Nintendo Fan Forum  

Go Back   Nintendo Fan Forum > Nintendo Corner > Member Articles

Notices

Member Articles Members Articles

Comment
 
Article Tools
SG64's Quickstart Guide to Action Figure Collecting
SG64's Quickstart Guide to Action Figure Collecting
Published by SuperGamecube64
02-12-2014
SG64's Quickstart Guide to Action Figure Collecting

Many of you have really taken up to my video game action figure reviews, and I'm very glad because I enjoy making them. I've noticed that since I started that, a couple of people have been asking me questions so I'm just going to write this to answer any questions that anyone may have. We're going to take a look at some of the different brand names and lines, and what you should look for before making a purchase.

What makes a good action figure?
As kids, most of us boys ( and maybe some girls) probably had action figures. You can probably recount some ridiculous adventure you came up with using characters that had absolutely nothing to do with each other as you read this. As an adult collector, the things I look for in a figure are a lot different from when I was a kid and would just be playing with them and using my imagination. Now they are display pieces, and while I will occasionally pose them for some awesome or comedic photo, they mostly just sit on my shelf and look pretty. A well made action figure is a work of art. It's something that a sculptor or team of sculptors have put hours into making both look great as well as maintain functional articulation. Articulation means that a certain part can be moved or posed, but all articulation is not good because it can leave things looking unnatural, or weaken a figure's balance. Beyond these things, you should always ask yourself "How much does this character mean to me?" because in the end, if you don't connect with that character then their figure isn't going to resonate with you much either. Another thing to consider is the figure's scale. Will the figure fit in with the rest of your collection? For example, I mostly collect figures in the 1/12 scales, which means the standard is 5 to 6 inches in height. Examples include Figma, Revoltech, and on to some I'm not really into, Marvel Legends and DC Universe Classics. This means that if I were to purchase something like Play Arts Kai or Marvel Select, it would be way too big in comparison to my other figures...not that anyone should ever want a Play Arts Kai (more on that later).



Domestic figures vs Japanese Imports
There is by far a large difference in quality when comparing figures that can just be found at the local shopping center and Japanese imports such as Figma. This is simply because in the western world, almost all action figures are marketed to children. That doesn't mean that there aren't some decent domestic figures available or that adults simply don't collect western figures, but it is certainly harder to find a legitimately great Marvel hero than it is to find your favorite Anime character. The first thing that sets Japanese figures apart is that they are marketed as collectors items and not as toys. The artists that sculpt and design these figures design them with adults in mind. They know not to ignore small details, and to make them look as believable and natural as possible. Western figures tend to have more visible joints, and in general just look more toy-like...because...well, they're toys in the end. Another big difference is that Japanese figures tend to include multiple face plates that allow you to change their expressions while western figures tend to only include 1. This means that no matter which way you have them posed, they simply must look happy, or angry, or however it is that their face was original sculpted. Marvel Select includes multiple heads, but I can't think of another western line that does this. Japanese figures also tend to have much better articulation in terms of practicality.



Marvel Select Wolverine (top) looks a lot less natural than Figma Guts (bottom)

Quality Import Brands and Lines

Figma
-Known for natural looking joints
-Mostly produce Bishoujo characters
-Very doll-like, and ball jointed
-Prices range from $35-$60 retail





Revoltech
-Known for mecha and monsters
-Use a unique "revolver technology" joint system
-Prices range from $20-$60 retail*

*Revoltech's in the $20 range at this point are usually part of the Revoltech Fraulein series and should be avoided unless you like things that break.





Busou Shinki
-Known for armored females
-Produced by Konami
-Prices vary wildly





Nendoroid
-Known for chibi style characters
-From the same company as Figma
-prices in the $30-$50 range





Figuarts
-Known for Shonen characters
-Has a subline called D-Arts that focuses on game characters
-Can sometimes be found domestically
-$40-$50 range





Quality Western Lines

Marvel Select
-Obviously known for Marvel characters
-large, detailed figures
-great articulation, but joints sometimes look unnatural
-$40-$50 range





Marvel Legends
-again, obviously Marvel characters
-Quality ranges from "How is this $20?" to "lolwut?"
-$20 range





DC Classics
-Comparable to Marvel Legends but with DC characters
-$20 range





DC Direct
-Comparable to Marvel Select but with DC characters
-$30-$50 range





Lines to Avoid

Jazzwares
A domestic company most know for Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat merchandise. These are some of the most low quality piles of plastic crap you can buy. Their quality control center is also apparently on cocaine. Some (key word, some) or their figures look nice at first, but in actuality they have horrible paint jobs and loose articulation. They also have no problem advertising their joints clear as day.





Play Arts Kai
PAK is actually a really well known company for some reason. If you look up their promotional shots for their figures they look downright amazing, but then you get it and you realize it's an extremely fragile waste with shoddy paint applications. Only get a PAK if there is absolutely no other option. There are a select handful of PAK figures that actually turned out decent,b ut they are few and far between.



NECA
Like Play Arts Kai with better paintjobs. They do have good Alien and Predator figures, though. Also, their Street Fighter lie has some of the worst joints I have ever seen.




I hope this has answered some of your questions or helped you in some way. If you have any questions that didn't get answered, feel free to ask. Remember that in the end, if you REALLY like a figure, you should buy it - even if it's a piece of shit.

Published by
SuperGamecube64's Avatar
Futtbuck Bro no.1
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 7,389
Rep Power: 193
SuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond reputeSuperGamecube64 has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to SuperGamecube64 Send a message via MSN to SuperGamecube64 Send a message via Yahoo to SuperGamecube64

Article Tools
Sponsored Links
  #1  
By Mario on 02-13-2014, 10:24 AM
Great job on this. I've been thinking about starting some collections of my own. How do you view the walking dead figure set?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
By SanePsychoSuper on 02-13-2014, 11:28 AM
I've started collecting myself, but I don't really have the funds to really get into it. I've got a Figma Killua and a S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon. I also have a Figma Asuna coming in the mail. =3 This guide is pretty handy, thanks Cubey.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
By SuperGamecube64 on 02-13-2014, 10:03 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mario View Post
Great job on this. I've been thinking about starting some collections of my own. How do you view the walking dead figure set?
They're actually pretty decent. Really high level of detail for their size and price.
Reply With Quote
Comment


Currently Active Users Viewing This Article: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Article Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Article Article Starter Category Comments Last Post
Can't figure out a snes game Alteles Super Nintendo 2 09-08-2013 02:30 PM
Help me figure out what game this is!!! Ashb Super Nintendo 16 01-04-2013 11:13 AM
Collecting FrozenPhoenix96 Hobbies 18 10-26-2012 01:48 AM
Action Game Borderlands 2 GarrySmiths General Gaming 1 09-20-2012 03:16 PM
Live Action Luigi's Mansion rebel181 General Nintendo Section 9 02-26-2012 04:06 AM

NFF Youtube Videos NFF Facebook page

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Article powered by GARS 2.1.9 ©2005-2006
Nintendo Blog

Nintendofanforum.com is a Nintendo fansite and is not associated with or endorsed by Nintendo of America, Inc.
All trademarks and images belong to their respective owners.
Nintendo Wii