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Vault Review: S.H.
Figuarts Kamen Rider V3

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As with most Figuarts, his articulation is superb.  His head, neck, chest, waist, hips, and ankles are all ball joints.    His shoulders are ball joints attached to swivel/hinges, while his wrists are regular swivel/hinges.  His elbows and knees are double hinged, and his thighs have a swivel joint.  The two pads that cover his pecs are also on ball joints to keep the uniform from restricting his movement, while his scarves are on ball joints to enhance dynamic poses.

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V3 comes with a ton of accessories.  He has two sets of scarves: one hanging and the other windblown.  He also has two versions of his V3 Hopper, a small tube-like surveillance device that he keeps on the left side of his belt.  There’s the regular holstered version, and then there’s the Hopper and a separate empty holster.  My favorite accessory is his effects part though.  This translucent red effect reenacts his Typhoon Kick.

V3 also comes with a large assortment of multiple hands.  He has a pair of fists, holding, open, flat, and fingers in a “V”.  His right hand also has one finger pointing, two fingers pointing, and a specific holding hand for his Hopper.

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V3 was one of the Figuarts that inspired me to start collecting the line in the first place.  I wish I could have picked him up a bit earlier than this, but I have to say that I’m not disappointed with the results.  I’m also a grateful that Bandai rereleased him, saving me a bit of money on the secondary market.  He definitely takes his place with Amazon and Riderman as my three favorite Showa Riders so far.

-Vault

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10 comments to Vault Review: S.H.
Figuarts Kamen Rider V3

  • J. Lee

    Funny how my main memory of this one is the fight and later team up with Spider-man. One of many I hoped to find but no luck this year. Was gonna do that pair up with Miles if found any Rider figuarts.

    It is funny that later Destron becomes the Con name in.Transformers in Japan. Makes a KR vs. TF logical.

    I know Previews offered this one once along with Decade and a few Wizard variants. Dunno if still able. My local comic guy had issues with them though.

  • Brainlock

    How many Destrons are there? Isn’t that what the Decepticons are called in Japan?
    (reads J.Lee’s comment, answers that question.)

    and the red/green mix depends on the tertiary color and shading for me. While this guy looks good with silver, Yellow is the usual accent and in my opinion, only Robin has really pulled it off, and Vision to an extent. Wonder Man and others, not so much. (SOOOOOOOOOOOO glad Simon finally switched to red/black scheme!!)

  • Mikey

    I have no idea what Kamen Riders are, are they insect men or men in insect outfits?

  • Just can’t see this as not Gigabeetle (www.twitter.com/gigabeetle). What’s a V3? Where’s the mustache and monocle??

  • BeholdtheVision

    Trying to decide whetehr to try this lien or not…have no idea who they are, but they look pretty cool!

  • dayraven

    i really wish some one of the american toy world would consider effects pieces like the stuff we see from japan. some of those pieces work w/ american toys, but a lot don’t fit, and i don’t see how, for example, american toy lines wouldn’t benefit from some explosive effects or shockwave/chi blast effects, that kind of stuff. i also think doing comic book style onomatopoeia effects would be cool too, for display purposes… a nice THAGADOOM! or SHNICKT! or even the classic POW! would be really cool to fit into a display/diorama. and should be, as modern production goes, relatively cheap to make.

    • The newest 4″ Star Wars Black Darth Vader has a pretty snazzy effect part, where he has an alternate hand that’s blocking energy blasts. It’s pretty neat. There were also some SW figures a number of years ago that had deflected energy blasts that could be hooked onto the lightsabers.

  • Tekwych

    You want a THAGADOOM! or SHNICKT! when we cant even get a 66 BIF!, BAM! or POW!
    Remember accessories cost so much we would have to cancel the whole line.

  • Dorkey

    Just thought I’d point out, although V3 was the third Rider, the show was actually the second of the Kamen Rider series.