My quest of completing the Showa era Kamen Rider roster is one step closer. I wouldn’t go so far as to call V3’s figure rare, but finding a decent price one on the secondary market was a bit challenging. So I was pretty happy when Bandai opened up pre-orders for a second release.
V3 is the star of the third Rider series. Unlike his predecessors, he actually wasn’t experimented on by the evil organization Shocker. Instead, he was fatally wounded by Destron (another evil organization) and Rider 1 and 2 were forced into changing him into a cyborg to save his life. Now with the combined powers of the first two Riders, and his twenty six secret techniques and weapons, V3 was now the most powerful Rider (up to that point at least).
I think V3 has my favorite costume of all the Showa Riders. His interesting mixture of a dragonfly motif really sets him apart from the grasshopper look of the first two. There’s definitely a more militaristic feel to the costume. It’s also a bit more flashy with his double scarves, high collar, and segmented armor. I do wish his belt were a bit more detailed though. Without the inlaid cyclone designs, it seems almost toy like when compared to the first two Rider belts.
His helmet is really the defining aspect though. There are the green compound eyes and large straight antenna that are almost the opposite of his predecessors. But it’s really the face design that wins me over. For some reason I just really love the crumpled stripe that runs down the center. It really adds a nice organic element that most riders don’t get.
V3’s colors are pretty spot on from all the pictures I’ve seen of his series. The color scheme is also another aspect that really attracted me to this figure. Green and red almost always look good together, and the added whites break up the monotony and keep him from looking like a walking Christmas tree. Continue to page 2…