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Capsule Toys

Updated on March 8, 2015

What is capsule toy?

Those cute little toys you find inside a round or rather oval-shaped "egg" are considered capsule toy or what the Japanese affectionally refer to as "gachapon" or Gashapon.

The "eggs" are in turn placed inside a vending machine that requires you to insert coins to turn them out. Depending on the nature of such toys, some cost as little as SGD1 while others can go as high as SGD4 (or USD2.90)

More about "Gashapons"

i love these eggs...

Do you like Gashapons? Have you ever turn one from those Capsule machines?

Well I love Gashapons because it seems to satisfy my need to shop for toys in a relatively cheap manner and FAST! They are virtually everywhere here in Singapore. Along the streets, coffeeshops and shopping centres. I do not know about the western countries but Gashapons are HOT in Asia, particularly in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

As mentioned above, some gashapon just required a dollar to turn them, some $2 while others can cost as much as $4. Gashapon toys are largely based on popular cartoons and Japanese Anime such as Disney, Mario Bros, Bleach, Dragonball, Naruto, etc. For Japanese anime, the maker Yujin and Bandai are the top 2 licensee of such toys. They are usually of a higher quality, detailed artsmanship and comes with a slip of paper showing authencity.

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack in GIANT SIZE Capsule Toy - The Giant Capsule Toy is the size of a small Bowling Ball!

Capsule Toys

Rows and Rows of them! On my God!!

My own personal Capsule Machine from Bandai. - Beautiful isn't it?

It is fun collecting them because they are so cute!

The demographics of people collecting capsule toys is as varied as the toys itself. From crying babies to stay-at-home-mums, such toys are gaining popularity throughout Singapore, if the increase in visibilty of the machines everywhere is anything to go by. Some people enjoy the thrills of "turning" while some of genuine toy collectors. Not surprisingly, some are re-sellers who will invest the time and effort to obtain a set to sell off for a neat profit, either online or in flea market. It's not bad an idea to buy from such seller because sometimes lady luck seems to avoid you and you ended up getting reptitive toys and then frustration. And if you can't control yourself, you'll end up $30 poorer just on a series alone. On the other hand, the same set found in a flea market only sells for $18. It doesn't matter much though if you have a lot cousins or girl friends which you can pass those extras to. It makes them like you more.... :)

Talking about genuine collectors. There are groups or community in Singapore that self-formed itself and discusses everything about Gashapons, including exchanges. This group is known as the Gashapon and Capsules Club or GCC in short. Interestingly, the founder "Alucard13"

had decided to name its members in "military" terms and in a hierarchy manner. Thereafter, there are 3 Zone leaders to look after each areas. Very creative I should say. They do organise informal gathering for Gashapons trips. They are the experts in the hottest and newest series in Singapore. (The link is provided below)

If you wish to collect or buy Gashapons, you can do so in the conveinence of your home by going to ebay. Remember only in countries such as Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore have quality and nice-series Gashapons by Yujin & Bandai. Not everything you get from ebay is the cheapest. There are a few Gashapon stores (see below) which sells these toys at a bargain. Most are priced in SGD and you'll be surprised you can get so much more for so less. (www.xe.com for conversion rates)

I hope your interest for Gashapons will rise a little after reading these. There is a poll on Favourite Gashapon Toys below. Do take part just for fun. (...hmm..I like Disney best!) and also "What do you think of Capsule Toys?". I'll like to hear what people miles away feel about such toys. Pls also spend a min of your time signing the Guestbook so that it encourages me to write more..


Oh...last but not least, I have included a Youtube slide of crazy Japanese fascination over Gacha toys! Do watch it ya ^_^

Japan. It's a Toys Paradise!

They say its an expensive city. Prepare to spend a lot of money eating, transportation and oh yes...buying toys.

Have you been to Japan?

No, I have not

No, I have not

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    • anonymous 2 years ago

      Hi any idea where to buy capsule machine in Singapore?

    • CuriousBoy 4 years ago

      Never but I am fascinated by Japan culture and I love sushi.

      Possibly one day I'll go there...

    • irminia 4 years ago

      No, but one day maybe ...

    • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nope, not yet...

    • xriotdotbiz lm 4 years ago

      Only been across the Pacific once and didn't make it to Japan. I want to though!

    • Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I have not been to Japan but judging from the price you paid for your giant Gacha toy I think Japan may actually have some very reasonable prices within. That is a great price.

    • Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      have never been...but it's high on my list of places i plan to visit one day!

    Yes, I have

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Yes. Many times. I normally go to Akiba in Tokyo as sell as Den-Den town in Osaka. Managed to to find some rare stuff at good prices.

      • rainykua 3 years ago

        Yup! All of my gachapons are from Hong Kong though.

      Capsule Toys Machines in Singapore

      Capsule Toys Machines in Singapore

      A Special Pikachu-Styled Gashapon Machine!

