More of late review, here is S.H.Figuarts Super Saiyan Son Gokou Super Warrior Awakening Version from Dragon Ball Z series precisely from Freeza saga!! Son Gokou, better known as simply Goku, is a protagonist character of the Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. In this figure his appearance is in Super Saiyan state, this Goku’s version came from Freeza saga where he fights Freeza to the death and it is the first time where we were introduced the power of Super Saiyan and the epic battle… This version of SHF Super Saiya-Jin Goku came up with different box design, which to have more simple looks compare his previous releases. The box coloring was overally white & gray shows many promotional pictures of the product, the inner tray inside the blister was colored orange instead of regular gray. On the back of the box, there’s 1 promotional picture featuring this Goku with Tamashii Effect Energy Aura Yellow Ver. which was sold separately so, if you want to recreate Goku having those FX Energy Aura you’ll have to buy this. This SSJ Goku was a regular release, it was first released in November 2015 & once got reissued last year. Okay, let’s take a look inside then!
Just like his SSJ Goku first edition, this Goku only comes up with 4 pair of option hand parts and 2 extra faceplates.
Literally, Super Saiyan’s appearance was a change of the hair shape-color and eye color but, with higher power & speed than normal state accompanied by ki aura in certain condition. Although there are several type of form that occurs some looks even body. This transformation of Goku was achieved by his deep rage with Freeza after killing his best friend Kuririn, the scenes appeared in both manga and anime and was considered as the most powerful moment of Dragon Ball Z. Unlike the previous release of Gokus (SSJ, Normal & 2 SDCCs), SSJ Goku Super Warrior Awakening was gifted with new mold of body and joints. This Goku was actually wear the same orange gi outfit but, the design was referenced from Freeza saga where his gi still dons 2 symbols and his blue obi was tied. However, his outfit was made to be ripped to shreds recreating how he looks during his hard time battling Freeza. In this figure, his upper gi is completely gone but, his blue undershirt remains heavily torned same goes to his pants. Frankly, this is more like a Renewal but, was done with different appearance, the figure was made entirely from PVC & ABS. The figure was based from his anime counterpart.
In SSJ form, Goku’s side spiky hair was changed to be straight upward with the hair color turned yellow (Gold according to the manga/anime said lol), this way he didn’t looked awkward in every angle and the front hair shape was given a shade of dark orange but, it’s funny that his back hair doesn’t shaded at all… This is actually a retouch of the previous SSJ Goku release but, I have to admit the sculpt is still pretty accurate to the manga/anime so, I wouldn’t really mind of this reused head sculpt. In the very first SSJ transformation he attained, Goku’s laid back and cheeky personality was faded away since he’s filled with intense rage because of Freeza. All of his faceplates has him with serious or angry tone expressions, the first face part would be standard serious face where he closes his mouth. 2nd face is angry face with his teeth showing serious grin and 3rd one is yelling expression of Goku to show how furious he is. The faceplates are meant to recreate him fighting Freeza but, you can create many other purposes you like. Unlike his past SSJ releases, there are some big improvements on his face shape which appeared to be leaner and less round and his green irises now has black outline. His eyebrows was painted dark yellow, they did this to avoid the simillarities between skin color, I’d actually prefer them keep the yellow eyebrows but, added with black outline to differ the skin color. Even so, this improvements are still alot better compare to my Vegetto… Man, I really wished they’d do this improvements since Vegetto or past releases…
Like the past SHF Dragon Ball releases, SSJ Goku face was made to be like his anime & even manga counterpart with the still lacking some face wrinkle detailings but, it’s still a decent job though. His eyes & hair are strongly captured from these anime shot and manga art but, his eyebrow color in both anime or manga are bright like his hair while the figure has his eyebrows colored dark yellow. However, is it just me or did Goku’s SSJ hair color in Frieza saga anime looks more white yellowish instead of yellow?
This time is a different story, aside having his hair stands upwards SSJ Goku’s proportion also got a big improvements, mainly because he was given with newly made body with updated joints which made him have more humanoid looks. Starting from his neck which given a new sculpt that allows his head move/swivel much easier, his shoulder cut was made to be rounder and cut nolonger have that ugly looking extended tips. The joints looks slightly hideable because of that teared outfit on thighs and knees, Goku’s knee joints are flesh color since his shredded outfit reveals both of his knees. His obi tie is a separate piece mixed with part of his teared gi and undershirt, it’s looking good so far but, the separated piece shows huge gap in certain pose and they’re slippery to move. As for sculpt work, I have to admit this is another best conversion Bandai did with intense details, and some of his shredded cloth with fabric details and flesh skin also got slight shading finishing. The whole paintjob was done very clean, I didn’t spot any single paint defect at all. But, it’s still funny to see Goku’s outfit was completely shredded & teared apart while he has no scars, blood, bruises or even dirt… But, good thing this allows us to swap his parts to other SHF Goku figures more convenient.
