Who doesn’t like Pop Up Parade figures? They are cool, expressive, and 100% addictive. And I know all of that firsthand because I’m kinda crazy about them.
Think of them as little toy versions of your favorite characters that you can take out and play with whenever you want. Plus, they’re just plain fun to collect! And now I’m going to show you some of the best ones from the Pop Up Parade world.
I have just one little request before you continue reading the article – Please do not blame me when you end up with a whole bunch of them and no more room on your shelf!
Bottom Line Up Front
Let’s start with the top of the list. The Johnny Silverhand figure from Good Smile Company is a favorite of mine. Just look at this rocker boy!
The attention to detail in his character is spot on, and I’m digging the dirt-streaked face – such a nice touch. I also appreciate the fine details on the figure, like the subtle smudges on his face and the specifics of his cool expression. Overall, it’s a great representation of the character and a must-have for any Cyberpunk fan.
Another favorite of mine is the Yukina Minato figure from the BanG Dream series. The figure captures her powerful vocalist persona perfectly, and the detailing on her rose bracelet and butterfly is fantastic. The colors are also very vibrant and true to the character.
What is also cool, in my opinion, is that this figure is the perfect size and therefore great for displaying. Now let’s jump on the rest of them!
What Exactly Are Pop Up Parade Figures?
Pop Up Parade figures, for those who don’t know, are small collectible figurines that pop out of their boxes, ready to be displayed on a shelf or desk. Usually, they are based on popular anime, manga, or video game characters, and they are made super cute and detailed (aka extra struggle for every collector).
They are actually a line of collectible figures produced by Good Smile Company and the basics you should know about them is that they stand at around 17 cm in height and are usually made of PVC plastic. Also, they are usually released in waves, with new figures being added to the lineup regularly.
Pop Up Parade Figures: Where to Hunt for Them?
Pop Up Parade figures can be bought in a number of places and from a variety of retailers, both online and in-store. Some popular places where you can get them are:
- The Good Smile Company‘s official website (Alfa & Omega of the Pop Up Parade)
- Online retailers: Amazon, eBay, Entertainment Earth…
- Specialty hobbies and collectible stores: AmiAmi and HobbyLink Japan…
- Local anime, manga, and video game stores (I always vote for local shopping)
Just a heads up, some Pop Up Parade figures may only be available at certain retailers or for a limited time. So, it might be worth checking out a few different places to find the one you’re after.
What Should You Look for When Buying Them?
Before you start hunting for your Pop Up Parade figures, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that you are getting a high-quality product. These are the things I’ve paid attention to:
- How well it captures the character’s personality and essence – It’s important to me that the figure has the character’s unique traits and characteristics down, it makes the Pop Up feel more alive and fun.
- Authenticity – Make sure the figure you are buying is an official product, and not a counterfeit, which can be of lower quality and may not have the same level of detail.
- Level of detail and craftsmanship – Pay attention to how much TLC went into crafting it. Check out the little details that make the character come to life, like wrinkles in their clothes, unique expressions, and any accessories they might have. These details can tell you a lot about the figure’s overall quality and how well it nails the character’s look.
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Best Anime Pop Up Parade Figures – Light Novels
In case you don’t know, light novels are a form of Japanese fiction, often geared toward young adults. They feature cool illustrations, which is making them not just a great read, but a feast for the eyes too!
Good Smile Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World: Rem (Ice Season Version)
The Rem figure from the anime series Re: Zero is a must-have for every fan. Rem, as most of you know, is a maid in the service of Lord Roswaal L Mathers and one of the series’ main supporting characters.
The high-quality figure captures her cute and innocent appearance perfectly, with incredible attention to detail in the sculpture. The paint job is spot-on, and the articulation allows for a variety of dynamic poses, which is very cool.
The face sculpt is just right—not too stretched or too small—and looks great. The dress is also well-detailed with a dynamic sculpt, and the wrinkles on the sleeves add a nice touch, as does the clear base that makes it stand out. It is a simple yet well-executed figure.
However, it’s worth noting that some fans might not be fond of the figure’s simplicity, and there have been some slight sculpting issues mentioned. Despite these minor drawbacks, it is still a high-quality figure that you should have in your collection.
- Very detailed
- Spot-on paint job
- Clear base that makes it stand out
- High-quality figure
- It may be too simple for some fans
- Possible minor sculpting issues
The Rising of the Shield Hero Pop Up Parade Raphtalia
Raphtalia is the main lady and second lead in The Rising of the Shield Hero series. She’s a super cool character who later becomes the Katana Hero.
This nice figure is 6.29 inches (16cm) tall and made of ABS and PVC, It’s super detailed and comes with all sorts of accessories, including her weapon. Even though it’s small, it’s still totally worth adding to your collection. The sculpture is on point, and the paint job is amazing, making Raphtalia look as adorable as she does in the anime.
