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Prize figures

Madogatari photo
It's uniform swap day
Shaft animation studio's upcoming Madogatari event mashing together Madoka Magica and the Monogatari Series has given us more to be excited about than just that super cute Shinobu figFIX. Banpresto is getting in on the festiv...

Figure Colosseum results photo
Figure Colosseum results

Banpresto announces Figure Colosseum fan picks

Half great, half meh
Sep 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just to recap, every year Banpresto holds the Figure Colosseum, a competition where fans pick characters and sculptors are tasked to make figures out of them. There are two sides to the competition: One Piece Modeling Ki...
Figure Colosseum photo
Figure Colosseum

Banpresto opens character voting for latest Figure Colosseum

Votes open on OP and DBZ characters
Aug 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For the past several years Banpresto has hosted the Figure Colosseum and this year is no different. The Colosseum is now open with Modeling Tenkaichi Budokai 6 for Dragon Ball Z character voting and Modeling King Summit ...
MegaHouse Sailor Moon photo
MegaHouse Sailor Moon

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: MegaHouse Tsukino Usagi schoolgirl uniform

Schoolhouse rock!
Feb 08
// Lynnette Cantos
With the inner Sailor Senshi lineup complete, MegaHouse displayed the school uniform versions of Usagi, Ami and Rei at WonFes. The three figures are stand-alone and already posed, which is common for UFO prize figures so that...

Super Sonico photo
Super Sonico

Super Sonico goes under the sea

We're going to need some bigger shells
Jan 11
// Rachael Chambers
There have been some really interesting Sonico figures in the mix, including a few fairytale themed versions, but nothing quite like this! The curvy musician has been transformed into an adorable mermaid, although still retai...
Card Captor Sakura photo
Card Captor Sakura

FuRyu wants to win you over with more Card Captor Sakura prize figures

Looking good with them cat ears!
Nov 06
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hope you aren't tired of all the Card Captor Sakura figures coming from all corners of the Japanese toy collecting world because I'm sure there's a lot more on the way. FuRyu sure doesn't look to be stopping any time soon wit...
Dengeki Bunko photo
Dengeki Bunko

Bring the fight to life with Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax prize figures

Based on the hit fighting game that'll probably never be released here
Oct 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Japanese publishers love their crossover fighting games. Just in recent years we've seen games like Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match merging characters from various Aquaplus visual novels and games and J-Stars Victory Vs ...

Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura

Jul 20 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Sakura KinomotoFigure Maker: FuRyuRetail Price: ¥1,500Available at: Toys Logic  Sakura's box is big, bright and colourful. There's an immediate association with the series too, thanks to the very distinctive red and gold colour scheme, a recurring design motif that has been used on various Cardcaptor Sakura goods for over a decade (it's based on the distinctive design of Sakura's Clow book). What with that, the logo, the various other text and Kero (!) it's kind of a messy design, but it stands out for sure. The sides of the box are adorned with this classic illustration of Sakura that fans should recognize from the cover of the first volume of the DVD release. There's also a chance to see a bit more of the magic circle design. One thing I will say is that although the box looks smart it definitely feels a little cheap when you pick it up - the cardboard is barely cereal box quality and gets dented pretty easily. Sakura has a pretty unusual base - it's shaped like the top of an ice cream cone, with the pointy bit cut off, so it's wider at the top than the bottom. The top also slopes at an angle, making the entire thing a rather odd shape. The top is emblazoned with the Clow magic circle, still to my eyes one of the most iconic magic circle designs ever. I also love clear bases, so I'm alright with this one - it's unusual, but smart. Out of the box, it's immediately apparent that this is a pretty ambitious work by prize figure standards. Sakura's depicted in a relaxed pose, sitting on the magical staff that doubles as her broomstick. It's already a pretty cute pose, but what really gives it extra impact is FuRyu choosing to add the giant wings that allow her to fly. It's both more show accurate and gives a really 'big figure' look to the whole setup. Sakura's been a girl of many outfits, but FuRyu here have opted to go with probably her most iconic look, the pink ruffled outfit from the first anime opening. It's a bold, easily identifiable style and one which allows for considerable flourish and some lovely details, like the big wings on her back or the ruffle-filled dress. This angle also gives a better look at how she's perched on the staff.  Sakura's attached to the base at three points. There's a peg on her right foot, a peg which goes into the back of her skirt and a 'cradle' for her left leg. I really don't like this setup, and it feels very unstable. The pegs are flimsy and the holes loose fitting and it's difficult to make Sakura sit correctly on the cradle. It holds together sure, but there's no impression of solidity, and I'm a little nervous every time I move her. Moving in closer reveals that contrary to what you might expect, there's actually quite an impressive amount of detail. You can see the little ruffles in Sakura's sleeves for example, or the crinkles on the end of her gloves. The undoubted highlight is the Clow Book and Cards, which are beautifully replicated down to the tiniest details. The book is unerringly show accurate, as are the two cards (The Move and The Jump for you fans out there) and while there's a little paint bleed where the two cards meet, by and large it stands up to closest scrutiny. I like Sakura's expression a lot - the wide eyed shout of joy is very appropriate for her character - but the face definitely isn't the highlight of the figure, and it's one point where more expensive examples definitely pull ahead. I think the main problem is the hair, which unfortunately looks very rough and 'melted', all the individual strands sort of squashing together. It looks very much like it was poured out of a mold which, well, it was of course. Also the paint around her mouth is kind of sketchy round the edges, which looks odd from far angles. Given they're such a centerpiece of the figure, it's a good job FuRyu paid close attention to the wings. They're nice and big and have a smart texture to them. The detail level is nowhere near, say, Tenshi, but you probably wouldn't want it to be. The lack of shading helps with the bright, cartoony style and is more accurate to the show's relatively simple art. A general note on materials - this is one area where Sakura really suffers in comparison to 'proper' figures. The plastics used are of a palpably lower quality and feel way weaker and more flimsy. The paint is more roughly textured and lacks the delightful soft-touch feel that companies like Alter nail so effectively. That's not to say Sakura feels poorly constructed or cheap, but she definitely feels cheaper than fully priced figures. There are also one or two nagging quality issues, for example the plastic burr clearly visible along the upper edge of this wing. You can see here that the line on Sakura's dress is painted a little sloppily, and generally piping and sharp lines are good, but not great. Credit where it's due though, the attempt at reproducing the ruffles in her dress is very solid and while it can get a bit blended together, it's only under close scrutiny like this that you'd really notice. There's even the occasional wrinkle and run in her socks to help simulate cloth texture. Again, some slight paint spill on where socks meet shoes, but it's really very minor. Instead check out that nice crisp bow sculpt, especially at this tiny scale. It's a good overall summary of the figure - the details may not always be perfect, but they've definitely put effort into making sure they're there. FuRyu haven't made my dream Sakura figure, and let's be honest, they were never going to at this price. What they have done though is produce a really rather lovely little rendition of the character that's cute, charming to look at and surprisingly strong all round. It punches well above its ¥1,500 price point, and consequently I'd say it's pretty much a must have for fans. After such  long wait, it's rather gratifying to say there's now a Cardcaptor Sakura figure that's worth owning.
FuRyu Sakura photo
Catch You Catch Me
The drought of Cardcaptor Sakura figures has long been a source of incredible frustration to me. The series has everything you need to make an army of great collectibles - cute girls, handsome boys, annoying mascots and ...

Sailor Moon Ichiban Kuji photo
Do you feel lucky?
Japan-based Sailor Moon fans are in for a treat come November when the sailor-suited soldier of justice will be getting her own Ichiban Kuji series. And, oh my stars, those prizes sure are pretty. The "A prize," the Sailor Mo...

Kill la Kill photo
Kill la Kill

Sega shows off prize figures of Kill la Kill's Ryuko and Satsuki

I can barely believe these are prize figures
May 27
// Martin Siggers
The 36th Prize Fair was held in Tokyo earlier today, and Sega came out swinging pretty hard as they unveiled these wonderful looking prize figures of Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin from anime sensation Kill la Kill. I can't ...

