It's the final Friday of 2012 and the start of a 4 day weekend for many, so let's look back at the year it was. There was a LOT of Madoka, a lot of Vocaloid and an even bigger avalanche of other goods. Mikatan of Good Smile is about to enjoy a week long vacation, but not before totaling up the big movers and sellers of 2012.
I knew they sold a lot of Nendoroids, but I did not think that 92 of them were released in the past year. That's an average of close to 8 releases a month. That's just regular Nendoroids by the way, not including Petite or Plus releases (31 of those total). Figma didn't have as many releases, but still a very impressive 48 releases. With scaled figures, there was a total of 64 items. That's quite the number considering what goes into the average release from GSC and its subsidiaries.
If you're wondering what the top sellers were, you probably have a good idea already. The top seller for GSC was their Ultimate Madoka PVC release, followed by the Nendoroid Snow Miku in her fluffy coat, and in third figma Mami Tamoe. I'm honestly surprised by Ultimate Madoka taking the top spot, especially considering that it came out just this past month. Japan really, really loves their Madoka. Other interesting things to take from the sales are that Nendoroids account for 10 of the Top 20, with figma filling 6 of those spots and scaled taking 4. Also of note, figma Link was the 16th highest selling figure of the year. Take the hint, GSC.
You can check out the full lists on Mikatan's blog, including the breakdown by individual companies, gender and hair color. Sorry, but bald doesn't count.