Kamen Rider

Top sales 6/1 to 6/7 photo
Top sales 6/1 to 6/7

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/1 to 6/7


Only three robots this week! Amazing!
Jun 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally the majority of toys we see make the rankings every week are robots. But this week things are a little different with only three bots on the list, and only two of those are Gundam. Plus we've got two girls on the lis...
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31 photo
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/25 to 5/31


So this is what variety looks like
Jun 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hey, this is actually a really cool mix for this sales period. Sure, we've got the usual mix of Yo-Kai Watch, Super Sentai, and Gundam, but we've also got a Transformer, a second week of Hatsune Miku, another Kamen Rider, and...
Top sales 5/4 to 5/10 photo
Top sales 5/4 to 5/10

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/4 to 5/10


Well this looks familiar
May 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Well this is a little odd. For the first time since we started reporting these Japanese sales ranking we've got absolutely nothing new for the overall and hobby lists. In fact none of the rankings reported by Toynes.jp h...

Top sales 4/20 to 4/26 photo
Top sales 4/20 to 4/26

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/20 to 4/26


Lots of new arrivals
May 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
By now we should be used to Bandai owning these top lists so I won't harp on that any more. Instead we'll focus on what's actually made the lists rather than who made them. Like last week the overall list matches the boys lis...
Top sales 3/30 to 4/5 photo
Top sales 3/30 to 4/5

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/30 to 4/5


Plus monthly results for March
Apr 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So last time I lamented a bit that figma Sinon from Sword Art Online II didn't rank during her release week. Well it seems she received a delayed reaction as she ranked pretty high in the first week of April. And she wasn't e...
Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

This June, go bananas for Kamen Rider Gaim's S.H. Figuarts releases


Gaim's collection just increased a bit
Jan 24
// Oansun
Tamashii's June announcements are coming in, and Kamen Rider Gaim fans will be pleased by a couple of items. The Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica , Psycho-Pass) penned, and fan-beloved series will see the release ...
Tamashii Nations 2014 photo
Tamashii Nations 2014

Tamashii Nations 2014 event reveals some 70+ new S.H.Figuarts


Figures from Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon, Kamen Rider, Frozen, Dragon Ball Z, Star Wars and many, many more!
Nov 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
At the latest Tamashii Nations event held over this past weekend Bandai blew the roof off the place with a staggering number of reveals! We're talking some 70+ S.H.Figuarts figures and accessories alone! There's way more than...
Medicom Toy photo
Medicom Toy

Medicom's Toy Exhibition 2014 reveals new Kill La Kill Real Action Heroes


Plus, Daft Punk, Madoka Magica and more!
Jun 21
// Martin Siggers
Medicom's annual Toy Exhibition opened today, and as ever for the company Real Action Heroes were front and centre. There was a good mix of announced, released and brand new stuff on show, with a few first glimpses to hand. P...
RAH Kamen Rider Double photo
RAH Kamen Rider Double

It's no Joker - Scans reveal Real Action Heroes Kamen Rider Double


Now, count up your money!
May 22
// Martin Siggers
After I had a disappointing experience with Real Action Heroes recently I swore I wouldn't be suckered back into the range any time soon. But damn it, Medicom Toy seemingly know all my weaknesses, as scans have revealed they'...
Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

Watch the vacuum around these extra tiny Kamen Rider figures


Banpresto to release a handful throughout the year, which is a lot
May 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Banpresto is out to prove that you really can get big things in small packages. Their new Micro line of figures intend to take the super-sized cast of Kamen Rider and shrink them down to a mere 1.5 cm. That's just a little mo...

Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Agito Shining Form

Apr 17 // Andres Cerrato
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Agito Shining FormFigure Manufacturer: Bandai Tamashii NationsRetail Price: USD $40.99Available at: Amazon | Big Bad Toy Store | Entertainment Earth Oh, old style SHF boxes, how I have not seen you in so long. Agito still follows the old, conventional style of Figuarts boxes, albeit with the shine emitting from the window. Given that any of the newer series will have their own style now, it's kind of interesting that they went back and went with a mix of the two. It's not anything that will make you go, "Oh God, what an amazing box to describe in a review of a Japanese toy" but rather, "Oh, neat I guess." Let me say this to start, Agito Shining lives up to the name. The white armor is treated in a pearl finish that really picks up any light. It's not going to glow at you, but it will stand out from the other whites that you have. The other thing you'll notice is that it's a bit taller than your standard S.H. Figuarts. It's a little less than a head taller than my SHF Zeronos, so he'll stand out in that way too. The color contrast on Agito is pretty special. The candy coat red, in combination with the pearl white, is simply stunning. As you'll notice here, the chest of Shining Form is patterned with ridges. No outlines to draw your attention to it, just the light that hits it. It's a nice, subtle effect. Let's just say that Shining's helmet is so much better than Agito Ground Form. The accents along the mouth, not to mention the additional horns make it stand out that much more. It's strange, as Agito Gound form is already in my favorite color palette (gold, black, and white), but this just looks so much better. I would be remissed though if I didn't talk about how great the eyes look. Bandai has really done a great job in replicating the look of the helmets in their figures. Agito Shining is no different and certainly lives up to its screen counterpart. Moving on down, we take a look at the henshin belt. We trade in the mostly red belt from Burning Form and add in some more silver and black. The center is a very nice deep purple, which again adds to the nice palette of colors already on this figure. After bemoaning the lack of them in several of the previous figures I've reviewed, they're here! Bicep swivels! I can move around the arms as I please as they are to do. I can make them throw punches and hold other poses that don't really necessitate bicep swivels, but I will still be happy about them! Agito Ground Form was known for its lack of accessories. Thankfully, Shining has hands AND swords. Again, will they may be just swords, these are the Shining Calibur in its twin mode. While it might be cool to make them into one sword, that's only for weak inferior forms like Burning. Being strong means using two swords, even though they're really the same sword, just twice. Here's a better look at the swords themselves. They feature the same purple that the henshin belt does, along with the silver and deep reds found elsewhere on Shining Agito.  This wouldn't be a Rider review if there wasn't a Rider Kick, in this case the Shining Rider Kick. As it's been done before, even the feet receive attention as the sole matches that of the series. It would be more of a surprise if it didn't feature this given the track record from Tamashii Nations lately. At the end of the day, this is a Kamen Rider SHF. Shining Agito is a great looking figure if you're already a Rider fan. While the prospect of karate bugmen is enticing, this is a figure that is made with fans of Agito in mind. It's the standard we expect from Bandai, so it's the figure you've wanted of Agito given that you know that Kamen Rider Agito exists. [Thanks to Bluefin Distribution for providing this sample for review.]
Review - SHF KR Agito photo
Agito finally gets some hands
Kamen Rider Agito has had his share of figures. It was one of the notorious early releases in the S.H. Figuarts line, namely due to the fact it only came with the standard figure and two extra hands. Since then, the other for...

S.H. Figuarts KR Kabuto photo
S.H. Figuarts KR Kabuto

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kabuto 2.0 preview details new possibilities for line


Truly walking down the path of heaven
Mar 26
// Andres Cerrato
The original S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kabuto was released more than 5 years ago. At that time, it was a great figure and in many respects, still is. However, with 5 years come a lot of innovations. Bandai deemed it necessary...
Ramen Rider photo
Ramen Rider

Ramen Rider rides on, thanks to Dolly Oblong


Custom Dunnys available on Thursday
Feb 19
// Brian Szabelski
Rev up your motorcycles, Kamen Rider fans; Dolly Oblong has put together a new custom 3-inch Dunny in the tokusatsu spirit. Ramen Rider is clearly inspired by the original Kamen Riders, mixed in with Dolly's usual style,...
SHF Kamen Rider Shin photo
SHF Kamen Rider Shin

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Shin is something new


If you haven't seen it, it's new to you
Dec 28
// Andres Cerrato
Kamen Rider Shin doesn't look like the Kamen Riders that you're used to. He looks more like an SIC representation of some other Rider, but no, this is Shin. The result of 1990s need for grimdark and edgy, Kamen Rider Shin tri...

