Wednesday, April 16, 2014

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Ryuki & Dragreder Set Part 2

Big and small dragon heads

After the introduction, this posting will focus on most of the accessories and option parts included for S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Ryuki and Dragreder Set.

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Ryuki and most of its accessories and option parts.

A set of five Advent cards: (top row from left) Guard Vent, Sword Vent, (bottom row from left) Strike Vent, Attack Vent, and Final Vent.
Made of paper, there's a thin layer of plastic coat on the front side that gives the surface a glossy look.

Rear view of the cards

While the cards are accurate to the figure's scale, they are still super tiny. ^^

Five pairs of option hand unit are given, including this pair of generic-looking spread palms.

A pair of more expressive-looking spread palms.

A pair of open fists to hold the weapons.

Another pair of open fists which are meant almost exclusively for the Drag Saber.
The palm cavity to hold the sword handle is angled slightly to the front, which would allow the sword to be displayed in a thrusting pose easily. ^^

The palm cavity's angle to tilt is the only difference between the two types of open fists shown above.

A special right hand unit to hold the Advent cards.
Both Figma Kamen Rider Thrust and Kamen Rider Axe have this type of hand unit included as well.

With one of the cards attached to the hand unit.

One left closed fist with a very narrow palm cavity.
I'm not entirely sure about the special purpose associated with this hand unit. Since the narrow cavity doesn't seem to fit the handle of Drag Saber, perhaps it's dedicated for Drag Visor instead. ^^

Comparison between the special left closed fist and the first two pairs of open fists.

Regardless of their different designs and purposed, the sculpt details on all the hand units are very well done. ^^

The default pair of closed fists.

(Left) Standard ball-swivel joint for the wrist.
(Right) Using one of the option hand units on the figure.

Drag Visor, Kamen Rider Ryuki's "card reader" XD

A relatively small-sized accessory in comparison with Drag Saber or Drag Shield, the sculpting and painting on the entire part is extremely detailed. ^^

Bottom view of the part.

The handle can be hinged forward/backward.

The "forehead" section of the Visor can be slid forward to reveal the card slot.

The hidden card slot is molded with some simple but definitely visible details. ^^

The whole movable section can actually be slid off the Visor if it's pushed beyond its limit, but it can be snapped back in place very easily.

A cool but not exactly surprising feature: any of the Advent cards does indeed fit inside the card slot. ^^

The left hand must be detached first for Drag Visor to be equipped to the left forearm.

(Left) The elbow "button" must be detached as well.
(Right) The letter 'L' can be seen molded on top of the connector peg that can help identify the part's side if both buttons are detached.

A peg beneath Drag Visor will use the elbow button's slot to secure the component to the figure's left forearm.

With Drag Visor equipped to the figure.

Drag Claw, a fire-breathing dragon head-shaped gauntlet, summoned using the "Strike Vent" Advent card.

Sharp, beautiful molded and sculpted details on the entire weapon.
It's like a preview to the larger actual dragon head on Dragreder. ^^

Bottom view of the weapon.

The lower jaw can be opened.

While there's no special details inside the mouth, it still well painted. ^^

The ball-type neck joint (technically a wrist joint) that connects the dragon head to the forearm armor.

Using said ball joint, the gauntlet can be swiveled around the wrist area. Even though its articulation range is limited by the dragon's sideburns, it's still quite posable. ^^

The round slot inside the gauntlet to be used by the figure's wrist joint. This means that for either arms to use this special weapon, the existing hand unit must be detached first.

With Drag claw equipped to right forearm of the figure.

A look at Kamen Rider Ryuki with Drag Visor and Drag Claw equipped.

A customized display base for Kamen Rider Ryuki.
Minus the tampo pattern, the base is the same one from Soul Stage Act. 4 for Humanoid (Clear). ^^

Very nice tampo printed emblem on the surface of the base. ^^ The pattern resembles that on Advent Deck, the belt buckle of Kamen Rider Ryuki's henshin belt, V-Buckle.

Comparison between the customized base and the same part from Soul Stage Act 3 Action Support Clear Type.

Besides the obvious difference in the bases' look (tinted versus clear plastic), there are slots near the edges of Kamen Rider Ryuki's bases, which are inherited from the Soul Stage Act. 4 for Humanoid series. The slots allow connectivity between bases of the same kind. ^^

Left: Kamen Rider Ryuki's base - Made in 2010, right: Soul Stage Act 3 Action Support Clear Type's base - Made in 2009.

Not only are Kamen Rider Ryuki's accessories and option parts introduced, a short comparison between Soul Stage Act 3 Action Support Clear Type and Act. 4 for Humanoid is thrown in as well. ^^ I do have a set of Act. 4 for Humanoid (Clear) that is still unopened at this point. With this posting, I almost feel that doing an explicit review on that display stand set in the future is going to be redundant. ^^; A full set of display stands is also included for this S.H. Figuarts set, but I don't feel like using them at all, since they are pretty much the same as those in Soul Stage Act 3 Action Support Clear Type. ^^

There are still quite a few weapons for Kamen Rider Ryuki that aren't shown here, as they are actually parts on Dragreder. Before switching the focus over to the huge dragon, more images of the action figure itself will be up next. ^^

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