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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Toy Rant: Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime

OK let's completely contrast the last review with a toy that has almost no positive points and is not I repeat, not worth the money I spent on it.

I'm not going to insult your intelligence by telling you what the Transformers franchise is. It's been more well know in the last 6 years than it has ever before so I'm sure at some point you've at least heard of it.

Anyway this toy fucking sucks. There is no other less truthful way to say it; this is easily one of the worst toys I've ever owned; it's small, it's overpriced, it's incredibly flimsy feeling and hollow; oh god is it ever hollow. Keep in mind this toy cost £12.50 and is considered to be the "standard voyager class transformer" (medium size transformer) of the modern age. FUCK THAT! Seriously had this thing been made 7 maybe 8 years ago it would have been a scout class figure and cost no more than £10. Bottom line (autistic details aside) fuck buying this toy and fuck the entire fall of cybertron line.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Toy Review: S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider 1 (the first version)

So here we are ladies and gentlemen. Once again the whores are trying to take my virginity and stop me from becoming a true necromancer; well we won't allow that to happen will we? Hell no we'll stop them right in there tracks with a review of one of the first S.H.Figuarts; Kamen Rider 1, from the 2005 film adaptation of the original 1971 tokusatsu "Kamen Rider".

The Packaging

Right of the bat I was honestly taken aback by just how small the box for this figure was. It's a good few millimetres shorter than a DVD case., but putting that aside the box looks really good, even better than the S.I.C boxes. While I admit that the dull, almost grey silver they used for most of the box is a fairly boring colour, it just makes the explosions of white, red and metallic cobalt of Rider 1's body pop even more so, at least when he's displayed in his box.

Professional toy photographer at work here guys. Back the fuck up!

The Figure Itself

If you're at all familiar with Kamen Rider then right away you'll notice the differences in colour when compared to the 70s version. My guess is that they (the produces of the first) wanted to make Rider 1 and 2 more distinct form each other (since in the original they were almost identical) and honestly I'm fine with updating the iconic look as long as it at the least resembles Kamen Rider; and it most certainly does. 

You don't need to be a genius to spot the difference here.

The only thing I really don't like about the colour scheme is the kind of red used for his scarf. Maybe it's more to do with the plastic used here, but it just looks so dull faded, especially in person. Compare this to the scarf used for the showa era version of Rider, that scarf was different in that it was a clear piece of plastic with red paint applied and it looked much, much better. I know that's a very minor point to go on about but the scarf is an important part of the look of a Kamen Rider and it just doesn't look that good on this figure.
Can't remember what I was watching on youtube at the time.

Moving back to the positive I really, really love the compound eyes used here. They look absolutely fantastic, the rose coloured plastic with the texture underneath looks great and very insect like. Sticking with the headsculpt, the antennae are moulded in a softer plastic, to prevent breaking from falling or any other kind of impact. Strangely they didn't continue this trend for many other rider figuarts (which has lead to a few horror stories regarding the Double figuarts) and speaking of this unique to this figure (or rather the first wave of figuarts) Rider 1's articulation is somewhat different from my other figuarts.
"No sir, I don't like it!"

For one he has swivel at the top of his biceps along with the standard figuarts double ball-jointed arms, giving him much better arm poseability than some of my other Rider figures. He also has the standard figuarts double-jointed elbows, allowing for proper flexin'. Moving down we can see that Rider-1 has an abdominal ball joint, allowing for him to do sit-ups like he's Rocky Balboa.

Wrapping up this figure are his legs, and really there isn't much to talk about here, they're the standard figuarts legs with a pegged ball-joint on the hips, that fortunately isn't hindered by any sort of skirting like showa V3 or G3 and like most other figuarts he has the classic double jointed knees. His legs are different however, in that his shins are rotatable (from some strange reason) and they're die cast. Actually almost his entire lower legs are die-cast, giving this figure a great sense of weight and certainly making it feel Worth the price. His feet are both a articulated joy and an aesthetic nightmare.

On one hand they're poseable as fuck, with a hinge joint allowing them to bend at an almost painful looking angle, but come with the bonus of making him much more stable than many other figuarts (OOO I'm looking at you) but on the other hand, when viewed from the side they look weird with all the tiny holes in his feet still it's a small price to pay for such a solid looking, well designed toy, and one that was part of a first wave no less.

All in all, Rider 1 is a great introduction to the figuarts toy-line and easily one of the best toys I own. 10/10 would buy again.