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Strawzilla is nature’s cruelest joke. A creature made entirely out of straw that breathes fire.

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Actually, it’s the work of over 150 volunteers in Japan that labored over four months to create the 23-foot tall Godzilla out of rice straw. LEDs were even included in the eyes, dorsal fins, and tail. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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Six foot, four inches. That’s the height of the Godzilla figure (including the base) that has been unveiled by Design Coco. The figure is based upon Godzilla’s appearance in the 1991 movie Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, and stands at the height of the Godzilla costume used for the movie. So yeah—life-size. Technically.

It ain’t cheap though, and it won’t be plentiful – only ten of these bad boys will be available, with each selling for 4,482,000 yen (approximately $43,000 US at time of writing). Blimey.

Bandai will begin accepting applications to purchase one of these behemoths on November 7th via their Premium Bandai website, with the figure due to ship in July 2017. If you’ll be in Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood between October 28th-30th you can scope this ‘zilla out for yourself at the Tamashi Nation 2016 figure and model show, or you can get a look at a prototype version at the Shinjuku Marui Annex shopping center between November 1st-14th.

(via RocketNews 24)

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Welp, this Pikachu Mario and Luigi plush combo really, really works. So of course they’re a limited edition item going on sale October 29th at Pokémon Centers in Japan.

But that’s not all of the awesome merch you won’t be able to get your hands on (without paying far, far to much for them on eBay). Torture yourself with more official Pokémon Company / Nintendo crossover items below. [click to continue…]

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Y’know, sometimes I can’t help but feel like Japan really has a lot of very simple stuff figured out. Stuff like arm-pillows, which are pillows you wear on one arm so you can have a quick nap at your desk, ideally during your lunch break so your boss doesn’t walk past and grumpily wake you up to ask why you haven’t written that post about the LEGO Babylon 5 ship yet. (Erm. – Ed.)

It’s such a brilliant idea, in fact, that Japanese online retailer Premium Bandai has taken it one step further and introduced a range of Hitoyasumi Udemakura Kusshon Shiriizu (or “Napping Arm-pillow Cushion Series”) based on characters from UltramanMobile Suit Gundam, and Kinnikuman.

The pillows can be pre-ordered through September 26th for 4,320 yen (roughly $43 US). Check out more pillows from the series below. [click to continue…]

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Sega’s been having a little fun at the expense people who play their crane machines.

If you win a prize in one of the machines, known as “UFO Catchers” in Japan, staff at the Sega arcade in Ikebukuro will hand you a Sega-branded bag to carry it in. The Sega logo on the bag, pictured above, is surrounded by a gentle motif of squares and circles at the top and bottom. No big deal right?

A sharp eye might look at that and think, “Hang on, that looks like Morse Code.” And you’re right – one knowledgeable arcade-goer in Japan took the time to decipher the code, and the resulting message is delightfully tongue-in-cheek. [click to continue…]

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Remember when we showed you that amazing Snorlax cushion? The one big enough to sleep on? Well, it seems that “big enough to sleep on” may be a bit too big for some of the Japanese customers who actually purchased one.

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New Snorlax owners took to Twitter to shed light on their struggle. One user was even kind enough to tweet most of the journey from door to bed.

At close to five feet tall and over four feet wide, this Snorlax didn’t just become a cute sleeping idea, it became a roommate. Check out some of the amusing pics below. [click to continue…]

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If you thought that the original Toy Story Voltron from Tamashii Nations was delightfully insane, well…there’s a lot more crazy where that came from.

When the first version was announced we wondered where Buzz Lightyear was, but we knew it was only a matter of time before he got his own mech. It’s been two months and here we are. The interesting thing, however, is that both the original Toy Story mech and the Buzz Lightyear mech can be combined into one massive, utterly ridiculous robot named “Super Combination Gangreat King”. Experience its full glory below. [click to continue…]

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We’ve all heard stories about cats being able to see ghosts. But can they see fictional digitized Pokémon? Some people in Japan seem to think so—and it isn’t just the cats. Apparently dogs and birds have the gift as well.

Then again, the people behind the photos could be just trolling everyone for a good ‘n’ proper laugh. Either way, though, these tweets are great fun to look at. Check out some of them below. [click to continue…]

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It’s hard to deny the positivity that Pokémon Go has brought into the world over the last week. It’s brought people together, got them outdoors for a little exercise, and has even been shown to benefit mental health. This story, though, shows that there is occasionally an emotional component as well.

Supposedly, a (Dutch?) gamer recently visited the grave of his younger brother, who had been a huge Pokémon fan—Pikachu in particular. His grave even had a Pikachu-shaped headstone. Guess what was waiting there… [click to continue…]

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Evangelion fans who also enjoy weightlifting will be happy to hear that Evangelion dumbbells are now a real thing.

It seems weird until you see this.

Army Dumbbell offers two types of Evangelion weights: one in EVA Unit-01 colors and the other in red EVA Unit-02. Both feature NERV logos on the ends. [click to continue…]