16 Most Expensive Anime Figures of All Time

16 Most Expensive Anime Figures of All Time

Discover the top 16 most expensive figures ever made! Dive into the world of priciest anime figures crafted from precious metals and life-sized designs.

Last updated: 2023-09-08
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In the world of luxury anime figures, the top 3 most expensive ones include the Gold Godzilla from "Godzilla vs Biollante" priced at ¥150,000,000 ($1,473,332), the Saint Cloth Myth Pure Gold Sagittarius Cloth at ¥60,000,000 ($600,000), and the Mobile Suit Gundam Pure Gold RX-78-2 Gundam (Beam Rifle Ver.) tagged at ¥26,400,000 (~$242,624). These figures, crafted with precious materials, are part of a comprehensive top 16 list of the priciest anime figures ever made.
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Anime figures, typically made of plastic, can range from affordable to quite pricey, especially when crafted with intricate details or using superior materials. But what happens when we push the boundaries of extravagance? What if we incorporate precious metals or create life-sized replicas? Let's delve into the world of luxury and discover the 16 most expensive anime figures ever made. Ordered by their original price in JPY.

16. Sophie Neuenmuller 1/1 scale (Without Scenic Base) - [2022] ¥4,290,000 (~$33,654)

Sophie Neuenmuller (Without Scenic Base)
© KOEI TECMO games / Design Coco

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥4,410,975 (~$29,953)

1 / ONE SLASH, an art figure brand, presents a life-size figure of Sophie Neuenmuller from the renowned "Atelier" series by Koei Tecmo Games. This particular version showcases Sophie seated atop a pile of books, devoid of the full scenery background (there is an alternative version). Crafted from materials like fiberglass reinforced plastic, iron, aluminium, resin, and acryl, she measures 193cm (~76in) in height, 180cm (~70.8in) in width, and 135cm (~53.1in) in length, weighing a substantial 80 kg (~176.4lbs).

15. Fairy Queen Elaine 1/1 scale - [2023] ¥4,378,000 (~$29,725)

1/1 Fairy Queen Elaine
© Tony / Wonderful Works

Price today (incl. inflation): 2023 year product - no yearly inflation

Fairy Queen Elaine, who graced the cover of the adult doujinshi magazine "Tony Magazine", is presented in a life-sized version wearing a maid outfit. Unlike typical figures, Elaine's body is crafted to be soft instead of the conventional hard plastic. She stands tall at a height of 180cm (~70.8in), with a width of 95cm (~37.4in) and a depth of 80cm (~31.5in).

14. Godzilla from "Gojira vs. King Ghidorah" (1991 Film) - [2017] ¥4,480,000 (~$39,315)

Human-sized Godzilla
© TOHO CO. ltd. / Bandai

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥4,769,333 (~$32,381)

This colossal figure is based on Godzilla from the 1991 film "Gojira vs. King Ghidorah". Created to mark the 60th anniversary of Toho Co., Ltd, this figure measures an impressive 305cm (~120in) in length and 192cm (~75.6in) in height, weighing a hefty 65.535kg (~144.5lbs). It is also the longest figure we've ever found (More: here). With only ten units ever produced, this limited edition figure was sold exclusively through a lottery system.

13. Gold Kamen Rider No.1 - [2015] ¥5,550,000 (~$46,169)

Gold Kamen Rider No.1 Small and Big versions
© SOCIALWIRE CO.,LTD. - atpress

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥5,929,489 (~$40,278)

The iconic Kamen Rider, which has been running since 1970, is immortalized in solid gold. This "Kamen Rider No.1" character figure is a testament to its legacy, weighing in at 100g (~0.22lbs) and standing at a height of approximately 200mm (~7.56in). Additionally, a smaller version was also crafted, priced at 777,000 yen at that time. This masterpiece was brought to life by the long-established gold shop, "Tokuriki Honten". Only one of each was made.

12. Ram and Ten from Urusei Yatsura 1/1 scale - [2023] ¥5,800,000 (~$39,378)

Life Size Lum and Ten Figure
© Design Coco / Shogakukan / Urusei Yatsura production committee

Figure illustration concept

Life Size Lum and Ten Figure illustration
© Design Coco / Shogakukan / Urusei Yatsura production committee

Price today (incl. inflation): 2023 year product - no yearly inflation

From the classic TV anime "Urusei Yatsura", life-size (1/1 scale) figures of Ram and Ten have been crafted. These figures are based on illustrations specially designed and drawn for this life-size project. The meticulous attention to detail is evident in the proportions of the entire body. Standing at a total height of about 143cm (~56.3in)(including the pedestal), these figures are primarily made from fiber reinforced plastic and are further strengthened with a steel frame, so no surprise it's weighing around 74kg (~163lbs). Fans had the opportunity to pre-order these figures between December 2022 and June 2023, with the official release slated for September 2023.

