Toys: SH Figuarts
A popular collector-oriented line of toys produced by Bandai of Japan, well-known for its focus on sculpt quality, natural yet effective articulation and large accessory count. The line mainly produces Kamen Rider figures, and as of 2011 Super Sentai too, but it has ventured into various anime licenses such as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Tiger & Bunny, Pretty Cure, and To Love-Ru.Since its launch in 2008, it has become very popular thanks to its introducing of a robust yet highly articulated humanoid base body, and now has several spin-off lines:
- Figuarts ZERO, a line of Figuarts-sized statues primarily covering anime licenses such as Naruto.
- D-Arts, focusing on action figures for video game franchises. Has been reabsorbed into the main line.
- S.H. MonsterArts, articulated figures for kaiju series such as Godzilla.
Tropes specific to this toyline are...
- And Now For Something Completely Different: While known for making normally humanoid figures, Figuarts has branched out within their line to other things such as:
- The Rider Bikes (And the Ride Vendor)
- The contract Beasts from Ryuki (Including a Genocider the can split into Ouja's three beasts.)
- Power Dizer
- Itassha Robo which is the largest and most expensive Figuart to date! (It's in scale to the Akibarangers, fully transformable, and costs around US$500 — and this is a general release!)
- Considering it's also a Chogokin (hence the SH Figuarts x Chogokin in promotional material), this is given.
- Daft Punk. No, seriously, there are Daft Punk Figuarts◊.
- Mario. Yes there is now a Mario Figuarts◊
- Henshin Hero: The bulk of the lines output is of the Kamen Rider franchise, although it also caters to Super Sentai fans these days.
- Running Gag: The lack of a proper Figuarts for base form Kiva and how almost every other rider will get a figure before him.
- She's a Man in Japan: Actually averted concerning Tiger Ranger - the Japanese release uses a male mold while the American release uses a female mold.
- Spiritual Successor: To the Souchaku Henshin line.
- Unexpected Character: The first few Figuarts of female riders (Nadeshiko, Femme and Marika) were Tamashii Web Shop exclusives, then come the Kiva-la Figuarts, which is a retail release planned for September 2015 release.
- The Unfavorite: Particularly blatant towards the Pretty Cure series. They have yet to release figurines of the characters from Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star, Yes! Pretty Cure 5 (though their first ones was from Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO!) and Suite Pretty Cure ♪. This is even more telling when they show off the prototypes for Cures Melody and Rhythm, then turn around and release Cure Heart. Melody and Rhythm finally are getting their chance to shine, along with Cure Echo.
- Sentai now also gets this too, due to low sales.