By Jaimejoel Rivera Rivera
Most collectors love Bandai’s premium action figure line, “S.H.Figuarts”. Known for it’s attention to detail, high levels of articulation, and amazing accessories, the S.H.Figuarts line is definitely one of the best. Since making its debut in 2008 the line has acquired a lot of popular licenses and many characters from different franchises have made their debut into the S.H.Figuarts line. We’ve seen figures from Dragon Ball Z, to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, to STAR WARS. The possibilities are endless and the line’s future looks bright. Since its debut, the line has been gathering a huge fan base among the adult collector community. Even though the line has grown steadily, there are still many properties and characters that have yet to debut in the S.H.Figuarts line. So, after giving it much thought and crossing off a lot off my list and then writing it back on, here are 10 characters that deserve the S.H.Figuarts treatment.
10. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
We all love the four turtle brothers. We love the comics, TV series, and movies, but as collectors, we especially love the figures. Playmates, NECA, and Revoltech have done a great job in providing us with some great figure representations of the lean green fighting machines, but I believe it’s time to take it to the next level. A TMNT line of S.H.Figuarts would be awesome. We would get great sculpts, detail, articulation, paint, and some awesome accessories to go with our figures. They would have to be an original design, mixing different elements from all of the iconic versions of the turtles and thus creating the perfect TMNT action figure.
9. NARUTO'S JIRAIYA
The pervy sage himself. Every Naruto fan would appreciate this fan-favorite character in figure form, especially if it is from the Naruto Shippūden S.H.Figuarts line. So far, only Naruto and Sasuke have been released with Kakashi and Minato available for pre-order. The Toad Sage would not only be a great addition to your Naruto collection, he would also be a great addition to your S.H.Figuarts collection. Knowing Bandai’s reputation they will do this character justice and that alone will make him a must-have.
8. DRAGONBALL Z'S TIEN SHINHAN
If you collect the DBZ S.H.Figuarts line you know it’s very popular and prices tend to rise quickly. So far, all of the figures from the DBZ line have been good but, the line is missing a lot of the main characters, one of them being Tien Shinhan. He is one of my personal favorites and is the first character I would pick for Figuarts to make if they started production today!
7. DEADPOOL (MOVIE)
You know you want it. The "Merc with a Mouth," the man himself, Deadpool! Who would not want a highly detailed, highly articulated movie Deadpool figure? Just think about the posing options and possible accessories.
Guns, swords, and alternates hands and heads. This figure would be a great addition to anyone’s collection and it would be another chance to get a Deadpool figure since most options available are extremely expensive.
6. THE CW'S GREEN ARROW
As a fan of the CW show, Arrow, and, as a fan of Green Arrow in general, I must say that this would be an amazing addition to the Figuarts line. Great articulation, awesome sculpt, a vast array of trick arrow accessories, and a realistic paint job is what I would expect from this figure release. Right at the top of my list.
5. NETFLIX'S DAREDEVIL
With the success of Netflix's Daredevil, I think fans of The Man Without Fear would agree with me, we definitely need an action figure from the smash breakout series. Hasbro already gave us the more classic comic book look and it's an awesome figure, but I think it's time Matt Murdock joined the S.H.Figuarts line. As of right now, there haven't been any Netflix's Daredevil figures available so I think making his debut into the S.H.Figuarts line would be perfect.
4. STAR WARS' BOBA FETT
Everyone's favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett. The STAR WARS S.H.Figuarts line is a very popular line, prices tend to rise quickly and the retail prices are not so low, to begin with. Now that Luke Skywalker is joining Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, fans of the classic movies have seen a glimpse of what the line has to offer. We have already seen many companies do figures of the Mandalorian but I believe it's time Bandai had a shot at making him as well as the high-end companies. Knowing how the S.H.Figuarts line works, we can expect something great out of this figure.
3. DARK HORSE COMIC'S HELLBOY
Anung Un Rama, the lovable demon who works for the government. MEZCO did a fantastic job with the Hellboy franchise, the figures are highly detailed and surprisingly well articulated. If you are in need of a Hellboy figure get ready to spend some serious coin because the prices have risen a lot in the past 10 years. Hellboy is a great character and he deserves the S.H.Figuarts treatment to step things up and show the geek world that Hellboy is still very much a very relevant character.
2. MARVEL'S GROOT (MOVIE)
Groot, everyone's favorite walking tree from Planet X, stole James Gunn's 2014 movie GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. These group of A-holes stole the hearts of everyone, especially Groot, the gentle, talking tree. Hasbro has given us two versions of Groot but I really think Bandai would just knock it out of the park with this figure release. The Avengers already made their debut in the S.H.Figuarts line so I believe it's only fair they give us a Groot and maybe down the line we can get the rest of the team.
1. BATMAN V SUPERMAN'S BATMAN
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is one of 2016's most anticipated movies. Ben Affleck, starring as Batman. His Batman costume for the new movie is just perfect. It appears as if most of what they're doing for the movie was inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which is awesome. Mattel released a two-pack of BATMAN Vs SUPERMAN at SDCC but it was nothing awe-inspiring and it looks like a lot of leftover MAN OF STEEL figures are going to be used. With the Batman license so wide and varied, we may get lucky and S.H. Figuarts will make a Batman worthy of the cowl.