Greetings and salutations my fellow geeks and geekettes! Wow! It’s already April, we’ve quarter into 2022, and that was honestly fast. Now for the month April we here at Hobility it’s all about all chibi figures from Good Smile’s Nendoroids to Bandai’s big head Chapchara gashapons. That’s right, it’s all fair game as long as they’ve got heads, big eyes, and small bods!
Now, before we get started on the comparisons, I think its best we understand what the term “chibi” is, shall we. According to our good friend Wikipedia, the word “chibi” is a slang term used to describe someone or something that is short. The word derives from the verb chibiru (禿びる), which in turn means ‘to wear out or become shorter.’ Regardless of its origin, this terminology has been widely used in anime subculture for things that are short and cute.
So, these figures are gonna be broken up into two categories; poseable and non-posable.
First up on our list from Good Smile Company with their Nendoroid line of figures. Out the all in our list, Nedoroids certainly are the more popular choice. With nearly two thousand figures announced under the line, there’s no shortage of options. Reaching a height of 10cm or close to 4 inches, this little figure doesn’t lack the articulation either, and provides additional limbs for more complex poses. In terms of accessories, it varies from release to release as some can come with a plethora of accessories, or as basic as they come like face plates, hands and a base. In regards to price, these little guys can set you back as low as $35 (USD) to $50 (USD).
In second place we have Kotobukiya’s Cu-poche figures. A little less known compared to the likes of Nendoroid but no less significant, as these figures have their strengths too. Only by a ½ centimeter tall than a Nedoroid, it those give the Cu Poche a slight advantage. What I mean by this is that it gives them a little more room for articulation without the need to remove limbs- just don’t expect too much. Accessories wise, they’re what you’d expect (faces, base, hands, character exclusive, etc…) so it’s no slouch either. The only drawback back to Kotobukiya’s Cu Poches’ is that they’re no longer in production with the last figure released was back in late 2019. With that said, they’re bound to be harder to get nowadays.
Up next, just reaching the 10cm mark, we have Bandai’s Figuarts Mini’s. While still new in the market (as of writing) Figuart Mini has made many consecutives releases since it’s inception with the likes Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaise. While not as complex as the other two previous entries, only supporting the most basic articulation and additional limbs for poses. All in all, for something that cost at about $30 (USD) it’s worth investing in.
First batter up for our non-poseable category is Chara-Forme, and to be completely honest with you, there isn’t much info about them, and much like some of figure lines on this list have been discontinued. This is rather unfortunate as their figures have amazing detailing and sculpt work for such a small size.
Stepping away from Japan a bit, now we head to Hong Kong with Hot Toys’ Cosbaby figures. With a height of 3 ¾ inches or around 9.5cm tall. A majority of Cosbaby figures are based on popular movies franchises like the Marvel Cinematic universe, DC Extended Universe, Star Wars, and some other pop culture movies. If you’re looking for smaller-scale collectibles that still have a superior level of detail and sculpting but with a fun twist to their aesthetic, then the Cosbaby line of figures is definitely for you. Buyer beware though, these figures can average at $20 (USD) to even $70 (USD).
So, after looking something expensive, let’s move onto something more affordable, the item in question is Banpresto’s Q Posket figures. Q Poskets come in to distinct sizes, one is the regular 6 inches and the other is Petite version at 3 ½ inches tall. What makes these figures very distinct from the other has eyes. The eyes are given a large beady-like design that’s very expressive. While very basic and simplistic, these figures make up for it in term of quantity and variety, as you can find figures from anime and manga to movies and comic books. At a low price of $20 (USD) they’re worth picking up.
Last our list is Taito’s Puchieete figures. Visually these Puchieetes certainly went all out in the chibi aesthetic, as the proportions are rounder and thicc while keeping the height at just 6 inches. While not many figures were released in this line, there is a demand for them. In terms of accessories, they’re very character specific- take Asuna and Sinon from Sword Art Online, both come package with their respective weapons. With a price averaging at $15 (USD), the Puchieete’s are by far the most affordable of the lot.
With all that we’ve taken a lot at so far, each of these figures have their pros and most definitely cons when you go more in-depth, but there’s no denying their cuteness. So, which of them are you most excited to have in your collection, and do let us know. Anyways, that’s all for now- stay safe, stay active!
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