Tomopop LinkUP: the grand opening edition

Nov 14 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
We won't always be doing themes, but this is a special event so let's party in style and start talking cake! Premium Bandai is offering an IDOLM@STER Christmas cake featuring Miki Hoshii and the 765 Productions building made out of chocolate. The sponge cake is based on the events of episode 22 and features white peaches and champagne-flavored whipped cream with a muscat-flavored topping. It's being shipped frozen in December for ¥3,990. If it's Evangelion you want then Lawson has you covered. This caramel cream and chocolate sponge cake features figures of Asuka and Rei in Santa suits sitting on a log cabin. The figures are definitely worth keeping on their own after you drop ¥4,500. For something a little more kid-friendly, Lawson is also offering a pair of strawberry cakes based on Dokidoki! Precure and Kamen Rider Gaim. Both cakes have special toppers and a toy. Each cake is going for ¥3,800 which makes those first two cakes seem like a bit better buy.  Not to be out-done, Family Mart has a super impressive Hatsune Miku cream cake. The cake is loaded with a bunch of different types of chocolate inside and out and is shaped like a log cabin. Best part is this cake comes with a Nendoroid Petit of Miku in a Santa suit! This may be the best deal of all for Nendoroid collectors at ¥3,939. That's all for the cakes and there's still a lot left to cover so let's check out the rest of the links. ugoorePowerPlant has uploaded their latest stop motion video featuring a great mix of figures in action. Talk about smooth animation! Check out the rest of their work on their YouTube channel.  ThreeA recently posted a gallery for their new Noizy Boy figure from the movie Real Steel on Pinterest and Facebook. It's so beautiful!  NECA has announced a new line of minifigures called Scalers made to clip to the cords and cables hanging off of your various electronic devices. They claim they have 100 figures from 50 different licenses planned for 2014. Tested, headed by Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters fame, recently uploaded a video interview with Jason Freeny at his workshop. Even if you don't know his name you probably recognize his work.  Play-i is still running their special crowd-funding project for their programmable robots for kids. They've already doubled their goal of US$250,000 with different price points to buy at. I know this isn't exactly a collectable, but... is it wrong that I think it's cute? Emilio Garcia has revealed his 28-inch Skull Brain. These are hand crafted and limited to only 10 world wide. That means there's a 1 in 10 chance you'll get the one the model was posing on.  Modeler FichtenFoo has released the adorable Kracken! Well, maybe not released; this is a one-of-a-kind, hand stitched plushie with painted eyes. That's one cute squid.   Ques Q's Drake figure(s) from Eiyuu Senki Gold has been featured on AkibaHobby. Once they finish sculpting her she'll be sold in both garage kit and pre-painted varieties.  Feeling crafty? Quirk Books has collected 14 Star Wars and Shakespeare Crafts to DIY. Maybe it's time you added a Death Star vase or Shakespeare lamp shade to your living room.  Danny Choo has created a commercial for his Smart Doll based on his Mirai Suenaga character. You might remember our work-in-progress report or report from Anime Expo 2013. Impressive stuff. Mijbil has updated her blog with her latest works. Safe to say that combination of tiny and adorable belongs to her. Over in the C-Blogs wara zashi has posted the theme for the next #figurefridaychallenge: Redo. This is a chance to retake and improve on a photo you've taken before. Last week's favorite was an impressive photo of figma Samus by Paul Mulka. And that's it for for the first Tomopop LinkUP! Don't hesitate to leave comments and suggestions below and I'll see you next week!
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Let's celebrate with cake!
Hello and welcome, Tomopeeps, to the first ever Tomopop LinkUP! A lot of news comes out in any given week and there just isn't enough time in a day to get it out. It's not bad news, in fact it's quite good news, but when you ...

WF2013S: Medicom photo
WF2013S: Medicom

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Medicom


Real Action Heroes are a plenty
Jul 28
// Andres Cerrato
The attraction for Medicom is their lineup of 1/6 Real Action Heroes. They've made a surge as of late by going after key sought-after characters like Link and Saber. With the line finally getting its focus somewhere beyond Ka...
S.H.F. Shocker Combatmen photo
S.H.F. Shocker Combatmen

Load up your Shocker army with S.H. Figuarts multipacks


See, THIS is how exclusives should be done
Jul 24
// Andres Cerrato
Any army builder knows how frustrating it is to get grunts. Whether its Stormtroopers or Vipers, it's tough to get a lot of them at once. When it's an S.H. Figuarts that you need to army build, it's that much more difficult d...

