Bandai’s D-Arts Charizard / Lizardmon Pokemon Figure Review!

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While I am familiar with Bandai’s D-Arts action figure line, I never really felt inclined to pick one up. But that quickly changed once I found out they were planning on releasing a Pokemon line of figures. So far there are only 3 Pokemon that have been given the D-Arts treatment: Mewtwo, Charizard and Blastoise (the latter is scheduled to release in late June). Since Charizard (also known as Lizardmon in Japan) is probably my favorite ‘mon (Pokemon Red for life!) my choice was easy.

So with that said, lets get on with the review!

I’ll start off with a few images of the front and back of the box:

D-Arts box 1I really like the design of the packaging as it has a nice corner window where you can see the figure.

D-Arts backThis is the back of the box. Pretty standard stuff as it shows off some of the various poses that you can achieve with the figure.

Once you open up the sleek box you will find the following:

  • 6″ Charizard Figure.
  • Flame accessory.
  • Clear Pokemon themed base with flexible standing apparatus.

D-Arts Charizard contents

The first thing I immediately noticed when handling the figure is that it is incredibly well made. Everything from the color to the actual mold used for the character is spot on. The figure is made out of plastic but it feels incredibly sturdy. I was also impressed by the sheer amount of articulation points that the figure has as well. Those of you who collect figures know how important this is as it allows you to pull off some wonderful poses.

Charizard backHere is a shot of the back of the figure. Notice just how many points of articulation the figure has on the tail and wings.

In order to pull off some of these poses you will need to use the included flexible stand. You can opt to display the figure in a regular pose such as this iconic pose below…

Charizard flame 1As you can see from the image above, you will need to place the flame on the stand if you want to display your Charizard breathing fire.

…or you can get a little creative:

Charizard side flame

What really brings the figure to life is that ability to be able to have Charizard in practically whatever stance you want. One thing I have always disliked about a lot of figures is being limited when it comes to posing or displaying them. As you can see, this is not a problem with D-Arts Charizard. I mean, you can even have him “flying” by propping him on the stand and adding the flexible “U” shaped holder.

Charizard flying

Charizard flying 3

I will admit that I kind of felt like the holder did not have a sturdy enough hold on the figure for my personal tastes. Nevertheless it is amazing that you have the option to display Charizard in the air.

Here is a shot of the figure next to a Nintendo DS game box to give you an idea of the size of the figure:

Charizard Comparison

I was very impressed with the overall quality of this figure. Everything from the design sculpt to the articulation is second to none. The ability to recreate your favorite poses or even come up with your own is such a treat for those of you who, like myself, enjoy to display your figures on your shelf. I can easily see myself changing Charizard’s pose every couple weeks. Although I would have loved if the figure was a bit taller (it stands around 6 inches) I think the amount of detail you are getting more than makes up for it.

If this Charizard is any indication of the quality of the rest of Bandai’s D-Art line I think I am sold. I will probably end up picking up Blastoise and Mewtwo later on. This figure is a must-own for anyone who is a fan of Pokemon or for those of you who like to collect figures.

+ Amazing Sculpt and coloring.
+ Incredible Articulation.

Overall Score: A

Bandai’s D-Arts Charizard was released in April 2013 and can be imported for around $45.00 USD (which includes shipping costs) depending which site you import from.

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