Even though the production quality is decent for the price and the figure has good detail, the sword accessory can be pretty fragile, and some fans had a problem with it.
Also, the base is not the best, but it is not the worst either. On the other hand, the overall pose of the figure is pretty action-packed, which makes it more interesting to look at. In conclusion, this Raphtalia figure is a quality one that looks great.
It is sturdy and worth the price. I would highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of the anime and don’t have a lot of money to spend on merchandise.
- Highly detailed
- It comes with multiple accessories
- The sculpt is well done as well as the paint job
- Fragile accessories
- The base of the figure is unimpressive
- The figure is quite small
Best Anime Pop Up Parade Figures – Anime
POP UP PARADE Giyu Tomioka
The Giyu Tomioka figure from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a must-have for every fan. Giyu is known for his stoic and unbothered expression, but he has a reserved personality and a strong sense of justice, with no tolerance for those who don’t know their limitations and throw away their lives.
This is very important to mention because the sculpture captures his character perfectly. It shows Giyu in calm standing poses, with the unique pattern of his haori coat carefully preserved. The articulation is great and allows for dynamic poses. The overall quality of the figure is impressive, with a beautiful paint job and sturdy construction.
The size is decent, and the level of quality in terms of texture, coloring, and overall finish is very high. The overall finish is matte, giving it a more realistic look and feel, and not a glossy or plastic-like appearance. The only downside is that the colors could be a bit more vibrant, but that is a minor issue. Overall, it is a well-crafted and detailed figure that’s worth the price and is highly recommended for any Demon Slayer fans.
- Quality paint job
- The articulation allows for dynamic poses
- Very good overall quality
- The colors could be a bit more vibrant
Good Smile Attack on Titan: Eren Yeager Pop Up Parade + Good Smile Attack on Titan: Eren Yeager (Attack Titan Ver.)
The PopUp Parade figures of Eren Yeager from the anime series Attack on Titan: Final Season are a great addition to any fan’s collection. The figures, which depict Eren in both his human and Titan forms, are highly detailed and well-crafted.
The figure’s articulation is great, allowing for dynamic poses and making it easy to recreate scenes from the show. The paint job is also well-done, with great attention to detail in the finish on the hair, ponytail, ears, marks on the eyes, and expression. The textures of Eren’s hoodie and jeans are also well-captured, giving the figure a realistic look and feel.
Eren’s figure in his Titan form is particularly impressive, capturing the messiness of the hair and ears, a massive row of teeth, and definition on the head, arms, and body. Simply wow! The overall finish is a mix of brush and dry brush texture, which gives the figure a lot of form and flow.
The only downside is that the skin tone finish is a bit light, and the contrast with the dark grey jacket is not as good as it could be. Also, the Eren human form is shorter than the Eren Titan Form, which looks a little bit off when they are next to each other.
In conclusion, the PopUp Parade figures of Eren Yeager are a great addition to any Attack on Titan fan’s collection. The level of detail and craftsmanship is top-notch, and the figures can capture the essence of Eren’s character in both his human and Titan forms.
- The figures are highly detailed and well-crafted
- The articulation of the figures allows for dynamic poses
- The paint job is well-done with attention to detail
- The skin tone finish is a bit light
- The contrast with the dark grey jacket is not as good as it could be
- The Eren human form is shorter than the Eren Titan Form
Good Smile RWBY: Blake Belladonna Pop Up Parade PVC Figure
Blake Belladonna is one of the main protagonists of the popular anime series RWBY. She is a Huntress, having been trained at the now-defunct Beacon Academy. Her weapon of choice is a Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe (VBCS) named Gambol Shroud.
This nice figure captures her in an epic pose with her hair floating in the sky (it is very well done).
The details on the figure are absolutely perfect, and the whole thing looks great on display. The ribbons on Gambol wrap around in a cool design, and the sword itself is pristine. Her base stand is sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally breaking anything while setting it up.
The figure is worth every penny for the amount of quality you get. Even though the figure may not be as smooth and swooping as the more expensive ones, there is a good amount of detail and shape on this face.
The only downside is that in some areas, you can see where the front part of the hair has been glued onto the back part of the hair, but it is not a major issue.
- Nice details
- Sturdy base
- In some areas, you can see where the front part of the hair has been glued onto the back part of the hair
Best Anime Pop Up Parade Figure – Video Games
Pop Up Parade Junko Enoshima
Junko Enoshima, also known as the Ultimate Fashionista, is a character from the popular video game series Danganronpa. This particular figure, part of the Pop-Up Parade line, accurately depicts Junko in her school uniform, complete with her messy hairstyle and determined expression. Super cute!
The base that holds both figures in place is secure, and the figures are of excellent quality. However, some fans are bothered by the fact that the figures lack extensive durability and the base may be a little bit flimsy. The details on the figure are impressive and accurate to the character’s appearance in the game, though.