SDCC 2013: Tamashii Nations

Jul 23 // Brian Szabelski
SDCC: Tamashii Nations photo
From One Piece to Godzilla, there's a little something awesome for everyone
So we've seen Sailor Senshi and superheroes, xenomorphs and other morphers. But the Tamashii Nations booth was home to more than just some new reveals; plenty of figures coming in the next 6 months were all on display, from t...

Tomopop Review: SHF Kamen Rider Den-O Liner Form

Jul 18 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Kamen (Masked) Rider Den-O Figure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥3200Available at: Hobbylink Japan Den-O's box is a pretty standard S.H. Figuarts box, which means it's very small and thin, but still quite sturdy. It's livened up however by some distinctive touches that characterise the Den-O themed figures, as Andres also noted in his review of SHF Zeronos. We've got Den-O's distinctive 'T' shaped symbol printed over the front window and train tracks over the side ones. Like the other forms there's a ring of colour surrounding the front panel, but since Liner form is an amalgamation of the four basic forms we get all four colours, giving the box a pretty bright and almost garish look. Out of the box we can see that this particular Den-O is pretty accessory light. There's only two pairs of replacement hands, a tiny replica of his train pass, and two pieces that represent his 'Dengasher' modular weapon. There's also the sword, but we'll get to that. Freed from his packaging, first impressions are extremely positive. I've had a fair few Figuarts with excessively loose or excessively stiff limbs, but all of Den-O's are solid yet easy to move, and he easily stands on his own as you can see. It's a good job too, as there's still no stand included, par for the course but still frustrating. The Dengasher parts just pop onto the belt via pegs and can be rotated back and forth to prevent them interfering with posing. It's worth pointing out that the Dengasher components are not separate parts and can't be detached or assembled into a weapon - it's all one mould and they're purely for appearances sake. It makes me wonder why they weren't just added to the main figure mould. Regardless, they're not accessories and shouldn't be considered as such. Poseability is Figuarts standard - that is to say, excellent, with tons of double joints and a great range of motion. Though it's tiny, the train pass replica is a delightful little addition, allowing you to recreate the transformation sequence. It's also impeccably detailed, with outlines for the hinges and the 'T' symbol all present and correct. One disappointment though is that he isn't provided with a specific hand to hold the pass. The 'gripping' hands don't grip anywhere near tightly enough and this shot was only possible through some painstaking balancing. OK, let's talk about that sword. Properly known as the DenKamen Sword, it's one of the most  impressive accessories I've ever seen packed in  with any poseable figure. It's huge for a start, a really solid feeling bit of plastic in it's own right. It's also beautifully detailed to be as show accurate as possible. One issue I did have regarding the sword is the hands, which bend and loosen their grip far, far too easily. It's an issue I've had with every Figuart I own and while it isn't a dealbreaker, it can be very frustrating. As in the show it's possible to rotate the bottom part of the sword like a carousel. Rather than a simple loose peg there's a really nice damped mechanism for this, with a satisfying click as each 'face' moves into position. Once turned it's rock solid and there's no chance the turntable will spin accidentally. In another nod to show accuracy, the train pass can be inserted into a slot at the back of the sword. It's naturally pretty fiddly and the slot is extremely tight. I managed to work the pass in flush in the end, but it took tweezers to get it out again, so be careful. The final little nod to the show on the sword is the large 'handle' at the bottom, which can be pulled out like a plunger. Again, it's not just loose, and there's a nice click that locks it in either the in or out position. Alas, unlike the 'real' version, pulling the handle doesn't turn the carousel, which no doubt would have required needlessly complex mechanisms. Still, I was surprised the handle moved at all. Even by the already high standards of the S.H. Figuarts range, fit and finish is simply outstanding. Check out the clean lines on the shoulders, with almost zero pain bleed, super impressive at this scale. We can see some impressive detailing on the sword too, like the very sharp silver and gold edges or the four coloured flashes, again with spot-on paintwork. Den-O's main eyepieces are honeycombed translucent plastic as is typical for the range, but the three 'wings' around the eyes are regular painted plastic. More fantastic detail on the Keitaros phone belt here. Check out how well they've recreated the buttons, and the painting of the 'T' symbol this small is almost showing off. There's paint detail here that would shame 1/6 scale figures. Scale-wise Liner Form fits in well with the existing Den-O range, such as Sword Form here, which is important since they're all meant to be the same person (sort of...it's complicated). Liner Form might be a little bit shorter but it's so close as makes no odds. I'm absolutely in love with Den-O Liner Form. Sure, the accessories are a little stingy and there are a few niggling issues, most prominently the hands. But he's absolutely exquisite to look at, has the robust play value of all S.H. Figuarts, and comes with the only accessory that matters, that glorious DenKamen Sword. Den-O fans, I can't overemphasise enough how much you need this guy. At the very least you can use him to think up cooler names for finishing attacks. [Big thanks to our stationmasters over at Hobbylink Japan for providing Den-O]
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Bring this figure with you on a time trippin' ride
Kamen Rider Den-O remains one of my favourite Tokusatsu shows ever, a unique blend of time travelling drama, awesome action and a truly memorable cast. Oh and flying trains. Even six years after it first appeared on our ...

