For all the love that Gundam (obviously) gets here, I find it hard to believe that Gundam is the ONLY thing on your shelves right now. Show some love for your swag!
I just got my S.H. Figuarts Perfect Cell in, and I must say, it’s a damn fine figure. I’m so glad Ban Dai is giving the U.S. market this kind of love with the web exclusives, because the quality of the early Bandai Japan and Irwin USA figures was truly a hit or miss.
[ul][li] Articulation. Cell’s design has allowed for BanDai to add articulation points that the other DBZ figures in the line don’t have, and the way they handled the shoulder plating on the arm deserves some stand-alone recognition. The joints are solid too.[/li][li] Detaling. Every nook and cranny on this thing has been given special treatment in the detail department, even the spots on his caripace, which are all actually recessed and individually painted from the rest of the shell. They even panel-lined all the smaller details to give that “fresh off the animation cel” kind of feel.[/li][li] Accessories. Aside from the standard interchangeable hands and faces all of these have come with so far, Cell gets the added bonus of an additional set of arms to properly execute the arms folded pose, and a dual purpose flight/Kamehameha stand and Kamehameha blast effect![/ul][/li]CONS:
[ul][li] Cell’s Character Design. While they’ve gone great lengths to articulate this figure, design elements of Cell’s armor do still get in the way of some things. The ankle joints can’t flex as well as others in the line, and the design of his helmet keeps him from being able to look up. It also makes the easy to pop off and difficult to put back on when you swap the faces out.[/li][li] Kamehameha Effect. While sculpted and painted quite nicely, the thing is that the effect is a SOLID PIECE OF PLASTIC. It weighs almost as much as the whole figure, and will forever need the assistance of the stand to be displayed because of this.[/li][*] Price. The DBZ Figuarts are being released solely as a U.S. direct market/Tamashii Web exclusive, so we’re getting exclusive market pricing to go with it. After shipping, Cell ran me close to $70, a good $30-$35 more than what I’ve paid for standar Figuarts offerings. Granted, they did try to offset the price with more extras, but having watched the prices for these spike the last two years, I long for the “old days” :\ [/ul]