Action Figure GAF |OT| Articulated figures murdered my wallet

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An action figure is a poseable character figurine, made of plastic or other materials, and often based upon characters from a film, comic book, video game, or television program.





Probably the best go to online retailer for all things collectible related (or in the realm of what we in this thread collect). Big selling point is their Pile of Loot (POL) system. For up to six months, you can hold your order in warehouse after payment, which saves on overall shipping costs. Can be shipped at any time at the click of a button, and will automatically do so if not shipped within the timeframe. No non-refundable deposits (NRDs) on most items of reasonable cost. They don’t really start coming into play until the large $1K+ statues. Will not typically scalp on preorder prices, but once an item is in stock all bets are off. Good sales won’t be found here, nor will any sort of coupon code.


  • Types of items sold: most main line collectibles (Sideshow/Hot Toys, Hasbro, Mattel, Diamond Select, Enterbay, Asmus, NECA, DC Collectibles, Play Arts Kai, Figuarts)
  • Fun tip: if you’re interested in the stock they have left, just place an item in your cart, put an obscene number in, and it will auto adjust to their stock.
  • Located in Wisconsin


Official distributor of Hot Toys for the US. Has a customer points system where they will give back 10% of the cost of the item purchased, which become active 30 days after it ships, for use on items on their site (typically new preorders are excluded). Has a waitlist program for out of stock items as well. Is typically the only retailer who receives the Hot Toys exclusive figures (like the yearly Toy Fair figures) in the US. Typically charges a NRD of 10% the base cost on figures above $250. Sends out a lot of coupon codes and has free shipping on older items usually.


  • Located in California
  • Types of items sold: Hot Toys figures, Sideshow 1/6 figures, Sideshow statues, some MonsterArts and Play Arts Kai figures.


Similar to BigBadToyStore in terms of what is sold, but at higher costs and in a much more confusing website. Great for buying in bulk or finding smaller novelty items. 90 day returns are their major offering over other online retailers in the collecting community.


  • Types of items sold: most main line collectibles (Sideshow/Hot Toys, Hasbro, Mattel, Diamond Select, Enterbay, NECA, DC Collectibles, Play Arts Kai).
  • Located in California


The biggest retailer of nerd goods in the UK, this retailer carries a lot of your figure needs, though at higher prices. Great variety of figures, but it can be pretty hard to find a certain figure from a line if you're looking in-store.


  • UK based comic book store and online retailer. Main store is located in London, with various other stores across the UK.
  • Types of items sold: Hasbro (Marvel Legends/Universe, Star Wars), Hot Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, NECA, DC Collectibles, Play Arts Kai, Mattel, Diamond Select.


The other Forbidden Planet. As you can tell by the name, they are quite international and even have a store in New York City. Started out from Scotland and expanded to other countries, this Forbidden Planet carries some things that the other doesn't, such as certain Funko Pop!, and at lower prices.


  • Types of items sold: Hasbro, (No Marvel Legends), Hot Toys, Funko, Sideshow Collectibles, NECA, Diamond Select.


Possibly the most interesting place to buy Hot Toys figures currently, as they offer slight discounts and have their own rewards system as well, where 50 points is equal to $1. Unlike Sideshow, they do deal in lower end collectibles, such as DC Collectibles statues or bulk buys of their action figures. Does not typically sell single figures of the lower end variety.


  • Located in Ohio
  • Types of items sold: statues of various brands, Hot Toys, Sideshow Collectibles.


The new guy. Does not deal in higher end collectibles, but has a large variety of the lower end, including practically all of the Hasbro lines, NECA, DC Collectibles, and Funko. Biggest appeal is to collectors located in California, as there is no sales tax charge, as well as free shipping on select items.




Typically good at carrying newer figures and waves, but the main issue becomes fighting scalpers. Out of all the brick and mortar retailers, they have the widest selection brand wise (huge bonus in selling NECA products) but sometimes not worth the effort. Website will have a “Pick Up in Store” feature on select items, but typically hit and miss.


My personal favorite and easily the most recommendable of the big three. Usually has newer stock than Walmart, but what puts them above the rest is their DCPI feature, a code unique to each line of product. Very helpful when looking for newer waves of figures, as you are able to check on the scanner to see if there are any in the back room, or easily ask an employee to check without having to explain to them the item. The only issue that comes from this is that their online stock checker becomes untrustworthy, as it is unable to identify individual items in store.

Credit to Haloid1177 for the retailer write up.

Images of your collections are welcome.
 
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About the comment under BBTS and not finding good deals. I got the Princess Bride statues mentioned earlier for 60 when they were 250 everywhere else. Thought it was worth noting.

Cheaper at Amazon though =/ lol.
 
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About the comment under BBTS and not finding good deals. I got the Princess Bride statues mentioned earlier for 60 when they were 250 everywhere else. Thought it was worth noting.
BBTS will do their clearance sales, but it's typically for older stock with less appeal. Their lack of coupon codes, free shipping, or much of anything in the way of deals is where my write up came from. I still order all of my stuff there for the most part because of how trustworthy they are and the amount of stock they get, but I stand by what I said. Plus the deals are overshadowed by the obvious scalping they do once an item comes in stock.

Anyway, yay I can post some collection pics now!
 
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Subbed! I typically hang out in FigureGAF but I've recently become interested in collecting a few Sideshow statues.

