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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Build Genius Form

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes us back to the long-lost past of 2017 with Kamen Rider Build and his ultimate incarnation; Genius Form!

In an effort to better utilise the powers of the Full Bottles, Sento Kiryu developed the Genius Full Bottle to balance out the offensive and defensive capabilities of previous forms and to better combat the ever-evolving threat of Evol and Mad Rogue.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Build Genius Form by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Going ガガガ – A Tokusatsu GaGaGa Series Review

Channelling the fandom troubles of geeks and nerds everywhere, Tokusatsu GaGaGa was a series that kept us feeling gaga from start to finish.

We’ve all seen Akibaranger, right? I feel confident making that statement to the toku-watching community as a whole and, at the very least, you’ll be aware of it’s themes or those wacky GIFs of the “Powerful Rangers”.

So what if I told you that there was a show that captured the toku otaku experience even more-so than that? A show that dealt with tokusatsu as a fandom, fandom as a stigma, camaraderie, societal and familial pressures, and living up to the ideals that inspired us as children?

That show would be Tokusatsu GaGaGa; an adaptation of the Niwa Tanba manga of the same name that follows Kano Nakamura as she navigates her mid-20’s in a serious career while hiding her geekiness from her co-workers and family. It’s a very engaging story for me personally but I think it’s broader implications are what make it stand out amongst the J-Dramas aimed at people who like rubber monsters and explosions.

Simply put; Tokusatsu GaGaGa is about feeling ‘other’ in what most would define as ‘regular’ society. It’s about hiding something core to your self-identity out of fear of rejection, being ostracised by your peers, or as just being too childish, something many in the Western toku fan base has bemoaned when Power Rangers is derided in mainstream consciousness.

These themes are explored in the show in a number of different and unique ways, from metaphorical cuts to the in-show Sentai and Metal Hero series (Bestial Storm Jushowan and Emerjason, respectively), delusional instances of superheroes appearing to Kano to inspire her, or how certain characters compare experiences in differing fandoms. [Warning: Character and Plot SPOILERS AHEAD]

Lead actress Fuka Koshiba, and the rest of the cast to an extent, excel in bringing to life these relatable characters and making their respective journeys truly engaging. Kano Nakamura is a fantastic character who and the expressiveness of Fuka’s acting highlights both her dramatic and comedic elements. Frankly, I’d love to see Fuka in a proper Toei show, she’s got the chops to be a fantastic Sentai Red.

Joining Kano are “Sentai Sempai” Hisami Yoshida, an older sister-type with a fondness for butts. Her relationship with Kano is sweet and almost borders on the homoerotic sometimes and I honestly can’t tell if that’s intentional or I’m just reading too much into the long, lingering looks that they share frequently. I’m just saying, this show is already one big analogy to being LGBTQ+, I wouldn’t put it past author/directorial intent (I haven’t read the source material to confirm if it’s like that there) that it is.

There is also “Stoic Idol Fan” Yuko Kitashiro, Kano’s hard-nosed co-worker who hides a love of J-Idols The Bee Boys behind her Aubrey Plaza-esque looks. “Mr Yakuza” Masaaki Matsumoto, a crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside shop owner who feels great shame for his love of magical girl shows and “Damian” Taku Tamiya, a cram school kid who befriends Kano and acts as a mirror to Kano’s own childhood experiences. Each highlights an aspect of her personality and allow us to explore Kano’s views on life.

There are other ancillary characters who act as plot points or comic relief but the only other character of note is Fumi Nakamura, Kano’s mother. Often represented as the ever-present villain of Jushowan, Genka Shogun, Fumi is an over-bearing traditional mother who projects her values onto her daughter and much anxiety ensues. This is an experience that I’ve had and I’m sure it’s something many who love superheroes into their adulthood have had to deal though with the genre becoming more mainstream, this is being mitigated somewhat.

Kano’s arc with her mother is pretty compelling and you almost begin to sympathise with Fumi until a fateful lunch date when she goes too far and then IT IS ON. Seriously, there’s a moment in episode 6 that made me scream “Get ‘er, Kano!” as the show’s theme song (performed by Golden Bomber, whose lead singer performed Life is SHOW TIME) kicks in and it’s absolutely brilliant.

