What better way than a collectible figure of your favorite character? This isn’t just a toy you’re buying from a big box store.
Collectible figures are a more significant investment, but they offer detail and quality that far surpass the simple toys children have. These figures can sometimes pose, having excellent articulation, but some are like tiny statues for your display.How do you choose your first anime figure? And what should you get? We’ve put together a list of our ten picks for best action anime figures, plus answered a few questions you may have about how to choose. Let’s take a look.
|Figure Name||Weight (oz)||Product Dimensions|
|Edward Elric||12.6||4 x 4 x 5.9|
|Naruto Uzumaki||3.52||2 x 2 x 6|
|Levi Figma||12||6 x 2 x 1|
|Kirito Figma||9.9||3.9 x 3.9 x 7.9|
|Berserk Guts||12.6||8 x 5 x 5|
|Vegeta||5.9||3 x 4 x 6|
|Sasuke Uchiha||4.8||2 x 2 x 5.5|
|Hatake Kakashi||10.6||5.8 x 1.6 x 7|
|Goku||16||1.5 x 3 x 6.8|
|Saitama||12||6.1 x 4 x 8.1|
Edward Elric ArtFX J Statue – Kotobukiya Fullmetal Alchemist
Our first anime figure is Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist. He’s in full action mode, kneeling while the wind blows his tattered cloak up and around his body. He’s got excellent details in the paint as well as the figure itself.
He’s kneeling on a stone platform, which gives the scene a tiny bit of realism. We love the way the cloak adds movement and interest to the figure. It’s 1/8 scale and reaches just under six inches in height.
The sculpt is a simpler version of a limited edition model with a larger, elaborate base. This one is a good investment although it’s definitely not in the toy range. It’s non-articulated, which may discourage you. As a static figure, the detail is lovely.
Naruto Uzumaki: Shippuden Action Figure -Tamashii Nations Bandai S.H. Figuarts
The Tamashii Nations Uzumaki Naruto sage figure is a newly sculpted option that includes the happy coat, scroll, and arm pieces. It comes with three different face positions so you can have sage mode or not.
It has a stand to support the figure when using Rasenshuriken. The cloak is soft enough to remove, and you also have two daggers and a waist pouch.
It has a hard time standing on its own with the scroll and coat in place because of a balance issue. The stand helps, but it can be difficult to position with everything in place. It’s an excellent price for all the customization, but make sure you have a place to store all the extra pieces when you aren’t using them.
Good Smile Attack on Titan: Levi Figma
It comes with three different facial expressions and dual weapons. The scouting legion mantle is removable but gives the figure a sense of movement when attached. Special hand parts allow you to display his signature reverse grip.
We love that you can customize the figure down to facial expressions. The icy facial expression is very Levi and looks excellent when posed standing over his vanquished enemies.
Some of the hand attachments are tricky to get into place. The paint is excellent, but can sometimes chip in places.
Max Factory Sword Art Online: Kirito Figma Action Figure
The Kirito action figure is a posable figure with accessories. Flexible plastic allows you to pose the figure without losing the proper proportions. There are three interchangeable facial expressions, the standard smile, shouting for combat, and lazy.
He comes with both his favorite sword, The Elucidator, as well as Lisbeth’s sword, The Dark Repulse, plus effect parts for both. We love that you can store both swords on his back when you aren’t posing with them.
Unlike cheap figures, the ball joints of this figure hold together well. You shouldn’t have trouble keeping the pose or moving the joints. He won’t fall apart the way cheaper figures will. He includes a stand, so you aren’t limited to the figure’s own balance.
There’s a bit of an issue getting the weapons into Kirito’s hands. Make sure you’re sliding them gently. Also, with effect pieces in place, it’s much trickier to balance the figure even with the stand.
Berserk Guts – Best action anime male figure
Guts, the leader of Band of the Hawk, comes with soft plastic parts that pose well without losing proportions. He has two different facial expressions, one peaceful and one for combat poses. His giant sword is the highlight of the figure, but he also comes with his helmet.
Several different hand positions are included, so he can double grip his sword or pose relaxed. The helmet is removable. The sword fits into the holster at his back when not in use. His cloak portrays slight movement, but you can remove it as well. The clear stand helps balance the figure in combat positions or just makes him stable for long-term display.
Although the cape looks good, the implementation of posing is difficult because of the heavy plastic. You have to remove it to get satisfactory combat moves in some cases. Having a slightly softer cape for more flexibility would be nice.
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Super Saiyan Vegeta (Cell Saga) “Dragon Ball Z” Action Figure
Classic Dragon Ball Z. This portrayal of Super Saiyan Vegeta allows you to pose the figure in his legendary arms crossed pose. This option is a series first. He has interchangeable pieces for a variety of other poses including classic combat moves and still poses.
He has several different facial expressions, but he comes with no effects pieces. It doesn’t come with a stand for posing, but the articulation is excellent with smooth, durable joints. It features the licensed Blue Fin logo.
The paint application is perfect and with four different head accessories plus eight hand/arm pieces total, you get a lot for the lower investment (despite the lack of stand or effects pieces).
