Figure GAF |OT| Rebirth

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Do you love collecting detailed figurines, vinyl toys, custom made mechs, action figures, or anything that may fall in between? Whatever it is, post it here, celebrate what you love, and showcase your collections.



  • Please do not post anything NSFW. This primarily is directed toward nudity of any kind. Bare breasts, ass, and other such are not OK. Post the name of the character and the model number instead so people can search for it if they are interested.
  • Do not scan or upload any magazine photographs.
  • Follow the general rules of GAF. Should go without sayin'.




One day, you wake up and notice that there is this killer Japanese Exclusive Hello Kitty Death Metal Edition figurine that you need to put in your collection. The only question is, how do you buy it? There are three primary stores that you should be on the lookout for:
  1. Japanese Stores
  2. Western/Non-Japanese Stores
  3. Hobbyist Stores




Often times, figures you see have yet to be released and are only available in limited quantities. Preordering from the source (i.e. a Japanese store) tends to be the most common method of acquiring your desired figure. These preorders are usually up 3 to 6 months prior to release and only for a limited time window.

There are pros and cons to using a Japanese storefront to purchase your figure. Some of the pros tend to be that they are cheaper as you will be preordering directly from the source, you get them on release, you will be able to earn frequent buyer rewards if you use the same store, and you can sometimes cancel a preorder within the time window if you don't think you will have the funds. However, not every store will allow cancellations and shipping costs can become troublesome if you live in certain parts of the world. Thankfully many stores tend to have an English option (as is the case with AmiAmi and GoodSmileCompany) so the language barrier is less of an issue than it used to be.

Some Japanese Stores:

AmiAmi
  • Thanks to their large preorder discounts, AmiAmi has become one of the most popular destinations. From figures to video games, they have a wide variety of merchandise to choose from. They will not give you a shipping cost until the order is packed and ready to go. They also do not normally allow cancellations, but have done so in the past when emailed. With their frequent buyer points program, you can earn some small discounts on future purchases.
HobbySearch
  • Hobby Search is another popular shop. While preorder discounts are not as high as AmiAmi, their member rewards are superior. Hobby Search also has a more lenient cancellation policy where you can cancel any preorder within a week of the original order. They don't have a regular sale section, but will have seasonal sales with large discounts (but small stock). You will get a shipping cost for in-stock items before placing your order.
GoodSmileCompany
  • GoodSmileCompany are most well known for their Figma and Nendoroid lines. You can get special preorder bonuses for certain figures here, as well as links to other sites where you can purchase if need be. These are almost always preorders for products that won't release for 3-6 months, however they are well known for quality and excellent customer service.
Other shops exist as well, from Plamoya to HobbyLink Japan and Nippon-Yassan - each with their own pros/cons. Look around to see what you like and what fits your lifestyle best!




Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of sites you can use in the west to purchase your figures and other collectibles. However, these tend to be more expensive due to the nature of how limited some figurines tend to be. Due to the lack of a language barrier, customer service is easier to deal with and western figures can be easily found as well. Listed below are just a few of the many sites you can use. Find which one suits your lifestyle best.

http://www.kirinhobby.com/shop/
http://www.kidnemo.fm/
http://www.play-asia.com/
http://www.toylet.net/
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/
http://thegrandlineshop.com/ - One Piece only
http://www.animarket.com/
http://www.sideshowtoy.com




Sadly, you were too late and the preorders for that Japanese Exclusive Hello Kitty Death Metal Edition figurine were long since closed and the western stores are sold out. What now? You are going to have to look around Hobbyist stores that sell all manner of new and preowned products, but this comes with many problems of its own from bootlegs, missing pieces, damages, or just an absurdly higher price tag.

Bootlegs have been a major issue with figure collecting and the previous Figure OT said it best:
From Good Smile Company's website:
Q. What is a bootleg figure?
A bootleg figure is a copied figure of poorer quality, made or sold illegally without permission of Good Smile Company or the legal trademark holder. They are also called fake figures, fake products, or counterfeit figures. Some bootleg figures have no similarity with any official figures but still illicitly make use of the manufacturer logo or trademarks. Good Smile is against any bootleg products and cannot offer any support for them.

