Anime Expo once again has come and gone. With every Anime Expo, there is an almost eclectic mix of fans from the most endearing fans who just like to draw their favorite series to the amazing costume designers of cos-play. One area of focus for SculptClub are the amazing figurines presented at this year’s Anime Expo 2013.
With companies like Ban-Dai, Good Smile and Max Factory (my personal favorite) teasing with the latest and greatest, it made me wish I had a museum dedicated to just figurines. With every release, the figurines tip the scales on details and creative with each iteration of popular characters.
In the forefront of reinventing a popular character is probably vocaloid Hatsune Miku. With companies such as Good Smile and Max Factory in the action, the sculpts of this popular character seem to defy gravity.
With many companies licensing the character, it is up to the sculptors of these companies to come up with unique and inventive ways to either reinvent the character or faithfully reproduce a hand drawn sketch of a character. It is almost magical how these sculptors interpret an impossibly posed drawing into a 3-dimensional character.
With the advent of more advance manufacturing techniques, the costs of mass producing these figurines have decreased significantly. Gone are the days of “garage-kits” where fans would have to assemble and paint the character. There may be fans that lament those days of yore, however with the quality of the figurines going above and beyond the skill set of most fan modelers, purchasing a fully pre-assembled figurine is much more desirable by the mass market.
Popular scales are 1/6 to 1/8 scale figures of a character. Anime tends to “super deform” or “chibi” characters to make them look more comical or cute. Kawaii! There is the rare 1/3 scale figures, but be prepared to shill out a few bills. Common materials used to manufacture these figures are PVC, resin or colored plastic.
With new content being produced every year, it is truly exciting to see more interpretations of amazing characters from 2D to 3D.
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