You’ve probably heard of gachapon (or gashapon) before. At a gachapon machine you can get tiny toys that come inside a capsule. Fun fact: the word comes from the sounds “gacha” for turning the crank by hand, and “pon” for the toy capsule landing in the collection tray. These cute toys are very popular in Japan, but you can also get them from online shops.
Tofu Cute (UK) has recently launched a Gachapon Station section! You can choose from the individual capsules, or Catch-a-Gacha Mix Bags containing a themed set of gachapon. How about these kawaii aquarium animal keychains?
At PebboStudio (USA) you can find individual gachapon toys. These prices are a bit high compared to the shops above, but the collection is very nice. I’m a fan of the Epoch hamster toys, such as this hamster with spoon gachapon.
Ebay is a good place to look for full gachapon sets from Japan at a fair price. Seller d.d.d.shop (Japan) offers many sets, including these 5 pastel circus Cinnamoroll capsule toys.
Looking for a surprise set of gachapon? With the Gacha Gacha Crate you’ll receive a subscription box filled with 6 gachapon capsule toys. Ranging from your favorite characters to funny figures, useful accessories and more. It costs $28 with free worldwide shipping.
If you are also interested in other tiny toys, you might enjoy our recent blind boxes shopping guide.