Gashapon, toys and figures that come in plastic eggs that can
be bought from special vending machines, are a big thing in Japan, and pretty
much any series worth it’s salt will have a range of gashapon toys released for
On the plus side the five figures are bright and cheerful and are painted fairly well, standing at a decent 7cm (3”) high when assembled. The sculpting captures the characters pretty well too, with a good level of detail on the faces
making them instantly recognisable, but the first problem is soon apparent. Whilst the level of detail and quality of painting is ok, it is pretty much what you would expect for 100yen gashapon figures. What the figures need to set them apart is some originality in the design to give them some life, but they are instead depicted standing bolt upright like mannequins. There are touches of thought given to their costumes and expressions but their pose is unremarkable and detracts from the impact of them as display figures. It is also infuriating that because of the shape of the egg, long straight pieces such as Motoko’s sword are often bent when you get them and it’s near impossible to bend them straight again.
At the end of the day it depends on what you want. In Japan gashapon toys
are intended as pocket money collectibles and the lower quality is fine when you
are paying less than a quid for each figure. However, in the UK they would
cost more and are harder to come by, with this in mind would you rather get one
figure that looks a lot better or five that are pretty much average? These
Love Hina gashapon do have some charm and won’t cost more than a few quid
each but there are better figures and gashapon ranges available. One for
Love Hina purists only.