Moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer toys --

Japanese toy giant Bandai is set to release a series of nifty kanji figures that transform into the shapes of the animals they represent. The shape-shifting critters, called Mojibakeru (moji means "character" and bakeru means "to change"), come in six varieties -- 犬 (dog), 虎 (tiger), 魚 (fish), 馬 (horse), 鳥 (bird) and 竜 (dragon) -- and are available in black, white, yellow and blue.

Inu-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer -- Inu-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer --
Inubakeru - The 犬 (inu, "dog") kanji transforms into a dog

Tora-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer  -- Tora-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer --
Torabakeru - The 虎 (tora, "tiger") kanji transforms into a tiger

Uo-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer -- Uo-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer --
Uobakeru - The é­š (uo/sakana, "fish") kanji transforms into a fish

Uma-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer -- Uma-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer --
Umabakeru - The 馬 (uma, "horse") kanji transforms into a horse

Tori-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer -- Tori-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer --
Toribakeru - The é³¥ (tori, "bird") kanji transforms into a bird

Ryū-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer -- Ryū-bakeru moji-bakeru kanji-animal transformer --
Ryūbakeru - The 竜 (ryū, "dragon") kanji transforms into a dragon

The collectible toys will be priced at 100 yen (about $1) each when they hit shelves in Japan next week.

Want to buy Mojibakeru? Email shop@pinktentacle.com for details.

[Source: Mainichi via dannychoo]