Updated Sept., 30 2017
Many collectors focus on their favorite characters when it comes to buying and collecting figures and yet, Nintendo has characters that are really well-represented in figure form which can make it overwhelming to know what is out there and what would be best for you to buy. With this in mind, I’m launching a new kind of article on Nintendofigures.net that has never been completed or is as comprehensive as this guide. The Figure Buying Guides will focus on some of the most popular Nintendo characters and show you what is available, how much it costs, and any other information that might help you make collecting and buying decisions. While I have written this article to the best of my abilities, I know there are some figures I have missed (mostly Japanese figures which are very rare) so if you see any errors or figures that need to be added to the guide, please let me know in the comments below so that the guide can be updated in the future.
Most Nintendo fans at least like the Legend of Zelda games and many people are diehard fans of the games. For this reason, Zelda has been well-represented in figure form ranging from all of the most recent releases like Skyward Sword to even figures of his NES art design. This can make collecting Link or Zelda characters pretty daunting. Fortunately, this guide will show you what figures are commonly available at least in the United States and help you decide what you might be interested in hunting down. With so many options, this guide is sure to get you excited about collecting Legend of Zelda figures! The guide will be grouped with modern and generally easier to get releases and then will focus on more expensive and high-end figures, and then there will be a section on older and more obscure figures, and then finally there are Japanese figures which have never been released or distributed in the United States. Feel free to use the links below to jump to whatever section you find most interesting. This guide is long and picture heavy so they are meant to be a convenient way to navigate the article.
Modern Zelda Figures
Ultra Detail Figures
World of Nintendo
Premium Zelda Action Figures and Statues
Medicom Real Action Heroes
Dark Horse Twilight Princess Statues
Gamestop Exclusive Statues
First Four Figures Zelda Statues
Older Zelda Action Figures and Statues
Joyride Nintendo Power Statues
BD&A Bendable Keychain
Toybiz Video Game Super Stars Ocarina of Time Figures
BD&A Ocarina of Time Figures
Epoch Majora’s Mask Figures
Wind Waker Promotional Bobblehead
Legend of Zelda NES Trophy Figures/a>
Zelda II Link Figure
Japanese Zelda Figures
Gashapon Figure Sets
Nintendo Dotgraphics Legend of Zelda
Modern Zelda Figures – Most or all of these figures have been released within the last five years and should be pretty easy to track down through normal retailers.
Amiibo – The first place to start with Zelda figures are Amiibo which cover a pretty wide range of Zelda characters and Nintendo is producing new ones in the near future. Amiibo unlock content in Nintendo games (including Zelda ones) and are also relatively high quality mini-statues for an affordable price ($13-14). One of the nice things about collecting Amiibo is that they are generally not too difficult to get and can be found both online and in retailers. Toys R Us seems to carry the most older Amiibo and is the place I would recommend the most if you’re just starting to collect. Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Amazon are also great places to look. Since I have reviewed and ranked every Zelda Amiibo on this site, I will link to all of the articles below. If you’re new to Amiibo, you might find the Best and Worst Zelda Amiibo – 2017 Edition, where all the Zelda Amiibo that have been released at the time of writing are ranked to be especially helpful. I have grouped Amiibo by their release type with the most recent Amiibo near the top and the older series of Amiibo near the bottom.
Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild Champions Set – As I write this we are a couple of months away from these new Amiibo hitting store shelves. It is nice to see some characters besides Link and Zelda getting some love too. As with most Amiibo, you can expect there will be reviews of these figures on the site when they are released!
Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild Release Set – This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and surprising Amiibo releases in 2017. While some of these Amiibo have their flaws, others like Archer Link are among the best ever released by Nintendo. The surprising part is that almost immediately upon their release, these figures were rare and hard to find. It was almost like Nintendo underestimated how popular Zelda would be! Since then there have been restocks but that doesn’t mean you can just stroll into your local retailer and find them. These definitely take some work to track down and you may have to pay over retail price for them on sites like eBay as well. For more information on any of these figures, check out the review links below.