Tamashii Features vol. 6 photo
Tamashii Features vol. 6

Tamashii Features vol. 6: the new Kamen Rider SHF


It's ALL Kamen Rider
Jul 13
// Andres Cerrato
The focus of the Tamashii Features event this weekend has been to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the S.H. Figuarts. Since the line was an offshoot of a Kamen Rider figure line, the focus has been on Kamen Rider SHF. With th...

Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider 1 (Sakurajima)

Jul 12 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider 1 (Sakurajima ver.) Figure Maker: Bandai Price: ¥2,800 / US$35.99 (Bluefin) Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Plamoya | Big Bad Toy Store | Amazon Starting right off we'll take a look at the box. Notice that much of the text on the front is in English, and it actually names him as 'Masked Rider 1'. I wonder if they're aware that the name has a bit of a stigma associated with it thanks to the cheesy '90s version. The window takes up most of the box front making all of the contents visible. The black and white art is nice and doesn't overshadow the contents at all. The red background of the box is also very effective in showcasing the dominantly green figure.  Inside the box you get a pretty good mix of parts including eight additional hands for a total of 10, a sword, both a relaxed and dynamic version of his scarf end, and an effect part for some explosive punching action. What you don't get, which is not entirely unusual for S.H. Figuarts, is a stand for posting. Not really sure why Bandai does this when other figure lines, including some of their own, do include them. Because of that you'll be seeing me using a Max Factory di:stage for some of the posing further in.  Here he is, Kamen Rider 1! This is really a great looking figure of the character. Despite the pretty bland pallet, he has a lot of subtle details that work together to make the figure really pop.  Taking a look at the head you'll notice his mask has eyes made from a metallic, textured red base covered by a clear dome. This gives them some amazing depth compared to other Kamen Rider figures that have simply textured and colored the outside of the eye. They also colored the little green dot between his eyes, certainly an application other lines might have skipped.  The details of his antennae are pretty impressive as well. They're very tiny, but have some great details. You really only notice the seam on them up-close like this. Mine does have a little bit of un-removed  flashing on one side, but it's not terribly noticeable. With all the neat details in the head I really wish they would have done something more interesting with the scarf. I mean, they did give it option parts, but it's still just a blob of bright red plastic. Could have used a paint wash or something to bring out some details in it.  Another great spot for detail is his belt. It's hard to tell in pictures because it's so well made, but the red part in the middle is actually behind a clear plastic window. It's another great detail that tells you this is a something designed for collectors, and not just another toy.  Let's shift gears and talk about articulation. Here's Kamen Rider 1 doing something most figma can't do. Sure they've got great articulation, but they struggle at basic poses like this thanks to some of their mold restrictions. There's nothing blocking his shoulders so you get full range of motion in them. There is one flaw in the arm articulation: No upper arm swivel. Sure there's a joint at the very top of the arm, but it's restricted by the part of the upper arm covering the joint causing some restrictions. Also, since the elbow is just a bending joint there's no rotation there either. So, while he can happily signal touchdowns all day, he can't rub his own belly.  The shoulders are also socketed into the body which allows the shoulders to slump or rock forward and back. Good stuff. The hips, on the other hand, are double jointed allowing you to pop them out of the hip socket a bit. Seems pointless at first, but then you wouldn't be able to do poses like this: That's about as high of a kick as you're going to get out of any action figure and still look natural. It also helps that he has three joints in his body which allows him to bend forward more naturally than the two joints that other figures have.  Of course, if you can bend forward he can also... ...bend backwards! Check it out, pretty natural looking right? It's hard to do something like this with other figures because they don't have the combination of shoulder, body, and hip articulation. But did you notice something else going on with the feet? Articulated toes are another place where this figures excels allowing for more dynamic posing. All in all this is about as articulated of a figure you're going to find, if only he had a better swivel to his arms. Still, his slim build and simple form with lots of solid joints makes for one of the most fun action figures I've handled.  Let's talk about accessories next.  Unlike figma that include the joint in the hand, these figures place the joint in the wrist, similar to Revoltech. It makes for a nicer looking hand, but it's a rather frightful process. See, that little stem between the two balls? It looks solid, but it's actually got a gap at the bottom so it's only as half as thick as it looks. Further more the hands are really snug on there so it takes quite a bit of pressure to get the hands on and off. Every time you take a hand off and on you wonder if this is going to be the time when the joint breaks and you're out a figure.  The sword is, well, a sword. Not a whole lot to say about it. It looks great, and has a lot of detail and an eagle head on the pommel. Otherwise, it's a sword.  The effect part is is great, though it only has one real use, a punching pose. It serves its purpose, but doesn't have as much use as an impact effect you could stick to his fist, or foot, would.  All in all it's a great figure that's a lot of fun to play around with. The articulation is great, the detail is great, and the accessories are just enough to get by. There's very little room for improvement aside from the scary wrist joint. A figure this articulated without a stand is a bit disappointing, but it's still a figure that I can highly recommend. I mean, who wouldn't want a figure that can pose like this? Be sure to check the gallery, there's a lot more pics in there.  [ Special thanks to Bluefin for providing the review sample! ]
Review Kamen Rider 1 photo
An iconic hero gets a super-fun figure
Kamen Rider sure has a confused history in the west. Its first venture started in 1995 as an incredibly goofy Power Rangers spin off simply called Masked Rider. That series took Kamen Rider Black RX all sorts of places it pro...

