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:


Blackboard matryoshka dolls, chalk included, Y1200.


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


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.


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


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?


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


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.


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.


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 []


some of these fantastic stuff are also available in Europe !

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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