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Vault Review: S.H. Figuarts
Kamen Rider, Riderman

As if all that wasn’t enough, Riderman also comes with a ton of accessories.  First there’s the standard assortment of four sets of alternate hands: fists, holding, open, and flat.  Riderman also comes with two neck scarves.  The first is designed to be draped over his shoulder, while the second is in a wild split pose for action.

Riderman’s other accessories are his many arm attachments.  There’s his Power Arm, which has a cycle-like attachment.  His Drill Arm, which has… a drill.  Those two arms are complete as is.  The third attachment is his Rope Arm, which looks like two balls.  This arm can hold either the hook or kama weapons.  It can also be combined with the short rope pieces to form a mace and other flailing attacks.  There’s also a long rope piece that also works well for climbing or repelling.  Even though Riderman’s character only uses these devices on his right arm, both of the figure’s arms can be replaced for some nifty looking duel wielding.

It’s rare for a toy line to be so appealing when I have no real connection to the characters themselves.  But while I was writing this review, I couldn’t help but put Riderman into four or five different poses just because he was sitting in front of me.  At the end of the day, with their great design and articulation, these figures are just plain fun to play around with.

-Vault

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22 comments to Vault Review: S.H. Figuarts
Kamen Rider, Riderman

  • what a neat figure – though can it be his helmet is glued on a bit weird? he makes quite a long face.

  • J. Lee

    I would like to collect Figuarts in general. A few Kamen Riders, sentai groups, One Piece, and a couple random ones. Truth, no card no can buy. Saving up for a toy show in September so hope to see some there.

    • A company called Bluefin distributes them domestically, and they make them available through Diamond, so any comic specialty shop can order them for you.

      • Vault

        Yup, if you live here in the US then you should be able to get them from Bluefin. Hopefully you’ll find some at the toy show also.

        Thanks, James!

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  • Ian

    Thanks for bringing these figures to light. I otherwise would not have paid them any attention. I don’t have a clue as to the theme, they are pretty funky looking. But I do like the molds and articulation. Everything is very detailed. I will have to take a look, though I honestly don’t need to pick up another genre to collect. TF’s, Voltron, DC, Marvel, and MOTUC are more than enough.

    • All the money I’m saving on not buying MOTUC, DC, TF, and GI Joe is going to Figuarts. The lines I mentioned haven’t been doing much for me lately, while Figuarts has been on a tear. They’ve got Dragon Ranger, Tyranno Ranger, Ryu Ranger, and Kiba Ranger all coming out by fall this year, and Kamen Rider Wizard was just solicited in Diamond, plus it looks like they’ll finally get back to the Tiger and Bunny line with an exclusive Fire Emblem due for released this year.

      • Vault

        I can’t wait for the Sentai/Rangers. But I’m most excited for the Sailor Moon Figuarts. I’ve been waiting for decent toys from that franchise for twenty years!

        • J. Lee

          Speaking of the Akibaranger Figuarts. I wonder when Malshina (sp?) will hit. Thats one that I wonder what the extras will be.

          The Sailor Senshi will be sweet. Seen a proto of Mercury someplace looking good. Mars, Venus, and Neptune with their shoe type has me curious.

    • Vault

      You’re welcome, Ian. The one thing I really like about doing reviews is exposing other collectors to some really great figures they haven’t seen before. Figuarts is definitely a fun line, but you have to be very careful. It’s really easy to get addicted to them.

  • Paul

    These are always such sharp figures, but I have no tie to the source material. For me, that means that I can pass on the line (and save up some cash for the other 8 million toys I want to buy.

    Great accessories and great pictures. The one with Riderman attacking with the flail is awesome! How did you do that??

    • Vault

      Thanks, Paul. I’m glad you liked it.

      Those little ropes are like nylon, so they kind of keep a general shape. It was mostly just about balancing the rope and mace to look as natural as possible. I also tried it from different angles to see what worked best. I think I took about twenty pics of that one pose just to get it right.

  • Brainlock

    I’m only vaguely aware of this series but it does look like a nice figure.

    “There’s his Power Arm, which has a cycle-like attachment.”
    This confused me for a moment, as I was looking at that table for some sort of motor or wheeled attachment (hey, it’s Japan, it could be way worse!) before I realized you meant the “sickle” attachment. 😉

    still, some cool stuff included and fun poses you got him into!
    (even if that drill pic looks like it could go horribly awry! LOL)

    • Vault

      Ah, thanks for that catch. That’s what happens when I write a review at two in the morning. 😛

      I think that drill pic may be my favorite. I think it came out really well.

  • orionpax636

    I’m in the same boat as Vault and a couple of you – I’m not a huge fan of the source material, but I’ve got a handful of Figuarts. Besides having excellent craftsmanship, they’re interesting examples of 5-6″ figures made with bigger budgets and the differences between Japanese and US retail. The favorites of my collection are SS Vegeta and Wild Tiger.

    One of the better details of Figuarts are the die-cast feet. Ability to balance allows you to take advantage of the great articulation.

    • Vault

      Yeah, it’s definitely hard to take Matty’s title of “adult collectable” seriously if see what lines like Figuarts does.

      Those metal feet are fantastic for posing, unfortunately none of the Showa era Riders seem to have them. The only figure I have that does is Skull Crystal.

  • Battle Catman

    I currently only have one Figuart (Shinken Red), but I’d like to get more. I have Tyranno Ranger and Kiba Ranger on pre-order, but I’ve been eyeing Akiba Red. My one hang-up on Shinken Red is the shoulders; the plastic “cup” on the shoulder used to hide the joint gets in the way off the bicep-swivel range of movement, but Akiba Red has actual bicep swivels built into the costume.

    A friend has all the Gokaigers and those have great range in the shoulders, but I’m not digging any of them.

    • Akiba Red might be my favorite Figuart. For lack of a better term, he’s more “toy-like” than any of the others I own, in a good way. His joint system and overall build seem a little more rugged and built for play, whereas most Figuarts seem more geared towards posing. I’ve got 20 Figuarts currently, and the only one I can say I’m even a little disappointed in is Bouken Red, and that’s partly just because I don’t much care for the Boukenger suits. And partly because it’s among the worst constructed (in terms of joint and sculpt) Figuarts in existence. I really only got it for the piece to build the Inordinate Cannon for the Akibarangers. And because I think it would be cool to have a nice set of Red Ranger Figuarts. I’ve got 8 reds right now, with two more (Tyranno and Ryu) on preorder.

  • Evil Ed

    And once again, you’ve convinced me to drop money on S.H. Figuarts. Just when I think I’m out, you pull me back in.

    • Evil Ed

      Of course, you weren’t the one that convinced me to drop $250 on the Figuarts Itasha Robo.