Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bankman Talking Bank バンクマン

A few years ago, Tomy made a Clockman that would talk to you at certain times of the day. It has eyes that moved and oddly expressive wire "lips". Last year, Tomy came out with a new model that was a bank as well as a clock. It does the same things as Clockman, but also reminds you to make a deposit, tells you how much you've deposited so far, etc, etc. It lets you set up what time you go to/come home from work & goes to "sleep" accordingly. So, provided you set the time up correctly, it won't bother you in the middle of the night. It has a fairly large number of phrases it says, and it took me a while to hear the same phrase twice. There are "carnivore" & "herbivore" models, which I didn't see any difference between (maybe it's just personal preference ala Japan's carnivore & herbivore men), and since I like orange, I opted for the carnivore model. You can also press the button on top to make your Bankman talk, which he'll randomly do about once an hour anyway.

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