The Halloween Grab Bag!
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by: -RoG-

If somebody were to tell me that Domo-Kun, the eternally angry looking monster mascot of Japan's NHK television station who has a penchant for meat and flatulence, was going to be the official Halloween mascot for Target stores, I would've called them loco. After all, this is a mascot that gained huge popularity on the Internet as part of a masturbation joke involving god and some kittens. I myself had been a huge fan of Domo already, having seen some of his awesomely bizarre Japanese stop-motion videos, so I paid tribute to him by making Domo-Kun's Angry Smashfest with my buddy Tom. I never expected the game would become so popular, but I guess that's just a testament to the universal appeal of that crazy lil' brown monster. Still, Target? Halloween? Who the hell could've seen THAT coming? Other than being a monster of sorts, I never really associated Domo with all the spooky things that come with Halloween. But now that I've seen what they're doing with Target stores this season, I gotta say... it works! So kudos out to whoever made this deal work out, because I will now forever associate Domo with Halloween.

For those of you who don't have one nearby, or simply don't have the time to go check it out, here's a quick gallery of photos showing how all the Target stores are becoming Domo-Kunized this Halloween season.

Who would've thought that an angry little Japanese mascot (and a masturbation joke) could ever reach such heights? I for one am proud of our favorite lil' brown monster and hope you've enjoyed this photo gallery of Domo in all his spooky splendor. Do yourself a favor and head to your nearest Target store so you can see all the crazy Domo-Kun stuff they have on display and pick up some of the Domo-themed Halloween candies. I doubt they're worth eating, but they make for some good decorations at the very least. And while you're there, maybe you can find out why the hell, out of all the Domo-Kun products and promos they have on display this season, Target never produced an official Domo-Kun costume to sell. That's a glaring oversight if I've ever seen one.

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Reader Comments

Official Punching Bag
Sep 15th, 2008, 04:16 AM

Domo-kun is awesome, he really is.
Sep 15th, 2008, 04:59 AM
"He's furry. He's funny."

He's Babs and Buster Bunny?
Valkyr Addict
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:04 AM
this is amazing!
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:25 AM
Franken-Domo is the best. I am definitely going to pick up some of that theme candy.
That damn kid
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:43 AM
Oh boy a bunch of domo stuff for all the wapanese to they're backpacks with -_-. They ruined domo for me
Forum Virgin
Sep 15th, 2008, 07:48 AM
Woah. I can't wait to go to Target this year.

I actually dressed up as Domo-Kun two years ago, but everyone thought I was that Domino's Fudge'Ems guy (those advertisements where popular at the time).
Official Punching Bag
Sep 15th, 2008, 09:04 AM
I always liked Domo-kun but his merch is sadly unavailable in Australia depending on where you look. Poor me, deprived of Domo-kun...
#1 on the ignore list
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:09 AM
First to post, first to grieve. Ah ha ha ha.
Resident Lurker
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:20 AM
I worked at Target over the summer. I know a lot of their back-to-school stuff featured Domo, but I didn't know they had this much of a hardon for the little guy.
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:44 AM
I hope they sell halloween dolls dressed as the monsters on the displays
Ninja Meatloaf Fox
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:45 AM
They cant popularize Domo like this, it kills some of the mistique of there being people who dont know what he is.
Though I do wonder if that giant hanging domo is for sale..
Sep 15th, 2008, 12:49 PM
Franken-Domo is beyond awesome. Wish they had Target around these parts.
Sep 15th, 2008, 02:14 PM
ok your Target has way more halloween stuff than mine. i wanna come out and shop with you. Sunday maybe? alo i bought the marshmallow Frankenstein Domo candy... so nasty. i took one bite and it tasted like it was infused with plastic. Like a marshmallow candy and some plastic went through Seth Brundle's telepod together and became one. sooooo nasty.
Sep 15th, 2008, 03:31 PM
I can't help but feel that this is very wrong for some reason.
Sep 15th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Franken-Domo looks intoxicated beyond belief. It could be he's also drinking orange poison from a beaker though.
LOVES the tubal ligation!
Sep 15th, 2008, 04:51 PM
So... do they sell any plush Domos? Like the ghost-Domo or the fanken-Domo?
Snow Fiend
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:08 PM
No idea who this is.
Forum Virgin
Sep 15th, 2008, 09:46 PM
Target is teasing us big time. So far the only real Domo Kun merchandie they have are the damn pinatas. We demand angry Domos in various Halloween outfits!
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:37 PM
This pretty much confirms it... target isn't a real store, it's just a long and twisted performance art piece put together by some rich dudes with nothing better to do.

Seriously... wtf is wrong with target? Their commericals don't make any sense, their store is so offensively painted that I get a migrain when I even peer inside one and now this? How could domo possibly attract anyone besides a VERY small portion of the US population? It's like they look at what walmart and kmart do marketing-wise, which btw makes them a butt-load of cash, and then say "well that's making them money, let's do the exact opposite."

