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March 18, 2018

Kaiyodo – Deep Sea Aquarium Figure collection

As an European, I had the chance in this life to visit 3 times already the beautiful Sumida Aquarium from Tokyo, Japan.

In my first visit from January 2017, in the aquarium building, between sharks, penguins and garden eels, I have found several capsule toy machines with different toy collections. I have decided to try my luck and chosen the deep sea aquarium figure collection which had a total number of 6 different toys representing animals from the deep sea. 400 Yen and my first capsule was in my hand.

Back at my hotel I have opened the capsule and found inside a beautifully crafted Vampyroteuthis infernalis.

Vampyroteuthis Infernalis

Ten months later I was back at Sumida Aquarium and I decided to push a bit more my luck and I have extracted two toy capsules from the machine. Indeed I was lucky this time. In my two new capsules I have found Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni and Chaunox abei.

Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni.jpg

Chaunox abei.jpg

Five months later I was back at Sumida Aquarium and decided to push my luck again, but this time I went for all: I decided to gamble for three capsules. I already had three different toys and I needed exactly three more to complete my Deep Sea Aquarium Figure Collection.

I took the capsules out of the machine and went in front of the shark aquarium, took a sit there and started to open them.

First toy: Alepisaurus ferox. No duplicate, I already had four out of six figures!

Alepisaurus ferox

I placed back in the capsule the Alepisaurus ferox and started to unseal the second toy. I was wondering what duplicate I would find in the capsule. I already had 4 different toys from the collection and only two more were left. It would have been a miracle to find a fifth different toy In a row.

Seal was off, capsule was opened. A silver fish with blue dots and red fins could be seen in the wraps. It was a beautiful Oar fish, Regalecus russelii. This was a miracle, I had five out of six toys from exactly only five chances taken.

Regalecus russelii

Last toy was about to be opened. I was just curious what would be the duplicate that I would get. To be honest, I like all of them, but I would have preferred a bit more to have a pair for my Oar fish, just not to be alone… 🙂

Opened the capsule and it was indeed a fish inside, but, unfortunately not the oar fish, it looked like the Alepisaurus ferox. I opened the wraps and almost fainted. Some strange karma happened to me in Japan and found the last toy from the Deep Sea Aquarium Figure Collection by Kaiyodo: the Goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni.

I had the complete collection from the first try! No duplicates! It was a miracle!

Here is the Goblin shark and several pictures of my entire collection.

Mitsukurina owstoni


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full collection

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