Kaiyodo "Capsule Q" Skeletons
Kaiyodo is a well known toy manufacturing company in Japan. They are especially famous for the Revoltech line of action figures, but they also produce other lines, including capsule toys.
A capsule toy gets it's name from the way it is distributed: the product is dispensed through a capsule machine. There are all sorts of capsule dispensing machines in Japan and many of them are for toys, and of these a few of them target the anime and manga crowd with figures approximately at 1:18 scale. A lot of these are not articulated, being just PVC statues, but some are.
Recently Kaiyodo released a line of skeletons, very articulated ones, as a Capsule Q gashapon toy. Gashapon is another name given to capsule toys, as the name's pronunciation resembles the sound the capsule makes when being first opened. The Kaiyodo capsule toy skeletons are highly detailed and somewhat realistic looking. They come in blue capsules, disassembled in a plastic bag, with instructions. There are two colors for the bones: grey and tan/brown; and four helmet types. But which ones you get from a capsule machine are not guaranteed as the dispensing is random.
The Kaiyodo capsule skeletons are supposed to be US Navy Seals that somehow continue to fight. No further background story or explanation is given. As a GI Joe collector I can imagine something like Compound Z or nanomite technology being used to reanimate a skeleton.
There are accessory packs as well. How many packs are available is not clear, but certainly one, if not then two. The pack(s) expand(s) the basic skeleton with additional skulls -- damaged skulls from bullet holes to sword slashes -- and with various small arm weapons and the hands to hold weapons.
What plans might Kaiyodo have with this line of skeletons beyond what is released is yet to be seen. It'll be nice to see other skeleton themes. For the larger scales Kaiyodo has samurai skeletons. It would be nice to see samurai skeletons in capsule toy scale.
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