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Gacha Gacha Machines, or
capsule machines are a variety of vending machines that dispense capsule toys in Japan. The name comes from the sound made as the crank of the vending machine is turned (gacha or gasha). While there are similar vending machines in the United States, one of the key differences is the level of quality in the products. The toys from the Japanese Gachapon are usually made with higher level of detail and attention, with rare figures that can be resold to collectors. The machines usually feature popular characters from anime, manga, or video games, all that come in various sets, making them easy and fun to collect for all ages. Because there are various sets and because the prizes are always random (you aren't able to select which figure you get), some collectors resort to going to other stores in Akihabara to buy the sets, rather than one by one. Note, because these prizes range from 100-500 Yen per figure (depending on the machine), it could be considered the better choice for collectors to buy the collected sets from resellers or stores.
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