While it's not nearly close to the level of anime like One Piece and Dragon Ball yet, My Hero Academia has a variety and number of figures that rivals most series. With that said, there is a lot to choose from, and with varying price-points there is something for everyone.
I personally collect My Hero Academia figures, so I wanted to create a list outlying all of my favorite lines and options available to you at every price-point. I'll break the figures up in the following price categories: Super affordable ($0-30 USD), affordable ($31-80 USD), expensive ($81-200), and super expensive ($201+).
Super Affordable My Hero Academia Figures ($0-30 USD)
There are many different types of My Hero Academia figures that fall within the super affordable price range, like Funko Pops!, World Collectable Figures, Banpresto Figures (Grandistas, DXF, Figure Colosseum, etc.), and Pop Up Parade figures from Good Smile Company. Here are my favorites:
My Hero Academia World Collectable Figures (WCF's)
If you aren't familiar with World Collectable Figures or WCF's, they are smaller, highly-detailed figures that stand around 2.75 inches tall. Their height, however, depends on the character, but I've found them to be some of the easiest figures to display since the take up such a small amount of space.
They are sold individually sometimes in the US, but a lot of the time you have to purchase them in a box of six figures. Sometimes these boxes will contain random or blind figures. This makes buying WCF's a gamble on occasion, but with re-sale prices, it is more often than not worth the risk.
Other times, they will be sold in a set with specific figures, so you'll know exactly which WCF's you are purchasing. Sites that sell these in the United States, like BigBadToyStore, always note if the boxes are random or not, so make sure you keep an eye out for this when purchasing them.
When WCF's are purchased individually, they are priced around $10 USD; However, when bought in a box you will pay around $60. While this goes out of the super affordable price range, I wanted to keep WCF's in this category, because each figure in the set is still priced $10 USD. To give you an idea of the types of figures you get within the My Hero Academia WCF boxes, BigBadToyStore recently sold Vol. 6 as a set of 6 figures, which included Overhaul, Eri, Tomura Shigaraki, Dabi, Himiko Toga, and Twice.
The My Hero Academia WCF's can be hit or miss depending on the volume in terms of look and likeness, but this is an issue with nearly every line. Some have heads I think are too large, but others really get the look of the characters right. But, as a whole, the WCF's that have been released, especially as of recent, have captured moments from the anime that have yet to be made into a figure by other companies and they've done the characters justice. For instance, there is one of Deku with Eri on his back during his fight with Overhaul (seen in the photo above) that looks absolutely amazing. As of now, this is my favorite WCF they've released for My Hero Academia.
WCF's, in particular, capture expressions and moments that other companies don't, and they even release figures of characters that other companies don't as well. For this reason alone, I find WCF's enjoyable to collect. But, it's their quality for their price that makes them my go-to. When compared to other affordable options, like Funko Pops!, I prefer WCF's, because while they sell at a similar retail price they pay more attention to the details and their paint is much better. If you want to learn more about what I think about these figures, check out the post below!
Where to buy My Hero Academia WCF's: BigBadToyStore
A Comparison of Anime Figure Types
My Hero Academia Figure Colosseum Figures (Banpresto)
As with any line of figures, there are going to be hits or misses. But, there are some My Hero Academia Figure Colosseum figures that look absolutely incredible, like the one of Deku pictured above. I am also really impressed by their figures of villains, like Himiko Toga and Tomura Shigaraki. The quality of and paint on these figures in particular is great for the price.
Out of all the My Hero Academia figure lines Banpresto has, Figure Colosseum is one of my favorites within this price range. With unique poses and sculpts, these look great when displayed; In addition, they look more dynamic on the shelf since many of them are featured in an action pose or are shown doing something, like jumping or running. Because of this, they also look great when displayed together.
As far as non-posable options go, My Hero Academia Figure Colosseum figures are one of the best, especially given that they are only priced around $25.
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Affordable My Hero Academia Figures ($31-80 USD)
There are many different types of My Hero Academia figures that fall within the affordable price range, like Nendoroids, Figmas, Banpresto figures (Super Master Stars), and Tsume Xtra figures. Here are my favorites:
My Hero Academia Nendoroids
Nendoroids are posable and they come with multiple accessories and displayable options, and it is for these reasons that I find them to be so enjoyable to collect and display. Most Nendoroids will cost you $50 dollars plus, but some are priced even less.
The My Hero Academia Nendoroids are one of my favorite lines Good Smile Company has released and they have a wide variety of characters to choose from. As of now, they've released heroes All Might, Izuku Midoriya (Hero's Edition), Izuku Midoriya (Costume γ), Katsuki Bakugo, Shoto Todoroki, Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, Tsuyu Asui, Eijiro Kirishima, and villians, Tomura Shigaraki, Dabi, and Himiko Toga.
