Really like what I'm seeing and beyond glad they improved the eyes a little. It looks like the hair might have a glossy finish similar to the PCE hair parts and if this is the case I really like it. I never like gloss coats on figures but they look great on super saiyan hair.
I'm very, VERY excited for this release. I may still have issues with that underwhelming SDCC sash and how it barely works with the design but this has been on my factory release/custom wishlist since the the 2014 Goku was released. The ki glow paint app that's actually effective, the red kamehameha effect that can also be used with SS4 Goku (when it comes out)...and...well...other compelling reasons. I love it even though you can make a long list of reasons why it shouldn't have been made.
On the other hand...I'm extremely disappointed that so many people seem to hate it. I'm well aware that people are sick of Goku releases, especially those that use the old design, but this is an event exclusive. It's been said many times by many people, exclusives are NOT essential, they are bonuses. This is an ideal bonus release.
Let's get this out of the way: I HATE THE BLUE HAIR WITH A FIERY PASSION. I'm not going to go into the whole "Well, Toriyama always intended" debate here, partly because I don't care, but also because it's utter nonsense. If you're going to change it, CHANGE IT. Don't leave Kid Trunks with the purple hair and have him in the same frame as this design. Or, if you want to go the "it changed as he got older" route, DON'T SHOW FLASHBACKS WITH HIM HAVING BLUE HAIR THERE TOO.
Why are we in the minority? I can very clearly remember a time when the entire fanbase would have universally hated the blue hair retcon. Now you have a large amount of people who insist the change was good and that the hair always should have been blue. I mean, I get it. Actively complaining about it is borderline lifeless weeaboo nonsense...regardless, I couldn't stand the change and would have been fine with a simple explanation for the change...and Toei actually created a decent one with their (what I now consider terrible) approach to the arc.
With Future Trunks winding up in an exact copy of his world before Zamasu became a factor, it makes a bit of sense for him to have blue hair since it would be a bit difficult to distinguish between two exact copies of Trunks...but even then, you could say the duplicate Trunks should have had blue hair, and he wasn't even seen in the series! such nonsense.
whatever the case...since it's on topic, here's an edit I made sometime last year to see what Trunks would look like with the color palettes swapped around.
As for the iconic outfit...I'll also say the jacket/tanktop combo is the clear choice. I can't argue for it but I've developed a certain fondness for the Time Patroller outfit. Part of me hopes there will be some sort of Xenoverse arc featured in Super.
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2017 14:35:02 GMT -6 by timone317
Also, if we can swap the head with the awakening ver. we get an updated Cell saga Goku which is sweet!
As great as that would be, I don't see it happening since most of the newer figures have a large neck peg and the Awakening SS Goku has the older small peg. There's also a chance that neck swapping won't be possible since it seems Tamashii has switched back to the lighter/peach skin tone (which I'm very happy to see). If the SS3 is made with the lighter skin tone it won't match the Awakening faces/neck.
and..since it seems the preview video still hasn't been posted...
I can def try and get a checklist going, and work in some of the alternate heads. Make it a more traditional sized pic, with rows. Don't want to get into all parts tho as that basically becomes a book. Maybe in a couple years for that
To be clear, you're just talking heads, not every face swap?
And RE: the side by side pic, I can do that. Need a bit of time though as I have a backlog of shoots and I JUST re-set up all these guys on my display shelf. Posed out and all.
I didn't think it would be necessary to try and include every part but I can see a few instances where optional parts would add to the image (Scouter Vegeta 1 with wrapped tail, scouter head/normal face, and the crossed arms, then Scouter Vegeta 2 with the open tail, yelling face, and crushed scouter hand). / Not necessarily EVERY face, but again, a few variations would be cool to see (SS1 Gohan anger face, SS2 Gohan normal/stoic face). Thinking again, I wouldn't mind a pic similar to the one above where it's just all the figures against a black background. Aside from a traditional checklist, can you also make a variation with just the figures on a black background?
not like I'm any position to rush you. I'll look forward to seeing it, though.
Last Edit: Mar 8, 2017 1:54:52 GMT -6 by timone317
I have a suggestion/request. If you actually make a checklist can you include a small blank box somewhere near the images that can be filled in? Also, assuming you have multiples, can you include the multiples for figures that have more than one head part (Gohan SS1/SS2, Trunks/SS, Vegetto/SS, etc.)? I don't know how you would arrange the images but I think eight or nine figures per row would help fit everything into a single 1920x1080 image.
Another unrelated request, there's an image in your SDCC Broly gallery I liked quite a bit.
Could you recreate that image but with the SDCC and Premium Color exclusives on one side and the original releases on the other? Something like this, and preferably all in the same poses and positions.
the demand wasn't and still isn't there for 16 and Whis (even though 16 is a superb release). It's hard to say what will happen with Nappa. I'm not sure I see it staying at retail for more than a year...which is technically still plenty of time to hold off on buying it.
This is one instance where I don't mind the manga colors for a few reasons. It doesn't look terrible, I actually like the thought of having a Nappa and Raditz with similar armor colors like in the image above, there's always a chance for an anime accurate Premium Color edition (as much as I hate when Tamashii double dips), and the main reason I like this...the manga colors just so happen to match the "original animation colors", so this can be placed next to the SDCC 2014 Vegeta. If that isn't enough, repainting the armor should be quite simple, it would be easy to just make your own anime accurate version.
Last Edit: Mar 2, 2017 18:52:20 GMT -6 by timone317
(just hope I'm not getting carried away by prototype images that differ greatly from the final version...)
Something else I'm noticing, it looks like the undersides of the armor parts will be painted. This is exactly what I wanted to see from the 2.0 versions of the figures, overall improvements that make the updates better than the original. I think it's safe to say here, this is undeniably better than the first release (with the possible exception of a lack of sculpted eyes which is still a disappointment).
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2017 0:43:52 GMT -6 by timone317
Far as I'm concerned, Vegeta 2.0 is the first "perfect" release since Broly. See what a difference accurate colors make? Compared to the 2.0 SS Vegeta, I think this is an all around improvement. Not only does it look great, it can be considered accurate to both the anime and the manga. As much as I rant about the strange colors seen on Figuarts figures, it's only appropriate for me to give Tamashii glowing praise when they get the colors right. I desperately hope they stick with this pale orange skin tone on future figures (most of the saiyans with the exception of Trunks).
Nappa also looks perfect and I'm quite excited that it's finally coming out.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2017 10:25:59 GMT -6 by timone317
...then this Marvel Legends Venom might be a good choice. It was released last year so it should still be easy to get. There will be two significant issues though, resizing the joints so they can be repainted and figuring out how to deal with the shoulder sections, which will be quite difficult if you plan on keeping the articulation.