The best way to liven up your makeshift train town is to have some of the best O guage figures you could add to your collection.
And that’s why we here at Shrunk Collectibles made it our mission to look for the perfect pieces to add to your model railroading town!
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Thankfully, there are a lot of great O guage figures out there that you could easily get from your local toy store or online.
They are always a boon for scale building enthusiasts.
In this amazing roundup, you’re going to find the best O guage figures that will definitely give your tiny town that extra spark.
It ranges from scale people that add scenic accents and model power to your train settings and beyond.
And speaking of sparks, get your ho scale model trains and your road racing gears ready, because this is going to be one hell of a ride!
So, without further ado, here are the 5 best O guage figures to add to your collection!
Our TOP 5 O Guage Figures
“A Nice Starter Figure Set”
Our Rating: 4.5
No self-respecting model railroading aficionado should be caught with train settings that feature no scale figure models.
And that’s just what this first O guage figures entry is all about.
We’re talking about adding this Lionel Passenger scale figures pack to your structure kits, of course.
It delivers that much needed life to any model railroading set.
Made By the Masters
It is produced by Lionel, which is a master at crafting ho scale structures.
It’s no surprise that they’re able to make ho scale figures to line up with their catalogue of products.
Now, that’s company synergy right there; after all, what’s a scale track without model train people figure pieces to inhabit them?
Even better, this is as perfect a companion to other Lionel products as it is to other ho scale model trains.
We’re talking about the ones from Midwest Products or other scenic accents like the Woodland ScenicsA2744 workers with forklift.
As far as O guage figures go, this Lionel scale figures people set is one of your best bets to start populating your little model railroading town.
Waiting for a Ride
Lionel was generous enough to include 24 pieces in this set of O guage figures.
That is something that other companies like Plastruct Inc. should definitely take their cue from.
As far as the scale goes, these miniature passengers are perfect for ho scale model trains.
So it shouldn’t be a problem adding them to your structure kits.
We here at Shrunk Collectibles love how you could see all the scale detail placed in the paint apps on each of these figures.
Like we said, there are 24 scale people here, and what’s impressive is the fact that none of them look exactly the same as the other.
Of course, we’re talking about seeing them from the perspective of these pieces’ paint respective paint jobs.
The sculpt on these things are a whole different matter; and no, what we’re about to say isn’t all that bad.
100% Scenic Accents
First off, the sculpt on these model train people figure pieces are nicely done especially considering that you’re talking about O guage figures here.
However, one of the issues that you’re probably going to find in this set is that all of them share the same pose.
That is to say, these ho scale figures are all posed sitting down with each hand on their laps.
You’re probably going to find the lack of variety a bit bland if you’re looking for scale figures people find “charismatic”.
Not Bad Though
That’s not entirely a bad thing, though.
Adding a lot of detail to these scale people might veer your attention away from the main point of your model railroading town:
The scale building and scale track pieces themselves.
Still, it doesn’t mean that you won’t find other purposes for these scale people aside from having them occupy your trains.
For one, you could use them as bystanders for your ho scale structures and other structure kits.
Or maybe even pair them with Holstein cows or construction workers; the possibilities are endless.
“Amazing from Top to Bottom!”
Our Rating: 4.5
Next up on this list of O guage figures to spice up your model railroading town is a unique set.
We here at Shrunk Collectibles consider it a bit of an oddity when it comes to ho scale figures.
We’re, of course, talking about this set of O guage figures that’s based on the Polar Express motion picture.
And what’s so unusual about it is that releasing licensed products is not exactly the norm for scale building and structure kits.
Sure, it’s no surprise to find the usual, say, Woodland ScenicsA2744 workers with forklift, construction workers, or Holstein cows in the ho scale model trains game.
But this one is different.
For Newbies and Veterans Alike
But that’s not the only reason that we included this Polar Express set in our list.
It’s actually a pretty decent set that could well be appreciated by newbies to train settings (like kids who went from RC racing or road racing to trains).
And more seasoned fans of the model railroading hobby are going to find the scale people in this set to be more than enough.
They can serve as nice ground cover or scenic accents for their scale track.
This Polar Express set from Lionel is made up of O guage figures based on the characters appearing in the Christmas classic.
They are perfect for those who want a tiny bit of customization to their hobby.
We’re going to say this right off the bat, though: this is not the set to go with if you’re looking for quantity over quality.
As such, if you’re just looking for minor scenic accents or the usual ground cover, then you better avoid this.
You’re probably better off with model train people figure pieces like the Woodland ScenicsA2744 workers with forklift, construction workers, or those Holstein cows.
Just Four Figures
That’s because the whole set is just made up of four figures.
That is way fewer than something like a Midwest Products or Plastruct Inc.ho scale figures release.
To be specific, you’re getting Hero Boy, the Conductor, Steamer and Smokey.
And that’s about the only flaw you’re going to find with these scale people, since the rest of their features are pure gold!
One of the things that you’re going to absolutely appreciate about these O guage figures is the fact that they have articulation.
Let that sink in: these ho scale figures people see most of the time are more like tiny figurines; these things could actually move!
That’s not something you see every day when it comes to model railroading figures.
It’s a feature that we here at Shrunk Collectibles now think every other company should emulate when creating people for their scale figure releases.
And no, this won’t ruin your train settings, since these toys exactly follow the size for ho scale model trains.
They’re about 1 and 3/8 inches each, with a few variations depending on the character.
Any Pose You Like
And given that there’s some pretty decent articulation here, that means you could easily pose these people however you please.
Maybe you want them standing up, loading coal up in the engine; hanging out in the caboose; or just waiting at the train station.
It’s all up to you.
