Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Figma Kamen Rider Axe Part 1

Another white tiger

Jumping to an action figure review after the work on HG 1/144 G-Exes Jackedge. ^^ Interestingly enough, while it has no connection with BB Senshi Sangokuden Gotaitei Sonken Gundam Korinpaku completed earlier this month, the design motif of this action figure is exactly the same as that Gunpla kit. ^^

This is Figma Kamen Rider Axe from "Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight". Fans of the Japanese series would know him as Kamen Rider Tiger from "Kamen Rider Ryuki". I prefer the name "Tiger" since it instantaneously identify his animal motif. ^^ Speaking of Kamen Rider Tiger's animal motif, I'm really glad that it's designed after a white tiger instead of a normal Bengal Tiger. The silver and blue color scheme gives Kamen Rider Tiger a very cool and sharp appearance which I really like. Between him and Kamen Rider Gai, I think I like Kamen Rider Tiger just a little bit more because of its color scheme and animal motif. ^^

Yellow and black color scheme of a Bengal Tiger might just work with Kamen Rider Tiger as well, even though that color combination would definitely be in conflict with that of Kamen Rider Imperer I guess. ^^;

Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

Because of my liking towards Kamen Rider Tiger's design, I pre-ordered this item almost the moment it was made available, and that was quite a while back - this Figma action figure was released in May last year. Tamashii Nation just released the S.H. Figuarts version this month as well, but given how the content is exactly the same as this Figma version, I don't think I would need another Kamen Rider Tiger in my collection, even though I like the design very much. ^^;

Medicom Toy released a 12-inch version in its Real Action Heroes series, named Axe not Tiger back in December 2010. At a whopping price of 19,740 Yen (inclusive of tax), I gave it a pass a long time ago. ^^;

A standard smaller pack design for Kamen Rider Axe. Almost all of the accessories included can be seen through the front window.

Kamen Rider Axe's insignia printed on the front window.

(Left) "SP-028" is Figma Kamen Rider Axe's code.
(Right) The merchandising seal of Toei Company, the company behind all Kamen Rider series.

Closer look at the figure and accessories through the front window.

Typical Figma design on all sides of the box.

Introduction of the figure on the back of the box.

Box open.

A blue backdrop with lightning effect and Kamen Rider Axe's insignia suits the figure very well. ^^

The insignia is part of a cutout to be used with di:stage to create a customized display base for Kamen Rider Axe.

Front view of the package content.

Rear view of the package content.

Package content without the top cover.
A plastic wrapper blankets the figure. ^^

An instruction sheet showing how to detach the forearm to equip it with Dest Claw gauntlet.

Straight out of box Kamen Rider Axe. ^^

More images of the figure and introduction of all the accessories coming up next. ^^

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