Sunday, April 29, 2007

Anime Tipo

Holidays are festive occasions full of frivolity and fun. There's office parties, lots of drinking, and general cheer. To brighten up your holidays even more, snap on the Anime Tipo projector from Tomy and shine some holiday-oriented LED animations on the ceiling or a wall of your home, shanty, or shelter. Six types of animations are available but only three have been disclosed thus far as follows:

»» A single firework soars into the blackness of space and explodes in a radiating pattern that's sure to dazzle onlookers.
»» A bird flies in from the left to the right while water moves a seesaw-like mechanism up and down. May be used to signal the arrival of Spring.
»» A big Christmas tree with lights that blink ebulliently.

Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late September 2007.

Hearing Theater

If you're the type of person who has to count imaginary sheep in order to fall asleep, Tomy has an alternative for you. Feast your eyes on the Hearing Theater which beams a serene scene onto the ceiling of your bedroom. Four animated images may be selected as follows:

» Daytime Ocean Surface Scene
Night Ocean Surface Scene
» Beach Scene where waves gently lap at the shore before receding
» Daytime Tree Scene where the wind ruffles the leaves

In addition to the soothing light show, users may plug a music player into the Hearing Theater to listen to some equally soothing tunes. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late August 2007.

CAUL Helibot

Tomy has started preorders for the CAUL (Car Action Unit's Line) Helibot which features a suited human figure that can go airborne like a hummingbird. The figure is tethered to a backpack which sprouts a main rotor for vertical lift and a tail rotor for horizontal thrust. A remote control that's shaped like a standard joypad is used to send 2.4Ghz signals to maneuver the Helibot. The figure may look like it's holding skis but those thin beams are actually load balancers to keep the figure at an even keel when flying through the air. The Helibot measures (W) 200 x (H) 15.60 x (D) 120cm and clocks in at 12 grams. The figure can fly for approximately 5 minutes on a full battery charge and the operating range is 30 meters.

Golden Week Holiday

As mentioned last week, most of our suppliers located in Japan will observe the Golden Week holiday which started last night They'll work on May 1 and 2 to clear out export orders but then go on vacation again on May 3 through May 6. Because of the holiday, we only expect restock shipments this week and no new releases are scheduled.

We've sold out of the Japanese NDS Lite units over the weekend but another batch is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Restock of the PSP DJ Max Portable 2 regular edition, PS2 DDR SuperNOVA, and PS3 Gundam Musou will arrive on Tuesday.

Domestic Release Outlook

NDS Shrek the 3rd Activision

Spiderman 3 Activision
PS3 Spiderman 3 Activision
PSP Legend of the Dragon G.Factory

Ultimate Board Game Collection Capcom

Winx Club: Join the Club Eidos
Wii Legend of the Dragon G.Factory

Spiderman 3 Activision
X360 Spiderman 3 Activision