Why are Saint Seiya Action Figures so expensive?

why are saint seiya action figures so expensive

Saint Seiya figures are expensive due to several factors.

Because of the advancements in new technology and the sophisticated techniques used in shaping and crafting the cloths, Saint Seiya action figures are quite expensive. Also, some of them are quite rare, which can drive up their prices.

Firstly, the global action figures market is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 8.6.

Furthermore, the rising awareness of action figure toys through tablets, smartphones, and social media platforms is further accelerating the growth of the market.

Secondly, Saint Seiya figures are collectibles, and the collectibles market is estimated to be worth $462 billion yearly.

The emotional and nostalgic value attached to collectibles resonates with a broader audience, fostering demand. Thirdly, Saint Seiya figures are made by Bandai, a Japanese toy company known for producing high-quality action figures.

Finally, the rarity of some Saint Seiya figures, such as vintage or exclusive versions, can also drive up their prices. Check 10 Anime Recommendations for Saint Seiya fans!

Saint Seiya Myth Cloth: The Saint Seiya Action Figures

Saint Cloth Myth, often called Saint Seiya Myth Cloth by fans, is a popular toy line produced by Bandai, inspired by the Saint Seiya franchise created by Masami Kurumada.

Originally intended to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the series in 2003 and coincide with the Hades Arc OVA, it initially featured the five Bronze Saints. Click here to see a list of all of the saints.

However, it expanded over the years to include action figures of almost all characters from the 1980s animated series.

These figures, known for their high quality, offer improved articulation and detail compared to their ’80s counterparts, allowing collectors and fans to recreate dynamic poses from the show. While they come at a higher price point, their demand remains strong.

Saint Seiya Cloth Crown

Saint Seiya Cloth Crown is a new addition to Bandai’s Saint Seiya Myth Cloth toy-line. These figures are larger, standing at 12″ (30 cm) tall, and are aimed at a high-end market due to their size and cost.

Bandai plans to release one Crown figure per year. The line currently includes three Saints, and it’s unclear if more will be released in the future.

These figures feature upgraded articulation for enhanced mobility, making it possible to recreate dynamic poses. Additionally, they come with different facial expressions to capture the characters’ emotions as seen in the anime.

Saint Seiya Myth Cloth Appendix

Saint Seiya Myth Cloth Appendix is a distinct toy-line within the Saint Seiya Myth Cloth series. Introduced by Bandai in 2007, it offers half-size busts of characters, figures in casual attire, and Pandora boxes for the cloths.

These figures are intricately detailed and sculpted, designed for display either as standalone half-bust figures or for customization by swapping their heads and cloth parts with existing Saint Seiya Myth Cloth figures to enhance their overall appearance.

The focus on detail and aesthetics sets them apart from the main Myth Cloth line-up.

The Anime Action Figures Market

The anime action figures market is a rapidly growing industry that generates high profits. The global anime market size was valued at $26.055 billion, with 29% of the revenue coming from merchandise

The market for action figures is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% from 2022 to 2030. Check here the top 10 countries where Saint Seiya is most famous.

North America dominated the action figures market with a share of around 40.0% in 2022, owing to the rising popularity of superheroes and anime characters among children in this region

The increasing number of anime production companies is beneficial for market development. Moreover, the rising awareness of action figure toys through tablets, smartphones, and social media platforms is further accelerating the growth of the market.

However, the anime figure market also has high scalping rates, so some figures can be very expensive

Overall, the anime action figures market is a thriving industry that is expected to continue growing in the coming years.

Vítor Costa

Brazilian otaku addicted to classic anime. PhD in Polymer Science and Technology.

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