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Personally my top favorite is Megahouse. Top quality, great poses, and good prices. They also seem to just . . . Somehow make figures for a lot of things I like.
Second would be Good Smile Company and next would probably be Kotobukiya.

Alter is a good company too but they make a lot of figures for stuff I don't care much for . . .

Most hated . . . DEFINITELY TAKI CORPORATION. What a TERRIBLE company. Second would probably be Giga Pulse. Orchid Seed and Native excel way more for erotic figures since theirs actually look pretty nice, even to someone like me who doesn't like erotic figures. Giga Pulse is just SHIT quality and they pick some of the most absurd fetishes I have ever seen. Just no.
I also love and hate Griffon Enterprises so they're in-between there. :I
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In terms of scaled, static figures, Alter gets my vote. I especially like how their figures are almost always anime accurate (yay for alliteration!), and as far as I know, in terms of QC and such they've maintained a relatively clean+consistent record. Plus dat attention to detail. Wow my crush on Alter is even making me blush /noiswearidontworkforalter
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Alter & Kotobukiya are my favorites, although I love Alter a lot I feel lately their sculpts are really hit or miss in important areas. Kotobukiya also has it's faults, but their prices are great and they are always coming out with surprises since they don't show all their figures at shows/etc. How can you not love the only company that consistently makes Key figures?

I have a love/hate relationship with Good Smile Company, I won't pre-order any figures from them anymore. I dislike them because they have wonderful sculpts and designs but mess them up in such simple ways constantly (gloss gloss gloss, sculpt error, bad QC, etc).

If GSC didn't mess up so much I would not be so annoyed with them. They have the opportunity to be the best but seem to have a high ego by this point and more interested in coming out with as many products as possible.

Summary:
Alter = High price, guaranteed quality. You get what you see.
Kotobukiya = Low-mid price, consistently great quality. Wait for late preview (blog) pics to order as they make changes first prototype and final prototype.
GSC = Mid-high price, inconsistent quality.
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kilaniAlter & Kotobukiya are my favorites, although I love Alter a lot I feel lately their sculpts are really hit or miss in important areas. Kotobukiya also has it's faults, but their prices are great and they are always coming out with surprises since they don't show all their figures at shows/etc. How can you not love the only company that consistently makes Key figures?

I have a love/hate relationship with Good Smile Company, I won't pre-order any figures from them anymore. I dislike them because they have wonderful sculpts and designs but mess them up in such simple ways constantly (gloss gloss gloss, sculpt error, bad QC, etc).

If GSC didn't mess up so much I would not be so annoyed with them. They have the opportunity to be the best but seem to have a high ego by this point and more interested in coming out with as many products as possible.

Summary:
Alter = High price, guaranteed quality. You get what you see.
Kotobukiya = Low-mid price, consistently great quality. Wait for late preview (blog) pics to order as they make changes first prototype and final prototype.
GSC = Mid-high price, inconsistent quality.


Ah I agree...
The only company I've seen so far that's never disappointed me is Megahouse.
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It must be stated that we're talking about at least 4 different product types here... Scaled, action figures, nendos and trading figures.

For scaled figures, I absolutely cannot agree with kilani's statement. GSC is one of the best manufacturers. I only have one figure from them that has a flaw, and even that is in the prop and not on the figure itself. I cannot say the same from Megahouse, their Sora has some flaws, definitely not GSC level!

Now, I have no nendos, so I can't comment on that, but I believe they must have a completely different QC for those.
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The concern is your question assumes manufactures never change. I've only been collecting figures for a few years, but during that time I've been exposed to the evolution/de-evolution each company is going through to the present.

For instance, Griffon has always been expensive but they used to have decent quality. Now, they still charge the same price but their QC is a joke.

Kotobukiya used to be great bang for the buck, but they are going down hill. Almost every Koto figure I've gotten this year has been a big disappointment that I had to get rid of them immediately even at a big loss. Last year, it wasn't that bad. Maybe it's just a bad year for them or maybe my standards are too high since I know and own figures from them that vastly superior to what they churn out now.

MegaHouse, unfortunately is on the decline as well. Or specifically certain lines. A lot of their Core girls are just bleh... Same for the pirate girls, the QC and consistency just isn't good.

I could go on and on. Every manufacturer changes for the good or bad. Some more noticeable and worse than the others. This is do the economics, pure greed, industry standards, etc.

Basically, when I see a figure being offered, I look at the manufacturer and almost know exactly the issues I may encounter.

I current avoid
Griffon
Plum
Chari-Ani

without a second thought. Others, depends on the line and type of figure.

And this will probably change as nothing is static.
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Yeah. my most hated is probably giga-pulse too. that stuffs nasty.
my favourite would have to be GSC. the quality is good but more importantly I love their ideas. They seem to make figures that are more overall interesting, opposed to alter who is known for superior quality. I love looking at alot of alter figures because theyre so detailed, but usually the poses and base are pretty plain. and maybe its just me, but lately most of the figures from alter have really off faces.
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My favorite company might have to be Wave. Their figures aren't terribly large and they don't dabble in erotic figures very often, but I love the level of quality they put into their work, and they tend to sell at a reasonable price. MegaHouse and Orchid Seed might be tied for second. I think Orchid Seed has only disappointed me once, and I'm quite a fan of MegaHouse's figures for Queen's Blade.

