R330 Bandai Figure-Rise Masked Rider Kabuto Model Kit Review

12 06 2014

Bandai takes another stab at their character model kit series with Masked Rider Kabuto. This kits assemble much like a HG Gundam kit. With a few runners and few hours of assembling/painting, this kit assembles into a solid 6″ action figure with very well designed elements and great articulation. Accessories include all parts to put Kabuto into his armored Masked form as well as parts to form his various weapons. Included is a decal sheet that helps put the finishing touches on kit in detail sense and as a bonus, you get stickers that allow you to convert the kit into Dark Kabuto if you wish (minor repainting required). Priced at about $30.

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S.H. FIguarts Masked Rider Kabuto Renewal version on the right

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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.

 





R291 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Hurricanger Hurricane Red Action Figure Review

20 10 2013

Fans of Hurricanger (Power Rangers Ninjastorm) finally get their 1st S.H.Figuarts action figure with Hurricane Red. Standing 5.5 inches tall, the figure is sculpted perfectly based on its live-action design. Includes extra hands, Hayate Sumaru, Dry Gun, and Akibanger Bonus Parts (Japan Release Only). Priced at about $35 (Amazon, eBay).

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R230 Bandai S.H. Figaurts Kamen Rider Fourze Cosmic States Action Figure Review

21 10 2012

The ultimate form of Kamen Rider Fourze – Cosmic States. Visually stunning – with a sleek metallic paint job, super detailed sculpting, and phenomenal articulation, this figure is quite possibly the best state of Fourze in the S.H. Figuarts line. Features various extra hands, different versions of the Cosmic Switch, the Barizun Sword, and the Chicken Nugget Foodroid. Goes for about $40 (Amazon, eBay).





R226 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form Action Figure Review

19 09 2012

Bandai finally releases the much anticipated Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form in the S.H. Figuarts line. This lead form in the Kamen Rider Den-O series and comes with a variety of extra hands, different versions of the sword form DenGasher, and even special effect parts for the sword DenGasher. Made of high quality plastic, beautifully sculpted with show accurate design, this one impressive figure. Goes for about $35 on eBay and Amazon.





R221 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Meteor Action Figure Review

25 08 2012

Make way for the transfer student from Subaruboshi High School. As Kamen Rider Meteor (Ryusei Sakuta), this no nonsense rider isn’t out to make friends but to simply punish those vile Zodiarts plaguing Amanogawa High School. Equipped with his Meteor Driver and Meteor Galaxy, Kamen Rider Meteor is more than ready to dish out the punishment with Bruce Lee-like skill. Figure includes various extra hands, alternate versions of the Meteor Driver and Meteor Driver, & 2 versions of the Hulashake Foodroid. Sells for about $40 (amazon, eBay).