differences between Figmas and S.G. Figuarts?

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  1. GAUGE

    GAUGE Transformers Fan since 1985

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    What is the difference between Figmas and S.G. Figuarts?

    I have yet to own anything made by either.

    I just barely got into a cool show called Accel World. And they currently have some really cool looking figures out/coming out, theough expensive.

    I currently preordered Black Lotus and Scarlet Rain. I also preordered the Silver Crow S.G. Figuarts since the Figma one is sold out everywhere.

    So again can people give me like, the pros and cons of each line?
     
  2. G1Wheeljack

    G1Wheeljack Well-Known Member

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    Figma:
    -Tends to focus mainly on anime girls
    -From what I understand are made to order
    -As far as I know don't receive reissues
    -Slightly smaller scale than figuarts
    -Uses a single joint system with excellent motion. This joint is used for most joints on a figma, similar to revoltech but without the clickiness
    -All figures come with a stand, which plug into a hole in the back of the toy andin my experience are sturdy.
    Figuarts:
    -Tends to focus on Kamen Rider, Sentai and other properties Bandai has license to
    -Slightly larger scale
    -Not made to order but on a production run
    -Reissues do happen/are possible
    -Many different joints are used
    -Die-cast parts are employed on several figuarts, mainly in Kamen Riders and in the feet for stability of poses
    -Figures generally do not come with a stand, and in my experience the stands are fragile and prone to cracking as they are mostly clear plastic. They use a hand to grip on the figure as opposed to having a hole in the back of the toy which breaks up the sculpt.
    -Most figuarts are distributed domestically by Bluefin and as such are easier to acquire and provides a safety net in some cases if you receive a defective product.
     
  3. SearchmanDS

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    Pros and cons in a nutshell.

    Figma Pros:
    -Plenty of accessories
    -Hyper accuate to the source material design

    Figma Cons:
    -Not as poseable as a Figuarts
    -Not as durable as a Figuarts
    -Is a bit too fixated on anime girls if you're looking for some male characters

    Figuarts Pros:
    -Crazy amounts of poseability
    -Very durable build

    Figuarts Cons:
    -Some can be light on the accessories depending on the release
    -Some paint minor paint details can be missing from the source material design
     
  4. GAUGE

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    thanks so much.

    Is there any comparison photos anywhere I can see?
     
  5. WidowMaker91

    WidowMaker91 Well-Known Member

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    The original Saber figma got a reissue.
     
  6. shunquan

    shunquan ACID STORMER

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    So did some of the K-On stuff.

    Figma does have some kick ass male figures too, hard gay, guts from berserk
     
  7. Opticron Primal

    Opticron Primal Comin' up OOOs!

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    Good Smile even held that poll for who fans wanted to see reissued, so they do do it.

    Both Figuarts and Figma are extremely good collectible toylines. While both have their cons, the pros almost always outweigh them. In Figma's case it's the slight fragileness to them and in Figuart's case it's the accessory count for some releases.
     
  8. Pete Rock Remix

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    This is my collection its a mix of Figmas, Figuarts, Revoltech and a few from other import lines:

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    Some of the Figmas are:
    Duke Togo
    Evangelion girls
    Lelouch
    King Kazuma
    Cannan
    Haruhi girls
    Lum
    Guts
    Big O characters
    Ika
    Kagome
    Fate/Stay (Zero) characters
    Bakemonogatari characters

    Some of the Figuarts are:
    Dragon Ball Kai characters
    Permon
    Nobita
    Pretty Cure Black/White
    One Piece characters
    Tiger and Bunny

    This is my Figuarts Kamen Rider collection:

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    And another comparison shot:

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    Gsc Figma Samus, Bandai D-Arts Rockman X / Zero, Gsc Nendoroid Sonic

    Figmas make better anime characters but Bandai makes better bots and "Kamen Rider & Power Ranger style" figures.
     
  9. Inikalord

    Inikalord Legal Binding Contracts

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    How big is Franky?
     
  10. Pete Rock Remix

    Pete Rock Remix Well-Known Member

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    He is about 8.5 inches
     
  11. mx-01 archon

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    The only thing you really need to worry about on a durability level is thin detail parts, like ponytails and such. There are certain instances of those breaking easily. Also, the earlier Figma had ball-socket wrists which could sometimes take a lot of force to remove, with people breaking the wrist pegs instead. That was rectified a long time ago now (one of the first figures with the new wrist design was Meiya Mitsurugi), and Figma now use straight pegs for the wrists, which are far more durable.

    Conversely, Figuarts still use this tiny little balljoint wrist which you risk snapping if you remove the hand funny, or aren't paying attention to the way the joint is oriented before you try to move it.


    In general, though, both are quite good. Figma tends to have a better handle on more anime-faithful sculpts, IMO. Especially faces, which tend to be brighter and more lively, whereas Figuarts faces tend to look more dull. But due to character selection, this is something that rarely comes up in Figuarts. In the few cases where the lines have overlapped and produced the same characters, Figma tend to look sleeker, while the Figuarts have more articulation. Compare the Figma Kamen Rider or Accel World figures to their Figuarts counterparts, for example.
     
  12. SearchmanDS

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    Well, my durability comment is more on the plastic feel. A Figma feels quite lighter compared to Figuarts.
     
  13. mx-01 archon

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    Not sure what your point of comparison is. Figuarts skews towards bulkier characters in general. Muscle-bound Goku has more mass to him than a ~5-foot schoolgirl. Duh. The larger Figmas that do exist have a similar heft to them.
     
  14. WidowMaker91

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    Well don't figuarts*Riders* have metal feet or did they stop that practice?

    PS: Figma Guts looks heavy as !@#$.
     
  15. arhra

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    They started phasing diecast feet out after W - OOOs had a mix (but mostly plastic - only a couple had diecast), and Fourze is all-plastic (as far as the current-show lines go, that is - they'd been screwing around with plastic feet for a while on releases of older riders IIRC).

    A recent all-plastic SHF isn't really any heavier than a similarly-proportioned figma.
     
  16. SearchmanDS

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    True, comparing a grown man in a suit to an anime girl is a bit unfair. But having both Figiuarts Zolda and Figma Torque, the Figma's plastic feels less dense and softer.
     
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    Archon's words are pretty true there about mass. Try picking up a Figma Samus, or a Figma Robocop. There's some heft and mass to those guys!
     
  18. Pete Rock Remix

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    Can we all agree both lines are generally great though? Better then a lot of the domestic 1:12 crap we get. Figma/S.H. Figuarts >> ML/DCUC
     
  19. mx-01 archon

    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    Ours might be better, too, if they were priced at ~$30-40...
     

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