As a kid watching Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Z in the mid-late 1990s, I always thought the evil Dr. Gero's androids picked some kinda wacky Western clothes to wear, but these days Android 18 looks more or less like a contemporary teen. Shave half of her head and she'd more or less fit in on any major music video shoot, which makes Bandai's June/July release of the S.H. Figuarts Android 18 action figure just so timely.

Originally showcased alongside her brother Android 17 at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, the upcoming $38.99 figure introduces a lot of "firsts" into the S.H. Figuarts line. Not only is Android 18 the first female figure in the DBZ line, but she's also the first to come packed with special accessories meant for interplay with another action figure, which in this case is 18's [20-year-old Spoiler Warning] future main squeeze, Krillin (who got his own S.H. Figuarts figure a few months back). These pieces include an interchangeable SHF Krillin head featuring his shocked facial expression and a left hand primed to detonate 18's included self-destruct mechanism. Android 18's solo pieces include a folded arms piece, interchangeable hair parts, four swappable face parts, plus three sets of interchangeable hands. The figure is currently available to preorder for $38.99 at Entertainment Earth and other sites.

There's no word on when or if 18's brother 17 will make the transition from prototype to full-fledged figure just yet, but we'll be keeping an eye out.

 

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[Via Bluefin Tamashii Nations]