Over the last few months I’ve developed a really keen interest in figure collecting. As I have been looking at forums and blogs, I’ve noticed a phrase pop up. That is, ‘holy grail’ figure. Now a lot of people have different checklists for what makes a figure a ‘holy grail’, but at its very essence it’s that figure. The one that any anime store you enter you look for, the one whose exact name and details you know off by heart, the one you might even dream about. So the first criteria is quite a personal one. The second criteria that makes a figure a ‘holy grail’ is that it’s difficult to find. One might even have to go on a pilgrimage to find theirs! While people’s ‘holy grails’ often tend to just be one or two figures, I’m a greedy, needy girl! So I thought it might be fun to list my own ‘holy grails’.
With this list, I will admit I am being a bit liberal with the phrase ‘holy grail’. I know some collectors are very VERY specific on what they consider a grail. For example, some only consider something a grail if it’s extremely limited edition, with only a few made in the whole world! But with this post i just wanted to have some fun and share some figures that I do consider ‘holy grails’ for myself.
Kirigiri Kyouko – Monokuma – 1/8 (Phat Company)
Danganronpa is one of my all time favourite series, unfortunately, there aren’t many figures from it! But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. The figures that are available from the series are pretty awesome and amongst them is this figure of Ultimate Detective Kyoko Kirigiri from Phat Company. The figure was first released in 2014, and then re-released in 2017 and oooh boy am I aching for a third run! Kyoko looks stunning here, from her flowing gradient hair to her relaxed cool pose (that actually looks a little uncomfortable?). But, what I love most about the figure are all the extra details – the school notebook displayed on the phone, splashes of the iconic pink blood, the cup noodles – it all comes together to make a pretty perfect Danganronpa figure.
Genjo Sanzo – ARTFX J – 1/8 (Kotobukiya)
Way back when I was 13 years old and getting back into anime, I stumbled across Saiyuki. The series became a major love of mine and my mum’s, we bought every series and watched them almost religiously. Unfortunately, I was not into figurine collecting when this masterpiece was released in 2017 by Kotobukiya. It’s original sale price on AmiAmi was 14,000 yen but now you can find it for upwards of 20,000. I’ve even seen it for 40,000 yen! The figure perfectly captures Sanzo’s permanent sullen expression. One day my love, one day!
Hatsune Miku – Easter ver. (LemonGumi)
I don’t even know if I have to write anything. Just look at it! How freaking adorable is this figure!? This figure is a garage kit, which are resin models that collectors must paint and assemble themselves. There’s often only a very limited number of them released at events such as WonFest. I honestly cannot find any information about this garage kit except for its MyFigurineCollection page. But as much as I would love this figure, I’d also love to buy it second hand from someone who has already painted and assembled it. I don’t want to make a mess of my dear Miku’s face.
Camilla – 1/7 (Intelligent Systems)
I remember when I was playing Fire Emblem Fates – Conquest, Camilla had a rather unpleasant nickname amongst fans – ‘booby monster’. But you know what? Those are some amazing breasts, and I would be proud to have them in my collection. I love how playful this figure is with her lifting her hair up, and that soft smile – a sharp contrast to that massive axe by her side. A warning that as cute as she is, don’t mess with her! The sculpting on her armour is fantastic and that marble base is fit for royalty! Just like the Sanzo figurine, Camilla’s resale price has soared through the roof. Maybe she’ll be mine…when I win the lotto…
Hatsune Miku – 1/7 – Memorial Dress Ver. (Good Smile Company)
Unlike the other figurines on this list, this one is not yet released and I actually had the chance to pre-order it. So technically it’s a future holy grail rather than a current one. But, as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be my Moby Dick. My finger hovered over that pre-order button at least twice a day as I debated back and forth. Finally I decided against it, I couldn’t spend that much money on a single figure. I know I’ll be spending every night dreaming of it until it’s released in December this year. It’s a true homage to Hatsune Miku. The gradients on her iconic pigtails, the flowing dress and gorgeous colour scheme – what is there not to love? Better yet, there’s so many references to Miku’s history on this figure, particularly on the hair ties. Each time I look at them, I find another reference! I adore this figure and whoever has ordered her are going to be very happy people at the end of 2020.
These figures are ones that I could possibly find fairly easily/ have found online. However, I they are unfortunately too expensive for me to justify buying. From left to right:
Cosmog & Lilie – Pokémon Figure Series – 1/8 (Kotobukiya): I really love the look of this figure, the movement to it, the colours, Lillie’s facial expression. However, I’m not a massive Lillie fan, and in fact felt a bit lukewarm towards the Pokemon Sun/Moon series as a whole. Because of that, I would be hard pressed to spend ~8500+ yen on this figure.
Megurine Luka – 1/7 – Temptation Ver. (Max Factory): Luka looks so incredibly bad ass here! Her outfits looks so stylish [and super sexy], and I think it’s pretty cool how her eyepatch is removable. Again, just like with Lillie, I’m not a big Luka fan. I think out of all the Vocaloid’s she’s one of my least favourite, so if I had money to spend I’d want to spend it on Miku or Rin!
Seragaki Aoba – Ren – 1/7 (Max Factory): I actually saw this figure for sale on my last trip to Japan. It was selling for about half the normal retail price and I was so so tempted to get it. However, I haven’t actually played DRAMAtical murder. I’m waiting for JAST Blue to release it, and didn’t want to grab it just on the small off chance I didn’t like the game. Although, truth be told, if I saw the figure again for the same price I probably would pick it up.
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