Back in the 1990s, I collected LCD game-watches and character-themed digital watches, and I always dreamed of buying a watch-format Tamagotchi to go with them. Though other competing brands offered watch virtual pets, Bandai did not - they only licensed out the Tamagotchi livery for use on themed versions of standard analogue and digital watches. So, 23 years later, I've decided to make my own;
Presenting the "Tamawatchi"!
Though the name "Tamawatchi" was officially used for a line of Tamagotchi-themed non-virtual pet watches in, I believe, the Connection era, back in 1997 I always imagined it as the name that they would use for a watch version of the iconic virtual pet.
Since this was based on an imagined product from my childhood, I specifically wanted a very 1990s look for this project, so that it would fit in with the watches that I have from that era. So, I purchased the newly-released bright-green Neon Tamagotchi Original Gen 1 and a dark-green fabric watch-strap on Amazon UK, since the two combined gave me exactly the look that I wanted.
As with my "Tamagotchi Pinny" custom project, I attached brooch-bars to the back of the device using Gorilla Super Glue. Since I've got past experience now, the back of this one looks a lot tidier - not that it matters too much, since it won't be seen when it's in use. I used three brooch-bars so as to evenly distribute the weight of the device when it's attached to its strap (two are on the battery-door, and one is at the top of the device itself), although unlike the Tamagotchi Pinny, the Tamawatchi is a bit too heavy to wear as a pin. Also, unfortunately, for this project, I had to remove the iconic ball-chain, because on a watch it would just get in the way!
There are better ways of making a Tamagotchi into a watch, but since I handle my things carefully, this quick-and-easy method will hold up just fine for my use-case.
Here's the Tamawatchi with a 1990s Tamagotchi Fantasy Dome bubble-watch. The Tamawatchi doesn't look especially out-of-place, which I'm happy about.
If Bandai ever makes an official watch-format Tamagotchi, I'll be right there pre-ordering one at the earliest opportunity, but for now, at least I finally have some semblance of the "Tamawatchi" that I always wanted to own.
This custom wearable 20th Anniversary Tamagotchi Mini - which I've named the "Tamagotchi Pinny" - was the result of a couple of my interests colliding. One of the other things that I collect aside from virtual pets is pins, and back in the 1990s I also collected LCD-game wrist-watches and always wondered why Bandai never made a wrist-watch version of the Tamagotchi - after all, the "gotch" part of the brand-name partly comes from the word "watch"! (Other manufacturers did make virtual pets in watch format, but Bandai themselves did not - they only licensed out the Tamagotchi branding for several different types of non-virtual pet watch.)
After seeing a picture of a Tamagotchi Mini that had been turned into a ring, this musing about wearable virtual pets resulted in a random decision to create a wearable Tamagotchi of my own. So I picked up a 20th Anniversary Tamagotchi Mini in purple, and I went for it. I almost decided to try this with one of the Tamagotchi Original reissues, but I stuck with the Mini because it's small and light, which is important for its use as a pin, and because it's a low-maintenance virtual pet, which just felt like the right choice for this project.
I used multiple layers of Gorilla Super Glue to attach two brooch-bars to the battery cover, and a tie-tack to the clasp part of the ball-chain. The gluing looks hideous and untidy from the back, but it's also very secure and solid. Nobody will see the back when it's in use, anyway!
Here's how it looks on my Tamagotchi lanyard.
And here's how it looks on a wrist-strap. This isn't a proper watch-strap, but rather a thin charm-bracelet strap - I might get a proper strap for it at a later date, though I prefer the idea of wearing it as a pin so this isn't a priority right now. I left the ball-chain removeable for this purpose, regardless.
I'm really happy with how the Tamagotchi Pinny turned out, and I'm looking forward to wearing it at geeky get-togethers in the future. And if I can get an appropriate watch-strap, I might still make that Tamagotchi Original "Tamawatchi" yet!
Check it out! A typical Tamagotchi log!
I've been actually excited about running a Tamagotchi recently, and I've been wanting to blog it! This will feature conversations between myself and fictional portrayals of the tamas I'm raising (with portraits drawn by yours truly - apologies to @anasmilkbar, I'm totally ripping you off), similar to my previous logs, so if you're not too interested you can easily skip forward.
I started it up a few days ago, continuing on from a previous generation (now on 4th). I'm currently raising Cabaret, a Kuromametchi! I unfortunately don't have photos on me at this point in time, oops. I'll list his stats:
Age: 2 Gender: Boy Weight: 38 Lbs. Stats: Full Instrument: Microphone Band Name: F1 FHART Pro debut: No Star Rank: 999th(!) ～・・＊・・～
Hey, that's not the name of my band. You dunce.
I'm not the one who misspelled it.
Also, I would give anything if it meant not seeing your face.
I mean, I don't think you're usually a red, mutated Kuchitamatchi. That arm is freaking me out.
Your entire life is a lie, you live in a plastic shell. Anyway, shouldn't you be preparing for your eventual pro debut?
I guess. F1 CHARTs' not gonna take off without me.
Certainly won't take off with a name like F1 FHART, either.
Kidding, I'm kidding! I'm busy at the moment, you, uh... continue practicing your amazing singing skills.
I've trained for this very moment.
Just for a practice session?
Hitting high notes and low notes in quick succession is excruciating, y'know.
Count yourself lucky. I can't sing. In fact, I don't even play an instrument. You are an escape for me and my lacking musical abilities.
That's all for now! Thanks for reading my dudes, I'll be back tonight with a few photos ❤️
Hello to everyone Interested
So this is a little idea i had, instead of making fan art of the base characters, what about making art of YOUR pet?
I will try to draw all the characters i had since my 2nd Tamagotchi generation alongside the pictrue of the original tama i had with the name i gave it.
You all are more than welcome to add your own
there are no special rules, just add your drawing+the original and the name you gave it
any art style is welcome!
Edit: i decided to add a quick "how to" to anyone who might not know how to post a picture.
the way i did it is just going to Imgur i created an upload (as a guest, i didn't register at first)
then i selected the pictures from my pc to upload and after it was done i just clicked copy on the picture and pasted it in my reply.
also if you want to use the "attachment" option you can go on google and look for "picture compressor"
this will make any picture you try to attatch smaller in size so it won't exceed the size limit.