Domo-kun comes to America

I am personally excited to report to regurgitate from an e-mailed news release that Domo-kun is coming to America. Domo-kun is the mascot of the Japanese NHK public broadcasting corporation. I love him because he’s an oddly cute stuffed animal.

Photo of my sleeping daughter holding a plush Domo-kun doll. He has a boxy brown body with short legs, long arms, dark beady eyes and a huge open mouth displaying uniform sharp teeth.

Buying Domo-kun products has traditionally required going through a costly importer, like I did when I bought my daughter a plush Domo-kun doll. One would hope domestic prices will be a bit lower.

Today’s news is that the Play Along toy company has been signed as the North American licensee for the brand. Plush dolls, figures and playsets will be sold this fall in conjunction with Domo-kun’s U.S. debut on Nickeloden’s Nicktoons Network. The targeted age range is pre-teens, but folks like me may be drawn to the campy kitsch factor of Domo-kun.

The company that brokered the licensing deal describes Domo the following way (apparently he’s now known as "Domo" instead of Domo-kun).

Who is this mysterious creature that was hatched from an egg? Upon closer inspection we see that his monster-like features conceal a gentle soul with a body of pure fluff. Domo just can’t stop watching television. Is this a problem? Perhaps it is if you’re already a sloppy creature whose daydreams often lead to disasters. Be careful not to disturb Domo as he sometimes farts when upset.

Yes, I am aware of the irony of embracing a TV mascot while simultaneously choosing to shield my daughter from TV in her early years. It’s a crazy mixed up world.

See previous: How my Daughter Fell in Love with Domo-kun


4 Responses to “Domo-kun comes to America”

  1. Lisa says:

    it looks like a smaller version of the ugly doll my son has… He loves his ugly doll… there are several to chose from… He has beep and bop and refers to them as his tutt… (He is 18 mo) but he cannot sleep with out him! We love our ugly doll.

    April 8th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

  2. Junior says:

    Hi, maybe your daughter will like It’s a website dedicated to domo and all the people that love him. She can play games like domo dance or domo 8 ball, or watch videos and see pictures. Maybe you will want to join it.

    August 23rd, 2007 at 6:34 am

  3. britt says:

    domo is so……….awsome he needs to have a tv show in america i think domo may be a gurl

    November 25th, 2007 at 5:17 am

  4. tiffany says:

    i think that the domo-kuns are so cute.

    April 14th, 2008 at 5:52 am

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