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SODO Sundays – March 10th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, some of Set 8 and the SODO Plus set.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

After being revealed in the SODO ad a few weeks ago, we now have our first complete look at the Decade Build Armor. This armor comes with the Build Drill weapon the original Build Armor had included.

Geiz Revive and both versions of it are also joining the SODO line.

SODO Plus

Decade is the last figure to be in the special SODO Plus being released! This Decade goes all out, including the original White DecaDriver and the Pink Neo DecaDriver, the Violent Emotion head, G4’s Gigant cannon weapon, multiple versions of the Ride Booker, and hands with him holding cards. Definitely a great figure for any fan of Decade!

Shinobi, Quiz, and Kikai have also been fully revealed for this set as well.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 14 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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Toei Announces 100 hours of Heisei Kamen Rider for Golden Week

100 Hours of Heisei Kamen Rider episodes will be aired during Japan’s Golden Week!

With the Heisei Generation of Kamen Rider coming to an end in April 2019, Toei will be doing a campaign called “Thank You! Heisei Kamen Rider” where they will be airing 100 hours of Heisei Kamen Rider over ten days during Golden Week to celebrate.

The Riders will be from Kuuga through to Zi-O and fans on Twitter are allowed to choose a mix of 200 episodes to air. Special Episodes and movies will not be included. The selection campaign runs from March 1st till March 15th.

Below is a list of the available episodes to choose from:

Kamen Rider Kuuga #1~#49
Kamen Rider Agito #1~#51
Kamen Rider Ryuki #1~#50
Kamen Rider 555 #1~#50
Kamen Rider Blade #1~#49
Kamen Rider Hikibi #1~#48
Kamen Rider Kabuto #1~#49
Kamen Rider Den-O #1~#49
Kamen Rider Kiva #1~#48
Kamen Rider Decade #1~#31
Kamen Rider W #1~#49
Kamen Rider OOO #1~#48
Kamen Rider Fourze #1~#48
Kamen Rider Wizard #1~#53
Kamen Rider Gaim #1~#47
Kamen Rider Drive #1~#48
Kamen Rider Ghost #1~#50
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid #1~#45
Kamen Rider Build #1~#49
Kamen Rider Zi-O #1~#26

The Episodes will be aired from April 27th 2019 till May 6th 2019 in Japan.

What episodes do you want to see aired? Do you wish specials and movies had been included? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: Daisuki Toku
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SODO Sundays – February 24th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the rest of Set 7 and some teases for what’s to come.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The final figures of Set 7 have been revealed. First up is Oma Zi-O! Teased back around Christmas this figure will finally be releasing in this set. His stand confirms his name as Kamen Rider Oma Zi-O, which is the first time he’s been referred to as an official Kamen Rider.

The other final figure of the Set is Woz’s Futuring Kikai armor. The final future Rider armor Woz has used in the show will also include both versions of Zi-O II’s sword. An extra Woz body from Set 6 will be included in Set 7 for those who don’t own one yet.

A new SODO ad has teased 2 figures not shown before. First was the Zi-O Decade Armor in its Build RabbitTank Sparkling mode. Confirming that we would be getting these armors in the line. Also Cross-Z Evol from the upcoming Cross-Z V-Cinema was also shown. With SODO Set 8 being another featuring Build set this makes a lot of sense to be included in the next set.

This ad also revealed the prototypes for some Another Riders from Zi-O! Another Build, Ex-Aid, Faiz, and Gaim were shown off in the ad. No information on how many they are doing or the way they are to be released yet but stay tuned.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 13 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 – January 27th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the rest of Zi-O Set 6 is revealed!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

To finish off the final two missing Heisei Ride Armors in Set 6 is the Agito and Hibiki Armors. Since these are both the type of basic armor change they each come with nice accessories. Agito comes with the Zikan Ax in its arrow mode about to be fired. The Hibiki Armor comes with his Onigekikou Rekka drum stick weapons.

Finally, joining the SODO line is the newest Kamen Rider in the series Kamen Rider Woz! He comes with his Zikan Despear weapon. Also in Set 6 is one of his Future Ring armors, this one being the one based on the future Rider from 2040, Kamen Rider Quiz. The Quiz armor also comes with alternate shoulder pads and another version of the Zikan Despear.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 11 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 – January 13th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, Zi-O Set 6 featuring Build and some new YUDO news. 

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The first figure of Set 6 has been revealed. The Double (W) Armor from Heisei Generations Forever is here! Featuring all the details, like the Gaia Memory shoulder pads, this form is perfect to add to the collection of Heisei Armors. Due to space and previous releases, the Zi-O base body will not be included in this set, just the armor.

The EX Time Mazine Set was also shown off. This set will feature the ability to change the Ridewatch face to be Zi-O, OOO, Ex-Aid, or Build.

Kamen Rider Build

As reported before, Zi-O Set 6 will feature SODO Build. The figure to be included in this set will be from Build’s final episode: RabbitDragon! This form will include the Beat Crosser as well as feature painted legs this time around.

Ryusoulger

Listings have popped up that confirms that YUDO will return for a third year for the new upcoming Sentai, Ryusoulger. A set of the main 5 will release in May.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 10 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- 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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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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SODO Sundays – October 28, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, Zi-O Set 3, future news, a whole new SODO line, and YUDO as well!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The rest of Set 3 has been revealed! First up is the newest armor to show up in the show, the Genm Armor. This Geiz exclusive armor comes with the stand, all the armor pieces and the Zikan Axe with a Ridewatch molded in it. Overall, being based on Genm, the armor is basically a repaint of the Ex-Aid armor from Set 2.

Continuing with the as of now toy exclusive forms mentioned last time we now have the Den-O Armor! This form also comes with the Zikan Girade in gun mode with the Ridewatch molded on it.

The full line up for SODO Set 3 is confirmed as the Fourze, Genm, Ryuki, and Den-O armors along with the Zi-O base body and armor bodies for Geiz and Zi-O.

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The Wizard Armor was teased for Set 5 as well, not known why it’s not in Set 4 though.

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While no pictures have been revealed pre-orders have revealed that Zi-O SODO Set 6 will be very similar to last year’s Build SODO Sets featuring Ex-Aid. Set 6 is Kamen Rider Zi-O SODO Set 6 featuring Kamen Rider Build. This could be the new forms from the upcoming Cross-Z V-Cinema or maybe the RabbitDragon form seen in Build’s finale. Another set has been revealed as Zi-O SODO Set EX, which could be villains set like Build did with the Guardians last year. Stay tuned to SODO Sundays for more info.

SODO Chronicle and Kamen Rider W

To celebrate the Heisei Period and SODO a new SODO line has been revealed. This new line will launch next year with Kamen Rider W. Two sets have been revealed, one retail and one Premium Bandai. The retail Set 1 will include CycloneJoker. FangJoker, and Kamen Rider Joker.

Set 2 will feature HeatMetal, LunaTrigger, and CycloneJoker Xtreme. All of the form changes are possible with these figures and they include special hands to hold all of the weapons. Both sets seem to release in February 2019.

Lupinranger vs Patoranger

Another YUDO Lupin vs Pat Set was also revealed. This set of 4 boxes has shown off 2 of them. First up is an accessories pack with most of the mecha weapons used in the show at a SODO scale.

The Portermen grunts from Set 2 are also being rereleased as a chance for people to army build.

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It’s not known what boxes 1-2 of this set will include are yet.

Next time: Count the metals 1,2 and 3…

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 6 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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Kamen Rider Build Final Review

Catching up on Kamen Rider Build, the show has now wrapped in spectacular fashion, paving the way for the future in the form of Kamen Rider Zi-O while ending on a satisfying point for the viewers. Before we dive too far into that, though, let’s take a look back at the previous episode, which sets up the conflict for the finale and delivers a devastating blow to the audience.

Episode 48
Episode 48 of Build begins where its predecessor left off. Sawatari Kazumi, Kamen Rider Grease, is dead. His friends are wounded but still fighting, and one of them critically so. As the desperation begins to mount, Evolt appears to be truly unstoppable. This time around, the shot composition, music, and special effects work together nearly flawlessly to create an air of futility for our heroes. They are battling against a force of nature and they know it. Punctuated by two major losses, it seems, the stakes have never been higher.

Pieces of the cities are being devoured, a black hole open in the sky pulling another reality in to merge with the prime world of Team Build. This, combined with a simple but devastating touch, the broken helmet, lead to an all-encompassing feeling that this time, maybe teamwork isn’t enough. Maybe they can’t do it, but they’ll have to find a way. They know they are fighting a losing battle, and it’s shown all that much more when Gentoku joins Kazumin and falls, the broken helmet and dramatic speech driving the point home so much more. In the end, the plan that cost Gentoku his life ends up proving to be a success, and Evolt is forced to temporarily scale back his power, freezing long enough for Banjou to take hold of him, and launch both of them straight at the energy surge that will fuse the worlds, creating Shinsekai: the new world.

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The episode ends, seemingly, with the deaths of Banjou and Evolt, but we are quickly proven wrong as the finale takes center stage.

For this episode, the emphasis is on the very emotional response to the action pieces that, fittingly, take center stage and drive home the desperation our characters feel. All of it comes together to form something unique and tragic, but with a hint of the death leading to a rebirth of sorts. Masterfully crafted, all around.

Episode 49 (End)
Starting right up with the finale, we see the final battle take place, heroes coming together to battle Evolt as Banjou returns, at first in Evolt’s body. Having been absorbed, the most he can do for a time is talk to Sento, before eventually being kicked out of Evolt’s body in the form of a new, silver Dragon Full Bottle. This, combined with the new gold Rabbit Bottle, create Build’s true final form, Rabbit Dragon, but not before a spectacular fight where both Sento and Evolt are forced to downgrade to their base forms, each losing strength and speed visually as well as in the story’s context. Their movements become slower, attacks less powerful, and is all conveyed incredibly well before Sento realises the truth.

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There is no defeating Evolt. The entity cannot be killed or contained. As was the original plan, the best they can do is erase it from existence by creating Shinsekai: the new world. The plan succeeds, using Evolt’s energy as the catalyst, and when our heroes awaken, Sento is alone. The world is familiar, yet very different, and we first find Sento at the sight of the Sky Wall disaster, with no Sky Wall in sight.

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We learn more about the new world as Sento does, and a few last minute twists and turns not only lead to a satisfying conclusion, but also perfectly set up for the upcoming Kamen Rider Zi-O, which has been confirmed via trailers to share a setting with Build. Zi-O is Shinsekai’s Rider, the future Demon King, and it is easy to see how they can make this premise work in a new setting.

All in all, Kamen Rider Build ends on a fittingly meta conclusion, characters falling into new roles in a new setting and bringing everything full circle. Build was a wild ride from start to finish, presenting a dark and unique look at the realities of what a war on this scale would look like for those caught in the crossfire. Build seems set to go down in Rider history as one of the more well-liked series, and this leaves many of us, myself included, anxious for more. Look for Kamen Rider Zi-O to premiere this coming Saturday, September 1st in Japan. Subtitled broadcasts will be available to the rest of the world shortly after that.

What did you think of Kamen Rider Build? Was this one of your favourite series, or just the show of the year? I’m curious to hear your thoughts. Let’s discuss in the comments below or on social media!

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SODO Sundays – September 2nd, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today is the rest of the first set lineup for Kamen Rider Zi-O!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

After the reveal of the Zi-O figure last time, the secondary Rider Kamen Rider Geiz has been announced to join the first set of SODO figures for Zi-O. Also coming with different hands and his Zikan Zaxe Geiz comes with his version of everything Zi-O did. As well as a stand for him.

But that’s not it for figures… Both Zi-O and Geiz are getting a blank body figure meant to be used for the different Legend Rider armours in the show.

The first Legend Rider armour to make use of these new blank forms is the Build Armour. This armour pack will include a stand as well as all the pieces to make the Build form for either Zi-O or Geiz.

With all that the full 7 figure lineup for Zi-O Set 1 has been revealed!

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Keep your eyes open for next time as another Rider armor might be on the way….

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