Nendoroids are some of my favorite figures to buy. I love their customizability alongside being affordable. They fill the same niche as Funko Pops! in that they cover a wide range of options for an excellent low price, but Nendoroid’s chibi style has always appealed to me more.
When I learned that they were making Nendoroids for one of my favorite games, I practically jumped through the roof with excitement. Persona 5’s art style lends itself well to Nendoroids, so it was a match made in heaven.
After all, my time spent browsing Good Smile’s website and Amazon, I’ve become quite familiar with what makes a good one and where to find the best deals for it. So let me share my expertise with you!
I’m evaluating the Nendoroids by three different metrics:
- Quality – What “Quality” means is the physical details of the Nendoroid figure. Since Nendoroids maintain a high-quality standard, this section will stay high. Most of the points will instead come from what accessories the Nendoroid comes with, like the faceplates and any items it can hold. The more expressions and the more things, the more points.
- Availability – Availability refers to how easy it is to get your hands on the said Nendoroid. Since they can be pretty hard to find in stores, this section will be about how hard they are to find online through websites like Amazon. Beyond that, I’ll also consider the price tag attached to the Nendoroid. Something costly is a lot less available to a lot of people.
- Serialization – “Serialization” is a fancy way of asking if the Nendoroid or figure is a part of a series. This section will stay the same because these Nendoroids are a part of Good Smile’s Persona 5 line of figures. If the figures do have any additional accessory packs for things like faceplates or objects, I’ll be sure to mention them and give them their points in this section.
Now let’s get the Persona 5 Nendoroid guide started!
We all know him! We all love him! He’s the beating heart of the Phantom Thieves and the hero who comes in at the last second to save the day: Joker! The Nendoroid is average in a good way. It meets all the standards you want from a figure.
It’s got good detailing on Joker’s messy hair and attention to detail, like a faceplate that comes with red eyes, a detail Atlus themselves often overlook. The thing I dislike about it most are the hands that come with the Nendoroid.
While some of the hands have fingers, a few others don’t. It makes it look like Joker’s wearing mittens. Not only does it detract from the accuracy of the figure, but the mittens are put front and center, which makes them hard to ignore.
- Quality 9/10 – There’s a lot to love with this Nendoroid. The very anime-esque style of Persona lends itself well to Nendoroid’s chibi style, so it looks more accurate to the source material than most Nendoroids. The accessories are excellent and varied, with the mask and gun among the usual face plates and hands. It did lose a point because not all of the hands look good.
- Availability 5/10 – This is where the Nendoroid suffers most. On websites like Amazon, this Nendoroid can reach upwards of $60 USD, I usually point people to go directly to the seller, but I didn’t see it on their U.S. store at all.
- Serialization 9/10 – Good Smile has made a Nendoroid for every member of the phantom Thieves, which gives it a lot of points. The only downside is that the Nendoroids are lacking in other departments. There’s no Nendoroid for any of the antagonists, aside from Akechi. It’s a huge missed opportunity if you ask me.
Nendoroid Ann Takamaki: Phantom Thief Ver
Ann has some diehard fans, and I understand why. Her emotional resonance at the beginning of the game with Shiho gave her enduring popularity. She often features in crossovers and gets a lot of merchandise.
Sadly, this merchandise varies in quality, and this Nendoroid doesn’t manage to reach the top due to some glaring issues. The biggest of these issues is that Ann doesn’t translate into a Nendoroid very well.
Nendoroids all have round chibi bodies, but Ann has a tall and slender body. It stops the Nendoroid from being an accurate recreation of the character, which defeats the point of buying the figure.
- Quality 7/10 – The biggest issue with the Nendoroid is that it’s just fine. All the accessories it comes with are nice, but the only specific pose from the game you get is her cut-in when she finishes an All-Out Attack, which is nice, but they could’ve done more. The second issue I have with it is that the arms and legs of this one seem oddly stubby. In the games, Ann has a slim and slender figure which doesn’t mesh well with Nendoroids soft and round art style.
- Availability 5/10 – Once more, this Nendoroid isn’t available from Good Smile’s U.S. storefront, and it’s all out on their Japanese website. On Amazon, this Nendoroid costs even more than Joker, sitting at a whopping $130 and reaching as high as $160 USD. When one of the Nendoroids high points is their low cost, that price is way too much.