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha “Naruto Shippuden” Action Figure
Naruto’s rival, Uchiha Sasuke, finally gets his own figure. He’s fully articulated and comes with a variety of facial expressions and hand parts to recreate some of his signature moves. The figure also has effects pieces for more realism.
His paint is well done, and the eyes are particularly detailed. He does have plenty of accessories, but the sword, unfortunately, doesn’t fit into its holder well. He’s also missing his calm expression, but this isn’t a dealbreaker for us.
He’s sturdy, so you can pose him without worrying about breaking joints or snapping delicate accessories.
Bandai Tamashii Nations Naruto Shippuden Hatake Kakashi S.H. Figuarts Action Figure
This limited re-issue is a fully articulated Naruto with interchangeable face and hands. It comes with several weapons accessories and one effect hand and one holding the Icha. One hand is slightly tilted for lifting his headband.
The joints are smooth and durable with no seams. The paint application is superb. It doesn’t come with a stand, but the balance is excellent. Be careful when you’re attaching or removing the kunai because they’re somewhat delicate and can snap.
It’s appropriately detailed and includes an outstanding amount of accessories for the investment. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting the figure into place, and it looks good for simple display.
Dragon Ball Super – Dragon Stars Super Saiyan Goku Figure
He has at least 16 points of articulation, but there are no interchangeable facial expressions. The packaging is collector’s edition and suitable for displaying the figure if you’d like to keep it new-in-box. The sculpt is suitable for this price range, and the toy feels a little more solid than some of the Figurearts figures. If you’re buying pieces for a child instead of for yourself, this one should last.
They’re a little bigger than standard figures, but we aren’t complaining too much about it.
Banpresto One-Punch Man: Saitama DXF Figure
This simple Saitama figure isn’t posable but comes with a stand for static display. He’s in action mode with a fist punch and his cape flying behind him in an unseen wind. The base plate is black, and it fades into the background for display.
It can be tricky to fit the base pegs into the figure for stability. The paint is expertly applied, and the sculpt is very accurate. The figure conveys movement and visual interest. It’s durable but be sure you have it displayed in a place where the possibility of scratching is minimized. The knee support helps keep the figure upright and prevents it from warping the plastic over time.
So how do you get into the hobby of anime figure collecting? There are a few things you should keep in mind before you purchase your very first collectible.
What’s Your Fandom?
The most critical factor in your search for the best action anime figures is your anime interest. Choose your absolute favorite anime and your favorite character and begin to research those collectibles. It can help you narrow down from hundreds of choices to just a few.
Once you have one or two in your collection, you can expand your interest to other characters or other anime. The important part is to alleviate overwhelm when choosing.
How Are The Details?
The sculpt and the paint can make or break your figure. You aren’t buying toys. You’re buying collectibles.
The best anime figures don’t have visible seams the way cheap plastic toys do. The joints should be smooth and the transitions from piece to piece seamless.The paint application is another crucial detail. Some cheap toys have paint that bleeds from one piece to the other, or misplaced eye paint. Collectibles use color to create critical effects so there should be no bleeding or misplaced paints.
Proportions should be even regardless of whether the figure poses or not. Any interchangeable pieces should look seamless with the original figure and never out of place. Your goal is for someone not to be able to tell that the pieces remove.
Do You Want It To Move?
Ornaments are static display pieces. They’re conversation starters and meant to showcase a fandom without being handled. You may get bored with the figure after a while and wish that you could alter it, but it’s less likely to snap a joint or accessory piece.
Posable figures have articulated joints so you can move them around to suit your preference. Movable figures are good because when you get bored with the figure, you can change it. However, the more you handle any figure, the more likely it is to break.
What Kind Of Accessories Do You Want?
You may be fine just moving the character around, but what if that character has unique facial expressions? What about the magic effects so frequent in anime and manga?Some figures include interchangeable pieces that help you get better accuracy with your poses. A character may look great with fists in a combat move, but in a relaxed posture, fists may seem strange.
Common interchangeable pieces include faceplates (or total head pieces) for different expressions and different hand positions. Other types of accessories you may have include signature weapons.
Effects accessories are fantastic because they showcase a character’s abilities. The effects pieces often attach to hand pieces or have their own unique hand pieces. Others can attach to weapons to show motion or other supernatural qualities.
How Much Can You Spend?
The rarest, highest quality figures can go for hundreds or thousands of dollars. You don’t have to start with that budget, and if this is your first figure, probably shouldn’t start with that budget.Most quality figures range from $40 to $100 or so. Figures below this range could be quality figures, but you’re likely to trade quality for accessories (or vice versa).
If you’re buying from the internet, you should check for authentic figures from reputable brands before spending your money. Check reviews of the company online and reviews of the figure itself.As your budget increases, it’s essential to be able to hold the pieces in your hand so you get a feel for the quality and detail. If that’s not possible, double check the certifications for the figure before you invest.
The best way to get into collecting is just to choose your first one. The best anime figures have a lot of variety, and you should be able to find a lovely collectible of your favorite character from your favorite anime or manga. Follow our steps, and we think you’ll be really pleased you began your collection.
What’s your anime/manga of choice? Favorite character? Tell us all about it in the comments.