Most of you have probably heard of nendoroids by now, small anime figures in super-deformed or “chibified” form. What you may not have heard of before are another class of anime figures called nenoroid petits. As the name implies, these are smaller versions of nendoroids, standing at around 6cm or 2/3 the height of a normal nendoroid. The small stature of nendoroid petits is meant to appeal to people that don’t think regular nendoroids are cute enough because they are too big.
Petits come with their own set of accessories and have movable joints like their counterparts. One major difference between petits and regular nendoroids are that petits can not change faces while the regular ones can. Usually having more parts for anime figures is a good thing, but if you’re one of those people that can’t decide on which ones to use, then a petit might be better than a regular nendoroid. Another advantage with petits is that they usually come as a set rather than individually. This is a big bonus to people who like to have complete sets of figures rather than just one or two. Sometimes these sets also have a special theme, like the recent Lucky Star nendoroid petits dressed as characters from Street Fighter, which are not released as regular nendoroids.
The main downside to petits is that due to their size, the overall quality of the figures is lower than regular nendoroids. Naturally, fewer details like pockets in jackets and buttons on shirts can be added to a figure that’s 2/3 the size it normally is. The paint quality also suffers a bit because sometimes it’s just not possible to place tiny dots or lettering in an area that only measures about 1mm2. With these differences, it’s easy to see why some prefer one over the other, but they are both very cute types of figures.