Thursday, 7 May 2009

Gachapon Madness

Gachapon is capsule toys, popular not only in Japan but over here on Malaysian shores too. The toys are often based on popular characters from anime, manga and games and the capsule toys do not only cater for children's market but there are also those explicitly for adults.

The name Gachapon refers to the actual Japanese gachapon machines, which dispense collectible toys inside its little capsules. The name is Gachapon an onomatopoeia (I learnt this word while listening to JapanesePod101.com podcast): Gacha is the sound made when the turning of a crank on a toy vending machine and Pon for the sound of the toy capsule dropping into the receptacle.

A gachapon toy is usually sold at 100 - 300 yen in Japan, and here in Malaysia it cost RM8 for each toy that went for 200 yen over there. Considering the current exchange rate of 100 yen = RM3.60, these toys are not so pricey for those who loves Japanese toys.

The difference between buying this toy in Malaysia, instead of using the normal 100 yen coin, we had to get tokens to use at the toy vending machine. One token is RM4.00

Put in your token and crank up the machine and come out your toy in a capsule

Raimie and Zaini used to buy the Dragon Ball capsule toys, but after getting this figure (see photo above) over and over, both of them kinda lost interest and moved on to Kamen Rider Gashapon instead

A new Den-O capsule toy for Raimie

Current Kamen Rider Gachapon collection : Kamen Rider Decade, Hibiki and Den-O. Just bought a new one, Kabuto the other night


Empty capsule toys casings. Rather than let it go to waste, I gave all the empty casings to a friend of mine because his Mom wanted them for a project of hers

What is an onomatopoeia?
Onomatopoeia is a word or words that imitate or suggest the source of the sound they are describing.

10 comments:

  1. I love those small capsule toys. So nice to collect and store.

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  2. Cute toys! I like the capsule that comes with it.

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  3. @Ayie @ Mei Teng,
    They are cure alright, but it is a nightmare for me to get around them when I'm cleaning the house. XD

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  4. Nice toys! Though I'm not into toys. Haha!

    Onomatopoeia? What a mouthful! : )

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  5. I know about these toys, I've seen them somewhere, but I don't know where. Kids and some grown ups like myself like them. The capsules are useful and best not thrown away like you say.

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  6. looks like Raimie has an extensive collection of the toys. all thanks to her wonderful mummy. :)

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  7. A mom got todo what she has to do! How come he didn't like the dragonballZ? I'm a big fan of DBZ!

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  8. @foong,
    a mouthful indeed but an interesting word.

    @Martin,
    You like them too? That's good. :) Glad to know that I'm not making you totally lost with this post. :D

    @Life Ramblings,
    He does have a lot of toys but not all of them are bought. Some are free toys collected from Happy Meals and the likes and he enjoys them equally. Once in a while, we donated his toys to other kids so our house isn't swamped with toys.

    @Ayie,
    They (Zaini & Raimie) like Dragon Balls but they kept the same toy again and again, they kinda don't want to try their luck at the Gachapon machine anymore. But they do like Kamen Rider more.

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  9. I know a place in JB that sells gachapon too. If ever you come here I can show you around :)

    Though admittedly, JB shopping centres are definitely not as gigantic as Berjaya or MM xD

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