Dragon Ball is more than just a cartoon; it’s an entertainment experience that transcends cultures. It’s the age old story of conflict, of coming of age, and of life and death and rebirth and death and more death and undoing all that death several times using magical wishing orbs — you know, basically the same thing as Shakespeare.
But one of the most impressive things about Dragon Ball is the way it’s evolved beyond its original form. Sure, most Dragon Ball fans are familiar with the animated series and movies, but even the earliest Dragon Ball cartoons are just adaptations of the original 1980s manga. Heck, have you ever wondered why the Super Saiyan form features blonde hair? It’s because the mangas were printed in black and white, and ‘yellow’ hair (white on the pages of the manga) doesn’t take as much time to color as black. That’s right; one of the most iconic aspects of Dragon Ball comes from creator Akira Toriyama wanting to save some ink.
But whatever the case, from that manga, Dragon Ball has spread like a shine-shot wildfire. With several animated series, 20 animated films, five TV specials, a handful of crossover specials (because it only makes sense that Dragon Ball and One Piece should share the same universe), and three live-action films, there’s really no denying that Dragon Ball has outgrown its original niche. Oh, and there have also been about 50 different video games.
And that takes us to Dragon Ball Heroes.
For a western audience, Dragon Ball Heroes may be difficult to comprehend. It’s a trading card game. It’s also an arcade game. And, just to be clear, that doesn’t mean that it’s an IP that shows up on two different gaming media; it means it’s a single game that shows up on one very specific, frankensteinian gaming medium — the trading card arcade game.
The game incorporates collectable cards featuring different characters, everyone from series protagonist Goku, to the lesser known Majin Buu, to several evil versions of wish-granting super dragon Shenron. Additionally, certain characters are available in multiple forms (Goku comes in base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan God, Ultra Instinct, and about a dozen others, and even Majin Buu has base, super form, and various ‘absorbed one of the good guys’ forms). These cards allow you to play as the different characters in game, for a uniquely personalized arcade experience.
And, given that there are more than 250 available characters, that unique experience can explore some pretty strange possibilities. After all, where else can you enjoy the spectacle of watching a half-trained human martial artists like Teen Krillin go up against a literal god of destruction like Beerus? Or see Syn Shenron throw down with Rage Shenron? How about forcing the Xeno characters to beat up their main universe counterparts? The Super Dragon Ball Heroes update also adds various non-combatant support characters, meaning that you can have Bulma cheering on Goku Black, despite the fact that he’s the guy who murders her in an alternate future timeline (talk about awkward).
Of course, the trading-card-arcade-game industry is still a little too avant garde for non-Japanese audiences, so if you want to celebrate the insanity that is Dragon Ball Heroes without having to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun, then the best way to do it is with Dragon Ball Heroes toys from Megalopolis.
Megalopolis has dozens of Dragon Ball Z figures to choose from — everything from Shenron BAF options to the terrifying Super-Saiyan Majin Vegeta — so you can have your own Dragon Ball Heroes fantasy matchups. Pair Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Kaio-Ken Goku figure with the Super Dragon Ball Heroes Xeno: Bardock and Gogeta toys. See what happens when Super Saiyan Broly takes on elderly pervert Master Roshi. Tie it all together by having Super Saiyan Blue Goku rip through a gauntlet of other Gokus (everyone from monkey-tailed Kid Goku up through equally monkey-tailed Super Saiyan 4 Goku) one after another.
Megalopolis brings you the Dragon Ball Heroes figures your collection needs. So save yourself a trip to Japan. After all, Dragon Ball is a pretty big universe, and with the right Dragon Ball Heroes figure, toy, and action figure options from Megalopolis, the possibilities are infinite.
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