July 31, 2004
HURRAY BANDAI! ^_^
It's July 31st, 4:30am.
Where in the world have I been? Tamagotchi Connection has been on the Japanese
market for well over a month now. What happened? Alas I will likely be very long
winded in what is the very first Tamagotchi Connection log and first real
on the site I've written in years.
I heard last year that
Bandai was considering bringing Tamagotchi back. Now this year they finally
it looks like an incredible combination between several Tamagotchi from the past
with a new edge of technology on top of that. While I have been silent on
chat rooms, email groups and I've pretty much not spoken about Tamagotchi for
quite sometime, this event HAS been on my mind.
Why didn't I get one as
soon as they came on eBay? Ultimately it came down to price. I knew if I
a little bit, the price for Japanese Tamas would become reasonable, as the supply
would start to catch up with some of the initial chaotic demand from the
rush. As predicted, the price did fall to something far more reasonable.
Ok so I fell asleep writing
this. Its 2:47pm now ^_^;;
Plus, Hong Kong version, in the package
Anyways...late last month
I decided to bite the bullet and grab two Connections from eBay. I am picky
I wanted the freedom to choose, hence why I didn't buy from any of those stores
online offering a random color. After the 45 minutes it took for me to make
my mind, I put a bid in two auctions, using the Buy It Now option and grabbed
the two that interested me most. I took care to grab a Hong Kong version
would include English instructions.
Like with the original
Tamagotchi, I avoided information online like the plague. I simply wanted
to experience the
Tama without biased thoughts. I find it far more fun to experience it rather
then read it, when it comes to Tamagotchi. The only thing I knew when I
all the simple rumors, the IR and that my Mimitchi would be back!
On Tuesday the 26th, I was
blessed with a package in my mailbox. I tore that thing open and pulled out my
shiny brand new Tamagotchi Plus. A beautiful light blue with white border, yellow
buttons, two little Tama's at the top and a Mimitchi sticker staring back at me.
Unfortunatly the other
Tama had yet to come. Like Mesu and Osu, I really want to have two of these
once so they can play together and hopefully mate. Even though I didn't have
the second Tama Connection, I still HAD to take it out of the package. I
the egg, but did nothing else.
The same day I received
my first Tamagotchi Connection, I also got a package notification card from the
post office. I didn't have too long to wait for my second Tama!
During this week on and
off I was thinking about the site, how to update it, how to get materials
what I should really do or if I should do anything at all. I have been getting
around 30 emails a day regarding Connection, so I figured that I must update.
I really had no materials to work with, so Brendan and I decided to buy another
take some pictures. Having been purposely keeping myself out of the loop and
staying away from spoilers I still have no idea if an official growth chart
I have an idea of how it goes and may make one later.
Plus, Hong Kong version, unactivated
So I made some plans with
my soon to be hubby on what I should do with this site. Initially an entire
was in order. That is still in the plans, but is down the road a bit. But alas...I
had to first get my hands on another of these new Tamagotchi first...
Due to work schedules and
having to work late a few extra days, I didn't make it to the post office until
Friday afternoon. It's perhaps better to start off the weekend good anyway. On
the way there I had pretty much had a strong idea on what to do with this site.
We arrive at the post office
and once I get the box we were kind of wondering why the seller would use such
a large box to ship such a small thing. On the way out to the car I noticed that
he had address the package to me as "[my full name], Webmaster, www.mimitchi.com,
I stopped walking half
way to the car. Where did this eBay seller find out I was the webmaster
of this site
and why would they even address me that way anyways? It's not like yahoo.com
As I gaze at the return
address a couple of things occur to me. The most important one being that this
box wasn't from Japan, or even from out of the country. My mind raced back to
mid June, around the time of the Tamagotchi Celebrity Auctions. My oh my the address
did sound ever familiar and so did the name of the company on the label.
My man, who has a much faster
memory then I, remembered it...
"It's from Bandai!" he proclaimed.
Did time stop for a moment,
While the address did not
belong to Bandai, nor did the package hint at such a name, the sender was indeed
from Bandai America's public relations firm.
Some explanation is needed
right here, before it sounds like I'm making this up.
Let's go back in time to
mid-June. Tamagotchi still only in Japan, the prices still pretty awful
definition and Bandai was preparing to hold Celebrity Tamagotchi Plus Auctions.
Work had been tying me up
pretty bad over those couple of weeks and as a result I fell behind on my mimitchi.com
email. The last day of June was already here when I finally got back to my website
mail. While going through it, answering as many as I could (sorry Connection owners,
I just didn't have the answer!) one at a time going down the list.
