With the initial rush of summer Transformers reviews finished, I’ve finally got time to do a few of Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts reviews I’ve had backlogged for a while, and I’m starting with the 2012 SDCC Exclusive Gohan figure from the popular anime, Dragon Ball Z. Now although there isn’t anything different in terms of new accessories or plastic, this version of Gohan is simply more accurate to the anime colors, while the previous one was accurate to the manga colors. Now I don’t have the original release of Gohan, but I’m fairly certain the main differences in the color scheme are the SDCC version having a blue belt, while also having some more shading on the skin and cape, as well as a slightly darker Gi, but don’t quote me on that.
Starting with the head, Gohan comes with both Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 hair, so depending on your power levels for the day you’ve got a couple choices. But regardless, both look very good. A total of 6 different faces are included, which I’ll delve more into in the accessories section. Gohan’s neck is the standard Figuarts articulation, and there’s nothing there that would inhibit any movement, other than the mantle, which can depending on how far you need to turn the head.
Gohan’s shoulder’s have a ton of articulation via a ball joint that connects the arm/shoulder to the torso, as well as a swivel that allows the arm to move up and down laterally. A bicep swivel is also there, and while mine was pretty tight and hard to move initially, it eventually loosened up a bit a works great. Since Gohan is a small figure, there I don’t think it’s practical to try and get a double jointed elbow joint on the figure, so it’s more of that disc type joint like on Figma’s. Regardless, it still works good. The wrists are on a ball joint, and 3 pairs of hands are included which I’ll get into more detail in the accessories section.
Gohan’s got standard waist articulation, as well as the stellar hip articulation that Figuarts are known to have. The knees are double jointed, and surprisingly enough the bulkiness of the Gi doesn’t get in the way at all when I pose Gohan. The knees can look a bit funky when they’re bent due to the breaking up of the ripple pattern in the pants, but that’s something that can’t be avoided and doesn’t particularly bother me. The ankles have plenty of movement are able to be rocked side to side, rotated around and swiveled up and down. Gohan’s also got my favorite type of articulation on Figuarts, the ever so popular toe joint in the foot.
To add to the awesome figure we’ve got already, Gohan also comes with a plethora of accessories (Bandai, give us some effects parts packs, damnit). Along with both Super Saiyan 1 and Super Saiyan 2 heads/hair, Gohan also comes with 6 total faces that work between both sets of hair. I really like the range of emotions with each of the faces too; glad it didn’t just come with grunting and power-up faces, that wouldn’t be Gohan. A total of 3 pairs of hands is also included: closed fist, slightly open, and then even more open Kamehameha hands. These all work great and give a lot of personality to Gohan. Gohan also includes a training mantle given to him by Piccolo. This is a very nice look for Gohan and I love it, but unfortunately is inhibits Gohan’s range of motion for his arms. I know it’s weighted training gear at all, but you really can’t pull off too many action poses with it on.
Overall I think if you’re a fan of Dragon Ball Z and SH Figuarts, the SDCC Gohan is definitely something you should pick up. He can still be found for about 40$ at most places and is a warm welcome to anybody’s collection. Comment below and tell me what you think of this version of Gohan! Now if we can just get those effects parts…