Stash away those pricey idol statues and your thirty amiibos, because we’re about to get cheap and nasty. Gacha! is your fortnightly (or thereabouts) look at the weird world of Japanese capsule toys. This week we’ve got Christmas cracker toys all up in our gacha machine.
If you insist on enjoying flashy and expensive figures, you should check out All Your Monies.
Beam, 12 to collect, ¥200
colons: A confession: every time the existence of melon soda saddens me every time I remember it exists and is not available in this country, and I do not need that to happen more often than is absolutely necessary. Were that not the case, though, I’d be okay with rocking one of these on my keyring. The touch of half of them being overflowing is cool, too.
Euri: We went to a sushi restaurant near Arakawa one time and it had a few gacha machines, one of which had toys very similar to these. I got a melon soda keychain, which provides a constant reminder that I don’t have any to drink. Basically, what colons said.
Free Sound Crip
Air, 5 to collect, ¥400
colons: There are a number of variable quality variables at play here. Battery life and durability in particular come to mind. Either way, managing to make an MP3 player that reads MicroSD cards and acts as a USB mass storage device for ¥400 is, at least to my Zen Jukebox-based mind, very impressive. If I see one of these, I will buy one and review it, if just out of curiousity.
Euri: I’m not sure exactly why, but the fact that this doesn’t come with a horribly made set of headphones makes me feel like it might be okay? I’ll at least be curious enough to pressure colons into buying one so I can mess about with it.
Kitan Club, 6 to collect, ¥200
colons: Why you would choose to roll with, of all things, a locker key as a fashion accessory is beyond me. Perhaps you’re hoping you’ll get stopped on the way out of your local ♨︎ so that you can go OH HAHAHA IT’S JUST A WATCH? Perhaps it’s waterproof? I can’t see any 水 on this thing, so I’m not even convinced it’s waterproof.
Euri: I don’t get it. Maybe the fact that they’re affordable and easy to buy would make them popular with kids? If it was a waterproof watch that you could wear with a locker key, should you find yourself at a public bath without access to a clock, it would at least seem useful. I just don’t think that’s it.
Shine G, 10 to collect, ¥100
colons: I’m not entirely clear on either how big these are or how much the shape interferes with their effectiveness at descending (potentially tiny) stairs without tangling themselves into knots. For ¥100, though, it’s probably safe to assume that it’ll work for… something?
Colourful Acrylic Dice
Beaj, 8 to collect, ¥100
colons: MINT IS NOT A COLOUR. But at least you get three.
Euri: If this means that there are kids crouched down by gachapon machines gambling with acrylic dice, I’m all for it.