Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Crazy Climber Wii - Import Preorder

Back in the early 80s, Nichibutsu's Crazy Climber took place on a flat 2D surface where a scrawny guy used only his hands to scale the height of an entire building. The new generation Wii update of the game features a similarly scrawny climber who scales buildings, canyon walls, and other surfaces that offer little ledges that are conducive to upward mobility. The Wii update also features 3D representations of buildings and a four-player mode allows for exciting climbing challenges where everyone's trying to trump the other with their scaling skills. Preorders ship on Dec. 20, 2007.

Yukinko Daisenpuu - Import Preorder

A snow maiden (aka Yuki Musume) teams up with a familiar and her sister to beat back an onslaught of spirits and their overlords. The gals use the power of winter to meet their goals and control is handled entirely through the Wiimote. Up to two players may collaborate for a concerted attack. Preorders are welcome to ship on December 20, 2007.

Evangelion Sound Drop Compact - Import Preorder

The chimes, utterances, and jingles from the recent Evangelion theatrical release are captured in a collection of eight Sound Drop toys which are activated with the press of a button. The sound quality is generally audible but the sampling rate is probably somewhere in the range of 32 to 48 kbps. Each Sound Drop measures 5cm and fits in the palm of your hand, in your pocket, or if you're crazy like that - looped through earrings and hung from the sides of your head.

NCS gathers together all eight Evangelion Sound Drops and supplies them in a complete set at the price of US$25. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2008.

Xenosaga Legend Episode III - Import Preorder

Preorders are welcome for the third series of Xenosaga Legend trading figures which feature another eight characters from the Xenosaga universe. Four have been revealed thus far but the rest should be updated soon. From the top left of the photo gallery and rotating clockwise, the characters are: KOS-MOS ver. 4, M.O.M.O., KOS-MOS ver. 3, and Shion. The prototypes haven't been painted yet but if previous versions of the Xenosaga Legend are any indication, the final product should be of respectable quality. Preorders will ship in mid-late February 2008.

Mamegoma Tsuri Plush Toy - Import Preorder

In the Japanese pop culture vernacular, the word "Mamegoma" refers to a cutesy assemblage of seals with plump bodies and playful demeanors. San-X has produced a number of different Mamegoma toys over the years but this time, it's System Service on duty with a set of four Mamegoma Tsuri plush toys which measure 15cm or 5.90" in length. Each plush also includes a little fishing pole that's tied to a kind of bait such as a strawberry, a yellow plush ducky, or a beach ball.

Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2008 and NCS will supply the plushes in complete sets of four at US$30/set.

Eagle Talon Deka Clip Clock - Import Preorder

Frogman is the name of a writer, character designer, animator, editor, voice actor, and director who created a Flash-based show known as Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume (Eagle Talon Secret Society). The show became an internet sensation in Japan and the studios came calling. Now, the toy manufacturers are on the way.

System Service has started preorders for four battery-powered clip clocks which feature character artwork from Eagle Talon on both sides of the clock. The clock is of the analog variety with two hands to tell the time and a third hand to count down the seconds. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2008 at US$9.50 per clock.