|Character Design||Akira Toriyama|
Review by Jmann
After being tormented in Earth's hell for years, the evil emperor Frieza is wished back to life by surviving members of his army using Earth's Dragon Balls. Realizing that he is not powerful enough to defeat the dirty Saiyans that killed him, he decides to spend several months training for the first time in his life. Six months pass, and Frieza is finally able to achieve a form capable of rivaling the gods themselves.
Let's just call him Golden Frieza.
This is the latest S.H. Figuarts release for Dragonball Z, depicting Frieza's new Final Form from the film Dragonball Z: Resurrection 'F'.
This form is basically his Final Form with a new Golden finish. While I'm not a huge fan of this form (I think it just looks off), they captured his likeness from the film very well.
He has a decent amount of articulation, and is capable of pulling off some incredibly dynamic poses. I especially love the feet. They are on very large ball joints and they feel great to move. The neck and chest are also able to achieve a great range of movement, so Frieza can be very expressive.
My biggest gripe with the figure has to be his tail. It's on a large balljoint like the feet, but there's nothing really special you can do with it.
Frieza is known for using his tail in battle (like strangling people with it), but there's almost nothing you can do with it. It basically just serves to exist. "Oh, well Frieza has a tail so here's a tail. Nothing to see here."
Golden Frieza also only comes with a few accessories, such as 2 and a half pairs of hands (fists, open hands, and a pointing hand) and four alternate heads (showcasing different emotions).
Accessory count is very low, especially for an S.H. Figuarts release. I would have loved to have a cupped hand for strangling or some angry "grasping at the air" hands. I felt like I could not get him into every pose or expression that I wanted because I didn't have the right hands for the job.
Of course, the fists and open hands are great for screaming and shooting fireballs and stuff.
So, overall, I wasn't incredibly impressed by this figure. Hardcore Dragonball Z (and Dragon Ball Super) fans will enjoy this figure, as he does look impressive next to Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku from the movie.
Big thanks to SentaiSeiya for grabbing a few shots of them together for me!
Of course, more casual fans may not care for him as he is not as iconic as his previous Final Form. And while SSGSS Goku can look great on a shelf by himself, Golden Frieza doesn't look complete without a blue-haired Goku to face off with. Unless, of course, you find some other clever use for him.
|Posted 11 January, 2016 - 13:27 by Jmann|