[This is an SH Figuarts review]
Up is one of the newest releases from Bandai’s SH Figuarts line – Kamen Rider Faiz. This character hails from my favorite series, Kamen Rider 555, and rocks a kick-ass design; his movements even scream badass. Here is the review.
Kamen Rider Faiz
Figure: The first thing I noticed is that its joints were a lot tighter than the Kamen Rider W that I have. Every complaint that I’ve had with Double is now gone. The hands are really easy to change, and the arms are fairly tight. But I do have a few qualms with it. The paint job isn’t very strong. The red accents aren’t consistent; this might be expected from a mass release figure though. My Faiz also has plastic splotches on his massive thunder thighs. The sculpting/design of his right foot is a little off; his toes looks like it belongs on either foot. Either way, they look like clown feet. It also probably doesn’t help that my left knee pad likes to pop off. The biggest complaint that I have is that Bandai failed to paint his fingertips! Otherwise, the figure is really good. The sculpt is satisfying; even the bottom of his feet are sculpted.
Accessories: Faiz is one of those riders that heavily relies on his tech. You see what he comes with? That’s a lot of different belt and phone options. There’s really nothing you can’t reenact. What would have made this complete, however, is a Smart Brain carrying case. His open hand also seems to have a hard time holding the Faiz Edge. That makes me wonder if this will be a playable feature for AutoVaijin. This figure also lacks motorcycle hands; that’s a damn shame.
Overall: For me, Kamen Rider 555 was the peak of my fanboyism for the Kamen Rider series. It’s only natural that I gush with nostalgia. Though I’m on a quest to be a Kamen Rider Figuarts completest, I really jumped on board because of how awesome this figure looked. I like the figure enough to ignore the minor problems, and hopefully the upcoming Kamen Rider Faiz Axel Form and Kamen Rider Faiz Blaster Form correct those problems. Kamen Rider Kaixa and Kamen Rider Delta are supposedly in the works, so keep your eyes open.