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Magic figures are character figurines, made of plastic or other materials, based upon characters from the Magic: The Gathering flavor or storyline. The items may be produced and designed on the assumption that they will be bought solely for display.

A distinction can be made between "action figures" which are posable (the term "action figure" was first coined by Hasbro in 1964, to market G.I. Joe), and "figurines" which are non-posable statuettes. "Miniatures" are the smallest figures.

Heartbreaker[edit | edit source]

In 1994, Heartbreaker Hobbies & Games produced a series of 28mm pewter miniatures based on Magic characters and spells.

Wizards of the Coast[edit | edit source]

7 inch paintable plaster figurines[edit | edit source]

Unpainted plaster figurines, about seven inches high, were manufactured for the Japanese market around 1995. These included Baron Sengir, Serra Angel, Hurloon Minotaur and Prodigal Sorcerer. A second (?) series included Spirit Link.

13-22 inch statues[edit | edit source]

Between September 1998 and April 1999 Wizards of the Coast released a limited edition of four cold cast porcelain statues. The statues (Serra Angel, Shivan Dragon, Spirit Link/Jolrael and Hurloon Minotaur were designed by Randy Bowen, and produced in 5.000 copies each by Dark Horse Comics. Each statue ($125 - $195) was fully painted and packaged in a full-color collector's box. They measured 13 inch and 22 inch (Shivan Dragon).

9 inch action figures[edit | edit source]

In Spring 1999, Wizards of the Coast released a serie of 9 inch action figures in a production run of 30.000. They included :

A second series that released later that year included:[1]

A Crovax, Ascendent Evincar was announced, but apparently never released.

Hasbro[edit | edit source]

June 18, 2003, Hasbro released the Magic The Gathering Figures Series 1. The six individually packaged figures announced for the first series included characters based on four 'time-honored cards' (Serra Angel, Lord of Atlantis, Sengir Vampire and Ernham Djinn, and two from the Odyssey expansion (Kamahl, Pit Fighter and Shadowmage Infiltrator). Each Magic The Gathering action figure included a random Seventh Edition card.[2]

A second set was in the works but never released. Akroma, Angel of Wrath would have been one of that series.[3]

Hasbro released two base sets and one expansion set of Arena of the Planeswalkers, featuring a large number of 28 mm plastic miniatures.

First 4 Figures[edit | edit source]

In 2005, First 4 Figures obtained a license to produce several statues featuring some notable cards from Champions of Kamigawa and Betrayers of Kamigawa.[4] A total of five different limited-edition (only 5,000 of each) resin figures were produced. These stood approximately 9 to 10 inches tall and were mounted on a base: Eight-and-a-Half-Tails , Meloku the Clouded Mirror, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni and Kodama of the North Tree.

Funko[edit | edit source]

On February 16, 2014, Funko (a company that manufactures and produces a wide array of licensed pop culture toys) announced a new licensing agreement with Wizards of the Coast to produce Planeswalker figures for their popular Pop! Vinyl Figures and new Legacy Collection Action Figures lines.[5][6]

Pop! Vinyl figures[edit | edit source]

Funko Pop! Vinyl figures are 3.75 inch tall super stylized vinyl figures, modeled in a Japanese chibi style. The first series features Jace Beleren, Garruk Wildspeaker, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess, Ajani Goldmane and Nissa Revane (as featured in Magic 2015). The second series features Nicol Bolas, Sarkhan Vol, Tezzeret, Elspeth Tirel, Gideon Jura and Kiora Atua.[7][8] Special editions include Chandra "Glow in the Dark",[9] all-black Garruk [10] and all-black Bolas.[11]

Legacy Collection[edit | edit source]

Funko teamed up with talented sculptors at Gentle Giant to create Funko's Legacy Collection line of deluxe action figures featuring 20+ points of articulation and removable accessories for ages 14+. Released in August 2014, the Magic: The Gathering Planeswalkers were the first Legacy Collection figures to be released. The line features the same iconic Planeswalkers as those released in the first series of Pop! Vinyl.[12]

Prime 1 Studio[edit | edit source]

In 2017, the Japanese Prime 1 Studio releases expansive painted Nicol Bolas and Ajani Goldmane statues. Size approximately 28 inches tall [(H)72 cm (W)66 cm (D)60 cm] - One (1) alternate exclusive portrait (In the Exclusive version only) Retail Price: - Regular version: $799 US - Exclusive version: $849 US[13][14][15]

WizKids[edit | edit source]

Miniatures[edit | edit source]

In September 2018, WizKids released a miniature line focusing on token creature card favorites.

This was followed up by several D&D crossovers, focusing on the Ravnican guilds and on Theros.

The Premium Edition of Heroes of Dominaria included miniatures of Jhoira, Karn, Teferi, and Chandra.

Full-size foam figures[edit | edit source]

December 2020 saw the release of a full-size foam figure of Chandra Nalaar.[16] The statue is a 1:1 recreation of the iconic Planeswalker and stands a full 5 feet 6 inches (167cm) tall. Wearing her trademark goggles and holding a ball of flame in hand, the pyromancer was advertised to be is the perfect statue to bring some Magic to your store or home. The statue is hand-painted on molded foam and rubber, and costs $1200 US.

Bioworld[edit | edit source]

In 2019, Bioworld produced custom designed acrylic die cut MTG keychains with printed Magic: The Gathering characters. This Magic: The Gathering merchandise was officially licensed. There were two sets of 6 planeswalkers. Size: 140x72 mm acrylic sheets, 52x52 mm die cut base.

Nendoroids[edit | edit source]

In February 2020, a Jace and Chandra Nendoroid were announced to be released by Phat! and the Japanese Good Smile Company.[17]

XM Studios Premium Collectibles[edit | edit source]

In October 2020, XM Studios announced that they had acquired the license to produce 1/4 scale statues of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. The statues become available to collectors and fans in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau only.

In December 2020, the first in the line-up was revealed to be a Chandra Nalaar (with two switchable heads), after a design by Magali Villeneuve.

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