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Vault Review: S.H. Figuarts’
Kamen Rider Skyrider

Skyrider’s body is almost entirely molded in the color it needs to be, mostly a dark orange and light green.  (Maybe it just reminds me of Aquaman, but those two colors just look good together.)  His belt mechanisms are painted silver with red accents, while his gloves and boots are glossy black.  But I think the most eye-catching part of this character is his deep red scarf with black ladybug-like spots.

Like all of my previous Figuarts, Skyrider has some great articulation.  His head and wrists are on Revolver-like joints.  His neck, chest, waist, and ankles are on ball joints.  His elbows and knees are double hinges.  His shoulders are double ball joints, which is awesome.  Lastly, his hips are ball joints attached to hinges.

Skyrider comes with a personalized stand that contains an image of him and his name.  The arm has three hinge joints, and two attachments to hold the figure.  The first attachment is a hinged claw, which can grab around his torso.  The second attachment is a slightly curved piece designed to hold him while in his flying pose.

Skyrider also comes with three alternate sets of hands:  fists, open, and palms flat.  Then there’s his extra long scarf, which looks pretty cool in his flying pose.

This figure definitely didn’t disappoint, and does a pretty good job of representing everything I like about the Showa era and the Figuarts line.  My biggest problem is that I’m even more tempted to pick up the Showa era Riders that have already been made.


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12 comments to Vault Review: S.H. Figuarts’
Kamen Rider Skyrider

  • chopa

    I love that he comes with a stand. I love that his belt “works.” I hate that his chest still looks funny to me.Still want him at some point, just so I can scream “SAILLLLLLING JUUUUUMMMMMPPPPPPP!”

    • The stand is definitely a nice touch. I wish they were included with more Figuarts.

      His chest does have an odd look, especially from the side, but I think I’m getting used to it.

  • drrampageo

    thats a damn cool figure Vault! Great job!

  • Evil Ed

    Take the plunge. I got into collecting the S.H. Figuarts Riders because of your review of Kamen Rider Skull Crystal (which I can’t find anywhere…) and have since picked up all of The Showa Riders. I regret nothing.

    • Yeah, they’re hard to stay away from once you get the taste. Skull Crystal seems to be a bit hard to find at the moment.

      One place you might want to check is Mandarake.co.jp

      They’re like a giant comic book shop, and they buy figures from people and resell them. Not sure how much they’d charge for Skull Crystal, but I’ve always had good experiences with them. They’re always getting new stock in, so keep checking back.

  • Josh

    I really need to buy a few more SHFs, ever since I got into American toys my Rider collection has been taking a hit. I think Skyrider will be going into my next order.

  • Mirrored

    My wallet has never forgiven me for my Rider obsession.

    But yeah Showa Riders with their big heads and goofy costumes are oh so lovable!

    I’d suggest picking up Amazon, with his articulated jaw. Hours of fun.

    • Lol, yeah my wallet is pretty unhappy too, but I think it’s more about the Monsterarts…

      I’ve been looking at the different Showa ones for a while. I’m particularly interested in V3 and Amazon, I just have to get the funds first. I didn’t realize Amazon had an articulated jaw though. That might push him to number one for me.

  • Nik

    Kit subs puts out the original and Skyrider. You should watch some.