With Nendoroids, the characters personalities really show through, and they've done a great job at including the parts needed to really highlight each of their unique and individual quirks. For instance, Dabi comes with flame effect parts and Deku (Costume γ Edition) comes with effect parts for his legs to recreate his "Shoot Style" attacks.
In addition, you can pose these figures together and recreate scenes from the anime, which I really enjoy. There are many possibilities with Nendoroids and the ability to change up their poses and display makes them a stand out on this list. Out of all the My Hero Academia figures I've owned, Nendoroids are one of my personal favorites. I personally prefer the look of the MHA Nendoroids to the look of the MHA Figmas, which are also released by Good Smile.
Nendoroids Releasing in September 2020
My Hero Academia Super Master Stars Piece Izuku Midoriya by Banpresto
This is the only figure on this list that has yet to be released with an expected arrival date of January 2021. And while I'm always wary to recommend a figure I have yet to see in person, this one is an exception. From the pictures we've seen, I think the Super Master Stars Piece Izuku Midoriya is going to be the best My Hero Academia figure Banpresto has ever released.
Much like the figures I mentioned above, this figure is part of Figure Colosseum line, but since it is also a Super Master Stars Piece, it comes with a heftier price tag of $65. This figure has a dynamic pose and it looks to be sculpted well. And when compared to other Banpresto figures, the paint is some of the best I've seen to date, especially given that it has more intricate details than most.
I'm extremely picky when it comes to Banpresto figures, because the sculpt can be hit or miss, but this was an immediate buy for me. When I saw it, I knew I wanted it, and that speaks volumes to how great this figure looks.
My Hero Academia Let's Begin! and I'm Ready! Prize Figures
Banpresto announced two waves of Ichiban Kuji figures titled Let's Begin! and I'm Ready!, and both sets look absolutely amazing with their detail, poses, and paint.
All figures show Deku and Katsuki in their hero costumes, but certain figures include effect parts that show off their quirks and feature combat ready expressions and poses; While others show them in their costumes smiling with their more standard expressions.
As of now, there are a few speciality shops that have put the Ichiban Kuji My Hero Academia Let’s Begin and I'm Ready figures up for preorder in the USA. They are priced around $37 USD and have an estimated arrival date of March 2021.
Expensive My Hero Academia Figures ($81-200 USD)
As of now, the only My Hero Academia figures I recommend within the expensive range are Kotobukiya's ARTFX J figures. Read more about them below!
My Hero Academia Kotobukiya ARTFX J Figures
Some of the My Hero Academia ARTFX J figures by Kotobukiya are my favorites. Not only are they painted better than most on this list, but they are one of the best in terms of quality that you can buy. Everything from the sculpting to the texturing of these is done really well, and while they are priced higher than most at around $90+, they are worth the price.
I'm not fond of some of the faces in the Kotobukiya MHA line, but there are a few ARTFX J figures that are impeccably done, like Himiko Toga and Tomura Shigaraki. These two, in particular, are two of my favorite My Hero Academia figures on this list, and I highly recommend them.
They were previously sold out on most sites, but Kotobukiya recently announced at their expo that they'd be re-releasing these two, along with a few others. They are both popping back up for preorder on sites, like BigBadToyStore. Shigaraki is slated to ship out sometime in November 2020 and Toga is slated to ship out sometime in October 2020.
Super Expensive My Hero Academia Figures ($201+ USD)
In this range, you are getting into the more expensive, higher-end My Hero Academia statues. As of now, few have been released, but more companies are looking into getting licenses for or are entertaining the idea of making statues from MHA. With that said, Tsume has my favorite MHA statue that has been revealed thus far. Check it out below!
My Hero Academia HQS United States of Smash Limited Edition Statue by Tsume
Tsume's United States of Smash statue featuring the unforgettable fight between All For One and All Might was limited to only 1600 pieces. With amazing imagery and an incredible sculpt, this statue is unfortunately sold out. Regardless, I still wanted to include it on this post, because I've found that some people are unaware that pieces like these exist.
Pieces like these have a super expensive price-point of around $500+, but they are the highest quality option on this list. These statues usually feature pivotal scenes from anime that include dynamic and powerful imagery. And they, more likely than not, come as a diorama. Statues, like this one, are statement pieces that look great on display.
As more My Hero Academia statues are revealed, I'll add them to this post, but for now, the HQS United States of Smash Limited Edition Statue by Tsume is my top My Hero Academia statue and the only one I personally feel comfortable in recommending.
With 2020 still under way and My Hero Academia's popularity continuing to rise, more figures are bound to be on the way. As more are announced, I'll continue to update this post, so stay tuned for more recommendations!
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