Japanese toy giant Bandai is set to release a series of nifty kanji figures that transform into the shapes of the animals they represent. The shape-shifting critters, called Mojibakeru (moji means “character” and bakeru means “to change”), come in six varieties — 犬 (dog), 虎 (tiger), 魚 (fish), 馬 (horse), 鳥 (bird) and 竜 (dragon) — and are available in black, white, yellow and blue.
Inubakeru – The 犬 (inu, “dog”) kanji transforms into a dog
Torabakeru – The 虎 (tora, “tiger”) kanji transforms into a tiger
Uobakeru – The 魚 (uo/sakana, “fish”) kanji transforms into a fish
Umabakeru – The 馬 (uma, “horse”) kanji transforms into a horse
Toribakeru – The 鳥 (tori, “bird”) kanji transforms into a bird