The package includes all this stuff
      That’s right, we wanted to corroborate whether watching films and videos while wearing the "iWear AV230 XL" video eyewear glasses is really as comfortable as the photos lead you to believe. When we got them, they made a very good first impression. When we opened the package, we found the glasses were exactly like those featured in Vuzix’s ads.

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     on 21 Oct 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts

    Polaroid is Back!

    Thanks to The Impossible Project, a web site dedicated to recuperating Polaroid, the legendary instant cameras will go back into production in 2010.

    Celebration Pack, sold out within a few hours
    Celebration Pack, sold out within a few hours
      The Impossible Project, that web site that has been trying to put Polaroid cameras back into circulation since 2008, has finally achieved its goal. The company that has the right to Polaroid is called Summit Global Group and, a few days ago, they held a press conference where they announced plans to start selling the instant cameras and their cartridges again in 2010.

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     on 19 Oct 2009 by Marta Reig in News and curiosities
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