- Serialization 9/10 – Ann is a part of their Persona 5 series of Nendoroids, which includes all the Phantom Thieves, but that’s as far as the series goes. There aren’t any Nendoroids for Social Link characters or even any of the bad guys. You have the Phanom Thieves, and that’s it.
Nendoroid Goro Akechi: Phantom Thief Ver
Akechi is a fan favorite in the same way Sasuke is a fan favorite. He’s calm, cool, collected, and edgy. I like that this Nendoroid uses his red and white Robin Hood outfit instead of the black and blue one. It gave Good Smile the opportunity to really make the figure shine through the outfit’s detailing.
The figure has multiple gold parts, like the epaulets, buttons, belt, and gun, and all of it is painted with metallic gold paint. I also like what they did with his hair, starting a lighter brown at the roots but getting darker as it goes down.
That detail is something often overlooked in official artwork, so I’m glad Good Smile got it right. The amount of effort put into Ryuji’s hair is astounding. It’s almost point-to-point matching with what we see in the game.
- Quality 8/10 – This Nendoroid uses the red and white Robinhood outfit for Akechia rather than his black and blue Loki outfit. The accessories you get for this figure are above the standard. It comes with Akechi’s neutral position and even the pose he makes before using his Persona. I really like the choice to include the faceplate for that creepy smile Akechi has when he acts on his true murderous impulses.
- Availability 0/10 – I don’t know what’s going on with Good Smile, but this Nendoroid isn’t available from their U.S. stores, and it’s sold out on their Japanese website. It’s even wholly unavailable on Amazon, which is impressive in a sad way. I’m not sure when Good Smile will have these back in stock, but I would recommend you add these to your wishlist, so you know ASAP.
- Serialization 7/10 – While he is technically a part of the Phantom Thieves, who Good Smile has made Nendoroids for, he doesn’t fit very well with the group. The Akechi Nendoroid looks out of place when he’s the only one in the group wearing white. You can’t even put him with the rest of the antagonists because he’s the only antagonist from the game to get a Nendoroid.
Nendoroid Ryuji Sakamoto: Phantom Thief Ver
Ryuji is the ultimate wingman, your brother from another mother. Lightning bruisers are frankly overdone in Persona, considering this is the 3rd one in a row, but Ryuji makes up for his stale powerset with his character. His significant emotional resonance is with Kamoshida, but he’s beloved because he’s the guy cheering you on.
This has to be one of my favorites of the Persona 5 Nendoroids for the simple fact that Good Smile didn’t turn his hands into mittens! The hands that come with the figure actually have fingers, even when he’s holding something! This shows that Good Smile is capable of doing that, so I wonder why it was only for this figure.
- Quality 9/10 – Per the usual for Nendoroids, this one comes with some pretty good accessories like the mask, metal pipe, and shotgun. My favorite accessory is the faceplate with the sinister smile from his all-out attack cut in. It’s a goofy, cartoony expression that suits the whole aesthetic of Nendoroids. Ryuji even looks good despite being a chibi.
- Availability 3/10 – Like the rest of its compatriots, you can’t find this Nendoroid on Good Smile’s English storefront, and it’s all sold out on its Japanese webpage. You can find listings for it on Amazon, but they are costly. They start at around $180 USD, which is beyond overpriced for a Nendoroid.
- Serialization 8/10 – This Nendoroid is a part of Good Smile’s extensive line of Persona 5 Nendoroids. You can get one for every member of the Phantom Thieves and Akechi’s Robin Hood outfit. None of the antagonists have a Nendoroid, so you’re limited to those.
Nendoroid Makoto Niijima: Phantom Thief Ver
Makoto is a fan favorite, and I appreciate her as much as the next guy. She’s excellent in a fight and can heal and dish out either physical or elemental damage. While Kaneshiro may have been where she joined, her best showing is during Sae’s palace. It’s great seeing her witness her sister’s distorted desires.
I’m seriously impressed by the detailing on this Nendoroid. The studs and buttons, and even the laces from the game, are all shown on the Nendoroid. Good Smile even went as far as to make it so that the lines extending from the torso and the legs match up to show Makoto’s wearing a jumpsuit, despite them being separate pieces of the figure.