Zelda 30th Anniversary Wave Two Set – Hot on the heels of the first 30th Anniversary set, Nintendo dropped another wave of Zelda Amiibo from your favorite games in the franchise. These Amiibo came out around the time of a bunch of other ones so it was easy to miss them in retail. The Best Buy exclusive Majora’s Mask Link has been especially hard to track down for collectors.
Zelda 30th Anniversary Wave One Set – With a release date in December 2016, this set of Zelda Amiibo proved to be popular with collectors. While we already had different versions of Link when these came out, that is not enough for Zelda fans and these were quickly snapped up by collectors. I reviewed the Ocarina of Time Link and really was impressed by the quality. At the time, I called it the definitive Link Amiibo though the Breath of the Wild one has improved Link even further.
Zelda Twilight Princess HD Amiibo
Super Smash Brothers Amiibo – It is hard to believe but these were the best Zelda Amiibo you could find for quite a long time. The Super Smash Bros. line focuses on dynamic poses and showing off designs in the Smash Bros. games which are two reasons why these Amiibo are still popular after all this time.
Ultra Detail Figures –While comparable to Amiibo in price (they are also $13) and the fact that they are also mini-statues that come with a base, the Ultra Detail Figures are a little more obscure in several ways. For one, they often depict Link and Mario in their older, NES and SNES styles more than any other figure or statue line. They are made by Medicom and are imported from Japan, but there is little hype around these figures. The quality seems relatively good from what I have seen though the sculpts tend to be simpler than other figure lines. Game Stop seems to carry them more than any other retailer, though Amazon has a pretty good selection as well. If you’re looking for a retro Link, this is one of your best bets and you can’t beat the price. These figures seem well suited to be put on a desk or some other small space due to their size.
Legend of Zelda: Series 1 Link Ultra Detail Figure
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Link Ultra Detail Figure
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Link Ultra Detail Figure
Upcoming Ultra Detail Figure Releases – In May 2017, Medicom released another wave of Zelda figures, this time from Zelda games that don’t always get figures. The price of these figures is similar to previous Ultra Detail Figures and are readily available online.
World of Nintendo – If you’re looking for some other Zelda figures that are affordable, but have at least a little articulation, then World of Nintendo is a great option. Jakks Pacific has released one 6″ inch figure, many 4″ inch figures, 2.5″ inch figures, and Micro Land Zelda figures. In fact, World of Nintendo offers more options than any other figure line so that is something you might find appealing or overwhelming depending on how you view it. While the 6″ inch and 4″ inch figures are all articulated, the 2.5″ inch line is quite limited and Micro Land figures have no articulation. The retail prices range from $15 for 6″ inch figures, $10 for 4″ inch figures, $5-6 for 2.5″ inch figures, and $6 for three packs of Micro Land figures. Micro Land Playsets are $11 and Deluxe Playsets are $18. The one thing to keep in mind is that World of Nintendo figures are heavily scalped and once figures disappear from store shelves, the prices go up. Some of the Zelda figures, especially the early 4″ inch figures are also quite rare too. Hunting down old or rare figures is a bit more challenging than most Amiibo. Here is a list of the different Zelda releases with some images and links to reviews here on the site:
World of Nintendo 6″ Inch Figures
Ganondorf (Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker) Series 1-2
World of Nintendo 4″ Inch Figures
Link (Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword) Series 1-1
Link (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) Series 1-4
Sheik (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) Series 1-5
Toon Link (Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker) Series 2-1
Shadow Link Series 2-1 – This figure is a Spencer’s Exclusive which is both a first in World of Nintendo and something fans have speculated may only be temporary. So if you’re interested, check Spencer’s or keep your fingers crossed that it will one day become available in other places. Whether it is because this figure is a Spencer’s Exclusive or some other reason that nobody knows, this figure has a higher retail price than most World of Nintendo figures.
