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SODO Sundays – July 21st, 2019

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

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The final figure for Zi-O’s SODO Plus 2 has finally been revealed! The minons of Oma Zi-O: Kasshin! This figure will have his spear weapon included in the assesses box of Plus 2.

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As for the accessories box of Plus 2 the Double Armors’ Memory Droids will be joining the set as well to round it out.

Many fans were expecting Kamen Rider Aqua to be the final figure of SODO Plus 2 and to apologize for the disappointment the SODO Blog decided to reveal the entire contents of Zi-O SODO Set 11. As of this point, this will be the final retail set of SODO for Kamen Rider Zi-O. The set consists of: Mirror Zi-O from the Ryuki Arc. The Decade Ryuki Survive Armor from the Rider Time: Ryuki special, and the Decade Faiz Axel Armor which was a Buttabosoul medal exclusive form. Special hands for Kamen Rider Woz will be included to have both Black and White Woz’s books.

But that’s not all. Another Zi-O will also be joining the Set as the first Another Rider to be in the main line. SODO Zi-O Set 11 releases in August.

With the final Zi-O Set revealed this leaves the forms and Riders from Zi-O’s Movie Over Quarterz missing from the line. Zi-O’s Oma Form and the Riders Barlckxs, Zonjis, and Zamonas will be joining the SODO line at a later date with more information to be revealed soon.

SODO Chronicle

The blog wasn’t done though. The next Kamen Rider series to join the SODO Chronicle line will be Kamen Rider OOO!! Shown off first is his TaToBa Combo. It does appear that the OOO figures will be able to separate for combo forming.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 22 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 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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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 – 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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Gallery: Kamen Rider Zi-O – DX Time Mazine

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures and what would be a Rider without his signature ride? Shout it out loud and call forth the RKF-compatible – DX TIME MAZINE!

Time Mazines (タイムマジーン) are a type of time machine in the form of mechas which can transform between a flying Vehicle Mode (ビークルモード) and combat-ready Robo Mode (ロボモード). They are the means of time travel for Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz, as well as special models being used by the Resistance and the Time Jackers.

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The DX Time Mazine is capable of fitting most Rider Kick’s Figure-scale figures in it’s chest cockpit.

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You can watch the full review here:

This figure (with the DX OOO Ridewatch) is available on back order at Toku Toy Store for £79.99. Stay tuned for further Kamen Rider Zi-O reviews and galleries!

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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 – November 11, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, Zi-O Set 4 and some news on the Zi-O EX set!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The first figure for Set 4 has been revealed to be the OOO Armor! This armor, like the Fourze Armor from Set 3, will require the use of the new base Zi-O body which is being included once again in Set 4. The Taka, Tora, and Bata animals can all form their animal modes as well, with a special piece for Taka to have both animal and head modes. A special Ziku Driver piece is also included that doesn’t limit any articulation and can still spin.

The EX Set coming out next year has finally been revealed to be the Time Mazine. Zi-O’s version to be exact. Being a SODO scale version it can form both fighter and ship mode, as well as have a range of articulation. A special piece is included to make the head have the OOO Ridewatch instead of Zi-O as well.

The EX Set is also including Zi-O and Geiz’s bike, the Ride Striker.

Next time: Lock on!

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 7 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: OOO’s and Birth

Reach out your hand! Grab hold of that Flashback!

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 approprriate 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 OOO Driver.

Featuring a black Driver, with blue lining, and silver highlights, the Oz Driver is both stylish and functional in appearance. The Scanner has a black centre with gold edging, and 4 lights in the centre.

The OOO’s (from now on called Oz to make my typing go easier) Driver uses a 3 Medal system, consisting of a head, body/arm and leg. The set also features a Scanner, which is used in conjunction with the Driver and Medals to trigger all associated sounds.

To operate, turn on the scanner, with its easily located on/off switch on the side, then insert 3 Medals into the Driver. While it should matter which order they go in, the Scanner will recognize the appropriate Medals for the Combo and still play the right jingle. Once the Medals have been inserted, lift the Scanner from its bracket on the side of the belt, press the button inside the grip, and run it flush along the front of the Driver. You should hear a clang clang clang sound as it passes over. Once the Scanner passes the end of the Driver, the Scanner will call out the name of all 3 Medals, followed by the approriate song.

As each Medal is scanned, one light lights up on the Scanner, once all 3 Medals have been scanned, and the Henshin is in process, all four lights will be lit up, and flashing different colours.

Featuring 24 Core Medals, the combinations are almost limitless. The Medals are broken down into Combo’s, which feature 3 Medals, one from each position, and are always the same colour, for example, TaJaDor uses 3 red Medals, Taka (Head), Kujaku (Body/Arms) and Condor (Legs). The cheat way to tell which one goes where is to look at the back of the Medal, Head has one bar, Body/Arms two bars, and legs has 3, these indicate the position in the driver.

Each Combo features a unique call out when scanned, followed by a purpose written song. Well, all but one of the Combo’s do. The Movie exclusive “Kamen Rider Core” Combo doesn’t register as a full Combo, so doesn’t get a song.

When using 3 random Medals, for example Taka (Head), Gorilla (Body/Arms), Batta (Legs), the Scanner will call out their names, and then a generic sound, something like an explosion.

For reference, the Scanner will register any 3 Medals, so you could use 3 head Medals, or 3 leg Medals, and the Scanner will still act like a head/body/leg set has been scanned, and again play the generic combat sound.

After the initial Medal scan, and your Henshin is complete, run the Scanner over the same Medals to perform a “Scanning Charge”, the final attack of Oz. This can be repeated as many times as desired, without the Scanner resetting, this will only be done if the Medals change.

Moving along, now we have the Birth Driver, the secondary Driver in the series belonging to Akira Date.

Also using a Medal system, this Driver is quite different in its operation. After turning the Driver on, and hearing the initial start up sound, insert a Cell Medal into the slot on the left side. Once the Medal has been inserted, turn the crank on the right side. You should hear a twisting sound, like a dial turning, followed by a pop as the centre of the Driver springs open. Once the jingle finishes, you are now officially Kamen Rider Birth! (Or Birth Prototype if you prefer, though there isn’t a way to differentiate between the two in the Driver)

Repeating the process, inserting the Medal again and turning the crank, will trigger an attack mode. These include Drill Arm, Breast Canon, Crane Arm, Cutter Wing, Shovel Arm and Catepillar Leg, . These sounds all come out in one order, so in order to access Shovel Arm, you’ll need to cycle through the others first.

Once you’ve chosen the mode you want, insert two Medals into the Driver and turn the crank. This triggers “Cell Burst” and plays some nice action sounds.

Sadly “Birth: Day” isn’t accessable through the Driver, the combined weapon form of Birth.

 

Now, to round things up.

With plenty of combinations, many additional Medals and a solid mechanic, the Oz Driver is a beauty. The only downsides i’ve seen with it, are that the front of the Driver and the rear of the Scanner can get quite scuffed with the constant contact of scanning Medals, and a slight light bleed through on the front of the scanner where the battery compartment closes.

With the Scanner relying on chips inside the Medals to register what they are, the expansion possibility of the Oz Driver is somewhat limited, meaning that past the shows run period, the ability to create new medals is almost impossible.

That said, with the release of the CSM, the Scannner and Medals were updated with new sounds, updated Medal designs and additional Combo’s.

Unlike other Drivers, leaving Medals in the Driver has minimal impact on the longevity of its performance. This is because the spring clips that keep the Medals in place are above the Medals in the Driver, and do not remain pressed when in use.

The Birth Driver on the other hand, has minimal functions, and requires repetition to reach the desired form. The option to select the desired form would have been a bonus, comparably a similar function was later used in Ghosts “Mugen” Eyecon, when performing an Omega Drive, if the handle is held out, the Eyecon flashes different colours, pushing the handle in on a different colour gave a different attack.

As the Birth Drivers light flashes different colours while performing actions, it would be well suited to the same function as the Eyecon for its different modes. Though in it’s defence, the tech for the Eyecon came around several years after the Birth Drivers design and release, so expecting the same tech inside it is rather unreasonable. But should it be updated and re-released, or presented as a CSM, there is potential for upgrades.

In all, the Oz Driver holds up, but with a reliance on numerous gimmicks, it requires a somewhat expanded collection to use all of its functions.

The Birth Driver however, in my opinion, is lacking in functions, and is in dire need of updating… But is still a welcome addition to the collection.

*Disclaimer: The pictures for the OOO’s Driver were taken with the Complete Selection Modification version, as such some of the review text and the associated picture might not line up properly.

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Complete Selection Modification OOO Medal Holder Details Revealed

As revealed last week, the Complete Selection Modification line will be making a OOO Medal Holder to go with the CSM OOO Driver revealed a few months ago. Today, more details have been released.

Just like the original release, the CSM version will have 24 slots to hold medals. There are some differences from the original version. The slots for the medals now have silver in them, having been made from a completely new mould.

The CSM OOO Medal Holder releases in August for 3,700 yen. You can preorder this at TokuToyStore.com, here.

Will you be picking this up? Did you pre-order a CSM OOO Driver? Leave a comment down below!