11. Pure Gold Godzilla VS King Ghidorah Diorama - [2014] ¥6,000,000 (~$59,189)

Godzilla VS King Ghidorah Pure Gold Diorama
© TOHO CO. ltd.

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥6,461,238 (~$43,862)

In a grand gesture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla's first appearance, Deagostini Japan Co., Ltd. crafted a limited edition diorama titled "Godzilla VS King Ghidorah Pure Gold Diorama". Made entirely of 24 karat gold, this diorama weighs 410g (~0.9lbs). The set includes two figures: Godzilla and King Ghidorah weighing 400g (~0.88lbs) and base weighing 10g (~0.02lbs). The ABS base part measures approximately 350mm (~13.8in) in width and 160mm (~6.3in) in depth. Godzilla stands at about 95mm (~3.74in) tall, while King Ghidorah reaches a height of approximately 115mm (~4.5in). Only six of these exquisite pieces were ever made, making them a rare collector's item.

10. Sophie Neuenmuller 1/1 Scale (with Scenic Base) - [2022] ¥6,050,000 (~$55,160)

Sophie Neuenmuller With Scenic Base
© KOEI TECMO games / Design Coco

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥6,220,606 (~$42,227)

1 / ONE SLASH appears in the top once again with another Sophie Neuenmuller, but this time it includes something extra. A 1/1 scale figure of Sophie Neuenmuller from the "Atelier" series of Koei Tecmo Games Co., Ltd. This version stands out with its elaborate pedestal, which creates a picturesque stone rubble and greenery backdrop. The figure's dimensions are width 210cm (~82.67in), length 163cm (~64.1in), and height 210cm (~82.7in), making it a sizable display piece.

9. Hikari wo Motarasu Mono Lucifer 1/1 scale - [2020] ¥6,480,000 (~$61,346)

Hikari wo Motarasu Mono Lucifer 1/1 scale
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Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥6,800,761 (~$46,193)

Representing the character Hikari wo Motarasu Mono Lucifer from the game Monster Strike, this 1/1 scale figure is not only life-sized but also boasts the title of being the widest in the world due to her expansive wing span 257.4cm (~100.2in) (More: here). The figure weighs a significant 40kg (~88.2lbs). Only one unit of this magnificent figure was ever produced, and it was sold through an advanced lottery system. The lucky winner had the exclusive opportunity to purchase this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

8. Platinum Mazinger Z - [2023] ¥14,000,000 (~$95,087)

Platinum Mazinger Z figure
© Go Nagai / Dynamic Planning / Kougei Corporation

Price today (incl. inflation): Product may still be available

Celebrating Go Nagai's 50th anniversary as an artist and the 45th anniversary of his creation, Mazinger Z, this Platinum Mazinger Z was crafted by the Kougei corporation to commemorate the milestones. Made using 900Pt platinum, it weighs 850g (~1.87lbs) and stands at a height of 120mm (~4.7in). This version is the larger version, and only one was ever made. Additionally, 50 smaller versions were also produced, valued at a much lower ¥2,017,000 price.

7. Golden Mazinger Z - [2023] ¥18,700,000 (~$127,009)

Gold Mazinger Z figure
© Go Nagai / Dynamic Planning / Kougei Corporation

Price today (incl. inflation): Product may still be available

Another tribute to Go Nagai's double anniversary, this golden figure was crafted. Made by the renowned Kougei corporation using 24 karat gold, it weighs 850g (~1.87lbs) and stands at a height of 130mm (~5.1in). This particular version is the larger rendition, and only five of these were ever made. Additionally, 50 smaller versions were also produced, but they were valued at a much lower price of ¥3,300,000.

6. Golden RX-78-2 GUNDAM - [2015] ¥20,000,000 (~$161,290)

Gold RX-78-2 GUNDAM
© Sunrise Inc. and Bandai / GUNJAP

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥21,367,530 (~$145,162)

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the iconic anime "Mobile Suit Gundam", Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry crafted a stunning Golden "RX-78-2 GUNDAM". Made entirely of 24 karat gold, this figure weighs around 1kg (~2.2lbs) and stands at a height of 125mm (~4.9in).

