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One Piece and music lovers can now add Brook’s iconic Shark Guitar to their collections!

The new instrument is also perfect for confusing your bandmates when you tell them that your biggest musical influence is a skeleton.

Fans of One Piece‘s “Soul King” Brook should be pleased to know that the jammin’ skeleton’s very own Shark Guitar is now available for preorder!

This guitar is a welcome collaboration between Premium Bandai and Shimamura Music, and is made entirely in Japan with a body crafted from American basswood. In addition, the parts are produced by Gotoh, a Japanese guitar hardware and accessories company known for their top-notch quality. In other words, this isn’t just some cheap anime tie-in product, but a bona fide musical instrument fit for the pros.

Check out the Shark Guitar’s sleek design, faithfully replicated from the One Piece anime:

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▼ Amusingly, the output jack is located right in the mouth area.

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▼ This sweet official plate adorns the head.

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▼ The Shark Guitar also comes with a hard case, a leather strap, and a certificate of authenticity acknowledging your own guitar’s unique serial number.

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▼ Detail of the leather strap

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▼ Guitar specifications

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Both Premium Bandai and Shimamura Music are now taking preorders for the Shark Guitar, with an expected shipping date of September. Shoppers should be warned that the guitar will set them back 270,000 yen (US$2,640), tax included, but that’s a small price to pay for dedicated fans of Brook…right?

If not, Shimamura Music is also selling 27 collectible One Piece-themed guitar picks. A pack of two randomly selected picks goes for just 450 yen ($4.40), which should make your wallets just a teensy bit happier:

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Enjoy jammin’ the Seven Seas on your very own quest to become the best guitarist there ever was!

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Sources/Images: Premium Bandai, Shimamura Music

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Get ready to meet the new sheriff in town..Super Mecha Toy Story Robot Sheriff.

We’ve seen some strange Toy Story merchandise before, but this one takes it to a whole new level. Get ready to meet the new sheriff in town: “Super Mecha Toy Story Robot Sheriff.”

▼ Andy got a new toy for Christmas…
and it’s gonna kick all the other toys’ butts.

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This is no fan creation – it’s an official toy recently announced by BANDAI for release this upcoming fall. It stands a full 230 millimeters (9 inches) tall, and it is packed with as much awesome as plastically possible.

But, there’s still the question: what exactly is it? Well, for starters, it’s not just one thing – it’s five separate toys joined together into one magnificent mecha. Here’s the cast of characters:

▼ We start off with Woody,
who’s looking spiffy with some rocket boots.

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▼ Next is the horse Bullseye, who now has a…missile-launcher??

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▼ Then there’s Slinky with tank-feet…

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▼ …Hamm the hover-pig…

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▼ …and Rex, who looks like he’s finally the laser-shooting
dinosaur we’ve always dreamed of.

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▼ And with their forces combined, they become…

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▼ Super Mecha Toy Story Robot Sheriff! Awww yeahhhh!

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▼ Not sure how effective it would be to punch with a slinky,
but we’re not going to argue with awesome!

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This creation story behind this Toy Story mecha was recently unveiled by Bandai in a short video. You can watch it here:

Personally I have no idea why the characters from Toy Story have basically turned into the Power Rangers, but hey, major creativity points to whoever at BANDAI came up with this thing!

If you want to get your own Toy Story mecha, it will be available starting November 25. The price is a steep 18,900 yen (US$177), but you’ve got six full months to get your piggy bank (or Godzilla bank) ready.

Source: BANDAI via IT media

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Japanwebshopping.com gets a Spring make-over.

It’s May, the flowers bloom, the birds lay eggs, the smell of fresh green grass tickles your prefrontal cortex….memories from  happy times are triggered and a feeling of nostalgia flows through your body. Life is good.  But May isn’t just a month of memories, it’s also a month of renewal, new wallpapers are chosen, Ikea is busier than ever and websites get a sunny make-over. Japanwebshopping has been sporting a very dark look, yeah we are freaks and we’re proud of it! Problem is that it was maybe a bit too otaku and scared away the casual shopper. We went to work and created a lighter and easier accessible site, while still holding on to our beloved black and gray (that we are great Yohji Yamamoto fans is something that goes without saying).

Let us know what you think about it, your opinion greatly matters to us.

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Cerevo Inc’s Psycho-Pass Dominator accessories for sale

Cerevo Inc’s Psycho-Pass Dominator smart toy went on sale on in March and the company recently opened pre-orders for its accompanying protective case and display stand.

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The Cerevo Dominator goes above and beyond previous Dominators created by Bandai’s Proplica line and Ichiban Kuji’s release with a camera viewer and wireless LAN capabilities, allowing users to view Crime Coefficients with their smartphone, as well as a special app to view a Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division user interface. Production I.G director Naoyoshi Shiotani and Nitroplus designer Makoto Ishiwata supervised the Dominator’s creation. The motorized transformation from Paralyzer to Eliminator modes marks a first in the world for smart toys. Voice actress Noriko Hidaka recorded 100 voice samples for use.