Articulations still works perfectly like the old body but, SSJ Goku is now given articulated torso that allows us to bend his body deeper or even swivel it a little. His head moves really good you can make him looking up or down, and interestingly it has the exact joint of the previous releases so we can headswap him with other SHF Gokus. Unlike the old body, this Goku has butterfly joints for his arm’s movements, he can also do crossed arms pose but, sadly… Not perfect as the old body one due to some obstacles on the right chest where his half teared undershirt has a large bulge but, doing crossed arms would be perfect and easy if there’s no bulge. We can also bend his elbow joints deeper than the old body, the biggest change is on his crotch which was articulated that allows his thighs do extreme split pose. The joint connection between his crotch and thighs looks something like attached pegs, you can see the gap inside his crotch looks like a peg. Unfortunately, the movements to do gymnastic split is a bit limited compare to the previous releases and we cannot swivel his crotch but, there are inner thigh’s articulations that replaced those non swivel crotch and it’s hideable because of the shredded pants. However, they kinda overdid on the shredded pants which made the movements quite in the way so, we cannot full spin his inner thighs. Goku’s double jointed knees are now made to looked natural and the articulations works better so, say goodbye to that funny looking hinge and that obstacled piece. Lastly, his feet articulations looks pretty much the same like the previous releases but, that hinge jointed toes weren’t able to move down anymore.
Beside alternate faceplates, Goku only came up with option hand parts like his previous releases but, I’m fine with that although they’re quite boring for me. The included hands will be Fistful hands as default hands from the figure, the alternates consists 2 open splayed hands for recreating scenes like Kamehameha or Ki Blast, 2 open wide finger hands for like shooting alternate way of Ki Blast, 2 open gesturing 2 fingers for every DB character’s notable battle stance and alternate 2 open splayed hands for recreating his battle scenes or recreate his famous elbow attack with his fist attached. Yes, another same hands with same purposes but, that alternate open splayed hands are the only one which has new mold.
Their height stands pretty much the same but, Gokou Normal can extend his torso to make him slightly taller. SSJ Goku actually wear the same gi but, referenced from different saga so, there are some slight differences between Gokou Normal one which his gi was based from his appearance in Android to Buu saga. You can spot the difference from their obi style and the coloring of their clothing and boots, the SSJ one was made to have darker tone compare the Normal one. Even the skin was actually has some differences but, interestingly after I did the headswap SSJ Goku’s faceplate color fits perfectly to his Normal body one while Gokou Normal’s faceplate color has some yellowish tone. However, this only noticeable in photos, in real the difference are less visible. Actually, there is Son Gokou Normal with the same full design of this SSJ Goku’s outfit but, sadly… He’s an exclusive release of Tamashii Nation Mexico and San Diego Comic Con 2015 so, getting him with reasonable price is impossible… It’s just too absurd for a 1/12 figure, I really hate how Bandai did this! I actually liked that version better than his later version. But, gladly I’m not interested anymore now.
I’m happy that I can still recreate this Goku pose from Cell and Babidi saga… This SSJ Goku head is perfect!! With this I don’t even need to buy the regular old SSJ Son Gokou, aside having better coloring on Son Gokou Normal Ver. body, the SSJ Goku SWA’s head is alot better than the regular one!! He has more accurate likeness to both anime or manga.
DAMMIT!! I’ve always wanted to recreate this Final Bout game!! Perhaps one of the only DB games I used to play!!
Although, only came with less accessories this Goku did not disappoint me, I mainly satisfied with his swappable head and the updated body with new fashioned joints. This Goku is very convenient, not only having new body and updated joints or even recreate his epic scenes in Freeza saga but, you can also recreate his later appearance using Gokou Normal’s body. I highly recommend you to buy this, it is a major improvements that Bandai did greatly! If you have Gokou Normal, his SSJ head would be useful for a headswap to recreate more of his SSJ form in later sagas. That way, you don’t actually need to buy his regular SSJ Goku version, unless you prefered yellow colored gi better than the one from Gokou Normal. Also, this SSJ Goku’s preorder price was ¥5200 (approximately around $46), yeah right… For only 1/12 figure with little accessories? That price wasn’t even worth but, I got him after release for only $25 and it’s a brand new unopened!!
- Outstanding sculpt work and details.
- Clean Paintjob
- Fitting accessories.
- New body and new joint so, no more body reused.
- So far the best and the most accurate SSJ Goku figure ever made.
- Limited articulations in some part.
- Some missing details on his face.
- Large gap on his obi belt.
- Lacks some paintjob details.
- Need more accessories, it’d be better if they also include Tamashii Effect Energy Aura Yellow Ver. without selling them separately.
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
She’s not Freeza, dude!!
OUCH!! Goku really shows no mercy!!
Did she even mention she’s strong?
The Super Saiyan which had surpassed the Original Super Saiyan…
Has once again been surpassed?
I KNOW!! SUPER SAIYA-JIN 3!!
What took you so long? I thought you’re getting used to it…
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!
Owh, I forgot that we’re currently introduced by another upcoming renewal, which is SHF Super Saiyan 3 Son Gokou Renewal Ver. But, he’s still on preorder status… You have to wait for the figure release and if I really want to buy it but, most likely I will because I couldn’t resist on that another new body with new fashioned joint!! But, depending on the after release prices, though. For sure, those Renewal would likely kill that old fashioned body’s popularity.
You’ve always been so easygoing, huh? Goku….