- Quality 7/10 – One of my favorite things about Nendoroids is their faceplates. It’s cool to change your figures’ expressions to match their poses. Sadly, all of Makoto’s faceplates are lackluster. There’s a smiling one, an angry one, and a neutral one that isn’t anything to write home about. Even the accessories are basic, with her mask, pistol, and brass knuckles. Nendoroid’s chibi style does look good on her, though.
- Availability 0/10 – Like her fellow Phantom Thieves, she’s not on Good Smile’s English website and is sold out on their Japanese one. She’s not even available from Amazon. I did a quick check on eBay to see how much she sells for, and it was an astronomical $205 USD.
- Serialization 7/10 – The figure is a part of their more extensive line of Persona 5 Nendoroids, and it fits right in amongst the other Phantom Thieves figures. Sadly, the Phantom Thieves are as far as these figures will cover. There aren’t any Nendoroids for any of the antagonists, excluding Akechi, and that’s only in his white Robin Hood outfit.
I can understand why some people don’t like Morgana. He has the misfortune of being a narrator, so you’ll get really sick of hearing him say the same things every battle. His character arc is the same as Teddie’s from Persona 4, and he’s the guy Atlus decided would enforce the game mechanics, like the player needing to sleep.
Despite that, I love Morgana because he’s the cutest member of the cast. The Nendoroid does the little cat justice by recreating almost everything from the game. He comes with a slew of facepieces that range from his neutral expression to his more cartoony gleaming eyes. He even gets the chair and cigar from his all-out attack finish screen.
I can’t complain about his hands being mittens because they’re like that in the game. Even things that I never noticed, like the buckle on the back of his mask, are present.
- Quality 10/10 – Nendoroid’s art style lends itself better to Morgana than any other Phantom Thief. If it didn’t have Good Smile’s logo attached to it, I’d assume it was a perfect figure. The accessories the figure comes with are also fantastic. It has multiple eyepieces and mouthpieces alongside the arms needed for various poses and Morgana’s saber and slingshot.
- Availability – 4/10 – The Nendoroid’s biggest problem is, once again, how hard they are to find. They’re all sold out on Good Smile’s Japanese website, and it’s not on their English one at all. You can find it on Amazon, but it starts at around $105 USD, which is a lot for this Nendoroid, even if it is one of the better Morgana figures you can buy.
- Serialization 7/10 – This Nendoroid is a part of the more extensive Phantom Thieves line of figures sold by Good Smile. The line only covers the Phantom Thieves and Akechi, so you can’t buy any of the antagonists, which is a huge missed opportunity.
Nendoroid Yusuke Kitagawa: Phantom Thief Ver
I was surprised to find that Yusuke is a fan favorite online. He was basic, and the game kept repeating the same starving artist joke to the point it was annoying (granted, the game does that with every character’s gimmick). I was surprised to see he was the boy most people.
My favorite thing about this Nendoroid is the katana, which can be unsheathed. And the Nendoroid is capable of holding the katana whether sheathed or not. The blade of the katana also has this wonderful metallic paint on it that makes it more reflective, really selling the idea that it’s made of metal.
- Quality 9/10 – First and foremost, this figure looks nice. Yusuke managed to be adapted really well to the Nendoroid art style. You get the standard accessories with this one. You have his mask and gun, but most notably, you have his katana, which you can unsheathe. The faceplates for this one are really nice too. You get a neutral face, a happy face, and one of those crazed smiles used when a character awakens their Persona. It’s a total missed opportunity not to give the rest of the characters those faces too.
- Availability 0/10 – Like every other Nendoroid on this list, it’s not for sale on Good Smile’s English webpage, and it’s all sold out on their Japanese one. I was able to find one option on Amazon, but it was from a 2nd-hand seller who priced it at $300 USD, which is an absurdly high price. You have to love Yusukue to consider that purchase.
- Serialization 7/10 – It falls in line with the others on this list. It’s a Phantom Theif Nendoroid, so that you can put it with the rest, but your collection will only go that far. There aren’t any Nendoroids for Persona 5’s antagonists aside from Akechi.
Nendoroid Haru Okumura: Phantom Thief Ver
Are you familiar with the term gap moe? It’s a Japanese term, like tsundere, but it refers to those whose initial impression is different from what you get. Whether you knew it or not, Haru was gap moe. She’s the softspoken gardener who wields a battle axe and grenade launcher, taking sadistic pleasure in exterminating shadows.
