S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan Broly
This is Broly, the legendary Super Saiyan form Bandai’s legendary S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ball Z toy line.
Series: Dragon Ball
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: Nov 2014
Original Price: ¥6,480JPY
Height: 230mm / 9.05inches
I knew Broly was a big guy compared to the regular characters from Dragon Ball Z, but I did not expect him to be this big and the packaging reflects his size. The box is beautifully designed with intense red graphics that suits the character’s personality well. There is a window display in the front giving you a glimpse of the figure inside. On the back there are studio shots of the action figure in some of his signature poses. The figure itself takes up most of the space inside so there isn’t a whole lot of wasted space. The packaging is collector friendly, as with all S.H.Figuart releases to date.
Broly doesn’t come with much in terms of accessories, but he does come with his most iconic attack, the Eraser Cannon, and three at that! Each of these energy spheres has a 3mm peg hole to plug into the display stand, which is also included with 2 arms. To display Broly firing or holding the Eraser Cannons he has a pair of clasping hands as well as a pair of open hands. He also comes with 2 alternate faces, an angry shouting face and a nasty smirk face, perfect for this angry and sometimes arrogant character.
First impression of this guy is that he is an absolute beast! His muscle mass is well defined and nicely proportioned showing him at his maximum power level. The one thing that I feel detracts from the overall figure design is that the joints have not been very well hidden, which is understandable given how big this guy is and how thick each of his limbs are. The plastic quality is as good as any recent Bandai release and this guy actually has some heft to him, almost feels like his whole chest is made from solid plastic. The illusion of fabric is wonderfully captured in this sculpt and the only thing giving it away is the visible joints in the legs and skirt. Overall a brilliant representation of Broly.
To say this guy is well articulated is an understatement, he is quite amazing really. The head is on a double hinge joint with a ball on the top, shoulders are on ball and massive hinge joint, there’s bicep swivel, double jointed elbows and ball jointed wrists. His chest can rock up and down, there’s a waist joint with good range of motion, ball jointed hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knee, ankle rock and tilt and toe articulation. Although all the joints are friction joints, they are silky smooth and hold poses very well, which makes for great fun when it comes to taking photos of this guy. The only downside is the included stand is way too flimsy to hold this guy in any sort of flying poses.
As you’d expect from the S.H.Figuarts line, the paint is very tidy and crisp on this figure. There are subtle variations in colour and shade which you have to have the figure in hand to truly appreciate. I like the fact that Broly’s hair has a tinge of green at the base as he is choc full of green energy. His neck ornament and various jewel stones on his outfit are nicely reproduced in toy scale. His muscles and clothing all have highlight and lowlight applied to add depth and detail to the figure. Even his energy spheres has a squirt of white paint applied to add that extra bit of realism. The only downside on my particular figure is the paint smudge on his fists, likely transferred from the cuffs on during transportation. Bit of a shame, otherwise it would be 100% perfect.
The real feature of this release is its size, and it scales perfectly with the existing Dragon Ball figures from the S.H.Figuarts line.
I absolutely love this figure, partly because I really enjoyed his back story as well his overall design. It’s a really straight forward figure that has been well executed with amazing joints and beautiful sculpt. I’m so enthralled by this guy I actually want to pick up a second to keep and display MISB. It really is that good! As with most S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ball Z figures, especially the limited edition ones, you can expect the price to sky rocket in a few months time, so if you are a fan and you haven’t yet got him in your collection I’d highly recommend you track one down pronto. He retails for about $70USD depending on the exchange rate and can be had at the time of writing for about $100USD, which is not too bad considering the value of some others have increased by 10 fold. Seriously, buy it!