This is the Ichiban Kuji for Dragon Ball EX “Warriors who protect the Earth”. This is the third line-up after “History of Rivals” and “Strong Chains” respectively, and the first with the name Dragonball EX to distinguish it as its own series now. These items could only be won in a Kujiban lottery, hence the name.
Dorda Toys is a toy distributor from Los Angeles, United States of America. They do several products of official licensed characters, including Dragonball Z. Initially these released as Skateboard Figures, but they later got redistributed loose without their skateboards as Poseable Action Figures.
Company: AB Groupe (Re-released by KidzBiz and Irwin Toy)
Year: 1996, 2000
Size: +/- 9cm
Main distribution: Europe, America
These bendable figures also known as the “Flexible Super Guerriers” (Flexible Super Warriors) were made by the AB Groupe. AB Groupe (now Mediawan Thematics) is a French broadcasting group, and the distributor of the Dragon Ball merchandise for European and Canadian markets. They made the English dub for the Dragon Ball Z movies in the Netherlands (based of their French dub), with awkward changes like Piccolo being “Big Green” and the Saiyans “Space Warriors”. As terrible as that dub was, their toys were one of the first you could get in Europe. Here you’ll find the flexible figures of them. They made 8 different ones, 4 which later got re-releases under KidzBiz and Irwin Toy.
Main distribution: Japan, Hong Kong, Europe, America
Bandai released some of the first figures of Dragonball Z when the show started airing in Japan. This line was called “Full Color Battle” and 36 figures / sets were made. These were later re-released in Hong Kong, as well as by AB Groupe as “Super Guerriers” (Super Warriors), and then re-released again by Irwin Toy, bringing them to the West.
Irwin Toy was a Canadian distributor and manufacturer of toys. They started off by re-releasing Dragonball Z figures from other companies, like AB Groupe’s “Super Guerriers” (Super Warriors) or 2″ figures, bringing these toys to America. Later they made their own version, 1″ figures, using the exact same molds scaled in half. They made 96 different ones, released in 12 packs over 8 series. KidzBiz re-released some of these again.
With the success of Dragonball Super new Action Figures got released. Bandai created a new line called ‘Limit Breaker’ series with large 5 points of articulation Action Figures. They are being released in waves.
Italian manufacturer DeAgostini released a set comprising of approximately 60 characters from Dragonball GT in 1996. In 2001 these gotten a re-release as the Atlas Editions, and also came to Germany and France. They came bundled with a magazine, and each month a new figure would be added to your collection.
With the success of Dragonball Super new Action Figures got released. Bandai created a new line called ‘Dragon Stars’ series with various poseable / articulated Action Figures. They are being released in series, 20 series so far are out.