I bring you PANDA-Z.NET, dedicated to all things mecha-panda! That’s right, before you could only dream of owning your own mechanized panda. Now, due to the miracle of modern Japanese society, you too can own your very own mecha-panda!
Click here for an assortment of mecha-pandas. This is the one my brother will be bringing back with him and soon to grace my desk. And let it not be said that the Japanese aren’t good marketers. Every piece there is sold seperately, with the head and mini-panda being one piece.
Update: The marketing is even more sinister than previously thought. During his recent foray to the mecha-panda store, my brother had an epiphany that allowed him to grasp the entirety of the mecha-panda marketing scheme. It seems that the mecha-panda boxes are, essentially, grab bags (or a box of chocolates). You never know what you’re going to get. Thus, to be assured of assembling a complete mecha-panda, you must buy box after box to assure yourself of getting the necessary pieces. He doesn’t think there is any rarity issues involved, so the mecha-panda guys aren’t quite as advanced as the Wizards of the Coast guys. But give them time…