It was all cold and wintry today. Time for something cute!
We picked up these little Frog Style bank toys in Japan a couple years ago, and they’re still one of my all-time favorite toys. They came out of a capsule machine, for just about one dollar.
The tiny charming key opens the “vault.” It’s a rather sturdy mechanism, for a little plastic toy.
Playing with these again has got me thinking about knitted piggy banks…
If you can believe it, here is an even more awesome Frog Style capsule toy:
This frog tells fortunes with teeny tiny baby frogs of various colors hiding inside him, which you receive with a twist of the crank. (Sort of a meta capsule toy, if you will.)
You decode the colors into messages by the key on the back.
These frogs came in several different varieties, to tell your “work luck,” “money luck,” and “love luck,” respectively.
Check out the Frog Style website to see more cute frogs. (I love their nonsense slogan: “Can a frog save the world?”) It looks like they’re concentrating on t-shirts these days, instead of amazing capsule toys. That’s a shame, but the shirts are pretty cute too.