The bustling store recalls those scenes in fantasy movies where inanimate objects acquire a life of their own: a mini helicopter circles in mid-air, and an automated vacuum cleaner criss-crosses the room, while a garish slot machine flashes enough lights to rival the doWednesday, 1 August, 2007, 12:00am
NEW ARRIVAL IN TOYLAND
Step aside pocket monsters, Pocket Horse - the latest electronic animal from Japan - has just galloped into town! Produced by Tomy, this latest addition to local Toyland is Tamagotchi, Pokemon and Digimon all rolled into one ... only this one can actually move.
THOROUGHBREDS THROUGH AND THROUGH13 May 2002 - 12:00am
Lovelorn. Hopelessly smitten. Off our food and pining. It comes to all of us in the end.10 Jan 1998 - 12:00am
Move over Tamagotchi, the virtual lover is here.
Based on the Japanese virtual pet sensation which captivated the world last year, My Lover requires owners to court their virtual partners with gifts, dates and love letters to win their affection and earn 'affinity points'.8 Jan 1998 - 12:00am
One of the longest courtships in Asian media history seems destined to finally become something more.
After several false alarms, wild rumours and rounds of tough negotiations, we hear Asia Business News (ABN) and fellow business network CNBC Asia are all set to join forces today.9 Dec 1997 - 12:00am
TOKYO: Since the arrest earlier this year of a student for the gruesome beheading of an 11-year-old boy (the 15-year-old murderer is now in a mental institution), Japan has been in the grip of paranoia about a rise in juvenile crime.9 Nov 1997 - 12:00am
Despite the fact Tamagotchis are fading somewhat in popularity, new electronic toys will keep coming on to the market.
It was only three months ago that all you could hear in toy shops was: 'Oh mother, please buy me a Tamagotchi.' Many children, teenagers and adults wanted one and would queue for ages to buy them - even though the price rose to $1,000.21 Oct 1997 - 12:00am
There is a pleasant silence overwhelming Hong Kong.
The familiar ruckus - mobile phones ringing to Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, ear-splitting jackhammers echoing from construction sites and old men gurgling their spit - still fill the air.16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am
Electronic components maker Nam Hing Holdings, which sources key raw materials from Thailand, said profit margins had improved markedly as a result of devaluation of the baht.
Managing director Patrick Lau Chung-yim said strong demand for electronic products, such as the Tamagotchi toy and computers, had also boosted orders.16 Sep 1997 - 12:00am
Bandai Co and 7th Level have developed an Internet version of Bandai's Tamagotchi virtual pet and will offer it through Microsoft's Internet browser. The Desktop Tamagotchi will be released on September 30.9 Sep 1997 - 12:00am
A CONTROVERSIAL triad tamagotchi due out next month has found eager buyers among experts on substance abuse as far away as Finland.
The European Union-funded Prevnet Project, tasked to study drug and alcohol addiction and prevention, considers the tamagotchi electronic pets a potential new source of dependence.31 Aug 1997 - 12:00am
Consumer electronics products-maker IDT International says sales for the first quarter experienced double-digit growth, lifted partly by the production of the Japanese virtual pet, Tamagotchi.
Chairman Raymond Chan said after the company's annual general meeting that the company had set up an independent company to increase production of the popular toy.29 Aug 1997 - 12:00am
Japan's youngsters are queueing round the block for the latest versions of Tamagotchi pets - palm-sized angels and dinosaurs Parents who have watched their children get hooked on Tamagotchi chickens, should be warned. New versions of the game could have them raising bugs, fish, dinosaurs and even angels.25 Aug 1997 - 12:00am
A controversial triad boy hero Tamagotchi will 'eat' ice-cream and look cute instead of knifing other gangsters and consuming beer and cigarettes.
King's Fountain Ltd, producer of the new Tamagotchi and the popular weekly comic Young Triads, or Ku Hwa Chai, admitted yesterday the final version had been toned down because of public criticism.6 Aug 1997 - 12:00am
Life is strange. You'd think the happiest man in the world would be the boss of the company which invented the Tamagotchi, that infuriating virtual chicken computer game, wouldn't you? Well he isn't. Bandai Co recently announced a loss of eight billion yen (about HK$528 million) for the financial year which ended in March, down from a profit of 10 billion yen the previous 12 months.18 Jul 1997 - 12:00am