Overall, this Pop-Up Parade figure is a great addition to any Danganronpa fan’s collection. The quality and attention to detail are impressive, and the figure accurately captures the character of Junko Enoshima. If you’re looking for some Danganronpa merchandise, this Pop-Up Parade figure is a great option, and it’s not too expensive.
- The details on the figure are impressive and accurate to Junko’s appearance in the game
- Not too expensive
- The figures lack extensive durability
- The base may be a bit flimsy
Best Anime Pop Up Parade Figure – Manga
Pop Up Parade Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Take a look at this badass figure! As you probably already know, Ryunosuke Akutagawa is a member of the Port Mafia in the anime and manga series Bungo Stray Dogs. He served as a recurring antagonist throughout the series but slowly became redeemed. This Pop-Up Parade figure depicts him in a static pose, but the sculpture of his clothes is very dynamic.
The quality of the product is very good, and Pop-Up Parade figures are known for taking up little space, being more durable than other figures, and having a lot of details. This one checks all the boxes!
A closer look at the figure reveals a very calm expression, with detailed and symmetrically printed eyes. The paint job on the hair is also very nice, with a smooth transition of color from black to gray and from gray to brown. The sculpture of the clothes is very dynamic, with a unique movement of the belt and the stunning design of the coat.
The color of the base is black, and it complements the color of the figure. Although in the ad picture for this figure, the coat had a glossy finish, on the actual figure it was matte, so it still looks good.
- Good quality figure
- The paint job on his hair is very nice, with a smooth transition of color from black to gray and from gray to brown.
- The coat has a matte finish, not glossy as shown in the ad
Best Anime Pop Up Parade Figures – Multimedia
Pop Up Parade Johnny Silverhand
Let’s play some music! Johnny Silverhand is a recurring character and anti-hero in the Cyberpunk franchise, serving as a playable character in several scenarios and the main deuteragonist of Cyberpunk 2077. He is a rocker boy operating in Night City and served as the frontman and leading vocalist of the band Samurai.
This 19cm figure from Good Smile Company is a pretty decent representation of this super cool character, capturing his looks and the dirt-streaked face very well. However, the price of €45 for this figure may seem a bit on the high side for some.
An issue that some fans have is that Good Smile Company forgot to add two tattoos to Johnny’s right arm. He has one on his bicep and a smaller one on his hand, but they were not included in the figure. If you overlook this mistake, the figure is nearly flawless. It is an excellent representation of Johnny Silverhand and anyone would be eager to add it to their collection!
- High-quality figure
- The smudges on his dirt-streaked face are also nice and subtle
- The fine details on the figure are done pretty decently
- Good Smile Company didn’t add two tattoos to Johnny’s right arm
Pop Up Parade Yukina Minato
Yukina Minato is the leader and vocalist of Roselia from the multimedia series BanG Dream! She is a powerful vocalist that sparks the admiration of the other Roselia members. Every fan also knows that she secretly loves cats, and tends to deny it when questioned about it.
Yukina’s figure captured her personality well, with good detailing on her rose bracelet and butterfly. The colors are very vibrant, which is a huge plus. The one issue with this figure is that the stand that was included was a dark purple hexagon stand instead of the clear circular stand that was shown in the ad photos, but it still looks fine.
From top to bottom, Yukina’s hair looks good with some nice accents, and her face is fitting, especially her eyes, which look great and stand out thanks to the color of her hair and clothes.
This figure is smaller than expected, but it’s still a very good-looking one. It’s a great addition to any BanG Dream fan’s collection.
- Nice details
- Vibrant colors
- The stand that was included was a dark purple hexagon stand instead of the clear circular stand shown in the ad photos
- The figure is smaller than expected
POP UP PARADE Sakura Miko
And sugar at the end here comes our Youtuber from Holoive! The Sakura Miko figure stands at about 17.5 centimeters, with an additional height of about 18 centimeters for the ahoge (that is a type of hair). Good Smile Company is known for its high-quality detailing and vibrant colors, and they didn’t disappoint on this one.
The figure features a traditional shrine maiden outfit, with lots of details and accessories, such as a rose bracelet, a butterfly, and cherry blossom symbols. It also features a skirt, which is pretty short and has holes on the sides.
The face sculpt is nicely done, with her big smile and a hint of teeth showing. The hair is long and flowing, giving the figure a dynamic pose.
The overall design of the figure is well-done and captures the essence of Sakura’s unique character, which is always a bonus. The main concern among some fans is that the figure’s leg shape may change over time due to heat and weight.
- High-quality detailing and vibrant colors
- Many details and accessories, such as a rose bracelet, a butterfly, and cherry blossom symbols
- Nicely done face sculpt
- The leg shape of the figure may change over time due to heat and its weight
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