Tomopop Review: Sega's PM Figure Rei Ayanami

May 17 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: PM Figure Rei AyanamiFigure Maker: SegaRetail Price: ¥1,800(Formerly) Available at: HobbyLink Japan  Prize figures are typically found, as the name suggests, as prizes in various arcade and game machines in Japan. The major figure retailers sell them straight up as well. You can just think of them as a cheaper line of PVC figures. With this Rei figure I wanted to see if the old notions about prize figures were still true. Are they smaller, less detailed, and of lower quality? Let's find out! There's no window on this box, which probably isn't all that unusual when it comes to prize figures. I do have a few other prize figures, and their boxes all have windows. My first impression upon unboxing was "dusty." I apologize in advance for all the dust; I did give the figure a once over with a cleaning cloth, but apparently it needed a few more passes. As you can see, the sculpt is actually pretty good. A plugsuit isn't the most elaborate of outfits, but there is a good amount of detailing and relief in this sculpt. I also really like the job Sega did with Rei's face. As for the paint job, it's somewhat rough but not to a distracting degree. I think the plugsuit helps a bit in this department because there isn't much shading or coloring required. I might be in the minority when I say I prefer the Evangelion 3.0 plugsuits over the classic ones. The new designs look sleeker and modern. The one exception may be Asuka's classic red, just because I like shiny red stuff. This isn't a gratuitous butt shot, I promise. This shot highlights the biggest problem with the figure: those gigantic seams at her pelvis. The black plugsuit does hide them a little bit, but they're still noticeable. If you were curious about the size, here's Rei next to Wave's 1/10-scale Asuka. At 22cm tall, you're getting a lot of figure for ¥1,800! Here's Rei next to a couple more Sega PM Figures. Alter's making an Asuka figure, so maybe in a few decades we'll see Rei and Mari figures from them. Until then, our options are limited. Prize figures have improved a lot since I first started collecting, and Sega's PM Figures are good value for money. This Rei figure is comparable in size to a 1/8-scale PVC, with a decent sculpt and paint job. At the same time, you can see why they only cost a fraction of their more expensive cousins. The quality, although far from shoddy, still isn't all there. But that's the trade-off you make for a better price. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample!]
Sega PM Rei Ayanami photo
The ups and downs of prize figures
Prize figures, when I started collecting, weren't things you'd go out of your way to get. They were too small, not very detailed, and had dodgy quality. Over time, all three of those aspects gradually improved to the point wh...

Persona 3 Happy Kuji photo
Persona 3 Happy Kuji

Persona 3 The Movie #2 prize figures from Happy Kuji

Huzzah for Shinji!
May 16
// Rio McCarthy
Who's ready for Persona 3 The Movie: Chapter 2, Midsummer Knight's Dream on June 7th, 2014? I am! Apparently Happy Kuji is getting ready for it as well, as they're showing off several prizes that will be available coinciding ...
Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

Watch the vacuum around these extra tiny Kamen Rider figures

Banpresto to release a handful throughout the year, which is a lot
May 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Banpresto is out to prove that you really can get big things in small packages. Their new Micro line of figures intend to take the super-sized cast of Kamen Rider and shrink them down to a mere 1.5 cm. That's just a little mo...
FuRyu x Attack on Titan photo
Ready for glam shots
A little over a month ago, we had just a peek at this Mikasa figure when we had a look at her partner in plastic, Eren. And it's about time, too, since she's due for release in June. Check out the gallery for some pictures fr...

Gundam Unicorn photo
Gundam Unicorn

Keep your eyes on the prize for these Gundam Unicorn figures

Adorable little weapons of mechanized destruction
Apr 17
// Pedro Cortes
With the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ready to hit theaters May 16, the promotional rush is building up into a marketing frenzy. Of course, this being a Sunrise production, there are a ton of mecha that'll be p...
FuRyu x Attack on Titan photo
FuRyu x Attack on Titan

A glance at FuRyu's feisty Eren Jaeger

More prize figures should look like this
Mar 05
// Kristina Pino
The parade of Attack on Titan goodies continues with this FuRyu Prize rendition of Eren Jaeger, who is leaping into action in two photos they've shared on their blog. There's a third image with a look at details of his utilit...
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness

Or why my wallet is empty
Mar 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...
GSC Kuji photo
GSC Kuji

All of the things for Good Smile's Spring lottery

Look at all of the things!
Feb 23
// Kristina Pino
We've mentioned Good Smile's Spring Kuji items briefly before, but there's finally a nice collection of retail shots of all of the new items for us to drool at. Starting March 8th, they'll be stocked at the shelves of Family ...
Sailor Moon photo
All new figures available as prizes in Japan
It was announced last night that Sailor Moon would be getting new figures. I know, by now you’re probably used to hearing that now. It’s true, there has been an abundance of new figures from a number of companies...

