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ホームブログ記事 #5700

How do you buy figures?

Oh, the ever eternal debate. How do you decide whether a figure is worth dropping loads of cash for? Do you think of companies first when multiple variations of a character are made? Do you look at poses only?

If you want to get the "pinnacle version of X character" how do you determine if a figure lives up to that expectation?

Waiting is often good when scoping for deals, but how do you know when it's best to jump on the preorder bandwagon or wait?
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0pt
A similar thought process to rowbutts'. XD
- Is it Tales?
Yup.
- Is it a good Tales figure/other merch?
Yup, I wants it!
- You can't afford to get everything Tales, you know...
Drat. Ok, is it Alter? Is it a character I particularly like? Is it really cute?

So series, and how much I like the particular character, and whether the figure itself is a good representation of the character - the colours (I'm often not 100% satisfied here, unfortunately official art varies, too), whether the pose conveys their personality, the face can be especially important. For instance, there aren't any figures of my favourite character I like that much, so I don't own any. I prioritise scales, especially Alter's, as in my experience with them they've been very good quality, and I think scales have a bit more impact within a collection than smaller figures (though they can be nice, too). So, I wouldn't worry too much if it's going to be the best version (there are unlikely to be many figures of the character anyway). If I like the figure now, I'll still be satisfied with it later.

I don't think most of the stuff I'm interested in is likely to be cheaper after release, so I'd rather preorder, too annoying and uncertain trying to track things down later (and in the case of the Symphonia one-coins, crazy expensive compared to how much they were when they released, I wish I'd just got all of them at the time).
5年前
0pt
-Is it a Saber?
Okay cool.
-Is it a good Saber?
It sure is wowie.
-Do I have money?
hah it's Saber of course I do

In all seriousness I choose based on the basic things like paint, pose, quality, and character. Dynamic or well executed simple posing is a selling point for me. I usually decide if it's worth dropping loads of cash on if it goes within one of my specific collections well, or I'm trying to complete a set. I like.. have to... buy it then..... I love sets.

Also I jump on a preorder bandwagon only if I believe it's something I want enough and worth its preorder price, or will be very hard to get in aftermarket. Usually it's the former.
5年前
0pt
Biggest factor is the character. Since I collect mostly males its usual very unlikely for there to be more than one version of a character that I like. Pose and quality definitely do influence me too though.
5年前
0pt
This is a major factor as well
My wallet is near death at the moment ;u;Allnighter (5年前) #1272744-Facial Expression ~ I hate it when a figure meets every standard above and fails on this one.
Well, it does keep my Mr. Wallet safe.
5年前
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maraiatori (5年前) #1272492-Posing
-Company
-Price
-Creativity
-Sculpt and Paint
-Originality
-Enjoyment
:D
-Facial Expression ~ I hate it when a figure meets every standard above and fails on this one.
Well, it does keep my Mr. Wallet safe.
5年前
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mintbunny (5年前) #1272667This. Always. I always wait for amateur fan photos before I buy. I never buy based on prototype pictures alone. It's rarely as perfect, since figures are mass produced.

ITEM #84814 was a good example of an item where the final prototype ended up being radically different than the first prototype, which lead to a bunch of cancelled pre-orders. Ultimately they delayed the release to fix it a bit, but overall people seem to be less content at the current version overall than what they were expected... so... yeah. It's a lot of buyer beware at times--and it's also prudent not to jump too early even with pre-orders unless you know it'll run out fast. The costlier figures have less of a tendency to sell out typically, so... yeah.
5年前
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mintbunny The Geeky Bunny
solidsnake994 (5年前) #1272659Yeah, there's always a possibility that the released product ends up looking different from the final prototype (whether it's because of a last minute change or poor quality check). It's one of the reasons I have a tendency to wait for figures to come out rather than pre-ordering a vast majority of the time.

This. Always. I always wait for amateur fan photos before I buy. I never buy based on prototype pictures alone. It's rarely as perfect, since figures are mass produced.
5年前
0pt
Regarding the "If you want to get the "pinnacle version of X character" how do you determine if a figure lives up to that expectation?" question:

I don't think it's possible to know if something is ever going to be a pinnacle, because it's hard to know if other companies will make another figure of the same character eh. The only real thing you can base your opinion on is the company that makes it (and your previous experience with them and/or the opinions of others regarding this company's quality) and your own view of whether or not you think the figure is a beauty or not.

More likely than not though, it's usually noticeable if a figure's a pinnacle of a certain character or not, just by looking at it though (at least in my opinion), as these figures have a tendency to have something unique that differentiates them somehow. :P

I think it's more important to just believe in your own view either way though, regardless of whether or not some other figure comes out later that may eclipse in quality. Basically as long as you think you can live with the purchase either way, I think that's a good bench mark overall.
5年前
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mintbunny (5年前) #1272630It can happen, but I doubt often. One of Koto's Bishoujo, Liara from Mass Effect, was made with huge boobs and fans were outraged. If you look through the pictures, there are two painted prototypes. One with big boobs that was never released, and the final one with smaller ones. So it happened once that I know of at least.

Yeah, there's always a possibility that the released product ends up looking different from the final prototype (whether it's because of a last minute change or poor quality check). It's one of the reasons I have a tendency to wait for figures to come out rather than pre-ordering a vast majority of the time.

The only times I do pre-order are if I'm really really sure I'd regret not getting something (especially so if it's exclusive) or if I want something and the amount of interest in the figure is extremely high (to the point where it may be hard to get again at a later time or it may be available, but at a higher price as a result).
5年前
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mintbunny The Geeky Bunny
Raze (5年前) #1272617I was wondering something about prototypes the other day and you just reminded me. :) Is a painted prototype the final product before a new figure is released? Just curious if things can be changed after the painted version is revealed but not released yet.

It can happen, but I doubt often. One of Koto's Bishoujo, Liara from Mass Effect, was made with huge boobs and fans were outraged. If you look through the pictures, there are two painted prototypes. One with big boobs that was never released, and the final one with smaller ones. So it happened once that I know of at least.
5年前
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