Packaging - **1/2
The packaging features the Dragonball Z logo at the top with a blue field
taking up most of the package. The blue field has a large
"Z" logo with some Japanese characters along the left edge.
The cards for this series also feature a red border which
differentiates newer DBZ figures from those in older series. Series
4 also had the red border. The back features all 5 of the figures
from this series. Cards are identical for all characters in a series
with a paper insert in the blister containing the character's name and the
episodes from which this version of the character was drawn. Episodes
are broken down into arcs called "sagas". The packaging is
better than it was during the release of the original set of figures but
could still stand some improvement.
The figures are very good likenesses of the characters from the show.
Some of the posing is odd, most notably Goku's hands. They just
don't look right. Gohan has a hard plastic cape that is not
removable, thus limiting the usefulness of his leg articulation. This
line also has a problem with scale. Gohan is just about as tall as
Goku when he should be about a head shorter.
Generally the paint is neat, especially on the faces. There is a
little bit of paint that tends to bleed at the edges of gloves and boots.
These are, however generally very minor bleeds and not noticeable
unless you are looking for a flaw.
While the original DBZ figures were basically statues, the newer figures
are actually capable of a good range of motion. All have neck,
shoulder, hip, and knee articulation. Dr. Gero also has elbow and
bicep joints. All of the others have ball jointed shoulders. Gohan
and Goku also have wrist articulation. The articulation on these
figures is pretty generous when you compare it to a comparably scaled
figure from McFarlane, Hasbro, or Mattel. Considering that these are
supposed to be martial artists, ball jointed hips would have been nice but
that is a fairly minor quibble.
Each figure comes with 3 Dragonballs and a medallion coin which depicts a
scene or character from the show. The Dragonballs are fine and an
appropriate accessory. It is difficult to get all seven that have
the correct numbers. The medallions are basically worthless. It
is a numbered set and the highest number that I have is 55. Nobody,
be they collector or kidlet, is going to ever collect a complete set.
I would rather pay a little less for the figure and let them keep
the medallion. Dr. Gero also comes with a hat. It looks pretty goofy
but it is a very appropriate accessory as it covers his bubble brain in
At $6 a piece they are not a bad value. They are good
representations of the characters, have sufficient articulation, and
come with some fairly appropriate accessories. They are $6 at Toys
R Us, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart. The last time I saw them at a
Target(which has been a while since there isn't a Target where I live),
they were $7. They are $9.99 at KB.
This is a really good set of figures. If you are into Dragonball
anyway, you'll probably already have this set of figures having never read
the review. These figures are nicely done and complement the rest of
the Dragonball series very well. There just isn't a standout figure that
would make me run out and buy him if I weren't already collecting these
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