Yay! Dragon Ball World Collectable: Mai is here!! Another of my long hunting figure is finally on my hand, from time to time I’m slowly getting all of my wishlists. For this one, I’m really grateful to have a precious friend from Japan, if it’s not because of her I would probably never get this in my life… Mai is Emperor Pilaf’s female minion. She always works with Shu and, although she is intelligent, the two of them always manage to fail their objectives. She is a beautiful, calculating enemy who always resorts to weaponry and technology; her serious tone is a foil to Shu’s comic personality. This version of Mai only appeared in the early Dragon Ball anime but, she would later made more appearance in several non canon series. The figure line was called Dragon Ball World Collectable (DWC) but, more recognizeable as World Collectable Figure (WCF), is a line of smaller scale Prize figures by Banpresto. The figures also features them in deformed/chibi style with a single display base. DWC Mai was sealed with teal colored box with some promotional pictures of her, the front one features her with mountain background in Dragon Ball artwork style. While the back only has warning signs for this figure, the full words of “Dragon Ball World Collectable” only written in Japanese but, the short name of “DWC” appeared on the top of the box along with small Mai promotional photo and gold colored Toei sticker (Japan import). DWC Mai was released somewhere in May 2009 and I have to admit the front box looks really interesting although, I’m not fond with windowless box. Okay, unboxing time!!
The contents consists of 2 part of Mai figure (head and body) and her base display.
Mai was included with clear red display stand with 2 pegs, in order to make Mai standing we ought to use this base on her foot. Then attach her head and…
Pretty damn easy, this is how DWC Mai looks when she’s fully assembled. Mai is a adult woman with blue eyes and long blue… I mean black hair with bangs. Like her anime counterpart, she is wearing eye shadow and lipstick. Mai wears a teal trench coat with a simple yellow circular mark on each shoulder, a brown belt with a pistol holster attached to it from the right hip, green slacks, and dark brown combat boots. In this figure, Mai is posing standing with her arm crossed. Well, since it’s another deformed figure I’m not going to discuss much of her proportions but, for a chibi figures she still retained her tall looking appearance as an adult woman. I have to say, Mai lacks some detailings even there are several color mistakes on her outfit and overall sculpt details is simple nothing feels meticulous. I think Banpresto still did a decent job on her and comparing to her promotional pictures, the actual figure looked exactly the same. The whole figures was made from hard plastic.
Eventhough, her sculpt feels simple but, Mai still looks faithful enough to her anime counterpart. They really captured her evil smile and that sharp pointy eyes like in the anime, the only thing I don’t like is she has a long forhead but, good thing her bangs really covered that. Still, imagine how does she looks without that fringe… She’ll become a deko-chan. Mai’s irises was colored blue with some white lighting, her eye shadow appeared to be dark pink while her lipstick was colored red. Mai’s hairstyle is quite typical like Asian girl’s long hair with bangs, in this figure her hair was done in dark blue color, while it was supposed to be black in the anime or manga.
Comparing the figure between her anime counterpart, Mai was done differently. In the anime, Mai’s hair was black colored and she is wearing bloody red eye shadow. Mai’s actual trench coat has a red star insignia on each shoulder and her slacks was beige colored. Another lacking details are her trench coat’s black buttons was left unpainted but, it’s a prize figure so, we cannot expect much from it to be that intense.
Ow, this is surprising… DWC Mai looks smaller than Tamashii Buddies Tyranno Ranger… I actually once saw WCF Kamen Rider BLACK and BLACK RX standing together with Tyranno Ranger but, their size are almost equal. I guess, since Mai is a woman so, they must have made her a little smaller than Kamen Rider series. However, DWC Mai is still a little taller than her fellow (Shu) and her boss (Pilaf) but, I don’t own any of them since I’m not really much into them. Besides… Like Mai, they’re also rare and hard to find in my place….
So far so happy with her eventhough she’s high in the quantity but, she’s still good in the quality! I don’t feel disappointed on getting this, I like everything on this figure but, frankly this ain’t the first time I owned WCF figures. On the contrary I owned WCF Kamen Rider BLACK and BLACK RX unfortunately, both of their quality sucks. As for Mai, despite the simple details I still recommend this as one of the best addition for your Dragon Ball collections.
- Good and simple sculpt work.
- Good for displaying the figure in the cabinet or detolf.
- Good looking box.
- Some incomplete and misspaint on the paintjob but, it’s tolerable for a prize figure.
- That long forhead but, gladly it was covered by her bangs.
- Expensive price but, it’s understandable by her current status.
Dragon Ball World Collectable: Mai
Small Parts: 1/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
Lol… Serious for short then, turns into shocking face of fear in an instant.
That looks yummy!!
I wish Bandai also made Styling Mai lol.
I didn’t make it to get another you lol….
Card_Daisuki, for her help on getting Mai figure.
And you, Thank you for reading!