Guest post from Curibo (anime figure retailer in the UK).
The only resolution anime fans need to be making this year is making sure that they get these figures into their collection.
Below you’ll find some of the hottest anime figures making their debut in 2020, some of which are even available to preorder now!
1. My Hero Academia Nendoroid
Technically this is cheating since it involves multiple figures, but when someone like Good Smile Company answers public demand for more My Hero Academia figures, it’s impossible to choose one of them.
The leading name in anime figures ended 2019 with a double team of Bakugo and a much-needed Midoriya reissue.
Next year it looks as though they’ll be following it up with the triple threat of Uraraka Ochaco, Todoroki Shouto and Kirishima Eijirou.
Make sure to pre order as soon as release dates are confirmed, because these are guaranteed sell outs.
2. Yamaguchi All Might
While the line formerly known as Revoltech doesn’t quite have the spotlight it used to, its recent Marvel and DC figures have gone down a storm.
Kicking this range off with the one character everyone wants is EXACTLY how you get fans interested.
3. S.H. Figuarts Jiren
The Dragon Ball S.H. Figuarts line has been coming along nicely the last few years, but arguably it’s nothing without Goku’s strongest opponent.
In January 2020 Dragon Ball Super fans will be able to add the champion of Universe 11 to their collections.
Not only that, you’ll also be able to relive all those incredible Tournament of Power moments with a new Ultra Instinct Goku a few months later.
4. Figma Genos
If there’s one thing the Figma line likes doing, it’s keeping people waiting.
Even though Saitama was released all the way back in 2017, only now will his loyal student be joining him. However judging by the effect parts, battle damaged pieces and even a broom included, it looks like Genos will be well worth the wait.
5. Robot Damashii Unit 02 (Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0)
With the long awaited final instalment in the Rebuild tetralogy being released, 2020 is going to be the year of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Equally exciting is the return of some of the best Evangelion figures at the six inch scale, courtesy of Bandai Tamashii Nations’ Robot Damashii line.
There was plenty to look forward to at Bandai’s recent showcase, but the ravaged Unit 02 decked out in heavy artillery gear from the film’s 10-minute preview was definitely the highlight.
6. Nendoroid Nezuko Kamado
Demon Slayer is one of the most talked about anime series in 2019, and in April you’ll be able to take home an adorable version of its demonic heroine.
What Nezuko lacks in articulation she more than makes up for in accessories, and with one particular piece designed to be displayed with her brother Tanjiro (released a month earlier) what better incentive is there to go ahead and buy them both?
7. Figma Akane Shinjo
SSSS.Gridman proved to be a surprise hit with even those who weren’t well-versed in the 1993 tokusatsu series Denkou Chojin Gridman.
Dominating the waifu scene in all her barefooted glory, the show’s second poster girl Akane joins the Figma line in 2020.
There’s even a special DX version that also comes with a desk, computer monitor and interchangeable bare leg parts – Good Smile knew exactly what their audience wanted.
8. S.H. Figuarts Tao Pai Pai
The range of Dragon Ball Z figures Bandai have churned out is incredible, but the only thing better is the love they’re now showing for the original Dragon Ball as well.
The ruthless mercenary is one that’s been on fans’ wish lists for a long time, and Bandai are answering those prayers in style.
Not only does the figure looks amazing, but he also comes with his flying pillar!
9. Soul of Chogokin Combattler-V (Full Action Ver.)
When it comes to old school super robots, no one does it better than Soul of Chogokin.
While this isn’t the first Combattler-V figure to be released in Bandai’s pricey robot line, it isn’t the robot itself that’s the exciting part – it’s that “Full Action” tagline.
Promising “incredible articulation” and the “ability to take poses like never before,” one of the best toy lines out there might have just got even better. And that’s an incredibly exciting prospect.
10. Nendoroid Senku Ishigami
One of, if not the biggest anime series to air at the end of 2019 – DR.STONE stands out from the usual Shonen Jump crowd.
It’s protagonist prefers to use his brains rather than his brawn.
Given that, Senku will fit in perfectly with the Nendoroid line and their adorably oversized heads.
The first of what will undoubtedly be a wide selection of DR.STONE Nendoroids, he’ll certainly be a popular one, too.
