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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Ex-Aid – Maximum Gamer Level 99

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 as Kamen Rider Ex-Aid (仮面ライダーエグゼイド) goes next level in his ongoing fight with the evil Bugster viruses. He’ll do the impossible and see the invisible in this chonky new form!

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Maximum Gamer Level 99 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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First Look at Initial Catalogue Scans for Kamen Rider Zero-One

The initial toy catalogue images for the inaugural Kamen Rider of the Reiwa Era, Zero-One, have surfaced online.

 

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Just like with past Kamen Riders, when they are initially revealed in catalogues, we have a silhouette of the Kamen Rider’s base form for their collectable figures line of toys, as well as a placeholder image for the Kamen Rider – in this case, Kamen Rider Zero-One. Toys are due to be released in August in Japan, and probably worldwide soon after. Also released are some rumours around what Kamen Rider Zero-One’s gimmick, and story, will be:

“The show’s collectable gimmick are called “Insect Chips”, which are said to resemble Nintendo DS cartridges. Said items will have an electricity/power source mark. In addition, the focus of the show is split into the main character, the enemy group, and another party. The enemy group has one leader, with 3 Generals making their debut first. They are trying to steal 3 pieces of treasure from another company.”

What do you guys this of the possible synopsis for the series? Are you excited to see the new Kamen Rider? Let us know on our social media pages!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Grease Blizzard

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders is going back to take one final stand with Kamen Rider Grease Blizzard.

When Team Build assaulted Evol’s Pandora Tower, Kazumi stayed on a lower level to hold back clones of his friends; the Hokuto Trio. Severely outgunned, Kazumi drew open the memory of his friends and the brand new Blizzard Knuckle to transform into Kamen Rider Grease Blizzard and avenge his fallen brothers.

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Grease Blizzard 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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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Zi-O II

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line continues with the advent of a new age; the age of Zi-O II!

As Sougo Tokiwa continues his path towards becoming an overlord, he unlocks the power to perceive the future and reverse time by accepting both his good and bad aspects and thus Kamen Rider Zi-O II is born!

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Zi-O II 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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SODO Sundays – May 19th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, more Zi-O, along with some Den-O.

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The first figure of Set 10 has been revealed to be Woz Ginga Finally. His new form based off the evil space Rider is here. It also includes all three heads for the alternate modes of this form.

A Dai-SODO like set of Zi-O, Geiz, and Woz will be released soon. Details are minimal but it appears the figures will have more paint and sticker detail than before and overall be of higher quality.

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Like the SODO Kamen Rider Cyclone lottery from a bit ago, SODO Chronicle Den-O will also be getting a lottery prize figure. Kamen Rider Nega Den-O. This repaint of Den-O’s Sword Form will be quite difficult to obtain.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 18 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 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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New Kamen Rider Trademark Filed by Toei

The trademark for 2019’s Kamen Rider series, the first of Japan’s Reiwa Period, has been filed by Toei Company.

Here. We. Go. !

The Reiwa Era’s first Kamen Rider series will be Kamen Rider Zero-One. This series will mark a milestone in the Kamen Rider franchise as it will be the first series to begin its broadcast run in the new era under Emperor Naruhito. Toei’s current Rider series, Kamen Rider Zi-O, is the final series of the Heisei Era, beginning its run in September 2018 before the abdication of Emperor Akihito in April of this year.

Little more is known about the content of Kamen Rider Zero-One but speculation has already reached a fever pitch in anticipation of the new series. We’ll bring you more details as we get them.

What do you think / hope the series theme will be? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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First look at 2019’s Ultraman series

This year’s Ultra has been announced with some promotional images of who he is and his name is Ultraman Taiga!

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The promotional images, courtesy of Tsuburaya, give fans a first look at who this year’s new Ultra is, as well as his transformation device and transformation items. Included are images of how he will look in his Ultra forms as well. Also revealed were two other Ultras, Ultraman Titus and Ultraman Fuma, who are rumoured to have one host, Ultraman Taro’s son, Hiroyuki Kudo, who will transform into a giant of light using the Taiga Spark and the Taiga Accessories.

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A short synopsis of the series has also been released which goes as follows:

Aliens have been emigrating to Earth secretly, but only a handful knows about this truth. Living in such a society, the main character Hiroyuki Kudo begins working at a private security organisation E.G.I.S. (Enterprise of Guard and Investigation Services). The organisation takes care of cases related with aliens, and Hiroyuki works day and night to protect peace.

However, there lies a huge secret in him, which he himself is not aware of. He carries Ultraman Taiga’s “particle of light”. The new story begins as Taiga’s powers revive from Hiroyuki’s body!
Ultraman Taiga will premiere on July 6, 2019. Ultraman Tregear has been confirmed to be the main villain of the series, and take note, Ultraman Taiga is the first Ultra hero debuting in the Reiwa era.
What do you think of this year’s Ultra? Are you excited for the series? Let us know on our social media pages!
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SODO Sundays – April 14th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, there’s a lot of Kamen Rider Zi-O to cover.

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Both Ex-Aid and Build went Premium Bandai over the course of their lines and Kamen Rider Zi-O is no different. The first item for Premium is an odd one, the Sougo First Henshin statue from the first episode and the Oma Zi-O 2068 timeline. While not being classified as an official SODO item it’s designed specifically to be in scale with the SODO figures, namely Kamen Rider Ohma Zi-O.

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Another Premium set was revealed to be a second EX Set. The first EX set, which released last year, had the Zi-O Time Mazine and the Ride Striker bike along with the Ridewatch face attachments for the Time Mazine. This second set will feature both Geiz and Woz’ Time Mazines along with Ridewatch faceplates for Kuuga, OOO Tajadol, Genm, and Cross-Z.

The rest of the Set 9 lineup has also been revealed: First up is the new upgrade form Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity Form!

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The Decade Armor catch up continues with both the XXR and XXL Ex-Aid Decade Armors! While both bodies are included for this form it does require the purchase 2 of the armor set to get the full effect.

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A surprise Kamen Rider Cyclone figure is coming to the SODO Chronicle series. This figure will be have a limited release via lottery.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 16 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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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!