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What are the different types of anime figures?

Too many variations of anime figures!

Have you seen shops in Singapore with so many different types of anime figures on display? Well, I sure have!

There was this shop that I went to when I was 16 years old. and the vast number of colours, line sand contrasts was overwhelming. I left the shop after a while, feeling deeply impressed and dizzy at the same time. (The spotlights did not help!)

Supposedly, you want to buy an anime figure of your favourite series. A big question would be – where do I start? The anime merchandise industry is huge. There are just way too many different types of anime figures from so many different anime series.

I am pretty sure this is a common experience for many people. To begin with, you need to find out more about what you want. Fret not, I will be guiding you through the different types of anime figures that are out there.

1) Nendoroid

Nendoroid (ねんどろいど nendoroido) series is a brand of anime figures created by Good Smile Company. They are unique in the sense that they have a larger head and a smaller body.

This gives your favourite characters a very cute and child-like appearance. It is something like chibi if you are familiar with the term.

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Nendoroids are usually based off anime, manga or video games. Generally, they are about 10 cm in height and comes with exchangeable body parts such as facial expressions, hands and various things like weapons and armour. Also, the joints are articulable. So it is up to you how you want them to pose and the emotions they portray.

Price

Nendoroids usually cost about 2,500 yen to 4,000 yen, which is about $30 to $60(SGD). There is no fixed price across the different characters and there are some that will cost more than $50(SGD).

Generally, they do not exceed $100(SGD). There are some exceptions such as limited editions, quantity or event-exclusives.

Additional Note

The good thing about Nendoroids is that they are relatively easier to display because of their small size. You can get some stands to assist with the posing. I love staggered acrylic stands that can display many Nendoroids at the same place.

In addition, Good Smile Company may announce optional parts and release them separately.

Here are some examples of Nendoroids!

Nendoroid Ryuko Matoi, Kill La Kill
Here is Nendoroid Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill showing various expressions and poses
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This here is Nendoroid Hatsune Miku Cheerful Ver

2) Scale Figures/Pre-painted Figures

Scale figures are arguably the most common type of figures you can see anywhere. They are anime figurines that are already pre-painted by the manufacturers. Scale refers to the dimensions – of what scale is the figure to the actual character in the respective series.

For example, a 1/7 figure of its 175 cm character in the original series would be about 25cm.

Some Japanese companies that specialize in scale figures/pre-painted figures would be Kotobukiya, Alter, MaxFactory, Bandai and many more.

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These series of anime figures stay true and faithful to the characters. They feature iconic poses from their series, displaying intricate details and emotional expressions.

These anime figurines do not have any articulated parts. Certain figures also come with additional accessories such as weapons or clothes for additional customization.

These are the best when protected and displayed in beautiful glass cabinets or shelves.

Price

Scale figures and pre-painted figures are usually more expensive than Nendoroids or figma due to the higher-level requirement of craftsmanship, size and details.

As such, you can usually expect a price range of 5,000 yen to 30,000 yen, which is about $60 to $350 (SGD). Generally, they do not exceed $500 (SGD).

There are exceptions such as those made by Figurama.

Here are some examples

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1/7 Sinon from Sword Art Online
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Kantai Collection: 1/8 Atago Heavy Armament Ver
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1/7 Lucy from Fairy Tail
From left to right: Play Arts Kai - Final Fantasy VII Advent Children: Cloud Strife, Attack On Titan Miksasa Ackerman 1/8 Scale Figure, Black Butler Book of Circus Sebastian Michaelis Artfx Statue by Kotobukiya, Fire Emblem: Awakening figma Figure – Lucina
From left to right: Play Arts Kai – Final Fantasy VII Advent Children: Cloud Strife, Attack On Titan Mikasa Ackerman 1/8 Scale Figure, Black Butler Book of Circus Sebastian Michaelis Artfx Statue by Kotobukiya, Fire Emblem: Awakening figma Figure – Lucina

Did you realize the last figure looks slightly different? Notice the wrist and elbow have ball joints? This one here belongs to the figma series.

The last one will wrap up our discussion on the different types of anime figures!

3) figma

Lastly, figma series is a line of action figures produced by Max Factory and distributed by Good Smile Company. These hand-sized figures are designed with articulation in mind, keeping it as real as possible.

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Generally, figma figures are about 13-20 cm. They usually come with a clear stand for support. Poses are made possible with high articulating ball joints and various interchangeable parts and accessories.

In this sense, you are getting something similar to Nendoroid. Figma keeps the proportions as realistic as possible. Also, you have the freedom recreates memorable action poses or come up with entirely original movements.

Price

Overall, they cost about 3,000 yen to 5,000 yen, about $35 to $60 (SGD). Generally, they should not exceed more than $100.

Additional Note

Question for you! Are you more interested in cute, chibi characters or figures that are kept as real as possible? Then, that would be your answer to getting either Nendoroids or figma series.

Here are some examples!

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This is figma Genji from Overwatch
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Featuring figma Re: Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Rem
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figma Yu-Gi-Oh! Seto Kaiba
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figma Caster from Fate series

Have you finally figured out the different types of anime figures?

Hope that this article discussion has been useful in bringing you into the anime collectables world. Do leave a comment if you would like to contribute your experience.

Knowing yourself is very important before you made a purchase. You do not want to have any regrets after buying. Make sure you understand what you want and what you are buying before paying up the cash for it.

Personally, I like scale figures the most because of the gorgeous details and the poses. I do see collectors taking professional photography of their Nendoroid and figma with various expressions and effects. Guess I’m just lazy to play around with them!

Lastly, do read up on our blog post on how to tell the difference between authentic and bootleg anime figurine.

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