Signing up to a partworks collection is pretty much a nerd staple, yet there have been very few of them focused on video game franchises. Enter a new challenger, the Street Fighter Figurine Collection from Fanhome.
Street Fighter is a pretty perfect choice when you consider the sheer number of characters this fabled fighting game series features. Sure, not all of them have the same icon status as Ryu or Ken, but there’s a reason why Street Fighter continues to be a flagship franchise for Capcom.
Street Fighter has continued to reinvent itself over the decades and although the series has its fair share of mainstays, Capcom has created dozens of characters, each one having their own unique appeal. Of course, Fanhome wants to shift as many issues as it can, so don’t expect cameos from the likes of Sodom, Hakan, Necro, and other fighters. At least not this early into the magazine’s run. The foundation of this Street Fighter collection is built on recognisable characters, starting with Ryu, Ken, and M. Bison, though we’ve already seen newer combatants such as Juri.
Each edition comes with an issue of the Fanhome magazine, featuring a familiar Street Fighter character immortalised as a hand-painted PVC figurine that shows them frozen in an action pose.
When collecting figures, there are a handful of key features that are particularly important: the material quality, how detailed the paint job is, and whether the designers successfully embody a chosen character.
Each Street Fighter figurine stands between 9 and 14 centimetres tall, mounted on a black PVC base. The vibrant, chunky design of Street Fighter’s storied heroes and villains means that there aren’t many fiddly or realistic details needed for each paint job. These are pretty sturdy figures too and, more importantly, there’s a consistent style and quality to them throughout the series.
Besides building your collection of figures, you’ll also amass a library of knowledge surrounding Street Fighter, its expansive cast of characters, and Capcom itself. Each edition of the magazine follows the same template – brief, but crammed with information on who each fighter is, their in-game history, and the role they play in the series’ winding plot. The writers also stop to examine the games themselves and the impact they’ve had in shaping the genre as we know it today. Although pretty thin, there’s just enough in each magazine to feel worthwhile.
Partworks collections don’t come cheap and, typically, beyond the first handful of issues, will only attract serious collectors. Each issue of Fanhome’s Street Fighter Figurine Collection is priced at £11.99 (with introductory subscription offers available) spread across 60 installments. That’s pretty reasonable pricing with the only alternatives being second-hand retro figures or smaller pieces from the Street Fighter Miniatures Game. Both are to find and far more expensive. Needless to say, if you’re a Capcom die-hard looking to turbo charge your gaming room with a little Street Fighter flare, look no further.