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What to consider when buying your first scale figure? (Help)What to consider when buying your first scale figure? (Help)Ask MFC

VegetoSFVegetoSFVor 1 Jahr
[color=][color=]Hey there,

I was not sure, if I should post it into the forum or do an article. But well let's try it this way, as I will try to drop some context before I come to my actual question :)

I always had a thing for Anime, but I always felt that anime merchandise/figures you could use as decoration was hard to get. You can imagine, that the first time I went to Japan in 2017 Akihabara was like heaven for me. However, after that first trip I actually bought two figures, an Asuka Evangelion price figure and a Marth Nendoroid. I did not know anything about figures at all, but began to understand what kind of figures there actually are, but the majority of the prices seemed to be insane to me. I was not willing to spend even 5000 Yen for a figure.

In 2018, I came back to Japan and I bought some Dragonball and One Piece figures. I knew were to get figures for good prices, which is why again I did not spend much, as they were price figures.

In 2019, I decided I want to buy even more figures and probably this time even one of the more expensive figures. And I think I did not make some great deals, but some fantastic looking price figures and great Nendoroids. However, again I was not willing to spend more than 5000 Yen for a figure.

Over the last 3 years, I have bought a lot of figures and I have decorated them really nicely, but basically I was not ready to spend much. But since the beginning of 2020, I have bought a Detolf and I really love the way I have decorated all that Anime/Gaming stuff in my extra room, that I have been looking a lot into how to get figures from Japan without actually going there.
Whereas I always felt a bit alienated seeing figures with prices above 10000 Yen, I feel like I am ready to buy my first scale figure and see for myself the difference to a scale figure. I don't plan on buying really a lot of them, as I just don't have the space and it should not look to crowded on my shelves, but therefore I want to buy something which I am really confident in buying.

I think it is sort of obvious that it should be a scale figure of a character/anime I have an emotional connection to. But what else should I watch out for when buying scale figures? What is the perfect size (1/7?)? What are the best manufactures? What defines a really great scale figure?

Thank you!
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VegetoSFVor 1 Jahr#74360858That is so kind and helpful, thanks! I will build a collection with figures here on MFC, which I really like and then from there see if I can spot somewhere a good offer, probably even here direct on MFC.
Happy to be useful to someone :)
I love so much collecting: spending time on searching, waiting for new figure to be announced, and slowly see my collection growing. It is so rewarding.
I wish you to be really happy in your quest of collecting figures.
Bye bye :D
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Wolff17Vor 1 Jahr#74338766With 100€ you can get Megahouse One Piece pre-owned figures (if you want OP figures), Kotobukiya (new or pre-owned), or Alphamax (pre-owned).
If you want pre-owned figures, I recommend you not to look on Ebay, as there are many many bootlegs. I advise you to check ads on MFC, since people here are all collectors, who take care of their figures, and who sets the prices fairly (it can be expensive, but that's the fault of the aftermarket). In that case the best option for payment is Paypal. It is the safest way.
Also, you can check SolarisJapan or Mandarake, but like AmiAmi, you will have to pay about 30€-40€ of shipping cost.
The best option for me is to buy pre-owned figures from MFC members. I add the figures that I want in my MFC profile collection, then wait until a member puts an ad of a one of those figures. In that case, MFC sends you an automatic notification (you can sets up some parameter for sending you a mail if you want). If the ad is located outside of Europe, I don't buy (because of the shipping cost). If not, I check the condition of the item and the price, and behave accordingly. With that strategy, you can wait a long time to get your figure(s) (because you are waiting someone to sell it). But for me it is a part of the game, waiting and being not sure if you will get the figure, it can increase your desire for it, as well as mature your choice, and avoid being disappointed afterward.
If you don't know if a particular figure will rise your interest, I recommend you to create a Excel/Calc file, that represents your collection and desires. You can put some information (like Manufacturer/Character's name/Origin/Mark based on your interest or internet review/Initial price/Aftermarket price/Link to the MFC sheet of the figure). With that you can easily compare them based on those information (you can use colors to distinguish the figures that you already own from those you really want, and those you are not sure but you want to keep an eye on). Finally, I recommend you to read/watch review on figures/manufacturer if you don't know the quality of it.
From now on I possess 8 figures, and I bought all from the aftermarket (6 of those from MFC ads).
I hope this long answer will help you a bit for your future choices :)


That is so kind and helpful, thanks! I will build a collection with figures here on MFC, which I really like and then from there see if I can spot somewhere a good offer, probably even here direct on MFC.
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VegetoSFVor 1 Jahr#74318783Yes actually I am beginning to realize this. I set a budget for around 100 Euro and it seems to be indeed a bit low. I am looking into all sort of ways to get them, but probably have the highest hopes to get a pre-owned version from AmiAmi Figures. There are not actually this many characters, which I really like and for those who I like the figures are either very expensive, for pre-order only or not in stock anymore. On eBay I saw a nice offer for a sealed ReZero Emilia 1/7 Teacher figure, but I was not 100% convinced by her outfit and also the pose. Despite the good price, I felt overwhelmed. I guess I have to keep searching, it just that if you really don't have been looking into figures at all the last years, there are so many possibilities :)
With 100€ you can get Megahouse One Piece pre-owned figures (if you want OP figures), Kotobukiya (new or pre-owned), or Alphamax (pre-owned).

If you want pre-owned figures, I recommend you not to look on Ebay, as there are many many bootlegs. I advise you to check ads on MFC, since people here are all collectors, who take care of their figures, and who sets the prices fairly (it can be expensive, but that's the fault of the aftermarket). In that case the best option for payment is Paypal. It is the safest way.

