“ Brand: Unazukin „
I got my first unazukin doll the Christmas before last and I fell in love with these adorable little things, I now have 4 and I gave a few as gifts last Christmas myself. The Unazukin doll is about 2 inches tall and comes in a variety of colours and designs. I personally have a green, orange, purple and yellow one. You ask the unazukin a question that can be answered with a yes or a no and she answers in one of 4 ways, a nod for yes and 2 nods for a definite yes, a head shake for no and 2 head shakes for a definite no. Dose it work? the answer is: most of the time, as expected her answers are random and she seems to say yes a lot more than no. Quite like a magic eight ball she's fun and good to show your friends and for the first few days you will ask a lot of questions, and once the novelty wears off they look nice on display, they are worth the money and a great gift, I was very happy when I got mine.... and I still have no idea how she works.
Today I am writing this review from the comfort of my desk at work. I felt the urge to write a sneaky review for Dooyoo and so I began searching my desk for something to write about. Despite my ability to waffle for England, I wasn't particularly inspired by the endless biros, rubber bands, paperclips and so forth that litter my desk.
I am not the sort of person who has lots of personal effects around my desk. For starters, I have too many papers and files relating to my job to fit much else on it. But I do have one little item that brings a smile to my face when the day isn't going to plan.
She is an Unazukin, or a yes no doll. Whilst my little doll has a Russian look to her, she is in fact Japanese, produced by the toy giants Bandai. She is about 5 cm high and made of plastic. Mine is the pink version but there are different colours and patterns available if you decide to become an avid Unazukin collector. For me, one is more than adequate.
According to the toy's makers, Unazukin are wise fairies that live under big mushrooms in the woods. This of course explains there special powers because there is an added twist to these cute little bits of plastic. Press a button at the back to switch her on and you can now ask Unazukin any question your heart desires. Bear in mind her answers are limited though. She will nod once for yes and twice for a definite yes. Shake her head once for a no and twice for a definite no. Simply speak to her. She listens, sometimes ponders the answer a moment and then nods or shakes her head in response.
As an executive decision maker, my Unazukin has proven to be an invaluable tool. No longer do I need to think about or justify my decisions, I simply let the doll do it for me. And when I don't have a life changing question to ask her, she keeps an eye on me from her spot under my PC monitor.
Unazukin dolls used to be available to buy from Firefox for £4.05 where they were promoted as 'the next big thing.' Unfortunately, that clearly wasn't the case as I picked mine up a few months ago for 49p in Home Bargains. I then cleared out my local branch as every person I worked with wanted them for stocking fillers and presents. I doubt the response would have been the same if they were retailing at full price.
Unazukin dolls are really nothing more than cuter, more girly versions of the magic 8 ball. The novelty generally wears off quite quickly. If you find one cheap, then by all means get one for the few minutes of entertainment they provide. Also, bear in mind these aren't suitable for children under the age of 6 due to the small parts. I would say they're more of a female executive gadget anyway than a children's toy.
I have just consulted Unazukin to see if it is time to wrap up this review and she responded with a double nod so that's a resounding yes from her and a goodbye from me!
I am a Japanophile - I love all things Japanese - the language, the games, the food, and the impossibly cute but ultimately useless gadgets .
The Unazukin Yes/No doll is one of those gadgets.
The story of Unazukin
Unazukin is a small fairy who lives underneath a large mushroom deep in the woods . She's a very shy fairy, but she likes to listen and observe, and likes to give advice on the problems of her friends. Although she doesn't talk much, she is an excellent listener, and can advise you yes or no when making important decisions.
Unazukin dolls are small, and slightly resemble the stackable Russian dolls I played with as a kid, except for being decorated in a typically japanese style - bright colours, simple decorations to the clothing, and no discernable arms or legs, just painted blobs for feet. There are similarities to japanese Daruma dolls in shape (Daruma are spherical dolls with red bodies, a painted white face, and no pupils on the eyes. At new years, you pain in one pupil and make a wish, and then you paint in the other pupils if the wish comes true) and also to Kokeshi Dolls (limbless dolls wearing colourful clothing.)
The principal function of these dolls is quite simply to say 'Yes' or 'No' in response to your voice when asked a question- Yes indicated by nodding the head, and No by shaking. Typically you get a single nod or shake, but when the doll has stronger views, you may get a double nod or shake.
Its similar to a magic 8 ball, only the answers are straight Yes or No, none of this 'Only time will tell' or 'In due course'. They are also pretty decorative - In fact, I have several or these arrayed on my windowsill.
They are only about 5cms tall, and able to fit easily into a pocket, handbag , or pencilcase. They require 2 x LR44 batteries, which are included, and the design you recieve is random, so its always a surprise.
I can't vouch for the accuracy of the advice given, but I've consulted my Clover Unazukin about all sorts of things, and it frequently gets used at parties when we play truth - Instead of allowing each other to answer, we let the doll nod or shake its head, and it can be pretty funny . For example, according to my Unazukin, one friend of mine is a virgin even after 3 kids (someone call the pope!) and another has kissed a giraffe.
Mine has been bashed about a bit - dropped on the floor, gotten slightly wet, and been the victim of a dog with a fetish for chewing things. It's stood up to all this brilliantly, with only a few scratches to show for it.
They've spawned a lot of blogs where people give one important desicion each day over to the doll, and even a few youtube videos - I've included a couple of links, purely for entertainment purposes, at the bottom of this review.
These dolls cost a mere £4.05, and are available from www.firebox.com, who do warn that the dolls are unsuitable for children under 6 years , I suspect because there are some small parts inside.
Thankyou for reading.
www.firefox.com to buy
http://www.thetoydecides.com/blog/about/ - Alan Lubins blog, where his life is governed by his doll.
http://www.thetoydecides.com/stuff/index.php - the Unazukin game
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZqDwWtXUE - Youtube video- the dark secret of Unazuki
Simply ask a question (Am I staggeringly attractive/Is Hedgehunter going to win the 12:10 at Steepledown?/Does my bum look big in this?) and Unazukins will answer with a yes (one nod), a definite yes (two nods), a no (one head shake), or a definite no (double head shake). Looking like Russian dolls with a cartoony twist, Unazukins are said to be wise fairies that live under big mushrooms in the woods (pint of whatever the makers are drinking, please). Dodgy mythology aside, these pocket-sized sages make ideal desktop companions (Shall I float the company for £100 billion?) and pretty nifty pencil case pals (Do I look silly talking to you during my final PhD exam?). Whether you're using your Unazukin to predict the footie results, settle a bet, decide whose round it is, or simply adorn your desk, we guarantee you'll be unable to resist popping a question every time you clap eyes on that adorable little face. The only question left is this: do you want to be part of the Unazukin phenomenon? Double nod? We'll take that as a yes!