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Splatoon mats and towels for when bath time gets messy

I wondered if towels would come out for this game. Seems perfectly aligned for merchandise. I mean, after a match, what do those squid kids DO? They probably shower off all that ink, and then they need a towel, right? Well, it made sense in my mind. Two styles, 24" x 48", out now in crane games in Japan.

Also perfect are these die-cut mats. Approximately 24" x 20" squids will keep your feet dry . . . against all odds. Blue and orange flavors. Out now in retail stores in Japan. Hit the jump to see the actual mats, and a bonus hand towel available from Club Nintendo!

Thomas was Alone action figures break the mold

Thomas was ALone was arguably my favorite session playing with blocks, and now I can bring that virtual experience into the real world with these figures offering the "full articulation possible for toys based on the reasonably popular indie game". Claire floats. No really. That's amazing. If only John's ego could be sculpted into the figure . . . or is it?
Unfortunately, these are sold out, but were £20.00. Perhaps another set could be made? Please?

Kerry Dyer

via Destructoid

A Golden Mario Kart 8 Wii Wheel for Link, and Toad too!

Continuing the stream of character-themed Wii Wheels from Hori comes Link's golden wheel. Coming July 6th for $15.

Pre-order now.

Toad wheel.

Are new Splatoon keychain figures quids or kids?


Takara Tomy has released images of this new set of gashapon keychain figures from Splatoon. Coming very soon to Japan, and most likely never to other regions . . .

Thanks MasterShambler!

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30th Anniversary Mario Goods

FOr a detailed look at what all this stuff is, go to the forum post that Stella has put together.

Thanks Stella!

Meanwhile, in Japan, a Mario-themed restaurant opened. Some 30th anniversary goods were seen there and elsewhere.


via Kikai's twitter

E3: Other merch I saw

It's not just games out there. There's more and more merch on the floor every year, and it's not just swag giveaways.

Hit the jump to see what I saw!

E3 2015 Swag Watch

First, sorry for the delay in this post. It was a big year for smaller swag and shirts. Almost every demo had you walking away with a shirt, and I have not gathered all of the photos of them here. If you liked a game, chances are there is a shirt for it. There wasn't any merch for Last Guardian though, before we move on. Bleh. Big year for Nintendo and Xbox merch. Sony was a bit lacking. Hit the jump to see the merch!

Mario Maker trump cards


Apart of me always squees when Nintendo makes playing cards. Back to their roots. With this set, Mario Maker is the theme, and each type of SMB is a suit in the deck.

Spades: Super Mario Bros.
Hearts: Super Mario Bros. 3
Clubs: Super Mario World
Diamonds: New Super Mario Bros. U

There are two more sets as well. Classic art and Modern. Hit the break to see those!

Available on Amazon.co.jp

Taito brings plush shells to their over-sized line

Taito is adding a red and green Koopa shell to their "Tojudai" series of over-sized plushes. Marios and Yoshis were in previous sets. The shells are nearly 17" long! These will release in late October in Japan.

via NCSX

Kirby Wind Chime will wake the wind

Ensky has created a lovely little Kirby wind chime, available for pre-order at AmiAmi for 1130yen. Being so cheap might lead you to believe the wind chime isn't worth it,but the materials state that it's made of ceramic, paper, and polyester. According to the other pic at AmiAmi, the big Kirby will be ceramic. Coming in mid-July.

Thanks Stella

Discuss in the forum!

Splatoon Promo Hats

Splatoon is a hit! These promo hats are popping up on ebay, and it appears that they were given out at the Nintendo World Store in New York for the launch event. If anyone knows of anywhere else they were given out, like at the Nintendo World Championships this weekend, let me know. However, the NWC2015 does not appear to have much, if any, merch.

UPDATE:
Bushwick2002 has informed me that certain Gamestops got these as promos, along with some employees as gifts. Thanks for letting me know!

Zelda bath robe

$80 will net you this official luxury bathrobe. Comes in medium or large, and Merchoid will pay for shipping anywhere in the world. Wow. "If you’re under 5’8″ go for size M. If you’re 5’9″ or above, go for size L". Sound advice.

@ Merchoid

VGMM Interviews: K'NEX

A while back, we started a thread to ask the toy companies we like to buy from our questions. The following questions were those our members compiled, along with several more. K'NEX has responded first, so let's take a look! Hit "Read More" to see the interview!

Power A Amiibo stand for Mario-themed Amiibo

15 inches tall and 18 inches wide, and holds up to six Amiibo (can' fit one by the flag?). This makes me wonder if there will be other themes, like Zelda or Metroid. Coming August 3rd.

Available at Amazon for pre-order.

Discuss in the forums!

Captain Toad lamp shown on Club Nintendo Europe announcement

A Captain Toad Lamp, where Toad's headlamp lights up, has been spotted on a Club Nintendo announcement regarding them working on a new Club Nintendo. The other items on the flyer (after the break) have been seen. No other real details, but I'll update as we learn more.

Thanks Dino!

Target is your destination for a Splatoon gun

Buy the game, get a squirt gun. Not just any gun, but a Splatoon gun. Not just any Splatoon-branded gun, either. It's modeled after the in-game gun! Sweet!

via Destructoid

Yoshi wind-up figures ready to walk slowly into your heart

Remember these? They've been released, and now all six bobbing and walking Yoshis can be yours. I've seen them on YJA, so watch importers and ebay too!

Splatoon cushions


San-ei will release these huge cushions in late July. AmiAmi has these for pre-order for under $25, in both green and orange flavor. By huge, I mean huge:
Width: 33cm/12.9"
Depth: 9cm/3.5"
Height: 35cm/13.7"

Thanks Stella!

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Kirby sound plushes dance their way into your heart


Kirby plushes! Big deal, right? We have a million of those, right? Well, you don't have a Kirby plush like this! This set has little stars on their back that, when pressed, play a sound effect from the game! These will be in UFO Catchers in late May, so the best way to get the will likely be YJA.
Kirby Dance Song
1-Up
Miss
Copy Ability

Video of them in action

Thanks Stella!

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Modern Super Sonic

Slipping by me stealthily is Modern Super Sonic, a new statue from First 4 Figures.

Regular Edition - $225, 1500 pieces worldwide, Q1 2016.
Exclusive Edition - $250, 600 pieces worldwide, Q1 2016. This one has LEDs in the "water" to illuminate the state.
Not too late to order either!