Also, you can check SolarisJapan or Mandarake, but like AmiAmi, you will have to pay about 30€-40€ of shipping cost.

The best option for me is to buy pre-owned figures from MFC members. I add the figures that I want in my MFC profile collection, then wait until a member puts an ad of a one of those figures. In that case, MFC sends you an automatic notification (you can sets up some parameter for sending you a mail if you want). If the ad is located outside of Europe, I don't buy (because of the shipping cost). If not, I check the condition of the item and the price, and behave accordingly. With that strategy, you can wait a long time to get your figure(s) (because you are waiting someone to sell it). But for me it is a part of the game, waiting and being not sure if you will get the figure, it can increase your desire for it, as well as mature your choice, and avoid being disappointed afterward.

If you don't know if a particular figure will rise your interest, I recommend you to create a Excel/Calc file, that represents your collection and desires. You can put some information (like Manufacturer/Character's name/Origin/Mark based on your interest or internet review/Initial price/Aftermarket price/Link to the MFC sheet of the figure). With that you can easily compare them based on those information (you can use colors to distinguish the figures that you already own from those you really want, and those you are not sure but you want to keep an eye on). Finally, I recommend you to read/watch review on figures/manufacturer if you don't know the quality of it.

From now on I possess 8 figures, and I bought all from the aftermarket (6 of those from MFC ads).

I hope this long answer will help you a bit for your future choices :)
Vor 1 Jahr
Wolff17Vor 1 Jahr#74270720Maybe your budget is too low.
What is the kind of range you have for your budget?
For 1/7 scale, it is now between 13k¥ - 16k¥.
Even more for very detailed figures like this one ITEM #464669 (but it is very high).


Yes actually I am beginning to realize this. I set a budget for around 100 Euro and it seems to be indeed a bit low. I am looking into all sort of ways to get them, but probably have the highest hopes to get a pre-owned version from AmiAmi Figures. There are not actually this many characters, which I really like and for those who I like the figures are either very expensive, for pre-order only or not in stock anymore. On eBay I saw a nice offer for a sealed ReZero Emilia 1/7 Teacher figure, but I was not 100% convinced by her outfit and also the pose. Despite the good price, I felt overwhelmed. I guess I have to keep searching, it just that if you really don't have been looking into figures at all the last years, there are so many possibilities :)
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VegetoSFVor 1 Jahr#74257960Thank you all, really awesome input! Of course, I have been looking, but actually I have not found the one figure where the price, emotional connection and great look all comes together. I guess I have keep searching ;)

Maybe your budget is too low.
What is the kind of range you have for your budget?

For 1/7 scale, it is now between 13k¥ - 16k¥.
Even more for very detailed figures like this one ITEM #464669 (but it is very high).
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What is the perfect size (1/7?)?
It depends of the space available for your collection.
If you have a Detolf, you should not consider 1/4 figures like the Bunny-Style (B-style) line of Freeing, as they are tall and expensive figures.
1/5 and 1/6 figures are more often erotic figures, and are expensive due to details, castoff parts, and accessories.
I think 1/7 and 1/8 figures are the main spot for you, the prices vary based on the manufacturer, which is directly related to quality.

What are the best manufacturers?
Alter, Aniplex/Stronger, Flare, Myethos, Good smiles company, Megahouse (for One Piece), Max Factory.
Alphamax and Kotobukiya are OK too (Yamato and Kadokawa maybe?).

What defines a really great scale figure?
Quality of sculpt based on the original material, quality of paint and colors, the pose (dynamic/static), the base (sober/scene/detailed), and the box for some people.
AND emotional attraction too. It very important I think (at least for me).
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VegetoSFVor 1 Jahr#74257960I have been looking, but actually I have not found the one figure where the price, emotional connection and great look all comes together.

I don't think that's a bad thing. I think alot of people get into the hobby way to quickly , try to find a figure for each character they like and then end up overspending or regretting their choice. Personally I don't care about the "emotional connection" part, especially cause there are alot of companies with great designs for their original characters, but it's always good to have a few criteria.
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Thank you all, really awesome input! Of course, I have been looking, but actually I have not found the one figure where the price, emotional connection and great look all comes together. I guess I have keep searching ;)
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For me, it's just boils down to:
Do I like the character enough for the price they asking?
ITEM #549476 here's this one for example.
I LOVE her. I don't like how small she is, and how big the base is compared.
She is a short character, and making her kneel just makes her even shorter.
The price is INSANE. 23500 yen, when the base takes up most of the space, weight and plastic?
No, just no. If they rerelease it without the flashy base, around 13500 I'll gadly buy it.
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Here's a trick so you avoid being disappointed as you open the shipping box.

Take a look at the material used to manufacture the figure. The vast majority of good quality scale figures use PVC as their main material. Maybe ABS as well. I never had any issue with those figures and they seemed solid enough for me.

The thing is that I've seen some figures here that is made using PMMA. I've heard it's a more fragile material, and I've heard about people receiving their figures with something broken due to that. It depends on the packaging and the shipping as well, but I would say PMMA figures are risky. I don't even have any PMMA figures, so I can't tell any personal experience.

You can also see polystone and resin as materials, but these are premium, and you'd see them on more expensive deluxe figures. I'd stick with PVC as my first scale figure, and there isn't any shortage by faaaaaar of those, so you'll be alright.
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PVC anime figure store.

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