The Catzilla Vending Machine

Catzilla

Overcome with a burning need for yet more weird plastic toys (hey, don’t pretend this doesn’t happen to you!) I was poking around in my favorite Akihabara gachagacha emporium when I discovered THIS:

Yes! It's what Japan's favorite irradiated lizard would look like if it were a cat!

Yes! It’s what Japan’s favorite irradiated lizard would look like if it were a cat!

With two tails! (Rather a lucky mutation, since three ears or four eyes or sixteen feet might not be quite as cute...)

With two tails! (Rather a lucky mutation, since three ears or four eyes or a hundred millipede-like feet might not be quite as cute…)

And I only had to spin the wheel six times to get all of them! (OW! OW! PANTS ON FIRE! Okay, so I burned through so many hundred yen coins trying to get them all that I could have done a months' worth of laundry DON'T TELL MY MOM)

And I only had to spin the wheel six times to get all of them. (OW! OW! PANTS ON FIRE! OW! Okay, okay, the truth is, I sunk so many hundred yen coins trying to get them all that I could have done a months’ worth of laundry DON’T TELL MY MOM)

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