Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z First Form & Frieza Pod Figure Review


Bandai Tamashii Nations are now offering their S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z First Form and Frieza Pod Figure, which is based on his appearance in the Namek Saga, where Earth’s forces and Vegeta face off against Frieza, Zarbon and Dodoria, and the Ginyu Force to obtain the Dragon Balls to bring back everyone that was killed by the Saiyans Vegeta, Nappa and Raditz in the Vegeta Saga.

This version of Frieza is his first-form, and includes the pod he used early on in the saga. The figure is sold everywhere that you can find S.H. Figuarts for $88 USD. The also figure includes an interchangeable head, interchangeable face plates, hands, Scouter, Namekian Dragon Ball (5 star), Supernova Effect Parts, Frieza’s Pod, and Frieza’s Pod Stand.

Thank you to Bluefin for providing their S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z First Form and Frieza Pod Figure for review. 

Availability: May 2021

First Form Frieza is packaged in the standard window box, with images of the figure on the front, left side, as well as the back. Frieza comes in a plastic tray for safe keeping, along with an assortment of accessories as seen in the saga.


This version of Frieza is his least powerful, shortest, and a scrawny form that doesn’t make him look too powerful. Appearances can be deceiving, as he is actually one of the most powerful warriors in the universe. Frieza is inspired from his appearance as seen in the Namek Saga, and comes in Saiyan armor that he had worn. The armor includes metallic purple on the chest and sides, light brown on the shoulders, stomach, and legs, and white trim in-between the gaps. The shoulder pads are articulated, as we’ve seen with other figures wearing this armor, and he also has black trunks with articulated parts, white gloves, and a helmet that has metallic purple at the center, white, and black horns sticking out the sides. The figure comes with two different helmets, with one that can hold three of the faceplates, and the other that can hold the screaming or yelling faceplates. The scouter can also be swapped out with the left ear piece on any of the faceplates.

Each of the faceplates have their own unique expression as seen with other figures in the line, as well as nicely done facial details. There is a total of five faceplates, three standard, and two screaming. He also includes six interchangeable hands, a Supernova effect (tiny ball) that can be placed on his pointy finger when it’s sticking up, one scouter, the Five Star Dragon Ball, as well as his pod and a stand for it.


The pod itself has a great likeness to the anime series, and is mostly black, with white trim, metallic gold, as well as a cockpit in various colors, and a red seat and sides. Frieza can split apart at the torso, and be connected to the hip, and the tail can be connected to the parts that are already part of the pod. His arms can rest on the shoulder pads inside the pod, and his tail hangs off either side of it.


The pod cannot stand on its own, which is why they included a stand for it. Any of the face plates and helmets can work with the pod as only the legs and tail need to be removed so he can be seated inside it. The 5 star Dragon Ball can also rest on either side of the pod as if Frieza is holding it.


The First Form Frieza figure fits in perfectly with the already released members of the Ginyu Force, including Captain Ginyu, Jeice, and Recoome. The size and portions of these figures fit in perfectly from what we remember from the series, and if you recall, the First Form Frieza is one of the shortest members of the Frieza Force that were shown in that particular saga. The articulation for him is standard for the S.H. Figuarts line, and he looks great along with Captain Ginyu, Jeice, and Recoome

The backdrop used in the photography is Sector 06 Vision by Extreme-Sets, which is sold separately.

Overall, First Form Frieza is an incredible looking figure that you will surely want to add this to your collection. The likeness is outstanding, and they truly spared no expense on this release. Every aspect about the figure is amazingly detailed, including the pod and other accessories. Doing this review gave me a good reason to open up Jeice and Recoome, which also came out great. You can find First Form Frieza and Captain Ginyu at the stores listed below (Jeice and Recoome were only offered on Bandai Premium and are sold out, so you’ll have to go to eBay if you want them at this point):


Entertainment Earth


Hobby Link Japan


eBay – Jeice and Recoome listings