Showcase #40: BANDAI BVM-201 Gashapon Machine
I have been looking for a BANDAI BVM-201 Gashapon machine for the longest time (along with a BVM-101 Gashapon machine) and I came across one recently!
This was one of my chase/holy grails for me; the more I collect and with experience I realize that patience is a true virtue.
When you least expect it; you will often find what you are looking for. However with Japanese toys or keshigomu in general that is either difficult or expensive without buying from yahoojapan or Japanese retailers that ship abroad.
The gashapon machine is a bit banged up but for 3,800 yen I was not going to argue or complain!
This is the 3rd Gashapon machine I own (I have 6 others on the way); the first had vintage capsules with Kinkeshi that I took out and rearranged due to and in order to prevent Keshi melting.
That one in particular is filled with over 110 capsules and I debated about splitting the capsules and placing them in the BVM-201 machine but changed my mind.
I just started putting vinatge kinkeshi inside and of one particular color (Flesh in this case); one thing I have been experimenting with since the end of 2015/2016 is storing Kinkeshi and monitoring them for melting etc
I have tried plastic cases, acrylic/plexiglas (methyl methacrylate) and I noticed that as long as you air it out (like opening when stored every so often) and not mixing Kinkeshi colors (keeping the colors separate) its ok.
The mixing colors is of course already well known amongst the LRG community.
But who knows what happens after 5 years or more; thats my experiment for now in terms of storage: keeping them in Gashapon machines and monitoring the plexiglas acrylic for any reaction.
Of course this does not apply to recent Kinkeshi releases starting in 1991 and up or the 2008 releases (those do not seem to experience keshi melting when mixed with each other or different colors). Its almost an exclusive vintage Kinkeshi/keshigomu problem.
The BVM-201 has 583 vinatge Flesh colored Kinkeshi and I plan on filling it up; we'll see how long that takes. The Part 4 backing board is also a nice touch to the machine but I think that particular Daishi was probably in the BVM-101 machines.