I am sure most of us are familiar with Kinder Surprise aka Kinder Egg aka Kinder Surprise Egg. It is a milk chocolate snack that has a hollow inside that contains, well, a surprise toy. Meanwhile, in Japan, they have a Kinder equivalent for bath salts.
Instead of an egg, it is a ball of bath salt and instead of cracking open a chocolate shell, you dissolve the ball in a warm, cozy tub of water to eventually reveal a surprise toy.
The product, known as Bikkura Tamago, literally translates to “big egg”, is by Bandai Lifestyle Division Co. Ltd., and it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Apparently, the Bikkura Tamago has sold over 150 million units over the last twenty years.
To mark its 20th year, Bikkura Tamago has partnered with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary, for a unique bath salt. Unlike the KFC bath salt, Bandai Bikkura Tamago x Gundam Bath Salt does not smell like its namesake. In any case, nobody knows for sure what Gundam smells like. The scent is orange, as the color of the bath salt suggests.
However, unlike the usual Bikkura Tamago offerings, the Mini Gunpla Mobile GOOhN and Mobile ZnO found hidden inside the bath salt are presented in runners just like the regular Gunpla kit, only very much smaller. When put together, each figure measures an adorable 30 mm (1.18 inches).
Also unlike regular Bikkura Tamago, the package of the Bandai Bikkura Tamago x Gundam Bath Salt also comes with an Entry Grade 1/144 Strike Gundam Gunpla kit too. When assembled, the 1/144 Strike Gundam stands around 130 mm (5.11 inches) tall. There are two versions of the Grand Slam Equipped Type and Deactive Mode.
The Bandai Bikkura Tamago x Gundam Bath Salt is available now in Japan for 1,540 yen (around US$11.62).
Images: Bandai Lifestyle [JP].