It’s hard to believe that Naruto has been around for 15 years now. Now that the series has ended, I decided to take my recently acquired Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H.Figuarts Uzumaki Naruto out for some photos around Vancouver.
I asked a friend of mine to purchase Naruto after he found it for sale at the Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas, a few days before I was set to visit. The figure was about $44 USD, but you can find him online cheaper for about $34 CAD.
This 5.5 inch (140mm) tall figure is flexible and comes with many accessories to modify his appearance. Naruto comes with 13 different hand combinations, four facial expressions, two kunai, a rasengan, pouch and headband. The faces are easily swapped and show the ninja as happy, determined, angry and ready to kick some Akatsuki butt.
The hands are probably the most unique part of the figure since there are so many of them — six left hands and seven right. The seventh hand piece is used to hold the rasengan accessory, but in all honesty, I would need a second figure to make the attack believable. I found getting the kunai in the hands to be a little challenging, but once in they make Naruto threatening (No, really, those kunai are sharp).
I love how detailed Naruto is, right down to the little rivets on the headband, the ribbed collar on his jacket, and his eyes. It’s a really well made figure and very adjustable.
And yes, Bandai Tamashii Nations will have a Uchiha Sasuke figure to compliment the aspiring hokage. Sasuke is expected to be released in February 2015.