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Who Wants to Play With Katakana Transformers!

Toys Learning Japanese

Mojibakeru Kana is a series of plastic toys shaped like the names of animals written in the katakana syllabary—which sounds almost as exciting as a toy rock, until you realize that each of these animal words can then transform into the actual animal it represents.

The name is derived from mojibake, or garbled text. And with bird (tori), monkey (saru), snake (hebi), squirrel (risu) and elephant (zou) versions available, you can easily make your own little linguistic menagerie.

Now we're just waiting for them to start making sentences so we can merge them to form Devastator. When they get around to converting a Haruki Murakami novel for advanced learners, we're pretty sure it will look something like this.

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