Saturday, August 9, 2014

S.I.C. Vol. 42 Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form & Momotaros Imagin Part 9

Armored Plat Form

After focusing on the two figures in S.I.C. Vol. 42 Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form & Momotaros Imagin set all this while, it's time to finally reveal the last feature of this S.I.C. set: the Plat Form for the Kamen Rider figure. ^^

Six special parts for the Plat Form configuration.

They are not exactly too special or unique actually. ^^;

The front and rear body armor parts.
The two pairs of small slots on the parts are just decorative details, included just for this reimagined S.I.C. design.

Just the two pairs of pegs and slots on the top edge are enough to connect between the armor parts.
As shown earlier on, the chest armor actually has another pair of polygonal pegs under the armpit area. They are meant to be connected to the figure itself.

The front mask part.

(Left) Upon close scrutiny, there's a minor unpainted spot on the right goggle it seems. Fortunately, it doesn't affect the overall look at all.
(Right) A rather large, straight peg behind the mask part to connect it to the figure's head.
From the look of the peg, and edges near the bottom, it seems that the entire part was molded in clear plastic, with all the colors on top coming from paint work. The amount of work to get everything right is pretty amazing. ^^

A pair of panels for the thigh.
The left panel (the part on the right in the images above) is indeed larger than the right one. ^^

A tiny belt buckle (formally known as Terminal Buckle) part.
Like the mask, it's also made of clear plastic, with its details realized via paint work. ^^

Comparison between the belt buckle part and a 10-cent coin.

Understanding the design of the parts, especially the mask, and armor parts is most helpful in finding out in advance how the "default" Sword Form parts are connected to the main figure, and of course how to get them all off it as well. ^^

Configuration for the main figure:

The front mask is detached from the head.

The body armors are plied open to detach the parts.

As you can see, a pair of round pegs on each shoulder armor help to connect the latter to the front and rear body armors. The shoulder armors would come off almost automatically when the body armors are cracked open.

The "blank" upper body. ^^

The thigh armor is on a hinge joint, and when opened, allows the thigh plate to be removed.
The mechanism works in the same way for Kamen Rider Gaoh from Vol. 48, and all other forms and variations of Kamen Rider Den-O in S.I.C. format I believe.

The "Plain" form of Kamen Rider Den-O. ^^

Eight parts for Sword Form.

Some of the parts have metallic paint work on the back to give them a shiny appearance when viewed from the front. ^^

Gold paint behind the goggles. ^^

(Left) Molded labels of "R" and "L" behind the shoulder armors.
(Right) Gold paint behind Terminal Buckle. ^^

Comparison between the two forms' sets of part.

The Plat Form parts are attached onto the figure the same way the Sword Form parts were detached as shown earlier on. ^^

More images of Kamen Rider Den-O Plat Form:

Closeups on the details:







Romanticized by the S.I.C. reimagined design, the figure in Plat Form looks uncharacteristically powerful and awesome as compared to its original design as seen in the TV series, which I would describe as weak, at the very least. ^^; The original design looks very much like the suit the stunt actor would wear beneath the different forms' armors, which makes a lot of sense since the Flat Form is pretty much the "unarmored" form of Kamen Rider Den-O. ^^ However, the S.I.C. treatment for the Flat Form body armors is so amazing they seem to be thicker and stronger than even that on the Sword Form. ^^;

The original Plat Form of Kamen Rider Den-O
Image is from Kamen Rider Wiki.

While it doesn't look quite right according to the character design, the figure does look oddly awesome at the same time. ^^ Then again, with Kamen Rider Den-O in Flat Form, its pairing with Momotaros Imagin would be more "logical" as compared to if Sword Form is featured. ^^

Some combined action poses of the two coming up in the next posting. ^^

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