Princess Zelda Series 2-2
Skull Kid Series 2-2 (Click here to read our review of this figure)
Link Goron Tunic (Ocarina of Time) Series 2-3
Toon Link (Smiling) Series 2-4
World of Nintendo 2.5″ Inch Figures
Toon Link (Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker) Series 1-2 (Reprinted in Series 1-4)
Toon Ganondorf (Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker) Series 1-2
Tetra (Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker) Series 1-3 (Reprinted in Series 1-4)
Skull Kid (Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask) Series 1-5
Deku Link (Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask) Series 1-6 – Click here to see a review of this figure
Tingle (Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask) Series 2-1
World of Nintendo Micro Land
Playsets – Island Village with Link – Click here to see a review of this playset
Open Ocean with Tetra – Click here to see a review of this playset.
Hyrule Castle with Gannondorf
King of Red Lions – Click here to see a review of this Deluxe Playset
Link, Makar, Bokoblin – Click here to see a review of these figures.
Grandma, Aryll, and Link – Click here to see a review of these figures.
Tetra, King of Hyrule, and Ganon – Click here to see a review of these figures.
Nendoroids – Both Nendoroids and Figma, which I will discuss next, are made in Japan by Good Smile Company and while they were probably initially only sold there, both figure lines have become immensely popular and are not too difficult to find in the US. You have to be careful with Nendoroids because there are a lot of bootlegs out there particularly on Ebay. Nendoroids should cost no less than $35 or they are probably a bootleg from China which has inferior quality and little to no value to other collectors. Nendoroids not only have a cute chibi style, but also have decent articulation and are made to be displayed in a variety of ways. I think for their cost, Nendoroids offer the best accessories of any figure line (outside of some Figma releases). I’m a big fan of them and have covered them quite a bit on the site. If you’d like to find out more information about Nendoroids check out: What are Nendoroids and Why Collect Them? Here is a look at the Zelda Nendoroids that have or will be released:
Wind Waker Link – Click here to see a review of this Nendoroid!
Majora’s Mask Link – Click here to read our review of this Nendoroid!
Wind Waker Princess Zelda
Breath of the Wild Link – This figure has been released in 2017 so if you’re interested in picking it up, it is a great time to do so!
Figma – One thing that Nendoroids and Figmas have in common is their high quality. Figmas are designed by Good Smile Company to have excellent articulation and above-average accessories to appeal to more hardcore fans and collectors. These include swappable hands and faces to show different emotions and allow for a wide range of poses. Standing around 5-6 inches tall, Figma are a bit taller and have more detail than some of the previously mentioned figures like Amiibo and World of Nintendo. Figma can be as low in price as Nendoroids ($40) and can go up in price from there depending on how many accessories they have. The figures are made in Japan and are also subject to counterfeiting like Nendoroids. Make sure to buy them from reputable sellers and using sites like amiami.com or otakumode.com is recommended to make sure you get the authentic figure you want. They have an excellent reputation and are worth getting if you see any figures that look appealing to you.
Link (Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
Link (Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds) – This has been released in two different versions. One is simpler and more stripped down figure that will cost the same as other Figmas. The DX version comes with a ton of accessories (much more than the average Figma) and will carry a higher price to boot. The DX version may be more difficult and expensive to get.
Twilight Princess Link – Released in 2017, this is an incredible figure and the first Figma reviewed on the site. There are two versions including a more stripped down version of with fewer accessories and a DX version which has an insane amount of options. To read more about the DX version, click here to see the review!
Twilight Princess Zelda – Undoubtedly one of the highest quality Zelda figures ever made, the Figma version of Zelda boasts some incredible details and several nice accessories as well.
Premium Zelda Action Figures and Statues –
Premium Action Figures and Statues – While there are a few figures and statues in this section that are affordable, generally, you will want to have some money burning a hole in your pocket before you consider these options. The figures in this section cost more than the modern figures and most are statues which means figures with no articulation, and what you trade away in articulation with statues, you gain in details and paint quality. Statues are stunning pieces which can show off your favorite characters. Of course, the challenge is finding enough room to display many statues, but if you decide to own one of these incredible figures, I’m sure you’ll find a way!