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In terms of being a tokusatsu, there’s plenty of references, homages, and production details that call back to the long history of toku in Japan. Cameos of suit actors, beloved voice actors, and the action director himself being a suit actor alumni all give this show a pedigree to rival that of any official Toei production (Toei did lend their aid to this NHK production though to what extent, I don’t know). The suits look just as good as something Toei themselves would produce and I would definitely watch an Emerjason show!

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I heartily recommend checking out Tokusatsu GaGaGa if you’re looking for something out of the usual toku shows that has a lot of heart and a genuine love for the genre. The 7 episode show was subbed by both Big Nova Subs and TV-Nihon and can be found wherever you’d usually find fan-subs.

Have you seen Tokusatsu GaGaGa? What were your thoughts on it? Let us know!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Rogue

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2017 with Kamen Rider Rogue!

Ambitious politician turned comedy sidekick, Gentoku Himuro (氷室 幻徳), spent most of Build being a massive edgelord but then became a good guy just long enough to redeem himself in the fight against Evolto.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Rogue by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Genm

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Genm!

Aspiring God, Kuroto Dan (檀 黎斗), is the CEO of GENM Corp, Undead Bugster, and comedy heel who acts as both serious and goofy antagonist to the doctors of the CR. Using the Proto Mighty Action X and Dangerous Zombie Gashats, he becomes Zombie Action Gamer Level X-0.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Genm by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Woz

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s continues the RiderArmor gimmick with an all-new base figure; Kamen Rider Woz.

Hailing from an alternate future where Geiz succeeded in killing Oma Zi-O. Kamen Rider Woz (仮面ライダーウォズ) decided travelled back in time to assist his would-be saviour in killing Oma Zi-O, while also collecting Miridewatches from Riders who shouldn’t exist in our future.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Woz by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

Each of these figures is available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – DecadeArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

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DecadeArmor (ディケイドアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Decade-based form accessed using the Decade Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Decade’s default form. Other Ridewatches can be inserted into the Decade Ridewatch to augment the DecadeArmor with the power of past upgrade or super forms.

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Its default visor and chest plates spell out “Decade” (ディケイド) in katakana. In it’s Build Form, the chest and left shoulder of DecadeArmor Build Form read “Sparkling” (スパークリング) in katakana, while the right shoulder reads “Build” (ビルド).

A full review of the RKF DecadeArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, unlike other RiderArmor figures, is being offered on the same pricing scale as Rider Kicks Figures available from Toku Toy Store for £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Ex-Aid!

Gaming doctor, Emu Hojo (宝生 永夢), also known by his gaming persona M, is a 24 year-old medical intern at Seito University Hospital, and transforms into Kamen Rider Ex-Aid (仮面ライダーエグゼイド), who saves his patient by eliminating the Bugster virus within them.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Evol

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2017 with Kamen Rider Evol!

Alien conqueror, Evolto (エボルト), was a member of the Blood Tribe who manipulated the power of Pandora Box, a powerful Blood Tribe weapon used to annihilate the civilization of Mars and was the primary antagonist of the Kamen Rider Build TV series.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Evol by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Cross-ZBuild

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of Summer 2018 with Kamen Rider Cross-ZBuild!

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Cross-ZBuild Form (クローズビルドフォーム) is Build’s fusion form, combining the powers of Build and Cross-Z and fusing Sento and Ryuga into one body. It’s accessed using the Cross-ZBuild Can, a transfusion of the Genius Fullbottle with Gold Rabbit and Silver Dragon Fullbottle in the 2018 summer movie, Kamen Rider Build: Be The One.

A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Cross-ZBuild by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – OOOArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

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OOOArmor (OOOアーマー) is a Kamen Rider OOO-based form accessed using the OOO Ridewatch, homaging Kamen Rider OOO’s Tatoba Combo.

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When summoned, the armor takes the form of a robotic hawk, tiger, and grasshopper before transforming into armor and attaching to the user.

 

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RKF_OOO_Toku Toy Store (3)In the show, depending on whether it is used by ZiO or Geiz, its visor spells out “OOO” (オーズ) in katakana or “OOO” (おーず) in hiragana respectively, though the toy only includes a Zi-O faceplate. The armor chest-plate reads “Taka” (タカ), “Tora” (トラ), and “Batta” (バッタ).

You can watch the full review of this Rider Armor here:

Each of the Rider Armor figures is available from Toku Toy Store at £19.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!