A Review of the S.H.Figuarts TAO PAI PAI

(Now taking pre-orders)

The goal: making a TAO PAI PAI figure that
wasn’t just fun to pose,
but looked cool when riding a pillar!

The scene of the world’s most dangerous assassin, TAO PAI PAI, flying on a pillar is one of the most powerful images in the Dragon Ball series. Now, S.H.Figuarts is proud to announce the debut of a new product that perfectly captures this classic moment!
Read on for a review of the new S.H.Figuarts TAO PAI PAI figure.

This special pillar isn’t only rideable. By using a TAMASHII STAGE, you can re-create the dramatic scenes leading up to that key moment – like this!

"Mind if I borrow this pillar?"


You can swap in an optional straight-out ponytail for replicating his jump in the air to crack the top of the pillar!

jump in the air

Now he focuses his power to crack through the thick stone...

to crack through the thick stone

And then the kick!

And then the kick!

And, of course, the lifting of the pillar!

"2,300 kilometers to the Northwest..."
"I’ll be back in thirty minutes."

the pillar-riding scene

Now it’s time for the pillar-riding scene!
We prepared a special effect part for those who wanted to display the figure riding the pillar without needing to use a TAMASHII STAGE accessory.

It took a lot of effort to come up with an effect part that would keep something as inherently unstable as a posable action figure posed atop a round surface like a pillar.

After a whole lot of trial and error, we decided to go with an effect part that looked like blowing wind. Here’s the prototype!

It’s designed to capture the moment right after TAO PAI PAI jumps aboard the pillar in flight!

blowing in the wind

The figure also includes optional uniform parts that look like they’re blowing in the wind. They’re great for replicating all sorts of in-air poses!

riding in horizontal flight.

And here’s more: you aren’t limited to just a jumping-aboard pose. You can display TAO PAI PAI facing forward as he rides, too!

By combining with an additional small effect part, you can also display the figure posed riding in horizontal flight.

The flying-pose uniform options

The flying-pose uniform options consists of front and back parts, so by using the standard hanging-down part in front and the trailing-out part for the back of the uniform, you can capture his appearance in flight!

TAO PAI PAI figure

Capturing such an inherently unstable pose presented the S.H.Figuarts development team with a lot of problems, but in the end, we were dedicated to making a TAO PAI PAI figure every bit as cool looking as the one on screen!

TAO PAI PAI is coming your way – keep an eye out!