Tamashii Features vol. 6 photo
Tamashii Features vol. 6

Tamashii Features vol. 6: How to make a S.H. Figuarts


Built from the ground up
Jul 12
// Andres Cerrato
On display at Tamashii Features was a small exhibit detailing how they come up with creating a figure in the S.H. Figuarts line. From sculpting the details, next to 3D printing, then prototype and final stages, it takes a lot...
Tamashii Features vol. 6 photo
Tamashii Features vol. 6

Tamashii Features vol. 6: New SHF body and KR Kabuto


Walking the path of heaven...again
Jul 12
// Andres Cerrato
The figure news leading out of Tamashii Features is a renewed version of Kamen Rider Kabuto. The original release of Kabuto came back towards the SHF line's beginning, back in October of 2008. However, Tamashii Nations has in...
SHF KR Blade King Form photo
SHF KR Blade King Form

SHF Kamen Rider Blade King Form is now official


...and entering the Premium Bandai shop
Jul 12
// Andres Cerrato
Odds are, if something is on the cover of a book, it's going to be real. That's the case for S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Blade King Form as he was confirmed as an upcoming release by Bandai. I was excited as it was on the cover...
SHF Kamen Rider photo
SHF Kamen Rider

SHF Kamen Rider Black, ZX lead into Tamashii Features


New versions released for 5th Anniversary
Jul 11
// Andres Cerrato
Tamashii Nations is getting ready for its special show this weekend, Tamashii Features. This year, the company is also celebrating the 5th anniversary of the S.H. Figuarts line. In gearing up towards the show, a few planned i...
SHF KR Blade King Form? photo
SHF KR Blade King Form?

S.H. Figuarts book cover reveal shows unannounced SHF


The king is here
Jul 08
// Andres Cerrato
There have been a lot of S.H. Figuarts release to date. Many of these figures are of the Kamen Rider franchise, so with Hobby Japan, they decided to release a book documenting all of these figures. With the next major release...
Tamashii Nation releases photo
Tamashii Nation releases

Tamashii Nations' September releases for US & Canada


Coming to you in early October
Jun 03
// Andres Cerrato
September is looking to be a good month for the obscurities of many franchises. Figures I never thought would see the light of day are coming in and just as many are heading back out to school. Bandai is set to release quite ...
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It's in the cards for S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Blade


