S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan Son Gohan
This is the 2015 reissue of the S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan Son Gohan action figure originally released in July of 2010. The reissue is identical to the original release.
Name: Son Gohan
Series: Dragon Ball Z
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: April 2015
Original Price: ¥3,200JPY
Height: 130mm / 5.11inches
Gohan comes packed in the usual S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ball Z format box, it is slim and compact with a large window in the front to see the contents. On the inside the contents are laid out neatly and protect by two layers of plastic trays. This packaging design is very collector friendly.
Gohan comes with an optional head with a different hair style, five optional faces, 2 sets of optional hands and of course his Piccolo mantle. I haven’t watched the anime for a while now so correct me if I’m wrong but I think the optional hair style head is from the Freiza saga. In terms of the faces he gets stern face, a confident smirk face, stern face looking to the left, shouting stern face, gritting teeth face and a smile face, that’s 6 all together. For the hands he comes with the closed fists but also gets a pair of semi open fists and a pair of claw hands. Now that’s a lot of accessories, but I would have preferred more hands rather than so many different faces.
The design and sculpt of Gohan is spot on in my opinion, proportions are great there’s plenty of detail in the clothing. The sculpt of his Super Saiyan hair spikes are truly magnificent and in my opinion looks best with the serious stern face!
In the articulation department things are pretty good too, he comes with a double jointed neck, ball and hinge combo shoulders, bicep swivel, hinged elbow joints, universal wrist joints, ball jointed waist with small extension, hinged crotch for leg extension, ball jointed hips, thigh rotation, double jointed knee, ball jointed ankles and hinged toe joints. That’s a lot of joints for such a little guy! The only problem I found was the hip joints on my toy were a little loose, nothing major but it would probably help to put a layer of nail polish on the balls.
The paint job is really neat and tidy, although there really isn’t much of it. I like that Bandai has applied subtle highlights and lowlights to the hair, muscles and clothes without going over the top.
A limited edition Special Color version of S.H.Figuarts Son Gohan was released in July of 2012 at the San Diego Comi-Con. This version of Gohan has a deeper purple uniform, highly tanned skin, light blue sash and orange shoes. Some like it, some don’t but it has become highly sought after due to its rarity. I personally like elements in both but cannot say outright which one is the better version, however the current reissue is about 1/10 of the price of the SDCC version so I’d go with that if you’re in the market.
The S.H.Figuarts line has no specific scale however each character from the same series have been made to scale which is brilliant. Here you can see just how small Gohan is compared to his father Goku, and his mentor Piccolo. They look great together!
Dragon Ball Z toys from the S.H.Figuarts line is highly collectible and secondary market prices usually tend to double if not triple once retail stock is depleted. As a toy, it is really nicely made and fits well with toys from the same line. If you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z then this is a must get. If you haven’t already, act quickly because once retail stock runs out, the secondary market prices may slowly rise to over $200USD again!