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MegaHouse Tapion closeup

Capsule Neo Edition of the Movie Tapion figurine close up

There are currently a total of 25 Tapion collectibles that have been released by numerous companies to date. A gallery and the attached information appends to the official releases and genuine specifics in regards to the additional merchandise pertaining to each release.

AB Groupe

Tapion AB boxed

Super Guerriers Articule Tapion figure

  • Super Guerriers Articule
  • Release date: 1996

Released by AB Groupe, this is the only Tapion model scaled at the basic figure height of 5-6 inches. Although it was re-released on numerous occasions by Irwin Toy, it remained the only figure of the character at the basic figure scale. As a part of the Super Guerriers Articule lineup, the packaging is very unique, much like other AB figures, encasing the figure in a bubble whilst maintaining a strong solid backboard and plastic case for the figure and cardboard. The figure’s cardboard showcases Super Saiyan Vegeta as the main backdrop and depicts an image of Tapion on the top corner. Tapion is figure number 9 of the Super Guerriers Articule lineup.

Coffret No9 Turles

Super Guerriers Coffret No. 9 including Tapion figurine

  • "Super Guerriers" Coffret 9
  • Release date: 1996

The first miniature Tapion model was produced as a miniature collectible by French company AB Groupe in 1996 (dated 1989). The figurines were packaged six in a set and stood at a very small size, at about 2 inches in height. The packaging read as Dragon Ball Z “Super Guerriers” and this specific set was Coffret Number 9 (Series 9). Tapion stood firm with his hands to his sides and a confident stance. This figurine was re-released in the Irwin Toy line quite a few years later. Others included in this set were Mr. Popo, Gohan, Frieza in his second form, Turles, and one of Gotenks' Super Kamikaze Ghosts.

Tapion coffret 23 AB

Coffret 23 including Tapion figurine

  • Super Guerriers Coffret 23
  • Release date: 1996

Another miniature Tapion model was produced by French company AB Groupe in 1996 (dated 1989). The figurines were packaged six in a set and stood at a very small size, at about 2 inches in height. The packaging read as Dragon Ball Z “Super Guerriers” and this specific set was Coffret Number 23 (Series 23). Tapion stood holding his ocarina to his face, preparing to play his devastating instrument. Others included in this set were Minotia, Supreme Kai, Chiaotzu with Emperor clothing, Kid Goten preparing to fuse, and Kid Trunks preparing to fuse.

Tirelire Tapionset b

Tirelire set including Tapion figurine

  • Super Guerriers Tirelire tin set
  • Release date: 1996

Also released by AB Groupe was a very rare spherical tin set that included a slew of characters circulating around the tin’s exterior layering. These figurines are on scale with the other Super Guerriers miniatures also released by AB Groupe. A Tapion miniature collectible was included in this set along with some other extremely rare characters. Others included in this gift set are Garlic Junior, Videl as Great Saiyawoman, Supreme Kai, Chiaotzu, and Tien.

SuperGuerriers AB Tapion 16inch b

Super Guerriers No.8 large-scale 16 inch Tapion figure

  • Super Guerriers No.8
  • Release date: 1996

AB Groupe has released this amazingly huge 16 inch Tapion as a part of its large-scale figure lineup. The figure is extremely large by height and width, placing a great deal of impression on the character’s hair and clothing. All the details remain intact, even the flowing scarf, clothing, boots, gloves, and Mohawk-styled spiked hair. His facial expression is that of serious determination. The figure's boxart showcases Super Saiyan Goku in front with a light blue and dark blue coloring pattern as the box design. The side panel of the box is detailed with black backdrop and reads “Super Guerriers.” This specific figure is No.8 of the large-scale releases.

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Super Guerriers No.1 large-scale Tapion figure

  • Super Guerriers No.1 re-release
  • Release date: 1996

AB has re-released the same large-scale 16 inch Tapion as a part of its “Dragon Ball Z” lineup. The figure is extremely large by height and width, placing a great deal of impression on the character’s hair and clothing. All the details remain intact, even the gloves, boots, sword, and spiked hair. His facial expression is that of complete determination. The figure is noted as No.1 in the lineup on the boxart, which also showcases Goku's arm punching on the front. The box mockup itself is rather unique, allowing for an oval-shaped opening in the bubble as the midsection of the packaging to showcase the figure itself. This was one of the few figures in this scale to never be re-released by Irwin. Another oddity about this 16 inch figure which was originally released by AB toys was that there are two versions of this figure, this one being the even rarer "sound" version. Aside from the fact that the model is the same as the previous AB release, this one, oddly enough, plays a rather random tune as opposed to the one it's meant to in the Wrath of the Dragon movie.

