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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Toy Review: S.I.C. Kiwami Tamashii Kamen Rider Decade

It was inevitable that S.I.C. Kiwami Tamashii Kamen Rider Decade will make it following Kuuga's recent arrival. There were changes in Kuuga and we might see the same with Kamen Rider Decade. Let's ride this journey together shall we?

He is inclusive with his own stage, 2 extra hands, the Ride Booker that can transform into sword and gun mode. Unfortunately, the Rider Booker doesn't open like its Vol. 51 counterpart. Also, the set includes a second head with a more violet pair of compound eyes to offset the Complete Form from the bigger version. Maybe a plus to some but like its SHF make, it doesn't provide that overall impact that it needs IMO.

There are changes in the materials used. The translucent pink and clear armor ensemble from the bigger SIC has changed to a solid mold. Although this is the case, there are a few extra carves in between the thighs making the SIC theme more consistent with the rest of his body. 

Other gimmicks that was lost from Vol. 51 is the Decade Driver function since I feel he should be inclusive with his cards. But I think that was compensated with the stage. As expected, there are no Final Form changes with this S.I.C. Kiwami Tamashii.

Articulation is better on the Kiwami than Vol. 51. Legs and arms stretches better and poseabilities are smoother. The stage can be used in two ways, either you use the arms to hold Decade or you can unplug the belt loop at the back to insert the neck in. Again like the Kiwami Kuuga, this works better and more secure. 

There are some details that I miss from Vol. 51 that should transcend to its Kiwami form. But I agree there are some details that cannot be copied. What biggest flaw from this is that he doesn't have a waist joint which makes some twists and turns feel awkward. More to this from the video review below.


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