International Tokyo Toy Show 2015 Includes Linear Motor Cars and Star Wars Toys

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Tokyo Toy Fair 2015

The International Tokyo Toy Show 2015, Japan’s largest toy industry trade show, was held on June 18th through 21st at Tokyo Big Sight.

The yearly event aims to stimulate the toy industry and showcase the newest and best toys worldwide. This year’s event set aside the 18th and 19th for industry members, while the 20th and 21st were open to the general public.

The recent event, held for its 54th year, featured 149 exhibitors presenting approximately 35,000 toys. Keywords for this year’s event included “making dreams into reality”, “wearables”, and “interactivity and communication”, reflected by the variety of new technology and innovations on display.

The winners of the seven categories of the yearly Japan Toy Award were announced at the International Tokyo Toy Show, as well. One of the highlights was the winner of the Innovation Toy category, the Linear Liner (37,800 yen). The miniature train, modeled after Japan’s L0 maglev bullet train, uses the same linear motor technology that powers the full-sized train. The display at Takara Tomy’s booth was crowded with guests eager to see the new toy, which can reach scale speeds equal to the 500 kilometers per hour of the real L0.

Several wearable devices were on display at the event, including Sega Toys’ girl-oriented Jewel Watch and Takara Tomy’s multifunction Play Watch, a smartwatch for kids capable of taking photos, recording audio and video, and playing games. In a similar showing of innovative technology, toys that incorporated smartphones were also popular, such as the BotsNew VR headset produced by Megahouse and the Picturerium from Takara Tomy Arts, which utilizes an iPhone to create a virtual aquarium.

Another major trend visible at this year’s event was the proliferation of flying toys. Bandai Namco Group subsidiary CCP presented several toys capable of flight, including the world’s smallest toy helicopter, the Pico-Falcon, as well as the camera-equipped Nano-Falcon, which can be used as a standalone digital camera, and a replica of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.

Due to Japan’s declining birth rate, toy manufacturers have been expanding into higher-end markets through trial and error. Some of the attempts on display at the event included a Chogokin Great Mazinger toy (49,800 yen) and a high-quality figure based on the Flappter small-scale aircraft from Laputa: Castle in the Sky (12,960 yen). Other popular toys in this category were a 1/12th scale model of the Twilight Express, Japan’s longest sleeper car train, and a jigsaw puzzle based on a traditional Japanese rock garden.

In anticipation of this year’s new Star Wars film, toys based on the franchise were highly visible at the convention. Toys such as a thumbnail-sized R2-D2 RC toy controlled by a lightsaber remote and an R2-D2 figure with a built-in wireless projector were highlights among the items on display. Also of note was the Star Wars: Battle Pod dome-enclosed arcade game, which became available starting June 18th for home sales to Japanese consumers at a price of 4.56 million yen.

A photo report on the many sights and new toys at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2015 follows.

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Takara Tomy’s Linear Liner toys are powered by the same magnetic force as real linear motor trains.

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The linear motor dream car is powered entirely by the force generated from 2mm-thick permanent magnets in each of the four corners of the car’s body. Its scale speed equals over 500km per hour.

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Takara Tomy’s Gagan Gun battle robot booth featured an appearance from humanoid bipedal robot Kuratas.

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The Gagan Gun Kuratas model was created in collaboration with Suidobashi Heavy Industry. Its proprietary driving system makes it easy to control, and two robots can be piloted into battle simultaneously using infrared control.

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This shapeshifting model is based on Transformers: Robots in Disguise (known in Japan as “Transformers Adventure”) main character Bumblebee. It transforms from a car to a 1.3-meter-tall robot.

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Takara Tomy’s high-end children’s smart watch, the Play Watch. It includes a camera, video playback capability, a voice recorder with audio effects, and games, among other functions.

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Sega Toys’ girl-oriented wearable toy Jewel Watch features motion sensors for tennis and other apps.

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The “Net de Capsule” service allows users to remotely control capsule toy machines and have the toys received delivered to their homes. The Japan-only service will begin testing in July.

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These Star Wars Space Opera toys move in reaction to sound and play famous lines of dialogue. Up to 80 can be used at the same time.

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Popular Star Wars spacecraft are being made into flying toys. The gyro sensor-equipped toys measure approximately 90 millimeters long, and 3 can be flown simultaneously.

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Meisho (“Great Commander”) Movie Realization Samurai General Darth Vader

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Star Wars stormtrooper capsule toys

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The Yakyuban 3D Ace baseball game features realistic pitching and batting action.

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A traditional Japanese rock garden in jigsaw puzzle form, complete with rocks and artificial moss used in actual gardens. Bring a bit of the spirit of Japanese nature into your living room.

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This super-realistic high quality mask series will be available alongside costume sets.

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The infrared helicopter Pico-Falcon is recognized by Guinness as the world’s smallest remote-controlled helicopter.

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Nanofalcon: Camera-equipped miniature helicopter capable of recording still images and videos to a microSD card. The helicopter can be stored in its SLR camera-shaped controller and used as an actual digital camera.

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Parrot Rolling Spider is an ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone. It flies indoors and outdoors with surprising speed and stability. Acrobatic tricks are available from the free app for MiniDrones FreeFlight 3.

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The Parrot Bebop Drone features a 14-megapixel fisheye lens capable of recording full HD video from the sky.

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With the push of a button, the VTOL-WING can transform into an Osprey-like aircraft for vertical takeoffs and landings.

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This 1/21 scale Twilight Express model can be used as a room lamp or reading light, and its sound unit generates track noise and steam whistle sounds. It retails for 32,400 yen, tax included.

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Make your own ramen at home with this easy-to-use kit.

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This model of the Flappter from Laputa: Castle in the Sky faithfully reproduces the original’s wing-flapping motion, and adds light-up functionality.

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The Picturerium combines analog and digital by scanning hand-drawn fish into an iPhone virtual fish tank.

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This model of the Flappter from Laputa: Castle in the Sky faithfully reproduces the original’s wing-flapping motion, and adds light-up functionality.

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Inflate and wear this gigantic Dodeca Head mask.

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Transforming bullet train robot Shinkalion E5 Hayabusa

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Shinkalion E6 Komachi concept model

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The Chojigen Henkei Frame Robo (“Super-Dimension Transforming Frame Robo”) plastic model is made of a single frame that intuitively folds up into a finished model. It can fold into three different forms, then return to its original frame shape.

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The announcement of a Nissan Leaf model based on the one seen in Ultraman X.

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Varying the amounts and types of candy beads used creates different flavors of cotton candy with New Ame de Wataame.

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Brave the great outdoors with the newly-announced Evangelion NERV camping tent.

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Epoch’s new capsule toys, the Press Conference Set.

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More Epoch capsule toys. The series names translate as “Our Hangout” and “We’re Lazy Salarymen, But So What?”

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Science room cow model puzzles from Mega House’s Hokago no Kaidan (“After-School Ghost Stories”) series.

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Mega House Hokago no Kaidan Science Room Human Model Puzzle

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Sailor Moon Mini Character Deluxe

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Sailor Moon PROPLICA  Spiral Heart Moon Rod

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Link:
International Tokyo Toy Show 2015
http://www.toys.or.jp/toyshow/index_en.html

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