R321 Kotobukiya Bishoujo Street Fighter Chun-Li PVC Statue Review

19 04 2014

Kotobukiya continues their amazing Bishoujo PVC statue series with their first Street Fighter character, the interpol agent Chun-Li. Standing at about 8 inches tall (1/7 scale), this work of art is one of Kotobukiya’s best to date. Chun Li is posed out in one of her most icon moves and sporting very outstanding sculpt/paint job work. Truly a must of have in the line. Priced at about $70-$80 (amazon).

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R322 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Black Ranger Review

19 04 2014

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Black Ranger comes to the US. Figure is an amazingly sculpted figure with TV accurate design. Super pose-able for any action pose you want to put him into. He includes alternate hands, Power Axe, Thunder Slinger, Blade Blaster (in stick form), as well as bonus parts for forming the Rangers’ Power Blaster. Weather you’re a fan of Zack or Adam, this figure represents good ol’ Black perfectly. Sells for about $35 (amazon, bigbadtoystore.com).

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R320 Bandai Ultra-Act Ultraman Zero Renewal 2.0 Review

14 04 2014

Introducing the renewal version of Ultraman Zero in the Ultra-Act series from Bandai. This is a completely new mold of Zero with a more muscular physique and movie accurate head sculpt. All the great design and paint a work is applied with this hero. He includes an array of extra hands, accessories and weapons.

Priced at about $45 (Amazon).

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R319 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Masked Rider Kabuto 2.0 Renewal Review

12 04 2014

Bandai walks the path of heaven a second time with the renewal version of Masked Rider Kabuto. This figure is entirely new remold and features more TV accurate sculpting and design. Articulation is amazing complimented with a figure with well distributed weight for easy posing. He includes extra hands, Kunai gun, & Kunai blade.

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Today’s Arrival: S.H. Figuarts Masked Rider Kabuto Renewal 2014 Version

9 04 2014

Thanks to the good folks at CSToysJapan.com, I finally got my hands on the renewal 2014 version of Masked Rider Kabuto.  Here’s a photo comparison against the original S.H. Figuarts release from October 2008. The box of the new version is very high quality, reminds me of an Apple product style box. The window packaging is gone and you get a very grain close up photo of the figure on the front. The box is less wide and tad taller than before.

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Thickness is definitely apparent here with the new box. There’s also a bit of weight to it.

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The back seems to embrace more white space along with using smaller photos of the figure. Text is still heavy as before.

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The new figure has better proportions and seems more humanoid than its predecessor. Note that the head sculpt is more TV show accurate.

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Overall, the renewal feels more filled out giving off the illusion that the person underneath the suit has some muscle. As you can see, the original version has not stood up to the test of time and Bandai truly delivered with an amazing remold of this beloved Kamen Rider.

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A full video will be posted soon so stay tuned.