S.I.C. Kiwami – Kamen Rider Ryuuki

It’s time for another round of S.I.C. Kiwami reviews, and the one to take the spotlight this time is Kamen Rider Ryuuki. Released in the July of 2009, he is the 2nd Heisei Kamen Rider lead to be brought into the S.I.C. Kiwami line.

One thing about this figure that is noticeably different from the original S.I.C. sculpt is the angle in which the lines of the visor are positioned, giving the figure a much more aggressive gaze. The red of the suit remains mostly in its original plastic colour, with a few splashes of metallic red here and there to highlight some of the detail.

Accessories packed with the figure includes the Drag Claw painted in a deep metallic red, the Drag Sabre, and a hand holding a fixed Advent Card (the card’s surface is blank)

Love the asymmetrical panel line design sculpted into the chest plate. The eyes are painted on instead of using a clear piece underneath the mask, but considering the scale of the figure, this actually gives the eyes a more defined appearance.

The shoulder armour sort of just hangs between the shoulder sockets and its arms, so while they are rotatable to some degree, it doesn’t really get in the way of its mobility.

The articulation in the ankles are quite good, but the same could not be said for the thighs. You’ll need to give it a few strategic twists here and there, plus the right viewing angle to get that hot-blooded “legs-spread-out” battle stance. The shin guards and the armour around the lower arms are done in a matte black with a brush of metallic powder, giving it a gunmetal-like effect which makes up for the raw plastic colour used on the red of the figure.

The knees can bend back quite well.

The Drag Claw has articulation at the jaw.

Since the card is fixed onto the hand permanently, it makes posing a lot easier when you do not have to worry about it falling out all the time, or put up with the risk of it being forever lost in the dark corners of your room.

This is what I was talking about before when you need to rely on angles.

The hand included has a fairly closed grip on the Drag Sabre, and while it is prone to flopping around a little, it never actually falls out.

The Drag Claw is attached by connecting it to the arm’s elbow socket, giving it the same range of motion as Ryuuki’s lower arm would when attached.

Having been taken aback initially by the raw plastic colour of the suit seen in the photos of other collectors, this figure really put me off from the entire Kiwami series. But considering the price, I’d have to say it doesn’t look so bad in person.

The accessories are quite stable, and this contributes a great deal to the figure’s play value, and the revised head sculpt definitely deserves to be given a nod. In a nutshell, this is another very solid effort from Bandai, with a friendly price tag for those on a budget. It might not be perfect, but it definitely triumphs over other posable action figures within the same price range.

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    • Nightslash3535
    • February 8th, 2011

    Hate those raw red plastic, try some $2 Gundam markers for a weathered look.

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