Yu-Gi-Oh! Resin Statue by First 4 Figures Confirmed

September 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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For the past several months, there has been a lot of chatter that First 4 Figures might be releasing a Yu-Gi-Oh! statue. Unlike producers of mass-market collectibles, F4F is renowned for making ultra high-end statues, each individually numbered and costing in the hundreds of dollars.

Anime series like Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, One Punch-Man, and Samurai Champloo have all been blessed by the company’s masterful touch, as have video game franchises like Castlevania, Kirby, The Legend of Zelda, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

With its incredible track record and reputation, it’s no wonder so many people are excited about the possibility of F4F taking on the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. Now, the much-whispered-about F4F Yu-Gi-Oh! figure has finally been confirmed!

Speaking to media industry publication World Screen, Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media, announced that First 4 Figures has a resin Yu-Gi-Oh! statue in the works!

Coleman further recognized the importance of the collectibles market, stating that “Offering bespoke and limited-edition collections is something retailers and consumers all around the world are looking for.”

While neither Coleman nor F4F has revealed which Yu-Gi-Oh! character or monster will be getting a statue, F4F has already divulged a lot of information in the past…

Yu-Gi-Oh! and First 4 Figures: What Do We Know So Far?

First 4 Figures gauges interest in various anime and video game properties by polling its followers in its First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club Facebook Group. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group and the Facebook links I’ve posted below.)

In May 2016, F4F’s owner, Alex Davis, posted a basic poll about Yu-Gi-Oh! figures, just to see if this property could sell. At the time, there was not much interest among voters for such products. But Yu-Gi-Oh! fans were loud and very persistent, spending many, many months rallying in favor of the King of Games. Eventually, their effort paid off and resulted in close to 700 positive votes.

There would be no more Yu-Gi-Oh! polls from Davis until August 4, 2017, when he asked fans what Yu-Gi-Oh! figures they would be interested in seeing. Blue-Eyes White Dragon garnered the biggest following with over 800 votes, followed by Dark Magician and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Voters also suggested nearly a hundred other options.

Davis followed up quickly in an August 14, 2017, poll, stating that the previous poll “really had my attention.” Would fans be interested in a $400+ Blue-Eyes White Dragon that measured 15 to 25 percent larger than Good Smile’s 2011 Blue-Eyes White Dragon? For comparison, Good Smile’s figure with its base measures about 18 inches tall and costs over $850 at the then-exchange rate. About two-thirds of the voters were in favor of such a design.

Then, in September 2017, Davis polled the audience about the possibility of a $400+ Dark Magician (again, about two-thirds voted in favor) and about their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! series (not surprisingly, the original was the overwhelming favorite).

On October 7, 2017, Davis relayed some very good news. “Time to speak to the licensor to talk about how you guys pushed for Yu-Gi-Oh!” he wrote. “Thanks for your support!” His post indicated that he was writing from New York City, the home of 4K Media.

Davis admitted in a November 2017 Q&A live stream that he ignored Yu-Gi-Oh! for a year and a half because “it didn’t have a great fanbase.” But after interest grew so significantly during that period of time, the results were too substantial for him to ignore. He further revealed that he had submitted all of the legal paperwork, product proposals, and counterproposals necessary to get the ball rolling. The subsequent approval process could take months.

On January 12, 2018, Davis stated in a Q&A that he was “looking very closely into Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Then, on January 20, he introduced a new poll about the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, “just in case we can snag the license.” Would fans like to see a “chunky” design of Blue-Eyes, similar to the artwork in the manga? Or a “svelte” design like the “YAP1” Blue-Eyes from the 10th Anniversary Pack? Voters were almost evenly split. Ultimately, Davis said in his January 26 Q&A that he would go for a size between svelte and chunky.

On May 23, Davis posted a photo of himself posing in front of Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon at 4K Media’s booth at the 2018 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since then, Alex Davis and First 4 Figures have been mum about their involvement with Yu-Gi-Oh! and 4K Media. In several of the weekly Q&A live streams, Davis has simply brushed off questions about Yu-Gi-Oh!, stating that there is nothing to report.

Now that 4K Media has formally revealed its relationship with First 4 Figures, maybe there will be more announcements coming down the pike…

For more information about F4F, and to take part in its polls and Q&A live streams, check out the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook.

So what statues do you think F4F will release? Blue-Eyes White Dragon? Dark Magician? Both? What high-end Yu-Gi-Oh! figures would you like to see?

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