I recently realized that I have quite the backlog of Sentai and Kamen Rider SH Figuarts. This is mostly because I like to review new things over old, promoting what I like that’s currently available. While I like the Figuarts line, most of my purchases are a result of having a little extra money to burn or being at the right place and right time for a sale or deal. But since I don’t have a lot of new imports on order, I thought I’d fill in those slots with figures that I really enjoy but haven’t said much about.
In a world where cybernetic bug men use super powered martial arts to defeat evil organizations and mutant monsters, I think Kamen Rider Amazon still takes the cake for being the most unique (and craziest) of all the Riders. After a tragic plane crash, young Daisuke Yamamoto grew up wild and alone in the Amazon Rainforest. But when the ten faced demon Gorgos attacks his adopted village, the elder chief uses Incan science magic contained within the powerful GiGi armlet to transform the boy into the lizard-like Amazon. Diasuke then travels to Japan to stop Gorgos and his evil organization Geddon from taking over the world.
I didn’t know any of that pretty fantastic back story when I bought Amazon. It’s really just icing on the cake, because I actually wanted this figure just based on his look alone. Most of the Showa Riders look kind of similar with their insect motifs. This makes Amazon’s striped lizard look stand out in both style and in personality on the shelf. He almost looks more like one of the monsters they’d fight.
It’s the head sculpt that really brings character to this figure. He has similar buggy compound eyes, but the fin-like shape of the head and the inclusion of an articulated mouth allow Amazon to pull off some really fun and lighthearted expressions, especially when surrounded by his more serious bug brethren. On my shelf he always looks like the life of the party.
Amazon’s sculpt even gives him a different posture. Since he acts and fights like a wild animal, he’s always hunched forward a bit. The fin on his back keeps him from standing too straight, but it’s also articulated and allows him to bend pretty far forward while retaining a mostly connected look.
Paint wise, this is probably one of the more impressive Figuarts I’ve seen. Amazon’s entire body is covered in wavy erratic red stripes and I haven’t noticed any paint slop or bleeding into the green areas. His chest armor is also an interesting light yellow that gradiates into an orange/red. Even the small details like the red dots on his belt and arm band are expertly placed. Continue to page 2…