Saturday, January 16, 2016
Charmingly cheap charms: vintage capsule toys
Here's a random group of mini plastic charms I've had for years. I have vivid memories of getting most of them out of a small capsule machine at a laundromat as a little kid. This would have been in the late '80s or early '90s, but I wouldn't be surprised if they had been sitting in the machine for years before that. Strangely enough, I remember the same laundromat had another vending machine that specifically offered little boxes of those long balloons that clowns use to make balloon animals at kids birthday parties. I think that's the only place I've ever seen a balloon vending machine.
Anyway, here we've got a nice little mix of dogs, hats, fish, horses, guns (maybe it seemed less weird back then for little kids to walk around wearing gun charms?), and more. Even Satan is in on the fun. I'm sure my Mom was thrilled with me getting a Satan charm out of the cheapo toy machine.
Who else remembers machines filled with these little plastic charms?