While the gap between the reveal of the name and the first images of the new Kamen Rider are excruciating, the drop of the 1st Quarter catalogue is one of the most exciting days of the tokusatsu calendar! Here’s our first true look at Kamen Rider Zero-One…
The inaugural Kamen Rider offering of the Reiwa Era, Kamen Rider Zero-One will feature three Riders in the show’s 1st quarter, as well as a number of alternative and powerup forms; Toei Company really are hitting the ground running with this series!
The programme’s main henshin hero, Zero-One, will sport a yellow and black base form, accessed using the show’s main gimmick, Progrise Keys. Progrise Keys are small audio cassette style devices that hold the forms and weapons of our new Kamen Rider. He will transform using the Hiden Zero-One Driver, as pictured below.
Featuring multiple transformations, Kamen Rider Zero-One’s main sidearm is the Attache Calibur.
Further catalogue images have also revealed additional forms and Progrise Keys for Kamen Rider Zero-One. From the left, in the image below, we can see Flying Falcon, Biting Shark, Flaming Tiger, and Freezing Bear.
As the show progresses, Zero-One will receive his first upgrade form: Shining Hopper.
In Shining Hopper form, Zero-One will wield the Authorise Buster. This weapon will also be shared with secondary Riders.
Ever Rider needs bike (or they’re just a Kamen Walker, right?) and Zero-One is no different. The Risephone will convert between cellphone and motorcycle for the Kamen Rider’s convenience.
The DX toy release of the Risephone will be scaled to accommodate Rider Kicks Figures, unofficially announcing that the RKF series will carry forward into the Reiwa Era. This Rider Kicks advertisment also gives us better full person shots of Kamen Rider Zero-One.
Presumably holding the ability to chain together Progrise Key powers, this is the Progrise Key Connector. The DX toy release will be bundled with the Amazing Hercules Progrise Key.
Zero-One will not be the only Kamen Rider we’ll see in the show’s 1st quarter, though. These scans reveal secondary and tertiary Riders, Kamen Rider Vulcan, Kamen Rider Valkyrie, Kamen Rider Horobi, and Kamen Rider Jin.
Kamen Rider Vulcan’s catalogue reveal suggests that his base form will be Shooting Wolf, utilising a hand held transformation device modelled after a gun, the Aims Shot Riser.
Vulcan’s main sidearm will be the Attache Shotgun, another transformable weapon.
Production images from the scans give us a closer look at Kamen Rider Vulcan as well as the prop version of the Arms Shot Riser.
Accessed via the Punching Kong Progrise Key, we know that Kamen Rider Vulcan will also be able to access other forms.
We also know that Vulcan will receive a Q1 upgrade form: Assault Wolf.
Our other secondary Rider, Kamen Rider Valkyrie, appears to be female! Hopefully this interpretation is true; we are long overdue a female main Rider. Regardless, Valkyrie will transform using the Rushing Cheetah Progrise Key. As a toy release, it will come bundled with the DX Progrise Key Holder. Like Kamen Rider Vulcan, Valkyrie will transform with the use of the Aims Shot Riser.
Another form for Kamen Rider Valkyrie has been revealed as Lightning Hornet.
In addition to these secondary Riders, the catalogue scans also reveal a couple of tertiary Riders. First up, is Kamen Rider Horobi. Horobi will have his own transformation device, the Forcerise Driver, and will utilise the Sting Scorpion Progrise Key.
Kamen Rider Horobi’s sidearm will be another transforming weapon, the Attache Arrow.
As pictured in the Rider Kicks scan above, another tertiary Rider called Kamen Rider Jin will join the series. Judging by the characters relative absence from the first quarter scans, though, we expect them to arrive closer to the second quarter of the series with any releated Progrise Keys, Drivers and weapons being released then.
Finally, the catalogue scans also featured a full sized mecha but little is know about it at this time. We’ll update the article when we get more information.
Hoo, boy! That’s a lot of toy reveals. We collectors better prepare our wallets accordingly!
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