Tapion Vegito 2pack AB

Super Guerriers 2-pack Tapion and Vegito figures

  • Super Guerriers Articules 2-packs
  • Release date: 1996

Released by AB Groupe, this is a re-release of the previous Tapion model at the basic figure height of 5 inches. As a part of the Super Guerriers Articules lineup, the packaging is very unique, much like other AB figures, encasing the figures in a unique midsection bubble whilst maintaining a strong solid backboard on both the top and bottom of the box. The figure’s cardboard showcases the Dragon Balls as the main backdrop. Also included here in the same packaging is a Super Saiyan Vegito figure, making it a unique 2-pack for any AB set collector.

ABKitTapion

Super Guerriers Tapion Model Kit figure

  • Super Guerriers Model Kit series
  • Release date: 1996

This “Super Guerriers” Model Kit offered by AB is a unique piece and quite a rarity. It is the only snap-together model kit of Tapion and stands at a basic scale. As a snap-together piece, it is on par with those released by Irwin years later. The box mockup has a bubble portraying the contents inside, which depict the character prior to bringing the kit together. Also visible on the boxart is an image of Tapion as a full-body shot. On the packaging topside, Tapion is depicted at a close range along with an image Super Saiyan Vegeta beside him. This is Model Kit number 3 of the Kit Super Guerriers series, which has a total of 5 different pieces in the full set.

3miniSuperGuerrier-fronback

3 Mini Super Guerriers Collector 30 pieces set including Tapion

  • Super Guerriers Mystery Pack Serie C
  • Release date: 1996

This 3-pack of assorted pieces collects 30 miniature randomized characters inserted in these tin-style packets featuring an image of Videl as Great Saiyawoman. There are 30 different mini figurines included in this set and the chances of receiving each piece is randomized. The characters included in each of these packs at random are Machine Gunner, Master Roshi, Master Roshi with casual clothes, Yamcha, Videl, Grand Kai, Evil Buu, Goku, Goku crouching, Super Saiyan Vegeta, Bardock, Hirudegarn, Super Saiyan Goten, Hoi, Mr. Satan, Gohan with Great Saiyaman outfit, Super Saiyan Gohan with Great Saiyaman outfit, Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Majin Buu, Super Saiyan Gotenks, Vegeta, Super Saiyan Teen Gohan, Super Buu, Tapion, Super Saiyan Vegito, Super Saiyan Vegito in blasting position, Great Saiyaman, Super Saiyan 3 Goku crouching, Majin Buu in battle stance, and Kami for a total of 30 different pieces in this set.

BlackBlueYellowBallsofFireSeries

Dragon Ball Z Balls of Fire Series Yellow with Tapion piece

  • Balls of Fire Series Yellow
  • Release date: 1996

The "Boules de feu série Jaune" (also known as "Bolas de fuego serie Amarilla" and Feuerkugel, Gelbe Serie") which translated means "Balls of Fire Series Yellow" is a set of miniature bulbous gashapon pieces with the upper portion of some characters included. This set was released in 1996 by AB Groupe and has 21 pieces to collect in the series. There are three different base sets released in this collection, each with 7 unique characters included. The full collection has three different base sets (black, yellow, and blue). Characters included in each set are as follows: Black Series (assortment number 041009/15) Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Tien, Super Saiyan Gohan with Great Saiyaman outfit, Super Saiyan Vegito, Piccolo, Minotia, and Goku. Yellow Series (assortment number 041023/29) Tapion, Videl as Great Saiyawoman, Frieza in his final form, Chiaotzu, Krillin from Saiyan Saga, Krillin from Buu Saga, and King Kai. Blue Series (assortment number 041016/22) Supreme Kai, Yamcha, Kid Goten, Kid Trunks, Gotenks, Super Saiyan Vegeta, and Mr. Satan.

Bandai

Tapionkeshi

Part 28 Keshi Set Tapion

  • Part 28 Keshi Set
  • Release date: 1995

This miniature Keshi set Part 28 has included a few of the characters from the Fusion Saga and Wrath of the Dragon movie. One of Bandai's Keshi series, it has included characters such as Tapion with his sword, 2 versions of Hirudegarn (one in his first form and another in his evolved state), Great Saiyaman, Great Saiyawoman, Super Saiyan Kid Trunks, Super Saiyan Gotenks, Vegeta, adult Gohan, Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Vegito, Super Saiyan Vegito, and Super Buu with his Kamikaze Ghost for a total of 14 pieces in this set.

