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Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Evol Trigger

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Evol Trigger

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Kamen Rider Evol gets an upgrade in a very similar way to the star of his show. This results in similar toys yet again for the Kamen Rider Build series, though that might not be such a bad thing. The DX Evol Trigger here is a huge improvement on the previously reviewed DX Hazard Trigger. Pressing the button and inserting it into the DX Evol Driver gives you the "Revolution" sound effect with the new jingle for Black Hole form. Furthermore, in this state, you get a new attack, the "Black Hole Attack". A second button-press gives you the "Fever Flow", obviously similar to the "Overflow" from the previous version of the toy. Lastly, this toy gives you the option for the "Black Hole Finish" and the "Black Hole Break" for its final sound effects. Overall, it's a very simple toy and complem...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Evol Driver, DX Rabbit & Dragon Evol Bottles, DX Bat Engine Full Bottle Set

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Evol Driver, DX Rabbit & Dragon Evol Bottles, DX Bat Engine Full Bottle Set

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Kamen Rider Evolt has appeared in the last act of the Kamen Rider Build TV series, and of course a new Rider means new gear, so lets take a look at it all. First up, we have the DX Evol Driver, basically a repaint of the DX Build Driver, but with new sounds and a few fresh parts. All of the unique sound effects are fantastic and a vast improvement on the old Driver toy. It's able to read every single collectible Full Bottle too (as seen in the second video), though it does read them differently than the DX Build Driver, so that keeps things fresh. The set comes with our first two Evol Bottles, Cobra and Rider System. With these, you're able to make Evol's base form. The form gives you a henshin jingle and finishing attack, the Evol Finish. Any non-Best Match gives you the Evol Attack ...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Cross-Z Magma Knuckle

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Cross-Z Magma Knuckle

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Kamen Rider Cross gets his next and final upgrade form in the Kamen Rider Build TV series with this device, the DX Magma Knuckle. The Knuckle itself functions very similarly to the DX Cross Dragon, requiring the insertion of a Full Bottle and all. The toy comes with the DX Dragon Magma Full Bottle, though it's missing the insert piece that allows for the shaking gimmick and it reads as simply "Dragon" in all other Build toys. The knuckle itself is a fantastic size, fitting even a large adult hand. It has a button on the front that can be pressed or held down to make fire sound effects and, when a bottle is inserted, the sounds change to the "Volcanic Knuckle" attack. That's about it for the toy on its own. For the next step, we'll need to add the DX Build Driver. Inserting the Knuckle in...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Sclash Driver & DX Twin Breaker

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Sclash Driver & DX Twin Breaker

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As is standard now, every Kamen Rider series seems to need at least 2 transformation belts. Kamen Rider Build's second one is the Sclush (Sclash) Driver. This is a much more solid toy than I imagined it'd be but as per usual, being a secondary Driver, it has far fewer sounds and can read far fewer Full Bottles than the DX Build Driver. It basically only reads the Dragon, Robot and Crocodile Fullbottles/Jellys giving them both a henshin sound and a finisher. Other than that, this thing only reads the remaining Fullbottles as "organic" or "inorganic". Surprisingly though, this Driver comes with both Jellys for Cross Charge and Grease (Rogues will be released next month) so for the most part it's a solid single purchase instead of the DX Build Driver that requires more and more Fullbottles ...
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 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...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 11 Brings the Heat with the New Kamen Rider Cross-Z!

Kamen Rider Build Episode 11 Brings the Heat with the New Kamen Rider Cross-Z!

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Well, here we are. At the moment many of us have been waiting several weeks for: When the identity of the new hero of the Kamen Rider Build TV series is finally revealed. Of course, everybody and their momma had already figured it out ages ago, and it's doubtful the show was even trying to keep it a big secret this whole time. But for those of us who have been loving the show so far, and watching the quick but steady growth of Ryuuga as a character, coming into his own as a freedom fighter in this upside-down world our protagonists are living in, it's been something to look forward to. And the moment of truth definitely does not disappoint. Let's dive into the eleventh episode of this stellar series as I continue to wonder if they can possibly sustain this level of quality throughout at ...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 10 Shows Us How It’s Done, With an Action-Packed Heist

Kamen Rider Build Episode 10 Shows Us How It’s Done, With an Action-Packed Heist

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It's been two weeks since our last visit with the motley crew of heroes, rivals, and frenemies of Kamen Rider Build, and they've chosen quite the cliffhanger to leave us dangling from. With the Touto science lab about to be invaded by the terrorist organization known as Faust, loyalties on every possible side are being tested at each corner, tensions are high, and the show has geared up for its most thrilling episode yet. How do they keep outdoing themselves like this? We begin with a rare recap that doesn't include a pseudo-fourth-wall-breaker of the main characters sarcastically commenting on their own show as usual, instead preferring to just roll the clips in as dramatic a fashion as they can muster, slowly building us toward the coming siege. After the opening credits (with a s...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 6 Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Kamen Rider Build Episode 6 Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

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Fists are flying in this episode of Kamen Rider Build. After a slightly weaker entry for the previous week, we come back as strong as ever with another fantastic installment in this series that continues to rock my socks. Build, where have you been all my life? Returning us to where we left off, Episode 6 begins with Ryuuga continuing to follow Tatsuya, whom he had deliberately re-infected with Smash essence, turning him back into a brainwashed monster. And wouldn't you know it, we've found the bad guys' lair in the sixth freaking episode of this series, continuing Build's trend of taking the rule book and torching it on a pyre of flaming tropes and modern cliches. Good riddance! After Ryuuga finds himself surrounded, Build comes through with a surprising rescue. Despite getting kn...
Game of Thrones: The Anime – Winter is Animated

Game of Thrones: The Anime – Winter is Animated

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The war for the Iron Throne just got a little more epic, with this fun opening credits sequence from French Youtuber Malec. Inspired by the wildly popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, this interprets the battle to save Westeros, and the many dramatic turns it takes, in a fashion only Japanese animation can deliver. Or at least something like it. Check out the fan-made opening credits sequence here, but newcomers be warned. There be spoilers in these waters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efD3nmwF-IM I love that the music, while evoking the typical sound of classic anime openers, also adopts the style of the actual Game of Thrones theme, one of the most iconic of its kind. Interspersing Japanese lyrics with seemingly random English adds the perfect touch. Particularly the phra...