Review: SH Figuarts Kamen Rider Fourze Base States w/ Stand & Effect Set
[This is an SH Figuarts review]
Instead of playing catchup, I figure it would be much more effective to cover the newer stuff and then go backwards when I get the chance. Since I haven’t reviewed an SH Figuarts toy in a while, I’d like to swing through with the current Kamen Rider Fourze. Though I missed out on getting a preorder on the Switch Module set, I also have the Stand & Effects Part set. I have to admit, though I didn’t hate the costume design at first, I was still somewhat skeptical and needed to see it on-screen before making any judgements towards it. I think I’m part of the small camp that actually liked the suit that early on. Either way, I’m really excited about this figure. Here are the reviews.
Kamen Rider Fourze Base States
Figure: Kamen Rider Fourze is so nice, I honestly don’t know what to say about it. The figure looks Fourze-tastic! Just look at that sculpt and paint deco… then look at some of the early era Figuarts. How can I complain about anything? Even the articulation, as standard as it is, allows for some really good poses. To imitate the characters switch gimmick, all four limbs are made to detach. I think Bandai learned from OOO that they can only get away with so much from their customers. The one complaint I do have is somewhat minor. The switches, on the Fourze driver, are prone to falling off. This can get quite troublesome, considering each piece is incredibly tiny. Lastly, the faceplate should be glossy and not matte.
Accessories: To capitalize on the series, Bandai has limited the accessory count for Fourze… that’s understandable I guess. How could they have packed all forty modules? Included with the figure are the two popular ones, Rocket Arm and Drill Leg. These look great, and I’m just wondering why they are panel-lined. This makes me wish that they panel-lined parts of Fourze. There are also three sets of hands; leaving the hands that hold things missing. If you want those, you’re going to have to get the upcoming Massigler. Lastly, there is an extra drill switch; does Bandai think that we’ll lose the original? It isn’t something that can be held independently, so I don’t see what the point of it is… at all. Can someone explain this to me?
Overall: When the Kamen Rider OOO Figuart came out, I blamed its lack of perfection on it being rushed for consumers. I feel like Fourze had even less time than that, and it’s a better figure. In fact, dare I say that it’s perfect. Seriously… Bandai has stepped up their game since Kamen Rider New Den-O, and I have loved every new release. Kamen Rider Fourze is no exception. I can’t think of a legitimate complaint for this figure, and can only admire at how solid it is. Thank you Bandai… this is quite possibly the Figuart of the year?
Stand & Effect Set: The Kamen Rider Fourze Stand & Effect Set is just another fancy character specific stand. I’m telling you, Bandai is really smart on how to milk their brands. Included in the set is a nice Tamashii Stage base that has the name of the figure and sparkles infused in the plastic. There are also two mounts for the drill module: a large one and a small one. The large one looks nice and doesn’t need an arm to hold the figure up. The effects part is for the rocket arm. The figure’s rocket arm has boosters that are supposed to be unplugged, and then the new thruster plugs in their stead. Unfortunately these plugs are shaped differently than they should, rendering the part useless. What gives? Overall, I’d say that this is a completely useless purchase. While the bases are cool, you can definitely live without them.