Trunks Premium Color Edition Figuarts Review
Confession: I didn’t like Dragonball Z as a teenager. I gave it a few shots, since it aired before Sailor Moon on Toonami (I believe it did, anyway) but it never really grabbed me. Perhaps it was partly due to how I never watched the beginning, or even attempted to find and rent some of the early episodes from Blockbuster (RIP). Either way, I didn’t enjoy it and I kind of forgot about giving it an honest shot again until recently.
Dragonball Z Kai helped me get the original story of DBZ without the filler, and it made the overall experience much more enjoyable. Of course, since I love figures, I ended up poking around the internet to see what was available. To no surprise, the answer was a lot.
As I had heard very nice things about most of the SH Figuarts Dragonball line, I figured I’d pick one out and see what I think. I was torn between Piccolo and Trunks; Vegeta was actually my favorite character but he had a few more versions than the other two and I didn’t want to have to pick between them, haha.
I ended up going for Trunks since an auction was ending within 5 minutes of me finding it and I figured it was fate. Or something.
First things first, I knew going into this that the DBZ Figuarts have no stands. Why? Who knows. I suppose a more valid question would be: why do the Sailor Moon Figuarts have them? Either way, I didn’t have a stand for Trunks so I had to make do with leaning him against his box for most of these pictures.
Second, there are two versions of this figure. The first was released in 2012 and has an entry on MyFigureCollection here. The second, which is what I am reviewing, came out in 2016 and arguably has a better paint job but fewer accessories. The first edition is very pricey now, so unless you really need the extra pieces I would definitely recommend purchasing the newer one.
Trunks’ box matches the other DBZ Figuarts, with comic style close up shots of the figure on the sides and action poses on the back. This isn’t too different from the Sailor Moon boxes, but they have their own unique style. I like it, even if the text on the back is somewhat goofy in tone.
Trunks comes with his sword, scabbard, several faceplates, and his head in Super Saiyan form. He also comes with quite a few pairs of hands. I think this is enough stuff for him to come with, though it is odd that they dropped a few faceplates for this version.
The paint job on this Figuarts is very nice! The Capsule Corp logo on his jacket is impressively painted on and pretty clear, and I personally didn’t see any strange paint defects or blotches anywhere on him or his extra pieces. (The logo has one minuscule paint chip that I only noticed with my macro lens.)
His joints move fine, though replacing his head with his Super Saiyan one was somewhat difficult. This will probably get easier with time, though.
The scabbard’s strap is interesting — it wraps around him and snaps into place, though it felt pretty fragile and I didn’t want to mess around with it too much.
Posing Trunks is only tricky due to the lack of a stand, which is partially my fault for not buying one. I probably will at some point when I can catch one cheap.
One thing I did notice about him is his height. He’s shorter than Sailor Mercury’s Figuarts, which is funny to me because I think he’s supposed to be a little taller than her canonically? (DB wiki says he’s 5’7″, SM wiki says she’s 5’2.5″)I know she’s on her stand in this picture but even if she weren’t, I think she’d be a smidgen taller.
All in all, I’m quite impressed with him! Compared to a few of my Sailor Moon Figuarts, he has a much better paint job and tighter joints. Yes, it’s disappointing that he doesn’t come with the other faceplates the first version did, but the ones included here are more than enough to pose him with.
If you missed out on the first version of the Trunks Figuarts, I would highly recommend getting this one before it’s really hard to find!
Interested in owning this figure? Amazon has him available currently, and if you purchase him through this link I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you! 🙂 I’m not going to link to an eBay search for this figure, since bootlegs for Dragonball items are really prominent.