Dragon Ball Z Figure Guide

The Dragon Ball franchise started in the 1980s and to this day is still one of the most popular animes in the world. Years of history also mean years of merchandise.

With so much merch, it can be hard to go through all Dragon Ball Z and Super action figures yourself. This guide list will have all the info you’ll need to find the best figures for your collection.

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S.H. Figuarts

S.H. Figuarts by Bandai Tamashii Nations is the gold standard for poseable DBZ and Dragon Ball Super figures. The colors are vibrant and true to the anime and manga.

There are over 60 different figures to collect and more coming because Bandai is always releasing new character figures. This action figure line looks good on a shelf or in a diorama.

Some of the figures were event exclusives from the San Diego Comic Con or from Dragon Ball World Tour, so they are pretty rare. Bandai also ran limited releases and colors, making them even more collectible.

DBZ S.H. Figuarts Checklist

  • Tao Pai PaiAndroid 16
  • Android 17
  • Android 18
  • Android 21
  • Broly, Base (DBSB)
  • Goku, Base
  • Vegeta, Base
  • Broly
  • Broly, Full Power (DBSB)
  • Broly (SDCC 2016)
  • Broly (SDCC 2018 / DB Tour)
  • Bulma
  • Bulma, Pink Dress
  • Captain Ginyu
  • Cell (SDCC 2018 / DB Tour)
  • Chi-Chi (Kid)
  • Frieza
  • Gogeta (DBSB)
  • Goku (DBSB)
  • Goku (Mexican Exclusive)
  • Goku (SDCC 2015)
  • Goku Black
  • Goku Black (DB Tour)
  • Goku Ultra Instinct
  • Golden Frieza (DB Tour)
  • Golden Frieza (RoF)
  • Gotenks
  • Great Saiyaman
  • Jackie Chun
  • Jiren
  • Kaioken Goku (DB Tour)
  • Kaioken Goku (SDCC 2017)
  • Kaioken Goku Rerelease
  • Kid Goku
  • Kid Goku (DB Tour)
  • Kid Krillin
  • King Piccolo
  • Krillin
  • Lord Beerus
  • Majin Buu
  • Majin Buu (Evil)
  • Majin Vegeta
  • Master Roshi
  • Mr. Satan / Hercule
  • Nappa
  • Perfect Cell
  • Perfect Cell (Premium Color)
  • Piccolo
  • Piccolo, Demon King
  • Piccolo (SDCC 2013)
  • Resurrection Frieza
  • Saiyan Saga Vegeta 2
  • Shenron
  • Son Goku (2018)
  • SSG Goku
  • SSGSS Goku (RoF)
  • SSGSS Vegeta (DBSB)
  • SSGSS Vegeta (RoF)
  • SSGSS Vegito (SDCC 2018 / DB Tour)
  • Super Saiyan 3 Goku
  • Super Saiyan 3 Goku 2
  • Super Saiyan Gohan
  • Super Saiyan Gohan (Battle Damaged)
  • Super Saiyan Gohan (SDCC 2012)
  • Super Saiyan Goku
  • Super Saiyan Goku Awakening
  • Super Saiyan Goku (SDCC 2011)
  • Super Saiyan Vegeta
  • Super Saiyan Vegeta (Premium Color)
  • Super Saiyan Vegeta (New)
  • Super Trunks
  • Super Saiyan Trunks
  • Tao Pai Pai
  • Tien
  • Trunks
  • Trunks (Premium Color)
  • Ultimate Gohan
  • Ultimate Gohan (DB Tour)
  • Vegeta (SDCC 2014)
  • Vegetto
  • Whis
  • Xeno Time Patroller
  • Xeno Trunks
  • Yamcha
  • Zamasu

What Are the Rarest Dragon Ball S.H. Figuarts Figures?

The San Diego Comic-Con and Dragon Ball World Tour exclusives are some of the rarest S.H Figuarts figures. This is because of the limited runs that were released for those events.

Besides event-exclusives, there are also rare figures of characters that have not gotten rereleases or significant updates.

Whis – Whis is on this list because he’s pretty much essential to your collection if you have Beerus and want to pose them together. In Dragon Ball Super the two are inseparable.

Whis is also not likely to get a costume redesign any time soon.

Android 17 & 18 – These two androids were so well done that they won’t likely see a rerelease any time soon. The colors, sculpt, and poseability was close to perfect.

Android 17 poses well with the other androids, but can also be posed with Piccolo. Android 18 works well with Vegeta, Trunks, and Krillin. She even comes with a detonation remote for Krillin.

SDCC Piccolo – SDCC 2013 Piccolo is one of the best SH Figuarts. This exclusive comes in the anime-correct colors. The shading is just right and it just has the wow factor. It’s one of the rarer Z-fighter figures out there.

Broly – OG Broly is a beast. This figure changed the game when it was released mostly for its sheer size. It’s huge.

Despite the size, this figure poses well with good articulation even in the waist wrap. The sculpt and color are pretty great too. The same mold was used in two later recolors. With the new DB Super Full Power Broly out now, it’s not likely we’ll see this one get reissued.

Kaioken Goku – World Tour exclusive Kaioken Goku is a recolor of another exclusive, the SDCC 2015 Base Goku. The difference is that it comes painted with Kaioken.

It also comes with the red Kaioken aura effect part. Bandai did such a nice job with the paint on this one.

Where to Buy SH. Figuarts

Amazon is an easy, obvious place to buy figures. They have the latest figures available for preorder. Amazon also has a pre-order price guarantee. The only downside is that there might be a little wait for the US compared to Japanese vendors.

Things From Another Worlds (TFAW) is another good place to find legit SH. Figuarts figures. They also have pre-orders and usually run sales too.

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