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Japan is well known for dispensing anything and everything through vending machines, so it’s increasingly difficult to find one that truly surprises you. This origami vending machine represents one of those rare moments. [click to continue…]

As we mentioned last week, Tokyo’s famous giant Gundam statue will be replaced with an even bigger, unicornier Gundam later this year. Naturally, plenty of spectators were on hand to witness the robot being dismantled, and the resulting photos and videos are kinda surreal. [click to continue…]

The original, and much beloved giant Gundam statue in Tokyo was taken down on March 5th, much to the dismay of tourists. You might be wondering why they would remove such a popular and clearly awesome attraction. There’s only one acceptable answer to that question—they’re replacing it with an even BIGGER Gundam. [click to continue…]

Following a teaser image released last month, the official website for the live-action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist have posted a close-up look at the CG Alphonse Elric along with the announcement of a December 1, 2017 release date for the film. If you haven’t seen it already, the teaser trailer is available below. [click to continue…]

The official website for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist has unveiled our best look yet at Alphonse Elric. It appears as though Al’s appearance will be faithful to the anime.

There was also a second still image from the teaser trailer that was released last year. You can check out both below. [click to continue…]

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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…]