‘Tis the season to collect Christmas anime figures! No matter how you celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year,” be sure to gift wrap one of these 2016 figure releases as a present for a friend—or even better, yourself!
Toy’s Works – Love Live! Niitengo Snow Halation Ver. Box (February 2016)
Idol group μ’s mega hit, “Snow Halation,” has practically become a Christmas carol classic for otaku since its release in 2010. With these kawaii mini figures, you can experience the wintry wonderland of Love Live’s popular song—chibi style! Originally sold as a boxed set of 10 random trading figures, Niitengo’s Snow Halation collection encourages fans to get in the Christmas spirit by trading duplicates with other Love Live otaku in order to get all 9 idols. Also, be sure to stage your collection next to SEGA’s set of Super Premium “Snow Halation” figures for a spectacular performance!
Phat Company – Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Anastasia & Nitta Minami: Love Laika Ver. (August/September 2016)
These elegantly posed Anastasia and Nitta Minami figures take on the appearance of two snow queens in their Pure White Memories costumes. With every ruffle, feather, and gem painted in detail, you can almost feel the many textures of their idol outfits. Create your own idol holiday concert by adding these two to your collection alongside FREEing’s Snow Miku featured below.
Nendoroid More – Face Parts Case: Christmas Polar Bear Ver. (November 2016)
Do you wish there was a holiday-themed Nendoroid of Levi, L, Kirito, Sakura, Madoka, or any of your other favorite chibi characters? This snowy polar bear case is optimized for Christmas cheer with its holiday decorations, and flawlessly fits to most any Nendoroid in your collection—simply connect your favorite faceplate inside the casing and snap shut to create an instant Christmassy outfit for your special character. The Christmas Polar Bear Face Parts Case is much less expensive than purchasing a specialized Nendoroid, so it’s the perfect gift for otaku on a budget!
Nendoroid – KanColle Kashima (December 2016)
Katori-class training cruiser, Kashima, gets in the Christmas spirit with her knitted sweater and holly bell Santa hat, but she’s more than just a cute tribute to the holidays! Kashima is the very first KanColle Nendoroid to include a Type 94 Depth Charge Projector, complete with special effect parts for her canons and searchlight. Of course, no warship can do battle on an empty stomach, so Kashima comes with a delicious lunchbox of sandwiches and a dish of gratin. Deck out Kashima in her Christmas getup alongside Nendoroid’s Northern Princess for twice the holiday cheer!
Portrait of Pirates – Sweet One Piece Perona (January 2017)
This adorable figure of young Perona isn’t releasing until very early next year, but she’s available for pre-order now and soon to hit Japanese retailer’s shelves! A holiday-themed version of her previously released Gothic figure, this variant depicts Perona with bright button eyes and dollish innocence as she floats over the roof of a gingerbread house that’s almost as sweet as she is!
2016 Vocaloid Holiday Figure Releases
Vocaloid ends another year on a high note with these 5 holiday figure releases. And for more Vocaloid merch to add to your Christmas wish list, check out our list of Top 6 Must-Have Vocaloid Merchandise!
Nendoroid – Snow Miku: Snow Owl Ver. (February 2016)
Celebrating 7 years of Snow Miku, this year’s design is perhaps the most athletic yet. Miku comes with everything she needs to enjoy a refreshing day on the powdered slopes—skis, snowboard, goggles, and a snowball for when she gets a little mischievous! Her adorable rabbit friend Yukine also tags along with a pair of miniature skis. Most impressive of all is Miku’s owl-shaped winter hat, which is hand knitted and studded with real, wood-carved buttons, making each limited-edition Snow Owl Miku Nendoroid truly unique. Don’t miss out on your chance to add her to your holiday memorabilia, especially if you enjoy winter sports and the snowy outdoors.
FREEing – Snow Miku 1/4 Scale (July 2016)
This ultra-detailed FREEing figure literally stands above the rest at a towering 1/4 scale! Balancing a single snowflake in her palm, Snow Miku captures the charm of the season with elegance as her twin pigtails seemingly swirl in a winter gust—the perfect centerpiece for any Vocaloid or Christmas anime figure collection.
SEGA Prize Figure – Hatsune Miku & Kagamine Rin: -Project DIVA- Arcade Future Tone (October/November 2016)
This year, Hatsune Miku is joined by the Kagamine twin, Rin, for a holly, jolly Christmas. Decked out in ribbons, fleece, and adorable leg warmers, these pop idols are dressed for caroling—Volcaloid style! Miku and Rin are both part of SEGA’s game prize Vocaloid figure line, which means many online retailers don’t stock them. But that’s no reason to have a blue Christmas, because you can easily get your pair at FROM JAPAN.
Taito – Hatsune Miku: Original Winter Clothes Ver. (December 2016)
Miku’s eyes sparkle with excitement as if she’s rushing outside to see the first snowfall of the year in this new release from Taito. Dressed in a warm woolly cape and winter-white hose, Miku’s every ruffle and ribbon is sculpted to capture the feel of winter’s brisk air and the childish wonder felt during the holiday season. Her release date is scheduled for the end of December, making her the perfect gift for any Vocaloid fan!
Where to Buy Christmas Anime Figures from Japan
2016 is a magical year for winter-themed anime figures, but don’t forget about years past! With a proxy and shipping service like FROM JAPAN, you can easily purchase all the figures on your “nice list” and have them delivered to your door. No matter how you celebrate the season, don’t forget to give the gift of anime figures!