Unfortunately, bootlegs are something we have to deal with. Figures are valuable, making them tempting target for Chinese bootleggers. Sometimes they go after expensive out of print figures, but recently they'll make bootlegs of figures that are still widely available. Bootlegs are easy to avoid by sticking to reputable shops like the ones listed above. The best resource I've found to find out if something has been bootlegged is to check on http://myfigurecollection.net/, they'll also have pictures of bootlegs so you know what to look for.

BEWARE OF AMAZON AND EBAY AND CONVENTIONS. These places are rife with bootlegs, if a figure is listed as being counterfeited on http://myfigurecollection.net/ I would avoid buying from these places. Though even if it's not listed as being counterfeited I would just avoid these places as much as possible. It's just too risky. Especially amazon, where you don't even have pictures to rely on. MFC has a forum listing known bootleg sellers at http://myfigurecollection.net/club/139/discussions/ and you can try linking specific auctions here for advice from other members. Amazon and Ebay prices are also often terrible, and if they're a lot cheaper than other stores you have to start wondering why. If it's too good to be true...
Good Smile Company's by no means comprehensive list of bootlegs
Mandrake
  • The best Hobbyist store that will almost always guarantee that you will get an out-of-production figure without worry of it being a bootlegged version. Despite them dealing with pre-owned products, they tend to always be of great to good quality at a decent price. The biggest downside is stock as things sell quickly and the store is constantly updated.
Rakuten
  • Similar to Amazon and Ebay where third parties sell products through a single site. Listed below are two suggested stores as mentioned in the previous Figure OT that have had good reputations. English is not the best for this site, so the language barrier is pretty difficult to deal with.
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/auc-terraformer/
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/surugaya-a-too/

A fellow by the name of "Moro" has written a number of guides over on MyFigureCollection. They are a good starting point for newbies looking to get into the hobby.
http://myfigurecollection.net/blog/2196
http://myfigurecollection.net/blog/2212
http://myfigurecollection.net/blog/2253
http://myfigurecollection.net/blog/2276
http://myfigurecollection.net/blog/2296



  • Where can I buy [figure] that was released [date] and is sold out everywhere?
    • Ebay, Amazon, and Plamoya tend to be your best option if you do not mind spending a large amount of money. You also have to deal with possible bootlegs at Ebay and Amazon. If you are patient, you can find them on AmiAmi or Mandrake occasionally. Use both English and Japanese names to help find the product you are looking for.
    • UPDATE: You can also setup an alert on figinstock that will send you an email when your item is in stock (thank you previous Figure OT).
  • Where can I buy [figure] that hasn't been released yet but preorders are sold out everywhere?
    • Check AmiAmi and other Japanese Stores occasionally. You can occasionally find those figures being available for preorder when other folks fail to pay for theirs.
    • UPDATE: You can also setup an alert on figinstock that will send you an email when your item is in stock (thank you previous Figure OT).
  • When is [figure] going on sale?
    • Check out the blogs for various production companies such as GoodSmile's Mikitan. Sometimes prototype to preorder can take months or even up to a year+.
  • It says [figure] is "For sale in Japan only." Can I still buy it?
    • Yes, you can safely ignore that warning as it is rarely enforced. If it is listed on the Japanese store's English page, you can usually buy the product. If you are unable, you can buy it from a third party/hobbyist store.
  • What figures have been released from [anime/game/manga/light novel]?
    • Search on MFC. It will list the origins of every figure, and will let you search for figures from the same origin.
  • Why hasn't my tracking # updated for so long?
    • Tracking #s are pretty useless outside of Japan. It's not uncommon for the tracking to not update at all once the item leaves Japan until after it's been delivered. They mainly exist for peace of mind and for insurance purposes.
  • How do they make these things?
    • The Goodsmile Company blog did a series showing how they are made. You can check that out here.
  • What is a garage kit?
    • Garage kits are unpainted, unassembled resin figures. They are usually sold in limited quantities at events like Wonder Festival. Sometimes a company will produce complete mass produced versions of popular garage kits, but this is not guaranteed.
Thank you to the previous Figure OT threads for the excellent outline to get this started. I updated some of the info and hopefully made things a bit cleaner to read.

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Some of the folks in the thread were kind enough to post other stores that you can purchase figures! You can find them in the spoilers below.

