Fans of anime and video game collectables are naturally drawn to toys and figures. Some of the most expensive and heavily desired figurines feature some of the most popular female characters. Feeding off that popularity, a set of visual game books, called Queen's Gate, were created featuring many of the most popular fighting game female characters from pretty much all of the the fighting game franchises out there.
Naturally, that also led to a video game, made by Namco for the Sony PSP, and a line of figures. Many of those figures are highly sought after because of the low number that were created. Originally, the figures could only be obtained by special subscription mail order through Hobby Japan. For collectors outside of Japan, that could be a problem. Luckily for me, I was able to obtain five through various second hand sources like Ebay and MyFigureCollection.
Much like the video game and book, the figures each are designed in more of an anime style. They are all very well detailed, some coming with detachable clothing and weapons. Its pretty easy to see why these were in high demand. If there was any complaint, it would be the size of the figures. With the exception of Mai Shiranui, the rest are rather small, at a 1/8 size rather than Mai's 1/6 scale. Still, for many fans of fighting games, some of the figures present a rare opportunity to obtain such a nice collectable. If you can find one for a good price, you should jump all over it. But beware, they are usually out there for premium prices.
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