Nintendo Statues – Surprisingly, Nintendo actually has made a few statues themselves (or at least under their name, I suspect someone else did the sculpting and production for Nintendo). The first two are statues that were released with a Limited Edition Zelda video game. Both Wind Waker HD on Wii U and Majora’s Mask 3D came with these options. The retail price on these was initially $60 for Wind Waker HD and $50 for Majora’s Mask 3D. These prices were reasonable for the small, but relatively high quality statues you received. Since the Limited Edition games have long been sold out, the cost has gone up as the supply has dwindled. While these statues don’t cost nearly the amount that some of the statues in this part of the guide go, in theory, they were originally sold for $10 and now go for $30 and up. Be careful when buying either of these statues because there are fakes from China on Ebay now.
Wind Waker Ganondorf
The final statue was a Club Nintendo exclusive to Europe and maybe Japan, but it is so cool looking, I wanted to cover it in the guide. There were almost none for sale on Ebay when I checked and they are all going for $300+, but if you’re a fan of Twilight Princess, it is hard not to love the Gold Link on Epona Statue that Nintendo made. It is apparently limited to 3,800 which is a higher run than some of the later statues on this list, but still pretty difficult to get and that is surely why it commands such a high price.
Gold Link on Epona Statue
Medicom Real Action Heroes Link Figure – While there are a number of premium action figure manufacturers, they have stayed away from Nintendo characters for some reason. The only exception to this is the Real Action Heroes Link which is based on Skyward Sword. This figure is 12 inches tall so it obviously towers over any other action figure in this guide. It also comes with an impressive amount of accessories including swappable hands and faces. With a sword, shield, bow and arrow, and the Hook Beetle, this figure has more accessories than almost any other Zelda figure. One thing to be aware of is that Link has a fuzzy felt fabric for his tunic that looks a little odd compared to the video games. It is common for premium action figures to have real cloth for their clothing, but this part of the figure is controversial from what I found while researching it. While I’m sure the figure looks and sounds impressive, this figure is pretty expensive. The retail price is $250 though I have seen sites selling it for as low as $150. The Real Action Heroes Link was released in 2014, but at the time of writing, this figure is still available from a number of places. This could be because the cost has kept the number of buyers low or because Real Action Heroes have not made any other Nintendo figures yet which would attract more buyers. Regardless, if you want the highest quality Link action figure on the market, this is surely it.
Real Action Heroes Skyward Sword Link
Breath of the Wild Link – While there are other Breath of the Wild Link figures out there, this is one of the very few releases in the premium action figure market so it is definitely a figure to keep an eye on if you can afford it.
Dark Horse Twilight Princess Statues – Comic book publisher and figure and statue maker, Dark Horse has also gotten into making Zelda statues. They have a wide distribution network and these statues are widely available including sites like Amazon, Entertainment Earth, Big Bad Toy Store, etc.. Since I started collecting figures over a year ago, the Dark Horse statues have been restocked a couple of times. This probably means there isn’t a set amount that were made and the statues are not individually numbered as most are. What they lack in rarity, the figures do seem to make up for in quality. Ganondorf in particular has a lot of details and looks like he would be very impressive on display. For their price of about $60 and $100 respectively, Link and Ganondorf are nice statues that are more beginner friendly than the First Four Figures Statues I will discuss next.
GameStop Exclusive Skyward Sword Statues – One interesting release from Dark Horse is a Gamestop Exclusive Link and Scervo statue from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. These figures are made of cheaper materials than some of the premium statues and have a lower price than other releases. Perhaps overproduced, these statues were available for about a year and have been heavily discounted since then. At the time of writing Link is $30 instead of the $70 he was originally priced and Scervo is $40. At the time of writing, both statues are still available for a low price and are a great way to get into statue collecting.
