Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 16, 2018 15:39:59 GMT -6
I've said it before but I will say it again: Bardock, Raditz, Super Buu. I agree Piccolo and Krillin are probably due for a 2.0 re-release (though I expect Krillin to get a pce re-release first) but as far as new characters we don't have in the line yet, those three are the most overdue.
As for first form Freeza... I only disagree with that because the proper way to display both together would be if Bardock was battle damaged, recreating the final shot of the special. They never interact otherwise.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 15, 2018 15:44:57 GMT -6
As someone who spent about 40 minutes intentionally cutting through the plastic on his head, I wouldn't worry. Whatever plastic they used for these things is *tough*, and is more likely to bend under pressure than to tear.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 14, 2018 12:33:23 GMT -6
I can agree with that, to a point anyway. I've never been huge on the Whis training outfits for Goku and Vegeta (I'm glad they went back to more iconic outfits, even if I personally prefer Buu Goku to Super Goku) but the figuarts figure REALLY dropped the ball in terms of the color choices. You can rag on the lack of shading on these guys (and the two I am buying have it the probably the worst of the 6 figure Merged Zamasu wave) but I can honestly say Goku here has better color choices and paint apps than the figuarts version. Trunks is also solid, and he's SSJ so it removes my biggest problem with that version of the character. Neither are for me, but they're both good.
Real talk though... I hate hate HATE the wave system Bandai has adopted. It's pure nonsense. I just... no. All six figures are on the boxes, all six share a single BaF... it's a freaking wave you stupid stupid toy company. I'm just going to use ML/DCUC terminology and refer to the complete waves by their BAF.
Concerning the next *full* wave though, I've been looking ahead a bit... the Merged Zamasu wave will hit sometime in march, which (assuming there's no weeks off) is around the time SSJ Rose first appears in the series. If we're looking at a similar 5-6 month-ish timeline, we're looking at the next wave hitting after the Future Trunks saga ends, but before we've delved very deep into the Universal Survival arc (we MIGHT be starting the preliminaries when the wave hits). A lot is going to depend on how soon the next wave comes out, and then how far ahead they want to cover. We *might* even get a wave covering characters from Universe 6 (Champa, Caaba, Frost) before going nuts with the Universal Survival characters, especially with fan favorites like the baseball episode reuniting us with Universe 6 hitting around the time the wave comes out.
Regardless of anything though, 2 of the figures will be SSJ Blue Vegeta and Goku in their regular outfits. Each full wave has had at least one of each, and it's a variant the line kinda needs. Another easy choice, whenever they get to her, is a SSJ Berserk Kale BaF. She's a well loved character, she's the perfect size for a BaF, and she'll sell entire waves if they do her justice.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 14, 2018 10:48:00 GMT -6
Oh yeah no, I'm *definitely* repainting him when my pre-order comes in (yes, I pre-ordered him, but not from that site... it's just what came first on google) both him and Hit... but it looks decent, and I feel like it might be useful for maybe a Gohan in Kai robes or something for fans who aren't as big on Super.
Again, if this line continues in the way this wave has been going, I'm cool with is. I seriously considered getting the Stars Black over the Figuarts one, just because it was cheaper and I do kinda like the shiny hair for SSJ forms more.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 13, 2018 17:35:20 GMT -6
saiyanpunk Yeah, I tend to agree. The thing is, I know canically looking at screenshots and art that Goten and Trunks should come up to Goku's shin... but I *have* a 6-8 year old adopted sibling, and he comes up to higher than this Goku. You can point out that they're saiyans and Toriyama's retcon of saiyans staying younger looking longer, but that still doesn't change the fact that in Super Goten and Trunks look 3 years old compared to Goku. I've seen customs for Goten, Trunks, and Kid Goku that are "the correct height" and it just looks wrong even though I *know* they're accurate to the manga and anime.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 13, 2018 17:07:54 GMT -6
Ok, good. It's not as bad as some of the pictures made it seem (the head is definitely the worst element), so I'm glad.
It's funny, I went through this very weird phase with this figure where I had decided that I was done with it, because the only reason I wanted it was to fulfill a childhood desire to pair him against a Kid Vegeta that was NEVER going to happen EVER, and there was no way I was going to get something equivalent to it because of how bad the scale is... so I had actually cancelled my pre-order. But then I remembered the original reason I was actually excited for the non-DB proportions originally and doubled back on that. I've got two ordered now instead of just the one, and I will be turning them into a Goten and Trunks. They'll be a bit big sure, but I think they'll work with the also large-ish Gotenks.
But seriously though, that head needs to be like 5% smaller easily.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 12, 2018 22:01:45 GMT -6
No offense, but I don't think you have any idea how SDCC exclusives work. SDCC exclusives are intended to be recolored variants of existing figures that Tamashii can make cheaply to sell at the convention. It won't be anything important or new because they're intended for a limited run. As was pointed out not long ago, the most "new" pieces we've had was a new belt for a Goku figure. And frankly, since I'm assuming you mean Buu saga Krillin and not Super's pre-shave Krillin... WE DON'T EVEN HAVE BUU YET. Even the flibbertigibbets at Tamashii aren't going to make Buu saga Krillin before Saiyan Saga/Super Krillin and Buu, ESPECIALLY since Buu Saga Krillin would need to be built pretty much entirely from scratch, and CERTAINLY not for a con exclusive.
