Albegas Gashapon Set
Review by JoshB
These gashapon were released in Japan in 1983, and are very hard to get. They almost never come up for acution, and when they do, they are hundreds of dollars.
I got the first two years ago, blue and red. But the black one eluded me for many years. That is until I saw an auction for an old gumball machine backer card from the 80s in the US. Those vacu-sealed cards advertised the toys you could maybe receive for your quarter. They were sometimes filled with cheap plastic toys, but this one had what looked like knockoff robots in it. I spied the black Albegas robot and took a chance.
Turns out it was the real deal, not a knockoff. That completed my set. I was even able to track down the original Japanese card that went in THEIR gashapon machine. I've been excited to share these for a while.
Beta Robo is the blue one, and as if you could not tell, it's made of that extremely fragile blue plastic. These are parts formers, so you need to be EXTRA careful taking this one apart and combining them. If you notice that some of them don't have their bits pushed in all the way in photos, it's because I didn't want to break anything. Each also comes with a sword.
I got Gamma Robo a while back, and even did it's own review, but here it is again. All of the above applies here, aside from the brittleness. Here I was able to score one in the original gashapon ball, complete with instructions. You can see how the indivudual parts break down.
The catalog shows that there is also a New Super Abegas kit - I have one of the three, the hunt goes on...
This is the hardest to get, and I mentioned above how I found it. Such an amazing stroke of luck.
Here's the combined Albegas. I don't want to tempt fate and transform all the modes, but you can see in the above instructions that you can do them. Each unit dissassembles into a bunch of tiny parts, and they are fragile and easily lost. Combining the sword is especially nerve-wracking.
The card shows the details in color, but no stickers are included. I think Bandai intends for you to paint your own if you want the details. It's such a rare piece, and I am glad to own it and have the hunt be over. If you are searching - good luck!
|Posted 8 June, 2020 - 11:05 by JoshB|