Max Factory Statues
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Link – While Good Smile Company make a large number of figures on this list, this premium statue stands out from the rest. Not only does it have a hefty price tag of 14,000 yen (around $140 US), it has one of the most striking paint jobs I have ever seen. This statue really captures the look of Skyward Sword and would make a great centerpiece for any collection. It is scheduled for release in November 2016.
First Four Zelda Statues – This brings us to one of the bigger manufacturers of Nintendo figures. First Four have been making statues for quite a few years and they are sought after because of their high quality. In fact, it is not common for the statues to sell out before they are actually made and sent to buyers. One thing to be aware of if you want to start collecting Zelda statues is that the prices have appreciated (in some cases dramatically) for many of these statues. While they may initially be $250-$400 when released, many of them have since doubled in price. Part of this is because First Four Figures do not overproduce their statues and so demand stays pretty high for them. Another important thing to know about these statues is they usually come in two different versions. A regular version which other retailers may sell and an Exclusive version sold exclusively through First Four. The Exclusive version often lights up which is a nice feature for roughly the same price. If you want the highest quality Zelda figure, then this is the place to look. Unlike other figures in this guide, you can find great information and will probably want to order any statues directly from First Four’s website.
Legend of Zelda Releases
Fire Sage Darunia Exclusive
Dark Link Exclusive
Zora Tunic Link
Goron Tunic Link
Fierce Deity Link
Ocarina of Time Link
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Ganon’s Puppet Zelda
Link on Epona
Link on Epona Exclusive
Wolf Link and Midna
Wolf Link and Midna Exclusive
Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
King of Red Lions Regular Statue
King of Red Lions Exclusive Statue
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Older Legend of Zelda Figures – This is one of the harder parts of the guide to research and I will be the first to admit that I may be missing some figures here. It seems like Nintendo 64 era Zelda figures come up most frequently on Ebay and they form the bulk of the older figures in this section of the guide. If you’re feeling nostalgic, these figures can get quite expensive and there aren’t that many available at any given time so deep pockets and patience may be required to get some of these figures.
Joyride Nintendo Power Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Link Statue – This statue is an excellent example of how obscure and unusual older Zelda figures can be. This Link figure ties into promoting Nintendo Power and even has a little pamphlet to try and encourage you to subscribe to the official magazine Nintendo once published. What is even more surprising is the cardboard backing actually folds open to include some Zelda history and facts. This is something I’ve never seen before in a simple carded figure and is quite impressive. The figure itself doesn’t have bad detail and is in line with the Ocarina of Time art. The base is also a nice touch if you’re buying this opened or displaying out of the box. In many ways, this figure is a nice piece of history and is great to see in the box. It is hard to price this item, but based on recently sold items on Ebay, this figure seems to be worth about $50-60 if new and in the box.
Joyride Nintendo Power Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Link and Epona Statue – As you will see, Epona was quite a popular subject for figures in the late 1990’s. This Joyride statue is harder to find information about than the previous figure and seems to be rarer. Epona looks great and perhaps is the best looking Epona you will find in a smaller scale. Link’s expression is a little too neutral and his pose is a bit stiff, but otherwise, this looks great and it has the same Nintendo Power packaging that Link has. The fold out cardboard flap on the back has ocarina songs from Ocarina of Time, which on the Nintendo 64 you either had to memorize or use a guide for so that is also a nice touch. This statue is rarer than Link and is more expensive as well. The only one that has recently sold on Ebay went for $110 and there are people looking to sell theirs for considerably higher so this figure definitely takes patience to get a good deal on.
A Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Link Bendable Keychain – For some reason, finding information on the maker of this Zelda figure is quite difficult. BD & A must have had a good relationship with Nintendo because this figure was released both in stores and in Nintendo Power. Obviously the biggest draw to this keychain is that it is bendable. The quality is a little lower than some of the other figures in this part of the guide, but the packaging itself looks nice. This figure was affordable when it came out and is not too rare even now. It generally goes for $20-30 on Ebay brand new.