From what I can tell, the likely candidates are: Premium Color Krillin (personally the one I think is most likely), Arlia Vegeta 2.0 (tie in with the recent Saiyan Vegeta re-release), and Anime/Premium Color Nappa.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 12, 2018 8:53:41 GMT -6
For longtime fans of the series, Goku has been with us through every stage of Dragonball, from OG Dragonball through GT into Super. So while, for many of us, he may not be our favorite... that doesn't mean he's not an instant buy. Anyone collecting Dragonball figures is going to get AT LEAST Goku. He's also fairly interchangeable... I know the super duper fans can correct me on this, but a lot of the details that shift in Goku's outfit don't change THAT much between arcs, at least not in ways that are super glaring on a shelf. If you're a casual fan collecting just the saiyan saga characters, a Goku from the Freeza or Buu saga is easier to sub in than, say, Cell saga Krillin.
And for those who ARE particular, they're typically making displays for every arc... and if you're gonna do that, Goku will be present in each one.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 10, 2018 14:53:45 GMT -6
When they can milk all the crazy fans who will buy every Goku released? Be serious.
And TBf, I didn't forget, but I was specifically talking about figuarts making variants of the regular 2.0 Goku body. The Freeza fight version is cool, but it is more niche than a release of SSJ Goku is his normal outfit (which was one of the very first figures they made).
Me, I'd like to see regular Goku get released in a bunch of outfits, and then have a ssj1-3 pack just with faces and hairs to go on whatever normal Goku you buy. I don't even display ssj forms and I'd buy that sort of thing just on principal.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 9, 2018 22:20:41 GMT -6
I'm not disputing that, I'm more expressing my exasperation at stuff like setting alarms for pre-orders of this figure. Unless you're specifically after THIS SPECIFIC version, I wouldn't be stressing. Aside from the fact that US retailers exist as well (I've personally been waiting for amazon on all figuarts DBZ releases. They get there a bit later, but I get free shipping) Tamashii has a history of re-releasing Gokus. Slap a new kanji on him, OMG convention exclusives for the next 4 years, not to mention the fact that we haven't even seen the almighty SSJ Goku in 2.0.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 9, 2018 14:17:50 GMT -6
Y'all are all crazy. Aside from the fact that Goku will be on Amazon too (not helpful for international members, but definitely easier for those of us here in the states) it's GOKU. We all know that by 2020 we'll have like six variants of this thing.
Me, I like my Buu saga Goku. I'll either wait until that gets a 2.0, or just keep what I have, since Goku doesn't have the same issues that compelled me to get 2.0 Vegeta.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 7, 2018 21:45:36 GMT -6
Nappa is my favorite so far this year. He's a character that's been teased for so long, to finally get him was so amazing.
As for the rest... wow, this was not the best year was it? I remember so much more coming out this year.
-Perfect Cell was nice, but he's a repaint of a much older figure that was only good in the sense it gave guys like me a chance to buy him for less than $200.
-I was excited for the Xenoverse figs, but tbh they existed more as custom figure fodder than anything to me. On their own... I like Trunks enough (probably the best paint job for his normal head so far) ans it's the one I have on my shelf, but that's because I'm a weirdo like that.
-The Kaioken Gokus are an affront to me. Beyond just the AWFUL gimmick and the fact that they stretched it to TWO convention exclusives, it doesn't even do it's ONE job well. If you look at the actual shots of Goku in Kaioken, his hair is red, his undershirt (and all his blue sections) are purple, and his gi is a much brighter red-orange color. It's a cheap repaint that fails at the one look it's going for, and it boggles me that they released it TWICE.
-Scouter Vegeta is a much needed upgrade to a figure with a ton of problems (loose scouter, bad hips that lead to falling over constantly, etc) that unfortunately comes with it's own issues with regard to the paint job. While I can 100% say it's the better figure, it's hard not to compare the shading on the original to the flat paint job they gave the newer figure. I personally prefer it because I feel the original is TOO shade heavy, but it's hard not to feel like they could have had something in the middle between the extremes.
-Nappa is Nappa. After years of waiting, the Pattycake champion is HERE. Gives me hope for certain OTHER characters they've prototyped for years and never FREAKING released.
-SSJ3 Goku is... fine. Not a fan of the form myself, but it looks good and the face is reasonably better than the original.
-SSJ God Goku is good, though it does unfortunately fall short of the previous prototype, which captured the lean look of the form much better.
-Shenron is a bit small to be strictly in scale with the figures, but it's a fun addition and the fact that they even got away with it is a testament to the line. Pain in the ass to put together though, I'll be honest.
-I barely qualify Yamcha, much less Tien, as this year because I *just* got my Yamcha a week or so ago, and Tien doesn't ship until end of Jan 2018. That said, they're both solid representations of fan favorites, though Chiaotzu's inability to be used in ANYTHING aside from the ONE pose definitely knocks the Tien figure down a peg for me. I don't mind a pack in designed for another figure (the Krillin head that came with 18 was pretty cool) but it should compliment the figure I'm BUYING.
However, technically (in terms of sculpt, paint, and character accuracy) Yamcha is probably the best of the year. I just rank Nappa higher *personally* because it's one I've wanted since I started collecting the figures.
Post by Majin Tomato on Jan 6, 2018 9:34:19 GMT -6
Cooler has been started. Thanks to Branjita for the idea to use the oversized Dragon Stars Freeza as a base, it's just about perfect for what I want. He's pretty much ready to paint, but I'm waiting for his head to arrive (using WCF Cooler) before painting so I can try to match colors.
Also, Adrenaline , this is what I meant when I was talking about the neck peg. Look at that thing! it's absurd! If Vegeta's is even half that long, there is NO reason his head should sit that low.