Dragon Ball Z
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Action figure fans headed to New York Comic Con 2013 this October 10-13 may want to start planning how much room they'll need to save in their luggage. Bluefin Tamashii Nations has revealed its lineup of exclusives and debuts for the show and by all accounts there'll much Gundam, Power Ranger armoring and Dragon Ball Z scouting to be had at booth #1612.
Try as most may to achieve the billowy bird hair sported by Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT stars, it's no cakewalk to train your 'do up to Saiyan -- to say nothing of Super Saiyan -- strength. Bandai Premium thinks it can help, however, with its official new Dragon Ball Z hair wax.
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S.H. Figuarts figures of Dragon Ball Z's most lethal siblings have been caught chillin' among a crowd of Super Saiyan warriors at the Bluefin Distribution booth. Android 18 is apparently being planned for an unspecified future release, with her less empathetic brother Android 17 currently "for display only."
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There's a lot of cool swag set to debut exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con in July -- and we've been taking a look at quite a few of them of late -- but as the launch of the official SDCC 2013 exclusives portal has revealed, only one cosplay offering can adorn you in Akira Toriyama's 1989 precursor to Google Glass. At booth 140, Bluefin Distribution will be selling friggin' Dragon Ball Z scouters.
Like a lot of longtime Superman fans, I found myself experiencing my share of cognitive and emotional dissonance watching the new Man of Steel movie. One thing was clear, however: Faora was totally dope! The Kryptonian killing machine has her own unique history in DC Comics lore, but the movie version especially resonated with me because she's essentially the closest thing Dragon Ball Z fans may ever see to a live action Vegeta (the less we all entertain the idea of a sequel to Dragonball: Evolution, the better). Indulge in a comparison chart detailing some key similarities and differences between the two proud/psychotic alien warriors with us after the cut, but beware of mild spoilers if you haven't seen MoS just yet.
For better or worse slightly less better, a generation of fans will forever associate Dragon Ball Z more closely with a theme song called "Rock the Dragon" than the original "Cha-La Head-Cha-La," the voice of Goku with dudes named Ian and Peter instead of a woman named Masako and a certain power level being over 9,000 instead of a mere 8,000. It doesn't matter if you study Akira Toriyama's original manga, re-watch hundreds of subtitled Japanese episodes or spend every night at a local pub sobbing into pint glass after empty pint glass, fate dealt you 53 episodes and three animated features worth of highly localized and arguably sorta goofy DBZ circa the mid-late '90s and, by Kami, FUNimation is going to cater to your sentimentality with a new $99.98 box set collecting all that biz this August.