Guide on Purchasing Figures
Recently, my friend saw my figures collection and it seems he wanted to start a collection of his own too. Within the boundary of my limited knowledge, I explained to him the difference of every kinds of figures I know, and how I bought mine (I usually just buy them online, since they don’t sell any of those here). Then, I was wondering, why not make a written guide? If anyone of you ever wanted to start a figure collection of your own, but don’t know where to start, check this post out. For easy references, I had made an estimated price range for each product lines, in yen. If needed, just get some converter to convert it to your country’s currency, I guess.
Complete Scaled Figures
- Estimated Price Range: 4,000 yen ~ 20,000 yen
- Company: Various companies
These are the most major and most expensive figures around. They are also big, vertical standing figures will be at around 20cm in height, with some towering above 30cm. Needless to say, they use a lot of space. However, these figures are definitely worth it, since if you’re looking for detailed sculptures and high-quality painting, these figures are for you, especially if you have the space and money to spare. Unlike most other figures, scaled PVC figures like these lack versatility; they are mostly static and doesn’t come with a lot of additional parts.
- Estimated Price Range: 2,000 yen ~ 3,500 yen
- Company: MAX Factory
MAX Factory’s product line, figma, are figures with super flexible joints, allowing you to bend your figures into any desired positions. Unlike scaled static figures, figmas comes with a lot more additional parts and accessories, improving the diversity of the poses even more. They however, lack the details sculpting and painting complete static scaled figures possess, which makes figmas look kinda dull in comparison. They are also considerably smaller, with an average of 15cm in height for most figmas. However, you may come across a steal like this from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled!
- Estimated Price Range: 2,000 yen ~ 3,500 yen
- Company: Good Smile Company
Nendoroids are basically chibis, in 3D. Like figmas, they also comes with various body parts and accessories. By especially changing facial expressions, you can have your nendoroids express different kinds of emotions, anger, sadness, calmness, happiness, etc.. If figma’s flexibility comes in the form of movements, nendoroid’s flexibility comes in the form of emotions. What’s more, they are cute, and that’s a reason enough for you to collect them.
- Estimated Price Range: 600 yen ~ 1,000 yen
- Company: Good Smiles Company
Nendoroid Petite, like it’s name suggest, are chibi figures which are even tinier then normal nendoroids. They can be bought in various ways. For example, when buying an artbook or magazine, sometimes, it also comes with a random nendoroid petite. There are also some nendoroid petites which comes together in a box; the box is full of different kinds of characters in a certain anime, and it is compulsory to buy the whole box. One other example is the “lucky draw” type of boxes, where each contain only one figure from a whole set of characters. It all comes down to luck whether or not the box you bought will have the figure you so desired (unless you’re planning to continually spend your money until you collect all the characters from the set). Sometimes, nendoroid petites may also pop up in gachapons too.
- Estimated Price Range: 3,000 yen ~ 4,000 yen
- Company: Wave
The name is again, pretty straightforward; this product line basically features anime girls with swimsuits. In my opinion, beach queens figures are a bit pricy. Though I find most of the beach queen’s sculpture, especially the faces, are somewhat better then figma (though careful inspection is still recommended), which is certainly a plus since the “bad face” syndrome had been an ongoing problem for figures, even now.
- Estimated Price Range: 100 yen ~ 600 yen
- Company: Cospa
GraPhig is a series of products featuring “cubified” characters. After buying this, it will comes default with a blueprint of sort, printed on a large A3-sized sheet. You will have to construct the parts yourself, piecing together the head, body, arms and legs. I experienced making my fair share of paper crafts before so even though I had never bought any GraPhig products as of yet, I know constructing these GraPhig “figures” will no doubt be most entertaining.
- Estimated Price Range: 10,000 yen ~ 80,000 yen
- Company: AZONE
I’m not too knowledgeable with dolls but from what I know, you can buy “ready-made anime” dolls like the ones above, which are around 10,000 yen to 80,000 yen aforementioned. There are bodies on sale with different tan and bust sizes to suit your need (around 3,000 yen each), there are even different kinds of clothes and hairs for them so you can dress around your dolls, creating an original doll to your liking.
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- Company: ???
Makaizou are specifically modified figures. By manually making the clothes a cast-off, the creators then proceed to modify and add in “erotic parts.” In short, Makaizou means turning a normal figure into a naked and erotic figure. These figures usually appear in online auctions where the creators put up their “masterpieces” for sale. In my opinion though. it is not recommended to even deal with Makaizou, as selling these modified figures are pretty much illegal.
Right, that’s all folks. Hopefully you have an informative read throughout this post. Midway through, I suddenly thought this post fits the bill, so I’ll just submit this post in nopy’s Guide to Anime project. Also, as I’m pretty much a greenhorn with figurines myself, feel free to correct me if I wrote something not agreeable.