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Andres Cerrato Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Super Saiyan VegetaFigure Maker: BandaiRetail Value: $39.99Available at: Amazon | BigBadToyStore
First things first, we'll take a look at the box. It follows the same red pattern that the SDCC Goku had started, and which I'm guessing we'll see for the rest of the U.S. releases. The box is the same as the one used for the Japanese packaging, but now has a Funimation sticker along with a Dragonball Z sticker placed over the DB Kai logo found on the original box.
Accessory wise, Vegeta is just a pack of alternates. He comes packed with two alternate faces (more on those later), as well as a pair of open hands, and a pair of hands to pull of the Big Bang Attack. Anyway, let's break him out of the plastic prison.
The first thing that's going to attract your attention is the paint job. While it is really well done, some may not be kind to it. It follows the same kind of toning that was found with the SDCC SHF Goku. I really like it on this figure as it gives it some depth. The only issue with it is that it kind of falls out of place when comparing him to the original release of Goku as well as Gohan (reviewed).
This figure is based off his appearance in the Android Saga, hence why his boots do not have the same armor accents as the shoulder straps and abdomen. Speaking of which, the armor is done really nicely, especially with the subtle panel lining for each of the sections.
In order to show off Vegeta's various states of anger and indifference, you simply swap the faces which are attached to the front portion of his hair. When he doesn't have a face on, you have this nightmare-inducing image here.
Enough nightmares, more prince of all Saiyans. This face shows off that typical Vegeta cockiness. It's the face he likes to show prior to doing something flashy and then promptly having the piss beaten out of him. I like the expression, but I have some problems with how it came off.
The first issue is that the tan is much darker on this face than his other two. It may just be an issue with my figure, but kind of annoying nonetheless. Second is well, the face is only good to look at from certain angles. Straight on, that cocky smile face looks full-on derp. It's a great expression, but if it can only look good from one angle, it's a tad of an issue. At least when it is in that angle, it does look fairly awesome.
My favorite expression though is his angry face. Unlike the smirk, his eyes are perfectly situated in just about every angle. As posed here for the Big Bang Attack, it's just about perfect. Combined with the vein popping out of his forehead, it's about the only way Vegeta should be presented.
See? Not every angle is bad.
One thing that is kind of lacking is a straight-on expression. The hands are expressive, but Vegeta's face is not. Goku, Gohan and Piccolo all have the forward-facing anger expression, just not Vegeta. Given he does have 3 faces, I'm just kind of hoping for one more.
Here you see all 3 Saiyans together. What I'm really glad Bandai did was to keep scale between all of the figures. Vegeta is perfectly proportioned and fits right in with the group. You can also see above what I meant about the SDCC coloring. SS Gohan to the left is much different than the vibrant colors used on Vegeta and SDCC Goku. Vegeta is sort of an in-between, with some toning but nowhere near the amount that Goku has.
Being that these are action figures, you do need to put them through their paces. As such, here's Vegeta putting Goku right where he belongs, back down as a third-tier Saiyan.
Say, remember that time Goku and Gohan went into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to train? Yeah, neither do I, but hey! You can swap their heads onto Vegeta's body and recreate it, although do realize their heads will be disproportioned on Vegeta's body.
Although it may seem like I've beaten up this figure quite a bit in this review, I still love it. The typical S.H. Figuarts quality in posing and maintaining those poses is ever present in Vegeta. It's hands-down the best Vegeta figure made. The reason I always held off on buying the old Hybrid Action figure is that I knew something like this would come along eventually, and it has.
Even with all the faults my nitpicking brought out, it's because I've wanted this for a long, long time. I still plan on buying another one just to paint the hair and eyes black. All said, it's living up to my expectations, and would gladly recommend it to any Dragonball fan.
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