For the uninitiated, Nendoroids are small figures made by Good Smile Company based on various characters from anime, TV, movies and gaming. Any recognisable pop culture figure can have its own adorable chibi Nendoroid made of it. Here’s our roundup of the 14 best Nendoroids you can spend real money on right now.
Nendoroids, by default, are not only super adorable but usually kitted out with a slew of different accessories and faces so that you can pose your new figure in any number of action stances or scenarios. In addition to that, every last one of them is part of a massive, long-running series. Each Nendoroid figure released gets given a number and as more figures are released, the number increases. At the time of writing, Good Smile Company is into the late 700’s and given that each Nendoroid is a limited release, it might be easier to let go of the mentality to ‘collect them all’ before you start.
That said, with so many figures out there, it goes without saying that there is an unbelievable amount of characters you can collect little chibi effigies of, ranging from obscure anime people to niche gaming icons to big-budget Marvel superheroes. Sometimes, there are even multiple versions of certain characters.
Getting your head around the sheer magnitude of Nendoroids available can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve taken a long look at the range on offer and have put together a list of our top picks for the 14 best Nendoroid figures you can get today.
Spider-Man Homecoming Edition Nendoroid (No. 781)
Starting things off is everybody’s favourite friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. This iteration of the character is based on Spidey as played by Tom Holland in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. The figure itself comes with a replacement Peter Parker head if you want your Spider-Man to look extra casual about being a superhero as well as some masked expression faces and a whole set of various types of webbing. Never again will your desk, mantelpiece or shelf look undramatic or unheroic.
Boba Fett Empire Strikes Back Edition Nendoroid (No. 706)
You don’t even need to be a diehard Star Wars fan to know who Boba Fett is. The galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter, most notably for capturing and delivering a frozen Han Solo to Jabba The Hutt in the original Star Wars trilogy has never looked quite this adorable before. This little chibi Boba Fett Nendoroid figure comes complete with a set of weapons, accessories and even a miniature Han Solo in carbonite.
Kirby Nendoroid (No. 504)
Kirby, the amorphous pink blob originally created by the late, great Satoru Iwata, is one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters and has been for over thirty years. Kirby’s ability to ingest enemies, absorb their abilities and still make it all look cute is certainly a gift. This Nendoroid version of the little guy comes with a range of accessories and hats to depict Kirby in various states of character mimicry. Plus, it’s adorable.
Ice Kirby Nendoroid (No. 786)
Oh, and there’s also an Ice Kirby variant because sometimes you want things to be a little colder. This one does come with a neat “stars being sucked into the void” accessory, as well as an icy crown, though.
Levi from Attack on Titan Nendoroid (No. 390)
There is nothing cute about Attack on Titan. It’s bleak, grim, dark and harrowing. If you happen to be a fan of the series, though, you have no shortage of merchandise to choose from and when there is that amount of merch, there’s bound to be some inexplicably cute stuff out there. Enter, this little Nendoroid figure of Levi, one of the earliest figures on this list. Look at his little cape and his sleepy looking eyes, I mean come on.
Venom Snake Nendoroid (No. 565)
Around the time Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain finally launched in 2015, the Good Smile Company also released this intensely detailed and all-around awesome chibi effigy of the game’s main character, Venom Snake. The Nendoroid version of Snake (AKA Big Boss) comes with a silenced pistol, an alternate bionic arm and even an E-cigar. This one is probably the coolest looking figure on our list, but perhaps only for the biggest of MGS fans.
Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid (No. 553)
Here he is, the kid himself – Link from the Legend of Zelda series. Specifically, this Nendoroid is based off of Link’s appearance from the infamous second 64-bit Zelda entry – Majora’s Mask. You can tell because the figure comes with a little mini Majora’s Mask for Link to wear, if you feel like freaking out everyone who stumbles upon this figure in the middle of the night.
Overwatch Tracer Nendoroid (No. 730)
The first of two Overwatch-themed Nendoroid figures (so far), Tracer is one of the most recognisable characters from Blizzard’s massive multiplayer hit shooter. Keeping up appearances here, the Nendoroid version of Tracer is suitably stubby looking, but comes complete with a set of weaponry and even the ability to have move her hair over her face to emulate her famous victory pose.
Overwatch Mei Nendoroid (No. 757)
Of course, no Overwatch merchandise would be complete without Mei getting a look in. Mei’s Nendoroid figure comes with a range of accessories and weaponry, including her ice cannon and is guaranteed to make every room she appears in at least 50% more pleasant.
Breath of the Wild Link DX Edition Nendoroid (No. 733-DX)
That’s right, Link is so famous he’s not only gotten multiple Nendoroid figures based on himself but has even gotten a second shout out in our list of the best Nendoroid figures around. That’s because this figure, which is based off of Link’s appearance in Breath of the Wild, comes with a bounty of extras that make this Nendoroid one of the best ones available right now. If the mini horse didn’t do it for you, perhaps the bow and arrow will or maybe even the hood. This figure is actually the first DX edition Nendoroid have created and we hope they continue the tradition since this premium version is as eye-catching as they come.
Mega Man Nendoroid (No. 556)
The Good Smile Company really seem to be fans of noteworthy Nintendo franchise characters. While not exclusively a Nintendo character, Mega Man certainly made himself a household name through the classic NES games and now, can be yours in tiny figure form, complete with action-pose accessories and a robotic smirk.
Mario and Luigi Nendoroids (No. 473 & No. 393)
We weren’t kidding when we said there were a lot of Nintendo legends that have gotten their own Nendoroid figures but of course, no list of Nintendo characters would be complete without this pair of knuckleheads. Both Mario and Luigi figures come complete with Mushroom Kingdom accessories such as pipes and flowers and suitably, Luigi is a little taller than Mario. I know that last detail was important to you. Bad news is that you probably have to buy both of these in order to feel complete.
Sonic the Hedgehog Nendoroid (No. 214)
Then there’s this guy. Sega’s mascot and former rival to Mario (they seem to be buds these days), Sonic the Hedgehog is hoping to make a bit of a comeback this year with not one, but two games bearing his name. If you’d like to own a cute Nendoroid version of the blue blur, you can do just that. The figure comes with a series of typically Sonic-themed accessories including golden rings, power-up orbs and even the end-of-level checkpoint sign thingy. Be warned, there is a lot of attitude in this little figure.
There you have it, that’s our top picks for the best Nendoroid figures you can buy right now. We’ll keep this list updated as the months go by and fancy new figures are announced, of course.