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Figure Retailer Review #2 – Anime King


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Went over to Anime King Last Saturday to do another Figure Retailer Review. Was told about this store by many of my commenters in the Last Figure Retailer Review of Small Wonders. Located in Huntington Beach, CA it’s still a bit a away from me, but relatively close to my brother so I went to my brother’s place to spend time and to get him to take me to Anime King for this review!



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It’s a smaller store but they are mainly focused on figures. Unlike most stores i come across that try and do too much at once and focus on comic books, cartoons and pop culture that end up failing. Seems like Anime King knows what they are doing since they’ve been in business since 2000 and have had this location since 2002.


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Some nice figures in the display case.


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The beautiful GSC 1/8 Rider, i don’t understand why she’d be out of the box and on display really since she’s so rare and being out of the box makes her not Mint and therefor worth less. But then those are just silly details.


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Small section in the back for Gundams, can’t really comment on them since I don’t collect Gundam models. If my Ex were still around he’d be able to tell me, so i could in then tell you, but I’ll just let you look at the pictures instead!


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I have to say what i like about this store is how the merchandise they have is up to date and current.


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Villetta and Kallen figures, the anime store that used to be in my mall didn’t have anything current at all. I would have done a review of them, but they recently closed.


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Some Lovely Max Factory Shining Wind figures, maybe if I have more money I’ll pick them up next time I’m there.


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They have two Shuraki figures, sadly no Char. I would have snatched up Char if they did have her since she’s the only Shuraki i happen to be missing.


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Lovely Alter Kuro No Franco in the corner, have had my eye on her but didn’t snag her since I’m saving up for Anime Expo and hopefully Otakon as well.


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Cute Sega Rin figure, i’ve got my pre-order for the GSC Kagamine Twin set. They’ll go wonderfully with my GSC Miku.


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Lovely Eye up Yoko, they also had a Wave Space Yoko and both versions of the Wave Swimsuit Yoko.


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Look like they’re about to kick some butt.


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Figures everywhere!


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I didn’t even know Max Factory made this Shiranui Mai until i saw her there, still prefer the version i have of her instead.


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Lovely Alter Onee-chan Bara, have been considering picking her up.


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Klan here caught my eye first, but i already own her, She is such a beauty.


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Freeing Emiri Kimidori, she’s a beauty but 1/4 scale is a bit too big and a bit too pricey for my taste. Unless it were a Yoko, then size and price are no object.


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They keep the “Naughty” figures in the display case the the kiddies can’t get to them. I don’t own any “Naughty” figures like that only because there hasn’t been any that i liked. My Cast Off figures tend to be tasteful and look nice with their clothes on.


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Lots of Gashapons and very nice prices on the Manga as well.


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More Gashapons, was never really a fan of them. They seemed more like Toys to me than figures.


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Some dolls, wonder if they’ll get the Yoko Dolfie in stock?


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A couple of plushies, not the biggest selection of plushies. I try not to get many plushies since i already have so many from when i was little that aren’t anime related and that i just can’t bare to get rid of.


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Oh No! Run for your life! It’s GODZILLA!


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Didn’t really check out the anime selection, I’m not the biggest anime buyer. I spend the majority of my money on figures so I don’t buy as much as i should. They had a few Nendos but nothing i didn’t already have or didn’t want.


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While i very much liked the store; no bootlegs, more current selection and newer figures.I would say they are a bit expensive, most figures are priced $5-$15 over Retail value, but then if you consider Shipping with most retailers it’s a good price. If they are in the area it’s a good deal to get figures from Anime King. If not they do have an eBay store where things are priced bit lower. But Mention the eBay store and they’ll give you the price at the store instead. You can also catch them in the exhibit hall at Anime Expo. While personally i have been buying figures in actual stores less and less since I’m tying to avoid impulse buys, it’s hard not to want to come and take a look around when i’m in the area for something that might catch my eye and call me.

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38 Responses to “Figure Retailer Review #2 – Anime King”

  1. jyuichi says:

    I bought my Primula Nendoroid from them (ebay). A professional Ebay seller!

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  2. Vanessa says:

    I would have a heart attack if this kind of store was within a mile radius from my house! And it looks like it’s in a plaza, too (there are plenty of those around here). Do they sell new or recently released figurines?

  3. mrgetalife says:

    Wow they do it differently on the West Coast. They don’t have anything that large in the NYC area that I know of that has that large of a selection on figures. I even scoured the Orlando area a couple years back and there wasn’t much there either.. Must be lucky having the ports closer to japan.

    I didn’t know Anime King was an actual store. I do get stuff on e-bay from them sometimes.

    And Alter’s Kuro No Franco is a fun one. But you have to get the other two to complete the set 😉 And Miss Nobody is about as hard to get as a Char.

