Cube-Works has released an official Kirby Otamatone in Japan this week. It’s only available in Japan at the moment, but worldwide shipping is an option, via Amazon. The Kirby Otamatone comes in three different sizes: Melody (9.5 cm tall), Standard (27cm) and Deluxe (44cm).
For the uninitiated, the Otamatone is a musical instrument toy that debuted in Japan in 1998. It acts as an electronic synthesizer and is shaped like an eighth note. The user grabs its head to squeeze open its mouth with one hand, while the other hand changes the pitch through the ribbon controller on the stem. Volume is heard via the mouth, as if the tadpole-like instrument were singing.
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Some Japanese fans have managed to snag their toys already. Here’s what Twitter has to offer when showcasing the new Kirby Otamatone:
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The Kirby Otamatone Melody works as a keychain that only plays a few songs, while the Standard and Deluxe sizes are able to handle more pitch shifts. You can buy the Melody, Standard and Deluxe on Amazon Japan.
Here’s a size comparision for reference: