Patlabor Related Shonen Sunday 50th Anniversary Merchandise
Below is a listing of all Patlabor related merchandise created for Shonen Sunday's 50th Anniversary. This list does not include clothing or manga re-issues. If you know of any more items or have additional information on the ones listed, please email me.
Notes: Part of a series of badges depicting Shonen Sunday manga. I think these were only available through the magazine itself.
Notes: Some sort of lollipop (about 70mm in diameter) released by Glico in March 2008.
Patlabor Ingram Kewpie Mobile Phone Strap
Notes: One of my favourite bizarro Patlabor merchandise items. Kewpies are dolls and figures have been around for nearly a century and were created by Rose O'Neill. The Japanese took the dolls to their hearts due to Q.P. Corporation using the iconic doll as their mascot for their mayonnaise bottles. Around 2007 or so the company Runa marketed a heap of Kewpie figures based upon various Japanese anime and sci-fi shows. This particular one is a 33mm figure attached to a mobile phone strap (or cell strap for our North American visitors). It was originally released as part of a series of Shonen Sunday figures in July 2008.
Georgia Patlabor Medallion
Notes: Part of a 15 medallion set release. One medallion from one of Shonen Sunday's manga was released with every can of Georgia Emerald Mountain blend, Emerald Mountain Blend Black or Emerald Mountain Blend cafe au lait coffee cans. The promotion began in August 2008.
Expansion Pack for Shonen Sunday Vs Shonen Magazine Trading Card Game
Notes: An expansion pack for the "Shonen Sunday Vs Shonen Magazine Trading Card Game", of which the initial cards sets were released in May 2008. The "Great Detective Deck" expansion set has ten Patlabor cards include in the set. The ten cards feature Noa, the Ingram, Asuma, Kumagami, Ota, Shinshi and Yamazaki, Gotoh, Bud, the Griffin and finally Ustsumi. One carton contains eight packets of cards (50 cards in total). The cards are randomly packed, so there is no guarantee if you'd get any Patlabor cards in a pack. The expansion pack was released on 27 September 2008.
Shonen Sunday Vs Shonen Magazine Monopoly Game
Notes: Contains some images from Patlabor, but I'm unsure where exactly. Released on 23 October 2008 by Takara/Tomy.
Gold and Silver Medallions
Notes: Two medallions issued by Matsumoto Kisho in late 2008. One is made of gold (25mm in diameter and weighing 8.7g) and costs ¥78,750. A silver medallion (50mm in diameter and weighing 46g) with the same design will cost a slightly more affordable ¥12,600. Part of a series of 12 gold and silver medallions of various Shonen Sunday manga.
Shonen Sunday Nintendo DS
Notes: 20 special Nintendo DS Lite consoles given away by the magazine to promote their titles which were being made available to download and on micro SD cards for Nintendo DS (Noa and the Ingram are on the far right of the console above). The promotion ran in November and December 2008.
UFO Catcher Ingram Kewpie
Notes: Along with the Kewpie mobile phone strap (cell strap), this is one of my favourite bizarro Patlabor merchandise items. Kewpies are dolls and figures have been around for nearly a century and were created by Rose O'Neill. The Japanese took the dolls to their hearts due to Q.P. Corporation using the iconic doll as their mascot for their mayonnaise bottles. This figure is one in the 4th series of Shonen Sunday Kewpie figures (the others being Ranma, 8 Man and Devilman). Made by Sega and 10cm in length, it's a UFO Catcher Game (crane game) prize. Released in March 2009.
Shonen Sunday 50th Anniversary II Stamps Miniature Sheet and Hardcover Sets
Notes: Issued by Japan Post on 22 May 2009 was two separate miniature sheets (aka Souvenir Sheets) of 20 stamps in total for Shonen Sunday's 50th Anniversary. Patlabor featured on one miniature sheet with one stamp with an image of Noa on Alphonse's shoulder and an image of the Ingram on the sheet itself. Other manga featured on the same sheet as Patlabor included "Gu-Gu Ganmo", "Ushio and Tora", "Ghost Sweeper Mikami", "Detective Conan (Case Closed)", "MAJOR", "Flame of Recca", "ARMS", "Kekkaishi" and "Hayate the Combat Butler". Both miniature sheets also came in two separate sets of hardcover holders and 52 page booklets detailing the history of each manga. The sets were limited to 50,000 copies.
Shonen Sunday 50th Anniversary Silver Medallion Box
Notes: A box of 12 silver 50mm 46 gram medallions of various Shonen Sunday manga including a Patlabor one. The other medallions in the set are from the manga "Touch", "Makoto-chan", "Detective Conan (Case Closed)", "Pa-man", "Urusei Yatsura", "MAJOR", "Hayate the Combat Butler", "Gu-Gu Ganmo", "Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple", "Cyborg 009" and "Zettai Karen Children". The medallions were previously issued by the company in October 2008 by Matsumoto Kisho. The box set was released in an extremely limited run of 50 and cost an astronomical ¥174,300. This box set was issued in April 2009.
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