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SODO Sundays- December 9, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, more Zi-O Set 4 and the official start of Set 5.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

Set 4 gets one last release in just in time for Set 5. The Kuuga Armor, which is set to debut in Heisei Generations Forever is joining the SODO line. Just like the Drive Armor special arm pieces are included to get the full effect of the armor, but there’s also an option to use stickers for the arm pieces as well.

The full lineup for Zi-O Set 4 is the OOO, Blade, Kiva, Kabuto, and Kuuga Armors, along with their bodies.

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Set 5 has had its first official figure reveal as well. After already teasing Wizard and Gaim for this wave the Decade Armor has become the first one to be officially revealed. This armor features the stickers to make the Rider Card looking face design. and it also comes with the Ride Heiseiber. Bandai has stated they have plans to make the other forms of the Decade Armor down the line as well.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 9 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 2! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel.

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This Week in Tokusatsu – Dec 8th, 2018

Lupinranger vs Patoranger’s final arc continues this week, in explosive form! On the Kamen Rider side of things, Kamen Rider Zi-O’s Ghost Arc begins, and Decade returns! Let’s dive in, shall we?

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All seven rangers are forced to come together to battle the Gangler general Destra this week, after being soundly defeated on their own. The battles have weight and consequences, which is always a refreshing touch and a good way to ground the show in a realistic setting, including injured rangers and the city being evacuated. Even the police, minus the Patorangers, are evacuated so Destra can be dealt with. A surprising source of conflict, though, comes in the form of Kogure asking Noel to step down from his duties as Lupin X.

There’s a bit of intrigue here as well, as the preparation for the fight spends a lot of time focusing on how each red ranger thinks he can use the other. Kairi knows Keiichiro will protect people, and Keiichiro, in turn, counts on Kairi’s greed and lust for the collection to guide him. In the end, both men behave as the other predicts, leading to Keiichiro actually saving Kairi’s life.

After forming Good Cool Kaiser X, the rangers are paired up based on their roles, with Noel, Kairi, and Keiichiro making up the “head” or lead section of the machine. Touma and Tsukasa end up on one side, with the remainder going to Sakuya and Umika. It makes for a brief but interesting exchange, and once the moment passes, the rangers get down to business and take on Destra.

Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 13

This week kicks off the Ghost Arc of Kamen Rider Zi-O, and features some big moments and returning characters. Kicking things off, we first meet Tenkuuji Takeru, Kamen Rider Ghost, and actor Nishime Shun returns to fill the role. Another Ghost appears, and Woz throws his lot in with the Time Jackers?! Though we are not told who he means, Woz tells Swartz, Hora, and Uhr about a man who will alter the course of history in regards to Oma Zi-O’s rise to power. It’s implied, at first, that this is Geiz, coming off the heels of Woz revealing his book can no longer accurately predict the future. It is a history book from a specific timeline, after all.

As Another Ghost continues to attack, Sougo, Takeru, and the others begin to discover a method to its seemingly chaotic attacks, and find that it is targeting people whose actions cause accidents resulting in the injury or death of Innocents. This starts with a factory, then a hot dog cart with a gas leak, and at the factory site, we learn that Another Ghost is, more or less, a zombie. The identity of Another Ghost is revealed in a way that paints it as a tragic figure, the Time Jackers using the man behind the mask for their own means.

When Decade does appear, he is using Agito form and the Neo Decadriver, and takes on Geiz and Sougo before leaving. An interesting point is that Decade is firmly with the Time Jackers here, if only to fill his normal passing-through role. Hora even offers to back any succession to power Decade might want, though he refuses. In the final moments of the episode, we get to see Takeru shine, as Sougo is seemingly killed and Takeru is the only one who can see or communicate with the ghost left behind.

I feel as though this would have been a slightly better way to resolve the “two Sougos” problem caused by the Gaim arc, but this could certainly still lead to some interesting developments. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing more of what Decade will bring to the table in the following weeks.

Garo: Kami No Kiba

This movie has been out for a while, but in the lead up to covering the current Garo series, Jinga, it seems appropriate to start with this movie. The movie focuses on a group of horrors trying to use a dark makai knight to power an ark called the God’s Fang (Kami no Kiba), on which they will build a new world. The movie is set in the Dougai Ryuga universe of Garo, latest in that timeline on its release. I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in watching the new series, but cannot recommend it as an entry point, as a lot of the plot points rely on prior knowledge of previous Garo series, characters, and lore. However, for veterans, this film marks a return to form for the live-action side of Garo.

