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Skinny_NekoSkinny_Neko3 months ago
I was in the process a writing a completely different article, but found myself struggling on how best to word it, so I'll leave that for another time (that will probably be my last one too. After that I may post photos but no more questions I promise haha)

I have a question, is it common to become fixated with one character and run the risk of having a display with no variety?

I ask because I seem to have an obsession with one particular character... Tokisaki Kurumi from Date a Live. It's not as though I have a similar obsession about the Anime, it's just the whole concept and look of that one character that I like. The clock eye, the clothes, the asymmetrical pig tails and the quirky unhinged character trait that goes from incredibly cute and sexy to totally deranged and sexy LOL.

Being new to Anime figure collecting I don't have any figures of her yet, but as I type this I have 3 figures on their way to me in the post, I have another one on preorder. Plus I have another 16 in my wish list, of which 9 I'm really struggling to pick between as my next order. The other 7 fall various categories, like too big a scale, a bit more lewd than I'm sure I want a Kurumi figure to be (not a problem I have for other figures strangely enough (although I have my limits there too)) or not sure if I like it enough.

Is this normal?

I have other figures on my wish list and my first two figures were non-Kurumi ones and I will be buying other non-Kurumi figures but when I think about getting a different figure I start thinking to myself "this is really nice, but for the price I could knock another Kurumi figure off my wishlist instead"

I really don't know what to do, should I alternate between a Kurumi figure then a different character etc... Or should I just concentrate on Kurumi figures first? I know only I can answer that question really, but I'm curious would other people think.

Do you have a character that you buy more figures of than others? Do you only buy one character or from one anime series? Or do you prefer variety? Me personally I thought I'd want variety, but it's not going that way!
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Skinny_Neko2 months ago#77563176As I said they aren't for me but when they are the main character I find it surprising that the manufacturers completely avoid them. But I suppose they have done their research and if they can get faster sales and turnover from a female figure than they can from any male figure, then it's a no-brainer. They have to appeal to the larger market to keep in business. But like you say it can feel a bit unjust. Especially to me when the main character is male

I guess that's because the main character looks "bland" at the first sight - he's just normal high-school student, not like other characters from the show targeted to the male audience. Take a comparision with other "bland" male main characters - Touma from Toaru Majutsu no Index has only one figma and no scale. It's sad if we compare to Index's few scales and an abudance on Misakas (she's a typical tsundere and got her own show - who I am to blame?). Same with Rosario x Vampire - no male scale figure.

Just a thought - Shinji from NGE has more figures even with his personality, but maybe that's because he isn't treated as "excluded" from other characters - he's the one of EVA users and has his own struggles like everyone in the franchise. That and the franchise has a cult status.
2 months ago
TheCringeMaster2 months ago#77559577Well considering the fact that most people that play video games or watch anime are male, its understandable in my eyes why the female characters get more merch than the male characters. That's just the demographic.
But when you look at say the Fire Emblem series and how many figures Goodsmile has made for the series for example; out of the 11 characters they've transformed into figure form, only one of them is male. And that's Marth: the mascot of the series.
And it took about 4 years for the protagonist of one of the most popular isekai animes in the 2010s, Subaru Natsuki, to get his own stand-alone figure after his anime aired.
I don't necissarly have a problem with companies profiting off of the female characters in a series more than the male ones, but it feels abit unjust when you think about it.


Oddly I have more female friends that are gamers and anime watchers... but that is probably because I have more female friends than male haha

Personally I’m not bothered about male figures from anime but reading. Lot of the comments to my post, there are a lot of collectors of the male figure.

As I said they aren't for me but when they are the main character I find it surprising that the manufacturers completely avoid them. But I suppose they have done their research and if they can get faster sales and turnover from a female figure than they can from any male figure, then it's a no-brainer. They have to appeal to the larger market to keep in business. But like you say it can feel a bit unjust. Especially to me when the main character is male
2 months ago
Skinny_Neko2 months ago#77524921One thing I've noticed is that even though there are a lot of male figures out there, they pale into comparison to the number of female figures! And considering the number of female anime fans out there you would think there would be a better number of male ones.
Using Date a Live as an example since my favourite character is Kurumi from the series. The male character that the whole story actually revolves around is Shido... And not one single figure has been made from what I have seen?


Well considering the fact that most people that play video games or watch anime are male, its understandable in my eyes why the female characters get more merch than the male characters. That's just the demographic.

But when you look at say the Fire Emblem series and how many figures Goodsmile has made for the series for example; out of the 11 characters they've transformed into figure form, only one of them is male. And that's Marth: the mascot of the series.

And it took about 4 years for the protagonist of one of the most popular isekai animes in the 2010s, Subaru Natsuki, to get his own stand-alone figure after his anime aired.

