Posts Tagged ‘Japan

Big Game in Small Pieces

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Have you ever wanted to nurture your child’s inner poacher or felt that a taxidermy animal head might be just the trick to remind you of your taxes? Japanese toy company, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S, appeals to the armchair hunter with its latest collector item, Hunting Trophy. Hunting Trophy is a series of miniature, mounted animal heads complete with horns that require snap-on assembly. Each trophy also comes with a tiny, gold sticker plaque bearing the species of your prize-packaged beast.

The refrigerator replaces the den as a showcase for the magnetically equipped creatures enabling you to display your entire plastic bestiary. Hunting Trophy continues its line with the safari-themed series, Hunting Trophy II. For the design conscious, Takara TOMY A.R.T.S. also offers neon-colored and gold gilded mounts with its Mono Color Trophy collection.

The Takara TOMY A.R.T.S. Hunting Trophy collection currently retails for about 300 yen and is sadly not available outside of Japan. Personal buying service, White Rabbit Express however specializes in shipping Japanese products virtually everywhere.

As a side note, a search for toy hunting trophies turned up a video of robotic taxidermy! I think Takara TOMY has been one-upped!

Don Quijote: Tower of Evil Cute

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There are no imaginary enemies here-only sickeningly cute adversaries dressed in animal skins of every combination smiling behind neon, plastic boxes. Don Quijote (spelled phonetically-its praise is sung throughout in a synthesized kid, choir chant-“la-la-lah-la-la-lah-Don-Key-Ho-tee”!) is a discount chain store in Japan that offers everything from racks of eyelashes to questionable junk food. Sadly, Don Quijote is more yellow, shoebox grade of architecture than the literary, looming windmill (although, I wouldn’t put it pass the Japanese to create a windmill structure adorned with a deranged mascot promoting buying bliss).  It does, however, contain an epileptic arcade of flashing video games and fantastic vending machines of toys and plushies.

The vending machines house an array of creatures wearing pelt jumpsuits-rabbits are dressed in bear skins, bears are dressed in cat suits, etc. (the bi-curious species are both intriguiging and baffling). Everything within the arcade is dosed in cute. Stitched up dolls and bloody, clawed teddy bears are tempered by their adorable grins and cotton-colors. The arcade is manically brilliant and leaves one feeling a bit hopped up on Clockwork Orange stimulus overload.  “La-la-lah, la-la-lah….”

Thanks to Optivion for the photos (and for being the prince of prizes who won a solar-operated Maneki Neko waving statue).

Written by corvusblue

February 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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