Thanks for bringing this back up. I'll post some of my collection in a bit, and I'll try to keep the NSFW stuff hidden (or spoilered, if that'll be allowed). Also, I'd like to point out another way of getting figures.

www.noppin.com is a great way to search and buy from Yahoo Japan's Auction sites (ebay is a small blip in Japan compared to Yahoo Auctions) and I find I get the best results on the search bar when I find the Japanese name of what I'm looking for, then put that into the search bar with the setting set to "original" instead of "translated"....That being said, I rarely buy things from Noppin, since there is a better option and that is Buyee

www.buyee.com Buyee works similar to Noppin in terms of being the middle man between buying something on a Japan auction site and getting it delivered to Not-Japan. They offer better prices, more options, and you don't have to put money in escrow before you can be allowed to bid on an item like you have to with Noppin. Plus, finding the Buyee site is easy off of Noppin. Just click on "original auction" then that'll bring up the original Yahoo Japan Auction page, which includes a link to the Buyee page. I've bought a ton of rare and oop stuff off of Buyee, just keep in mind that you'll be paying shipping twice (which can sometimes add a large amount to the original cost) and you'll be golden.
Another place I'd like to rep is

https://otakumode.com/shop

Tokyo Otaku Mode, for the amount of points they give out for various things. They have a yearly subscription for TOM Premium which gets you various benefits as well as $75 in credit. I will say that their selection isn't the best and neither are their prices, but I do have about $130 in store credit, just from buying various figures and taking advantage of different promotions.
 
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Thanks for bringing this back up. I'll post some of my collection in a bit, and I'll try to keep the NSFW stuff hidden (or spoilered, if that'll be allowed). Also, I'd like to point out another way of getting figures.

www.noppin.com is a great way to search and buy from Yahoo Japan's Auction sites (ebay is a small blip in Japan compared to Yahoo Auctions) and I find I get the best results on the search bar when I find the Japanese name of what I'm looking for, then put that into the search bar with the setting set to "original" instead of "translated"....That being said, I rarely buy things from Noppin, since there is a better option and that is Buyee

www.buyee.com Buyee works similar to Noppin in terms of being the middle man between buying something on a Japan auction site and getting it delivered to Not-Japan. They offer better prices, more options, and you don't have to put money in escrow before you can be allowed to bid on an item like you have to with Noppin. Plus, finding the Buyee site is easy off of Noppin. Just click on "original auction" then that'll bring up the original Yahoo Japan Auction page, which includes a link to the Buyee page. I've bought a ton of rare and oop stuff off of Buyee, just keep in mind that you'll be paying shipping twice (which can sometimes add a large amount to the original cost) and you'll be golden.
 
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Another place I'd like to rep is

https://otakumode.com/shop

Tokyo Otaku Mode, for the amount of points they give out for various things. They have a yearly subscription for TOM Premium which gets you various benefits as well as $75 in credit. I will say that their selection isn't the best and neither are their prices, but I do have about $130 in store credit, just from buying various figures and taking advantage of different promotions.
 
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I'm not a collector but I do own one figure/model/statue



Sits on top of my workstation.

EDIT: oops, I suppose it's bad form to drop a picture and not explain. This is a 'rajang' from the Monster Hunter series. Not my favorite monster, actually, but the sculpt/color looked really cool so I splurged.
 
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I don't go out of my way to get the big, expensive figures, but I've got a bunch that came from various crane games in Japanese arcades. Lots of Hatsune Miku stuff and a bunch of Gintama and Natsume no Youjincho stuff. Also have a few tiny used figures I've picked up at Mandarake and Robot Robot over the years (mostly Sengoku Basara and Kuroko no Basuke related). They're fun to collect, but I prefer looking for the smaller, cheaper stuff.
 
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I have this spider-man statue, since I didn't managed to get a Spider-man Collectors Edition (decided to make my own):

I'm on the market for a Kingdom Hearts statue now. I've visited SE store, but those articulated statues (bring and play arts) man...I really hate the articulations, they are very visible if you ask me.

GAF, am I being to picky?
 
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I have this spider-man statue, since I didn't managed to get a Spider-man Collectors Edition (decided to make my own):

I'm on the market for a Kingdom Hearts statue now. I've visited SE store, but those articulated statues (bring and play arts) man...I really hate the articulations, they are very visible if you ask me.

GAF, am I being to picky?
Nah, not everyone likes articulated figures. Personally I don't mind them, but I will try to get ones that are cleverly hidden (such as with the Saber Figma's). Also the Kingdom Hearts Toy Story PlayArtsKais are perfect as they are toys with articulation in-game and match the out-of-game perfectly.

