Dragonball HG Gashapon – Bandai

HG Gashapon Bandai

Series: Dragonball / Dragonball Z / Dragonball GT / Dragonball Kai / Dragonball Super

Company: Bandai

Release: 2002-2010

Size: various

Main distribution: Japan / Europe


The HG series is a series of Gashapon sets of small Dragonball figures that you had to build as they came in pieces. HG stands for ‘High Grade’. They came out of a Gashapon machine in a capsule. They were made by Bandai, and later redistributed by AB Groupe in Europe, where they were called Maxi Collection. Several series were made resulting in over 300 figures including colour variants. What’s cool about these is is that they are in scale with one another.

All figures have © B/S · T, B. CHINA on them. They also have the 4 dots Bandai stamp on them. They often come with a clear base to help them stand. They often have little numbers on them to help put pieces together, or to match bases, or distinguish between left and right feet.

They didn’t come with instructions, so you had to puzzle them together yourselves. However, they were pretty straight forward. They also came with little leaflets displaying the rest of the series, as most Gashapon.

After High Grade, another series, Digital Grade was made which was a continuation of the line. These are also listed here.
Newer lines regarding Dragonball Super are also being released. I’ve seen several but wasn’t sure whether these were Gashapon or boxed figures. I have not listed them here for now (I have none of them anyway).

HG1
Release date: 2002

HG1

6 figures were released in this set. I got 0/6.

HG2
Release date: 2003

HG2

7 figures were released in this set. I got 1/6; Bulma.

HG2 Bulma

I got her secondhand, and she is missing a little hair piece on the side of her head.

HG3
Release date: 2003

HG3

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG4
Release date: 2004

HG4

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG5
Release date: 2004

HG5

7 figures were released in this set. I got 2/7; Piccolo and Imperfect Cell.

HG5 Piccolo & Cell

These were re-released in Europe by the AB Groupe in 2006 and called the Maxi Collection Cell’s Game. These are the ones I got specifically.
My Piccolo is either from this set or HGSP3, I can’t remember.

HG5 Europe leaflet

HG6
Release date: 2005

HG6

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG7
Release date: 2005

HG7

7 figures were released in this set. I got 6/7; Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan Broly, Hercule, Majin Buu, Frieza (first form) and Goten & Trunks.

HG7 figures

These were re-released in Europe by the AB Groupe in 2007 and called the Maxi Collection Super Saiyan 3. These are the ones I got specifically.

HG7 Europe leaflet

HG8
Release date: 2005

HG8

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG9
Release date: 2005

HG9

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG10
Release date: 2005

HG10

10 figures were released in this set. I got 1/10; Super Saiyan 3 Goku (HG7).
Super Saiyan Goku is a re-release of HG2. Super Saiyan 3 Goku is a re-release of HG7.

HG7/HG10 Super Saiyan 3 Goku
HG7 Europe

HG11
Release date: 2006

HG11

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG12
Release date: 2006

HG12

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG13
Release date: 2007

HG13

7 figures were released in this set. I got 1/7; Frieza (second form).

HG13/HGSP3 Frieza (third form)
HGSP3

HG14
Release date: 2007

HG14

8 figures were released in this set. I got 0/8.

HG15
Release date: 2007

HG15

7 figures were released in this set. I got 1/7; Super Saiyan Goku.

HG15/HGSP3 Super Saiyan Goku
HGSP3

HG16
Release date: 2008

HG16

8 figures were released in this set. I got 0/8.

HG17
Release date: 2008

HG17

8 figures were released in this set. I got 0/8.

HG18
Release date: 2008

HG18

7 figures were released in this set. I got 1/7; Vegito.

HG18 Vegito

Despite being in Europe, these came with the Japanese leaflet.

HG18 leaflet

HG19
Release date: 2008

HG19

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG20-I
Release date: 2008

HG20-I

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG20-II
Release date: 2009

HG20-II

8 figures were released in this set. I got 0/8.

HG21
Release date: 2009

HG21

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG22
Release date: 2009

HG22

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HG23
Release date: 2009

HG23

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HGGT
Release date: 2006

HGGT

6 figures were released in this set. I got 0/6.

HGGT2
Release date: 2006

HGGT2

6 figures were released in this set. I got 0/6.

HGSP
Release date: 2007

HGSP

6 figures were released in this set. I got 1/6; Frieza (first form).
Frieza is a re-release from HG7.

