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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Grease

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 Grease!

Super-serious with otaku leanings, Kazumi Sawatari (猿渡 一海) was a resident from Hokuto and the leader of the Hokuto Three Crows. During the war, he was given a Sclash Driver and the Robot Sclashjelly to transform into Kamen Rider Grease, later aiding his fellow Kamen Riders in their battle against Evolto.

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Grease by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Kamen Rider Build Episode 39 Review

As we begin to race towards the conclusion of Kamen Rider Build, the tension continues to mount. After the reveal in episode 38 that Utsumi is willing to side with Evolt to become Kamen Rider Mad Rogue, the fight continues and we see where the “Mad” in his new title comes from. Utsumi fights and acts like a rabid dog without a leash, and claims to do it so that he can explore his own scientific brilliance. To accentuate the danger here, and add to the tension, we see a great deal of what Utsumi can do as a front-line combatant, including a first-person view from the perspective of Gentoku as a devastating hit lands.

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Our heroes are ultimately defeated, and forced to retreat.

This episode, overall, is heavy on themes of friendship, trust, and what people can and will do to one another. This is shown in a few ways, the largest of which being a declaration that Banjou must be defeated alongside Evolt to keep the world safe. The words come from Kiryuu Sento, but are truly spoken by Katsuragi Takumi, with the cold, calculating logic of a man who has long since closed himself off to others. Katsuragi is arrogant and self-aggrandizing after completing the Genius Bottle, and all of these little moments build up to Kazumin tracking Banjou far away from the Build Cave, with a surprise attack.

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It’s only after the fight ends in a draw that we learn Kazumin is trying to help Banjou get stronger so they can all survive.

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On the other side of the coin, we see a more introspective look at Utsumi, staring out at the river over the bridge where he was shot by Gentoku early in the series. He regrets that he has had to come this far, but acknowledges, to himself and the world, that he believes his actions since that incident are justified. He screams this declaration, “I’m not wrong,” to the sky for all to hear. It’s an interesting look at a quiet character who, up to this point, has largely been a background player. Utsumi has come into his own since the Nanba arc began, much more so than he did as a member of Faust early on.

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There is a bonding moment between Kazumin and Banjou, following their training session, where Banjou turns a solemn vow into a joke, but the two don’t have much time to enjoy it before Utsumi leads a squad against the remaining government of Touto. After hearing of this, Gentoku comes to terms with his part in the conflict, and insists on joining the fight. This is made harder to watch as Gentoku can hardly stand, falling even as he declares to Katsuragi to trust him one more time.

When Build finally enters the fight, he and Utsumi debate the merits of what Evolt has to offer. It is a debate, at its heart, about ethics in science. Neither man has a good record here, but Katsuragi speaks of intent and contribution to mankind. Utsumi, rightly, puts the technology of the Rider System at the heart of the conflict.

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He illustrates this point in his speech well, and shows a clear difference between them. Katsuragi Takumi’s lack of experience in battle is made clear as Utsumi attacks and he can hardly fight back. When their talk concludes, he tries to use the Genius Bottle, only to find it unresponsive.

The intense pressure of the situation, as well as a hard hit to the head, lead to an introspective view of the split personalities that make up the man who is Build, and Kiryuu Sento is reborn, with both men’s memories intact. Only with Sento restored is the Genius Bottle able to work.

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The episode ends with the first transformation of Sento into Build’s final form, Genius, a white suit made up largely of bottles and tubes.

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What did you guys think of this week’s Build? How do you feel about Build’s final form? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

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Potential New Kamen Rider Build Toy Listings Includes Final Form For Grease

New Toy listings have come out detailing the last few Kamen Rider Bulid Toys.

These were leaked by a 2chan user who has shared correct info before, however, it is worth taking this with a grain of salt anyway.

DX KarasuRobot Sclash Jelly

Price- 3,200 Yen

Info- Transforms grease into his Final Form. To use, the cap is spun, and then inserted into the SclashDriver.

DX RabbitDragon Bottle

Price- 3,200 Yen

Info- Special item that appears in the summer movie! Insert into the driver to henshin, and into the FullBottleBuster to activate a finishing move!

DX EvolBottle Set

Price- 1,800 Yen

A set of 4 bottles belonging to the exclusive Movie Riders appearing in the summer film. Insert into the EvolDriver to henshin.

Campaign item:

Via Gambarizing, people can obtain the F1 bottle! Using it together with the Keisatsukan Full Bottle will activate the Kamen Rider drive form!”

All of these toys will be released in July.

Will you be getting any of these toys? Let us know in the comments!

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Kamen Rider Build: Episode 22 review

The battle for supremacy begins as the Riders representing Touto and Hokuto finally square off!

We begin the episode with Sento and Kazumi standing opposite each other, with a lot of tension between them, on the temporary arena that was set up for their representative match to try to end the war between Touto and Hokuto. We then briefly cut to Touto’s Himuro Taizen then to Hokuto’s Tajimi Yoshiko, who are both hoping their respective Rider will win. We also briefly see Seito’s Mido Masakuni before returning to the arena.

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The referee for the fight announces the victory conditions which are surrender, being unable to continue the fight or forced disengagement of the Rider System, as the camera pans around the arena to show who is present.

After that, we see Sento transform into Kamen Rider Build RabbitTank and Kazumi transform in Kamen Rider Grease while looking at the dog tags of his fallen friend. The referee the declares the fight can begin and we go to the opening credits after the two Riders punch each other.

After the opening credits, we go to Café Nascita in a flashback of the night before, where we see a rather angry Banjou having a go at Sento for his decision to fight in the representative match when Misora gets between them. Sento explains his decision to fight before handing Banjou a banana, calling him a monkey. We also see Sento reach into his pocket after asking Misora for a favour.

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We then return to the fight, where Misora pulls out a FullBottle-looking device. We also see that Build and Grease are currently quite evenly matched when Build switches to RoseCopter, much to the surprise of Kazumi’s team as well as Yoshiko, then he starts to gain the advantage over Grease. Grease then questions how Build got Hokuto’s FullBottles just as Build switches to TigerUFO and starts winning against Grease.

We then cut to Banjou as he starts to take more interest in watching the fight unfold, before going back to the arena briefly to see Grease notice Build is now using Seito’s FullBottles. He realizes it was Blood Stark who gave them to Sento. Blood Stark shouts “Bingo” in confirmation as Yoshiko questions his actions.

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As we return to the action, Build changes form again, this time using WhaleJet to disrupt an attack, then GiraffeCyclone for a Vortech Finish. Grease starts to get angry, which in turn raises his Hazard Level. We cut to a flashback where we see Kazumi volunteer for the process to become a Kamen Rider; he and Blood Stark exchange some dialogue, including to agree to act like Kazumi lost his memories around his friends.

Back at the fight, Grease starts to take back the advantage that Build had gained before another flashback of Kazumi’s team telling him they had volunteered for the experiments that made them into Hard SMASH. We also see Grease training with Blood Stark.

In the arena, Grease starts to subdue Build by using a Scrap Finish. As Blood Stark and Yoshiko watch the fight on television, Yoshiko admits that she’s sent all of Hokuto’s military might towards Touto so she can crush Touto if Grease loses against Build.

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In an attempt to shift the momentum back his way, Build uses RabbitTank Sparkling and the Beetle FullBottle to perform a Vortech Break on Grease, who gets even more worked up. They both perform powerful Rider kicks as Build pulls out the Hazard Trigger.

In our final flashback of the episode, this time involving the weird FullBottle-looking device from earlier, it is revealed that the bottle is a switch that is designed to destroy the Hazard Trigger along with Sento should he go out of control again.

Build changes into RabbitTank Hazard and proceeds with easily beating Grease down. A cut to Nascita shows Sawa telling Banjou that Build has used the Hazard Trigger.

