Must-Have KAWS Figures: Top 5 for Your Collection
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 5 min read


  1. Companion Series
  2. KAWS Passing Through
  3. KAWS What Party
  4. KAWS Along The Way
  5. KAWS Holiday

So, you're a fan of KAWS figures and looking to grow your collection, right? Well, you've come to the perfect place. This blog will guide you through the top 5 must-have figures. We'll start with the iconic Companion Series, and then explore other beloved KAWS figures like Passing Through, What Party, Along The Way, and the delightful KAWS Holiday. Ready? Let's dive in!

Companion Series

First up in our list of must-have KAWS figures is the beloved Companion Series. If you're an avid collector, this one's a no-brainer. The Companion Series is one of the most iconic and recognizable KAWS figures out there. It's like the flagship of the KAWS fleet, if you will.

The Origin of Companion

The Companion Series made its debut back in 1999. Yes, you read it right—1999! It's been over two decades since this iconic figure first graced the world of KAWS. The Companion figure was born out of a collaboration between KAWS and Bounty Hunter, a Japanese toy and streetwear brand. Bold, distinctive, and crafted with meticulous detail, the Companion Series has since become a staple in any KAWS figures collection.

Companion Variants

  • Original Companion: The original Companion figure is a must-have. It features KAWS's signature "X" eyes and gloves, and comes in different colors—black, brown, and grey.
  • Dissected Companion: This unique variant gives you a glimpse into the anatomy of the Companion figure. Half of its body reveals the internal structure, adding a new layer of intrigue to the already captivating figure.
  • Flayed Companion: The Flayed Companion is another striking variant. It's similar to the Dissected Companion, but this time, the entire body is flayed, revealing the figure's intricate internal structure.

No matter which variant you choose, adding a Companion figure to your collection is a surefire way to showcase your love for KAWS figures. They are not just collectibles—they are pieces of art, each telling its own story. So, what are you waiting for? It's time to make room for a Companion figure in your collection! Stay tuned as we move on to the next must-have KAWS figure: Passing Through.

KAWS Passing Through

Next on our list is the KAWS Passing Through figure. This figure might not be as well-known as the Companion Series, but it's every bit as intriguing and collectible. So, let's get to know this unique KAWS figure a bit better.

What Makes Passing Through Special?

What sets the Passing Through figure apart is its emotive design. It features a KAWS Companion sitting down with its hands covering its face. This pose, often associated with sadness or deep thought, gives the figure a sense of emotion that is both relatable and impactful. It's like a snapshot of a poignant moment, captured in vinyl form.

Variations of Passing Through

Just like the Companion Series, the Passing Through figure also comes in multiple colorways. Here are the most popular ones:

  1. Black Passing Through: The black variant is sleek, stylish, and perfect for collectors who prefer monochrome figures.
  2. Brown Passing Through: The brown variant offers a softer, more earthy aesthetic. It's a great choice if you want a figure that blends in with a variety of decor styles.
  3. Grey Passing Through: The grey variant strikes a balance between the black and brown versions. It's versatile, elegant, and a great addition to any KAWS figures collection.

Whether you're a seasoned collector or just starting your KAWS figures journey, the Passing Through figure is a worthwhile addition. Its unique design and emotive pose make it a standout piece in any collection. So, why not give this figure a home in your collection? Up next, we're going to talk about another must-have KAWS figure: What Party.

KAWS What Party

Moving forward in our exploration of must-have KAWS figures, we come across the intriguing and thought-provoking "What Party" series.

Why What Party?

The What Party series has a distinct charm that sets it apart. It's a figure of a KAWS Companion with its head drooped down, giving an impression of solitude or introspection. This series, unlike most KAWS figures, plays with the theme of melancholy, making it a captivating conversation piece.

Color Variations of What Party

The What Party series, similar to other KAWS figures, comes in a variety of colors. Each variant adds a unique twist to the figure. Let's take a look at some of these variations:

  1. Yellow What Party: This vibrant version is sure to catch the eye. It's a ray of sunshine amidst the somber theme of the series.
  2. Black What Party: This variant brings out the depth of the figure's design. The contrast between its dark hue and its melancholic pose is visually striking.
  3. White What Party: The white version exudes a serene and calming vibe. It's a minimalist's dream come true.

Regardless of the color you choose, the What Party figure is a unique addition to any KAWS collection. It's a piece that not only looks great on display but also sparks thoughtful discussions. So, are you ready to add this figure to your collection? But before you decide, let's move on to the next KAWS figure on our list: Along The Way.

KAWS Along The Way

As we continue our journey through the world of KAWS figures, let's stop for a moment and appreciate the beauty of the "Along The Way" series.

The Story Behind Along The Way

The Along The Way series is a heartwarming representation of companionship. It features two KAWS Companions holding hands, symbolizing togetherness and friendship. This figure is a lovely reminder that no matter where we go, it's the company we keep that makes the journey worthwhile.

Unique Features of Along The Way

What makes the Along The Way series a must-have addition to your KAWS figures collection? Let's see:

  • Double Companions: Unlike most KAWS figures that feature a single Companion, this series presents two, doubling the charm and appeal.
  • Expressive Poses: The figures are posed in a way that they seem to be in conversation. This dynamic interaction adds an extra layer of depth to the piece.
  • Multiple Colorways: The series comes in three colorways—black, brown, and grey. Each colorway brings out a different mood and aesthetic, making each one a worthy consideration for your collection.

Adding an Along The Way figure to your collection would be a statement of your appreciation for the artistry of KAWS. Not to mention, it can serve as a much-needed reminder of the importance of companionship in our lives. Ready to welcome this figure to your collection? Hang in there—we have more in store for you. Up next is the KAWS Holiday series.

KAWS Holiday

Just as we wrap up our discussion on the Along The Way series, it's time to pack our bags for a trip with the KAWS Holiday series. This series is like a vacation you can take without leaving your living room.

The Inspiration Behind KAWS Holiday

KAWS Holiday takes its inspiration from the idea of taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle. It's a celebration of leisure, relaxation, and the joy of doing absolutely nothing. It's a reminder that everyone, even KAWS figures, deserves a break once in a while.

Distinctive Features of KAWS Holiday

What sets KAWS Holiday apart from other KAWS figures? Here are some standout attributes:

  • Impressive Size: The KAWS Holiday figure is one of the largest in the collection, making it a grand statement piece.
  • Relaxed Pose: The Companion is seen in a reclining pose, a departure from the usual standing figures. The pose suggests a laid-back vibe, perfect for a holiday.
  • Global Appeal: The series has been released in several locations worldwide, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan, reflecting its universal appeal.

Adding a KAWS Holiday figure to your collection is like bringing a slice of vacation to your own home. Who wouldn't love a reminder to kick back and relax once in a while? So, are you ready to go on a holiday with KAWS? Remember, the journey of collecting KAWS figures is as enjoyable as the destination.

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