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    Figures for Girls

    Bishoujo figures are nothing new... but along with a shift in marketting toward women-- something interesting's happening.

    Male figures are no longer confined to rubber sentai heroes, Squeenix action figures and those ridiculously expensive (and orgasmically awesome) BERSERK figures (which will always be way too cool for school, btw).

    We're finally seeing some guys in plastic, pin-up style --

    REGULAR FIGURES:
    Code Geass: Lelouch (FIGMA)
    Guilty Gear: Bridget
    JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Jonathan
    Jyuuousei: Toru
    Lamento: Rai
    Lamento: Bardo
    Lamento: Konoe
    Lamento: Asato
    Neon Genesis Evangelion: Kaworu
    Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji & Kaworu
    Persona 3: Hero
    Persona 3: Akihiko
    Togainu no Chi: Akira
    Togainu no Chi: Shiki
    Togainu no Chi: Akira (Military ver) (also comes in white)
    Togainu no Chi: Shiki (Military ver) (also comes in white)


    WARNING - ADULT FIGURES FOLLOW:<br>
    Skeevy Shotacon Boy Riding a Gluestick
    Another Skeevy Shotacon Boy Riding a Gluestick


    Proof of a fandom shift toward women? Maybe. But it certainly implies a great deal of marketting power (and savvy) behind the little BL game company that could (Nitro+chiral) and one of the best figure-companies in the biz (Kotobukiya).

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    Re: Figures for Girls

    To.... To... Togainu no Chi... La... La... Lamento... :Kyaa!: Dangit I want those games, and those figures only add more fuel to the fire... Unfortunately at the moment, can't afford the hefty pricetag.

    I've known Nitro+CHiRAL had a marketing talent and made great games—find the reviews and they're pretty positive—, and I don't think it'd be exaggerating to say that they're leading the market for "fujoshi"-aimed —rotten women... What'd you call a male BL fan?— figures and such. Some people call Nitro+CHiRAL "marketing ******", but hey, if it means figures of guys in black military, especially uniforms, the more power to them!

    I was hoping those shota figures would be based off of characters illustrated by Yuzuki Ichi (namely, Kannagi no Tori characters) but they're not. They look more like girls, too... Perturbing since you can't tell their gender just by looks...
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    Re: Figures for Girls

    As far as I know, male figurines have never been particularly scarce.

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    Re: Figures for Girls

    Quote Originally Posted by Hassun View Post
    As far as I know, male figurines have never been particularly scarce.
    They have though (and still are, compared to bishoujo figures).

    I've collected figures for about 6 years and have followed Kotobukiya and Hobbystock's lines for nearly as long. I can count the male figures pre-Nitro+ on one hand.

    The only consistant line of HQ male collectables is ART OF WAR's line of Berserk toys. Which transcends the line between "High quality" and "Insanity" and is still obviously aimed at men. (Though if I could possibly afford them... I would own them all)

    Capsule toy and action figure lines have pretty much always included male figures but they're not considered part of the "high end" collectable market. With the exception of a few Kaworu garage kits (on account of the rabid EVA fanbase), the serious "Hobby" market has been more or less a titty-fest. In spite of series like Fullmetal Alchemist and Prince of Tennis being wildly popular (largely with female fanbases), there aren't any collectable figures. Perhaps there will be in the future... but for the most part: they missed the boat.

    Pre-painted figures are considered "uber-geeky" and with their $40-100 price-tags, require a bit more dork/financial commitment on the part of their collectors. People seem to think that women are less likely to plunk down the money to decorate their houses with useless hunks of pretty plastic. (Maybe they are?)

    Shounen and shoujo series, for all their popularity, don't spawn expensive "otaku" collectables. There are no pre-painted Naruto figures and only recently have girls taken enough interest in models (and model-makers in them) to create figures based solely on series for girls.

    These figures wouldn't be half as notable if not for their content/target audience. Half of them come from pornographic BL games for women and are about as likely to appeal to men as giant turds in boxes with cellphane windows ^^;

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    Re: Figures for Girls

    Male figurines aimed at a female audience are probably very rare indeed.
    The other thing we need to take note of here is that guys don't want other guys to see they have "dolls" and if they do have dolls they had better be near naked ladies (or pedolicious loli in Japan). That's why guys who like dolls have "action figures". They might not be figurines but they serve a similar purpose to some extent.

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    Re: Figures for Girls

    however you see the trend, good or bad, its producing some hot shite. I want the sexy Akira doll to go with my Gatz action figure :P

    If I see a Nitro+ figure explosion, I might start collecting.

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