UFO Catchers photo
Take your pick
Recently, I had a chance to wander around one of my local arcades and see what prizes were locked up inside the machines. Locked away behind a promise if you get the claw to drop in some precise way, or break the piece of toi...

FuRyu Sakura photo
FuRyu Sakura

Someone finally got around to making Cardcaptor Sakura

Bad news - it's Furyu
Nov 07
// Martin Siggers
For years I've dreamed of someone making scale Cardcaptor Sakura figures and allowing me to own a piece of my childhood. I even nominated Sakura herself for our Fantasy Figurine article earlier this year, and while ...
NYCC Tamashii Nations photo
A lot of everything: Dragon Ball, One Piece, Evangelion, Gundam, Saint Seiya, and Monster Hunter
Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nati...

WonFes Toy's Works photo
WonFes Toy's Works

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Toy's Works

A little bit of cute, a little bit of sexy
Jul 31
// Tianxiao Ma
Toy's Works doesn't pump out the large scale PVC figures, but they had a few items that I personally liked. Much of the display was devoted to their small-scale trading figures, but they did have some larger scale products. T...
WonFes Sega photo
WonFes Sega

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Sega prize figures

Gainax, Vocaloid, and some Pixar too
Jul 31
// Tianxiao Ma
Sega always has a diverse assortment of prize figures to peddle. Their booth at WonFes reached all the way across the ocean for some Pixar and Disney figures to go alongside the licensed Japanese ones. Toy Story, Monsters Uni...
Super Sonico photo
Super Sonico

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Banpresto Super Sonico

Some surprisingly nice things from Banpresto
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Super Sonico continues to prove her popularity is anything but short lived with even more offerings coming our way through Banpresto. Starting with three mini figures I was actually surprised to learn that there are actu...
Taito P4A figures photo
Taito P4A figures

Here are all of Taito's Persona 4 Arena prize figures

Includes Naoto and Kanji, too
Jul 01
// Brian Szabelski
As Kristina noted in her What's in UFO Catchers? feature, Taito had been stocking their machines with Persona 4 Arena merchandise, but two of them eluded my sight until now because they were just released last week. One of th...
A peek at prize figures in Japanese arcades
I make it a point to visit one of my local arcades at least once every couple of weeks to see what figures are in the UFO catchers, and I figure I may as well share it with you all. Pardon the image quality — I don't wa...


Lovely SEGA prize Kuroneko hitting UFO catchers in June

Jun 07
// Kristina Pino
The last time I was at the arcade, I caught sight of this absolutely lovely Kirino Kousaka figure in the UFO Catchers. She is big, and detailed, and just so happy and cheerful-looking; I actually tried getting her despite kno...

Tales Fest 2013: Alter's Tales of Symphonia and more!

Don't fight, my honeys; there is lots of me to go around!
May 31
// Jon Wills
Fans of the Tales series have a lot of awesome news to look forwards to with the upcoming Tales of Festival 2013 on the horizon, but a little bit of that awesomeness leaked out ahead of time! Alter is making a 1/8-scale figur...
Scans: Ichiban Kuji photo
Scans: Ichiban Kuji

Here are your upcoming Ichiban Kuji prize figures

May 24
// Tianxiao Ma
I don't normally get into prize figures, but these have been getting more elaborate, haven't they? When I first started collecting, they didn't look much more detailed than the little clay sculptures I'd do for art class when...
Dengeki HOBBY shows some PokÚlove
Dengeki HOBBY magazine gives us another look at the the previously announced D-Arts of Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise, and Mewtwo plus a quick peek at the I Love Eevee prize plushes. While we have heard news of the D-Arts fig...

More prizes!
New hobby magazine scans showed these Ichiban Kuji prize figures based on characters one of my favorite shows, The Idol Master. If you remember, last month I sort of bashed Ichiban Kuji's designs of their K-ON! prize figures....


Get a better look at FuRyu's HENNEKO prize figures

Clear pictures appear for figures based on new anime the "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.
Apr 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Last month in March we got our first look at FuRyu's new pair of prize figures based on the new anime the "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat currently streaming on Crunchyroll. New images have arrived showing off the duo in mu...
FuRyu shows off new figures for spring anime title the "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat in latest scans.
We're now in the tail end of March, so you know what that means! New anime season! One of the most anticipated titles coming our way for the spring season is the "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat (Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Nek...


