“ドラゴンボールコレクションゲット！！ 箱が単行本が色あせたみたいなカラーリングですごくいい*\(^o^)/* ソフビっぽいけど、しっかり詰まっててボリューミー！ トリヤマロボと並べる！！”
I'm definitely a newcomer to the Dragonball mangas, having only read the pre-Z storyline within the last year or so. I've seen a fair amount of DB merchandise over the years, but these recently produced vinyl figures are some of the best swag I've encountered! For whatever reason (an anniversary?), Banpresto decided to make a brand-new line of toys, and they're really terrific! The sculpts are spot-on model, super-appealing representations of the original artwork. Most of the posing is a bit symmetrical, but occasionally there's an arm or leg that's moved to break up the 'twinning'. The character designs are strong enough to prevent it from being a big detraction. The paint work varies to a degree - with the majority of the line, the apps are tight and tidy, but there will be the odd figure (Yajirobe, for instance) where they'll be a little loose and fuzzy in places. Overall, though, the color choices are strong and the execution is crisp and sharp, reflecting the clean line work of the manga. As with most vinyl toys, there's not a lot of articulation here - usually, you'll get neck and shoulder joints at the most, which are probably more a result of the molding process than from a desire to increase the play value. Fortunately, these characters have reasonable proportions, so balance issues are low. Chi-Chi has a higher center of gravity than most of the others, so a display base might have been nice in her case. Yajirobe does come with a piece of cardboard that can be folded into an unobtrusive stand, which is nice. Overall, though, balance problems here aren't anything that some museum putty can't fix. Accessories are rare with this line, but personally, unless it's a prop that's central to the character - Thor's hammer, say - then I think it's just one more thing to lose. Most of the extra pieces here are walking sticks and fighting staffs, and they fit into the characters' hands nicely. Yajirobe's sword sheath may give you some trouble fitting into a hole on his side, so be prepared for that. The toys are sealed in plastic blisters backed with cardboard, so there's not a lot here to get excited about. The graphics are fine (though pretty uniform), and naturally the blisters allow especially fussy collectors (read: all of them) to compare paint jobs. Otherwise, there's not much here to tempt purchasers into keeping the packaging. Since these figures were released over the last year or two, finding them shouldn't be all that expensive or difficult. You can buy Son Goku, Grandpa Son Gohan & Klilyn together for $39.99 + shipping on eBay. There's three other Son Goku variants available as a set for $47.99 + shipping, Uranai-Baba for $9.99 + shipping at bonanzle.com, Chaoz for $13.99 + shipping on eBay, Woolong for $9.99 + shipping at bonanzle; Son Goku, Yajirobe & Karin all together for $57.95 + shipping at anime-king.amazonwebstore.com, Emperor Pilaf for $14.95 + shipping on eBay, Chi-Chi for $8.34 + shipping on eBay, Kame-Sennin for $24.74 + shipping on eBay, a smaller variant of him for $9.99 + shipping at bonanzle, a masked variant for $9.99 + shipping on eBay, and Mr. Popo for $22.39 + shipping on eBay. You may want to shop around a bit before buying, since there's plenty of them for sale online. Have fun!
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