Today, one of my Japanese colleagues emails me THIS ad for a new series of Japanese "candy toys" aka gashapon. I've discussed how the Japanese LOVE their little, highly detailed toys (here)..
This series is entitled "Deep-sea Sushi"and features various deep-sea animals on little sushi rice things...
The series includes, from left to right:
1. The Dumbo octopus aka Opisthoteuthis californiana
2. the Giant isopod, Bathynomus, probably B. giganteus aka ダイオウグソクムシ(大王具足虫). Read more about the Japanese obsession with giant isopods here.
3. The big deep-sea Oarfish
4. The Anglerfish.
....and 6: ASTROSARKUS IDIPII!! SOMEONE IS GOING TO MAKE A TOY OUT OF A STARFISH I DESCRIBED!!