The replica can be purchased  from Cerevo’s website for 79,800 yen (US$682) or the special edition for 89,800 yen (US$768). The protective case costs 12,800 yen (US$118.50) and is completely waterproof and impact resistant. Like the Dominator, it’s also an exact replica of those seen in the anime series.

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The display stand is 9,800 yen (US$91) and has a built in AC adapter. Customers can set their Dominator to “Display” mode using the app to pick what mode (Paralyzer or Eliminator) to show off their Dominator.

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Check out the Cerevo Store for more products.

[Via Shibatyan at Kai-You]

Anime News Network’s merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode.

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Limited ion plated Gundam tumbler now up for pre-order.

Gundam Cafe Online the creators of the discovery-g series which also brought us these sake cups (sixth installment), now introduced their  seventh installment.

GCO has been upping their game with this ion coated drinking tumbler, created after the RX-78-2 Gundam rocket pack “vernier thrusters”, this tumbler is a true masterpiece.

Made out of 18-8 stainless steel (this steel has superior corrosion resistance..so it says) by the craftsmen/blacksmith  of Tsubame in collaboration with  Sabae famous for its Echizen lacquer ware. Sabae is also one of the three major producer of glasses where they with more than 100 years of experience in ion plating make for the perfect partner.

The Gundam tumbler has a black titanium colored outside and a silver colored inside.

 

There is just too much involved in the production process to write down and not sound like a total bore, so trust me when I say that this tumbler isn’t something you can make yourself or something you can find at your local Wall Mart.

These tumblers have a double-wall structure preserving the warmth or coldness of the drink you pour in it splendidly.

「イオンプレーティング」で本当の部品のように仕上がっています

製造工程1:治具にタンブラーを設置して手作業でプ レス加工
The basic form is made in a jig
Manufacturing process 2: continue to fine-tune the shape of the tumbler in hand
They fine-tune the shape by hand

It comes in a beautiful box with illustrations of Kunio Okawara, which is a collector’s item by itself.

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Reservations are accepted until  April 8 and the delivery date is in June.

All the  folks who ordered the tin sake cups from us, can vouch that these products are guaranteed of the highest quality (thank you all for the nice messages) and a true collector’s dream! We don’t send direct mails (it’s against our policy of keeping personal information), so we hope that all of you don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Price 7,344 yen (+tax)

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Pac-man takes time off eating ghosts and makes himself useful.

Pac-man that eighties game icon has always been busy eating ghosts and more recently Adam Sandler, but turning 36 this year he has had a change of heart and decided to give back to human kind… Instead of pouring our hard earned coins into a pac-man arcade, pac-man and his creator Namco have teamed up with traditional leather craft company Inden-ya and US bag maker Outdoor to create some interesting products you can spend your money on instead.

Most reader know Outdoor, the producer of bags and other rugged travel gear and they have collaborated with Namco/Bandai or other anime/manga companies before like these JoJo’s bizarre adventure backpacks.

Or these Tiger&Bunny bags.

This time Outdoor and Namco created these lovely bags:

Day Packs  9,800 yen

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Day Bag

Sling Bags 6,800 yen

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Mini Boston bag 6,800 yen

Mini Boston Bag

Mini Boston Bag

Smartphone pouch 2,800 yen

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A little more upscale are the the wallets and pouches created by Inden-ya a company with a 434-year(!?) history in making fine craft arts. Made out of deerskin leather to which decorative lacquer is added these wallets are made to last and impress!

long wallet, priced at 21,500 yen

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folding wallet  at 16,500 yen.

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business card holder 6,500 yen

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For the true Pac-Man fans the real “must have” of this birthday celebration of our yellow hero was this  limited gold plate.  This commemorative plate was
an official collaboration with Japanese jeweler GINZA TANAKA and is one of a kind creation. Unfortunately this was released last year to celebrate his 35th birthday and is no longer available…but we can dream can we?

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JWS japanwebshopping website renewal.

Let me first thank you all dear customers/friends who have been putting your trust in our service, without your help we’d all be working for other companies and we wouldn’t enjoy our jobs/lives as much as we do now.

We’ve been  getting the most surprising and unusual requests and thereby expanding our horizon in what you want and we learn what makes our fellow human being tick. Communicating with folks from all around the world has been a challenging at times (we had to bring in a part-time Spanish speaker/translator  and on a rare occasion a Russian translator), but besides  these rare hiccups, chatting with you through Skype/WordPress/mail and Facebook has been a blast.

We also value your input a lot, and a common complain was that our website loaded like snail…our mistake was that we tried to put as much information and connecting links in it as possible, thereby creating a headache for those without high speed internet access.

So we went a bit simpler this time, and changed the look to a more material/metal look. The pages load a bit faster and it’s definitely easier to the eye. Our love for manga and anime are also more present this time around.

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This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.

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We still haven’t completed the whole site yet though(especially the Japanese section), but we’re working hard to have it finished before Christmas.

Thank you all so much for your patience and in the meantime we will continue to be the best/safest/cheapest (and most personal) personal shopper for you.

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