For our second in our Best of 2013 series, we are looking at Gacha Gacha capsule toys. These are always guaranteed to be interesting. We asked Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy Arts for their choices of the best capsule toys from the last year!
What were the ten Gacha Gacha toys that made the biggest impression on you in 2013?
These went on sale after the final episode aired of the NHK morning drama series ‘Amachan’. There was already a lot of hype about them online before they were even released, and sales have also been very healthy.
There are the first figure toys to feature men from Sagawa Express, a courier and delivery service in Japan. With their manga-esque faces and moe dialogue in the speech bubbles, these toys are just abundant in Gacha Gacha-ness.
This is the first in new series called Panda’s Ana (Panda’s Hole), made in collaboration with a secret creative unit.
Another from the Panda’s Ana series, this is the third one, paying homage to a certain famous sculpture. This was a huge hit on social media before it went on sale.
This series of figures that recreate scenes from Disney movies were released monthly over six months. Great quality and also highly collectable.
Takara Tomy Arts has had tie-ups with the popular app LINE from as early as last summer. Now new products are being released almost every month.
Japanese manhole covers have many admirers overseas and we turned them into Gacha Gacha! What’s more, these are the real McCoy, made with the permission of the respective cities, towns and villages.
And finally, can you give us any hints about which Gacha Gacha will be big in 2014?
The recent trend is for Gacha Gacha toys for grown-ups that become big talking points on social media. I think that the value of Gacha Gacha has changed from being something you enjoy collecting by yourself to something that conveys fun to others. In 2014, we want to see lots of original toys that make you chuckle like the Panda’s Ana series.
Thank you, Takara Tomy Arts!