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Old 2013-02-20, 14:59   Link #4901
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I've never buy a single anime figure before but plan to do so to in the future. Just curious, which company in your opinion create the best anime figurines? Bandai? Banpresto? What's the pros and cons for each figures created by different company? Need advice.
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Old 2013-02-20, 15:08   Link #4902
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I've never buy a single anime figure before but plan to do so to in the future. Just curious, which company in your opinion create the best anime figurines? Bandai? Banpresto? What's the pros and cons for each figures created by different company? Need advice.
What's your price range? The more expensive the figure, the better the quality usually.

For the very best figures, ignoring price and subject matter, I would say Alter. They still sculpt their works completely by hand iirc. Lately Good Smile Company or one of its umbrella companies will put out something to rival Alter, and as of late GSC and Friends have been making really huge, extravagant figurines. The Big 3 in figure making in Japan are probably Alter, GSC and Max Factory (owned by GSC). There are some even better companies, but they release really rarely. And of course this is an opinion, I would need to know more about what you want to help you better.

Banpresto usually creates prize and trading figures I believe. Pretty low on the ladder for all figurines, but for trading figures, they are one of the best. Their figures usually look like they are worth much more than their prices, but since they're trading quality they'll have a goof or two somewhere. To answer your question, no, I don't think there's a chance in hell that Banpresto makes the best figurines. Not even close to close

Bandai's figures are higher on the ladder than Banpresto, and they look really nice. But still are absolutely not the best figure makers. Not even in the same class as the best companies.

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Old 2013-02-20, 15:47   Link #4903
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Like Kudryavka said, Alter, GSC, Max Factory are pretty much the best. Although GSC quality varies a bit depending because they put out so many figures. For ecchi figures, Native is by far the best, although Orchid Seed has been getting pretty good too.

One of the new companies that I like a lot is Phat Company.
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Old 2013-02-20, 17:01   Link #4904
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Banpresto and Bandai are cheap trading/prize manufacturers. Their quality is nothing better than children's toys, not works of art like the real companies produce. Alter as stated is probably the best, though GSC and its child companies (FREEing, Phat Company, Max Factory, Gift) produce some great stuff. And for ero type figures Native and Orchid Seed are probably the best.

Alpha Max, Kotobukiya, Alpha x Omega and Volks are some other companies I have figures by that I quite like, though don't really meet Alter/GSC standards often.

If you want cheap figures that are still quality, unlike Banpresto and Bandai or Sega, then Wave's Beach Queens are surprisingly good for their insignificant prices.
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Old 2013-02-21, 01:20   Link #4905
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Which company create the best One Piece figures?

And thanks for the advice and reply.

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Old 2013-02-21, 04:26   Link #4907
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I will have to pitch in an opinion and say, Grandline lineup of Bandai DX figures are insanely well done considering its extremely inexpensive nature of being prize figures. GLM are best bang for the buck. Not as high quality as POPs, obviously, but fraction of the cost.

Which reminds me, I gotta order that Moby Dick GLS....
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Old 2013-02-21, 06:52   Link #4908
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Oh by the way, regarding those figures, do they have articulation or are they mostly like statue?
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Old 2013-02-21, 07:09   Link #4909
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Oh by the way, regarding those figures, do they have articulation or are they mostly like statue?
The Megahouse ones are statues.

Articulted action figures from OP are made by Bandai but there are only a few of them.
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Old 2013-02-21, 07:15   Link #4910
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The Megahouse ones are statues.

Articulted action figures from OP are made by Bandai but there are only a few of them.

I suppose that also means anime figures in general are mostly statue?
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Old 2013-02-21, 07:30   Link #4911
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Pretty much, yeah. There are a few good product lines with great articulation, though. Figma especially comes to mind.
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Old 2013-02-21, 08:29   Link #4912
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I suppose that also means anime figures in general are mostly statue?
Indeed.
Except the figmas, nendoroids, CM's Gutto-Kuru figures, PlayArt's Final Fantasy figures, Revoltech figures

Also Dollfie and Azone dolls
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Old 2013-02-21, 08:55   Link #4913
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Dollfie Dream specifically are anime figures (or at least meant to be treated as such). All other Dollfies are not anime, they're either Asian ball jointed dolls (Super Dollfie) or inspired by BJDs (Dollfie, any other lines I'm forgetting).
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Old 2013-02-21, 09:43   Link #4914
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Yay, I learned something new today
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Old 2013-02-21, 20:55   Link #4915
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and dollfie's are damn quite expensive!
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Old 2013-02-21, 21:13   Link #4916
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and dollfie's are damn quite expensive!
But extremely cheap (in price and quality) to a doll collector.

But yeah to a figure only collector DDs are way expensive.
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Old 2013-02-21, 22:00   Link #4917
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I plan to get a DD eventually. When Volks get around to doing a Touhou character I like.
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Old 2013-02-22, 05:49   Link #4918
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I want a DD too,
but currently I cannot afford it when the price is just about 3month salary for me

Alter Strike Witches - Perrine and Sanya scan

And I might get that FuRyu Asuna for my imouto, she likes the figure and I like the stair base
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Old 2013-02-23, 13:09   Link #4919
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Okay a bit off topic but I am sure figure fans will understand.

The exchange rate is amazing right now, I think I might cry.

I just hope it lasts!
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Old 2013-02-23, 13:15   Link #4920
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Okay a bit off topic but I am sure figure fans will understand.

The exchange rate is amazing right now, I think I might cry.

I just hope it lasts!
I know, thank you Bank of Japan!!

I think it will last b/c the BoJ is inflating the yen on purpose so that Japanese exports stop suffering so much. Japan relies on exports immensely, so a strong yen just hurts everybody in the world.

But I am no expert in money, and even the experts can't tell the future that well, so I may have messed up that sentence above somewhere.
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