Rant aside, domo is cool, he just doesn't belong in target.
Tony Wonder
Sep 15th, 2008, 11:16 PM
I need a Domo pinata. Now.
Sep 16th, 2008, 02:06 AM
Makes me wish I worked retail *there* to get the promo stuff when they take it down. (And, 9 times out of 10, they will *not* give it to customers that ask because either A. It really does have to be destroyed or B. Most of the employees have called dibs on the stuff already.) Closest thing I've got is a plain plush Domo at my store. I suppose I could dress it up, but premades are so much more fun.

Could be why, too, they took Domo off of Gaia. He used to be a forum "smiley" but was removed. I know some people (self included) who are grumbly about that.
Official Punching Bag
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:56 AM
My local Anime collectable shop up the road might be able to order in a Domo for me. Surprisingly there are no weeaboos in Australia, only geeks and nerds who are interested in Anime and non-Anime stuff as well, plus the occasional hipster who desperately needs an Astro Boy tee shirt to make his image and identity constructed until the next trend comes along.

Also, funny how Australians never have Halloween displays in shops unless it's a two dollar shop. Target in Australia is a lot more respectable than to use a Japanese mascot yet not sell anything related to him.
grants but one wish
Sep 16th, 2008, 05:29 AM
awesome! but this probably wont go to australia, what with hallowen not being very big over here
Imperial Stormtrooper
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:08 AM
Holy-Shit, TARGET knows of the DOMO-KUN? EPIC
Official Punching Bag
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:01 AM
Heck, I didn't know much about him either until I saw this.

And I thought Osamu Tezuka plots had casts of crazy characters...
Movie Enthusiast
Sep 16th, 2008, 11:01 AM
1) Buy Domo-kun at Target
2) Get kittens from Humane Society

Your Halloween display is now complete!
hanging out
Sep 16th, 2008, 12:02 PM
I was in Target friday...Where was the freaking novelty candy? They have Jones Soda and haunted houses made of cocoa krispies and 3 aisles of fun size candies. Where the heck is the wierd shit. Heck the dollar store down the road at least had spooky lables to repackage all your liquer for the occation.
Pickled Patriarch
Sep 17th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Target is selling plush toy versions of Domo-Kun, including a mini pack of four Halloween Domo toys. What's odd is that you can't purchase any of the Domo stuff on their site... you have to go into the stores to get it. That's fine if you have a Target near you, but for people who don't, it sucks because they'll likely have to enter bidding wars on eBay just to get their Halloween Domo-Kun fix.
I hate this hacker crap!
Sep 17th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Pumpkin-Domo is god damn adorable.

Oh, and RoG, I smell a contest giveaway please. We don't have Target in Canada.
Forum Virgin
Sep 17th, 2008, 10:57 PM
I am taking the college shuttle to Target Friday (I have no car) and buying me a Domo-Kun.
Forum Virgin
Sep 18th, 2008, 09:27 AM
I too saw this wondrous ad campaign at Target, and I'm not going to lie--it is awesome. I was literally speechless when I went grocery shopping this weekend, and I spent much more than I should have on awesome Domo-Kun Halloween stuff. Target has done the improbable, and may they prosper for it that we might see more of this type of shenanigans in the future.
Sep 18th, 2008, 11:18 AM
Domo-Kun rules.
Magic squirrel
Sep 18th, 2008, 04:50 PM
The different Domo's are quite cool, but I now can't help wondering where I can get that Blood Orange Jones soda here in Canada! (It's listed as 3.99 for a six pack in one of the Photo's...I'm not that insane...)
Forum Virgin
Sep 19th, 2008, 08:56 PM
I just came back with my very own Domo-Kun plush, and it's as good as I thought it'd be. Heads up though- if you want a regular plush, buy the Pumpkin Domo so you can cut the costume off of him with scissors. They don't sell regular Domos.
Admiral of the Undead
Sep 19th, 2008, 09:43 PM
If you're looking for a really nice Domo plush, head over to the toy section and check the clearance racks! I just scored a giant-size Domo for $3.98. Sweet!
Greasy Bacon of Villany
Sep 22nd, 2008, 03:23 AM
You could probably alter the devil Domo but I don't know if there will be any brown material under his horns to prevent buying material to patch the top of his head.
Official Punching Bag
Sep 24th, 2008, 03:16 AM
YES! My local Anime shop has one Domo-kun, all by his lonesome. Hopefully I can give him a good home once I get paid...
Forum Virgin
Oct 9th, 2008, 07:28 PM
what do they do with the displays,and do you know how i could get one?
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Forum Virgin
Nov 8th, 2008, 10:46 AM
Hi, I just joined this site and I happened to come across this. I work at Target and I can answer all these questions assuming you guys haven't found the answers yet. Any of the signs with Domo on them cannot be given away or sold because they're licensed. Also the large hanging from the ceiling ones can't be donated or sold either so we're gonna have them sitting around as our mascot at our store for a long time. They were selling small dolls dressed in costumes but there was a very limited number of them. I was fortunate enough to get one. There was a pumpkin, dracula, the devil and frankenstein doll. I didn't quite understand what Domo was doing at Target either, but hey not my decision. So I hope that answered your questions and now I'm off to read more of this cool site.
Nov 8th, 2008, 01:38 PM
I used to work at a movie theater and the only company that wouldn't allow us to give away the cardboard standees or posters was Disney. We had to distroy them and we were supposed to take pictures, but we never did.

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