Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: [Bandai] S.I.C. Volume 48 Kamen Rider Gaoh

Figure Information
Manufacturer: Bandai
Origin Series: Gekijouban Kamen Rider Den-O: Ore, Tanjou!
Scale: Non-Scale
Height: Approximately 18cm tall
Original Price: 6,825 Yen (2-pack)

Figure Box:

Well, if you've been a loyal reader XD You'd know that I only possess Gaoh from vol. 48 and I do not have Kintaros; I just bought Gaoh from a friend because I really didn't want to get the Imagins even if I like them. So getting it from a friend, I don't have a box to discuss but it's typically your Den-O box now colored in Gaoh's Bronze color. Anyway since I don't have a box shot, you can just check it here.

Figure Details:

Basically for me, Gaoh has the best SIC rendition in the entire Den-O cast to date, his design is just ridiculously awesome in many ways and is really really WAY better than the original suit design. A lot of his details were totally beefed up such as the Tyrano shoulder pads and that spike on his chest armor have been enlarged giving it a more menacing feel to it and his head design is a little accurate only more styled which helps it blend with his armor improvements. But as a Den-O rider, the only real difference he (and all the other riders) makes would be the upper half since frame and design wise, they all have same lower half only different in colors. But Gaoh doesn't really disappoint in anyway detail wise, his bronze (?) paint even further compliments his already detailed and improved design. As for the curious, he doesn't have die-cast parts on his frame, it's only used on the blade of the his Gaoh Gasher.


Similar to most Den-O riders, he doesn't have much accessory with, you form his weapon by assembling the gasher parts on his belt and finally attaching that long saw like blade on his fully combined gasher. Additionally like all, he has the rider pass which allows his full charge and slightly different, his pass is his own, the one with the infinity symbol in it. Additionally and surprisingly, he has the drumstick with him, which is slightly weird since Riders can't obvious eat unless you're Shin or Amazon, but still, a pretty welcomed accessory since you'd pretty much remember Gaoh eating one in the movie XD No pics of the accessories though you'll just have to see it later on.


He basically possesses the very same points as Den-O Sword Form's since they basically possess the same frame: Double ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, torso, hips and ankles, double jointed knees and elbows. You can just read it over more detailed at Sword Form's review or just look at the pics. XD Particularly, Gaoh only really suffers from the usual shoulder pad limitation and it's a pretty bad hit for him since Gaoh is one of those riders who like to raise arms.

How can you even eat that!? O.o

Possessing the already good points from the Den-O line, Gaoh's epic design helps in giving this figure a really menacing character; though limited by the shoulder pads, you can of course think of ways how to do it properly and Gaoh + his Gaoh Gasher is just plain badass especially if you make him do his trademark pose where he holds his pass high up before he attempts his Full Charge.

Final Thoughts:

I really can't say for the pack since I only have Gaoh here, but, as far as the value of Gaoh is concerned, then I'd say he's definitely worth it even if it is just him alone you're after, then by all means, get him. He's seriously one of the best SICs for me (at par with Dark Kiva) and is a real badass for display and besides, if you don't like Kintaros, you can always sell him out. But even with a few accessories, he's complete as he as and you'll need nothing more than creativeness to enjoy this guy fully.

Rating (Out of 10)
Details 10
Price 10

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