HG 17 Bandai Tapion

HG Collection Part 17 Tapion figurine

  • HG Collection Part 17
  • Release date: 2008

Released in May, 2008 is Bandai’s 17th addition to their HG Collection series. Part 17 has a nice variety of characters that have been added to the previous slew released by Bandai in their ever-popular HG Collection. Tapion is included in this set and is seen in his confident stance, with both arms gripped beside him as he remains firm and determined. His scarf is also seen flowing with the wind, his eyes are staring in one direction, and there is great detail in terms of his holstered sword, ocarina, straps, and spiked hair. The figurine’s facial expression is that of complete seriousness, depicting a silent but deadly warrior. Pieces included in this set, other than Tapion, are Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, Majin Buu, Semi-Perfect Cell, Videl, and two versions of Adult Gohan (one Super Saiyan version and one basic version).

Banpresto

Banpresto Tapion HighGrade

High Grade Keychain Tapion figurine

  • High Grade Coloring Keychain series 3
  • Release date: Unknown

Banpresto has released a highly detailed Tapion keychain figure as a part of the “High Grade Coloring” Series 3 set. The figure stands at approximately 3 inches tall. Also included in this keychain assortment was Pikkon, Bardock, Goku, and Super Saiyan Broly. The Tapion comes with one arm gripped tightly in a fist in front of him and his scarf and clothing flowing with the wind. The figure has an airbrushed paint job and there’s a nice distinguishing factor is the great impression placed on Tapion’s face, which is made slightly sharper and the overall shiny tint of the coloring scheme makes it a unique piece.

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DWC Kai series DBZ037 Tapion figurine

  • DWC Dragon World Collectible Kai Series Volume 5
  • Release date: 2010

The Banpresto DWC Kai series Volume 5 includes Tapion as collectible number DBZ037 in the miniature series and was released in April, 2010. The figure comes with both hands tightly gripped beside him and both legs spread apart. These figurines come boxed and in their own authentic case with the character image in front, as do all the other figurines in this set. The Tapion figurine stands at around 7.5 cm. Others included in this same set are Pikkon, Farmer (with shotgun), Super Saiyan Gogeta, Goku (wedding clothing), Chi-Chi (wedding clothing), Kid Gohan, and King Yemma.

MegaHouse

May 2010 Tapion CapsuleNeo Megahouse

Capsule Neo Edition of the Movie Tapion figurine

  • Capsule Neo Edition of the Movie
  • Release date: 2010

MegaHouse has added to the Tapion collection through a Dragon Ball Kai Edition of the Movie set. Released in May, 2010, this Capsule Neo series included Tapion amongst other movie heavy hitters such as Super Saiyan Broly in a confident stance, Super Saiyan Broly charging up a fearsome blast, Bojack with extreme aura emanating around him, Gogeta standing firm, Kid Gohan with Icarus, and Super Saiyan Goku charging his Spirit Bomb attack. The figures come in medium sized Dragon Balls, bringing together a complete set. The secret prize in the set included a few of Earth’s warriors creating a circle around Goku, which was obtained when all the other pieces are collected. The Tapion figure is modeled with distinct perfection, maintaining the silent determination of the valiant warrior Tapion as he plays his instrument, the ocarina, attempting to seal his enemy Hirudegarn. The ocarina is extremely well-designed and the impression of the character is on the mark. His scarf and clothing are seen flowing with the wind in a wonderfully detailed scenario. Another nice feature is the base, which appears to be a square ledge with cracks running across its exterior angles.

MegaHouse-Gold-Tapion

Kai Edition of the Movie Capsule Neo Tapion gold variant

  • Kai Capsule Neo Edition of the Movie
  • Release date: 2010

The gold variant to the Capsule Neo Dragon Ball Kai “Edition of the Movie” set is the same model as the color version also released in 2010. The piece remains the same aside from being colored completely in gold. However, there is also a great deal of detail on the shadows even though the figurine maintains a single color for its initial design. As an alternate collectible piece, the gold versions in this set are released in conjunction with the colored ones in order to allow for two versions of each piece to be collected in the Capsule Neo gashapon format.

KidzBiz

KidzBiz LegendisHere Tapion

The Legend is Here Tapion figure in packaging

  • The Legend is Here series 3
  • Release date: 2000

The same 4-5 inch Tapion figure from the AB Super Guerriers lineup was re-released in 2000 in the UK (United Kingdom) by the company KidzBiz in a lineup entitled "The Legend is Here." As a part of series 3, the figure had additional accessories, such as a red-colored Dragon Ball, a miniature stun gun (which was quite random), and a logo. The box front reads Tapion's name as accurately as opposed to some others in the same lineup to due an alternate naming scheme. Others included in the "Legend is Here" series 3 set are Minotia (spelled Minoshiya), Hirudegarn (spelled Hirudegane), and Krillin.

