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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Toy Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Super 1

This is my review of S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Super-1 representing the titular character from the 1980 Kamen Rider series. Bandai Tamashii Nations is banking on Showa Riders for the said figure line and I believe this one in particular hits on the right spot.

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Super-1 includes his signature super-powered attachments called the "Five Hands": Super Hands, Elek Hands, Power Hands, Radar Hands, and Hot/Cold Hands. 10 interchangeable hands, the Lightning Sword, 2 mufflers and 2 pairs of tassels for the Super Hands are also included.
Among the Five Hands mentioned, only Power Hands had extra open gloves. I'm not sure why, but treat this as a generous bonus from Bandai (it is a rare gesture but I like it). I just have one minor irk on the figure which are the tassels on Super 1. These felt like secured on the slots of the Super Hands as these rub on the edges. But if you try to work on the poses with these on, one simple and light flick would easily detach on its holding areas.

The suit design was patterned from the hornet as you can tell from the shape of the antennas and the lines from the eyes towards the back of his jaw. I really like how the black and silver paint blends well together making this an elegant look for a figure. In my experience, the silver paint used on most of the S.H. Figuarts toys are susceptible to visible scratches and finger prints. So if you are that a difficult collector, these are the things you should be aware of. For me, I could easily let this go.

As for the articulation, the arms follows most of the Super Sentai genre with an extra swivel near the gauntlets due to the ability to change hands. It is also comparable to most the Kamen Rider Fourze figures released this year. Overall, this figure is a great contender because not only it looks nice, but you get more value because of the accessory count. 

It is hard to compare which one is more favorable, SIC or S.H. Figuarts. Both have their pros and cons. I like both, so I can't separate these two or favor one from the other. 


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