Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve reviewed something. If I’m not mistaken, the last item I’ve reviewed was MG Astray Blue Frame, and that was in..January? Or February? Anyway, I asked the local hobby shop to order one for me last time, right when I started watching Kiva(a few weeks ago), now that I’m done with the show, the figure itself is released too 😀
Capes for the win. Capes just make anything 10x better. Articulated capes are even better.
Emperor Form is badass. A gold kamen rider, what’s not to like? This is basically his upgraded form in the show. Sadly, he loses the awesome chains around him, but on the other hand, his suit turns gold, looks more emperor-ish, gains a cape, and a crescent crown jewel thing on his head appears. Yes, he is ready to kick major ass in this form.
Unfortunately, his character’s not badass enough. Tendou Souji on the other hand..
Moving on, let’s look at the details of this figure
Garuru saber, Bashaa magnum, Dogga hammer Fuestles are painted *thumbs up*
4 pairs in total. Weapon holding hands, Closed Fist, Posing hands, Open relaxed hands. I’m not sure how to explain the “posing hands”, it’s the one with his fingers doing kind of like a half way “rock on!” pose. He does this a lot in the show if I’m not mistaken, and no, not while listening to rock music xD
Zanbat Sword! The blade is made up of a translucent material, so you can see right through it(as I’ve circled above to show that you can see the hand behind the blade). Has a “crystal” look to it. Very nice. Oh and I forgot to mention that the..erm..bat? can move up and down along the blade 😀
Standard S.H.F joint for the shoulder. Not sure how to explain it. It’s kind of like a ball joint in the body and a swivel peg joint thing? Similar to figmas except it’s tiny for figmas while here it’s huge, which means wide range of articulation for the shoulder joint 😀
Ouch? That does look painful. Anyway, just trying to get my point across. There’s a couple of joints for the upper torso. The top half of the body connects to the middle body and the middle connects to the waist. Lots of articulation right there *thumbs up*
Articulation for the head is very basic. It can spin 360..and that’s about it? The head connects to the neck and the neck is articulated, but very limited, most likely because of the helmet’s design.
Fully extended cape(Batman?! LOL)
If you extend any more than previously shown.
The cape is made up of 4 pieces, 2 main parts that connects to the suit(using a peg connection)and 2 smaller ones that connect to the 2 main parts of the cape(using ball joints)
Feet are not diecast. The dude’s got quite a heft to him, but his feet are not diecast, which means he likes to topple quite easily.
And I’m kind of disappointed by the head articulation. Can’t blame it though, helmet design hinders it I guess?
What’s my verdict? Well he’s a pretty nice addition to any S.H.F collectors. He’s got a couple of faults but nothing too major I suppose(the nub mark is probably the worst one I’ve found so far). If you love the show and the character himself then I’m guessing you don’t need me to persuade you into getting this. If you’re on the fence, then I say get him. Fantastic figure with very very nice details all around. If you like lots of accessories, then this guy falls short on that area. Only hands and a single sword(albeit a very nicely detailed one), if you don’t like Kiva, I still suggest you try and get one if it’s on sale or something. He’s a really nice figure to have ^^
Wow, of all things, I forgot to take pictures of him doing a rider kick. Fail -.-” Oh well, Zanvat sword is all he needs anyway xD