  4. yumyu says:

    No wonder the store sounds so familiar to me, they also have an eBay store.

    yumyus last blog post..Tired, or is it stress?

  5. OTOhime says:

    They didn’t happen to have the 1/8 Good Smile Kino figure, did they? I’ve been looking for her everywhere ;_;”

    http://figure.tsuki-board.net/figure/142

  6. Dancing Queen says:

    @jyuichi:
    they do have a good track record on the eBay store.

    @Vanessa:
    yes they have new and recently released Figurines

    @mrgetlife:
    which is why i’m hesitant to get one since i’ll want the whole set

    @yumyu:
    yep they do

    @OTOhime:
    i didn’t see her there but double check on their eBay store http://stores.ebay.com/VISIT-Anime-King-DOT-Net

  7. OTOhime says:

    W-W-W-W-W-W-WAAAAAAHHH?????? Do I spot Beatrice-sama in this picture?

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3603/3436535866_d4ca2b3b57_o.jpg

  8. OTOhime says:

    They don’t seem to have her at the ebay store either. Dang it!

  9. Kanon says:

    Oh what I’d do to go to this place ^^; I spy so many figures I want! I also bought something from their ebay store but didn’t know it was an actual store. So that’s pretty cool ^^

    Kanons last blog post..New Art Progress

  10. I never knew they had a physical store. :O Have seen them on amazon from time to time.

    Coco the Beans last blog post..Nijihara and other things

  11. JB says:

    I was told everything is an import (I know this is not true). Last figure I bought was labeled as an import on eBay but in fact it was the U.S release (I kinda knew this because of the price). In fairness I also know for fact that they do have a lot of imports as I have seen them attain items 1-2 months after overseas release and many months before any U.S retailer/etailers dates for same item. So yes you have to account for shipping costs if your comparing with say buying from Japan. Sometimes you still save more buying from Japan depending on what items you gang ship to save money. But for the most part with AK your paying the single shipping price per item (that’s usually the price difference your seeing).

    Over all they are good. I can recommend them but also shop around.

    *** The sad thing is figure prices are on the rise in general (for no reason), the new $50 is $80… so I’m buying less.

  12. Dancing Queen says:

    @OTOhime:
    no idea and looks like Tokyo hunter has Kino http://cgi.ebay.com/Good-Smile-Company-Kinos-Journey-1-8-Kino-PVC-figure_W0QQitemZ120405017464QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item120405017464&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

    @Kanon:
    it’s good they have an ebay store so you can at least be able to get thing from there if you can’t go to the store physically

    @Coco the Bean:
    yes they have an amazon store as well, i almost forgot

    @JB:
    well lots of the figures there were imports, but many Kotobukiya figures within the Us aren’t imports, but in my experience tend to be cheaper and the same quality of the imported Japanese versions

  13. SilverEthereium says:

    Wow! Neat store. I suppose since I’ve always lived in areas sans figure stores, brick and mortar places that you can buy them in are novelties to me. If I visit my cousin over there, I might have to make a detour. Great review!

    Thinking of gong to Otakon? Cool 🙂 I used to live up that way and have gone 4 times. It has alot of stuff to do, although I have to admit to spending way too much time in the dealer room…and consequently way too much money. Many of the cosplayers there do a fantastic job. Hope you can make it!

  14. Miette-chan says:

    I wish I had store like this near me. I checked their ebay store and found quite a bit of out of stock/print figures I want. Now, it’s decision time, new figures I was gonna pick up this week, or older releases I been wanting for a long time.

    Miette-chans last blog post..Good Smile’s Ryougi Shiki

  15. ravnel says:

    happy you finally reviewed that place. lol i wonder if i can get that 5% discount since they personally know me since im always shopping there.

    FYI:
    They also do a stamp system. For every $20 you spend, you get 1 stamp. In intervals of 10,20 and 30 stamps, you can exchange your stamps for cash. I just recently exchanged 30 stamps for $45.

    And yea, definitely take advantage of the ebay prices. Just tell them you want the ebay price for figures and they will give it to you. Or if you know any other retail stores or online stores with cheaper prices, they will price match. They give me lots of great customer service.

  16. ravnel says:

    oh yea thanks for the pics. I havnt been there for like a month so I wasnt sure what they had in stock, even though i check their ebay store on a weekly basis. Definitely saw some figures I may want to get from your pics.

  17. Dancing Queen says:

    @SilverEthereium:
    yeah i tend to overspend at Anime Expo, so it’ll be hard to save up for Otakon but hopefully i can make it happen this year

    @Miette-chan:
    i end to go for the older figures i’ve been looking for, unless the new ones are figures that might sell out fast

    @ravnel:
    oh that’s some awesome information, i didn’t know of that system at all, also glad the pictures helped out!

