Monday, March 03, 2008

XL Nakayoshi Okinarako Plush Toy - Preorder Import

When a sea otter gets a yearning for some shellfish, it swims to the bottom of a body of water and nabs a hapless clam or mussel from its comfy resting spot. Once the rodent resurfaces, the otter flips over on its back and proceeds to pound the shellfish with a rock to break its guards.

Taito recreates an otter's mealtime with the XL Nakayoshi Okinarako plush which depicts a furry creature on its back while all of its appendages are used to grasp a clam. There's no rock to be seen but may these otters can pick open shellfish with their claws. Each plush measures 57cm or 22.40" in length. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2008.

Indiana Jones Products - Preorder Imports

The adventures of Henry Jones Junior (they actually named the dog Indiana) resume this May when Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull bows on the silver screen. A merchandising barrage is scheduled to hit North America but Japan gets in on the hype as well. Taito has started preorders for four products which are shipping this summer as follows:

» Indiana Jones Towels
$19.90 ea
Wipe away water with a thirsty towel which features the Indiana logo or art.
» Indiana Jones Room Light
$19.90 ea
Light up the night with one of two oddly appointed artifacts.
» Indiana Jones Watch
$19.90 ea
Old school style pocket watch which flips open to tell time.
» Indiana Jones Water Bottle
$12.50 ea
Aluminum water bottle in three styles which are clipped with a carabiner.

Days of Memories [The Best] - Preorder Import

The ladies and lassies of various SNK properties are battle-hardened fighters capable of beating even the manliest of men. Tough and sometimes surly, the likes of Mai Shiranui and King suffer no fools. Until now. Explore the feminine side of SNK's stable of beauties in a romance game where conversation and interaction are the keys to a gal's heart.

SNK has started preorders for a re-release of the original Days of Memories game in a lower-priced reprinting which includes four bonus posters. Preorders are welcome to ship on April 24, 2008.

Japanese Import Outlook - Arrivals on Wed-Thurs

CD Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan Original Soundtrack Sega
NDS Doraemon Nobita to Midori no Kyojinden DS Sega

Doraemon Waku Waku DS Lite Accessory Set Hori
PS2 Nobunaga no Yabou: Kakushin with Power-Up Kit Koei
PS3 Dual Shock 3 [Silver] Sony

Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan! Sega

Ryu Ga Gotoku PS3 40GB Bundle Sega
Wii Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Nintendo

USA Release Outlook - Arrivals on Tues-Thurs

NDS Let's Ride: Friends Forever THQ

Chicken Hunter MJumbo

Eco Creatures: Save the Forest Majesco

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Sega

Ninja Reflex EA
PS2 Major League Baseball 2K8 2K Sports

Silent Hill: Origins Konami
PS3 Major League Baseball 2K8 2K Sports

Army of Two EA

MLB 08: The Show Sony
PSP Major League Baseball 2K8 2K Sports

God of War: Chains of Olympus Sony

MLB 08: The Show Sony
Wii Bully: Scholarship Edition R*

Ninja Reflex EA
X360 Army of Two EA

Bully: Scholarship Edition R*

Dead or Alive 4 Slipcase - Clearance

When the first production of Dead or Alive 4 shipped to the Japanese marketplace on January 5, 2006, the game was packaged in a laminated slipcase. The front of the case depicts a steely-eyed Kasumi while the back of the game shows off Ayane.

The DOA 4 slipcase on offer today is from surplus stock and the cases are in shiny and mint condition. If you have a copy of Dead or Alive 4 or any other DVD-size game, you can slip it into the case and use it as a sort of protective sheath. Since the surface of the cardboard is laminated and treated, it should last for a few decades without losing its shiny patina. NCS generally recommends storing collectible items in mylar, which is inert and won't react with whatever is stored in its protective confines..

NCS Sale Offering
Pricing per DOA4 slipcase is set at US$12.90 which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail. Inventory is new and ships in a plastic wrapper which is then packed in a sturdy cardboard box. [Larger photos]