Japanese Flat Gasha Pon takes gacha capsule machines to a whole new level

A fun way to buy otaku products.

Bandai is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of anime and manga-related merchandise, and for 45 years they’ve been selling random little capsule toys through their Gashapon vending machine.

Those “Gashapon” Where “Gachapon“, as they are also known, derive their name from “gashagasha” Where “gachgacha“, the two onomatopoeic words for clatter, and”pon“, the word that describes a “pop” Where “plop“. It’s a perfect description of the sounds and sights you feel when you turn the handle of those vending machines, but now the Gashapon as we know it becomes a brand new redesign for the otaku market.

According to Bandai, the new “Gashapon dishis a first in Bandai’s 45-year history of selling Gashapon, and there’s no rattling of capsules involved, as the new machine dispenses flat objects.

Although it looks like an ordinary capsule toy machine, with the familiar handle and the large receptacle that the capsules “sink” into, tFlat products will be dispensed from the top of the machine.

The machine can basically be used for flat objects or capsules, which Bandai says reduces the use of plastic, making it an “eco-friendly Gashapon machine”.

The type of products they aim to sell from these flat machines include shikishi boards, delete files, and mini posters, up to A4 size and up to one centimeter (0.4 inches) thick. Like a regular gacha machine, the patterns are randomly distributed, so you won’t know which one you get when you turn the machine’s handle.

The first collections to be sold through the new machines are as follows:

▼ “Demon Slayer Window Collection Boards” (500 yen [US$4.36] each, 8 designs in total)

Images: Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha/Aniplex/ufotable

▼ “Tokyo Revengers Shikishi Collection” (500 yen each, 8 models in total)

Images: Ken Wakui Production Committee/Kodansha/”Tokyo Revengers” Animation

▼ “Pokémon Writing Underlays” (300 yen each, 8 patterns in total)

Images: Nintendo, Creatures, GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku © Pokémon

The new machines will be installed in approximately 1,500 locations across the country, including toy stores, mass retailers and appliance stores, starting the third week of February. Bandai plans to include new collections from various franchises in the future, and we are more than ready to receive and display them, with this line of “Cinderella Fit” otaku display products.

Source, images: PR Times
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