Important Importables: Nendoroids

February 19, 2011 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Nendoroids

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One of the many things gamers love about Japan is all of the awesome figurines that are made there. Among the cutest and most recognizable of said figures are the Nendoroids. These super deformed (chibi) versions of iconic characters are delightful to look at and friendly for any collector, since their appearance allows them to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Plus, they have quite a bit of personality, despite their small stature.

So this week, Hot Japanese Imports is all about the Nendoroids. I’ll tell you what they are, suggest a few specific models you may want to check out and offer up some links to reputable places that sell them. After that, it’s up to you. It’s not like I’m going to actually buy them for you! They’re expensive and I have an otome collection to maintain!

Raspberyl Disgaea 3 Nendoroid

What are Nendoroids?

Basically, they’re cute but pricey figurines from the Good Smile Company. There are two different varieties of Nendoroids. The standard Nendoroids are usually around four inches tall. They are miniature, chibi versions of anime, manga and video game characters designed to be posed and displayed. Each one usually comes with a few extra parts, like faces or limbs, so you can mix and match to change their appearances. They may also come with little accessories, to add extra character. The Good Smile Company also creates and sells background sets. You can pick these up if you want to have specific scenes on your desk. Some people even buy the background sets so they can organize little photo shoots of their figurines.

The other variety is a less expensive Nendoroid Petit. These are also sometimes called Nendoroid Puchi. They’re about half the size of a standard Nendoroid and less expensive. These also have moveable limbs, but may not come with lots of extra faces or parts. Instead, they may come in a set, so you can have a couple Nendoroid Petits for the price of a single Nendoroid.

There’s also a fairly new line of Nendoroids called Nendoroid Plus Plushies. As you can tell from the name, they’re stuffed toys that are chibi-versions of popular characters. They’re quite cute and huggable, really, but the I’m sure cuddling them would probably hurt their collectable value.

If you’re looking to start collecting Nendoroids and you’re reading this, odds are you’re a gamer. Here are a few Nendoroids you may want to look up and consider buying. I mentioned the prices too, in case you’re actually serious about buying!

  • Miku Hatsune: Absolute HMO Edition Nendoroid – ¥4,000 (~$50)
  • Flandre Scarlet (Touhou Project) – ¥3,000 (~$35)
  • Archbishop (Ragnarok Online) – ¥3,500 (~$40)
  • Manaka Takane (Love Plus) – ¥3,500 (~$40)
  • Saber: Super Movable Edition (Fate/stay Night) – ¥4,000 (~$50)
  • Raspberyl (Disgaea 3 – ¥3,500 (~$40)
  • Lucky Star x Street Fighter Nendoroid Petite Set – ¥2,800 (~$30)

In addition, there are also special edition Nendoroids released. For example, some preorders of the original Hatsune Miku: Project Diva PSP game came with a Nendoroid Petit Miku Hatsune figurine. The Japanese limited edition version of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift came with a Noel Vermillion Nendoroid Petit too.

Ragnarok Online Archbishop Nendoroid

Where can I buy Nendoroids to build up my cute figure army?

Well, now that you’ve seen the Nendoroids and how adorable these little figures can be, you may be wondering how you can procure some of your own. After all, they’re the perfect size for a desktop ornament or decorative accent. Or, if you’re feeling particularly devilish, you could use them to torment a friend or roommate by gradually moving their limbs, changing their faces or altering their position so people thing they’re creepily coming to life to hunt them down and wreck unprovoked havoc.

Play-Asia, YesAsia and AmiAmi all sell Nendoroid figures and will ship them to a variety of locations. AmiAmi is your best bet, as they have the widest variety of the three stores and the best prices. You’ll have a better chance of finding a figure on sale there. Hobby Search is the best option of all, as they’re usually the most affordable, but you’ll need to preorder if you want to have a chance of getting a Nendoroid at a good price. Plus, Hobby Search has a points system which lets you earn discounts on future orders. JBox also occasionally carries Nendoroids, but odds are they’ll be more expensive than most stores.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports reviews the DS puzzle game Coropata.

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