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More than meets the eye, sushi in disguise! Check out these transforming sushi toys!

   KK Miller

Your mother probably scolded you for playing with your food at the dinner table, but here’s one of the few times you’ll be able to get away with it! Introducing transforming sushi toys from Takara Tomy. Now, instead of playing with a floppy piece of asparagus (how’s that supposed to stand up to the forces of evil anyway?), you can play with these pieces of super robot fighting sushi. Just don’t try to take a bite out of them!

Takara Tomy is well known for making the Transformer toys a reality. This time they are taking their transforming skills and applying them to everyone’s favorite Japanese food: sushi! There were images and first run prototypes of these bad boys (or good boys as it may be) back in June, but now we are getting a good look at the Schallyders and are pretty excited with the results!


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Kanji Kihara, the 46-year-old father of three daughters, used to tell his family, “If the worst happens, just move up to the eldest daughter’s room.” That advice helped his wife and two daughters survive the rain-triggered disaster that killed scores of residents in the northern part of Hiroshima last week.

Working for a construction company, Kanji knew that one room on the second floor of his house is structurally the safest place in his home. When mudslides hit his house, his 48-year-old wife and 14-year-old daughter escaped into his 20-year-old eldest daughter’s room because they had regularly been told to do so by Kanji. Unfortunately, Kanji has since remained unaccounted for and his 17-year-old daughter Miri lost her live in the disaster. Kanji’s wife regretted the misfortune, saying, “At the very least, if I had woken up Miri and evacuated her …”