Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan Son Goku Figure-Rise Standard Model Kit Review

Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan Son Goku Figure-Rise Standard Model Kit Review



The Bandai Hobby line of articulated Dragonball Z figures are now offered as model kits, not to be confused with their very popular S.H. Figuarts line. Goku comes unassembled in a box and each piece is carefully attached and stored to a tray that are identified as A, B, C1, C2, and D as shown in the instructions with the letter on the tray itself.

These model kits are also a cheaper alternative compared to the S.H. Figuarts line, with giving fans another opportunity to purchase characters like Frieza and Cell that are no longer available. Super Saiyan Son Goku is taller and has a few points of articulation less compared to his S.H. Figuarts counterpart, along with fewer accessories and facial sculpts.

This set requires the Mr. Super Tool Set or something similar for assembly. You need the tweezers to carefully remove each piece from the tray, along with the marker to dot the eyes in black ink.

Thank you to Bluefin for proving the Bandai Hobby Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan Son Goku Figure-Rise Standard Model Kit for review.

Availability: October 2016


Super Saiyan Son Goku stands roughly at 7-1/4″ tall, which is taller than his S.H. Figuarts counterpart by roughly by 1″. The sculpt has a more accurate animated look and feel to it, along with two facial sculpts that almost mirror his animated design. The figures requires assembly as he comes in dozens of pieces inside the box, which make up his arms, legs, chest, torso, head, and his accessories. Goku is hollow as he is put together piece by piece, and this brings him to being much lighter weight compared to any Goku figure released in the S.H. Figuarts line. He is sculpted in his orange and blue uniform without the logo on the back. The clothing is wrinkled and realistic looking from the series. His head sculpt includes two interchangeable facial sculpts that can be switched by removing the front layer of hair just like the S.H. Figuarts line.

Goku also includes five interchangeable hand sculpts, which include fisted, open handed, and Instant Transmission pointing hand. The open hand sculpts work best with the blast ettect that works on the stand, as well as the spirit bomb accessory. These are fewer accessories and customizable options than what you normally get with S.H. Figuarts, but you still get a decent amount of options to display him especially at the price point. His articulation almost matches up with S.H. Figuarts, and he is only missing the toe hinges.


The stand, blast effect, spirit bomb, and clips to pose Goku are also inside additional trays not lettered as the others. The included clip is meant for another stand, as the stand does not support Goku’s weight and is prone to falling over. The stand is only meant for the blast effect, and does a good job supporting it.


Having been the first figure model kit that we’ve ever done, we were very impressed with the design and planning that went into this and the instructions do a great job making each step as clear as possible. Dragonball Z fans will simply love this line of articulated figures.

Highly Recommended.


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