S.I.C. Kiwami – Kamen Rider Kuuga

Based on the design of Ando’s S.I.C. Kuuga (Decade Edition), S.I.C. Kiwami is out to revamp itself with several firsts for this release of Kamen Rider Kuuga. For starters, the RRP is set at a new high of 1,500 yen, along with a new packaging design packed full of accessories to livin’ up the experience of this figure.

The figure comes with a Stage Act stand with its unique “Masked Rider Kuuga” decal design, a flaming effect part you can equip to its feet or hands, plus a Grongi symbol printed on a piece of clear acetate to recreate Kuuga’s very own ‘Rider Kick’ SFX effect.

The paint job is top notch this time. His armour comes painted in a glossy metallic red which sets a nice contrast against the matte black of the suit. The compound eyes are equally glossy, and clear parts have been used on the Henshin device also. The detail is incredible for a figure of this scale, as all the inscriptions and engravings on its armour is all there.

Ankle articulation is great, as the feet is able to lie flatly on the surface even when the legs are posed spread out at a dynamic angle. All joints are appropriately firm, and the fire effect also locks into position without difficulty on Kuuga’s feet.

The price may be a little higher than previous S.I.C. Kiwami figures, and whilst we don’t know if this is a one-off effort or if Bandai has decided to invest more effect into their S.I.C. Kiwami line, but this Kuuga figure is easily the best in the series yet. The stand and effect part genuinely adds a lot of fun factor to the piece, and isn’t some random chunk tossed in just to jack up the price. Articulation, paint application and sculpt is also of a consistently high standard for this figure, something which cannot be said for previous Kiwami figure, which seems to be riddled with floppy articulation and various nonsense.

With Decade and Rising Ultimate Kuuga coming up, the 3 would no doubt make a neat trio from Decade if Bandai maintains the quality.

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