Below are figure classifications and their attributes
Mostly made in Japan but can sometimes be made in China by companies such as Good Smile Company, Alter, and Max Factory. These figures are non poseable and are usually made from PVC or ABS plastic scaling from 1/12 to 1/4. They are generally very high quality with great detail and paintwork which is reflected in the price. Scale figures are usually only released once so older figures can be extremely expensive and hard to come by. Some scales come with optional or cast off (removable) parts.
companies such as Banpresto, FuRyu and Taito, these figures are often
bundled with games or other merchandise or sold cheaply as stand alones.
They are generally lower quality in their sculpt and paintwork compared
to scale figures and often come with minor defects and seamlines. Their
price reflects their quality but some rarer prize figures can be worth
as much as scales.
Noodle Stopper Figure
Another type of
prize figure that are specifically made to be placed on the edge of a
furniture or on the lid of your instant noodles while you wait for them
to be ready. They are commonly posed sitting or leaning over.
Made by Good Smile
Company, these non scale figures have unproportionate features such as
big heads and small bodies. They are somewhat poseable and come with a
stand and optional accessories. There are many different customizable
parts that are sold separately for these figures such dioramas. These
figures are highly popular for their cute chibi appearance,
affordability and customizability with their replaceable
parts/accessories and poseable joints.
Also made by Good
Smile Company, these action figures usually stand about 15cm tall and
include optional parts and a stand. While they are very poseable with
multiple joints they are also delicate.
Funko Pop! Figures
Funko Pop! Figures
are manufactured by an American company best known for their bobble head
figures. They are non-poseable and are another simple collectable
figure. Funko has released a large variety of characters from games and
tv series alike.
Acrylic Stand Figures
figures are perfect for those on budget as they are a 2D acrylic cutouts
of character illustrations. They are very durable and come with a
detachable acrylic bottom piece to display anywhere on your desk or
shelf. They can also come with a light-up stand and/or part where a ball
chain can be attached to turn it into a key-chain.