Heres how the Gachapon machine looks like in Japan
& How Gachapon machines look like in Singapore's Vivo City
Well not much difference right?
What is Gachapon?
'Gacha' refers to the turning of the machine's knob
& 'pon' is the sound produced when it drops.
Gashapon & Gachapon can be used interchangeably because they are Japanese onomatopoeia
The origin is from Japan(duh) & is the brand Bandai's trademark.
Slowly many companies adopted this way of selling their products.
My recent experience with Gachapon
My friends & I were interested in some keychains & we started trying our luck to get our desired animal.
We couldnt get the Bear nor the Bunny so we kept putting in money & turning the knob.
Before we know it, we spent a total of 16 bucks.
(Yes, gachapons can be really addictive! )
The keychains we were aiming for.
Our loot :o
& after 8 tries or more, we still didnt get the bunny nor the bear ):
&& i spent 4 bucks on these 2 keychains :3
I feel that the companies are really smart because they can really earn alot from gachapon.
Imagine there are 7 figurines that exist in the machine & u only like 1.
You desperately want it (partly because you feel you are lucky)
So u keep feeding the machine money & turn until you get your desired toy.
Most of the time people spend more than once to get 'the one'
So before you know it, u might have spent 10 bucks or so :o
&& gachapons are no longer 1 dollar or 50cents anymore.
They range from 2-4 dollars.
So if you feel lucky, u can pop by your nearest 'ToysRUs' or Mamashop to get your capsules (: