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Kamen Rider Zero-One cast announced at press conference

Streamed to millions around the globe, the cast of the next installment in the Kamen Rider franchise were revealed at a press conference late last night.

After the toy catalogues are leaked, the next big event on the Kamen Rider calendar is the official press conference to introduce the cast, story and trailer. Late last night (UK time), Toei Company gathered their forces to put on full display their first offering of the Reiwa Era.

The Story

The main story of Kamen Rider Zero-One focuses on the shows main protagonist, Hiden Aruto, who serves as both Kamen Rider Zero-One as well as the head of Hiden Intelligence. In the universe of the show, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation have become more prevelant in society and have almost completely replaced humans in unskilled work. It transpires that this AI/robotics system, HumaGear, has been hacked and corrupted by a terrorist group, ThunderclapOfDestruction.net, and is being used for evil purposes. In his role as CEO of Hiden Intelligence, Zero-One vows to fight against them but he’s not the only team that seeks to thwart the terrorist uprising; also fighting the terrorists is the group known as Artificial Intelligence Military Service (A.I.M.S.). It is unclear whether A.I.M.S. will work with or against Hiden Intelligence but, in traditional Kamen Rider fashion, it’s likely they will start as enemies before coming together as allies.

Meet the Characters

Hiden Aruto (Kamen Rider Zero-One):
Aruto’s goal in life was to see his father smile but, after his passing, he is struggling to make ends meet as an entertainer, owing to his poor comedic styling. Quite suddenly, Aruto is appointed CEO of Hiden Intelligence, following the wishes of his grandfather Hiden Korenosuke. After initially refusing the role, Aruto changes his mind when he witnesses a hacked and rampaging HumaGear wreaking havoc. He transforms into Kamen Rider Zero-One using the Hiden Zero-One Driver – a piece of technology that can only be utilised by the CEO of Hiden Intelligence – and devotes himself to the fight against ThunderclapOfDestruction.net.

Fuwa Isamu (Kamen Rider Vulcan):
As the commanding officer of A.I.M.S., Isamu possesses supreme fighting capabilities and, too, devotes himself to fighting the terrorist group, ThunderclapOfDestruction.net. In his past, Isamu was injured in a mystery explosion at Hiden Intelligence’s experimental city. For this reason, he holds a grudge against the Hiden Intelligence CEO but reserves the most of his ire for the “murder machine” HumaGear. Under his leadership, A.I.M.S. believes that breaking the rules is just, so long as you’re destroying the HumaGear.

Izu (Secretary to the Hiden Intelligence CEO):
Izu is herself a HumaGear – a robotic AI assistant. Despite this, she is capable of learning and is able to adapt herself to each person that she interacts with. She is completely devoted to new Hiden CEO, Aruto, but finds herself completely frustrated that she must be the one to explain Aruto’s inane comedy.

Yaiba Yua (Kamen Rider Valkyrie):
As A.I.M.S.’s technical advisor, Yua was responsible for the development of the A.I.M.S. Rise Shooter system that both she and Isamu use to transform. She is a brave and intelligent female warrior who fights to maintain the security of the city. Yua holds an intense hatred towards HumaGear but tries to suppress that during battle.

Jin (ThunderclapOfDestruction.net Operative):
Jin is responsible for the spread of data that reprograms the HumaGear. He is destructive and petulent – submitting programming that causes the HumaGear to rampage and attack humanity.

Horobi (ThunderclapOfDestruction.net Leader):
The leader of the show’s antagonist terrorist group. He believes that AI systems are superior to people and should surpass humanity. He launched ThunderclapOfDestruction.net to hack and corrupt HumaGears, turning them into “murder machines”. He considers Hiden Intelligence CEO, Aruto, his rival and uses the catchphrase, ‘the day humanity will become an endangered species is near’.

Fukuzoe Jun (Vice President, Hiden Intelligence):
Jun is an an all around good guy but consistently finds himself playing second fiddle to others. After the former Hiden CEO dies, he believes that he will inherit that role but is shocked to discover that the position will pass to Aruto instead. From that day, Jun has viewed Aruto as an obstacle to his becoming CEO and secretly hopes that he will fail. Despite this, Jun takes pride in the success of Hiden Intelligence and works to maintain its prominence.

Koichi Yamadera will serve as the narrator, with Noriko Hidaka providing the voice for the AI system.

Other staff includes:
Producers – Chihiro Inoue (Kamen Rider Zi-O) and Takahito Omori (Build)
Main Writer – Yuya Takahashi (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid)
Main Director – Teruaki Sugihara (Lupinranger VS Patoranger)
Composer – Go Sakebe (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Action Director – Jun Watanabe

Should you be so inclined, you can watch the full press conference here:

Kamen Rider Zero-One will begin on September 1st in Japan.

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity

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 compatible figure; Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity.

To fight Another Blade, the would-be overlord Sougo Tokiwa summoned the powers of his compatriots and fused with them to become the three-in-one saviour; Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity (仮面ライダージオウトリニティ)!

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

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Ranger alumni reveal original film project: Legend of the White Dragon

After weeks of teaser images and subtle hints, a group of former Power Rangers actors have revealed their own tokusatsu film project.

This Friday was to be the day we learned more about a long hyped project, fronted by Power Rangers hero Jason David Frank and, as promised, the full details have now been revealed.

Produced by Bat in the Sun, the studio that brought us Super Power Beat Down, Legend of the White Dragon is an original tokusatsu film that will be funded through the support of backers on the popular crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.

The trailer for the film, shown below, features a dystopian landscape in which Frank is being pursued by a team of armoured soldiers. After a short skirmish, Frank is confronted by the familiar faces of Johnny Yong Bosch, Jason Faunt and Ciara Hanna who hand him a white crystal, transforming him into the White Dragon.

As well as the trailer, the following description of of the movie’s plot was revealed:

In the Aftermath, the city was left decimated. A past reminder of the great battle and fall of heroes. As a result of the death and destruction the city became known as Angel Graves. The heroes were blamed, stripped of their titles and hunted. But as evil once again threatens to return they must rise from the ashes with the power of the White Dragon.

The full cast of the film consists of Power Rangers alumni from various seasons of the generational franchise: Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver, Mighty Morphin’ Green/White Ranger, Zeo Red, Turbo Red, Dino Thunder Black, Lord Drakkon), Johnny Yong Bosch (Mighty Morphin’ Black Ranger, Zeo Green, Turbo Green), Jason Faunt (Time Force Red), Ciara Hanna (Megaforce/Super Megaforce Yellow), Yoshi Sudarso (Dino Charge Blue, Hyperforce Silver), Chrysti Ane (Ninja Steel Pink), and Jenna Frank (daughter of JDF).

Pledges start at $25 USD, which will secure you a high-definition download of the film as well as access to the original score for the movie. Further incentives are available for more generous donations, such as digital posters, scripts, signed photos and the ability to attend the premiere of the movie in August 2020. Full details are available on the Kickstarter page, here.

Will you be supporting this movie? What’s your impression of fan films / alumni projects in general? Drop your opinions in the comment section below or see what others are saying over on our social media pages!

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Full Q1 Kamen Rider Zero-One Catalogue Scans

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.

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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!

Do you have a favourite toy reveal from the Q1 catalogue? What are your thoughts on the Kamen Rider Zero-One reveals in general? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section or join the conversation on our social media pages!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Genm and Level Zero and God Maximum Level Billion

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!

From ambitious CEO to sentient computer virus, Kuroto Dan (檀 黎斗) is a man of many talents and just as many personality quirks. Dan menaced the CR doctors as Kamen Rider Genm (仮面ライダーゲンム) but once he began working with them, he quickly developed various new powers, including the power of the God Maximum Level Billion armor.

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Full reviews of both the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Genm Level Zero and the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Genm God Maximum Level Billion by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

 

These figures, 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 Decade

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 2009 with Kamen Rider Decade!

Sometimes he is the Destroyer of Worlds, other times he’s the wild card that can turn the tide of battle. In either case, Tsukasa Kadoya (門矢 士) is an uppity jerk and a low-key Loki-type figure who is just passing through the multiverse and brings balance to the various AR Worlds as Kamen Rider Decade.

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Decade 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 – June 30th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the Another Riders return and some SHODO Agito.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

SODO Another 1 was shown off in more detail. This time focusing on Another Gaim and Another Faiz. This update showed where the stickers for the figures would be and more details of them, like the fact the heads will be painted.

SODO Another Set 2 was revealed as well for an October release. This second set will include Another OOO, Another Den-O, Another Double, and Another Fourze.

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SHODO Agito

A new SHODO Set for Kamen Rider Agito is on the way. This set includes Agito’s Ground, Storm. Flame. Trinity, and Shining Forms. His bike is also included and become the Agito Tornador mode.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 21 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 Cross-Z Magma

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 Cross-Z Magma!

When Ryuga Banjou learns that he is little more than an aspect of the gestalt conciousness that is Evolto; his blood begins to boil and his lust for revenge burns even hotter! Now armed with the Magma Knuckle, Banjou intends to serve up his own brand of justice.

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Cross-Z Magma 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 – June 23rd, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the end of Zi-O Set 10 and some new Ryusoulger.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The final figure of July’s Set 10 has revealed! Zi-O’s final form Grand Zi-O is coming to the SODO line. This figure will feature moulded on details for all of the Heisei Rider statues all over the suit but will have stickers in able to make the statues stand out with greater details.

Ryusoulger

August will see the release of YUDO Set 2. The first figure from this set has been revealed to be RyusoulGold. He will include his Mosa Changer and Mosa Blade. Also included will be the pieces to give him his BiriBiri Armor.

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The Kamen Rider Cyclone figure, revealed a while back, got a better focus recently.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 20 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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SODO Sundays – June 16th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, lots of Zi-O and Den-O once again.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The Dai-SODO Set that is releasing has been officially revealed. Consisting of Zi-O, Geiz, and Woz this set will feature better paint details and plenty of stickers for added detail. A sticker sheet will be included for the option of giving the Ridewatch holder any Ridewatch seen in the show. Another added feature is the clear plastic visors of the figures that give off a glowing effect when light shines through them. Woz’s Zikan Despear is also longer in this release than in his original release.

Zi-O Set 10 has also revealed it will have the next two Decade Armors. Based on OOO Tajador Combo and Ghost Grateful Damashii. Each of these forms will feature a base body in the Set lineup with Set 10 including one Decade Armor box with the stickers to make each; so, to display both forms, a second Decade Armor set would be needed.

SODO Ride Plus 2, releasing in August, has revealed most of the full lineup, consisting of DiEnd, Hattari, and Ginga. The last figure, as well as some of the accessories for this figure, are being left as a mystery. It’s unknown if the identity of the mystery figure will be revealed before release.

The SODO Another Set 1 releasing in July has releases better images of the four monsters in the set. This reveals better where the stickers on the figures are going to be as well as the fact that these figures carry over the hand swapping feature from the main line.

Kamen Rider Den-O

SODO Chronicle Den-O Set 2 has been revealed. The set will have Den-O’s Climax Form, Liner Form, and Wing Form. Unlike the second W Set, this will be a retail release. The Climax Form comes with a box of accessories that allow the form to become the Chou Climax Form as well.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 19 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.