In recent years, the popularity of anime has skyrocketed thanks to the success of action packed Shonen series including Attack On Titan and My Hero Academia. What was once a quiet niche has become a mainstay of pop culture and fans of the Japanese medium are always eager to show off their love of their favourite shows. Figures have always been a go-to for those wanting to build out their anime collection, and here are the best authentic anime figures for new and veteran fans alike to buy in 2022.
With so much excellent anime out there and figure brands to choose from, it can definitely be a daunting and overwhelming task trying to decide what beloved character to spend your hard earned cash on. That's why we've taken a look at the myriad of merchandise from the most popular anime to highlight some of the best anime figures to buy and brands to check out in 2022.
Demon Slayer - Tanjiro Kamado Total Concentration Breathing. Bandai Spirits Anime Figure.
Demon Slayer is arguably a member of the next 'big three' as evidenced when it's anime debut eclipsed almost every other series back in 2019. Following the tragic story of protagonist Tanjiro Kamado, who joins the legendary Demon Slayer Corps seeking revenge and answers after his family are slain, Demon Slayer is one of the hottest action shows in recent memory.
This explosive anime figure from Bandai Spirits showcases Tanjiro at his strongest after inheriting the powerful Hinokami Kagura fire breathing technique from his father in the midst of battling the formidable Spider demon Rui. It was one of the most beloved anime moments of 2020, and fans can relive it forever with this wrap-around figure.
Attack On Titan Nendoroid Figures
There's nothing quite as cute collectible-wise as Nendoroid figures. Good Smile Company are no stranger to anime figures and our number one pick has to go to their adorable Attack On Titan range. As a show, Attack On Titan is bleak and brutal so these anime figures give a lighter spin on the series.
Each figure comes with detachable accessories for you to customise character looks that include a choice of Titan slaying weapon and two unique face plates. There's a wide range of characters to choose from that come in a variety of unique poses, making Nendoroid the perfect choice for any Attack On Titan fan.
- Buy Attack On Titan Nendoroid figures from Amazon UK
Naruto Shippuden PVC Statue
The number one knuckle head ninja, Naruto Uzumaki is one of the most recognisable anime protagonists in the world. The ever determined blonde haired ninja battled his way from being a lonely outsider to the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village over the course of the original anime and it's sequel Naruto Shippuden. He's the underdog turned hero everybody loves and having at least one Naruto anime figure is a staple for every anime fans collection.
This PVC anime figure from Abysse Corp sold by Forbidden Planet displays Naruto wielding a pair of kunai knives in a striking action pose. In a nice extra touch the statute stand is reminiscent of the Hidden Leaf villages emblem and the figure comes packaged in a strudy collectible box.
- Buy Naruto PVC anime figures from Forbidden Planet
Dragon Ball Super Goku & Vegeta Anime Figure
Every excellent anime has a great rivalry at it's heart and Goku and Vegeta set the mark for these turbulent relationships when Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Z first hit our TV screens in 1989. What started as a bitter feud between the two Saiyans developed into a healthy rivalry as the pair become close allies over the years defending earth together.
This anime figure from TQGG shows Goku and Vegeta as Super Saiyan Gods ready to unleash a devastating blow on their enemies, taken from the Dragon Ball Super anime. It's a collectible that every Saiyan should have on their shelf.
- Buy Dragon Ball Super figures from Amazon UK
My Hero Academia All Might Silver Age (Exclusive Edition)
Plus Ultra! My Hero Academia is the comic book inspired anime that's taken the world by storm. Fans can't get enough of Deku and friends world saving adventures and superhuman schooling as the unique group of fledging heroes train to master their quirks and become the best heroes they can be. Among their mentors is none other than the worlds number one hero, and Deku's personal idol, All Might.
First 4 Figures have brought him to life in intricate detail with this Silver Age anime figure. The PVC model features All Might in his signature confidant pose, and has been crafted with detailed shading that closely resembles the anime source material. It retails at $119.99 making it the priciest entry on our list but with interchangable arms, a dynamic display case and a handy storage compartment it's well worth the investment for those diehard fans.
- Buy My Hero Academia anime figures from First4Figures
One Piece Funko Pop Figures
There's no anime nearly as long or grandiose as Eiichiro Oda's pirate adventure One Piece. Luffy's journey to the grand line alongside his memorable crew of Straw Hats has been delighting fans for over twenty years now and it shows no sign of stopping soon. Whether you're already knee deep in the wonderful world of anime or are a newfound viewer, One Piece is one story you just can't ignore.
When it comes to pop culture Funko Pops are a collectable phenomenon that have made their way into every form media including anime, and these One Piece pops are a perfect addition to a pirates treasure trove. There are currently 4 series of One Piece Funko Pops available, each featuring a colourful cast of characters.
Bleach: Soul Entered Model Statute: Ichigo Kurosaki
Bleach was one of anime's big three back in the day alongside Naruto and One Piece. The edgy anime focused on the life of Ichigo Kurosaki, a 17 year old boy who obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (a Death God) and alongside his band of allies fights to protect others from monstrous ghosts known as Hollows.
Despite the Bleach anime prematurely ending in 2014, it's making a comeback in 2022 with the long awaited adaption of the beloved 'Thousand-Year Blood War' arc. The well known anime figure folks at Banpresto are gearing up for the release with a new Ichigo anime figure that fans can pre-order now through Forbidden Planet. The figure displays the orange haired protagonist wielding his signature katana clearly ready for the Thousand-Year Blood War.
- Buy My Hero Academia anime figures from Forbidden Planet
That's our list for the best anime figures to buy in 2022 but make sure to check back for all the latest anime deals and collectibles! And be sure to follow @Jelly_Deals on Twitter for more deals as they're announced.