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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Toy Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Wizard Effects Set 01

The first S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Wizard Effects Set packs the needed push for your S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Wizard figures. Even with that been said, the effects are limited to Flame, Water Styles and his related Dragon Forms. First to mention are the Plamonsters Garuda, Kraken, and Unicorn, these familiars are about 15mm in height and molded from translucent plastic while having a solid silver highlights. Sadly none of these have joints for added poseability.

There are four kinds of effects under this set. We have the Flame Kick effects for the rider kick finisher. This part simply slides on Wizard's foot and effectively hides the ankles despite its almost clear mold. Next are 5 kinds of Connect effects one of them is for Water Style or Water Dragon and 4 kinds of WizardSwordGuns. Pairing begins with the half cut Sword and then with the half Gun mode. The other gun uses the Connect effect in addition is the fireball effect. Last is the WizardSwordGun that slides through the Water Connect ending with a blue water effect part for Water Dragon or Water Style. To make the figure more life like, Bandai also threw a replacement robe that is different from other releases. Its biggest take away is the BIG effect which is slightly smaller than an adult hand. Since the Big Hand overwhelms Flame Style, a Tamashii Stage is included to hold this up. To work with this effect, a replacement forearm with a bigger peg is needed then it plugs through the biggest Connect effect and then on the hand. 

As probably the only effect set for Kamen Rider Wizard, this is not a bad add on. What really will take your breath away is the Big hand effect but it would be better if the fingers articulate to hold other figures. Just like what he does on the show. The Connect plastics for me do add playability, for me I don't need a lot of photoshop editing to make this more magical.  On a side note, be cautious when you try to play with the Plamonsters because of their small and thin structure. Now, the set is only an optional tool for most collectors, Bandai has stated this as Set 1, so...where is set 2? More to this from the video review below.









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