That already makes her more interesting than many of the one-note characters. Haru’s design lends itself well to Good Smile’s chibi aesthetic, but it’s not without flaws.
The biggest one to me personally is Haru’s hair. Something about it looks strange. It’s a solid brown piece of plastic with uneven waves, so it doesn’t look like hair unless you squint at it.
- Quality 8/10 – Haru looks fantastic as a Nendoroid. The soft curves of Good Smile’s figures suit Haru more than they should. Sadly, the accessories she comes with are nothing more than fundamentals. You get a happy faceplate, a neutral faceplate, and an angry faceplate. The only items she comes with are the standard mask, weapon, and gun. The Nendoroid also comes with a chair accessory, which you can use with your other Nendoroids.
- Availability 0/10 – We have yet another Nendoroid that’s completely sold out. You can’t find it on Good Smile’s English or Japanese websites, which is a shame. I couldn’t even see it on Amazon, so good luck finding it anywhere. Let alone for a reasonable price when 2nd-hand sellers are going to be jacking it up.
- Serialization 7/10 – This Nendoroid is a part of the Persona 5 line of Nendoroids that include all of the Phantom Thieves. Good Smile’s Persona 5 line doesn’t have any of the antagonists aside from Akechi, so your collection is limited.
Nendoroid Futaba Sakura
I’m not surprised the Persona fandom latched on to Futaba as they did. She’s the most interesting of the party members. She gets an entire palace with an in-depth backstory that’s super relevant to the plot of Persona 5. Futaba’s nature as a troubled, quirky gamer-teen is probably relatable to many gamers.
Her Nendoroid is different from every other in this guide because it uses her real-world appearance rather than her phantom thief one. While the overall quality of the Nendoroid isn’t bad, there aren’t any things I’m particularly excited about. The best thing about it is the faceplates because they have nice varied expressions.
The inclusion of Morgana’s real-world appearance as an accessory was also a nice touch. Outside of that, the Nendoroid’s basic and the problem of the character’s hands turning into mittens shows up again.
- Quality 8/10 – This figure is different from the rest. Rather than being Futaba in her phantom thief outfit, she’s in her standard attire, which I won’t complain about because Futaba’s design rocks. She comes with some cool accessories like a mini-real-world Morgana, potato chips, and yakisoba. The real highlight of this Nendoroid is the faceplates. You have her neutral expression, an adorably mischievous smile, and a terribly sad faceplate. And every single faceplate manages to look stellar.
- Availability 0/10 – This Nendoroid is sold out on Good Smile’s website, both the English and Japanese versions. You can buy it from 2nd-hand sellers on Amazon, but they’re overpriced, beginning at $145 USD. I’m not sure if a Nendoroid is worth that much money.
- Serialization 5/10 – While this Nendoroid is a part of the larger Persona 5 line of Nendoroids, every other one has the character wearing their metaverse attire. This makes Futaba the black sheep of the bunch, looking out of place when put with the rest of the collection, so I had to deduct points.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Where is the Best Place to Buy Persona 5 Nendoroids?
Answer: I’d usually point you to Good Smile’s website, but I can’t do that with these Nendoroids because they’re all sold out. 2nd-hand resellers have jacked up the prices of those that are still on the market, so I honestly can’t say there’s any good place to buy them. If you’re willing to overspend, you can buy them on eBay.
Question: What is Persona 5?
Answer: Persona 5 is the fifth entry in the Persona franchise of video games made by Atlus. It follows a ragtag group of teens who take on the identity of Phantom Thieves to steal corrupt desires and fix the world.
Question: What’s a Nendoroid?
Answer: Nendoroids are a kind of figure sold by the Japanese manufacturer Good Smile. They’re notable for having a chibi art style and being suited to posing with many accessories for that purpose.
Nendoroids are fantastic, and a lot of other people think so too. As much as I love Persona 5 and the Persona series as a whole, I couldn’t imagine spending the kind of money these resellers are asking for.
If you want to get your hands on these Nendoroids, you have to add them to your wishlist, and the moment they go live, you have to strike.
You could also take a look at Good Smile’s Pop Up Parade collectibles, which are statues rather than poseable figures. Thank you for reading! I hope this guide gave you everything you need to know to find the right Persona 5 Nendoroid for you!