S.H. FIGUARTS (BANDAI)
It’s been three years since I’ve looked at anything Dragon Ball Z. It’s not a huge surprise, really, because, while I was a child of the ’90s and therefore it was impossible for me to totally miss the DBZ phenomenon, I still never got *super* into it. To date, I’ve reviewed my whole collection of stuff from it here on the site; all five pieces of it. Well, now it’s up to six, thanks to today’s entry: Krillin!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Krillin was released as part of the Dragon Ball-sub-set of S.H. Figurarts in 2018. You’ll note I said “Dragon Ball” and not “Dragon Ball Z”. That’s because this figure is actually from the earlier show, and is meant to represent Krillin as a kid, rather than his adult form, which got a Figuarts release much earlier in the line. Krillin stands just shy of 4 inches tall and he has 40 points of articulation. If you want to get really technical, Krillin’s a little bit on the large side to be in scale with the rest of the line, but to be fair, this was true of the prior figure as well. At least this one is shorter than that one, so there’s a loose sense of internal scale. The Dragon Ball animation was a little looser with the character models than later incarnations of the show, so it’s hard to really nail them down for one single representation in figure form. The figure does its best, and I think the end result works out okay. It’s pretty clear who he’s supposed be, and more specifically which version he’s supposed to be. He also adhere’s pretty well to the line’s pre-existing style, so he blends in alright with other figures. That said, he does end up a little more toned than he usually looked in the show, bringing him slightly more in line with his DBZ appearances. I think it’s a good medium, and it works particularly well for this style of figure. Like the DBZ stuff, Krillin gets multiple heads with differing expressions. He comes wearing the one with the friendly grin, but there’s also a more devious grin, and a screaming expression. The likeness on the face is pretty consistent across all three heads, but they still offer a lot of variety to the display options. Krillin’s paintwork is fairly nice. Overall, it’s pretty basic, of course, but that’s appropriate for the character. The application is all nice and sharp, though, and he fits well with the rest of the line style-wise. To make up for his smaller stature, Krillin is pretty heftily accesorized. He’s got the three heads I mentioned previously, plus a display stand, a blast effect, 11 hands (L/R fists, L/R wide open gesture, L/R open gesture, L/R peace sign, L/R claw, and R grip), a Dragon Ball, and a…rock with a kanji on it? I don’t know exactly what that last one is, but I’m guessing its some sort of story specific item. Whatever the case, a cool selection of extras to be sure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I missed out on getting the DBZ Krillin at a reasonable price, which was a serious bummer, since he was really the last prominent character I wanted for my “Android Saga” collection. When this guy was released, I looked at him a few times, but just never got around to actually buying him. One was traded into All Time last month, though, and I had a bunch of trade credit, so he was suddenly a much easier purchase. He’s actually a pretty nice figure, and not a terrible stand-in for an older Krillin. I was even able to mod the extra Krillin head included with Android 18 in order to make him look even more like a proper adult Krillin!