Big in Japan: Kota the Triceratops is the toy your kids want

Last week, Big in Japan brought you news of Rovio, the remote surveillance robot that patrols your home or office. Now, we’re pleased to introduce you to Kota the Triceratops, the toy your kids will want this holiday season…

Every year, there is always one toy that drives kids mad with glee, and parents mad with frustration. From Cabbage Patch Kids and Tickle Me Elmo to Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation, what loving parent wouldn’t wait it out on long-lines in the hopes of getting their hands on the one item their children want the most?

(While we’re on the subject, here’s a special shout out to my Dad for all those times you hit up the Toys ‘R Us in Jersey City! I was totally the first kid in my 3rd grade class to play Super Mario Bros 3 on Nintendo!)

Anyway, kids these days sure are a fickle bunch, but I’m fairly certain that they’ll want their very own Kota the Triceratops. This 3 foot-tall robot has a hidden handle and a spring-loaded seat, which allows children up to 60 lbs. to sit on its back while it makes stomping sounds and plays adventure-themed songs.

How awesome is that?

Keep on reading…

So what does Kota the Triceratops do other than being awesome?

An impressive embodiment of the latest in robotic technology, Kota the Triceratops is a 3 foot-tall plush animated dinosaur that is jam-packed with no less than eleven different high-tech sensors that are fine-tuned to respond to a child’s touch. This baby can wag its tail, open and close its mouth, wiggle its horns, belt out impressive dinosaur sounds and play all sorts of cutesy-cool songs and sound effects that will certainly get a smile and a laugh out of your little one.

While Kota the Triceratops is a stationary dinosaur, it is nevertheless an impressive feat of engineering. The robot’s facial expressions are highly emotive, and each of its moving parts displays an impressive range of motion. Kota the Triceratops also weighs in at a hulking 37 pounds, which means that it can stand up to the less than gentle loving of a rambunctious kid.

Note that Kota the Triceratops boasts a safety rating for all children older than the age of three, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your little one in the caring watch of this robotic guardian.

Want one? Sure you do.

Hammacher Schlemmer is accepting orders, so click on the link and get your little tyke what will undoubtedly be the best X-mas gift ever!

Kota the Triceratops retails for the hefty price of US$399.95, and you’re going to need to spend a few more dollars on a hefty 4-pack of D batteries. However, you can’t really put a price on your adoring child’s happiness, can you?

I thought not (^_^)

** Special thanks to Robert Oschler over at for alerting robot lovers on everywhere about the availability of Kota the Triceratops in America **