May your wallets curse you until the end of time!
 
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subbed
FigureGAF can be renamed anime gurl statues and moe gifs
use this thread for articulated action figures
Great work OP!!
But one two of the most common figure lines on FigureGAF are articulated (Nendoroids and figmas - Revoltech Woody is even in the OP header image, along w/ figma Snake and Play Arts Kai Joker - all discussed, shared, and celebrated in FigureGAF).

Everyone's always been welcome in FigureGAF, and we used to have more people posting Hot Toys and such. I don't see why this separate thread was needed. Now I'm sad. You're tearing us apart!
 
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But one two of the most common figure lines on FigureGAF are articulated (Nendoroids and figmas - Revoltech Woody is even in the OP header image).

Everyone's always been welcome in FigureGAF, and we used to have more people posting Hot Toys and such. I don't see why this separate thread was needed. Now I'm sad. You're tearing us apart!
You forgot Figma Snake.
 
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But one two of the most common figure lines on FigureGAF are articulated (Nendoroids and figmas - Revoltech Woody is even in the OP header image).

Everyone's always been welcome in FigureGAF, and we used to have more people posting Hot Toys and such. I don't see why this separate thread was needed. Now I'm sad. You're tearing us apart!
No offense, but I really don't have any desire to scroll through a thread full of pictures of 14 year old scantily clad girls with WWII battleship turrets attached to their ass.
 
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But one two of the most common figure lines on FigureGAF are articulated (Nendoroids and figmas - Revoltech Woody is even in the OP header image).

Everyone's always been welcome in FigureGAF, and we used to have more people posting Hot Toys and such. I don't see why this separate thread was needed. Now I'm sad. You're tearing us apart!
It's true that FigureGAF is an inclusive thread in design, but in reality talk about Hot Toys et al would be drowned out by the natural flow of the thread I think.
 
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No offense, but I really don't have any desire to scroll through a thread full of pictures of 14 year old scantily clad girls with WWII battleship turrets attached to their ass.
You act as if a) that's all that's in FigureGAF, and b) that they don't make articulated figures of the boat girls too. :p

It's true that FigureGAF is an inclusive thread in design, but in reality talk about Hot Toys et al would be drowned out by the natural flow of the thread I think.
That hasn't always been the case. There are certainly more...chatty people these days that are into the moe and particular boat figures. Hell, half my posts never get any sort of response anymore I assume b/c I'm not on the boat train (lol!) or whichever thing they're going on about.
 
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You act as if a) that's all that's in FigureGAF, and b) that they don't make articulated figures of the boat girls too. :p
Most attempts I've made to talk about Marvel Legends in FigureGAF or any other western-produced figure line has been drowned in anime stuff- I'm still okay with cohabitation, but the natural differing interests can make it pretty hard to get the ball rolling on anything not coming out of Japan.
 
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figureGAF is plagged with lewd comments about satutues of questionable age and their butts, understand that many action figure collectors are weirded out by this behaviour and don't want to post there, heck the few that have dared get their posts instantly buried by moe gifs and nendo talk, the faster FigureGAF understand that's why this thread was created the better, please let us be and return to your anime girl figures and moe gifs thread, you shouldn't be affected by this thread.
 
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I heard that other thread was talking smack about hot toys. can't confirm.

Pls don't hurt me, I just want to see a civil war between figuregafs.
 
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Selling out at Targets across the country. Still might be some around if anyone is interested.

Sadly this OT launched just slightly too late for me to give everyone the heads up on getting these during the first shipments, they started going for sale over the last few days

you can find a few on amazon still but the female figures sell out fast.
 
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Making sure Thanos is on the first page like a boss.
As fantastic as this looks, I can't help but feel like it's kinda premature- if I were going to drop that kind of money on a Thanos, I think I'd wait for one with the Infinity Gauntlet.

I heard that other thread was talking smack about hot toys. can't confirm.

Pls don't hurt me, I just want to see a civil war between figuregafs.
ComicGAF civil war wasn't enough for you? :lol
 
#46
As fantastic as this looks, I can't help but feel like it's kinda premature- if I were going to drop that kind of money on a Thanos, I think I'd wait for one with the Infinity Gauntlet.



ComicGAF civil war wasn't enough for you? :lol
I can fight wars on many fronts. Comic-GAF is in peace time. But it is only a matter of time before 3 threads are are war. Comics represent a big part of the Hot Toys range. Embrace the hate.
 
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As fantastic as this looks, I can't help but feel like it's kinda premature- if I were going to drop that kind of money on a Thanos, I think I'd wait for one with the Infinity Gauntlet.



ComicGAF civil war wasn't enough for you? :lol
I agree. It looks amazing but you know there will be a better version in a few years.
 
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I heard that other thread was talking smack about hot toys. can't confirm.

Pls don't hurt me, I just want to see a civil war between figuregafs.
I don't. I think there's plenty of natural crossover, and as I mentioned it used to take place quite frequently. I want us all to hang out in the same thread together and share out enthusiasm for all these over expensive pieces of plastic. This seems like an incredibly artificial division created on the basis of the behavior of a handful of posters - not any actual east vs west sourcing or discussion or joints vs no joints. I also think the broad brush characterizations are unfair.

That said - RyosukeTH is right about fighting over it. I don't want to fight about it. Enjoy your new thread and may your wallets be empty. You may see me here from time to time.