Naruto Trading Figure Collection Vol 1

Product Type:  Trading Figures

Number of Figures in Range:  Unknown

Manufacturer:  Bandai

Suggested Retail Price (SRP):  1.99 each

Purchased from:  TokyoToys.Com (UK Based)

Rarity:  Hard to Find

Reviewer:  Tom (Webmaster)


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Naruto | Sakura | Sasuke | Zabuza | Group

Coming from one of the biggest anime merchandise manufacturers and based upon the biggest anime of recent years, this was one range I was highly anticipating - particularly as they were released in Japan just after my recent visit there.

I am a big fan of gashapon and trading figures from Japan as they are often a decent representation of your favourite characters for the cost of a lottery ticket.  We rarely get figures of such quality in the west for less then 7, so to obtain several figures for the same price cannot be argued with.

Each figure in the Naruto range is around 5cm (2") high and all come with a decent stand which actually displays the figure effectively.  Each character is vibrant and colourful and are posed in ways which represent their personalities making them instantly recognisable.

The Sakura figure (4.5cm approx) is the best of the bunch due to a combination of facial detail and the pose, which perfectly reflect her two personalities in the anime.  Fans of Naruto will know that although Sakura puts on a sweet and innocent front, her 'inner-Sakura' shows her true cunning, selfish character and the figure represents this by having Sakura in a cunning action pose and yet gives her a facial expression that represents the happier mask that she wears.  On top of this it is excellently detailed,  and is the most striking figure of the range.

The Sasuke figure (5.5cm/2.2" approx) also represents the character well by having him stand with his hands in his pockets to represent his angst, and yet his cold facial expression represents his amazing ninja ability and willingness to fight anything that comes his way.  The facial lines are slightly thicker then the Sakura figure, but this is merely to show Sasuke's masculinity.  The figure is slightly dull appearance overall, but this is just how Sasuke is in the anime, so the figure does a good job of representing him.

The Zabuza figure is the tallest of the collection (9cm/4.5" approx) and well represents this highly threatening character by giving him an intimating pose that towers over the other figures.  Zabuza's excellent sword is included with this figure and this tops off a great piece.

Lastly we have the Naruto figure which, although it does manage to capture cheeky personality perfectly, does not quite measure up to the other figures as the facial features are slightly heavy and look as though someone as drawn over them in felt-tip.  However, this criticism does only apply when Naruto is compared to the other figures, by itself it is a good representation of the character that should please fans.

Overall I would recommend these to any Naruto fan or just anyone who would like to add some cheap fun figures to their desk.  For 2 each, you can't really go wrong and there aren't many other things this good for 2 (except a winning lottery ticket!).


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