Here is one of the newest releases from Bandai, SH Figuarts Kamen Rider Faiz. This character hails from my favorite series, Kamen Rider 555, and rocks a kick-ass design. Here is the review.
SH Figuarts Kamen Rider Faiz
Figure: The first thing I noticed is that the joints were a lot tighter here than they are on my SH Figuarts Kamen Rider W. Every complaint that I’ve had is now gone. The hands are easy to change and the arms are tight. But I do, however, have a few qualms. First, the paint job isn’t very strong; the red accents aren’t consistent. My Faiz also has plastic splotches on his massive thunder thighs. The sculpting/design of his right foot 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 I have is that Bandai failed to paint his fingertips! Otherwise, the figure’s really good. The sculpt is satisfying; even the bottom of his feet are sculpted.
Accessories: Kamen Rider Faiz is one of those riders that heavily relies on his tech. You see what he comes with? That’s a ton of different belt and phone options there. 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. This makes me wonder if this will be a playable feature for a future AutoVaijin. This figure also lacks motorcycle hands; that’s a damn shame.
Overall: For me, Kamen Rider 555 was the peak of my fanboy-ism 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. Hopefully the upcoming Kamen Rider Faiz Axel Form and Kamen Rider Faiz Blaster Form will correct some of the problems I’ve had with this release. Kamen Rider Kaixa and Kamen Rider Delta are supposedly in the works too, so keep your eyes open.