Yes, there are pros AND cons to buying anime figures.
Of course no anime business on earth would even think about telling you that (if they sell anime figures).
They’d assume it doesn’t make sense to.
Or does it?
Every product and business has its pros and cons. No matter what anybody tries telling (or selling) you.
Anyone who suggests otherwise is taking advantage of you.
So with that in mind, here’s a list of pros and cons you need to consider. Especially if you’re in the early stages of buying and collecting anime figures.
The Pros & Cons Of Anime Figures:
1. They’re built to last for years to come
This is especially true for PVC Statues. Since they’re of the highest quality.
But anime figures in general are built to last, no different than an ornament is.
As long as you don’t carelessly take care of your figurines, they’re bound to last for years on end.
2. Mind-blowing aesthetics
Just look at the above figure of Zero Two. It’s gorgeous.
Every last detail of Zero Two from Darling In The Franxx is captured. There’s almost no difference to the real thing from the anime series.
So in general, no matter what anime figure you buy it’s bound to be eye-candy, which will stand out wherever you decide to place them.
3. High quality materials
It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about PVC Statues, Nendoroid’s or action figures. All of them use high quality materials, with PVC Statues using the best.
Despite Nendoroid’s being the “cheapest” of all 3 variations, they still have a respectable quality built into their designs.
This comes down to the great manufacturing produced by companies like Good Smile Company.
4. Movable parts with plenty of flexibility
Unlike PVC Statues that are more like ornaments, Nendoroid’s and action figures ome with movable parts. Each with its own set of accessories, body parts you can replace, and so much more.
This element by itself is what makes Figma’s and Nendoroid’s so realistic, because you’re essentially bringing your favorite characters to life.
5. Buying anime figures puts money back into the industry
This might sound obvious but its worth mentioning.
With each purchase you make, it goes back into the industry.
The process looks like this:
- The manufacturer produces a product.
- A distributor (or retailer) buys it.
- The retailer sells it to the public.
- Customers buy the product.
- Retailer makes a profit.
- And that profit is put back into buying more anime figures.
- The manufacturer (and distributors) sell more anime figures based on demand.
- The cycle continues.
In between all of this some anime companies (that aren’t related to manufacturers) also make a profit.
So in the end, everybody wins. And nobody loses out.
1. Some anime figures are more fragile than others
As with similar products, how much you spend can factor into this.
Let’s take the above figure as an example. It costs between £900 – £1000+. This isn’t an ordinary figure by any standards.
It’s supply is limited worldwide, but more importantly: dropping a figure like this from a certain height could be detrimental.
Anime figures aren’t fragile like glass obviously, but it’s still something worth mentioning.
Here’s a related thread on ANN: Anime Figure Maintenance
2. Not easy to fix once broken or damaged
Unlike a laptop or a smartphone, you can’t go running to the manufacturer (or retailer) and expect your anime figure to be repaired.
That’s not how it works.
If it’s damaged in transit then of course, you’ll get a replacement by default. But any damage that’s self-inflicted is difficult to fix.
In some cases you won’t be able to repair the damage, depending on how severe it is. Unless you know how to glue pieces back together.
In general though, it’s a difficult process that’s worth avoiding all together!
Related: Bootleg Vs Real Anime Figures
3. The more anime figures you buy, the less room you’ll have for storage
Assuming you don’t have as much storage as the image above (like most), this can become a problem.
Just like any form of collecting, you have to prepare for having too many to count. And finding the space to store all of your collectibles.
This issue comes down to how dedicated you are, and whether or not you’re a casual collector. So it’s only a problem depending on how many figures you end up buying.
What has your experience been like since buying and collecting anime figures?