Well, I did it again. I’ve purchased another figure that I know nothing about. So my review today is going to be another one of those odd ones where I showcase just how little I know about the character of my newest toy. But who needs back-story when you’ve got a figure that looks as awesome as Kamen Rider Skull!
I haven’t really caught on to the Kamen Rider craze yet. I’m more of a Power Rangers man. But what has been tempting me is the S.H. Figuarts toy line. I’ve been admiring the articulation and detail of the line from afar, knowing that one day I’d be taking the plunge into buying my first. After all, they’ll be releasing figures of Kaizoku Sentai Goukaiger soon. (Pirate Power Rangers from space that can use the powers all the previous Sentai groups. It doesn’t get more awesome than that!) But what I didn’t expect was to find a Kamen Rider so awesome that I had to own him just based on his looks.
The man behind the mask is Sokichi Narumi, a hardboiled detective in the fictional city of Futo. Using the powers of the Skeleton Memory combined with the Lost Driver, he is able to transform into Kamen Rider Skull to defend the city. Not only is he one of the more powerful Riders, but he also has the unique distinction of incorporating the white scarf and fedora he wears in his civilian identity into his Rider costume.
The original Figuarts Skull figure was released as an exclusive to coincide with his debut on the show. Due to his unique look he became highly sought after by Kamen Rider fans and non-fans alike. This pushed the original figure’s prices up quite high on the secondary market. Recently Tamashii has released a second Skull figure, Skull Crystal. This figure was also an exclusive, but it allowed many who missed out on the first figure to finally purchase one.
I was really happy when I saw the news of this second release. As one of those non-fans who loved the characters design, I wasn’t willing to pay those crazy high secondary market prices. Plus, I actually consider this figure to be superior. Not only did they make a few tweaks to the toy’s design, but he also includes a second head of his Skull Crystal look.
The first thing I usually talk about in my reviews is the look of a toy. But you’ve probably guess by now that I think Skull’s look is fantastically awesome. Like many Riders, he wears armor that covers his entire body. What really sells this design for me is the skeleton theme though. His helmet is clearly a skull, but they were also able to blend that look seamlessly with the insect motif that the Riders are generally designed on. Continue to Page 2…