11. RIOBOT AFC-01H Legioss ETA
While everyone remembers Macross, the other two series that were stitched together to make up Robotech never seem to get the same kind of love or attention…until now that is.
The lead robot from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA has been reborn as a fully transformable 1/48 figure, with absolutely no replacement parts needed to swap it between all three modes.
Sentinel’s RIOBOT line is some real competition for Bandai’s throne, and with offerings like this they should be very, very worried.
12. S.H. Figuarts Faye Valentine
Despite Cowboy Bebop being regarded as one of the greatest anime series of all time, there’s surprisingly very little merchandise for it in the way of action figures.
Cue Bandai to jump in and save the day once again, with them announcing its bounty hunting femme fatale to join their recent Spike and Vicious figures.
There’s still no sign of the rest of the Bebop crew, but hopefully now it’s only a matter of time.
13. Figma LLEN
Despite its massive popularity, Sword Art Online is a series that gets very mixed reviews depending on who you talk to.
But if there’s one thing that’s universally agreed, it’s that it was great to have a series where Kirito wasn’t the protagonist.
Sword Art Alternative: Gun Gale Online’s “Pink Devil” heroine is here in all her short-statured glory, complete with machine gun and combat knife to get the job done.
14. Metal Robot Damashii Shinkirō
With a trilogy of recap movies as well as a brand new sequel film having hit Japan in the last few years, Code Geass is another series that’s been enjoying a resurgence lately.
The same goes for its often unappreciated mecha designs, which have been reborn in a special Robot Damashii sub-series combing die cast metal with superior sculpting.
The line’s latest offering is Lelouch’s personal Knightmare Frame, complete with its ability to transform into its vehicle mode.
15. S.H. Figuarts Captain Ginyu
It might sound strange to put so many Dragon Ball Figuarts on this list, but when Bandai are pumping out so many great figures it’s hard to choose just one!
The Ginyu Force’s flamboyant captain is another fan favourite, and this figure looks like it might have the flexibility to pull off all of his outlandish poses.
16. Nendoroid Naruto: Six Paths Sage Mode
Whether you love it or hate it, it’s impossible to deny the popularity of the unstoppable juggernaut that is Naruto.
But it’s also another series that strangely didn’t seem to get much in the way of articulated figures while it was airing.
With its fiery translucent hair, Six Paths Sage Mode would definitely be the centrepiece of any collection.
Just have an iron faith and the guts to never give up (saving money), and it can be yours.
17. Robot Damashii YMS-16 Xamel Ver. A.N.I.M.E
You can’t do an anime figures list without including Gundam in there somewhere.
Between the model kits, Robot Damashii, Gundam Universe and Metal Build figures there really is something for everyone at every price range, but this Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory figure is a true monster.
Towering over the rest of the Robot Damashii line, the Zeon Mobile Suit includes its own special display base as well as a ton of effect parts.
Of course it doesn’t come cheap, but it looks as though it’ll be worth every penny.
18. Sentinel Choudan Kadou Ryo of the Wildfire
While the 1988 series Ronin Warriors (released in the West as Samurai Troopers) might not have the exposure some of the modern series on this list do, but its fans are fierce and deserved some good news.
To celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, Sentinel have announced a whole new line of fully articulated figures with removable armour.
The original toys are incredibly prone to breakage, so this much-needed upgrade is long overdue.
19. MODEROID Escaflowne
It’s never nice when your favourite anime series never receives any merchandise, but it’s even worse when the little it does get is unbelievably expensive.
Vision of Escaflowne has had plenty of big, expensive figures over the years, so now Good Smile Company are filling that gap in the market with a more affordable model kit version of its titular mecha.
The MODEROID line is still relatively new but has made a pretty good impression so far with its easy to build kits, so hopefully we’re on to another winner here.
20. Super Action Statue Rohan Kishibe & Heaven’s Door
Medicos Entertainment may be a company best known for scale statues, but their JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure figures have gone down a storm and easily rival some of the offerings from Bandai or Good Smile.
They aren’t released all that often, but that just means whenever there is one it’s just all the more special.
The mangaka and major player of Diamond is Unbreakable will be joining the crew in July, complete with his Stand to go along with him.
This version won’t be able to transform you into a book, but it might be able to persuade you to put a preorder down asap.