Friday, March 16, 2012

How to detect a Blindbag Gacha Sonic Key Chain

Do you have the blindbag Tomy Sonic Gacha Keychains in your area?
They can be seen on SonicGear, on the Gacha Items page, but they're popping up in cardboard holders, in places like Target in the USA. The UK has some too, but they're heads with no bodies. However, as long as they're in that pale blue TOMY bag it should work the same. This will be a "Gacha Detection Guide Post"

Why do you want to detect gachas?
These keychain figures are just OK. They're missing paint details, but the 3D of the figure (taken from Sega's art) is good. So they're fair. But you DONT want to be spending like 12 dollars to get 2 of them. Especially when you could have bought some SUPER NICE all-metal & enamel very sturdy ones with nylon logo straps instead. To put it well "It's worth 4 bucks, but no more than that".

The whole 'blindbag' idea is that you don't know what you get till you buy it. This makes for irritating amounts of duplicates & wasting money if you can't trade or sell. To avoid this, you can learn how to detect which figure is in the bag without opening it. There's nothing wrong with being able to buy the item you want.

1. Buy 1 of these new gacha keychains
2. Open it by cutting off JUST the top of the bag & take out the figure to see who you got
3. Put the figure BACK into the bag, (with the paper too) and hold the top shut with 1 hand
4. Practice squeezing the figure around in the bag till you can tell where the 'parts' are (ie, this must be the feet, this must be a head &etc Your goal is to get familiar with how a figure feels while in the bag
5. Squeeze the figure around in there until SOME part of it is under the "white warning / choking hazard" area of the bag on the back.
6. Hold up the bag to an indoor light source (dont do it outside, you'll be in a store when buying new ones anyway) with the white part facing you.
7. You'll see a dim / washed out color where the figure is pressing on the interior of the bag. This works REALLY well with the color of red. So you can easily detect Sonic's shoe stripe, Tails' shoe, etc.

It works because the bag isn't mylar based. It works because the white area isn't see thru, but since it's white, when another color presses against it, you can still sort of see because it's not all clouded over with ink colors like the rest of the bag. The red shoes or LACK of red shoes (ex. Eggman) makes the figures detect-able. Your goal will likely be weeding out all the zillions of Sonics because there's 2 of him on the set.

You should be able to use this tactic to really increase your chances of getting the figures you want and not wasting money on duplicates as you try to complete the set.


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