Dragon Ball is back at the top of the game again. Dragon Ball Super recently ended, a new movie is in the works with Dragon Ball Super: Broly, and Dragon Ball FighterZ is the biggest fighting game around, and it even toppled Street Fighter V in both entrants and views at EVO 2018. With Dragon Ball unstoppable at the moment, that means that there’s plenty of merch to go around! Today, we look at the best Dragon Ball gifts and merch that you can buy right now.
Best Dragon Ball Gifts – Video Games
There are two big Dragon Ball games out at the moment, and Bandai Namco has been supplying a steady stream of DLC and free content updates for both! Dragon Ball FighterZ is what you want if you want a more competitive, 2.5D fighter, with Dragon Ball FighterZ being the most popular game at EVO 2018 this year.
Xenoverse 2 is fully 3D, can be played competently by anyone at any skill level, and throws in all of the fan-service you could want including the majority of notable Dragon Ball characters and character customisation. You can even create your own character, choosing from one of several different races including human, Saiyan, Namekian and Majin! Both feature original stories.
You can pick up Dragon Ball FighterZ on PS4, Xbox One, Steam right now, with pre-orders on Nintendo Switch for 28th September), and Xenoverse 2 is available on PS4, Xbox One, Steam and Nintendo Switch right now.
Best Dragon Ball Gifts – Anime
Going back to where most fans were introduced to Dragon Ball, you can pick up Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and spin-off sequel Dragon Ball GT on DVD, and Dragon Ball Z Kai on DVD and Blu-Ray. The latter has its final boxsets releasing within the next few months, and it’s a condensed retelling of Dragon Ball Z with some new animation, voice-acting and with filler removed.
Kai is a great way to experience the series without the immense amount of screaming and stare-offs that the series has in spades, and it’s wonderful that Manga UK has provided various options to consume it. Dragon Ball Super is currently being published on DVD and Blu-Ray, with four box sets out so far, and they’ve just announced plans to release movies 1-13, along with the two TV specials, in one outstanding box set.
Best Dragon Ball Gifts – Manga
This is where it all began! Akira Toriyama’s ground-breaking, worldwide phenomenon manga is available in paperback and on Kindle, and some issues even have full-colour versions. If there’s ever a contender for the best Dragon Ball gifts, this is one.
Dragon Ball Super is currently being published in paperback and on Kindle, making it easy to keep up with it.
Unlike the anime, the manga came into production after the anime, and it features a few variations to keep things fresh for those who’ve already watched the anime.
The Super manga isn’t penned by Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama, but he has had heavy input on the events of both the anime and the manga.
Best Dragon Ball Gifts – Figures
Dragon Ball has plenty of iconic, recognisable characters including Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks and Piccolo, and chances are you’ve wanted to represent your favourite character in some way. One of the best ways to do this is in proudly displaying a figuring, and there’s no lack of options when it comes to Dragon Ball.
Articulated figurines, statues, toys, mini-figures and more will greet you when you search for Dragon Ball figures, but chances are you aren’t on a quest to collect them all!
Maybe you just want a simple set of Dragon Balls, where they can glow happily if you place them on top of a light base of sorts.
It’s hard to talk about figures and not mention Pop! figures, and there are plenty of them for Dragon Ball. Super Saiyan Goku, Vegeta, Bulma, Perfect Cell, Final Form Frieza, Majin Buu, Future Trunks and Zamasu are a handful of the characters you can get your hands on, and there are several more to keep an eye out for – with even more to come! There are keyrings available, too, if that’s your jam.
Best Dragon Ball Gifts – T-Shirts
You can find pop culture t-shirts at several places, but the officially-licensed Shonen Jump range at Uniqlo is gorgeous. Some shirts have sold out by now, but there are still a handful of Dragon Ball Z t-shirts to get your hands on.
Designs include a white t-shirt with the entire cast in blue from the final episode of Dragon Ball Z, a grey t-shirt for when Vegeta speaks to his son, Trunks, in that one devastating moment in the Buu saga, and a nice wine red t-shirt to rep your support for the champ himself, Mr. Satan. These are a few of many, so be sure to check out the entire range! Designs vary in both the adult’s and children’s ranges, so you can’t get matching with your child, but you can both rep the series!
Best Dragon Ball Gifts – Mugs and Glasses
When it comes to the best Dragon Ball gifts around, you have to look further than the Manga and the video games. If you want to talk about things you could consider the best Dragon Ball gifts, there is so much merch out there that qualifies. For example, this mug.
A four-star Dragon Ball mug, glasses featuring the Dragon Ball mug, glasses with Goku and Frieza, and heat-changing mugs, so you can drink your beverage of choice from a super cool mug.
There are other smaller bits to consider, too, including a card holder, a lanyard, various framed prints and keyrings.
Whether you’re a Dragon Ball fan who is just getting into the series, one who’s been with the series for a long time, or maybe you’re shopping for that big Dragon Ball fan in your life, there’s plenty of merchandise to get your hands on that’s sure to leave a smile. These are but a few of the best Dragon Ball gifts around.
None of it will be able to help you go Super Saiyan, but whatever you get is going to have the highest power level on your shelves! It’s always good to have something that you can get signed just in case any of the Dragon Ball team come to MCM too, right? Maybe don’t get the mug signed, though.