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Thread: Japanese versions of US toys

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    Plaid Stallions Japanese versions of US toys



    I thought it may be fun to look at a few (but not all) examples of how some American favourites looked like over in Japan, the land of amazing toys and cartoons.


    We'll start with the Mickey Mouse Snowcone machine, a take on the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine. This one confuses me because SNOOPY IS REALLY POPULAR IN JAPAN! Not sure why they switched to Mickey here.

    Much more after the jump!




    In terms of Sno-Cone makers I much prefer this pleasant snowman, I am unsure if he's a TV character or not.



    A take on "The Mighty Men and Monster Marker" was the Print 4000 series and featured characters from Ultraman and "Moero! Thunder 5". I wouldn't trade toys but wow, these are cool.



    Popy Godzilla may be a little shorter than his American borther but he's a got bigger....spines.



    Japan turned Stretch Armstrong into Mr. X and made even his box cooler.



    Bop Bags didn't feature Popeye or Bozo but characters like Mirror Man and the latest Ultra-Man character.

    The Easy Bake Oven became "Margaret's Cooking Oven", who's Margaret? My Gran was named Margaret and let me tell you, she was not a good cook.






    I close this off with Japan's take on Evel Knievel, which was smaller and of coruse THEY ADDED SUPERHEROES LIKE KAMEN RIDER TO THE MIX! Which keeps me up night.




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    I'm CRAZY-loving them Bop-Bags !!!

    Easy Bake is giving me the creeps cause i'm not sure if the box model is a real girl or a doll
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    Why does everything look cooler with Japanese writing on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedji View Post
    Why does everything look cooler with Japanese writing on it?
    Because to an English speaking person it's very mysterious

    It's like a wrapped Christmas present and all you can see is the tag with your name on it
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    Naturally, I love stuff like this! I have some Japanese toy pics on my computer here at work (because of course I do), so I thought I'd share some related ones.
    I'm not sure if some of this stuff got made, like the Captain Action Ultraman outfit (I don't think so though) and the Stretch Armstrong outfits (genius idea if they were made).

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    That Easy Bake Oven ad is too cute. I had the American version when I was 7.
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    Very cool stuff

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    Wow. Great stuff.

    I loved Mighty Men and Monster Maker, but I would have loved that Print 4000 even more. Very, very cool.

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    Odd that Popy went with Knievel's Wembley Arena jump for the box art. The Challenge Machine didn't quite meet the Challenge that day.

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    I don't think anyone had a more successful toy-line of themselves than Evel Knievel!

    I think when the first toys began to sell, Evel got two checks of $500,000 each! It must have been an astonishing figure for what the toy company actually made.

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