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Space Invaders Piggy Bank

 

Takara Tomy has done it again.  The creative company has  taken Space Invaders, a classic game that was all the rage several decades ago, and kicked it up a notch or two.  The Space Invaders Piggy Bank is a mini-version of the actual game many of us played back in the day. 

Space Invaders Piggy BankSpace Invaders Piggy Bank

Set this little puppy up on a table and play the game on the small built-in LCD display.  The audio originates from the original game. How fun is that?

LCD ScreenLCD Screen

"The fire button, two-direction joystick and reset button on the control panel are faithfully reproduced, as are the instruction sheets on both sides of the screen and the serial-number plate on the side," said  creator Takashi Ohsawa.  

Plop in a CoinPlop in a Coin

In order to play, you have to pay the piper first.  Just drop a coin in the slot to play the game.  The money is stored in the piggy bank and can hold up to 80 coins before it needs to be emptied.  Children can save some money and have fun at the same time - what could be better than that?

The Space Invaders Piggy Bank uses AA alkaline batteries and will be released in Japan sometime in March.   It is expected to retail for under $60 but  it is unknown when it will be released in the United States.  This little gadget  is calling my name - can you hear it?

Source and Photos:  Takara Tomy and SlashGear

 

 

 

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway
Innovations for Babies and Children
InventorSpot.com