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SODO Sundays – April 14th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, there’s a lot of Kamen Rider Zi-O to cover.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

Both Ex-Aid and Build went Premium Bandai over the course of their lines and Kamen Rider Zi-O is no different. The first item for Premium is an odd one, the Sougo First Henshin statue from the first episode and the Oma Zi-O 2068 timeline. While not being classified as an official SODO item it’s designed specifically to be in scale with the SODO figures, namely Kamen Rider Ohma Zi-O.

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Another Premium set was revealed to be a second EX Set. The first EX set, which released last year, had the Zi-O Time Mazine and the Ride Striker bike along with the Ridewatch face attachments for the Time Mazine. This second set will feature both Geiz and Woz’ Time Mazines along with Ridewatch faceplates for Kuuga, OOO Tajadol, Genm, and Cross-Z.

The rest of the Set 9 lineup has also been revealed: First up is the new upgrade form Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity Form!

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The Decade Armor catch up continues with both the XXR and XXL Ex-Aid Decade Armors! While both bodies are included for this form it does require the purchase 2 of the armor set to get the full effect.

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Kamen Rider W

A surprise Kamen Rider Cyclone figure is coming to the SODO Chronicle series. This figure will be have a limited release via lottery.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 16 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 – February 10th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the first figures of Zi-O Set 7 are revealed!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

While Woz and his Quiz armor were revealed for Set 6 we now have his first Ride Armor based on Kamen Rider Shinobi. The Shinobi Armor is the first figure for Zi-O Set 7, it includes another version of the Zikan Despear weapon.

The newest form of Kamen Rider Zi-O, his Zi-O II form is also joining the SODO line in Set 7. Included with this form is his combined weapon version of the Saikyo Girade and Zikan Girade.

Also revealed for Zi-O is that in June there will be a set featuring the future Riders of Kamen Rider Shinobi, Quiz, and Kikai. To announce this set SODO has shown off a bit of Kamen Rider Shinobi.

Kamen Rider Den-O

Following Kamen Rider W’s SODO Chronicle line the next entry in this new series will be SODO Chronicle Kamen Rider Den-O! Nothing besides a July release date have been revealed so far but stay tuned to SODO Sundays for more information.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 12 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.

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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 – 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.

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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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Anniversary Review: W and Lost

Flash! Back! Now count up your sins!

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 W Driver.

Stylishly coloured in black and silver, and sporting red detailing, the W (Double) Driver serves as a perfect platform for a technological Driver.

Using oversized USB drives as gimmicks, the W Driver is simple to operate, and still oh so satisfying.

There are three kinds of “Gaia Memory”, Body, Soul, T2. Body is on the right, Soul on the left, and T2 operate independently, often used for Accel or the Lost Driver. They are identifiable by the colour of the USB port, Body has a golden colour, Soul is a silver, and T2 are a blue tinted silver.

The Memories operate on a button press system, press the button on the front to trigger the call out (IE: Joker! or Heat!). When inserted into the Driver, another system of pegs and buttons inside trigger the standby and full Henshin sounds, this is done by a peg inside the Driver pressing a button inside the USB connector part of the Memory.

To start, take two memories, for the left side you have Cyclone, Heat, Luna and Fang, and the right, Joker, Metal, Trigger. Ideally you want one from each side, though it does work with ones from the same, however the sounds will overlap and just give you a jumbled mess.

To be correct to the show, press the button on the front of the “Memory” and get a nice loud callout, then insert into the Driver. Once both Memories are in and the activation jingle sounds, pull each side of the Driver to the side and let the music fly.

Also featured with the Driver is a “Maximum Drive slot”, typically located on the right side of the belt. To use, close the Driver, remove the desired Memory, and insert directly into the slot. You’ll get another standby sound after hearing “Memory name here – Maximum Drive!”, press the button on the side and off you go, showing those Dopants who’s boss!

If you’re using Fang, it’s a little more involved than just pressing a button. Fang is quite unique, in that it is themed after a Dinosaur! Quite a snappy little Dinosaur as well!

Going from Dino mode, fold up the rear legs, spin the USB out and fold in the front legs, then press the button. After inserting into the Driver and opening it up, fold Fang over so it sits in the middle of the Driver, and fold down the mouth, just hidden in the back of the right leg (now positioned over the second memory). You’ll be presented with a skeletel, and very asthetically pleasing Dinosaur head, with a horn over the nose.

The horn isn’t for looks however, in this case it is used to trigger Fangs Maximum Drive feature. Press down on the horn 1, 2 or 3 times to trigger different attacks, in order you’ll get “Arm Fang”, “Shoulder Fang” and finally, “Fang, Maximum Drive”.

Now as far as the show is concerned, Fang can only be used in conjunction with the Joker memory, as this allows greater control over the wild nature of Fang. With the Driver however, any Body Memory will work with it, so the unseen combinations of Fang/Trigger or Fang/Metal can be used.

Moving along now, the Lost Driver!

While I could have done this part as a review of its own, the tech is identical to the W Driver, and for the most part I would just be repeating myself, and you would be bored beyond belief!

The Lost Driver, as said, operates the same as the W Driver, but it is quite literally half of the W Driver. Specifically the left side, as the Memories inserted into it are “complete”, serving as both “body” and “soul”.

Unlike the W Driver, the Memories used in the Lost Driver don’t have a delay between the call out and the music, so once you pull the Driver to one sie, rock away!

The Lost Driver features two Memories, Skull and Eternal, though is only supplied with Eternal. It also features a Maximum Drive Slot.

All Memories work in each Driver, but those for the W Driver will feature a delay between the initial call out and the jingle, this is because they feature a delay to allow the second memory to do its own call out before the music.

Overall, I personally think the tech holds up, the Drivers themselves feature a simple mechanic, there to trigger the electronic gimmick devices placed inside it. This feature would later be used again for Ex-Aid and its Gashats, but more on that in another review.

Word of caution however, if you are displaying a W Driver, or either of the Lost or Accel Drivers, do not leave a memory fully engaged in the Driver, as the constant pressure on the button switches will both drain the battery inside the Memory, and weaken the spring to a point where the Memory will no longer function.