Hated companies? Well, I've had a figure or two that was a huge pain the in ass, but I don't think any one particular company has done it enough for me to hate them.
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My favorite companies right now would be Altair/Alter and megahouse.
Not only is the quality of the figure really good in my opinion, but they also make a lot of the figures that appeal to my group, by that I mean male figures. i dont have any complaints with the quality and I havent heard too many either. The sculpt is nice, painting is nice, and I always feel that their figures really match the charaters appearance and pose wise. Kotobukiya is starting to make a lot of male figures too, but I havent personally seen enough of their figures to comment on their overall quality.

I cant really think of a company I hate besides giga-pulse of course.
I guess I could complain that, while I dont hate griffon, the faces on the figures are so similar. With good smile company they tend to put shiny on figures where I dont think they should.
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Zukin-ManHated companies? Well, I've had a figure or two that was a huge pain the in ass, but I don't think any one particular company has done it enough for me to hate them.
Same here. Some of the really small companies, though... well, there's a reason they're small.

As for favorites, I'm going to make some strange selections here.

For overall quality, the company that has been the best and the most consistent for me has been San-ei. Their plushes are outstanding. Medicom is a close second, though I feel that they've slipped a tiny bit in recent years.

For action figures, Kaiyodo is the best for me. They also get my vote for "Most Improved Company". I've been collecting their stuff for roughly ten years now, and their figures have become much, much better than they used to be. Now if only other figure companies' jointing systems can become as good as Revoltech is now (and if only other figure companies could sell tools, spare joints, etc., like Kaiyodo does for Revoltech!).

I rarely buy scaled figures, but I've been happiest with ones made by Gift, Alter, and Kotobukiya.

Sega is the best for prize figures, hands-down.

For smaller figures, it's tough to settle on one company, but I think Square Enix and GSC are two of the best manufacturers of trading figures (though neither are as perfect as I'd like them to be).
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You guys have some interesting points.
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Why all the Gigapulse hate? Is it the Jeanne figures? lol
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WildstarWhy all the Gigapulse hate? Is it the Jeanne figures? lol

I think it's because Gigapulse makes figures that make people feel a little dirty just looking at them. Erotic can be done right, but they are not doing it right at all. Also, it's not only the Jeanne figures. They have one with a chick and a dog, and that's just messed up.
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WildstarWhy all the Gigapulse hate? Is it the Jeanne figures? lol
Its one thing being attracted to that stuff which imo is already pretty strange,its another thing to want to display it in your house.

I like Megahouse BUT THE STANDS ARE SO GODDAM BAD
Just a few days ago my nanael's stand broke,like this huge ass figure thats weighs a decent amount is just supposed to be supported by these 2 plastic pegs on 1 foot.Like what the hell where they thinking.I need to figure out how to get it fixed,my stella figure is fine for now but her stand is also a bit meh.

I love Alter because of the great quality,theyre pricy though.
Kotobukiya is great espeacially if they made a figure you liked back in the days because you can probably find her for 20-40 bucks and they are decent.
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WildstarWhy all the Gigapulse hate? Is it the Jeanne figures? lol

Giga Pulse figures are disgustingly erotic. Like I said, Orchid Seed and Native (especially Native) can do it better. Another problem I have with Giga Pulse is their quality and just bad sculpting

Take for example figures based off of Tony Taka's work.

Look at this one from native: item #5917
It's almost spot on.

Now compare it to this travesty by Giga Pulse: item #8346

The concept is fantastic but what the hell is with this: (mfc link)

The pool idea is nice and her pose fits that but it doesn't fit that more "erotic" crap they added in.
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TaralenThe concept is fantastic but what the hell is with this: (mfc link)

The pool idea is nice and her pose fits that but it doesn't fit that more "erotic" crap they added in.

If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
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Hrm... I've never been much into erotic figures. Though I have to admit that Native makes some great figures and I'd love to own one or two. They're pricy. Not too pricy though since their quality is definitely outstanding.

Thing is... I don't like the comparison of Giga Pulse and Native. While Native's figures are truly erotic, most of Giga Pulse's stuff is just hardcore pornography. I don't want to condemn people who like this stuff but I wouldn't want this in my room.

Okay that's that. More on-topic: My favourite company is Alter and the one I dislike the most is GSC. For the same reasons kilani already named. GSC used to make some great figures. Their figures until 2007/08 are absolutely well done.
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Oh another thing to mention about Koto is that it makes a lot of characters other companies dont bother touching which i love.

Megahouse is also similar,they seem to go for a lot of more mainstream/shonen anime like full metal or bleach that dont really get looked at by other stuff because theyre too busy making stuff with k-on and haruhi in it.
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My current fave is Megahouse. I've never been disappointed by their figures that I've own. Bandai is another company I like although they make mostly toys. :)
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Giga Pulse is just plain disgusting. I am not one to usually judge people, but if I ever met someone with a figure on display of a woman being raped and parts of her body cut off I would certainly not want to be around them.

I won't list all the companies like them and Taki because they don't even matter to me.
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