While I'm partial to the "hard-luck" Hanshin Tigers, these sneakers - a collaboration between the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and Vans - are super adorable. A Japanese (but not really anime) style caricature of a Carp team member is depicted on Vans' ubiquitous Splip-On silhouette. I can't remember the last time Vans collaborated with a sports team, but they've recently been going all out with collabs: Murakami, Nintendo, the ASPCA, and even Toy Story, so I can't wait to see what else they have in store. These ones will be up for grabs this Friday, though they are exclusive to a Hiroshima brick-and-mortar store.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 3:04pmLast year, Takara made an amazing Transformer out of a pun, mashing up the big bad guy, Megatron, with Sega's 16-bit Mega Drive. And while it was nowhere near as punny, they followed it up with a Playstation-based Optimus Prime. But they stopped there.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 2:28pmOne of the perks of DCON is that, being in California, it's easier to pick up Japanese designer toys there. While we haven't heard from Itokin Park, we can confirm that Konatsu will have two toys available via Q POP's booth.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 1:39pmThe ninth installment of Medicom's Vinyl Artist Gacha series is getting contributions from both Shoko Nakazawa and Konatsu!