Figure Review: Banpresto DX Midoriya Izuku and Bakugo Katsuki!

In lieu of my usual Friday fluff posts, today I’ll be reviewing two newly arrived figures from my current favorite shounen series, and probably most favorite of all time, My Hero Academia. Specifically, Midoriya Izuku and Bakugo Katsuki!

I preordered them months ago and have been incredibly excited to have them as I watch My Hero Academia weekly.

Just my luck, the very week they arrive, is the week without an episode coming out, and after the first cour too!
I am dumb, there is one THIS week, it’s next week that they’re taking a break.

I know some people care about boxes but I don’t, so let’s move on from them and talk about the figures themselves!

From afar, the profile and overall look of the figures are very alike to their manga counterparts. In fact, getting it out of the way now, if you are any sort of fan of My Hero Academia, you owe it to yourself to get these two, because they are the best AND least expensive figures you can get right now.

That doesn’t mean I have my problems, but before that, let’s talk about what I do like about them.

I have a very crappy lighting setup and my phone camera doesn’t do these figures justice, but the colors and detail are superbly done. They aren’t fancy, but a few choice folds and light shading really make it look straight out of the anime. Bakugo’s hair color is a bit too subdued for my tastes, but otherwise, the painting and sculpting on these figures are awesome.

From all angles, these figures leave nothing to the imagination. Even the back is accentuated by the cloth, so you can see their fit forms underneath it.

Bakugo, in particular, has a lot of things to look at, with his grenade gauntlets and oversized shinpads.

Deku’s costume is just fold central and again, they look very nice and sells the realistic look.

Deku’s shoes also look great!


Overall, these figures are great, buuuuut-

Bakugo’s facesculpt is perfect, but I REALLY wish I had gotten an alternate head with his pointy mask on.

Same with Deku, I would have liked to see him with his bunny helm on, but in addition, I think they made Deku a bit too lean. He looks more like he did when he first got All For One, without the musculature, than the buff boy he is now. I really would have liked him to be a bit buffer, but that’s a nitpick.

These guys were also bigger and bulkier than I expected! Bakugo, in particular, has a lot of heft to him.

Here’s a height comparison with my Masterpiece Josuke Higashikata, Figma Mikuru Asahina, and HG 1/144 scale Nobell Gundam.

Overall, I highly recommend these guys, and with MHA figures being so few and far in-between, you guys better hurry.

That’s it for today, folks! Sometime next week, I’ll be recapping the Spring Season, so expect that soon, and until next time!

7 thoughts on “Figure Review: Banpresto DX Midoriya Izuku and Bakugo Katsuki!

  1. Nice figures…and good timing! Actually wrote a Midoriya character piece today, so it was neat to come over here and see these! Definitely some nice detail there, though I won’t lie that I’m waiting for Deku in his beta costume for a model.

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  2. Have you seen the figures that’ll be coming out of Midoriya and Todoroki by Ofubito Resin? SERIOUSLY lusting for those. Apparently First4Figures may be coming out with something too. They just passed the number of votes they needed for All Might. Midoriya hasn’t gotten there yet, and then Todoroki and Bakugo were neck and neck last time I checked. I’d love to see something dynamic from them like the Ofubito ones.

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