See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair

Fate/Zero, K-ON!, IDOLM@STER, and many others hit the show!
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you thought all of the figure shows were over for February another one sneaks in with a bunch of new things to see. Dengeki Hobby has posted their coverage of the Japan Amusement Expo 2013 31st Prize Expo showi...

Banpresto, Wing show off Sword Art Online Ichiban Kuji

Glorious scans for beautiful toys
Feb 22
// Natalie Kipper
It's that time again when magazine scans flood the internet and both Wing and Banpresto has some pretty choice figures on digital display hailing from the anime,  Sword Art Online. The first in the loyal lineup is a pose...

Pokemon's N is quite the prize figure

Probably not a game master, though
Feb 19
// Scarecroodle
Photos of two new N Banpresto prize figures have popped up on MFC. One version features N with his hat in hand and a Zorua on his base (hitherto referred to as "Zorua N") whilst the other version has the character's arms outs...

Tomopop Hatsukoi: the figure that started everything

Feb 14 // Jon Wills
Brian's Hatsukoi Figurine: Revoltech Yotsuba If any one figure gave me a kick in the butt on collecting, it would have to be Revoltech Yotsuba. I first saw her shortly after I'd gotten into the joyous bundle of pages that are the Yotsuba&! tankobons, and I knew that I had to have her for my — at the time — relatively tiny collection. She was also the first poseable figure of any sort I'd owned since I had my G.I. Joes when I was younger and with all those joints came new avenues to have fun with my otherwise static collection of figures. I could have her climb up a tree; look excited to be sitting in front of a giant cookie for dinner; or even have her tucked around a corner, water pistol in hand, ready to squirt the next person who crossed her path in the face. Or, in short, it made collecting more fun. She's still my go-to figure when I need something funny to shoot out in the wide open world, and the only one I've ever taken on a trip with me. I'm not sure I'd have an interest in poseable figures or even in figure photography without Yotsuba around to give me that first push into a new world. While Danbo or Cheerful Kaito might have a little more of my attention now a days, I always have time for Yotsuba. Kristina's Hatsukoi Figurine: Banpresto Prize Figure Nagi I got into toy collecting without really realizing it. It started with two totally different things. The first big thing was that I'd been into Kannagi in 2009 and I wanted to buy a cute figure of Nagi (the main character of that show). I don't know why it struck me, and I was, I dunno... inspired. I also went to Japan that year, so I decided to go hunting for one. I passed on every Nendoroid I saw in all the different stores because I thought they looked stupid, and eventually a friend helped me out and walked me through all the second-hand shops at Akihabara until we found one. I appreciate it a little more now than I did then, because I now can identify it as a licensed prize figure (Banpresto). I'm also happy to note that she's still in stellar condition. A few months after that, I got into Vinylmation collecting. Again, I just kind of got into it without even knowing. I walked into a Disney Parks store and saw them behind the register, and I thought they were the cutest thing. Little Mickey-shaped figures, all with different little designs? Awesome! I'll take three. And that's where it started, and that has led to... well, a much more sizable collection. I'm actually too embarrassed to bother counting how many of those figures I've got, so I stopped keeping track. I'm not ashamed of my collection or anything, I just stopped caring about the number once I ran out of shelf space.  Tian's Hatsukoi Figurine: Orchid Seed's Lineage II Elf I started collecting toys after finding out about Tomopop, but the thing that got me collecting bishoujo figures was Orchid Seed's Lineage II Elf. The lady doesn't even have a name, but I saw some reviews of her online that left a thorough impression. The sculpt was amazing, her face was really pretty, and I liked the job they did on her skin tones. Of course I have to mention the cast-off feature, where you could remove her jacket and skirt to show off a great butt. Orchid Seed kind of messed up the sculpting of her underwear, but they got that butt just right. To date, this is my only Orchid Seed figure, and I still think it's their best. One of the first shots I took of this figure was with a desk lamp over it and a dark background. I decided to recreate that shot for this feature because I liked the way the light falls on her hair and clothing from above. Jon's Hatsukoi Figurine: Alter's Azusa Nakano I began my collection with a Banpresto prize figure of Piccolo from DBZ and a One Coin set of Tales of Symphonia and Vesperia. These figures were cool sure, but my collection never really grew into an obsession until I purchased my first Alter figure of Azusa Nakano from K-On! I still remember the day I