I started going back farther
into June and eventually clicked into an email dated June 17th. No matter
old, I'll eventually get back to my mail ^_^. I was at work at the time taking
a break. When I opened this email my heart sunk. A very kind lady from Bandai's
PR firm had written to me to let me know about the Celebrity Tamagotchi Auctions.
A date that had come and gone without my knowledge.
I felt sick. A representative
of the company whose products I adore had written and I was two weeks late replying
to them and missed the event that they took the time to write me about. How very
unfortunate I had to miss this. I nearly did not write back, I felt so ashamed.
I had been busy but... work was keeping me from spending time on the things I
loved and yet that excuse felt so... tiny. /sigh.
I chose to write back anyway.
She had asked if I could give her an email address or mailing address to
which she could provide me "with more information and updates on Tamagotchi".
Now that — without a doubt — I wanted. I didn't want to ever miss an
event ever again. I wrote back to her with my information and apologized for
a moron basically.
Lesson learned: Never let
your job take over your life so much to the point that you lose focus of the things
that make you happy.
More or less I forgot that
I had passed my information onto that PR firm and my mind focused on the
that Bandai had seen my website. YAY! But then again...yeesh, it's *so* outdated.
That was the moment I knew I had to get this sucker up to date with the
Now that you know the back
story...you know why I found myself standing in the middle of a side walk
front of the Post Office staring at that box in my hands.
Time eventually started
moving again and we jumped into the car and opened the box. I hadn't felt this
excited in a long long time. What could they have sent me? Surely an advertisement
wouldn't need to be sent in a box?
My man keyed the box open
and handed it to me. When I opened the flaps inside I saw...
Ok end of story.
Inside the box I found
a bunch of yellow Easter grass. Nestled in the center was a little plastic
I pulled it out and found myself holding a clear plastic container, complete
handle and stickers. It has Tamagotchi Connection stickers on it like: "Virtual
Pet Inside", "This way up", "Fragile", Tamagotchi Connection characters, the
Connection logo and Bandai logo. Inside this little clear box was some more of
Connection, US version, inside the cardboard box and packaging
With shaky hands I stuck
my hand in the grass and found myself a Tamagotchi Connection. No ordinary Tamagotchi
Connection - but a U. S. Version! The ones that were due to release on August
15. This Tama has the Tamagotchi Connection logo at the top near the IR sensor,
orange stars around the yellow-bordered screen on the pink shell with purple buttons.
The chain is like the P1 and P2 U.S. versions from years past. There is no writing
on the tab this time either. The package is very likely not to be the one in stores,
it's not a secure package material. No instructions came with the Tama either.
Connection, US version, inside the package it arrived in
Upon looking farther into
the box I found they had stuck a green folder in the box as well. It is
"Tamagotchi Connection Virtual Pet Kit". A press kit — they had sent me material
to use on my site. Press kits are normally reserved for news and media sources.
The materials are usually used to promote products in newspapers, on the news
and other resources of publishing. I do not work for any media outlet, so I
only assume they are encouraging me to update my site and use the materials they
Connection, US version, with ribbon.
The press kit contains the
following items: the June 15th PR announcing
the return of Tamagotchi, Tamagotchi background information, Tamagotchi Connections
facts sheet, Tamagotchi Connection Characters chart showing each character with
their names and stages, Official Tamagotchi
Connection Early Adoption Certificate, Official
Guide to Caring for Your Tamagotchi Connection and a high resolution image
The CD contains images of
the U.S. Tamagotchi to be released along with the Tamagotchi Connection logo.
The images are now on my Gallery page.
The adoption certificate
appears to be for media personnell only. It's very cute in design, but has
to fill in what Media Outlet the sender is as well as a deadline for the request.
It can be filled out to request a Tamagotchi Connection for the media outlet
use. Either they offer it so the media can get an additional Tamagotchi Connection
or perhaps a Tamagotchi is not normally included in the press kit. I can
make guesses. However I feel extremely lucky that a Tama was sent along with
So now...I have two Tamagotchi
Connections and a third that is still on its way from Japan. ^^
Friday when I got home I
had a lot of work to do. I finally had material to build this site with and some
Tamagotchi to help build it out. Which leads me to today. By the time you read
this, the site will have been made launch ready. As of right now I need to finish
up some art, build the navigation, put all the content into a site template and
finish up what little material there is left to write, put it all together and
publish it, which I hope is before the weekend is out.
I swore to myself I would
get this section published before I started my Tama's. As soon as it's launched,
I'll be back to documenting my Tamagotchi adventures.
Until then, I hope you enjoy