S.I.C. Kiwami: Kamen Rider Hibiki

Kamen Rider Hibiki was the very first instalment in Bandai’s S.I.C. Kiwami line, an economic alternative to the original Super Imaginative Chogokin series.

Most of the figure is covered in an impressive purple coat, which gives off a pearl-like effect, akin to that of the show costume. Kiwami Hibiki’s colour scheme is actually a much better option than that of the blue used on the original S.I.C.

Most of the accessories included that are meant to be attached onto the figure had already been done so, and the remaining items are a set of drumsticks moulded with the hands as one piece, and a weapon holder, intended to be attached onto the back of Hibiki’s waist, while the drumsticks are in use.

The level of detail seen on a figure of this price point is amazing. And if you look closely, the pearl-like sheen is actually produced by a combination of purple metallics and a black shadowing effect.

Articulation is reasonably flexible.

The detail on the face is flawless, great use of a silver base along with a purple wash to create that menacing gradient effect. There are also some very fine embellishments carved in great detail located on the top of the head and shoulder pads, topped with impressive weathering effects.

The face of an ‘Oni’ has been sculpted onto the ends of the drumsticks.

Standing with its legs closed is no problem, thanks to the lightweight of the figures.

Time to get into the action.

Flexible hip articulation offer collectors a greater range of dynamic poses.

S.I.C. Kiwami figures are really quite a bargain, and this little guy sure packs a great deal of fun. The fact that the drumsticks are moulded as one piece with the hands makes Hibiki a much easier figure to play with than its successors, as you do not have to deal with the stress of weapons constantly slipping out of its hands. Kiwami’s instalment of Hibiki may stand only a little more than 4 inches, but this figure does a fantastic job at being a display item as well as a desktop playmate.

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    • Ben
    • December 27th, 2010

    Dude, I love your reviews. Very thorough, great photographs. I currently own 27 of the original SIC line, and I was considering getting some of these smaller ones after reading up on them. My main interest is to have them in poses on stands…do you have any recommendation as to what stand I should get for these?

    • Hey there, thanks!

      The Tamashii Stage Act 3 (or 4) are good choices for the S.I.C. Kiwami figures. They’re so light, most stands have no problem supporting them at all. The Tamashii Stage Act stands comes in packs of 3 with various lengths and adjustments, and they work for other small to medium-sized action figures produced by Bandai too.

      The di:stage series by Max Factory would probably work well too, but the Tamashii Stage Acts are cheaper as they come with 3 bases per pack, and they’re more than enough to support the Kiwami figures.

        • Nightslash3535
        • January 9th, 2011

        How about the Act 5, I think it’s more mecha specific.

  1. Act 5 is supposedly stronger, but unless you want to keep the Kiwami permanently in the air, the rod attached to the base looks like it’s too long for the Kiwami figures.

      • Nightslash3535
      • January 12th, 2011

      I guess Act 5s are more for my Robot Damashii and Super Robot Chogokin figures, I’ll stick with Stage 4 for my Kamen Riders.

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