To set up this ritual, this ark, a Makai priestess named Banbi begins stealing the armours of veteran knights, and this is how we meet the returning characters from the other Ryuga-verse Garo series.

The new Makai Knight, Jinga, is played by Kamen Rider Decade’s Masahiro Inoue, and is at once a madman and a warrior. The contrast, as well as his horror powers and fighting ability, set him up quickly as a threat, with three knights and a priest unable to defeat him at first. Though the end of the film doesn’t directly set up the next tv series, it is fittingly cinematic, with the cgi-heavy armoured combat being well choreographed, if at times a bit too jarringly quick.

Overall, I recommend giving this film a watch, if only to keep up with Garo continuity, and especially if you plan on watching Jinga. The series itself will be covered in This Week in Toku starting next week.

What did you guys think of this week’s shows? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

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Gallery: Kamen Rider Zi-O – DX Time Mazine

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures and what would be a Rider without his signature ride? Shout it out loud and call forth the RKF-compatible – DX TIME MAZINE!

Time Mazines (タイムマジーン) are a type of time machine in the form of mechas which can transform between a flying Vehicle Mode (ビークルモード) and combat-ready Robo Mode (ロボモード). They are the means of time travel for Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz, as well as special models being used by the Resistance and the Time Jackers.

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The DX Time Mazine is capable of fitting most Rider Kick’s Figure-scale figures in it’s chest cockpit.

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You can watch the full review here:

This figure (with the DX OOO Ridewatch) is available on back order at Toku Toy Store for £79.99. Stay tuned for further Kamen Rider Zi-O reviews and galleries!

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER takes over Nagoya Central Park

Bandai Japan has put up oversized billboards to advertise their upcoming movie: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER!

As the Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER movie fast approaches in Japan, Toei have decided to show off the Kamen Riders by putting up oversized billboards for the Riders at Nagoya Central Park in Nagoya City in Japan.

The billboards will each be made up of an image of the Kamen Rider, their Heisei number (starting with Kamen Rider Kuuga starting at number 1 and finishing with Kamen Rider Zi-O at number 20) as well as when they aired on TV.

The billboards will be visible everyday leading up to the theatrical release of the movie between 10am and 9pm. Fans of the Kamen Riders that are visiting the area are encouraged to take pictures with their favourite Kamen Rider.

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The individual posters for Heisei Generations FOREVER.

What do you guys think of the billboards? Are they a nice way to advertise the movie? Share your thoughts with us on our social media pages!

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Kamen Rider Ryuki V-Buckle & Drag Visor CSM Set Packaging Revealed

Earlier this week, the Premium Bandai blog posted the first images of the upcoming Complete Selection Modification V-Buckle & Drag Visor. Let’s take a look at packaging for this CSM!

First of all, let’s take a look at the V-Buckle:

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As we can see, the box for it is pretty big as it does include seventeen Advent Decks (Ridewatch included for size comparison purposes). Also, in the background, you can see the back of Kamen Rider Knight’s helmet.

Now, we will have a look at the back of the box:

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The first thing you’ll notice is that the back of the box is a mirrored version of the front but with Kamen Rider Knight instead of Kamen Rider Ryuki. From this view, we can also see the back of Kamen Rider Ryuki’s helmet. The CSM logo is also reversed.

Next, let’s look at the Drag Visor packaging:

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This box is a fair amount smaller than the one that contains the V-Buckle but is no less detailed with an action shot of Kamen Rider Ryuki using the Drag Visor.

To finish, let’s have a look at the box that contains both boxes for the V-Buckle and the Drag Visor:

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On the front, we can see Ryuki in the middle, with twelve other Kamen Riders from the series, scattered in the background around him in a sort of shattered mirror effect.

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On the back of the set box, we can see Kamen Rider Ryuki and Kamen Rider Knight, both in Survive Mode, with their weapons locked. The CSM logo on here is also reversed like on the V-Buckle box.

Pre-orders have closed for this set, out in February 2019, but you can take a closer look at what it inside it here.

What do you think of the  packaging designs for the Kamen Rider Ryuki CSM V-Buckle and Drag Visor set? Are you happy with which Kamen Riders they have included? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: Bandai blog]
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SODO Sundays – November 25, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, more Zi-O and an appearance from the Build line!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

More toy exclusive form RideArmors have been revealed as part of Zi-O Set 4! Blade, Kabuto, and Kiva are next up. Featuring the Taka WatchRoid piece, a special wake-up leg, and a RideWatch version of Geiz’s Zikan Ax, each armor comes with a nice accessory.

