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Figures for siblings?Figures for siblings?

GhaoulGhaoulIl y a 2 ansAsk MFC
First of all, hello one and all who take the time to read this! :) Now to expand and elaborate on the question in the title:

What have been your experiences buying figures as gifts for your siblings - whether younger or older? Was it a surprise? Did you pick it out or did they?

I'm especially curious about experiences where your sibling didn't know much about Japanese entertainment in general!

The story so far...

Simply put, my younger sister adores my Hatsune Miku 2.0 figma, but for an 8 year-old I thought a figma might be a bit risky.

So I'm considering buying her Nendoroid 150, Hatsune Miku Snow Playtime Edition - item/57476!

I think it would be a good choice given:
a) simpler to maneuver and handle than figma
b) articulated in all of its limbs
c) awesome ice-cube try *o*
d) winter is coming up

So what have been your experiences buying figures for siblings (especially those who came to know of figures/anime/manga etc. through you) and do you think there's a better choice for a first figure? :)

Thanks for reading and answering if you can spare the time!
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Ghaoul (Il y a 2 ans) #3607500Some fine parental insight! Thank you, first and foremost, for sharing your experiences! Does your son often swap out faces, hands and other extra parts - how does he find it?

Now I have to watch him with the parts because he will sometimes lose them. I have a little case for his spare parts. Most of the time he doesn't even care to change out faces and hands and things. I usually leave the holding hands on his figures so they can hold weapons or ride motorcycles, etc. He does know they can swap faces and will usually pick the face he wants when he first gets the figure, but he doesn't change much after that. He likes the accessories though and will use those. He loves them and sleeps with them. We have a little bed/sleep bag that he will put one in at night.

I think some people have a hang up about giving kids figures because kids are going to treat it rougher than they would themselves. But it doesn't mean the kid doesn't love it just as much and it's certainly not a waste. I think my son will have these figures for years whereas the cheap toys he buys around here will go to the wayside. It's also a good bonding experience. I like to share my hobbies with my family.

I bought him his first ones (a set of SH figuarts Power Rangers) almost a year ago (last Christmas) when he was 4. We still have them all. He might have lost a hand or something but we have their accessories too. None of them are broken, they are in fine condition. He's since added several figma (spiderman, Thor, Captain America, and a few others) and again they are totally fine. His favorite is actually Makoto from Free! and he loves to take him to the bath so he can "swim".

I feel like some of the posters on here don't know much about children. I mean an 8 year old hasn't been trying to eat small parts for at least 5 years and most 8 year olds are mature enough to pose and care for figures. I'm a mom and a teacher.

It depends on personality much more than age (besides 3 and under where eating small parts might actually be an issue). I teach 11-13 year olds and I know some of them would love a figure like that and take great care of it while others would "play" with it by throwing it at a wall to "see if it bounces" or something stupid and destructive like that.
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Ghaoul (Il y a 2 ans) #3631952An amusing self-reflection at the end there :3 Makes me glad I asked for experiences and not just suggestions/alternatives to my initial choice.

As for the greater experience you shared of yourself and your sister, I certainly hope you can keep in the hobby for as long as you wish and that your sister was satisfied with her overall experience! Also, I've seen those lightsaber chopsticks up on TOM and I can agree that they are worth a pretty penny.

I hadn't really thought of the concept of the "collecting mentality" before you mentioned it, but I'd say she's adopted that both through observation of my brother and I as well as in a personal sense. Haha, let's hope my next consideration after this purchase isn't that of how to stop her from collecting all the Miku figures when she gets her own money xD

Thank you again for taking the time out of your day for this, fellow fan.

I'm very glad to be in the hobby and don't have plans on leaving anytime soon. My sister enjoyed collecting as well, but she was a different sort of collector than I am. She was the type who had to collect the whole collection, while I am happy to just have my favorites for the most part. She told me that it eventually became a problem and she starting asking herself questions like, "Did I really need 5 of these figures just because they are different color versions?" Eventually she decided that it would be best to just give it all up. She does like buying me figures though, so I know it's not something she stopped because she came to dislike it.

