Few things bring as much joy to anime fans as getting their hands on a replica of their favourite character. Whether it’s for display or play, these statues are cherished possessions for many collectors.
Why Do People Collect Anime Figurines?
Many anime fans use their statues as display pieces to decorate their room or as paperweights. Some collectors even create elaborate exhibitions with their statues, arranging them in scenes from the anime itself.
For some fans, however, the real fun of owning anime statues comes from playing with them. Often, collectors will role-play action scenes with their figures, staging epic battles or funny moments. This can be a great way to get more out of the statues, and it’s a lot of fun for fans who enjoy cosplaying or roleplaying.
Ultimately, what you do with your anime figurines is entirely up to you. You're bound to find your favourite anime characters at Hobbyco and you might even stumble across a new anime show just by browsing our catalogue.
Where Do You Keep Anime Figures?
Where you store your anime figures is up to you, but there are a few things to consider when making your decision.
If you’re looking for a place to purely display your figures, you might want to think about putting them in a cabinet or on a shelf. This will protect them from dust and keep them out of the reach of children and pets. Keep in mind that you may require more space to fit all of your anime statues If you choose to store them in their original boxes.
If you're not worried about pets or children, and you'd prefer to display your anime figures without their box, then your desk is a great space to keep them. They can act as paperweights, or you could have them pose in a fighting scene. Your setup would be even more ideal if your desk has some shelves above it, so you don't risk knocking them over when you move your mouse around.
What Types of Anime Figurines Are Available?
Hobbyco has four types of anime statues for you to choose from:
Anime kits come in a set with multiple parts that can be assembled into many different poses. These figurines are highly detailed and allow the collector more flexibility in how they are displayed. This is perfect for you if you want to recreate your favourite scene.
A scale figure implies that the anime statue is made to scale, meaning that the size is based on the actual dimensions of the anime character. This doesn't mean that a Goku statue will necessarily be 1.75m tall. They will often mention the size in proportion to the character, such as 1/4 or 1/8. Therefore, a 1/4 scale Goku figure would be 43.75cm tall.
Prize figures got their name because they are often the prize won in claw machine games (typically in Japan) or from lottery events. They are not made to scale and are usually sold as one solid piece. These anime figurines are more budget-friendly than the other types because of their simplistic design.
Gashapon & Collectibles
Gashapon is a Japanese word based on the sound of a toy machine dispensing a capsule with an anime statue inside it. It's almost like the sound of a gumball machine. You can find these machines in what looks like rows of slot machines in Japan. Gashapon figurines are quite small because they have to fit inside these machines. Luckily you don't have to go to Japan to get them; Hobbyco has a mind-blowing selection of Gashapon figures for you to choose from.
The nature of collectibles implies that they are rare, meaning that you can expect to pay more for them. If you really love an anime show, then it's worthwhile collecting these. You might even be able to sell them for more than what you paid in the future.
Should I Throw Away My Figure Boxes?
If you're not too worried about keeping your anime action figure in mint condition, then you can go ahead and throw away the box after purchasing it. This is okay to do if it wasn't expensive, like a prize figure. However, if you bought a collectible and think that you might want to sell it in the future, then it's a good idea to keep it in the box. Doing so will help to increase its value and make it more appealing to collectors.
What is the Best Place to Get Anime Statues?
At Hobbyco, we have a wide selection of statues from all your favourite anime shows for you to choose from. So make room on your shelf or desk and add to your collection today!