I knew I was on a slippery slope when I picked up the Medicom Real Action Heroes Dragonball Z Goku and Piccolo, regardless of how good of a deal I got at the time. So when I learned that Medicom would be making a VCD (that stands for Vinyl Collectible Dolls, but I can’t bring myself to put “Dolls” in the title of this article) Gohan, and that it would be coming with an alternate head for the RAH Piccolo, I admitted defeat.
Sideshow is importing the Gohan VCD, but when I asked, they told me that the package they are carrying does not include the Piccolo head. So off to Ebay I went, paying big international prices and shipping. I feel dirty.
As I mentioned last week in my mini-review of the Medicom Real Action Heroes Dragon Ball Z Son Gokou, I was able to pick up Piccolo and Goku for a relatively good price recently. Still, as someone used to paying around $10 for a super-articulated action figure, there was a bit of sticker shock. I was pretty impressed with Goku (Son Gokou in Japan), but to be honest it was Piccolo that was the bigger draw for me.
Although I lived in Japan for a couple of years, I wasn’t introduced to the Dragon Ball Z anime until I was living back in the States. Even then, a typical episode featured a lot of build-up, but little payoff. The show could drag a fight over six or more episodes – 20 minutes of intent stares, grunting, and posing, followed by a couple minutes of frenetic action, and then, BAM, to be continued.
I didn’t become a crazy fan until my wife picked me up a copy of the manga. I knew then that one day I’d be spending insane amounts of money on something like a 12-inch scaled Goku (Son Gokou, in Japan) from Medicom.