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June 8, 2003


Filed under: Toy News — Rumble Crew @ 11:03 pm

I was walking through the backstreets of Harajuku on my first day alone in Tokyo. I took a few turns and next thing you know I am lost in the back streets of this hipsters paradise. Luckily I had the toy-radar on, and I found a little store called Pook et Koop

I found Panda-Z Waiting for me there, its cuteness demanding me to purchase it. So I did.

Panda-Z is manufactured by Megahouse, a small Japanese company. It is about 6 1/2″ tall, and made out of painted vinyl. It comes blister carded. The packaging is nice because it allows you to re-seal the figure, although i’m sure Panda-Z will never want to be put away. The card opens up to reveal some nice artwork, including some sketches of other characters in the Panda-Z universe. Will we ever see figures of them?

Panda-Z Features articulation at the neck, arms and legs. The pilot is removable, as is the “Jet Scrander.” You can remove the fists to simulate “Rocket Punch” action, but they do not fire. There is nice detailing on the ends of the fists. The bottom of the feet have nice paint detail, too.

I don’t know if Panda-Z is limited or not, but I saw empty display stands for it all over tokyo. HLJ has them, so get them while they last.

Panda-Z is awesome!

Pook et Koop is located at Cat Street, 6-15-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5466-8504. Open 11:30am-8pm.

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