For this shoot, I wanted to do something special. One of the common features of Japanese life is the presence of stone statues. You can find stone cats, squirrels, frogs, and other animals in front of houses and stores - on walls, pedestals, landings, and windowsills. Though inanimate, these still objects represent the animus (spirit) present in all things.
Let's start with a Bruce Lee Mimobot:
|Here's Bruce in front of a stone creature perched innocuously in front of a house. Like other Mimobots, Bruce stands at 2 3/8" (60 mm) tall. The size is perfect for tossing in your bag or carrying in your pocket.|
|Where can you get Mimobots like Flash? There's plenty of good news there. You can get them directly on the Mimoco site. The company is based in Boston, but they ship internationally. Speaking of the wider world. Mimoco goods are also sold in an impressive array of small and large stores (including Best Buy, Staples, etc) on five continents! I counted 66 stores in California alone. Shops all over the place, including Germany, Iceland, Guatemala, Thailand, and many other countries carry Mimobots. Click here to check out the locations.|
|Speaking of Dr. Knowledgeus (as we say hi to Storm Shadow hanging out with another stone kitty), did you know Mimobots have a backstory? They're from the planet Blõôh, which is located in galaxy 4210. They came to Earth and, well, I won't give it all away. You can read the full story here.|
|Heading back to our group of friends, we can see that on the bottom back side, there's kind of translucent semi-oval. That's the indicator light that flashes when the drive is in use.|
|The Flash doing his thing.|
|You can also get ProtoHoodies for your Mimobots, which hold the drive and are attached to a keychain.|
|Here's the group in their ProtoHoodies with Tanuki, a native Japanese raccoon dog and one of the most famous yokai - known for getting into trouble. You'll see lots of Tanuki statues in front of restaurants.|
|Storm Shadow looks down from above...|
|The gang's all here.|
|Who you callin' toady?|
|Now this is a real parrot. Very much full of life, not nailed down, and certainly not bereft of a wicked beak. So this is as close as I wanted to approach the beautiful bird with Bruce. The colors do match, though, right? Beautiful plumage!|
|Tired after a long photo shoot ,the crew found an elephant statue in front of a curry restaurant. Like I said, there are animal statues everywhere!|
|Perched on the great beast's cranium, the Mimobot crew would like to remind you that, like elephants, Mimobots have one heck of a memory.|
A final note about Mimoco is they have great customer service. You can return Mimobots within a year if they're defective. And, they have 10 day "retroactive price protection," meaning if the item you buy goes on sale or is reduced in price within 10 days of your purchasing it, they'll refund you the difference. That's something they'd certainly be proud of back on planet Blõôh!