So I'm not really a toy guy, but I'm looking for something that's well articulated to sit on my desk to play with while I goof around. I don't have any kind of subject matter that I'm looking for specifically. I had a Neca alien but the leg came off after a weekend so I guess I'll try to avoid them. I'm thinking about a Revoltech Evangelion or maybe a S.H. MonsterArts 1995 Godzilla but want to see what cool toys ya'll have so post your favorite toy or any tips you might have!
Go to closeout stores, look for some cheap transformers or other hasbro/mattel stuff, things that say 3+ ages on the package. They hold together well.
Japanese toys don't give 5shits about durability.
Also, as far as joint integrity goes, Jap stuff is a great deal superior. Yes, most hasbro/mattel stuff is more durable(slightly), but at the risk of most of its female sides being PVC, which shreds and degrades like shit. Also, as most of the joints on Hasbro stuff is ratcheted PVC, it feels like shit when you pose it. Not to mention they're hideous.
Very little painting is required for modern bandai kits. I'd go with Robot Damashii's as they're more poseable (usually) and durable, but they're more expensive.
If you're just looking for good high quality fun though, bandai of japan is altogether the way to go. Hasbro/mattel is okay for fun, but not high quality in the slightest. And don't listen to the moron talking about durability. NECA is the worst at it... so let's put them at a 1, whereas bandai of japan is usually around a 7, mattel about a 8, hasbro about an 9. It isn't plastic quality so much as it is buffering though. In fact, the quality of most bandai plastics is better, but are more rigid/there's less of it for more range.
Also revoltechs are very durable, just not the easiest to pose with the ratchets. The only complaint I know of for the 95 shm goji is the face paint being a bit goofed.
I also didn't mention medicos/max factory. Never owned a medicos product, so I can't comment, but Figmas (max factory) aren't bad, but are the least durable of the aforementioned lines (excluding NECA), and the least poseable of the jap lines mentioned.
I have figures all over my desk, but once I pose them I typically don't touch them for a few days.
How ever, I bought a rubiks cube about 2 days ago and I pick it up every few minutes. A very good toy to fiddle around with.
Revol Mini are fun, small, and highly articulated figures, perfect to play around with on your desk.
There are a bunch more than this pic, so just pick one you like (or not expensive). They all pose just about the same.