As for others who brought up various stores, I will add them to the OP when I get home later tonight. Danke!
 
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Instead of taking crappy pics of my own figs, I thought I'd just post a few of my favorites here

Vanessa from King of Fighters



Ivy from Soul Calibur 4



Lulu from FFX



She's actually fairly tall

Rise Kujikawa from Persona 4 Dancing All Night



Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third



Nami from One Piece

 
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Nah, not everyone likes articulated figures. Personally I don't mind them, but I will try to get ones that are cleverly hidden (such as with the Saber Figma's). Also the Kingdom Hearts Toy Story PlayArtsKais are perfect as they are toys with articulation in-game and match the out-of-game perfectly.

As for others who brought up various stores, I will add them to the OP when I get home later tonight. Danke!
As far as I can tell those figures are exclusive for the collectors edition :(

But yeah, in that style I dont mi d the articulations at all.

For such a huge franchise there aren't many good static statues.
 
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We back BABY.. and full of sexy.

Question. gamestop is selling the 7" Vers. of the Neca TNMT. I cant fid it any where else. Ebay has only has the 1/4 scale vers. Where else can I look for the 7" vers?
 
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Instead of taking crappy pics of my own figs, I thought I'd just post a few of my favorites here

Vanessa from King of Fighters



Ivy from Soul Calibur 4



Lulu from FFX



She's actually fairly tall

Rise Kujikawa from Persona 4 Dancing All Night



Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third



Nami from One Piece



These last few are going to be NSFW, so I'll spoiler them

Shiraki Meiko from Prison School





Cattleya from Queen's Blade (I have several, and choosing the best is impossible, so here's a couple)





Yuusha Marudea -Slime tono Tatakai from the mind of Oda Non



and finally, Erika Kuramoto



I am not a Persona 4 fan, but damn do I love that statue of Rise.
 
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I've had to quit buying scale figures for the most part so I've mostly been buying figmas and figuarts for the last few years. I'll try to get some pics up later.
 
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I am not a Persona 4 fan, but damn do I love that statue of Rise.
Rise Kujikawa is best waifu and has several really good figures







Of course, the Arabian Armor one is the best, since it's based off of the best picture of Rise



In terms of Anime merch, this is a large tapestry that was only sold at one Comiket a few years back, and I've managed to grab two, so I'm quite happy about that.
 

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I bought my first figures this year - Pyra, Mythra and 2B. Mythra is out in a month and 2B is September. Not sure if I want to start collecting more.
 

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I have this spider-man statue, since I didn't managed to get a Spider-man Collectors Edition (decided to make my own):

I'm on the market for a Kingdom Hearts statue now. I've visited SE store, but those articulated statues (bring and play arts) man...I really hate the articulations, they are very visible if you ask me.

GAF, am I being to picky?
This is a badass statue. Also it’s okay to be picky before buying a statue. I am picky! Because I care about details. If the face is wrong I’m not buying it
 
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I bought my first figures this year - Pyra, Mythra and 2B. Mythra is out in a month and 2B is September. Not sure if I want to start collecting more.
Are you sure you want to end at just those three, when there are sooo many more?

Also, thought I'd share a few more favorite figures.

Rachel from Ninja Gaiden



Shiraki Meiko from Prison School



At 16 inches, she is my tallest figure.

Cattleya from Queen's Blade



My second tallest figure, at 13 inches.

Tharja from Fire Emblem



A pose so good, they referenced it in the Fire Emblem Musou
 
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Are you sure you want to end at just those three, when there are sooo many more?
I'll probably grab more as I see ones that I like. I know there is a new KOS-MOS one they are working on that I am waiting to see. I never really thought much about buying figures until I saw the Xenoblade ones last year.
 

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I just got into 3d printing and I thought it would be nice to print out some figures. They're nothing like I've seen here so far, but hopefully I don't get booed out of here.



As you can see, these are pretty small and not cleaned up properly at all. I just got done replacing the main board and stepper drivers on my ender 3 and I mostly wanted so see how well it was working. The 2 on the right were done with 0.2mm layer height while the 2 on the left were at 0.04mm layer height. If you look close, the ones on the right have visible horizontal lines going across them because of the thicker layer height. The 2 on the left are much higher resolution so those lines disappear.



And here's a look at their backsides. Now that I'm looking at it, I'm kind of bothered by the fact that the camera focus seems to largely be on the lower resolution figures. Oh well.

