Review: SH Figuarts Kamen Rider Faiz
[This is an SH Figuarts review]
Up for review is one of the newest releases from Bandai’s SH Figuarts line. Hailing from my favorite series, Kamen Rider 555, Kamen Rider Faiz is the main rider that has a certain air about him. Everything about the character, from his design to his movements, scream badass. If you don’t believe me, catch a taste of his finishers. While you’re at it just watch the show.
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. Part of me now wants a new one now. Every complaint that I’ve had with the Double figure 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 very consistent and it might be something expected from a mass release figure. My Faiz also has plastic splotches on his massive thunder thighs. I find the sculpting/design of his right foot a little off. Something about it looks like his toes either belongs to his left foot, or that the toes are designed to be universally used on either foot. Either way, those feet look like clown feet. It doesn’t help that my left knee pad likes to pop off. The biggest complaint that I have is that Bandai failed to have painted his fingertips! Otherwise, the figure is really good. The sculpt is satisfying; even the bottom of his feet are sculpted. Part of me wishes that his belt removable… since we all know that piece of equipment went around… a lot.
EDIT: I have since fixed the issue that I had with the fingertips. Follow the tutorial here.
Accessories: Faiz is one of those riders that heavily rely 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 the upcoming AutoVaijin. This figure also lacks motorcycle hands; and that’s a damn shame.
Overall: For me Faiz was the peak of Kamen Rider. It’s only natural that I gush about this figure. Though I’m also on a quest to be a completest for Kamen Rider Figuarts, I really jumped on board because of how awesome Faiz and Ichigo looked. I like the figure enough to ignore the minor problems, and hopefully the upcoming Axel and Blaster mode touch up on those problems. Kaiza and Delta are supposedly in the works, so this definitely is a line to keep an eye on. Then I’ll just wish Bandai made a SHF Side Bassher and Jetsliger… oh my poor poor wallet.