HG7/HGSP Frieza (first form)
HG7 Europe

HGSP2
Release date: 2007

HGSP2

9 figures were released in this set. I got 0/9.
2 of these figures, Nappa and Vegeta, are re-colours.

HGSP3
Release date: 2008

HGSP3

7 figures were released in this set. I got 3/7; Super Saiyan Goku, Frieza (second form) and Piccolo.
Super Saiyan Goku is a re-release from HG15. Frieza (second form) is a re-release from HG13. Piccolo is a re-release from HG5.
My Piccolo is either from this set or HG5, I can’t remember.

HG15/HGSP3 Super Saiyan Goku. HG13/HGSP3 Frieza (second form). HG5/HGSP3 Piccolo.

Despite being in Europe, these came with the Japanese leaflet.

HGSP3 leaflet

HGSP4
Release date: 2008

HGSP4

6 figures were released in this set. I got 2/6; Goten & Trunks and Majin Buu.
Goten & Trunks and Majin Buu are a re-release from HG7.

HG7/HGSP4 Goten&Trunks and Majin Buu
HG7 Europe

HGSP5
Release date: 2008

HGSP5

7 figures were released in this set. I got 0/7.

HGSP6 ~Movies&TV Specials~
Release date: 2009

HGSP6

6 figures were released in this set. I got 0/6.

HG Special
Release date: 2009

HGSpecial

7 figures were released in this set. I got 1/7; Majin Buu.
Majin Buu is a re-release from HG7/HGSP4.

HG7/HGSP4/HGSpecial Majin Buu
HG7 Europe

HG+
Release date: 2008

HG+

6 figures were released in this set. I got 0/6.

HG+2
Release date: 2008

HG+2

6 figures were released in this set. I got 0/6.

HG+Ex
Release date: 2008

HG+Ex

I believe these came in a box rather than a Gashapon machine.

5 figures were released in this set. I got 0/5.

HG+Ex2
Release date: 2009

I believe these came in a box rather than a Gashapon machine.

5 figures were released in this set. I got 0/5.

HG Ex
Release date: 2009

HG Ex

I believe these came in a box rather than a Gashapon machine.

8 figures were released in this set. I got 1/8; Trunks.
Trunks is a re-release from HG7/HGSP4.

HG7/HG Ex Trunks
HG7 Europe

DG01
Release date: 2010

DG01

5 figures were released in this set. I got 0/5.

DG02
Release date: 2010

DG02

5 figures were released in this set. I got 0/5.

DG03
Release date: 2010

DG03

5 figures were released in this set. I got 0/5.

DG Saiyan
Release date: 2010

DG Saiyan

5 figures were released in this set. I got 0/5.


These figures I found in Gashapon machines in a shopping mall in Heerlen, the Netherlands. As my best friend had moved here at the time, I visited almost weekly. She was one street away from the mall, so I always stopped by there first to throw my saved up €1 and €2 coins in of the week.

I really liked these figures. Unlike other figures I had at the time, which were mostly Western action figures, these felt very Japanese. I fell in love with Gashapon, its game of chance, its cheapness (only €1 or €2!) and the miniature nature of its prizes.

I love small things so smaller figures of Dragonball were great. They were so detailed despite their size and I love the paint job of the Super Saiyans, as it has a slight metallic look to it. I also liked their bases, making them easy to stand yet it didn’t detract from the figure. They were so much better than the western stuff we usually got out of these machines, like bouncy balls or sticky hands.

I’m pretty sure I almost single-handedly emptied these machines over the weeks, trying to get full sets. I sold off the doubles, often for €3~5, making my own collection practically free. I never managed to get a full set though, although I came close with one.

Some of them can be quite fiddly with all the small pieces though. And some appear to be a bit top heavy, despite the base they come with. Some pieces leave a clear line, like in capes. I very much prefer the simple, standing ones. Less pieces, and they are full of attitude. They look nice lined up.

I wanted to get them all, but I never saw them again. When I looked them up later, I found there were so many; it’s overwhelming. I probably just try to get my favourites.

If you like Gashapon, or small Dragonball figures, these are great. They scale as well!
If you prefer bigger figures, these might not be your thing.


Got any more details / information you think I should add? Or did I get something wrong? Do you own any of these figures? Which one is your fav? Do you agree or disagree with my findings? Let me know in the comments below!

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