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Build continues to beat down Grease when he starts to go berserk; he changes to HawkGattling Hazard before charging up a Hazard Finish, forcing Grease out of his transformation and winning the representative match for Touto.

We then cut to various people cheering that Build won, including Taizen. We briefly see Yoshiko, who can’t believe Grease lost as we go back to the arena and Misora, who looks concerned at the fact Build hasn’t disengaged his transformation yet.

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Build then walks to towards Kazumi and tries to attack him when, out of nowhere, Cross-Z Charge gets in the way, saving Kazumi. Cross-Z Charge starts fighting Build in order to disengage Build’s transformation but struggles at first as he can’t quite control the Sclash Driver. After Banjou realises he’s the only one able to stop Build, he manages to get control over his power and continues the fight against Build to a point where both Rider’s transformations disengage.

As Sento comes to from going berserk, Banjou explains to him that he won the fight. We then see Kazumi exchange some dialogue with his team then cut to Hokuto where we see Blood Stark stop Yoshiko ordering her army to invade Touto just as some of Seito’s Guardians burst in. Blood Stark then reveals that he was never really trying to help Yoshiko in the first place.

We then see Masakuni order his Guardians to take Yoshiko into custody, which then reveals that this was his plan all along. We see a mysterious purple Kamen Rider walk in dragging a destroyed Hokuto Guardian with him. Blood Stark announces the purple rider Seito’s Kamen Rider as the episode ends.

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What did you think of this week’s episode? Did you guess that Build would win the match? Was you expecting Seito to secretly have a Kamen Rider? Let us know in the comments below.

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SODO Sundays – February 11th, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnighly series, SODO Sundays. This time we have some news from the Kamen Rider Build line.

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Set 6 of Build’s SODO figures releases at the end of February. Bandai has revealed the last few figures joining this set. First up is a rerelease of Blood Stalk. Due to the figure’s rarity in its previous set, it’s a welcome addition to this set. The new Blood Stalk has no difference from his original release.

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Moving on to the new figures in the set is the newest Build form RabbitTank Hazard. This figure includes the Rabbit half and the Tank half. Even though the figure is mostly black, there are stickers included any way to give some areas more of a textured look. In the new YouTube special Build uses SmaphoWolf Hazard so the SODO line has included the eye pieces needed to swap out and make that form as well.

With that the full contents of Build Set 6 are: RabbitTank (SmaphoWolf) Hazard, Build DoctorGame, Kamen Rider Grease, and a rerelease of Blood Stalk.

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In March Build Set 7 will release and the first figure has been revealed for it. To go along with SmaphoWolf Hazard is the original SmaphoWolf form.

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Other YouTube special forms such as ToraUFO and RoseCopter will be revealed soon, according to the blog.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Episode 12 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays! The next edition will release on February 25th on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel. For constant updates on the SODO/SHODO line, go check out the @SODOFountain Twitter page.

 

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SODO Sundays – January 14th, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my biweekly series, SODO Sundays. Welcome to the first edition of 2018!

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Finishing off Build Set 5 is one of the new Sclash Driver Riders: Kamen Rider Cross-Z! To replicate the jelly aspects of this suit a lot of his armor is translucent. Also included is the stand and the Twin Breaker. The other version of the Twin Breaker is included with the previously revealed PhoenixRobo figure.

With Cross-Z Charge, SODO Build Set 5 will fully include Build RabbitTank Sparkling, PheonixRobo and a rerelease of Night Rogue. Set 5 releases at the end of January.

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That’s not it for Build. Also revealed was the first figure for Set 6. Kicking off this set is the other Sclash Driver Rider: Kamen Rider Grease. Very similar to Cross-Z Charge with the translucent armor, stand and Twin Breaker.

You can view this week’s episode from the Toku Toy Store YouTube channel here:

That’s it for this first 2018 edition of SODO Sundays! The next edition will release on January 28th on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel. For constant updates on the SODO/SHODO line, go check out the @SODOFountain Twitter page.