Gashapon toys are toys that are dispensed by Gashapon machines. Gashapon is a brand of machines created by the company Bandai, and are exclusive to Japan. They are similar to quarter machines found in the US, but are usually more expensive and give higher quality rewards. Each Gashapon machine will have a series associated with it. The toy you obtain will be a random selection from the series you purchased from. Takara Tomy Arts released many Pikmin themed Gashapon series over the span of the series.