I don't necissarly have a problem with companies profiting off of the female characters in a series more than the male ones, but it feels abit unjust when you think about it.
2 months ago
LoveChopper2 months ago#77524896Perfectly normal to have character fixation.
When I first begin my figure collecting journey, all i buy is Chopper from One Piece (pretty evident from my username). They range from figures by different figure manufacturers, 100+ plushies, merch such as clear folders, cups, key chains and even clothes, towels, clock, etc. Basically any Chopper which I can find in physical shops and yahoo auction, etc
As times goes by, I watched more anime and have more scales and nendo from different series to aim. Now, I am trying to sell those Chopper and other figures which does not quite appeal to me anymore. My current collection still consist of mainly Chopper and other varieties.
Even if we were to buy the exact same figures, no display is exactly the same. Hence just buy whatever you like within your means and display away ^^v
A point to note though: since you are new to Anime figure collecting, be careful of impulse buying or "every figures you see turns into gold" trap. Be highly selective and it will help you keep your collection neat and exclusive to yourself, esp in the long run.


I'm definitely not going down the merchandise route with collecting, I've been there. Before and never again haha maybe the odd t-shirt or mug but nothing else :)

The good thing for me is that although I'm new to Anime collecting, i'm not new to serious collections and I've learnt from past mistakes and now I'm definitely only going for special collectors pieces that appeal to me. They may be expensive but it means I have to limit my collecting :) I have a few Nendoroids on order but I have a purpose for those, and once that purpose is done I could sell them if I wanted :)
2 months ago
TheCringeMaster2 months ago#77524888Honestly, every since I was a tween, I've always been obssessed with Hector from Fire Emblem ENTRY #84548 . A strong, loyal yet emotional man who is willing to make sacrifices for others, has a competitive streak and a well-built body.
Though its really hard for me to collect merch on him since most of them are exclusives and he barely has any despite his popularity. I only have ITEM #689371, ITEM #773059 and ITEM #834913.
I really hope he gets a figure someday, considering that Fire Emblem is turning 30 years old in a week and I've saved up on money just in case more merch of him comes out.


One thing I've noticed is that even though there are a lot of male figures out there, they pale into comparison to the number of female figures! And considering the number of female anime fans out there you would think there would be a better number of male ones.

Using Date a Live as an example since my favourite character is Kurumi from the series. The male character that the whole story actually revolves around is Shido... And not one single figure has been made from what I have seen?
2 months ago
cute2 months ago#77524624i'm not into date a live but kurumi's character design and backstory/personality are very appealing to me!! unhinged girls are the best

That's it in a nutshell really, it's her full character that is appealing. The episodes she isn't in I watch to keep up with the story, but the ones that she is in make me sit up and take more notice to see what little extra twist they add.

And yep, it's the unhinged girls that are the best haha (oddly that's what I go for in real life too! Cute but oddball and quirky lol)
2 months ago
randomly_ren092 months ago#77524125there's no offense in getting fixated to a certain character. it's pretty normal, really.
my collection is multifandom but a lot of it is more emphasized to only certain characters from the series (e.g: my fate collection is mainly consisting of shirou/rin/FGO protags/rinfaces servants).


One thing I've realised from the replies I've had, is that it is much more common than I thought, which is somewhat of a relief haha
2 months ago
Perfectly normal to have character fixation.

When I first begin my figure collecting journey, all i buy is Chopper from One Piece (pretty evident from my username). They range from figures by different figure manufacturers, 100+ plushies, merch such as clear folders, cups, key chains and even clothes, towels, clock, etc. Basically any Chopper which I can find in physical shops and yahoo auction, etc

As times goes by, I watched more anime and have more scales and nendo from different series to aim. Now, I am trying to sell those Chopper and other figures which does not quite appeal to me anymore. My current collection still consist of mainly Chopper and other varieties.

Even if we were to buy the exact same figures, no display is exactly the same. Hence just buy whatever you like within your means and display away ^^v

A point to note though: since you are new to Anime figure collecting, be careful of impulse buying or "every figures you see turns into gold" trap. Be highly selective and it will help you keep your collection neat and exclusive to yourself, esp in the long run.
2 months ago
Honestly, every since I was a tween, I've always been obssessed with Hector from Fire Emblem ENTRY #84548 . A strong, loyal yet emotional man who is willing to make sacrifices for others, has a competitive streak and a well-built body.

Though its really hard for me to collect merch on him since most of them are exclusives and he barely has any despite his popularity. I only have ITEM #689371, ITEM #773059 and ITEM #834913.

I really hope he gets a figure someday, considering that Fire Emblem is turning 30 years old in a week and I've saved up on money just in case more merch of him comes out.
2 months ago
cute2 months ago#77524208she really is! and i highly highly highly recommend higurashi, it's a wonderful series <3

I will, it's on my backlog! :D
2 months ago
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