  18. Figure Maniac Edwin says:

    I didn’t know Anime King was there for so long. They must be doing better than I thought. It was dead when I went there, but I figured they had to be doing well to have so many figures. So someone is buying them.

  19. Figure Maniac Edwin says:

    You should check out Frank n Sons in City of Industry. Lots of hidden treasures there. Toylet and Orbit Anime are near there too.

  20. Blowfish says:

    I wondered about the GSC Rider aswell…Im astonished that they display this many figures unboxed.Maybe its just me but they tend to get uninteresting for me after they were unboxed.

    I cant believe that they display the godawful Sonsaku Hakufu figure in the shelf.Shes painted horrible and looks like shes taking a pee while standing >.<

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  21. phossil says:

    Ultraman fans arrise in here too often,, Lol..

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  22. mememo says:

    I really like anime king because i live in Ireland and there international shipping is really cheap onlt $15-$19 where as most US figure shops on ebay charge $30-$35 for the same shipping method . They also have some hard to find figures at good prices

  23. OTOhime says:

    Thanks for the link DQ but, (I don’t have much money right now anyway >_<)

  24. JB says:

    @Dancing Queen. I don’t think their is any quality difference for the figures, but sometimes box markings are different. However that’s not a deal breaker considering a US release price would be less.

    Kotobukiya is unpredictable with US release dates though. The figure I mention above was one, I could have bought her at AK about 1.2 year ago when the had it as an import. The figure was $20 more then.

  25. Dancing Queen says:

    @Figure Maniac Edwin:
    oh thanks for the recommendations, i’ll check them out then too!

    @Blowfish:
    yeah not all the best figures were in the display case

    @mememo:
    low shipping costs are always good

    @OTOhime:
    aww, well hopefully you can find her again

    @JB:
    yeah bu then i honestly don’t buy many kotobukiya figures since their quality isn’t always that good

  26. JB says:

    @Dancing Queen: overall I have to agree, most kotobukiya figures are sub par compared to other companies in quality.

    I look forward to your review if you get out to Toylet.

  27. Kevin says:

    I live pretty close to Huntington Beach, so checking them out would be a good idea.

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  28. Leonia says:

    Amazing ! This shop is really amazing ! I want a shop like that >_<

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  29. Rin says:

    Okay…that store beats all the figure stores here in Toronto…
    It seems that they all the latest figures and a huge supply of them…
    The ones here…supply not that much but good figures come here…
    So many figures…why can’t all anime stores be somewhat like that!!!!!!

    Rins last blog post..Haruhi Suzumiya Live!!!

  30. louki says:

    DQ: Not related with the A-K review but you’ve been featured on gameblog (a french website about video-games),

    http://www.gameblog.fr/blog_672_otakus-de-competition

    I thought you would be interested ^^

    loukis last blog post..News #71

  31. imperiomoe says:

    Great review. We have no stores like that on town they have tons of figures. I going to check a couple of figures on ebay right away.

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  32. Otaku Dan says:

    ok, after seeing that store, I have decided to move to California because in the city I live in has no anime stores.

    Otaku Dans last blog post..Uzumaki Manga Review

  33. Dancing Queen says:

    @JB:
    hopefully it’ll happen soon

    @Kevin:
    especially now that you get a discount

    @Leonia:
    it’s nice having stores like this even if it isn’t super close to me

    @Rin:
    it is a pretty rad store, i think the guy has good business since he also has the popular eBay store

    @Louki:
    that’s cool but they didn’t link to me and they removed the watermark from my picture, very very rude in terms of internet etiquette

    @imperimoe:
    at least you can check their eBay store since they aren’t local for you!

    @Otaku Dan:
    that sucks, but then we have a pretty good asian population, i wonder if that helps or not

    @Lightosan:
    thanks!

  34. BuffaloStyle says:

    Very nice review. It’s great to have so many anime shops to choose from. Where I live, I only have one legit shop to go to.

    Looking at the selection that Anime King has, you can’t help but be blown away.

    Rest assured, the next time I make it to Cali, I will be making a trip to this shop…

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  35. Japormanji says:

    I bought a Kenshiro Kokuoh-go from kaiyodo at a reasonable price including shipping.This shop is amazing.The owner responds to email and the best of all they dispatch items in a flash as soon as paid.Im from the U.K and normally items from outside U.K i normally wait from 12 days to up to two weeks…..I had it in 7 days(well 6 days to be exact).Thank you very much anime king!

  36. Titan_X says:

    I’ve ordered from Anime King on eBay before. Seems like a great shop! I’m envious that you were able to visit their store. Seeing all those figures is amazing!

    Titan_Xs last blog post..On board with K-ON!

  37. MikuLover88 says:

    i salute this store for not selling bootlegs! +1

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