Anyhow, I really love being able to just 3d print anything I feel like. Hopefully my rant hasn't put anyone off. Next time I'll print some sexy anime girls so I fit in a bit better :messenger_grinning_smiling:
 

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Hey all, let's keep any pornographic material out of this thread from now on. Bare breasts are considered NSFW. Thanks!
 
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What a full circle....
My bad.

Anyway, for those looking to get into figure collecting with some high quality figs at reasonable prices, I highly recommend the Kotobukiya figures. They usually run $60 to $70 (at launch) and are quite well made. Here are the ones I have

Sniper Wolf from Metal Gear



Christie Monteiro from Tekken



Chun Li



Juri from Street Fighter



Poison from Final Fight



Chun Li Battle Dress



Ibuki from Street Fighter



These are a nice series of good quality figures that you can get without breaking the bank.
 
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I collect Transformers Generations, Transformers Masterpiece, Star Wars Black an SHF Street Fighter figures. I'm thinking of collecting the Marvel Yamaguchi figures because they look so damn good!!!!!

I'm living in the Philippines at the moment and majority of my collection is back in Australia so photos are a bit hard to take right now.
I have close to 100 Transformers and the majority of SW Black figures prior to the Solo film releases.
Looooooove'em.
 
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I collect Transformers Generations, Transformers Masterpiece, Star Wars Black an SHF Street Fighter figures. I'm thinking of collecting the Marvel Yamaguchi figures because they look so damn good!!!!!

I'm living in the Philippines at the moment and majority of my collection is back in Australia so photos are a bit hard to take right now.
I have close to 100 Transformers and the majority of SW Black figures prior to the Solo film releases.
Looooooove'em.
Aussie here... you could PM me your addy and i could try to ... ahem ... 'organise pics' of your Transformers.

;) ;)
 
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I just got into 3d printing and I thought it would be nice to print out some figures. They're nothing like I've seen here so far, but hopefully I don't get booed out of here.



As you can see, these are pretty small and not cleaned up properly at all. I just got done replacing the main board and stepper drivers on my ender 3 and I mostly wanted so see how well it was working. The 2 on the right were done with 0.2mm layer height while the 2 on the left were at 0.04mm layer height. If you look close, the ones on the right have visible horizontal lines going across them because of the thicker layer height. The 2 on the left are much higher resolution so those lines disappear.



And here's a look at their backsides. Now that I'm looking at it, I'm kind of bothered by the fact that the camera focus seems to largely be on the lower resolution figures. Oh well.

Anyhow, I really love being able to just 3d print anything I feel like. Hopefully my rant hasn't put anyone off. Next time I'll print some sexy anime girls so I fit in a bit better :messenger_grinning_smiling:
do those ridges stay on the sculpt? How do you make objects smooth? if even possible
 
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I dont have that many figures, mainly my collection consists of Perfect Grade Gundam builds but heres one figure I got recently and I love it. Amazing build and articulation and its rare now.

Ludens 1/6 by 1000toys

This is really neat. Where did you get it?

Question: As anyone grabbed anything from Square Enix EU store recently? Are they a fast/safe buy? So far I only read shit about them.
 
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I got him on a facebook group 1000toys. The guy was in need of cash and sold it to me for retail price. The few that are left online on ebay are now $500+ Im sure that price will go up even higher once the game comes out so I got really lucky because I got him for $220 :)
One hell of a deal mate!

I recently got my hands on 4 totakus. The ones based on characters that are humans are ugly as fuck, but the ones that are based on animal mascots are pretty great for the price tag (15 €).

 
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My collection is an odd mix of anime & gaming but there are also a few that class as neither. This was my latest addition dirty man








He even has a tengu mask



still looks good transformed into a toilet too the coloured parts don't break up the white


Also got this anniversairy figure to celebrate the anniversairy of the horror game siren. Sony's mascot Toro been made into a shibito form so you get shibitoro lol


some older pics of where i keep my figures.





and some gravity falls figures as not everything is japanese hehe
 
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do those ridges stay on the sculpt? How do you make objects smooth? if even possible
With sand paper and some clippers, you can make prints pretty clean. Personally, I doubt I'd go through too much effort there unless I planned on painting them though.
 
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Speaking of new announced figures, it looks like Gantz O is getting a new figure as well.


She's based off of this promotional material here



Which is also a large blanket that I own as well. Very tempted to get her when she releases.
 
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