Japanese capsule toys are some of the most diverse and interesting trinkets available in Japan. Capsule toys are more commonly known in Japan as ‘gashapon’ and can be bought from so-called ‘gacha gacha’ vending machines. These machines can be found in many places, such as in game centers and outside supermarkets. The amount of machines with extremely affordable prices – usually 100 yen, but with larger toys stretching to 400 – has led to a huge variety of gashapon. From cute to weird and even cool, there’s a gashapon for you!
Not surprisingly, the most popular types of capsule toys are the ‘kawaii’ ones. Most gacha gacha machines will be filled to the brim with cute Japanese toys, many of them based around animals such as ‘Banana Inko’. This series is a set of six parakeet toys. However, instead of being normal birds, they are shaped like bananas! They each have coloured skin that fans out, just like a normal banana skin.
Banana’s Moe Pose
And in case there are those who prefer just bananas, there is an entire series dedicated to banana peels posing cutely called Banana’s Moe Pose! We’re not sure if they are supposed to be mimicking cute animals, or…humans.
Actually, the combination of food and animals is very popular. One series is named Inupan and has been releasing new ones since the start of 2013. Now on its eighth series, this particular gashapon is a mix of bread and dog! The phone charms are various kinds of dogs, all inside different types of sandwiches and cakes.The latest series to be released featured toys such as a dog in a burger, and a Jack Russell in a sandwich.
If you don’t like birds or dogs, then there are still many possibilities for you. One example is Buneko. This series of capsule toys features cats in many different outfits, from a bee costume to a maid’s dress and even a ‘dog hat.’ Buneko varieties are extremely varied and of course cute. With the series being somewhat new – currently with only two series released – you can expect more clothed cats in the future.
Koppu no Fuchiko
And then there is the series named Koppu no Fuchiko (meaning Fuchiko on the Edge of the Cup). This capsule toy contains a small, manga-ish woman in office lady attire. Each Fuchiko model is doing various poses and can hang off of your glass or cup. She may be hanging upside down, vaulting over your glass, or just peering to see what you’re drinking at breakfast. The capsule toy has become extremely popular in Japan, with other products now being made about her. The original series has seven figures.
Whilst there are many cute and weird gashapon, there are also cool gashapon for you to collect. These cool Japanese toys come in several small parts. You then use them to construct a larger model. These gashapon are of ten based off of movies and anime like Gundam. For the sometimes slightly higher cost, they are an extremely cool thing to own. As a series they also come with different varieties, making it extremely tempting to collect them all. Just be sure you have enough shelf space to hold them all!
Hatsune Miku Swing
Hatsune Miku, the sensational pop star, and her other vocaloid friends have the most adorable chibi Gashapon! This specific capsule toy line is called the Hatsune Miku Swing series featuring different themed outfits for each character.
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