Wakka wakka! Pac-Man turned 40 years old this year, and despite being middle-aged and a constant eater, he’s maintained his circular figure. Constantly running for one’s life from murderous ghosts does a body good. Other video game icons have evolved — Mario, for example, went from construction worker fighting a gorilla to a magic plumber who drives race cars and possesses other creatures. But Pac-Man keeps it simple. He’s a yellow mouth in a maze, eating and escaping. And he leaves more complicated rule changes to other members of his family. What better way to celebrate this icon than with new Pac-man figures?
Bandai‘s Tamashii Nations has three big ones coming out. First up is the “Proplica,” based on Pac-Man’s actual game appearance, and featuring electronic sound effects.
Next is the S.H. Figuarts figure, based on the classic animated look, as seen in ads and cartoons. As super-poseable as a ball with limbs can be, he also includes interchangeable hands and face. And he comes with a cherry and mini-Blinky that are compatible with Tamashii nations figure stands.
Finally, the Pac-Man Chogokin reimagines Pac-Man as the driver of a giant Pac-Man-themed steampunk mech. This shiny creation can shift into an alternate vehicle mode, with firing fists and robot ghosts.
Expect these figures to arrive in June, May, and August respectively, in Japan. U.S. retailers ought to import them shortly thereafter.
We’ve “Pac’d” a few more images into a gallery below. Check them out and tell us what you think of these new anniversary Pac-Man figures.
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