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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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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.

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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.

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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 Year In Review

In 2018, the SODO line brought us new figures for multiple Kamen Rider seasons, Ex-Aid, Build, and Zi-O being the main ones. So, at the beginning of this new year, let’s take a brief look at some of the things SODO has brought us this past year as well as the new figures coming.

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The full contents of Set 5 are here now with the Wizard and Gaim armors. These armors, which were teased before, are now fully shown off.

The Wizard Armor brings with it a new Geiz body cast in red plastic this time. This makes all of the Geiz SODO forms look much more show accurate now.

The Gaim Armor comes with both holdable Daidaimaru’s and fake ones to put on the armor itself. Keeping with the show it can also fold up to its “fruit mode”. The armor also includes the Ride Heiseiber for the Decade Armor and the Suika Arms like Ride Gadget in SODO form.

Finally, Ohma Zi-O is teased for a future set.

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SODO has made great progress this year, whether that was including Ex-Aid’s V-Cinema forms in the Build line months later, releasing sets of every accessory imaginable, or going back to re-release figures to correct mistakes or improve their accuracy. Hands have now been included with the Zi-O figures to get more poses out of them, and little things keep being added to make the figures better than before.

You can check out this news and a brief look back at SODO in 2018 below:

What was your favorite SODO moment this year? Leave a comment below!

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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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Anniversary Review: Sengoku Driver

Flashback Arms! Relive those memories!

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.

Next up we have the Sengoku Driver!

This wonderful piece of kit was worn by the initially hated, then loved Kamen Rider Gaim, and all associated Riders in the series. Except for you know… the Genesis Riders who thought they could overpower him… muppets!

With a fruity Shogun theme, many thought the series would be an utter disaster, but it turned out rather spectacular!

But we aren’t here to review the series, that might be another set of reviews, we shall see.

Small and compact, this Driver served as an activation base for the many Lockseeds throughout the series. Personally I find this method great for future expansion, as was later seen with the Drive and Taisen Lock sets.

With simple design, this Driver features what appears to be a gloss black body, though when you shine a light on it, it’s really a very dark translucent blue, you can actually see the internal make up of the Driver! This aspect might not appeal to some, but when the light is just right, it adds a lot of character to what was originally thought of as a flat base.

This black/blue base with a simple silver trim really help the colorful Locks to stand out.
On the left side of the Driver you have what appears to be a small sword, which looks somewhat similar to a Musou Saber used by the Sengoku Riders. On the right, you have a Faceplate, these are interchangeable, and feature the “face” of the Rider the belt is bonded to.

As each Rider is different, so is the jingle played when they activate Locks, while there are only a small handful of these jingles, and some plates play the same one despite being for a totally different Rider, it does add some variety when cycling through Locks. For example, using Barons faceplate with the Silver Ringo lock, a combination never seen on screen, but one that can easily be produced here. This might not actually accomplish much, but it allows you to use any lock with your preferred Rider plate. A nice simple touch.

With the sword, it’s not just for decoration, it actually serves a vital purpose to the Driver! It quite literally, slices the Locks!

Don’t worry though, it’s not sharp 🙂

When the Lock is connected to the Driver, the Sword slides down and opens the Lock, which triggers the Henshin sounds within the Lock.

Slicing the Lock once, twice or three times will trigger attack sounds:

Once – Squash
Twice – Au Lait
Thrice – Sparking

Now.. Lockseeds.

Fruit themed padlocks, really the concept shouldn’t work, but there is something oh so satisfying about popping that lock and hearing it shout at you.

Featuring the motif off the “Arms” contained within, be it an Orange, Bananna or Kamen Rider Drive, once opened there are two pictures, typically they are the center of the “Fruit” the lock represents, and the main weapon of the Rider.

To operate, flip the on/off switch on the bottom, it’s bright red, you cant miss it, then press the button on the side. This button comes in three forms, press back, press up, and three pegs, usually these different buttons represent one of the main Riders, however it does get a little confusing as the Lock range expands. Either way, the function is the same.
Once you press the button, the padlock opens, and you get the call out of the Lock, “Orange!” “Ringo!” etc. With the lock still open, press it onto the front of the Driver till it clicks into place, and close the lock. The Driver itself will then call out with “Lock On!”. Flip the sword to open the Lock and you’re greeted with “-Lock Name- Arms! -Lock specific greeting-“.

You also have a second generation of Lockseeds, these are known as Energy Locks. They feature a translucent coloured body and alternate way of opening. Instead of the front flipping down, they “split”. They operate in much the same way as the regular locks, however they feature a different sound set and a button on the back that opens them. They can also operate in the primary position on the Sengoku Drivers, with the sword slicing them.

While the Locks themselves are electronic, they still operate on a peg/button system. The pegs are in the Driver, the buttons are on the Lock. There are three buttons on the back of the Lock, one is to let the Lock know its in the Driver, another its in the Musou Saber, and the third is what triggers the sounds.

Though with the Taisen locks, the call out button is used to cycle through the Riders contained in the Locks, then when inserted into the Driver, all functions are the same as a regular Lockseed.

As an added bonus, if you also have a Genesis Driver (Not featured in this review) or the Marron Energy Lock set, you’ll have access to a “Genesis Core”, which is what is used by the Genesis Driver to hold the Lockseeds in place.

If you remove the Faceplate from the Sengoku Driver (by pressing the silver button underneath and sliding the plate to the side), you can insert the Genesis Core in its place. This allows you to add a second Lockseed to the Driver.

Traditionally this would be an Energy Lock to create a “Jimba” form, but either form of Lockseed can be inserted here.

The Energy Lock will have a slight delay in any call out, this is to allow the Primary Lock to complete its call out before the second one starts.

Now for the pros and cons.

As great as the Driver looks, I do believe it should have been bigger, or at least wider, it’s incredibly compact, which seems to be the trend from Sengoku onward. This doesn’t deter from the Drivers appeal, it’s just my preference, I preferred it when Drivers had a bit more mass to them.

The Locks are brilliant little systems, they allow for an infinite expansion to the Driver, so any movie forms, specials, or has been seen in recent Drivers, Legend Riders can be added.

The upside to this way of doing gimmick devices is that they don’t need to cut corners where the sound files are concerned. Instead of Drivers calling out things like “Rider Medal” (To use an example from the OOO’s Driver) or the like, the gimmicks feature a full complete sound set, making each Lock as unique and functional as possible.

The downsides however, are that there is a tone difference between the sound files in the Lockseeds, and those in the Driver, the sounds from the Driver feature a bit more of an echo, though this is likely due to having more space inside the Driver for the sounds to bounce around in.

The sword is a removable part, and while I commend the connection used to keep it connected to the Driver, I must also condemn it. This is due to the force needed to remove it from the Driver when returning it to the box for storage. Admittedly this isn’t an issue if the Driver is out on display, but if like me you rotate them every so often, it can wear on your nerves a tad.

Overall, this Driver is quite pleasing. Everything works quite well together and the versatility of the Locks keeps things entertaining.

 

 

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Returning Actors Revealed!

This winter, on December 9th, in Japan the newest “Movie Taisen” film for Kamen Rider will be released. This year is the team-up between Kamen Rider Build and Kamen Rider Ex-Aid in Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL. This time last year saw the release of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations which featured the return of Kamen Rider Wizard, Kamen Rider Gaim (with archive voice clips), and Kamen Rider Drive to help out Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and Kamen Rider Ghost. For the next edition, Toei has decided to bring actors back to reprise roles again, which they revealed today.

The movie reveal was launched in an epic teaser trailer, which you can watch here:

The first of the reveal returning from the last Heisei Generations, as well as his most recent appearance in the Kamen Rider Ghost RE:BIRTH, is Shun Nishime as Takeru Tenkuji/Kamen Rider Ghost. This time Takeru will be sporting some black hair, which is new for his character. Shun was seen on the set in leaked photos a few weeks back so his reveal was not surprising.

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In the first of surprise actor returns, we have Gaku Sano returning as Kouta Kazuraba/Kamen Rider Gaim for the first time since Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden: Baron & Zangetsu back in 2015. It’s great to see Fruit Jesus return for real compared to the recycled voice line Kouta from last year’s Heisei Generations.

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The next surprising actor returning is Sota Fukushi as Gentaro Kisaragi/Kamen Rider Fourze. This is Sota’s first time playing Gentaro since all the way back in 2013’s Super Hero Taisen Z, but that was only a voice role. It’s great to see him back, including him being a teacher as we have reached the 5 years into the future Gentaro was seen in back in Movie War Ultimatum back in 2012.

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Finally, the final 2 actors returning are both from Kamen Rider OOO. Shu Watanabe is returning as Eiji Hino/Kamen Rider OOO joining him is his partner Ankh with Ryosuke Miura back in that role. Shu has not been seen since 2012’s Movie War Ultimatum and Ryosuke has not been seen since 2011’s Movie War Mega Max. Will we finally get the answer of how Eiji was able to revive Ankh after all these years?

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After the teaser dropped, the actors took to social media to post images and post other comments to talk about their returns to their past roles.

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These reveals put all the post Decade Rider Series except for W, Wizard, and Drive all in one movie. Will these 3 series be included somehow later? Time will tell, but with these reveals so far Heisei Generations FINAL is shaping up to be a very exciting Kamen Rider movie when it releases on December 9th, 2017 in Japanese cinemas.

Are you excited for the returning actors in Heisei Generations FINAL? Which actors would you want to come back? Comment down below!