There is a new type of figure that was just released in Japan that is extremely popular. Its called a D-Arts figure. The figures are made by Bandai corporation. These figures are incredible. They are the most life-like Pokemon moveable figures that have been made. They have jointed limbs, so they can be posed in many different ways.
Mewtwo- The first figure made was the Mewtwo D-Arts figure made. Its about 4.25″ or 11cm tall. This figure was released in April, 2013. It was only sold in Japan. Mewtwo has moveable jointed legs, arms and tail. Even its fingers have moveable joints. It can be posed in several different standing poses as well as a flying pose. It also comes with a blue Aura sphere that Mewtwo can hold to make more poses. Mewtwo also comes with a clear Pokeball shaped stand. For a very limited time since this was the very first D-Arts figure made, Mewtwo comes with a small Mew figure. Its about 1″ or 2.5cm tall. The Mew figure is not poseable, but very cute. Mew will only be included in the first edition production of the Mewtwo, so only for a very limited time.
Charizard- This figure is scheduled for release on April, 20, 2013 in Japan. It has poseable legs, arms, neck, wings and tail. Even its mouth can open and close. It can be posed in the classic position with it breathing fire into the air, hiding its head under its wings, flying position and more. It comes with a fireball that can be attached to make really cool fire-breathing poses as well. I will have more information after Charizard is released.
Blastoise- This figure is scheduled for release on June 30, 2013. This figure doesnt seem to be able to do as many poses as the Mewtwo and the Charizard figures, obviously due to the fact that it has small arms and legs. But as far as I can tell, the legs, arms, and neck move. As well as the 2 cannons have missles that can be attached to make it look like Blastoise is shooting.
So far only Mewtwo, Charizard and Blastoise have been scheduled for release in Japan, but Im assuming that based on how popular that these figures are, there will surely be more figures in the future.
Where can I buy one of these figures?
There are several places to buy the D-Arts figures. Ebay is one place, but I definitely do not recommend it. Unfortunately there are many fake or bootlegs D-Arts figures all over Ebay. I checked and I saw many more fake ones than real ones. The ones for sale from Hong Kong and China sellers on Ebay seem to be a reasonable price ranging from $30-50. But don’t be fooled. These are fake or bootlegs. These figures were only sold in Japan, not Hong Kong and China (although they are of course made in China). $30 is far below what the figures actually cost in the stores in Japan, so its easy to tell these are bootlegs.
An authentic one will run you about $70-80 or so. It is always safest to buy from a Japanese seller, whether you buy it on Ebay or from an online shop. You can buy authentic ones on Pokevault as well as thousands more different authentic Pokemon merchandise including cards, deck boxes, sleeves, dice, figures, Pokedolls, plush toys and much more.