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Review: Kamen Rider Build SODO Figures Wave 3

Review: Kamen Rider Build SODO Figures Wave 3

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Kamen Rider Build goes 3 for 3 with its SODO toy line, hitting yet another home run. This set is the first one where I highly recommend getting a case, since you will need duplicates. This set consists of 3 and a half figures: Build LionShoubosha form, KeyDragon form, half of Cross-Z and Blood Stark (I still refuse to call him Stalk). Both Cross-Z and KeyDragon require Build's Dragon half to be complete, so to have both figures proudly displayed in your collection, you're gonna need 2 Dragon boxes. Luckily, cases come with 3, so you'll even have an extra, just in case. All the figures are beautifully articulated and the stickers are fantastic. If you use my clear coat nail polish method as well, they'll stay on nice and strong. So again, this is a must own for any Build fan. https://you...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Kaizoku Densha Full Bottle Set & DX Kaizoku Hassher

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Kaizoku Densha Full Bottle Set & DX Kaizoku Hassher

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Kamen Rider Build is winding down its Full Bottle toy gimmick in favor of other objects to be placed inside the Build Driver item, but before we move on from Full Bottles, we have a few more forms left. This one is KaizokuRessha, a combination of Kaizoku (pirate) and Densha (train). This is another solid set of Full Bottles. By now, you know what to expect with this gimmick, so you're either in or out, at this point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-FFKUgwxVE Build's last 1st quarter weapon is the Kaizoku Hassher, to go along with the KaizokuRessha form. This toy, like most others in the line, is underwhelming. It's cheap enough though, so the toy doesn't feel like a waste of money, but it's definitely not for most collectors. You get 6 basic sound effects with this toy. A blunt melee...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Build Phone & DX Pandora Panel

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Build Phone & DX Pandora Panel

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Kamen Rider Build's BCR toy line is pretty bad. Honestly, I bowed out after the first figure in favor of the SODO line, but Bandai is smarter than that. How do they get you to purchase an accessory for your crappy BCR figures? Well, include an exclusive Full Bottle, of course! Darn you, Bandai. Anyway, here we have the DX Build Phone and Lion Full Bottle. The phone itself is bad, but accurate. The phone in the show is a cluttered mess and this one is too, so I guess I can't use that against the toy. By pressing the "call" button you can get various lines of dialogue from lead character Sento. Not much more to say about the phone mode, it's a phone. Transformation is simple enough and kinda show-accurate. It folds out like it does in the show but obviously the model in the show is repl...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Cross Dragon, DX Beat Crosser (Closer), DX Lock Full Bottle

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Cross Dragon, DX Beat Crosser (Closer), DX Lock Full Bottle

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Kamen Rider Build introduces its second Rider with a Build Driver add-on toy, Cross-Z's Cross Dragon. Now the Cross Dragon can be purchased with or without the Beat Crosser (Closer), more on that later, but the Dragon itself is a neat little item. Reminiscent of the "gadget" toys from Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider OOO, Kamen Rider Fourze, Kamen Rider Wizard, and Kamen Rider Ghost, the Dragon is pretty small, though less articulated than its predecessors. It's more or less a brick with an articulated neck and tail, but that's mostly for transformation. So pose-ability is a bust but how about sound effects? Well, on its own, the Dragon makes two very recognizable sounds from the show when the big, red button is pushed. After inserting a Full Bottle (any one, this toy can't read the gimm...
Review: Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger DX Kojishi Voyager

Review: Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger DX Kojishi Voyager

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Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger's DX toy line has been pretty hit-and-miss as a whole, but it ends really strong with Kojishi Voyager, aka Caesar. Caesar is a small chibi-like lion toy, similar to Mini-Tyra from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, but instead of combining with a weapon, he combines with a fellow Voyager mech. On its own, I like this little guy, but the real fun begins when you add Shishi Voyager to the mix. Combining the two Voyagers together makes Super Shishi Voyager, my favorite form. This is an amazing form, changing the look of Shishi Voyager from a spaceship with a lion head into a full-fledged lion mecha. The size and silhouette of this thing is great, though I can see fans being bummed out by the lack of articulation. Overall, I think, combined, this is the best Voyager of the wh...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Legend Rider Full Bottle Sets