Scale Detail Galore
When it comes to the sculpt of these figures, you’re going to find that they’re way better than most ho scale figures out there.
They have facial features and garment sculpt details that are not normally found on toys that are this small.
In addition to that, the paint apps on each of the characters are nicely done.
There is very little sloppy apps, which is just all too common for figures of this scale.
As a result, the figures you’re getting are as appealing and magical as they appear in the movie.
Simply put, rarely do ho scale structures (train station or a radio control building) get the opportunity to have visitors as detailed and fun as these characters!
“The Best Scale People Around!”
Our Rating: 5
Next up on our O guage figures list is perhaps what we here at Shrunk Collectibles consider to be our absolute favorites.
Hell, we’d be ecstatic to have entire ho scale structures—from radio control towers to scale building model power plants— populated by these scale people right here.
We’re talking about none other than this hobo figures set from the same company that brought you the nice Woodland Scenics A2744 workers with forklift.
As far as scenic accents go, what respectable scale track would be complete without a bunch of hitchhiking homeless people to go with them?
None, that’s what!
Seriously, though, these hobos are some of the best model train people figure releases we’ve seen.
Grab that Bindle
Although not the most generous when it comes to the figure count in the set, it more than makes up for it in quality.
In total, you’re getting five hobo figurines in this set.
That’s more than enough if you want these fun nomads to give your train just a bit of personality as you chug along your scale track.
But let’s be honest: you’re going to want a whole battalion of these dubious personalities once you pop open your first pack!
That is to say that these figurines each have a personality of their own, which is way more than what we usually get from ground coverscale track pieces.
And speaking of the scale detail put into these homeless train heroes…
On the Road
The sculpt on each of these figures are amazing, with none of them sharing the same pose whatsoever.
And that’s just the tip of the proverbial hobo iceberg here.
These figures are so nicely sculpted that even the faces on each of these figurines are unique.
So much so, that we’re actually a bit surprised that the company didn’t each give them a specific character name.
Perfect Clothes Too
In addition to the wonderful face sculpt, the clothes on each of these figures are absolutely perfect, too, as they each have a different garment.
Want an older gentleman hobo chugging on moonshine while singing the night away in your caboose? This set has that.
Or how about a jolly ol’ hobo that likes to hang out on the side of the car?
The one who has one leg swinging as the train passes by the countryside, as he waves to the people that only he can see.
Well, this set has that too!
Hobo Paint Job
The paint apps on this set are just magnificent, with very little sloppy applications to speak of.
The color choices differ from one hobo to another, which give each and every figure in this set a certain distinct look and personality.
WS really hit it out of the park with this release, and you’re going to love how these toys even have accompanying accessories with them.
One has a bonfire (presumably made from tires and leather); another has a harmonica; and the other has a bindle!
“Great Accessories in this Set!”
Our Rating: 4.5
The next entry for our O guage figures list is something that could be appreciated by model railroading hobbyists.
The ones that prefer to add to their scale building landscapes instead of just focusing on their scale track pieces.
This is the WS campers set.
And it’s one of the most generous ho scale figures if you’re looking for an abundant number of accessories in your figures.
Granted, though, you’re just getting about three model train people figure pieces here, but this set makes up for it by adding a lot of accessories.
And we mean a LOT, since you’re getting about seven accessories of various types from this figure set.
The Great Outdoors
Like we said, these figures are more at home as ground cover or as embellishments to your outdoor structure kits.
They aren’t suitable for just hanging out near the train tracks (those are reserved for hobos).
As such, this is the perfect set if you’re looking for an expansive build for your little train town.
Or if you want to break the set and just take the accessories to customize your other scale figures.
And speaking of accessories, you’re in for a treat with this release.
You’re getting: some kindle; a bonfire piece; a pretty big (still to scale) tent; a rolled up sleeping bag; a gym bag accessory; and a lamp.
To top it off, you get a tree trunk that acts as a makeshift chair for your scale people.
Another thing of note here are the poses of the ho scale figures, which provides you with some variety.
One is leaning, another is bent over, and another one is standing up: all in all, a nice way to provide you with some display choices.
“A Nice Assortment of Figures!”
Our Rating: 4
Last up on our list is yet another release from WS.
It just goes to show how this company remains to be on top of the scale figure game.
This is the construction worker set, the road crew figure pack to be exact.
They’re the perfect addition to your scale track if you’re going for a more industrial theme.
We could simply imagine how pretty these figures would look when paired with the likes of an early 20th century steam locomotive model.
Ho scale model trains definitely look all the better when you have some nice pieces like this to add to the scenery!
And it’s not just the theme that makes this a worthy addition to our top picks.
Much like other WS figure releases, this has tons of quality all jammed in a miniature package.
One of the most noteworthy features of this set is that no two figures look the same.
Each of these scale people has a distinct look that adds a lot of personality to them.
And that’s thanks to both the sculpt.
It is absolutely gorgeous in the way that the company was able to create different models with different facial expressions, poses, and clothes.
Then, there’s the paint apps, which are definitely some of the best you’ll see in ho scale figures.
They follow a palette that’s not too harsh on the eyes, all the while maintaining a unique look for each.
You got two figures with shovels; yet another couple wielding picks; and one that has a nice jackhammer accessory.
The only flaw here is that these accessories are not removable, and that’s a non-factor with these figurines, really.
O Guage Figures: Our Verdict
Choosing the right scenic accents is all a matter of preference, and the figures you’ll see here run a variety of those.
It doesn’t matter if you want a more modern or old school construction, there’s always something for all you model railroading fans out there.
These O guage figures prove just that: this hobby lets your imagination work its thing to create an imaginary town that’s all yours.