When there’s something immediately happening in Japan with Ghostbusters, all I need to do is see a tweet/or re-tweet from Ghostbusters Japan. (Twitter) This is where I recently learned a new Ghostbusters collectible is coming out and it seems so Japanese. I say that with the highest of compliments.
As on-line software translation isn’t perfect I didn’t quite get the idea of these Daruma toys. I chalked it up as another type of vinyl figure without knowing anything about Daruma.
If like me you’re not very familiar with Daruma, let’s consult Google.
The Daruma doll (達磨 daruma ?), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.
When I originally saw not only a Mr. Stay-Puft Daruma doll I didn’t think of that. Considering my western up bringing and Christian faith it makes sense Buddhism didn’t occur to me. However sumo wrestling did. Something else I don’t really understand, also respect.
As part of Daruma Club special line up Bandai Japan will be releasing one Mr. Stay-Puft Daruma. I didn’t originally know if this would be something that could be bought outside of Japan. On-line retailers (at least within the US) are beginning to take pre-orders.
Product size: 3.5″
Who you gonna call?
Revving up for the new Ghostbusters movie, DARUMA CLUB is coming out with an all new design with everyone’s favorite Marshmallow Man! What is DARUMA CLUB you say?? It’s a format figure line of Japanese Daruma dolls that have sprouted arms and legs! Standing around 90mm tall, these roly-poly figures are designed in collaborations with various characters and artists.
They’re a fun and fashionable re-imagination of Japan’s traditional lucky dolls. The DARUMA CLUB Ghostbusters 3 Marshmallow Man is completed with a simple and stylish designed topped off with his iconic Stay Puft hat.
Maybe Bandai Japan will also produce a Slimer Daruma Club figure.
Stay-Puft (Marshmallow Man) Daruma Club is estimated to arrive in August 2016. With a retail price of $14.99 USD.