The 2012 International Tokyo Toy show kicked off this week in Japan's capital, with some 35,000 new toys on display for kids of all ages.
Bandai's Smartpet is one of several toy robot dogs at the trade show. With an iPhone or iPod Touch for a face, it responds to voice commands and gestures with more than 100 reactions. The app lets its personality grow as it interacts with its owner.
RC company Kyosho was showing off this orb, dubbed the Flying Ball. It has two internal rotors and zips around at a good clip, though the rechargeable batteries drain pretty quickly. The company didn't announce details on when it would be released.
A followup to the humanoid robot i-Sobot, Takara Tomy's i-Sodog is a phone-controlled robo-canine that comes with a host of preset motions including dancing to music. It can also respond to voice commands and touch, but it isn't as richly interactive as the late Aibo from Sony. It's expected to go on sale in Japan in 2013.
It's easy to annoy the heck out of everyone around you with Otamatone Deluxe, the latest in a series of wacky instruments from Cube Works. Created in collaboration with offbeat musical ensemble Maywa Denki, the Otamatone has a touch-sensitive neck and squeezable head that produce a range of ear-splitting, nails-on-chalkboard shrieks.
Also from Takara Tomy, Solar Pets are turtles that are powered by solar energy. With a solar panel on their shells, they move around slowly in response to light. Tomy hasn't announced plans for a release yet.
Bandai and Tamashii Nations were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Mazinger Z franchise with this deluxe figurine of the titular robot character. Consisting of 30 parts and accessories as well as intricate detailing, the DX Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z goes on sale in December for some $460.
Takara Tomy's Yumechan is a doll with a twist: it cries when vaccinated. Priced around $52, Yumechan comes with a play syringe, a bib to catch her tears, and a stethoscope--everything a little nurse could want.
Happinet's Domino Dozer takes some of the work out of carefully placing things on the ground to knock them over. Priced around $40, the toy truck automatically deposits simple plastic rectangles in long rows, ideal for budding record breakers.