Freed from the confinement of two-dimensional comics and movies, several
of the top manga and anime characters are now available as action figures.
With all the detail and articulation any true fan could want, many of
these figures represent the next wave of design for major collectibles.
Vampire Hunter D ($34.99), from Epoch Toycom
, was featured in both the 1985 classic of the same name as well as that
film’s incredible 2000 sequel, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. This
figure, developed by famed designer/sculptor Susumu Sugita, presents the
half-human outcast D with the mysterious and deadly qualities for which
he has become widely known and feared: his long, swooping sword and his
talking left hand.
Showing the company’s feminine, but no less tough side, Epoch Toycom
has also created the Silent Mobius action figure Katsumi
Liqueur ($14.99), the sorcerer’s daughter turned AMP lynchpin,
who fearlessly goes to battle with the evil Lucifer Hawk. One of the most
fascinating characters in all of Silent Mobius, Katsumi’s action
figure stands 6.5 inches tall in her full AMP uniform and comes complete
with a war lance.
Also from Epoch Toycom is Man Machine Interface character Motoko
Aramaki, now available in 3-D as a semi-articulated figure in
a white body suit. Assist this hyper-advanced cyborg as she thwarts terrorism
just like she did in Ghost in the Shell 2. Motoko stands 7 inches
high and lists for $14.99
If plush dolls are more your style, check out adorable “data dog” Ein
($18.99) from Cowboy Bebop. Everyone’s favorite illegal bounty-hunting
Welsh Corgi, this Ein plush doll is eight inches from the bottom of his
stubby legs to the top of his pointy ears.
Fans of Card Captor Sakura will enjoy the new Kero-Chan
knitted plush doll ($14.99). Kero, the guardian of the Clow Book, is presented
in his cuter, smaller form as a knitted plush, but he can still keep watch
over your cards. Created by Top In (ToyShow),
this doll stands eight inches high.
Oglop Bug plush doll
From the chronicles of eleven classic adventures to PlayStation video
games and action figures, Final Fantasy has given fans of this
saga everything they could want. Now, from Final Fantasy IX comes
the hilarious four-inch tall Oglop Bug plush doll ($9.99).
Michael Lau’s vinyl figures have created a collecting phenomenon, making
his highly stylized six-inch anime and urban characters some of the most
sought-after in the entire genre. His new Devil Man ($84.99)
will surely be another must have for the vinyl addicted.