Vegeta is a character that I pretty much hated early on in Dragon Ball Z, all the way up until around the Android Saga. The Dragon Ball Z figures in the S.H. Figuarts series have all been pretty damn solid, and Vegeta is of course no exception. Vegeta’s a solid figure, but unfortunately lacks some much needed accessories, and if you read my SDCC 2012 Gohan and Trunks reviews, you’ll know how much I want some effects parts for the DBZ series (don’t we all?).
Vegeta’s head is on a ball-joint, and although he technically has some neck articulation like some other Figuarts it isn’t the best and it’s pretty stiff, so I just tend to not mess with it. Not a detriment to the figure at all, though.
Vegeta’s shoulder articulation is what you find standard in most all humanoid Figuarts in that it’s the “ball-joint in a ball-joint” as I call it, where you’ve got a standard shoulder ball-joint that plugs into a bigger joint inside the torso that’s able to be moved around in a circular motion. A bicep swivel is present, so your Vegeta’s power levels can go over 9000 great articulation! A double-jointed elbow gives some more great articulation, while the hands plug into the wrist on a ball-joint for excellent circuler movement.
Vegeta can rotate at the waist, and the Saiyan armor looks pretty badass all the way around. Great articulation in the hips, and he’s got the same joints here as do most of the humanoid looking Figuarts (I just need to come up with a name for all these Figuarts joints!) Double-jointed knees give Vegeta even more dynamic movement in the lower body, and of course the signature toe joint is also on Vegeta!
Vegeta’s accessories are a bit limited (FUCKING EFFECT PARTS DAMNIT!), as only 3 different faces and 3 pairs of hands are included. One thing I’ll say that I dig about Vegeta though is that you don’t have to take off the head to change faces like you do with the other Dragon Ball Z ones. Other than the sheer lack of them, the accessories are very well done. The hands are all sculpted nicely, and the faces seem to be damn near perfect.
Overall I would say that S.H. Figuarts Vegeta is a very solid figure. His articulation is great, and the paint apps and faces are very screen accurate to the anime. Of course he’s lacking in accessories, but I’m confident that Bandai/Bluefin will release a DBZ effects pack at some point (or maybe I’m delusional). Plus he can still be had for around $40 dollars at some places. If you’re a fan of Dragon Ball Z and S.H. Figuarts, and you’re late to the party of picking up Vegeta, I say go for it as you won’t be disappointed.
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