Toybiz Video Game Super Stars The Legend of Zelda: Link, Ganondorf, and Impa Figures – While this is yet another figure line that offers characters with horses, what is impressive is how Impa with Princess Zelda and Ganondorf and their horses are featured. As far as I know, these are the only figures of Impa and Zelda released in the United States. The figures may not have tons of detail and Epona does not look that true to the game, but they are still pretty cool. The gold packaging is particularly awesome looking and makes getting the carded version attractive. There are a lot of opened figures on Ebay and the prices vary wildly depending on how complete they are. Fortunately, there are definitely some bargains to be had even some loose figures as cheap as $10-20. A new and carded version of these figures tends to run $30-50 though prices vary wildly and if you’re patient and hunt for a deal, you may eventually be rewarded.
Toybiz Link and Epona
Toybiz Impa and Princess Zelda
A Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Link, Ganondorf, and Zelda Figure 3-Pack – While not one of the higher quality figures in this part of the guide, many Zelda fans love Ocarina of Time and this is another potential representation of that era of Zelda to collect. It is also nice to see these three important characters packaged together. The biggest weakness of these figures is the faces which do not match the style of the game very well. If you don’t mind purchasing these figures opened, then they can be as affordable as $10-$20, but if you’re looking for the boxed set, it runs $70-90 and the box is frequently not in mint condition. This figure pack can be view as overpriced for a set of relatively low quality figures or a chance to own a piece of history in some relatively attractive packaging.
BD & A Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Link and Ganon Figures – Unsurprisingly, these individual releases for Link and Ganon appear to be very similar in design to the ones in the 3-Pack, but perhaps a little higher quality. Another big difference is that the individual packaging for both figures looks great. The artwork is a little nicer this way and incorporates images from the game well. As with many of the figures in this part of the guide, the price varies quite a bit online, but the individual figures tend to go from anywhere from $20-40. The loose figures are a little bit cheaper of course as well.
Epoch The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Young Link on Epona, Goron Link, Zora Link, Deku Link and Normal Link – Leaving Ocarina of Time behind, you might be surprised to find that the most expensive Zelda figures are actually based off Majora’s Mask. Epoch only made this set of Zelda figures, but they are unique, high quality, and very hard to find. I can only guess that these saw a limited retail release (probably due to Epoch not being a big or well-known manufacturer) and over time more and more people found out about these figures and wanted them. The crazy thing is that these are pretty nice figures and for them to be so hard to get is a shame. For budget or cheaper action figures, the quality of the sculpt and the paint is very high. These figures are really difficult to price because of their rarity and the price varies. New and in box figures have gone for $400-$500 and that is for one figure. Even a lot of two opened figures went for over $450. Other than the most desirable First 4 Figures statues, these are absolutely some of the most expensive Zelda figures you can buy. I searched the internet for the best pictures I could find of these and unfortunately, some of the ones I found leave a little to be desired. As time goes on, I will try to update these pictures whenever I see higher quality ones.
Epoch Link & Epona
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Link Promotional Bobblehead –
This is truly a rare figure that I know little about. It appears that this figure was made to promote Wind Waker on the Gamecube but was not widely released and may have never been formally sold in stores. I included it in the guide to both make this as comprehensive as possible, but also to show how cool and unique this figure is. On Ebay the price seems to vary from between $50 to $90 which is both fairly expensive and yet, for how rare this is, not unreasonable. This is certainly one of the most unique and rarest figures any Wind Waker fan could purchase.