My sister and I got the collection mentality from my mom. She doesn't collect figures, but she collects shoes. I don't even know how many pairs she has, she certainly doesn't wear them all.

Best of luck to the little future collector! And yes, I do realize the type of kid I was. I was one of those strange, outdoors creatures and would certainly have taken it outside and gotten it dirty. And if it was a nendoroid I might have lost parts during our adventures. XD
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Rokiki (Il y a 2 ans) #3616183You can buy this nendoroid about 30 here www.amazon.com/...
So its relatively cheap. (2010 version)


Thanks for taking the time out of your day to find that, fellow fan :) Fortunately, I know where to snag a new, super-movable version of that for even less!
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mickeydeerho (Il y a 2 ans) #3615628I agree on dymitr's prize figure comment. I don't think children that young can appreciate a Nendoroid or Figma or an expensive scale. They'll probably lose parts and such. I'm basing my opinion on my nephews and rememning how they were back then.

First of all, thank you for choosing to share your personal experience in these matters. The idea of a prize figure is also worth exploring, not least of which is due to the potential to introduce her to multiple characters. After all this about giving her an experience rather than just a "thing" :D
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dymitr (Il y a 2 ans) #3615357Give a prize figure. Generally has no small parts they can choke on, is not to expensive and provided you choice the right on aestetically pleasing. Nendoroids are a choking hazard and figma are too fragile.

Fortunately all the time I've spent watching over her has put her well past the innocent carelessness that may lead to choking. Even with Lego she refuses to bite at any piece that's too well stuck in place as many Lego fans may do simply because it can be a quick solution :P

As for prize figure they're definitely real beauties nowadays! Thanks for voicing your opinion, fellow fan.
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Moro (Il y a 2 ans) #36153458 is too young for a collectible like a nendo, she'd likely break it (things like nendos and figmas are really quite fragile.)
Get her a plush instead, there are lots of extremely cute Miku plushies.


Thanks for taking the time out to voice which idea you support, fellow fan :) The increase in support of a plush has definitely spawned some ideas in my head, such as embedding a voice-box with my favourite Miku songs in one to bring the character to life in a way I can't quite do for my sister with a figure.
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mikki-malu (Il y a 2 ans) #3615083I guess it depends on what your sis likes about Miku figma, design or ability to pose her. If it's design than any Miku might do, there are many nice prize figures for example. But if she wants to play with it I'd say nendo is no easier to handle. Putting those small parts in place can be very annoying :D, and figmas are much more playable. Miku 2.0 isn't that expensive order.mandarake... so if she loves this figure maybe you can just give her the chance to own it and play with it and have fun with it and maybe even ruin it but it's gonna be exactly what she likes, not a substitute :)
I gave my sis a few figures as presents, she's not into anime but she kinda knows about figures because she sees my collection and I often show her the figures I find interesting. Every time it was a figure she really liked so I was happy to make her surprised and happy :) But my sis is a grown up and she prefers scales so my experience isn't probably much help here :)


On the contrary, my fellow figure fan, every experience helps as I've found thus far!

In fact, Miku 2.0 is who inspired all of this in the first place! The idea of getting her, her own certainly came to mind, but at the same time I wasn't too sure about getting her something exactly the same.

It's true that in general Nendoroids are less meant for play or even just moving about than figma, which is why the Nendoroid I had my eye on was a super movable one. I thought that the inflated proportions would be easier for my younger sister to handle for posing than a figma.