      The Singapore Capsule Carnival - Do not miss this..over 17 Capsule Machines

      This Carnival is held every 3 months in different shipping malls in Singapore. Get ready your $1 coins! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Capsule-Toys-Singapore/163397077031346

      Capsule Carnival June 2012 in West Mall Singapore

      They have a separate Glass Shelf display

      Capsule Carnival June 2012 in West Mall Singapore - Over 170 Capsule Machines in one location!

      Some of the items were Fairy Tale key, Gundam, Jelly Bean Hello Kitty, Pentax camera, Ben ten, one piece, switches and the new Fourze Narikiri swing set 03 (cosmic switch, last one switch, nadeshiko belt)

      My personal Gacha Machine! It's about 33% of regular size Machine, along with those cutie toys!

      My personal Gacha Machine! It's about 33% of regular size Machine, along with those cutie toys!
      My personal Gacha Machine! It's about 33% of regular size Machine, along with those cutie toys!

      Favorite Gashapon Toys?

      What is your favourite Gashapon Toys?

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      How much is your collection worth?

      If these cute toys can buy you happiness, why not? ^^

      How much have you spend on Gashapons?

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      Disney Series Mini Capsule Machine GashaponsLovely Disney Jewel Cases the size of a small mouse.Opens up to a "bath-tub" with mirror.Thomas The Train, Tea-Dogs and more.Japanese Anime Mini Capsule Machine GashaponsMario Bros. Gumba & Toad can't see eye-to-eyeAnother Disney Series Mini Capsule Machine GashaponsPlatoon, FALL IN!  Yes sir, Master Sergent Sir!Are u ready to illuminate and save the earth?Together let's light up this night so thou shall not be afraid of darkness!
      Disney Series Mini Capsule Machine Gashapons
      Disney Series Mini Capsule Machine Gashapons
      Lovely Disney Jewel Cases the size of a small mouse.
      Lovely Disney Jewel Cases the size of a small mouse.
      Opens up to a "bath-tub" with mirror.
      Opens up to a "bath-tub" with mirror.
      Thomas The Train, Tea-Dogs and more.
      Thomas The Train, Tea-Dogs and more.
      Japanese Anime Mini Capsule Machine Gashapons
      Japanese Anime Mini Capsule Machine Gashapons
      Mario Bros. Gumba & Toad can't see eye-to-eye
      Mario Bros. Gumba & Toad can't see eye-to-eye
      Another Disney Series Mini Capsule Machine Gashapons
      Another Disney Series Mini Capsule Machine Gashapons
      Platoon, FALL IN!  Yes sir, Master Sergent Sir!
      Platoon, FALL IN! Yes sir, Master Sergent Sir!
      Are u ready to illuminate and save the earth?
      Are u ready to illuminate and save the earth?
      Together let's light up this night so thou shall not be afraid of darkness!
      Together let's light up this night so thou shall not be afraid of darkness!

      Gashapon ~ Animal Crossings

      Gashapon ~ Legend of Zelda

      Gashapon ~ Power Rangers

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          enjoyed the video explained the toy and its craze well amazing to see rows and rows of them when I am use to the 2-3 outside a grocery store ...heaven I am sure for many kids to see all those treasures in the "glass boxes"

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          Many of my friends and clients collect these toys. They're so cute! Nice lens too.

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          Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          I've got a few. I enjoyed seeing others.

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          poutine 7 years ago

          I enjoyed learning more about Capsule Toys.

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          engeldreizehn 5 years ago

          ooooo i member in akiba i would go crazy for these machines in the gachapon halls:) Your own mini ball with plant seeds and a matching pot sweet:) Personally I love the winnie the poohs, and froggy styles:)

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          PennyHowe 5 years ago

          Very interesting and unique topic for a lens. It really is amazing how kids and even adults are drawn to those machines with a prize in them! I love them--maybe it is turning the crank, putting the money in and getting something for your effort--whatever that unknown prize might be. Thanks again.

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          publicdomain lm 5 years ago

          Wow. these look so much nicer than the cheap toys in the vending machines in Canada. It's amazing to see so many of them in a row!

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          Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

          Are these toys ever cool - my daughter would go nuts at one of these capsule toy machines :)

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          Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

          wow! i had never even heard of these toys...thanks for introducing this wonderful collectible to me!

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          Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

          How truly are the Capsule toys when you really start to see what all is involved with collecting them. You did an amazing job on displaying the capsule toys. I really enjoyed my visit to this article.

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

          I love toys too:)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Wow, the toys from these machines seem much better than what wee get in the states. My kids would never leave me alone.

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          GrimRascal 4 years ago from Overlord's Castle

          They're also called gashapon right? I like them~

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          Max Wong 4 years ago from Singapore

          @GrimRascal: Yes GrimRascal, the are refer as gashapon! Thanks :)

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          rainykua 3 years ago

          I have more than a dozen gachapons at home. I'm planning to buy some more. Love these toys!

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