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Legend Rider Full Bottle Sets

Kamen Rider, Reviews, toku, Toys, Uncategorized
With any gimmick-heavy Kamen Rider series comes the "Legend Rider" merchandise. Basically, this means the fans can get a taste of some of the older Kamen Riders in their new driver toy. Kamen Rider Build, however, does something very clever with its Legend Rider gimmick that very few seasons can match. Here we have the Ex-aid Full Bottle set and the W Full Bottle set. Ex-Aid is broken up in to the DX Doctor Full Bottle and the DX Game Full Bottle, while W is broken up into the DX Tantei (Detective) and DX USB Memory Full Bottles. This is awesome as it both encapsulates the core of Build's gimmick, being organic and inorganic objects coming together, and the main themes of the individual series. Overall, these are great for any Kamen Rider Ex-Aid or Kamen Rider W fans. It's great to remin...
Review: Kamen Rider Build SODO Figures Wave 2

Review: Kamen Rider Build SODO Figures Wave 2

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
Well, the time has finally come. Wave 2 of the Kamen Rider Build SODO figures is here! Much like wave 1, I'm nitpicking at best to find anything negative to say. This time around, we get 7 boxes and 4 figures instead of the prior 6 boxes and 3 figures. The 4 figures are HawkGatling, NinninComic, RocketPanda and our first villain, Night Rogue. Every figure is excellent in detail, articulation and accuracy, once again I find it very, very difficult to say anything negative about these figures, even the price is great. Overall, once again, these are the best Build figures on the market and I can't recommend them enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX_a8m5W1jk For this and other Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu merchandise, check out CSToys and BigBadToyStore.  
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Transteam Gun & Steam Blade

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Transteam Gun & Steam Blade

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
So far, Kamen Rider Build has been a great series and its toys have been fairly solid. Items like the Build Driver and DX Full Bottle sets being the best the toy line has to offer and the weapons, so far, being mediocre. Nothing egregiously bad but just nothing noteworthy, UNTIL NOW! The Transteam Gun is the transformation device of Night Rogue and Blood Stark (I won't call him Stalk) and it is the best weapon of the line easily. The gun is a tad small but in fairness it looks small in Gentoku's hands in the show as well so I'll let that slide. The detail is fantastic, the gun fire sounds are satisfying and can be fired as fast or as slow as the user wants. You also get the DX Bat Full Bottle with this set, which can be inserted into the Transteam Gun for transformation into Night Rog...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Rocket Panda Full Bottle Set

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Rocket Panda Full Bottle Set

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
Kamen Rider Build's 5th Best Match is the Flying Monotone! RocketPanda! This form is, unsurprisingly, made from the Rocket Full Bottle and the Panda Full Bottle. Panda is done up in a translucent white plastic and creates a cute image of a panda face. On the other hand, Rocket uses a light, almost sky blue color to differentiate itself from the other blue bottles, Tank and Diamond. It features the image of a rocket ship about to take off, complete with billowing smoke on the bottom, motion lines and some cool perspective work. Ultimately, these are 2 more solid Full Bottles and fans of Build are definitely gonna want them for their collections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ap6ihNivaE&feature=youtu.be For this and other Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu merchandise, check out CSToys a...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX 4 Koma Ninpoutou

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX 4 Koma Ninpoutou

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
Well, if there is one thing to complain about with the Kamen Rider Build series so far, it's the toys. More specifically, the role play weapons (and the gimmick line, but we've been over that already). The Drill Crusher was underwhelming but it did come with a Full Bottle making it feel like a decent purchase. Then the Hawkgatlinger abandoned the Full Bottle gimmick and while it wasn't offensively bad it was far from a "must own" toy. Now we have the 4 Koma Ninpoutou aka the Ninja Art-Invoking Four-frame Ninja Sword and its name is the longest thing about it. The sword itself I think is a cool concept, combining a pen and a sword making a pretty sweet weapon in the show, but as a toy it ends up being more pen than sword. If I haven't made my point clear enough yet, this thing is tiny...