Only a couple of main Riders left to make
May 02
// Andres Cerrato
S.H. Figuarts has been a dream come true. For anyone who remembers the old Souchaku Henshin line, while they were okay for their day, Figuarts are the figures we always wanted. As the line continues to grow, the number of tit...
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Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Bandai


Pokemon, Power Rangers, and more on display
Apr 09
// Vanessa Cubillo
Bandai displayed many of their big releases at Miyazawa Model Expo. Starting from D-Arts, already available for pre-order were Blastoise, Charizard, and Mewtwo. Of course, what only seemed logical was to show off now was Ven...
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Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Real Action Heroes


Super-size your figures
Apr 09
// Martin Siggers
Medicom didn't have anything new in the Real Action Heroes range to show off at the Expo but they did bring along a whole range of their previously announced big hitters to show off, and it was the first time many of these go...

Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Zeronos

Mar 19 // Andres Cerrato
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Zeronos Altair FormFigure Maker: BandaiRetail/List Price: ¥3,000Available at: HobbyLink Japan Starting off, as always, is the shot of the box. As per the theme with the recent Den-O releases, it's a white box with an open window to see all of the goods inside. Printed on the window is the outline of the pattern on the transformation belt. The sides of the box also feature a small window, this time featuring the train track pattern. It's a rather simple touch, but it just made me giddy when I noticed the patterns. I just like this show a bit too much. Getting him out of the box, Zeronos is in what's known as his Altair Form. He's got all of the standard features of the SHF line; double-jointing at the elbows and knees, switchable hands, and articulated feet. The hips allow for a good range of motion, and they didn't feel too loose or tight. There's no swivel in the bicep, but that's mostly due to the design of the armor itself so I'm okay with that. Taking a closer look at the upper torso, the usual detail of the SHF line is evident. The eyes feature the same compound eye pattern that is in the actual helmets and other SHF figures. There isn't any color bleeding, which is something I was concerned with regarding the helmet. The bull horns are nicely detailed as well and the train track pattern is just about flawless. Zeronos' signature weapon is the ZeroGasher. The weapon converts between two different modes, a crossbow and gigantic sword. Personally, I'm always on the side of giant swords, but crossbows are a nice departure from the typical gun. The sword isn't bad on its own either. More impressive is that it's not too heavy for it to be held up above the shoulder. Check out this shot to see what I mean. As you saw up above, there's a lot of detail with Zeronos. In his hand are the cards that enable his transformation into a Kamen Rider. They come at a price, however, as with each use of a card, people begin to lose their memories of him. Once they're all used up, he fades out of existence. That's not at all traumatizing for a kids' show! If you did notice though, this side of the card is gold, which facilitates his transformation into Vega Form. Unfortunately, that's not featured with this figure, and most likely one that will appear on the Tamashii Web Shop as an exclusive. What Vega Form does have is his Imajin partner, Deneb. Deneb was actually one of the first SHF releases and you can see how far the releases have come since then. For those wondering, Zeronos is currently in the process of giving Deneb the bulldog. It's that kind of a friendship. Going further back, here is the SHF compared with the original Souchaku Henshin. As you can tell, the armor on the SHF is much slimmer and the green is made to be a lot more vibrant. The biggest difference is that the SHF features no die-cast. The arms, calves and feet are all die-cast on the Souchaku Henshin. As figures have become more expensive, the SHF line has gradually done away with die-cast. It's a shame, especially for the old ankle joints.  All in all, the new SHF is a much improved figure. It provides a much better proportions and articulation, the silver is now screen accurate, and the weapons are actually able to be held. If you want to try, you can somewhat make the SHF Zeronos into Vega Form. Just note the head from the old figure is a much larger ball-joint, the armor has nowhere to snap onto and is just comically-oversized for it. You can do it, but it doesn't mean that you should. I asked at the beginning if the S.H. Figuarts Zeronos Altair Form was worth the wait. Yes, you should've figured that by now I would give my favorite Kamen Rider from my favorite figure line a glowing review. There wasn't too much that they could have screwed up, and thankfully they didn't. While I would still love the original SHF ankle joints, those will sadly never come back without price increases. For the price paid, SHF Zeronos is a figure I can easily recommend for anyone that's a fan of Kamen Rider Den-O. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this sample for review!]
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