There may be no better way to beat the summer heat than re-watching “beach episodes” from your favorite anime in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home. If outdoor activities are the last thing on your summer to-do list, make sure you check out our roundup of the best anime swimsuit figures being released in 2017. Enjoy!
Phat Company – Granblue Fantasy: Io 1/7-Scale Summer Ver. (January 2017)
Inspired by Io’s “Little Lady of Midsummer” outfit, this playful figure captures her childish delight upon peering out to sea for the first time. The delicate frills of Io’s bikini flutter in the refreshing ocean breeze as her rainbow-gradient pigtails fade into airy, translucent azure tips. With her youthful, tanned skin contrasting with her white bikini and her graceful fingers holding an oversized sunflower to commemorate the season, Phat Company’s Io figure is a summertime masterpiece that’s charming to look at from any angle.
Toy’s Works – Sword Art Online: Leafa 1/10-Scale Swimsuit Ver. (February 2017)
Keep your love for this Sword Art Online “waifu” afloat all summer long with Leafa’s flattering figure by Toy’s Works. Her glowing skin and toned physique are complemented by the realistic, sleek texture of her clover-pattern inner tube, and precise sculpting replicates Leafa’s adorable smile and radiant golden locks. This figure is sure to add a splash of variety to any beach-themed anime collection, so be sure to order her for some refreshing summer fun.
FREEing – iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Anastasia, Uzuki Shimamura & Minami Nitta S-style 1/12-Scale Swimsuit Ver. (April 2017)
What’s the only thing better than a day at the beach with a pop idol? A day at the beach with three pop idols! FREEing faithfully brings iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls’ most popular singers to life with eye-catching swimsuits featured in the mobile phone game—“Starry Beach” (Anastasia), “Bursting Summer” (Uzuki), and “Noble Venus” (Minami). The understated beachwear emphasizes each girl’s natural beauty, while the textured swimsuit designs hint at their unique personalities and fashion preferences.
Alter – Fate/EXTRA: Saber EXTRA 1/6-Scale Swimsuit Ver. (May 2017)
Even without her fancy frills, it’s easy to recognize this Saber as Nero from Fate/EXTRA—her love for the color red even extends to her summer bikini! Saber’s coy expression and playful hip assert just the right amount of sass and sexiness, and her scarlet swimsuit emphasizes her alluring emerald eyes. If you share Nero Saber’s “singular preference” for beauty, then you can’t do much better than this Alter figure of the empress of Rome herself.
FREEing – Vocaloid: Rin & Len Kagamine S-style 1/12-Scale Swimsuit Ver. (June 2017)
Expanding on Vocaloid’s palm-size swimsuit figure line, Rin and Len pose with the same energy and charm typically reserved for their pop idol performances. Then again, the Kagamine twins do seem dressed for a seaside show as both don head mics while Rin shows off (dare we say it?) an “itsy bitsy teeny weeny” yellow polka-dot bikini and Len sports some trendy trunks. Display them alongside the previously released Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka, and the two are sure to make an even bigger splash in your Vocaloid collection.
Phat Company – Bakuon!!: Raimu Kawasaki 1/10-Scale Swimsuit Ver. (July 2017)
Phat Company’s Raimu Kawasaki figure pays tribute to Bakuon!!’s unique appeal—high school girls and motorcycles. Inspired by the scene where Kawasaki silently washes her Ninja ZX-12R, the mysterious guardian of the Bike Club seems to be pausing to observe her motorized masterpiece while shielding her eyes from the sun. With her commanding pose, navy one-piece, braided pigtails, and vibrant pink bows faithfully replicated, perhaps the only other thing that Bakuon!! fans could wish for is a removable helmet so they could finally see what Kawasaki looks like beneath her visor!
FREEing – GIRLS und PANZER der Film: Miho Nishizumi & Maho Nishizumi Swimsuit Ver. (July 2017)
With a theatrical sequel set to be released at the end of 2017, GIRLS und PANZER is one of the trendiest series in this swimsuit figure lineup. Younger sister Miho and older sister Maho complement each other with polar opposite personalities and colors to match. Miho’s bubble-gum pink bikini accents her bright and playful attitude, while Maho’s more muted and mature two-piece reinforces her coolheaded temperament. Though they may be commanders of different school tank warfare teams, these sisters are best kept together—so be sure to promote the pair to your collection!
SEGA – Neon Genesis Evangelion: Rei Ayanami & Asuka Langley Sohryu Premium Summer Beach Ver. (July/August 2017)
Now that summer has arrived, Rei and Asuka can finally step out of their plugsuits and suit up in swimsuits to soak in the sunshine and splash in the waves with these SEGA PM Neon Genesis Evangelion figures. Either one of these beautiful pilots look stellar on her own; but with Rei and Asuka’s high level of detail atypical of many prize machine figures, they’re twice as striking side by side. You probably won’t find these limited-edition figures available through online retailers, but fortunately SEGA prizes are frequently available through Japanese auction sites.
Orca Toys – Sword Art Online: Asuna Yuuki 1/6-Scale Swimsuit Ver. (December 2017)
This impressive 1/6-scale Asuna figure by Orca Toys flawlessly depicts her peering across the shoreline as her serene smile implies an invitation for a relaxing day at the beach. Fans are sure to appreciate all of Asuna’s subtle details, from the red and white bikini that shares the same colors as her battle outfit to the loose strands of tied-back hair slowly unfurling in the balmy breeze.
Where to Buy Swimsuit Anime Figures
If our list of swimsuit anime figures has you daydreaming of shaved ice, suntans, and seaside strolls, then be sure to shop at FROM JAPAN and have these bikini beauties and more delivered to your door before summer vacation ends!