Legend of Zelda NES Trophy Figures – If you’re looking for some truly retro figures, then look no further than these Trophy figures. These were apparently put out by Nintendo in the NES days to help promote the original game. They also made Mario and Punch-Out in very retro designs. As you can imagine, the sculpting is very simple on these figures, but it fits in with both the designs from the game and the level of technology at the time. If you happen to look at opened figures, you might see a sticker that has a spot for your name and high score. This came with the figure and helps explain the “trophy” element. While these figures are pretty rare, they are relatively affordable. Unopened figures can go for as little as $25-$30 though some do go for higher. I would think this is one of the rare cases where someone might pay a premium for a whole set because it is so hard to find these figures. I have scoured the internet for decent pictures and only found a couple. As time goes on I will try to update and add better ones to the guide.
Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Link Figure – If that isn’t enough retro possibilities for you, here is another. This simple PVC figure was made to promote Zelda II. The design has been changed radically over the years and as far as I know this figure is the only one made for Zelda II. It is obviously a cheap, low-quality figure made for kids, but anyone with nostalgia for this interesting and unusual Zelda game will want to pick this up. At the time of writing, I cannot find a single Ebay auction with this figure and 16bit.com is literally the only site with pictures of it too. Full credit goes to them and their write up about the figure. Hopefully this pops up on Ebay again and I can update the pricing information in the future.
Japanese Zelda Figures – For the final section of the guide, we will focus on Zelda figures that were released in Japan and not necessarily meant to be sold in other parts of the world or they were not widely distributed in the United States like Nendoroid and Figmas are. This usually means that these figures are harder to find and buy as a result. This last section is the most challenging for me to write, because I am no expert on Japanese figures and had to do a lot of research (and chase down a ton of old and dead links and websites in the process) to write this part of the guide. If there are any figures you think should be added or if I made any mistakes please let me know in the comments below and I’ll be happy to update the guide. If nothing else, this should give you a taste of some of the most obscure figures available and some ideas for figures that you may want to add to your collection.
Gashapon Figures – One thing that Japan does better than the United States are blind bags / capsule machines. Here in the US, you might find capsules in the grocery store and get a crappy toy or sticker for a dollar, but in Japan they put video game and anime characters in them that people actually want to own. I imagine that they cost a bit more to get, but the small figures definitely appeal to collectors and are worth tracking down online. For this section, I will include all of the sets I can find and a few pictures of them. Since many of these are not readily available on Ebay, I will not list prices because one auction may be up at the time of writing and the seller is asking for a crazy price which doesn’t represent their real value. I don’t want to encourage price gouging or make anyone think that one seller’s outrageous pricing is the norm for these kinds of figures either. The newer the Gashapon set, the easier it is to find and the cheaper it is as well. There are quite a few on this that are surprisingly cheap and easy to get on Ebay thought that will not last forever. If there are particular figures you like, you might try to search and find them individually as well. This is another way to get what you want and save a bit of money as most collectors want the complete set (without buying a bunch of capsules to put the set together themselves).
Bandai Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Mini Gashapon Set
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Bandai Choco Keshi Gashapon
Zelda Ocarina of Time Ramune Bandai Choco Keshi Gashapon
Yujin The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords Gashapon Set
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Tomy Gacha Buildable Figures
Furuta Choco Egg The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Gashapon
Yujin The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Gashapon
Takara Tomy The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary Gashapon Set
Takara Tomy Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors Gashapon Set
Nintendo Dotgraphics The Legend of Zelda Figure – Perhaps the most interesting figure of all from Japan is the Nintendo Dotgraphics figure. While not a traditional action figure (in part because of the 8-Bit design) this figure has a sound feature and is a really cool tribute to the original Zelda on NES. This is a really cool Japan-only release that appears to be very hard to find. There are only two on Ebay at the time of writing and they are pretty pricey. If you enjoy the classic Zelda games, this is definitely one to consider and would be a highlight of any collection.
While I have seen other figures from Japan, they either seem to be like cheap board game pieces (think Monopoly pieces, only plastic) or I could not locate good enough pictures of the figures and so I haven’t included those in the guide. If there are any other figures you know of that should be added, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed reading this guide and find it helpful. There are tons and I mean tons of Zelda figures and it is up to you to build a great collection of them!