Just before the typhoon. The beginning of the week may be interesting for us.

I was always looking to have a go at one of those toy dispensers dispersed across Japan, which could grab you one of several versions of identical / similar toys depending on the dispenser you find. Later on I realized that those are called Gachapon, and quite possibly you might be familiar with the concept. I missed out on the Jimny, which was unlucky because it happened to be a nice replication. Finally I conceded to my wishes last week, and brought home a Honda Super Cub, enclosed in a plastic egg.

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The process is simple; depending on the Gachapon type, you insert multiples of 100 yen coins to the machine (3 in my case), turn the knob and voila, you get the plastic egg.

Open the egg after taking the cellotape out, and you are greeted with a small pamphlet describing the toy, and the different versions available (cannot understand a thing in it lol), and a sea of bubblewrap enclosing the grand prize.

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Take the bubblewrap off, and there we go. A plastic model of the Honda Super Cub. The entry level city bike is a ubiquitous ride in Japan, and is immensely famous in my home country as well. The scale appears to be around 1/32, about the same size as the Kyosho Suzuki GSX-R. The model itself (I suspect to be a product of Aoshima) is quite a nice one, with excellent details. There are some minor nags here and there , but nothing to demolish the model itself.

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An interesting, integral part of Japan’s vivid hobby culture.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a, er, really good Monday ahead!