TRUNKS (PREMIUM COLOR)
For day 4 of my post-Christmas reviews, I’ll be taking at something slightly different. Not totally different, since it’s Dragon Ball Z, from which I’ve already looked at three figures from that ‘verse. It’s just been over a year and a half since my last one of those. There’s a definite theme to my DBZ collection, with all of them being key players in “The Android Saga,” which happens to be the one arc of the series I really followed from start to finish. Today’s figure, Trunks, follows that theme, being one of two major protagonists introduced during said arc. Let’s take a look at him!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Trunks was initially released as one of the earlier figures in the DBZ-subset of S.H. Figuarts. He proved to be one of the most popular figures in the line (not surprising, since Trunks has long had a sizable fanbase), giving quite the hefty aftermarket value. To make it a bit easier for fans to get some of the earlier, more prominent characters, Bandai’s started putting out “Premium Color” variants, which tweak the paint jobs of the figures ever so slightly, but otherwise serve as pretty straight re-releases. The re-released Trunks hit early last year. The figure stands about 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 43 points of articulation. Trunks went through a number of different looks on the show, but this figure is based on Future Trunks’ initial appearance during “The Android Saga,” which is of course prior to the appearance of Present Trunks, who started off as a baby…it’s a little confusing, so don’t try to think about it too much. The point is, this is Trunks’ original look, and in many ways his best look. It’s certainly the most definitive. His sculpt does an admirable job of translating his animated appearance into three-dimensions. It’s not a pitch-perfect recreation of him, but seems more like an idealized sort of “what he would look like if the animation could always be totally consistent” sort of version of him. As an animated figure, he’s a lot more stylized and has less fine detail work than, say, one of the Super Sentai figures. That being said, there’s still a lot of really sharp detailing to be found on this guy, especially on the hair and jacket. In his default, packaged form, Trunks is sporting his non-Super-Saiyan hair and a basic face with an intense stare, which are definitely solid pieces, and a very good choice for the default version of the character. He also includes a second non-Super-Saiyan face, this time sporting gritted teeth, which can be swapped out in a similar fashion to what was seen with Androids 17 and 18. There’s also a separate Super-Saiyan head, which has three faces of its own (intense stare, gritted teeth, and screaming). All of them swap out with relative ease (though they’re a little difficult to get popped in place the first time; be careful of all those points on the hair, they really hurt!). Trunks’ paintwork is all pretty solid. The earlier version had more variation in some of the colors, but I find this one is a bit sharper overall, which just looks all around better to me. The colors look to match up pretty well to his onscreen counterpart, and fit well with the other figures I’ve gotten. In addition to the previously mentioned extra head and faces, Trunks also includes five pairs of hands (fists, gripping, flat, wide-spread, and gesturing), his sword, a scabbard to go with it, and a “dummy” hilt to go in the scabbard so that you don’t risk breaking the sword. The extras are all a lot of fun, though my figure did wind up with a broken peg where the scabbard plugs into the shoulder. Make sure to be extra careful when removing that!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I almost bought Trunks’ original release way back when he was still new. I was in NYC with my family, and Midtown Comics had one. However, at that point I had yet to get into the import game and just couldn’t conceive of paying a whole $35 for one figure. How foolish I was. Obviously, by the time I picked up the Androids, Trunks was going for a lot more than $35, so I wasn’t getting him then. I knew he was getting a re-issue, but somehow its actual release slipped under my radar. I ended up spotting him at Barnes & Noble around Thanksgiving while out with my family. I offhandedly mentioned wanting the figure but not having the money and thought nothing more of it. A few weeks later, I went back to the store to buy a gift for my brother and Trunks was gone, and I just figured he wasn’t meant for me. Cut to Christmas morning, opening my first gift from my parents, and there this guy is. As it turns out, my mom took note of my interest, and while I was grabbing something from the B&N cafe, she went back and purchased this guy. She’s a crafty one! I’ve quite pleased with this guy, and happy to have finally gotten him. Of course, now my resolve to hold off on getting more of these guys is being worn down…