Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: [Bandai] S.I.C. Volume 41 Appologeist

Figure Information
Manufacturer: Bandai
Origin Series: Kamen Rider X
Scale: Non-Scale
Height: Approximately 18cm tall
Original Price: 6,300 Yen (2-Pack)

Figure Details:

I'm skipping the box section since you can always view it at SIC 41-A review; Anyway despite the name being spelled as Appologeist on the box, I'd like to spell it as Apollo Geist instead and that's what you'll be seeing the most in the review. XD

In the 2-pack volume, Apollo Geist really stands out in the detail area and this is, in fact, his strongest point. S.I.C. gave Apollo Geist a complete make over from being a man in a mask and black suit to something that feels completely strong and somewhat more armored than the original design; this is probably the most imaginative thing I saw since Blade XD aside from the panel lining, Apollo Geist is now given greaves his body now looking a lot more muscular and even having a different color.

The colors used on him were top notch and the shades of gold(?) made it more appropriate for him supposedly being themed after Greek Mythology. The metallic red also does a very very pleasing factor for Geist here and despite having a very long cape, it's made up of light and soft plastic so it won't pull down his balance.

There's an extra shoulder plate which you can also attach to his left shoulder and thus, gives him more protection of an armor; while I'm not sure if this is supposed to be there in the first place or not, it does give you a slight variant for displaying.

Removing his mask reveals a very detailed ugly yet cool face details inside and it's ridiculously detailed to the bone which is really really impressive by many ways. It is also in this mode where you can get X's mouth mask and use it on Apollo Geist, giving another head display variant.

And finally, we have the revived head, where he has the perfecter on his mask and this is probably the Apollo Geist that everyone, who watched Decade and not X, knows. And this head above all. is my favorite as the perfecter is magnificently done and even painted in delicious looking silver.


Aside from the revived head seen above, Apollo Geist comes with his Shotgun, his very own blade that directly attached to his right arm and the Geist Cutter, which is his shield. Apart from a few more extra hand sets, Apollo Geist is pretty much complete in accessories as far as my knowledge on him is concerned, thus, making the Vol. 41 set a very good accessory-filled 2-pack.


Join breakdown are pretty much the same as X's but there's a big catch for Apollo Geist... Despite being a very eye pleasing design, on SIC terms of articulation, his articulation fails miserably for someone having a newer frame than old Showa Villains like Shadow Moon.

Still having the very same shoulder limit that's present in most SICs, Apollo Geist certainly has more additional limitations such as his ball-jointed hips which doesn't quite move too well thanks to his waist armor/pad/whatever. Thus this also makes kneeling poses quite impossible as well.

Attaching his blade also further limits his movement if you'd like to keep it down since the blade is too long for starters and you can actually have him hold it straight down since the blade itself is longer than the length of his waist to to his feet which is depressing really since you can't pose it around too well even though it's really awesome to look at.

Final Thoughts:

Again, the pack itself is worth it for any of the 2 as such both just have their own pros and cons; and in Apollo Geist's case, he just happened to be something that's more of a display piece rather than something you can totally mess around with in terms of play value that X possesses. But seriously, SIC rarely makes Rider villains and as for this one, he's pretty much the badass villain standing next to my favorite SIC rendition villain, Gaoh.

Rating (Out of 10)
Details 10
Price 9

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