Kumamon

The Kumamon-special Leica C camera is now on sale for ¥99,360 (~$818.00). Only 50 units are available for sale. Kumamon's photo and signature comes with the camera.

Editor - November 21, 2014

Tamiya is going to release a Kumamon radio-controlled tractor called R/C Tractor Kumamon Version. It will be sold as a construction kit and finished goods.

Takara Tomy is going to release a Mothra (one of the Toho tokusatsu monster characters) version of Tomica for 700 yen on December 26 from its Dream Tomica series.

Tomica is a series of Takara Tomy die-cast toy vehicles. Its Dream Tomica series has collaborations with well-known characters including Mario, Godzilla and Snoopy.

On the same day, Kumamon's police car will be released for 700 yen. It's a police car with a Kumamon face on the front.

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Japan Airlines is going to start offering a special in-flight meal jointly developed with Kumamoto prefecture which is located in the southern island of Kyushu. The name of the in-flight meal is (of course) named after THAT famous bear character mascot, "Air Kumamon".

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Chubby Bear FAAAAAME!
Well, it appears the archipelago just isn’t big enough to contain all the cute.

Yoriko Takahashi - March 12, 2014

Today is Kumamon's birthday!
(a.k.a. the day when all of the Kyushu Shinkansen routes opened)

Kumamon meets Honda's small motorcycle series, Monkey. The collaboration motorbike Monkey Kumamon Version is going to be released on April 14. The exterior is colored with Kumomon's image color: black and red. Kumamon and Honda's logo are printed on the fuel tank. Red wheels are made in the motif of Kumomon's cheeks.

Takara Tomy is going to release a collaboration item between the famous Yurukyara-mascot, Kumamon, and the Japanese version of Barbie, Licca-chan for ¥2,940 on February 1.

Licca-chan ties her hair with bear-ear hair elastics to match the small Kumamon mascot that comes with the Licca-chan doll. It's rare for her to put on a dress in black since she usually wears dresses in girly colors.

Badass Kumamon electric guitars!

A Japanese guitar manufacture, Fernandes, is going to release the Kumamon designed electric guitars on December 20. 2 models (ZO-3 KUMAMON CUSTOM and ZO-3 KUMAMON STD) will be available.