Hello all Kabukicho misfits! If you are not too busy spending your money on pachinko or strawberry sundaes, you should definitely consider adding these five figures to your Gintama collection.
Kamui, Kagura’s brother, enters as the first figure on our list. This MegaHouse G.E.M Kamui figure was released in December 2014 by MegaHouse and it is part of their G.E.M line. Kamui is 23 cm (around 8 inches) tall and was sculpted by Moriwaki Naoto. This is a complete pre-painted PVC figure and with it you get two optional face parts, an umbrella, and a base. This renegade Yato warrior will cost you up to around 40,500 yen (approx. 330 US Dollars).
The second figure on our list is a version of Sakata Gintoki from the light novel series and anime extras as Ginpachi Sensei! G.E.M Ginpachi Sensei also comes from MegaHouse and is part of their G.E.M line. This figure was released in January 2014 as limited edition that was only sold at MEGATREA SHOP. Ginpachi Sensei is made out of ABS and PVC and is completely pre-painted. It is 22 cm (around 8 inches) tall. This figure of the scruffy homeroom teacher can cost you around 42,200 yen (approx. 336 US dollars).
Our third figure is again our favorite misfit Sakata Gintoki. This is the G.E.M Sakata Gintoki Movie edition figure that was released by MegaHouse. It came out in August 2010, after the movies were released. and was sculpted by Moriwaki Naoto. It is 25 cm (around 10 inches) tall and it's a completely pre-painted PVC figure. Be careful as it might be mistaken for the similar, lesser in value G.E.M Sakata Gintoki Benizakura re-release version from 2014.
The left is the movie version, and the right is the re-release
There are a few differences here. The re-release has a sakura motif instead of a big white “G”. Gin’s clothes have been done with a lot more details and his bokuto has been replaced with a longer one that has a more natural color. The biggest differences is Gin’s pose where his back isn’t so unnaturally arched and much more relaxed. What makes the older version more valuable though is the umbrella accessory, which commands up to 47,000 yen (around 390 US dollars).
Our next figure is the figure of (once again) Gintama’s main character Sakata Gintoki. This G.E.M Sakata Gintoki figure was released in December 2012. This is a complete pre-painted PVC figure of the laid-back Gintoki and it is approximately 21.5 (approx. 8 inches) tall. Like the Hijikata figure, it was released by MegaHouse and is part of the G.E.M line. This figure is sculpted by Naoto Moriwaki .To be honest Gintoki isn’t your typical shonen hero but his sweets eating, pachinko gambling ways have managed to charm audiences worldwide which is reflected in the price. This version of the figure that comes with his signature Lake Toya bokuto and a bonus fork accessory can cost you up to almost 50.000 yen (around 400 US dollars).
The final figure on our list is a figure of the Shinsengumi Vice Chief Hijikata Toshiro. This Hijikata Toshiro G.E.M figure comes from MegaHouse, released in September 2013. The figure is a completely pre-painted PVC figure and is approximately 22 cm (approx. 8 inches) tall. This faithful representation of the mayo-loving Shinsegumi is sculpted by Arai Kyousuke. The prices on the [secondary market] can vary, but the most expensive ones go for around 77,300 yen (around 625 US dollars). If you are lucky, you might find a cheaper one for about 15,000 yen (around 120 US dollars) directly from Japan on the secondary market.
So there you are, Gintama fans! If you just want to freshen up your collection or help our favorite gorilla mangaka, be sure to check out these figures!