November 21, 2009

So What Else Isn't Muji Bringing US For Christmas?

I know I should wait until after Thanksgiving, but I can't. It's a DT Nov. 21 tradition! Take a look at some of the Muji Xmas 2009 Awesomeness--that is only available in Japan:

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Blackboard matryoshka dolls, chalk included, Y1200.

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Wood solar system magnet set, Y600. Small enough and candy-shaped enough to kill your little planet-devouring mini-Galactus, so watch out.

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Pteranodon dancing music box, Y1200. Am I reading that right? It dances as it plays "Bolero"? Nice to see they're keeping the weird alive.

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Wood volume ratio puzzle blocks, Y1200. Yes, teach your kid volume using completely wrong-sized blocks.

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sweet picture blocks, Y1000. For ages 5 and up? Couldn't they round the edges at at least bring it down to 3 and up?

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O Holy smokes! Check out these awesome paper clips! Y499/pack.

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Airport In A Bag, Y1,200. There's no bigger fan of the "____ in a bag" series than me [except for that Space in a Bag set we bought, which all fell apart in like a day], but the concept seems to be wearing a bit thin. Also, these pieces are tiny, fussy, and chokeable.

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North Pole in a Box, Y1500. There are three of these sets right now, which each fold up into a little wooden box. Very nice, reminds me of the wood pieces in that vintage Unicef eskimo toy set no one seems to know anything about.

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Wobbly Rhino, Y600. Finally, something you can't get for a little kid.

Muji Xmas 2009 Campaign, in Japanese but fairly surfable [muji]
Here's an English Xmas 2009 minisite [muji.com]

6 Comments

some of these fantastic stuff are also available in Europe !
http://www.muji.eu/
http://shoponline.muji.fr/

What is wrong with the blocks?

nothing, they're just safety rated for 5yo instead of 1-3yo.

Love the volume blocks; we have a previous similar set to teach fractions and I'm happy to report that even a 4-year-old can get the concept.

The airport set is sweet too, but "____ in a bag" reads like a censored Lonely Island song title.

What is wrong with the *volume* blocks? In what way are they the "wrong size"? Too big? Small? By how much?

More info needed.

If the 8cm^3 blocks are actually 2cm on each side, just under 1 in., which seems logical, then the whole thing's fine. But the muji site lists the dimensions as 5.8cm, which obviously makes no sense.

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