REVIEW: Bandai's Dragonball: Evolution Action Figures - FU LUM


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Both loved and hated by fans everywhere, Dragonball: Evolution is a drastic departure from the original source material. While the character designs are quite different from what long time fans of the series are used to, Bandai has indeed given us some rather interesting toys based on these new ideas.

Fu Lum is the seventh and final figure in the Dragonball: Evolution movie series. He has the distinction of being the only figure based off of a character completely original to Dragonball: Evolution, and not seen in any prior version of Dragonball. His appearance (or should I say the appearance of a horde of beasties that all look exactly like the figure in question) is extremely brief, and somewhat unexplained. We know that the Fu Lum where somehow created out of the blood of Piccolo, and that they are extremely strong and have the ability to regenerate. Off hand, I can think of no character or creature from the canon that they physically resemble. It’s no stretch to say that Fu Lum’s appearance in the film is totally forgettable (the editing was particularly disorienting and speedy in this part of the movie) and his appearance as an action figure in this series is a little surprising. Mia was a much more visible alternate villain in the film, so it’s a wonder why no figure was made of her instead of this guy.

So in short, poor little Fu Lum has a lot going against him right off the bat! He’s the new kid in town, totally without any kind of canon reference for fans to associate him with, and to boot he’s one of the ugliest monster designs I’ve seen in a long time! As I’ve said with all other figures in this series - these figures deserve a look totally separate from the successes of failures of the film that inspired it. Fu Lum is certainly an interesting example to take into account when attempting to do this!


Posted by Jeff Saylor on April 30, 2009 09:16 AM

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