It cannot be stated that I do not love Nendoroids. They are cute, versatile and affordable figures with their own merits, but I cannot help but prefer the more articulated figures occasionally disregarded for their visible joints.
To give credit where due, Good Smile excels in making a poseable figure with no visible joints whatsoever but in my opinion in doing so they sacrifice playability for aesthetic.
I will not deny how cute Nendoroids can be. Their chibi style can be so well suited to some characters and yet I find that although the Nendoroids I own sit in plain sight at all times, they are less often touched than my Figuarts. One would have to therefore suppose that they are simply less fun and in some ways, one would be right.
I would argue however that they are only less fun owing to the hassle required to pose them and their rather limited playability. No matter what you say, having to fiddle around with dozens of parts just to find the right face or arm so the character can have the slightest change in pose is time consuming and as someone with very little energy a lot of the time I find posing Nendoroids to be almost a chore on occasion. Having to open boxes and fish around just so a character can bend their leg is a huge contrast to, you know, bending a figure’s leg. I think this is why as my collection grows, the ratio of Nendoroids to more poseable figures lessens.
Another thing that has been brought to my attention of late is the rather unsuitable style of the Nendoroid for some characters. I personally adore characters with a slender elegance or lanky awkwardness that is poorly if at all conveyed in a chibi style. Extravagant, flamboyant characters with wild gestures are simply not suited to this cute, babyish form. It is hard to convey dramatic poses, specifically those during combat with tiny Tyrannosaurus Rex arms. Nendoroids I once dearly wanted (for example – the Watamote Nendoroid) have become pushed aside as a last resort if no more poseable accurate figure is released. Some characters however are a perfect fit for the Nendoroid style, and others can look very adorable converted to it. The first example of such a character would have to be Umaru. Regardless of your feelings on that particular character it is unarguable that she was made for Nendoroid form.
Another thing to take into account is very few Nendoroids can stand without their bases. This again limits playability and although not particularly unpleasant looking, Nendoroid stands aren’t the nicest looking things. They stick out like a sore thumb in a diorama! When compared to my Figuarts (all of which can stand without any aid whatsoever) it’s pretty poor.
I conclude that Nendoroids and similar are more suited to those of us who do not often actually play with the toys we collect, if at all. If you don’t like visible joints and like cute stylised things, Nendoroids are perfect. If, however, you regularly want to pose and fiddle with your toys they are less appealing and I would recommend opting for a more easily posed alternative.
Well it seems that is all I have to say on the subject, thank you for reading!