Anime Figurines
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Posted 10/16/12
Hi all,

I want to start a collection of anime figurines from series such as

Elfen Lied, Great Teacher Onizuka, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Akira, My Bride is a Mermaid, Hyouka......

Can anyone let me know where a good website to buy is? Thanks!
Posted 10/16/12
i live in the US and I have ordered from Ami Ami, Hobby Search and Play Asia...I like the first two a lot. I have about 20-30 figures...maybe more...some small ones, some larger more expensive ones, have also ordered Mini-Z RC cars from Japan as well as some other stuff. I would stay away from J-List - overpriced.
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Posted 10/16/12
If you want to get into Japanese auctions or proxy services, shoppingmalljapan.com is also a pretty good option. But be warned, shipping fees from Japan start to get real expensive, real fast.
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Posted 10/16/12
Lets see I've used Hobby Link Japan, Tokyo Hunter (for Japanese magazine-only-orders and special event only items), play-asia, Big in Japan, Amazon, and Amiami. Just don't expect to find everything you're looking for to still be available.

Also, check out sites like http://myfigurecollection.net/ and Tomopop for news and such.
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Posted 10/16/12
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/
http://www.amiami.com/
Sell some figurines!

Good luck with the collection
Posted 10/16/12
Those things are cool AmiAmi
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Posted 10/17/12
Thanks guys!
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68 / M / Columbia, MO
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Posted 10/17/12
You can even try Amazon.com.jp for figurines. However, you'll have to use a proxy service to get them shipped to areas beyond Japan. Big In Japan offers this service and their website explains the costs. You need not use a proxy to buy media. I've been buying the BD versions of Accel World as they get released from this Amazon site. It's far less expensive than CDJapan.

I order direct from Japan often. I have found EMS to be fast and packing superior than SAL Registered. The above posters are correct though about expensive: EMS is.

Do access myfigurecollection.net Their information is vast, valuable. You need not be a member to enjoy the benefits in that site.
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Posted 10/17/12

bemused_Bohemian wrote:

You can even try Amazon.com.jp for figurines. However, you'll have to use a proxy service to get them shipped to areas beyond Japan. Big In Japan offers this service and their website explains the costs. You need not use a proxy to buy media. I've been buying the BD versions of Accel World as they get released from this Amazon site. It's far less expensive than CDJapan.

I order direct from Japan often. I have found EMS to be fast and packing superior than SAL Registered. The above posters are correct though about expensive: EMS is.

Do access myfigurecollection.net Their information is vast, valuable. You need not be a member to enjoy the benefits in that site.


Hmm, you sound experienced. Would it be rude to ask how many years have you been collecting figurines, and if there are any sites/merchants/other things to know and to watch out for? I'm pretty new to figure shopping myself.
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Posted 10/17/12 , edited 10/17/12
No, not rude at all. I've only been collecting figurines since April, 2012 but I've been a collector of other things since 1970. This hobby has turned into a mania in the sense that you have to do some sleuthing to determine what and when to pre-order months in advance to ensure you will get the item you want.

Items sold to the US mainland take 30-60 days longer to receive than if ordered from Japanese sites directly. Most of the more reputable sites in Japan cater to the English language so fluency of Japanese is not a requirement though at Amazon.co.jp you may have to rely on your software translator often.

AmiAmi is fantastic as a site. It's easy to negotiate. This outfit will offer you options: combine orders at end of month or send individually. You can opt for cc or Paypal as a cash transaction purchase. Be aware both will charge for currency conversion. Presently 1000 yen = $12.70 USD but this changes daily.

Big In Japan is a decent site and they will offer a proxy service should you wish to bid over there for figurines. On paper certain vendors over there state that they will not sell outside of Japan. Proxy service is a way to acquire figurines if there is a vendor who will not ship overseas or outside Japan. My only gripe with Big In Japan is they will not combine end of month orders unless this occurred during a one-time multi-item purchase/pre-order where the product release dates coincide.

US vendors: I've had good luck and great service from Figure Haven and Anime Island. Both vendors will answer inquiries promptly. Anime Island will allow pre-order with only 20% down but be mindful they will not refund that should you change your mind. I've "enjoyed" lackluster results from Toys Logic out of Concord, CA. Fifty percent of the time I get what I pre-order. Other times I get refunded my money with no figurine but this occurs after they have held my pre-order, 100% down, earnest money 3-6 months.

BigBadToyStore, Plamoya (aftermarket, good website, can be pricey), Eye-on-Asia, Nippon-Sayan (have to remind these folks sometimes about mailing), HobbyLinkJapan (warehouse idea is good for combining shipping up to 60 days accumulation), HobbySearch, Otaku-Planete, Mandarake (use your software translator and be mindful their many outlets are separate entities where combining 2 different location orders will NOT happen) are good sites and usually discount the pre-orders. Be mindful some figurines get so popular that some vendors will capitalize and may offer little or zero discount after item release. You can even pre-order direct from Good Smile Company when a figurine they produce comes due but they want full retail.

Many Japan or other foreign vendors are mentioned in www.myfigurecollection.net. Collectors have posted their experiences per listed vendor with feedback. None score 100% but many do rate 93%. Highly recommend this website. You can also access ANN aka Anime News Network forums section. There are several figurine collectors over there who post their purchases and witticisms about this mania.

I get some of my Blu-Ray info from this ANN forum site. Several posters are connected with the anime industry and will volunteer pertinent info if they can. This is how I learned about Accel World having English sub-titles.

Hope this helps. Again: highly recommend your visiting and familiarizing yourself with the services the myfigurecollection.net site offers. This is where I keep my record(s) of tracking this mania.
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Posted 10/18/12


Most definitely, saved, and thank you. I thought it would be nice to have a veteran of the hobby share their wisdom, so I'm just glad that you replied to my question.

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Posted 10/18/12 , edited 10/18/12
Never wanted to collect anything, especially not like this. I wonder why people actually enjoy it. It's not as if it's an accomplishment, all you did was buy them. Some of them look quite cool though.

Also, this is a personal thread lol.
Posted 10/18/12 , edited 10/18/12
all anime figurines are awesome and amazingly will made i just dont want to waist cash on this type of stuff or on any other type of collection
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