For fans of 2006s graphic novel turned big screen retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae, 300, Good Smile Companys figma Leonidas action figure is a masterfully rendered and screen-accurate homage to the moribund Spartan, and for many, apt to be a must-own collectible.
The result of a collaborative effort between concept designers Max Factory Inc. and manufacturers, Good Smile Co., figma Leonidas boasts a lifelike PVC/ABS resin sculpt and painted finish that capture the look of the legendary warrior with remarkable fidelity. Although the figure barely manages to breach a height of 6 inches tall, the designers have done an extraordinary job capturing the brawny, towering physique of the fateful Spartan king as depicted in “300”. Fans will also appreciate how the figures dual (stoic, and rageful) swappable portraits match the look of actor, Gerard Butler, so closely. As an addition to the Max Factory/Good Smile figma action figure line-up, Leonidas is a posers dream. Along with the alternate face, there are six additional interchangeable hands and over a dozen points of articulation liberally spread throughout the feet, legs, torso, arms, and neck to ensure that collectors can recreate plenty of familiar movie scenes. The ball and peg joints are durable and easily manipulated, yet their size and prominence tends to detract from the figures overall realism when viewed from certain angles.
As impressive as the figma Leonidas figure is, its the accessories that make it especially noteworthy. Within the beautifully elaborate packaging, collectors will find among the 17 accompanying pieces all the recognizable trappings of the iconic head of Sparta. Along with the figure and its swappable elements are Leonidas’ two helmets (kings and infantry), shield, sword, spear, necklace, and crimson fabric cloak (complete with its broach fastener). Typical of figures in the figma series (like and ), Leonidas comes with a multipart stand with a prong that fits into a hole in the figures back. While Leonidas is generally stable enough to stand freely, the clear plastic stand is essential to achieve more dynamic poses while being minimally conspicuous.
Good Smiles figma Leonidas action figure released in April 2016 at the manufacturers suggested retailed price of ¥7,407 (roughly $70 USD).