The next armor to show up in the show, the Gaim Armor, has been teased and is expected to be revealed soon.

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Kamen Rider Build

After being somewhat confirmed a while ago pictures are finally here for the Kamen Rider Prime Rogue figure that is to be released in the special DX box in December.

Next time: Join us as we journey through the decade…

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 8 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 2! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel.

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – Ex-AidArmor

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!

RKF_Ex-AidArmor_Toku Toy Store (1)Ex-AidArmor (エグゼイドアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Ex-Aid-based form accessed using the Ex-Aid Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Ex-Aid’s Action Gamer Level 2, and wielding the Gashacon Breaker Breakers (ガシャコンブレイカーブレイカー) Much like Ex-Aid himself, the armor can generate Game Areas and create item blocks as well as grant its user great agility and jumping ability. 

RKF_Ex-AidArmor_Toku Toy Store (2)RKF_Ex-AidArmor_Toku Toy Store (3)Depending on whether it is used by Zi-O or Geiz, its visor spells out “Ex-Aid” (エグゼイド) in katakana or “Ex-Aid” (えぐぜいど) in hiragana, respectively. Additionally, the “HIT!” and other effect words that are projected are in katakana (ヒット!) or hiragana (ひっと!) rather than in English.

A full review of the RKF Ex-AidArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed 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!

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Anniversary Review: Gamer Driver

Mighty Flash! Mighty Back! Mighty Mighty Flashback!

A little over 10 years ago, we were given one of the first Kamen Rider anniversary series. Kamen Rider Decade gave us a look back through ten years worth of Riders, and how their stories evolved the franchise into what it is today. With another anniversary series currently airing, it seems appropriate we take another look back over the years, but this time we look at the Drivers, how they’ve progressed in terms of technology and gimmick, and if they still hold as much charm today as they did back then.

To close out our Anniversary Reviews, we have the Gamer Driver from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid!

Now I’m going to start by saying that I hated this Driver and the series when it first aired. I’m from a time when Riders were dark and broody, with occasional murder and mayhem. It wasn’t until a year after, when Build was ending, that I was bored one day, cleared everything on my to-do list, and thought “it’ll kill an hour or so”.

Three days later, I’d finished the series and all the movies, and had this thing on order…

So there you have it folks! Don’t judge a series by how brightly coloured the Rider is! Or by the fact it has a gaming theme… which actually turned out to be pretty great!

Onto, the Driver. It’s bright green, with shades of pink and trim in silver with black detailing. The Driver features one big handle on one side and a gaping hole on the other. When opening the handle, by pulling it out to the side, you have a big sticker on the inside of it with “GAMER DRIVER” in big spray-painty writing; you can now see what I refer to as the “Rider Window”. Through this window, you’ll see the Rider form inserted into that big hole. This is accomplished by a series of mirrors and a light up Gashat, the main gimmick of the series.

 

The Gashats are game themed gimmicks used to transform into the Rider, and subsequently install add-ons (yay game terminology!). It’s hard for me to describe exactly what the Gashats remind me of… but they’re really quite pretty! Not as pretty as OOO Medals… but what is?

Gashats come in 3 forms:

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Standard ones are the most used, one goes into each slot on the right side of the Gamer Driver, in the left slot will be the Rider form, in the right the add-on. Dual have three forms, one game per Gashat (eg: Mighty Brothers XX), two games per Gashat (eg: Taddle Fantasy / Bang Bang Simulations) or the Mighty Gashats. In all cases, the Dual Gashats (often referred to as Dual Gears) take up both slots. The Trophies are just smaller versions of the Standard Gashats, same functions, but simpler, with smaller “cartridges” on them, in toy terms, they function like SG/Gasha versions, with basic sounds, no lights and bare minimum of Driver interface.

All Gashats work the same kind of way, that being a 3 button interface and a light up “cartridge” that inserts into the Driver.

To start, press the black button, you’ll get the Gashats call out, insert it into the Driver and you’ll hear “Gashatto” (roughly meaning Click and Load), followed by the standard Rider jingle, which everyone gets. After the jingle (“Let’s Game! Mecha Game! Mucha Game! What’s your name?! I’m a Kamen Rider!”), open the Driver by pulling on the handle, you’ll then be greeted by “Gachan! (an onomatopoeic sound for opening) Level up!” and another jingle, along with a lit up Driver as the Gashats light is triggered.

Congratulations! You’re now a Gamer Rider!

To power down, simply close the Driver, you’ll hear it say “Gatchon” (an onomatopoeic sound for closing), now remove the Gashats, you’ll hear “Gashoon” (an onomatopoeic sound for something being removed) and all done!