Irwin Toy

Series5 TheSagaContinues Tapion

Series 5 Tapion figure

  • The Saga Continues Series 5
  • Release date: 1999

Irwin Toy’s basic toy lineup entitled “The Saga Continues” series 5 was released in 1999 and has included a figure set which incorporated a re-released Tapion from the AB line. The boxart reads “Poseable” and lists the character as “Tapion” on the box front. The figure is nice for a basic piece in terms of mobility and height. The articulation is limited, allowing for movement for the arms albeit having almost-immobile legs. With the minor articulation flaws, this figure remains one of Tapion’s best pieces to be manufactured at a 5 inch scale by Irwin, the actual first model being the AB version of this same piece. The box mockup has green and blue aura as the background.

Tapion series5 Irwin

Series 5 Tapion reissue figure

  • The Saga Continues Series 5 reissues
  • Release date: 1999

Irwin Toy’s basic toy lineup entitled “The Saga Continues” series 5 was released in 1999 and has reissued the same Tapion figure from the aforementioned lineup. The differentiating factor for this figure is the box mockup having purple, green, and blue aura as the background. Otherwise, the figure remains the exact same in terms of the contents of this release. The box front of this version reads “Poseable! Articule! Articulados!” This remains the only model offered by Irwin as a base height figure for Tapion to be manufactured at a 5 inch scale, the actual first model being the AB version of this same piece.

Series7-12 Turles Irwin

Series 9 including Tapion miniature figurine

  • “The Saga Continues” series 9
  • Release date: 1999

Irwin Toy pretty much re-released all the previous 2 inch Super Guerriers figurines. Tapion was no exclusion as when series 9 was released, he was included with the others from the previous lineup. The mini-figure remains the same aside from the basic packaging layout being larger by the bubble and cardboard size. However, the contents remain the same and the figures remain unaltered. This series is considered the miniature releases that went along with Irwin’s basic 5 inch lineup.

Saga Continues (Mini figures) Series-1

The Saga Continues mini figurines series 1 with Tapion figurine

  • The Saga Continues
  • Release date: 1999

Amongst the various “Saga Continues” releases was an alternate miniature-sized 1.5 inch version of the Tapion miniature figurine. This time, the figurine is positioned in a basic stance with both arms dangling beside him whilst his feet are maintained in unison. The figurine size is much smaller than the original release, however. This is another of the versions of Tapion produced by Irwin as reissues of the previous Super Guerriers lineups. Like the other miniatures, this one also portrays Tapion with his sword kept behind him.

Model Kits

Tapion statue a

Resin-based Model Kit Tapion statue

  • Resin-based model kit statue series
  • Release date: Unknown

A more recent release came in the form of a 12 inch resin-based statue which portrays Tapion powerfully dominating the ground beneath him with a determined facial reaction, sharp nose, long elf-like ears, and his ever-popular spiked Mohawk-style hair. The detail on this piece is astounding, from his ocarina in his side to his sword in its sheath. The highly detailed statue comes in a paint job reminiscent of an airbrush technique. Other than the ground seemingly a destroyed house roof, and mostly rubble underneath, there is great impression on Tapion’s clothing in terms of the very movement of his robe in the wind.

Chinese Manufacturer

Tapion-from-set

High Grade Tapion figure re-release front view

  • High Grade Coloring series re-release
  • Release date: Unknown

This was the Tapion model from the High Grade Coloring keychain series but is re-released in figure format as opposed to being a keychain. The Tapion keychain from the aforementioned set has been re-released without the attached keyring and with some others as a part of this set. The only differentiating factor from the keychain set is that the figurine comes with a round, yellow base to stand on as many others in this same set. The figure remains the exact same as the High Grade model, aside from very minor alterations in terms of the paint job. Others included in this same re-release set are Super Saiyan Broly, Tien, Yamcha, Super Saiyan 3 Goku, and Goku.

Unknown

Tapion 6cm

Miniature Tapion collectible

  • Miniature Collectible series
  • Release date: Unknown

This collectible of Tapion is made on the same scale of the miniature Super Guerriers and comes with his ocarina in its holster. He is seen standing in a basic position with both arms to his sides and both legs in unison. Even for a miniature piece, it is a great likeness in terms of design.

ChromeVariantFrenchTapion

Chrome Variant Tapion figurine

  • Chrome Series
  • Release date: Unknown

The same AB Super Guerrier piece has been re-released in France as a chrome variant with a full-body recolor in this silver metallic paint job. As a shiny alternate variant, it is unique in terms of the paint job, but the model itself remains the same one from Super Guerriers Coffret No. 9.

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