As for scaled figures, haha, she won't even know that those exist for a while and that's partially because I'm passing on Greatest Idol Miku (my first scaled love) to make this present possible. I guess my job in the future will be making sure my younger sister doesn't go crazy about scaled figures when she can afford to buy them, huh? :P

Thanks for your suggestions and for sharing your own unique experience!
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Ose_93 (Il y a 2 ans) #3615056My older sister has gotten me figures before. Since I have so many and she doesn't want to get one I already ordered, I give her a list of a few that I don't have and she picks one. So it's still kind of a surprise that way.
My sister left the hobby, so I tend not to buy her figures. I buy her a lot of random gifts though, like lightsaber chopsticks, anime stationary, coin pouches, etc when I see something cute up for pre-order.
Your little sister is a bit young. If she already collects a certain type of figure, then I would say the nendoroid is a good option since it's so cute. However, if she isn't already in the collecting mentality, I think that maybe a plush would be better. It really depends on how responsible you think she is though. I know I wouldn't have given my 8 year old self a figure, for instance. XD


An amusing self-reflection at the end there :3 Makes me glad I asked for experiences and not just suggestions/alternatives to my initial choice.

As for the greater experience you shared of yourself and your sister, I certainly hope you can keep in the hobby for as long as you wish and that your sister was satisfied with her overall experience! Also, I've seen those lightsaber chopsticks up on TOM and I can agree that they are worth a pretty penny.

I hadn't really thought of the concept of the "collecting mentality" before you mentioned it, but I'd say she's adopted that both through observation of my brother and I as well as in a personal sense. Haha, let's hope my next consideration after this purchase isn't that of how to stop her from collecting all the Miku figures when she gets her own money xD

Thank you again for taking the time out of your day for this, fellow fan.
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einonymous (Il y a 2 ans) #3614921I was going to post a comment and say the same (doesn't seem like Miku has any cu-poche or revoltech, though... so you doesn't need to check there), but Hakkari said exactly what I'd suggest. I think 8-year-olds can be really careful with figures if they know how valuable/fragile they are, but it wouldn't be as fun. I tried looking at all Miku articulated figures to find a suitable one, but it seems that either you can just take a risk and let her play with a figma or a nendo, or get her a plush if she likes playing with things, or even a prize figure if she just likes Miku (not poseable, but you can afford to break and she can play around with it, too).

Ah, how nice! Thank you for taking the time out to consider alternatives both within the same category and beyond ^_^

The plush idea is definitely growing on me (as an alternative or an addition I can't say for sure)! I'll definitely go for something with a bit more versatility than a prize given my younger sister's admiration for the way I set up poses using the various parts (and stand whenever I must submit to physics)! She's never actually seen me play in the traditional sense of the word with the figma.

All the same, thank you for your research, voicing which idea you support as well as offering one of your own, fellow fan!
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riringo (Il y a 2 ans) #3614519For children, I'd suggest something that will withstand damage. The paint on Nendos really aren't resilient at all (I mean, they even come wrapped in plastic to avoid paint transfer), and full-action nendos seem to have flimsy joints.
Maybe you can get her a Miku plush?


Is that so? On the topic of paint transfer I've yet to personally experience any when it comes to Miku, but of course it varies from figure to figure. As for the joints I wasn't aware that could be the case despite the difference in design from figma joints. I'll be sure to look into that matter carefully!

There's that idea of the plushie again. It really does comes with its own unique potential to be special, plus the Ichigo Shiromuku version has its own set of optional attire. Thanks for voice which idea you support as well as giving me something new to consider, fellow fan! (Y)

Edit: A quick look at the plushie's gallery here even shows her right beside the very Nendoroid I was considering. Can you say "Why not both"?
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OmegaForte (Il y a 2 ans) #3614063Youngest I've given a figure as a gift was my brother at the age of 13. For my 6 year old, toys.
I would say 8 is a tad young for that figure, but it depends on how he/she plays with toys in general. (If he/she gets angry when something goes wrong with the figure, would he/she smash it or ask for help, etc.)


It certainly pays off to pay close attention to your younger siblings throughout the years for decisions like these, huh? (Y) Thank you for yet another unique experience, as well as a balance view on the matter, fellow fan!
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