The two buttons on the opposite side of the Gashat to the black button are triggered by the Driver. Depending on the order they are pressed, you’ll either get the level up sounds for the Driver, or the special attacks.

There are pegs at the back of the Gashat slot on the Driver, two static pegs and two that move. The static pegs trigger the henshin sound as the Gashats are inserted, the other two are triggered when the Driver is opened.

With the Dual Gashats, there is only the one set of buttons on them, so while they take both slots, only one side triggers them. In the case of Dual Gears Alpha and Beta (Knockout Fighter/Perfect Puzzle and Taddle Fantasy/Bang Bang Simulations) the desired game is chosen by twisting the switch on the front before inserting it into the Driver (or in Knockout/Puzzles case, the belt holder, as inserting that Gashat into the Gamer Driver will give you Perfect Knockout).

The sounds all come from the Gashats, so obviously are reliant on battery strength. If you’ve just pulled the tab on a brand new one, expect it to be a LOT louder than one you’ve been Henshining away with for months.

Overall, this Driver rocks; really cant say it any other way. While the colours can be off-putting at first, they’ve really grown on me! From the fear inducing Dangerous Zombie to the cuteness overload that is Tokimeki Crisis, this Driver really caters to most Rider fans. Especially when you throw in all the Legend Gashats that cover all main Riders from Kuuga to Ex-Aid himself, with a special appearance by Ichigo! I mean, really, couldn’t have a Legend gimmick set without Ichigo. Remember, if it wasn’t for him, you wouldn’t be reading this right now!

In terms of downsides, make sure you keep your Driver, especially the Gashat slot clean, if those pegs get gunked up with something (mine was second hand, appeared to have half a pot noodle spilled down there!) things won’t work so well! It can also be quite time consuming to clean out…

As mentioned, when the batteries start going, you’ll notice a real drop off in sound. From my own experience, even keeping a Gashat off to the side, without any buttons pressed, can somehow drain the batteries… so your best bet is to hold on to those battery tabs you always forget to pull out of things, then question why it isn’t working (Be honest, you’ve done that more than once!) and put them back in when not in use or on display.

The number of Gashats can also be a bit daunting, so if you’re a die hard collector, and got to have them all, just be aware, there is the main run of Riders and Upgrades, but there is also Proto, Special Editions with alternate paint schemes (often Chrome effect) and the Trophies. I don’t say this to put you off, just don’t be me and not realise how many would catch your eye.

With the end of this Review, I’m sorry to say, that’s all folks! I don’t physically have any more Drivers to do reviews on…

I could make stuff up if you’d like!

It’s been an absolute pleasure to go through these with you, and really, it gave me an excuse to nerd out a little and play around 🙂

See you next game!

Editor’s note: As Marcus alludes to above, this is the last of the Anniversary Series of Drivers reviews. With the series complete, Marcus has decided to move on from the Toku Toy Store media team. Thank you for the work that you have done for us, Marcus. I’ve personally enjoyed reading your reviews each week for the last two months. You’re welcome back any time should inspiration strike you and you find something that you feel you’d like to write about. All the very best from all of us here at Toku Toy Store!

Did you enjoy Marcus’ Anniversary Reviews? Which article was your favourite? Which henshin device was your favourite? Join the conversation with us on social media!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – GhostArmor

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!

RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (1)GhostArmor (ゴーストアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Ghost-based form accessed using the Ghost Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Ghost’s Ore Damashii (“My Soul”). When summoned, it is projected in a holographic Eyecon and does Ghost’s signature pose before dispersing to attach to the user.

RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (3)RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (2)This release comes with alternate blaster modes of Zi-O and Geiz’s signature weapons.

RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (4)RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (5)Interestingly, depending on whether it is used by Zi-O or Geiz, its visor spells out “Ghost” (ゴースト) in katakana or “Ghost” (ごーすと) in hiragana respectively.

A full review of the RKF GhostArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed 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!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – BuildArmor

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!

RKF_BuildArmor_Toku Toy Store (2)BuildArmor (ビルドアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Build-based form accessed using the Build Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Build’s RabbitTank Form and wielding the Drill Crusher Crusher (ドリルクラッシャークラッシャー).

RKF_BuildArmor_Toku Toy Store (3)RKF_BuildArmor_Toku Toy Store (4)Interestingly, depending on whether it is used by Zi-O or Geiz, the BuildArmor’s visor spells out “Build” (ビルド) in katakana or “Build” (びるど) in hiragana respectively.

A full review of the RKF BuildArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed 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!