Monday, February 22, 2016

S.H. Figuarts Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku Review

With time and patience, I was able to buy S.H. Figuarts Super Saiyan Goku 3 from the dealers room in Kawaii-Kon 2014. Dragon Ball Z was my favorite anime show as a kid and I collected a few figures here and there when opportunities knocked. I was stoked to see this figure right in front of me and before I knew it, this figure was an automatic buy. Super Saiyan Goku 3 was the sixth figure released by S.H. Figuarts following Super Saiyan Vegeta.

Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku

The overall presentation of Goku is amazing. The key details comprising Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 level are very well represented on this figure. Goku does have trouble standing on his own though, as his top heavy hair causes him to fall off his feet many times. For this reason, a Tamashii Stage Act IV stand is certainly needed in most cases. Collectors have noted that Goku can balance without a stand by having him lean forward through his ankle joints. Although the execution has worked, this option has still limited how much Goku can pose on his own.

This figure also does Goku’s on screen presence justice by incorporating an appropriate selection of color combinations. Besides the expected orange gi, blue undershirt, blue belt, and blue boots, a glowing touch of orange were lightly added to Goku’s skin to capture the aura emitted when he was in Super Saiyan 3 mode. The choice was very effective, but the fair colored joint inside Goku’s elbows threw off the concept a little.

Amidst the downsides presented, the most annoying part of this figure is the joint rigged inside Goku’s waist. The waist contains a peg with a ball jointed tip, a piece that was needed to give Goku some abdominal crunch. Because of this part of the design, the torso tends to slide out quite often and must be pushed back in the waist.


Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku comes with:

- Interchangeable face parts.
- Ring (Halo).
- Interchangeable hand parts.
- Effect parts.

The accessories are awesome, as they give the user the option to pose and display Son Goku in various ways. One of the best perks of the accessories is the pair of hands that allows Goku to do the Kamehameha pose quite perfectly.

The most intriguing piece of the set is the effect parts surrounding Goku when he’s in mid-air. The effects are a tad tricky to assemble and attach on the flight stand. However, the result looks pretty cool when put together. The only problem, when executing this mid-air pose, is the joint inside the waist tends to slide out, but doesn’t pop off whatsoever. The issue is covered thanks to the blue belt around Goku’s waist.


Goku's Height

Size Comparison


Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku has some faults that are sometimes annoying. However, the positive aspects slightly outnumber the negatives. Goku is top heavy and fall over by itself a lot and needs to be propped up by a stand. The joints rigged inside his waist can sometimes slide out causing the upper torso to flop around, but they can slide back in quite snugly. However, the detailing and articulated capabilities are great for what they are. The accessories are a neat addition and, most importantly, Goku can do the Kamehameha pose. Although this figure isn’t the best, it is still a good addition to people’s collection.

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