Figure Guide

Below are figure classifications and their attributes

Scale Figures

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.

Megumi Kato 1/7 Scale Anime Figure by Good Smile Company
Saber Alter (Dress ver.) 1/7 Scale Anime Figure by Alter

Prize Figures

Produced by 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.

Racing Miku (2010 Ver.) by GSC
Shinobu (Nisio Isin Daijiten ver.) by Banpresto

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.

Hestia Nendoroid by Good Smile Company
Yami Yugi Nendoroid by Good Smile Company


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.

Rikka Takarada Figma by Good Smile Company
Gridman Figma by Good Smile Company

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

Acrylic Stand 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.

Benio Adashino Acrylic Stand by Bandai
Mayura Otomi Acrylic Stand by Bandai
Akane Shinjo Acrylic Stand by Armabianca

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