Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: [Bandai] S.I.C. Volume 41 Kamen Rider X

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

Figure Box:

The overall box style is your typical SIC boxes but the design is really nice and even though I haven't really watched Kamen Rider X yet, I must say that the box design patterned after his suit does give this really cool box design.

Figure Details:

X is the very first Showa Rider to actually receive the updated style for SIC which are slightly altered but heavily detailed versions of the original suit. As such, he does not possess the thin bug-like humanoids that previous Showa riders possessed (like Black and Amazon).

Again, the overall design is somewhat more show accurate than previous Showa Riders especially his head, and again, compound eyes are present and they look magnificent as always. One of the major changes is giving him shoulder pads this time through adjusting his red pads on his suit and instead of dull red/orange from the original, it's completely in lovely metallic red; and as something that I've always loved from SICs is that the overall paint work would always be stunning. The most important part of the details for me is that his supposed leather suit have all this folds all throughout his body frame and this really compliments his design making it look a lot better instead of the plain and slightly fat look of the original suit.


Aside from the usual extra hands, X has a bunch of accessories which the Ridol forms and SIC even goes further by providing us with more than his known accessories. X comes with his Ridol rod (a long and a short one), a ridol whip, a ridol saber and as a bonus, the ridol in gun mode. So basically, you have a pretty complete package for X already. O w O b


X is also the first Showa Rider to have a rather improved articulation, a ball jointed neck, shoulders, hips, waist and ankles; a single jointed hinge on his elbows and double jointed knees. His scarf on swivels so there's least you can with it.

Going to more specifics, X's neck doesn't really flex too well but only on downwards but upwards, it certainly does wonders; again, as usual SIC problems, the shoulder pads quite limits the shoulder joints. And lastly, even though his elbow joints are single hinged, X can really do quite a number of poses even dynamic ones to boot.

Thanks also to his vast accessories, his play value also increases and he really is the stronger of the 2 pack in terms of play; X actually has a really fun articulation and even though not at par with the newer ones in overall joints, he's certainly won it (and I really think he's the best out of all showa riders so far, yes, better than Stronger).

Final Thoughts:

X was truly a winner in both articulation and design back in his time and I highly recommend getting him at the very least (and sell Apollo Geist if you don't want him). And seriously, out of the Showa Riders I own right now, X is pretty much on the top along with Vol. 9 V3. The price point aint bad either since it's cheaper than the succeeding 2-packs from Volume 41.

Rating (Out of 10)
Details 10
Price 9

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