was browsing Japanator and stumbled into a linked review at Tomopop for Azusa. After reading her review, I just had to have one for myself. However, because I was new to collecting, I had a hard time justifying spending a lot of cash on her. After much deliberation, I decided I would buy her and that she would be a cheerleader of sorts for me. She would encourage me to work and to write. Looking back, I would say she has done her job well. My fingers were trembling with excitement when me and my best friend opened Azusa's box and pulled her out for the first time. In a word, I would say she that she was "adorable." She was my first really super detailed figurine. I wanted to keep every single piece of her figurine intact. I even wanted to keep the little clear plastic pieces that came off her arms and legs because they, too, seemed to be cute. Speaking of cuteness, her face still ranks as one of the cutest in my collection. I have also always had a soft spot for twin tails. Still, Azusa is more than just cute. Her guitar is really realistic from end to end. I often look at it and admire the handy work done to make it look like it was made out of wood and the guitar strings still shine after all these years. Azusa was my first figure that really looked like she was in motion. From the flutter of her skirt and pose of the legs to her twin tails and big open mouthed face, she was moving. Someone even commented to me that she looked like she was about to leap off my desk! Unfortunately for me, she did leap off my desk. You see, I never really set aside a proper shelf for her and despite how much I say that I loved her. I really loved her about the same way that Yui from K-On! loved her guitar - Okay, I'll say it - I was a careless owner. Truth be told, she took a tumble or two and before I knew it, a few of the frets of her guitar had broken off. It took a little work but me and my father fixed her using a metal pipe from a model railroad kit and a set of pearl beads I purchased from Michaels. While the end result was not perfect, I feel like repairing Azusa instead of replacing her with a new figure made her that much more important to me, because now she was uniquely my Azusa. Eventually, I had to collect the whole group, because Azusa would be sad if she was left alone by herself without any of her friends, so I bought the band and Ui, too. I also have Nodoka on pre-order. Of course, I slowly branched out from K-On! to collect figurines from a few other shows and series as well. But Alter's Azusa and K-On! band really spear-headed the whole collecting operation! I didn't stop collecting figurines of Azusa with just her lovely Alter version either. I bought her figma for a bargain price when I purchased Alter's Mugi. One year at Animazement, I bought the set of mini Nendoroids for all of the girls, Azusa included. Also I managed to snag an import of her Kyoto Animation limited edition strawberry figure, which I have yet to unbox to this day. I think this is the one figure that I own I will never un-box. In all, I am pleased with all of the figures I picked to collect of her, but sometimes I regret not buying her Nendoroid or the Max Factory version of Azusa teasing a cat. After it's all said and done, I have to say that I love my figure of Azusa. We have been through a lot together and learned a lot together. I have formed memories with many people I am close to thanks to her. Also, she sparked my love for Alter figurines and was my gateway of sorts to photography, writing, and collecting far more than what I had planned to! Well, that wraps up what our Hatsukoi figurines are! What are some of the figures that got you hooked on your collections, Tomopeeps? Share them with us in the comments.
These figures are the foundations for our collections
Ever look over your collections and think about what started it all in the first place? As collectors, we always treasure new and old things, but there is always a special place in our hearts for the first things we collect. The header images may make it obvious, but hit the jump to see what figurine kick started many of our editors' collections.


It's prize figures aplenty in the latest magazine scans

Banpresto, FuRyu, and Sega prize show off their latest cute moe girl figures in these new scans.
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This time around from the wonderful world of magazine scans we get some serious offerings from the big three in the realm of prize figures: Banpresto, FuRyu, and Sega Prize. All three look to be bringing their A-game, gi...

Banpresto's latest may be worth it even if not a prize

Gintama, Ao no Exorcist, Saint Seiya, and Natsume Yuujin-chou cover the latest prize figures from Banpresto
Nov 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
It was just a couple of weeks ago that we saw Banpresto display several of their upcoming prize figures for 2013 at the 30th Prize Fair. It was then last week that the Master File Blog gave us a much better look at the Gundam...

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