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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Toy Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider TheBee & C.O.R.M. DX Machine Zectron

What we have for the two-in-one review is the S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider The Bee and the DX C.O.R.M. Machine Zectron. To kick it off let us start with the Kamen Rider. The Bee was launched back in 2009 to promote wave 2 of the S.H. Figuarts line. As the wasp motif takes its rider form, The Bee exudes a pale but metallic yellow paint and uses Kabuto’s frame as what Bandai used years ago when S.H. Figuarts was still in its infancy. He doesn’t have a rider belt but was replaced with a Zect buckle. What was best back in the day is the almost perfect head mold that allows the compound eyes pop even more.

 As cheap as the figure was, Bandai wasn’t much of a giving company then. What he only has in one package are two open hands and two versions of The Bee Zecter. Since the brace is already on the figure, a simple plug in will do the trick to complete the look of the figure.

Fortunately, the Machine Zectron is not as dull to discuss than The Bee. The bike is not as customized as today’s DX Kamen Rider bikes since this is taken from a Honda CBR model with just minor changes on the paint and just equipped with a Zectron Pinch on its nose that open and closes and the ZECT decals.

The scaled down model doesn’t have any kick stand to begin with but the big foot rest stops the bike from tilting over. Machine Zectron will not go unnoticed with the gimmicks installed. It has three windshields that slide on top of the fork to make that distinction for The Bee, Drake and Kabuto. Hidden from the back compartment is a launcher to serve as a pad for three missiles molded equivalent to their respective

windshields. Unlike Kabuto and Gattack’s machines, this Zectron only matches with the CORM counterpart. Sure any of the riders can sit on the seat pan but in order to get that comfortable feel for S.H. Figuarts, you might need to cut the peg. That means some modifications are needed. The S.H Figuarts The Bee looks great even though it offers almost nothing. But years ago, fans had dived in getting this figure without even any hesitation since it was a totally great innovation from Bandai side. Looking at it today, the figure is opposite to some latest models. While recent releases have this big head, small frame disease, The Bee had a small head, big chest fit. 





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