A new figure from Bandai Namco introduces one of the most important people in Naruto’s life from the popular anime and manga series: his father, Minato Namikaze.
Winner of the NARUTOP99 popularity poll (which rates the most popular characters from the original Naruto anime and manga), Minato is the latest SHFiguarts action figure to represent the poll’s picks. The first toy is for Naruto, while the second is a Sakura Haruno action figure. Now, the next character in the collector-oriented toy line is Minato Namikaze, husband of Kushina Uzumaki and father of the series’ main character, Naruto.
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Minato is the newest Naruto SHFiguarts character
Like other figures in the line, the Minato Namikaze figure prioritizes action and versatility, copying many of his techniques from the Naruto anime and manga. Made of PVC and ABS, the toy is approximately 160 mm tall and has four interchangeable sides. The latter gives him grimacing, happy or neutral expressions, making him perfect to display alongside both friends and enemies. There are also nine different hand options (five for the left wrist and four for the right wrist), allowing him to recreate jutsu hand signals.
Furthermore, the Minato character has a blue orb that represents his Rasengan attack, as well as a kunai knife. Minato dons the white Hokage robe, although the robe does not appear to be removable from the character. Currently set for a July 2024 release date, the figure will cost around 8,250 yen (about US$58). The characters Naruto and Sakura will also be released at the same time. It is currently unknown which other characters will be released under the SHFiguarts Narutop99 banner, although Sasuke’s brother Itachi was next in the initial voting under Minato.
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The original Naruto remains one of the most popular anime franchises
Beginning as a manga in 1999, the Naruto franchise was created by Masashi Kishimoto and transitioned to anime form in 2002. The popularity of the series, along with One Piece and Bleach, ushered in a wave of manga fandom and New anime on the international market. This saw various media tie-ins and merchandise lines thrive to this day, including action figures, busts, and other collectibles. Today, Naruto remains one of the most popular shounen manga/anime franchises of all time. This also contributed to the popularity of the sequel series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The property’s merchandise can be found in many major stores, and the same goes for manga volumes and anime DVDs/Blu-rays.