Retail Price: 399 Euros
Edition Size: 4000
Release Date: Q2 2018 (First Batch)
Approx. Size: 18″ T x 12″ W x 15″ D
Approx. Weight: 14 lb.
Cyril Marchiol (Art Direction)
Cyril Farudja (Art Direction)
Pierre-Marie Albert (Concept Art & Sculpt)
José Ku Chio Lu (Technical Engineering)
Patrick Tran (Technical Engineering)
Muhammet Ay (Technical Engineering)
Guillaume Hemery (Paint)
Mickael Gros (Paint)
Eric Jolivalt (Paint)
Tsume-Art’s second Dragon Ball Z release for 2018 (the first being the HQS+ Majin Vegeta), is the Quiet Wrath of Son Goku, part of their ever expanding HQS line of statues. If you are a Dragon Ball Z fan, you likely will instantly recognize this beloved scene. Moments after Vegeta proclaims Goku’s power level to be “OVER 9000!!!”, Kakarot (as Goku is known to his Saiyan brethren), uses his newfound Kaio-Ken power to break Nappa’s back before he can harm Son Gohan and Krillin. The statue shows Goku triumphant, holding a helpless Nappa skyward. Even if you are a loose Dragon Ball Z fan, like myself, you may still love this particular scene.
As part of our new reviewing format, let’s countdown our three favourite features of this statue:
Being an HQS statue, rather than an HQS+ like Vegeta, means that the piece is a smaller scale. This statue is roughly 1/6 scale, but don’t let the size fool you. Tsume has masterfully blended display-ability and presence in this impressive package. This statue will demand attention in your collection, no matter where you choose to display it.
I think many collectors appreciate a statue with lots of bells and whistles, details and complexity, but every once and a while, something relatively simple like this statue reminds us that those things are not always necessary. The statue is fairly straightforward to assemble (you can check out our unboxing video below), with basically three main parts (the base, Goku, and Nappa). The simplicity of this statue also allowed Tsume to stay very true to the source art. Make no mistake, they have added texturing and amped up the muscle detailing, but they have beautifully done just enough so as not to lose the soul of the original anime scene. The KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) can apply to collectibles at times, too!
The paint scheme on this statue is what really brings it to life. Immediately upon unboxing, the rich, vibrant colours basically smack you in the face! Excellent clean lines throughout, even on the tight detailing areas such as the logos on Goku’s gi. Speaking of the gi, deep shades of orange compliment the lighter highlights to give the it immense depth it deserves. Tsume has also included black cross hatching throughout Nappa’s body to maintain the look and feel of the anime source material. The final paint application is what really makes this release from Tsume stand out.
What are your three favourite things about this statue? Let us know in the comments below, or leave comment on the YouTube video! We would love to hear from you.