iPod docks, transform!

This awesomely white Optimus Prime Transformers toy is also a fully-licensed iPod accessory.

Made by Takara Tomy (when did the Takara creep in? Is that the Japanese office’s full name?), this Optimus is an iPod speaker dock presumably made with double-shot plastic and chrome on its underbelly.

Out in June, pre-orders are going for USD$145 at the Big Bag Toy Store. I’ll take one of those, with a Kubrick dock to keep it company. [via cNet Crave]

Apple and Hasselhoff skins for R4/M3

I bought an M3 DS Simply flashcard from Divineo.cn (good experience, received in 3 days via EMS shipping) and have started making skins for it. Loads of fun. A word of advice to anyone looking to buy one, don’t use Sandisk MicroSD (TransFlash) cards. You’re likely to run into compatibility problems on certain ROMs/apps, and the transfer speed is supposed to be sub-par. Word on the street is that Kingston cards are fine, but only the ones manufactured in Japan. So check the back of the package before buying. The other countries producing Kingston are Taiwan and China.

The M3 and R4 cards are essentially the same products, but release their firmware updates separately. The R4 is cheaper, but its future is in slightly more doubt with M3 being a rather established name in the business.

Here are two skins I have so far:

Applesque:
Apple M3 DS Skin

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And The Hoff:
Hasselhoff M3 DS Skin
Yes, his nipples are the buttons.

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