Dragon Ball Z Desk Tool Collection Releasing in Collaboration With DyDo Drinks

09.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

To celebrate the release of their two new drinks, DyDo DRINCO, Inc. is collaborating with Dragon Ball Z to release a unique collection of convenient tools for computer desks. They will be released together with the drinks in limited quantities from March 9, 2020 at convenience stores and volume sellers across Japan.

*Pete Licata, 14th World Barista Championship Champion

①Super Saiyan Goku – Card Stand / ②Great Ape Vegeta – Cotton Swab Holder / ③4th Form Frieza – Eye Drop Stand / ④Raditz – Pen Stand / ⑤Captain Ginyu – Mechanical Pen Refill Stand / ⑥1st Form Cell – Clip Holder / ⑦Majin Buu – Phone Stand

Seven different tools will be sold, each a model of popular characters from Dragon Ball Z. They not only decorate your desk space, but also tidy it up and make things more convenient.

These are the perfect gift to all Dragon Ball Z fans as well as anime fans who like to nerd-up their desks!

 

©Bird Studio/Shueisha・Toei Animation

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