Modeled after the coin gobbling slots of vintage arcade machines, this Japanese gashapon (plastic toy capsule) series from Tama-Kyu features life-size realistic coin slots. They’re perfect for providing a constant reminder of just how many quarters you’ve pumped into machines over the years. My personal guess is somewhere in the tens of thousands.
The toys come in four styles: black and silver ‘light up’ models (probably the ones we’re most familiar with in the U.S.), and more traditional Japanese style black and gray flush coin slots with a return button, which also includes a faux coin return. All include an adhesive backing so you can stick them anywhere. I’m going to stick one to my forehead and pretend I’m a pinball machine!
It’s a shame that arcades aren’t as popular as they once were. I remember when I was a kid, my family would go to the mall on weekends, and I’d bee-line it straight to Time-Out. There I’d turn my weekly allowance into quarters and line them up one by one on the Street Fighter II machine, only to get my ass handed to me by an opponent much more skilled than I was while I repeatedly tried and failed to perform Chun-Li’s Spinning Bird Kick. Looking back, those were the days – I just didn’t know it at the time.