The Kirby-Themed Otamatone Music Toy Will Annoy Your Loved Ones

The Kirby-Themed Otamatone Music Toy Will Annoy Your Loved Ones

It's cute, but also kind of annoying.

The Otamatone a Japanese music toy, is coming out with a Kirby-themed variant in Japan which, depending on your tastes, is either a really cute crossover or some kind of hell abomination.

If you're a fan of weird Japanese toys there's a likely chance you already know what an Otamatone is. If you don't, the Otamatone is a wand-like synth that makes musical sounds which can be chained to become, impressively, actual music. Basically you just squeeze the little orb at the end while sliding your wand to create sounds with different volumes and pitch.

The Otamatone design is also pretty recognizable. The toy is shaped like a musical note but with a little ball at the end that can be squeezed to generate sound. That ball typically has a cutesy face and the Otamatone is sold in a wide variety of colors. But the Kirby variant is obviously pink, with Kirby's face in place of the typical Otamatone face that graces the little orb at the end of the wand. I personally think it's pretty charming, but my coworkers were fairly freaked out when they first saw it.

Source: Team Pupup Kirby Star Allies

This is also pretty funny considering Kirby has a long history with music and music-based attacks. For example when Kirby becomes a punk rocker in Kirby Super Star and screams "Chesto"

There's no word yet on whether the Kirby Otamatone will be making it stateside. The Kirby Otamatone is slated for a May 2018 release in Japan, but standard Otamatone toys in a variety of colors can be purchased from Amazon right now for about $30.

A quick YouTube search for "Otamatone" on YouTube will bring up tons of videos where famous songs are covered via the Otamatone so it is possible to create music on these things. But to be honest they're mostly a fun novelty. But if you want to annoy your friends and family with one of these noise makers that also happens to look like Kirby well you're in luck.

If you're looking for non-toy based Kirby goodness in your life, check out our Kirby Star Allies review for the verdict on the latest Kirby game on the Nintendo Switch.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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