Toyslife review the Gashapon & Candy Toys and we are continuously adding new Gashapon & Candy Toys to the site. My collections include "Masked Rider", "Super Sentai", "Saint Seiya", "Inuyasha", "Captain Harlock", "Sailor Moon" etc.
What is "Gashapon"?
Gashapon has been sold with packaging in the capsule since 1994 from Bandai. Ultraman series was released as 1st line up. Gashapon is the phonetic word for the sound "Gasha-Pon!" that Japanese toy vending machines make when a packaged item drops down. Gashapon machines are similar to United States coin-op toy vending machines seen outside of grocery stores and other retailers. While coin-op vending toys are usually cheap low quality products sold for a quarter or 50 cents, Japanese Gashapon can cost anywhere from 100 - 500 yen (Equal to US$1 - US$5) and are normally a much higher quality product.
Often constructed from high-grade PVC plastic containing more molding detail and carefully painted features. However, these are not simply toys: they are collectors items, with rare ones fetching extremely high prices.