BANDAI's HYBRID GRADE is a series of capsule toy figures. Its feature is the combination with an AR (augmented reality )app HYBRID GRADE AR, which gives visual and sound effects to the figures through the camera.
Following the first release of Kamen Rider series in July, One Piece series and Tiger & Bunny series also hit the market in August. It costs 500 yen a capsule, but the figures are big for capsule toys, and well-made enough for the price.
I got a figure of Kamen Rider Fourze and tried the app.
You can enjoy visual effects and character voices through the smartphone camera. The effects change according to the character you use.
What dynamic effects!
It also played sound effects and voices.
You should frame the whole body of figure to make the app work correctly. Don't move your smartphone until the effects end.
Interestingly, if you have multiple figures, it displays Combo effects.
Regrettably, however, the major bottleneck about AR apps including this one is that the number of compatible models is small. You should check if your device is compatible with the app or not before purchase.
The idea of the app is nonetheless innovative. If you would like to know about it more, please watch the video below.
Device used: HTC J ISW13HT
Publisher: BANDAI CO.,LTD.
Last Updated: 08/24/2012
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Ryota Kasai