Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Toy Army Tuesday - Domo-Kun

Another installment of Toy Army Tuesday here. Today I thought I would tell you a little about Domo-Kun (aka Domo here in the states) and show off my mini collection in the process. I remember first seeing Domo-Kun online in high school. His odd shape and strange expression initially caught my eye.

For those of you unfamiliar with Domo-Kun he is the official mascot of Japan's NHK television station. Cute mascot huh? Domo-Kun was created in 1999 to promote NHK’s satellite broadcast service. Domo-Kun is a monster who hatched from an egg and lives in a rabbit hole with a wise old rabbit and REALLY likes T.V. You can view a compilation of all the stop motion Domo-Kun vignettes HERE.

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My collection consists of a large and small Domo-Kun plush (the small one unfortunately has yet to be unpacked) and a set of slurpee straws from the 2009 7/11 promotion. The straws just may be my favorite Domo-Kun items I own. They had come out in the fall of 2009 but I was oblivious to the 7/11 promotion. In January I found a photo of one of the straws online and made it my mission to find one. I went to about 6 different 7/11's all over the area to track them down but every single one was sold out since the promotion had ended months before. At the 6th store, however, I found a huge pile of them on super sale and snatched them all up. I think the best part of collecting is hunting down the items you want.

I did see Domo-Kun products all over Japan while I was there but didn't purchase any. It is fairly easy to find him here in the states - Target for example has his plushes out and about for just about every holiday. The halloween and Valentines day ones were pretty darn cute. Do you own and Domo-Kun items?

Have a beautiful day everyone!
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25 comments:

  1. So cute. I think I'm in love with just about anything from Japan.

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  2. He is adorable. I have seen these a lot of places, but don't have one yet. Pearl might need one though :)

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    1. Haha. Domo would be perfect for Pearl :]

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  3. That last image is so cute - love it!

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  4. I want to hug him. It's so fluffy.

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  5. Aww, so, so, so cute! Just pure adorable. X

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  6. I had no idea what Domo was until my little cousin enlightened me. She has a huge collection!

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  7. Domo is the best! I've seen that little guy around everywhere, and just recently read what he's all about :)
    you have a lovely blog!

    xo, Samantha
    sammyblackwood.com

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    1. I think it is so strange that he is a mascot. He is so cute. Thanks :]

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  8. The slurpee domo cup is so funny! super cute!

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    1. :] I should have gotten an actual slurpee in it, haha. Whoops!

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  9. AAAAAAAAAAARGH DOMOKUNNN <3

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  10. I love Domo, but I don't have any of the toys. My friend and I went to Urban Outfitters this past week and they always have really cute trinket items of the Domo character. I'm not sure if you've seen them, but they seem very fairly priced and cute stocking or gift stuffers!
    I thought the straws were pens at first, but I like that they're straws even better. Ever since I was a kid I've had a strange affection for zany straws. Do you remember those swirly, roller coaster looking straws? Oh, I LOVED those! :)

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    1. They have some awesome blind box domos! I really want to buy one but always end up opting for a shirt or something else instead, haha.

      Zany straws are the best! My favorite was when they were shaped like glasses and you could watch your drink swirl around your eyes!

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  11. Hi, I came across your blog googling domo. I first heard about/saw domo at the 2011 state fair of Texas after I chose him as a prize. Since then I have a gotten several Domo plushes and a vinyl orange domo figure. I'm bummed because I heard 7-11 no longer has domo stuff but Hot topic and Spencers gifts seem to have cool domo stuff

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    1. :] I am glad to have found another Domo fan. That is so cool that you first found out about him by winning him at a fair! Very cool. Thank you for the heads up.

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