5. Golden Luffy from "ONE PIECE FILM GOLD" - [2016] ¥20,000,000 (~$196,425)

Gold Luffy figure
© Eiichiro Oda / 2016 “One Piece” Production Committee / Shueisha / Fuji Television / Toei Animation

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥21,396,175 (~$145,356)

In the summer of 2016, to celebrate the release of the latest installment in the "ONE PIECE FILM GOLD" series, the iconic main character, Luffy, was immortalized in pure 24 karat gold. This masterpiece was crafted by Tokuriki Honten, a revered gold store with roots tracing back to the Edo period. The creation of this figure was no easy feat. After a prolonged period of meticulous trial and error, the craftsmen ensured that Luffy's image remained undamaged and true to its original essence. The figure stands at a height of 180mm (~7.1in) and weighs approximately 1.3kg (~2.86lbs). As we see common her a smaller version was also made available at a price of ¥650,000.

4. Mobile Suit Gundam Pure Gold Char's Zaku II - [2023] ¥26,400,000 (~$242,624)

Gold Zaku 2 figure
© Sotsu / Sunrise / Urara Cube Co., Ltd. / Bandai

Price today (incl. inflation): Product may still be available

U-Works company, known for its exquisite craftsmanship, produced the "Mobile Suit Gundam" Pure Gold Char's Zaku II. Potential buyers might still have a chance to own this masterpiece as the company has an inquiry form available. Only 20 of these figures were ever made. Made of 24 karat gold, it weighs around 1kg (~2.2lbs) and stands at a height of 175mm (~6.89in).

3. Mobile Suit Gundam Pure Gold RX-78-2 Gundam (Beam Rifle Ver.) - [2023] ¥26,400,000 (~$242,624)

Gold RX-78-2 Gundam beam rifle version
© Sotsu / Sunrise / Urara Cube Co., Ltd. / Bandai

Price today (incl. inflation): Product may still be available

Another gem from U-Works company is the "Mobile Suit Gundam" Pure Gold RX-78-2 Gundam (Beam Rifle Ver.). Like its counterpart, Char's Zaku II, it's possible that some of these figures are still available for purchase through the company's inquiry form. Only 20 units were ever produced. This figure, made of 24 karat gold, weighs around 1kg (~2.2lbs) and stands at a height of 180mm (~7.08in).

2. Saint Cloth Myth Pure Gold Sagittarius Cloth - [2013] ¥60,000,000 (~$600,000)

Gold Saint Cloth Myth figure
© Masami Kurumada / Shueisha / Toei Animation

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥66,395,191 (~$451,125.45)

This breathtaking "Saint Cloth Myth Pure Gold Sagittarius Cloth" is crafted entirely of pure gold. Produced by the esteemed Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry, the figure stands at about 150mm (~5.9in) tall and weighs approximately 2kg (~4.41lbs). This figure was unveiled to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of the Saint Cloth Myth series, which features character figures from the beloved manga Saint Seiya. Unfortunately, this statue was not available for sale, and only one was ever made. In the same gold figure display event 6 plastic models from the same series will be unveiled.

1. Gold Godzilla from "Godzilla vs Biollante" (1989 film) - [2013] ¥150,000,000 (~$1,473,332)

Gold Godzilla figure
TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.

Price today (incl. inflation): ~¥161,530,960 (~$1,098,321.69)

This absolute unit Godzilla figure, weighing 15kg (~33lbs), is made entirely of 24 karat gold. Crafted by the renowned jeweler Ginza Tanaka, this figure was created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla's first appearance. The design was based on the movie "Godzilla vs Biollante" released in 1989. The figure was supervised by Koichi Kawakita, the special director of the movie, and was produced under a license agreement with the distributor "Toho". The figure's dimensions are approximately 240mm (~9.44in) in height, 190mm (~7.48in) in width, and 350mm (~13.78in) in depth. It's believed that only one of these figures was ever made, making it a rare and valuable collector's item.

Sum Up

The realm of high-end anime figures is truly fascinating. As we've seen, the most expensive figures are often crafted from precious metals like gold and platinum. While silver and bronze are valuable in their own right, they didn't make the cut for this top-tier list due to their relatively lower price points. On the other hand, some figures gain their value not from the materials they're made of, but from their sheer size, becoming life-sized masterpieces. Whether it's the shiny gold or the grandeur of a life-sized figure, these collectibles are true boundaries of how far we push collectibles.

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