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S.H. Figuarts Akiba Red

Most of this figure appears to have been molded in the appropriate colors for each part. There are a few parts with paint applied but these are executed flawlessly.  Also, printed on Akiba Red’s left leg and chest are the deformed katakana (a form of Japanese writing) letters for “Sentai” as well as the logo for Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger on the left part of his chest.

Accessories for this figure are quite limited. Akiba Red comes with six right hands and four left hands, including the clenched fists he is originally packed with.  Other than this, he comes with two scarves and a gun/action figure transformation object, Moe Moe Z-cune (MMZ-01).

Another accessory, if you’re lucky enough to get a first release Akiba Red, is a set of three Tamashii Stage figure stands for Akiba Red, Blue and Yellow.

There are actually three more accessories for Akibaranger, but they will not be released with any of the Akibaranger figures. These accessories are the “Outrageous Power” granted to Akibaranger from three of the official Sentai and will be packed in with the appropriate Reds. These items are the Deka Wrapper (giant handcuffs), included with Deka Red – Bouken Scooper (shovel), packaged with Bouken Red – and Jet Winger (flight pack), as a bonus with Red Hawk from Jetman.

In my opinion, the best part of this figure is the story it’s based on. In a world which is governed by the imagination, there are no rules – scale is not an issue when you are thinking about compatibility. Gumby, T-Rex and Barbie can all share shelf space with Akibaranger and it would be perfectly natural. Overall, not only is Akiba Red a well made figure, but he has me looking forward to picking up Akiba Blue and Akiba Yellow when they become available.

-Robert

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10 comments to Reader Review
S.H. Figuarts Akiba Red

  • Beedo Sookcool

    Bloody nifty review of a sweet-looking toy from a property I knew nothing about, but now my interest is piqued. I just hope this won’t end up costing me lots of money . . . . };D

  • J. Lee

    Well after seeing the.monster art figs back on the 9th and seeing the prices can guess how much these will be. Only saw PR toys. Wish could find a multi regional dvd player cause I’d order the dvds of this series and Gokaiger (fear the us butchering from what I heard on the net.)

    Wish we could get these figs released by bandai america. Doubt will ever happen though.

    • Bluefin, the official importer of Bandai’s Tamashii lines, is currently working on getting permission to import the Akibarangers to the U.S. If that happens, they’ll be available through Diamond Distributors, which means any comic shop in the country can get them for you.

  • dayraven

    “Accessories for this figure are quite limited. Akiba Red comes with six right hands and four left hands, including the clenched fists he is originally packed with. Other than this, he comes with two scarves and a gun/action figure transformation object, Moe Moe Z-cune (MMZ-01).”

    i had to read this paragraph to my wife, twice. as a motuc buyer, this hurt badly. “quite limited” my ass. how many accessories did i get w/ he-man? 3. how many accessories did i get w/ skeletor? 2. how many interchangable scarves have i gotten from the entire line? none.

    • Battle Catman

      I hear you, dayraven. Hell, that’s my standard for buying imported figures. I don’t care if Takara’s Transformers have ridiculous amounts of paint compared to Hasbro’s, it’s still the same mold. But if a Revoltech/figma/Play Arts has alternate hands, faces, weapons, and effect parts…man, I’m all over that.

    • AdventureVault

      He-Man definitely needs more interchangeable scarves! 😀

    • I recall seeing someone else refer to a Figuarts release as being “bare bones” when it comes to accessories. I can’t remember exactly which figure it was, but I know it was one of the Sentai figures, who all come with at least 6-8 hands and a couple of weapons. Some have even more. Shinken Red comes with 9 hands, the Shodophone (henshin/transformation device), his Shinkenmaru (katana), his Daizantou (big buster sword), a detachable disc for said Daizantou, and his Shishi Origami (zord) in two modes.