Kiva Emperor Form Review

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 😀


Let Meh Outzz!


You spin my head right round, right round~ Sorry for the bad camera work. I rested my camera on a tissue box, yup I need to get myself a tripod(gorillapod if I can find one) ^^

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.


I’m Kurenai Wataru, and I approve of my badassness in S.H.F 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


Compound Eyes are present and accounted for. Lovely!


Garuru saber, Bashaa magnum, Dogga hammer Fuestles are painted *thumbs up*


Wake up, Castle Doran, Buroon? Or Tatsulot? Fuestle are painted too ^^


Kivat The 3rd! Wish his eyes were of a translucent material though, but that’s just nitpicking xD I’m just glad he’s painted, unlike the gaia memories on the W figures

Accessories:

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 😀

Articulation:

Arm can bend a little over 90 degrees


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 😀


Double jointed leg, but you won’t be able to achieve 180 degrees. Somewhere between 130ish degrees me thinks ^^


Pelvis uses a swing mechanism, coupled with a ball joint. I really like this type of connection ^^ allows more articulation for the legs 😀


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)

Disappointments:

Omg wtf?! Nub marks? Or paint chips? Either way that’s outright terrible 😦


Left Knee guard is kind of loose. Easy to put back in, but also easy to knock out :/

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 ^^

Action time!

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

Omake:


Tunaowned? She mad! LOL

23 Responses to Kiva Emperor Form Review

  1. bd77 says:

    OMG~! Thunder stealer~! XD

    Nice review after a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong hiatus. Good articulation and detail always wins the day, in my book. Then again, so does Luka. =D

  2. rockleelotus says:

    360 spin ftw! awesome review and very nice get. im holding back on getting him since im trying to make my own… in gundam form, that may never complete XD are you going to hunt down an IXA to compliment him? haha

    giant tuna > vampire bat lol

  3. chubbybots says:

    The Tuna shall own!!!!

    Lol welcome back after such a long hiatus! Nice detailed review man. But nub marks are definitely a big no no for completed figures!!

  4. zoidiect says:

    dang, we all missed this kind of review XD

    oh hey, DAT CROTCH KNEEL!

    and yeah, beware of flying tuna XD

    • eighteleven says:

      xD I hope this review didn’t disappoint 😛

      crotch..kneel for teh win?!

      Always look left and right before crossing, a flying tuna just might hit you in the head LOL

  5. gunpla4ever says:

    I hate nubs on figurines

  6. rndm says:

    Oooh, Faddy got better with his camera skills. Nice shots and review! Gotta take note of the swinging pelvis. =)

    And the tuna just hit Kiva Emperor… oh wait. Will Wataru take the fish to make violin varnish? O.o

    • eighteleven says:

      Really? didn’t notice I improved, thanks anyway 😀

      More stinky violin varnish!? LOL just hope he doesn’t make any more pasta out of those varnish

      • rndm says:

        Normally you don’t notice you yourself improve, someone has to tell you unless it is some kind of drastic improvement. XD

  7. Marzz says:

    OH MY! That’s a damn bad nub mark……

  8. mangyver5223 says:

    It was a cool figure for me due to it details but the nub marks…Ouch!

  9. AgusLSuteja says:

    actually it’s not tatsulot fuestle
    it’s
    wake up, Castle Dorran, and Bron Booster
    nice review

    • eighteleven says:

      Ahh thanks for clearing that up ^^

      • AgusLSuteja says:

        ^^
        I wonder if you have any spare time
        would you mine make a post about comparison of Kiva and Dark Kiva
        or the Dsetiny with the ABF
        including the short fight
        like you did with the Destiny and Exia before
        that was funny and cool
        I’m going to get my ABF soon, and I’m planning on getting the Destiny too
        ^^

      • eighteleven says:

        Unfortunately I do not have access to my gundams right now, they’re packed away and I’d need to go through them in boxes. The comparison of Kiva and Dark Kiva I can do but I dunno when I’ll be reviewing Dark Kiva. My apologies :/

  10. RoyVF1 says:

    Nice review, I’ve seen first 2 episodes of Kiva, well those 2 episodes are enjoyable, I want to get this figuarts myself. The SIC version is an exclusive (probably been discontinued, or places like ebay selling them at ridiculously high price). Maybe I’ll get Dark Kiva instead of this cuz it looks cooler IMO

    Hahahha, those nubmarks are common in figuarts I think, both my figuarts, another agito and Accel have them :\, i just run them over with gunndam marker of similar color to help cover those nubmarks up lol

    • eighteleven says:

      Dark Kiva has a more..evil aura feel to his figure. I don’t really like the SIC line as it kind of makes the kamen riders look somehow more..evil looking? And over the top details plus the size is way too big and expensive price tag. But to each their own as some might find the extra detail more aesthetically pleasing ^^

      Ooo good idea, gundam marker..didn’t think of that LOL thanks for sharing 😀

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