Who says Hello Kitty is just cute and sweet and lovable? Apparently, she can kick butt too! To celebrate the iconic toy’s 40th birthday in 2014, Sanrio is teaming up with Bandai, whose Chogokin die-cast toy line is also turning 40 next year, to create a commemorative mech action figure, complete with Mazinger Z type actions.
Photos of the awesome toy, called the Hello Kitty Chogokin Robot, were posted last week on various Japanese websites, even as it is set to be released 7 months from now, in June 2014. It’s actually a mechanized, “giant” 4-inch version of Hello Kitty that is “piloted” by a .9-inch tall mini-Hello Kitty action figure. It will be made from die-cast metal and ABS plastic, and will include a body, pedestal, mini-figures and even different parts for its land and water exploits. Probably one of the coolest things about is the toy comes with a rocket-punch mechanism, like what Mazinger Z, Bandai‘s most famous creation, has. It can also transition into different modes: Flight Mode, Underwater Mode, Walking Mode, Normal Mode and Angry Mode.
Transforming between the robot‘s different modes is simple enough for children and instruction manual-challenged adults. You can even move the toy’s trademark bow around, depending on where you want to put it to inspire fear in its enemies. It will be priced at 4,400 yen (approximately $45 USD). Earlier this year, Kaiyodo, the maker of the pocket-sized Revoltech line (miniature versions of robots, monsters, samurai, etc), also announced they will be releasing a Hello Kitty revoltech line by December of this year. While also cute, it’s not as fierce as the feline robot that can shoot rockets out of its arms.
[ via GMA News ]