The set that started it all!
Like always, my reviews are less formal and detailed than most but I'll try leave some comments and opinions here!
Let's start by saying that because this is the very first WCF set that was released (back in 2009), the QC is not as high as other sets.
At that time, Banpresto used to sculpt the figure and then paint it. In newer releases (I believe since 2011), Banpresto painted details but mostly used plastic in the colors they needed instead of painting each part individually like earlier releases. This brought a more consistent paint application and better "quality". Nevertheless, I enjoy the earlier sets a lot and who knows why but I do like the old style of painting over the PVC figure.
I didn't take a picture of the boxes because I use them as stands and would have to find them among 1,000 other boxes, but I took this off Mandarake for reference. As you can see, the boxes can be placed next to each other to form a "background". I loved that and still love that feature.
Unlike newer releases, the old DWC releases had a particularity in regards to the boxes. If you look closely to the old releases back from 2009, you will notice that all DWC releases have different tones of the mother color on each box. For example, it would go from light Yellowish Green to Dark Green on the Vol.1 and so on on different volumes. Unfortunately this was eliminated for all sets when DWC turned into WCF. One Piece, which had their first volumes released on the same year, lacked this feature.
And here are the figures.
This set consist of the following characters:
*Oolong as a Robot
*Bulma (same outfit as the upcoming DOD
*Goku Girl disguise ^^ (kid)
While Master Roshi is one of my favorites characters in figure format, I must say I am really loving the "Chairman/Communist/Red army" style outfit that Oolong is wearing. The Bear Bandit Samurai vibe makes him also a very nice figure to have. Bulma looks very classic with this first appearance (or second?) outfit, which it is not seen as much anymore. The least likely to win me over is the Goku figure in the Ki. That's because in this early releases, the Goku figures suffered the most in terms of quality control.
The sculpting is superb for a figure of this scale.
Painting could use some work in some areas, like Goku's face.
Posing is not bad at all actually! I like them in this style of poses.
Packaging gets me! I love the WCF box designs and the uniformity they provide. Not to mention, the background they create and the different color tones, makes this an amazing box to keep.
Enjoyment.... I love this set and all DWC sets for that matter. This set tho, I don't know why but has an special place in my heart.
The quality control could have been better.
If you love Dragonball and quality figures of this scale with great sculpting, fun design and good paint app, you should totally pick them up. The trick? Paying current market for it will cost you a bit.