SH FIGUARTS KAMEN RIDER W CYCLONEJOKER
Kamen Rider W… even if his (their?) design is simple, it is rather unique with the W motif running throughout the entire body (you can see “W” from head to toe). With six interchangeable memories, W can change into a combination of different forms to adapt to various situation. This ability also allows Bandai to mercilessly pump out different recolors of the same body but with slightly different accessories ^^;. Here is W’s main form: CycloneJoker- Cyclone for speed and Joker for power.
Catchphrase on the back “Saa, omae no tsumi wo kazoero!”
Two “scarfs”, and enough hands for all the important poses. Nothing more.
as one would expect from the SHF line-up, W looks amazing and very well detailed. For the most part, the figure is clean except I see some NUBMARKS hidden under a couple of spots… one being under the W-fin (WTF?!). What I also like is that W actually looks muscular and not skinny like most of the other riders out there. Cyclone’s metallic is really attractive… unlike Joker’s side, which is just bare black plastic D:
A closer look at all the fabulous details
The scarf might look a bit lame with it just down but when you switch to the piece that makes it look like the wind is blowing it, the cool factor DOUBLES!
Now this is a HARDBOILED look…
Seriously, I can spend a long time taking photos of W just standing like this and I wouldn’t get bored ^^;
CYCLONEJOKER! *electric guitar riff*
Don’t think just because this is a simple pose that it is easy to set up, it is actually really hard to make it look the part; the level of the arms, the position of the legs, and making it stand straight… took me quite awhile. There’s a fine line between making it look like he is saying “What’s happening?” and “Yea! That’s right! I’m badass!”. Personally, I don’t think I captured it correctly… ^^;
NOW, COUNT UP YOUR SINS!
For the record, not a single dopant nor soul has ever replied to their phrase… and counted.
Whew… It doesn’t get any more hardboiled than this!… or does it? Anyway, this is also a very hard pose to get right and take photos of hence I took many photos of it to make it worth the effort >_>. The difficulty comes from how high to raise the arm, tilt the finger, and how far the arm should be rotated sideways… anal of me, yes but necessary for the photo ^^;
Now… count up your camera angles!
I would think W is the same height as Kabuto if his knees weren’t bent…
W also came with a pair of open palm hands… I didn’t know what pose it would go with besides the JOKER EXTREME so I put it in the only familiar (to KR people) pose that came to my mind ^^;.
The joints feel very solid and snug; there weren’t any loose parts after the photoshoot. The diecast ankle was very stiff and took some force to bend them otherwise I would’ve thought they weren’t movable ^^;.
Kneeling pose = no problem!
The bare black plastic is a bit off-putting since it also attracts oil smudges and fingerprints. It would be nice if it was matte black like it was supposed to be.
Joker kicks like a champ!
JOKER- MAXIMUM DRIVE!
Can’t really do this “Rider Kick” properly since the body can’t split in half ^^;. It’s not like this Kick is all that cool anyway since it is heavily edited with special effects, minimizing the “impact” of the actual kick itself.
While it might be lacking in any sorts of accessories (save for an awesome scarf), being able to put it in its signature poses more than makes up for it. Even with less hands, I had more fun posing W than Ultimate Kuuga simply because there are known poses >_>. The only downside are the visible nubmarks at certain spots so if you plan on picking up this figure, proceed with caution (best if you can choose it from a store or in person instead of online). Other than that, this figure is W-boiled!
SH FIGUARTS EX MACHINE HARDBOILDER
What is a Kamen Rider without his bike? Fearing that this bike would go the way of the dodo bird faster than I would expect it to, I pre-ordered it as soon as I heard about it. Since the Hardboilder is really a modified Honda CBR1000 RR, it quickly became my favorite Rider bike for its design ^^. I just gotta have it!
The packaging of this itansha (痛単車) is just like the packaging for the Riders themselves- Simple and to the point; no excess packaging mess to worry about. The bike came with nothing but a plain black stand for the rear wheels to hold up the bike.
At first look and from far away, this bike looks incredible just like a SHF should be. The wheels are die-cast, the tires are of a soft-touch plastic (not PC part soft), the wheels can spin freely, the front can steer, front tiret setup can detach, the rear actually has a suspension, and the whole bike can separate in half to attach those (stupidly expensive) Tamashii Web Limited booster add-on.
Who would’ve thought slapping a V-fin on a bike could make it look so cool? Not like the CBR1000 RR is not already awesome enough to begin with…
It’s not until I took a closer look did I realize the horror… omg, where are the details?! Well, actually, the details are molded in but the finer things are completely missing; there is no tachometer/speedometer on the dash! Just plain black plastic! The worst offender: there is no headlight! The “eyes” on the bike is literally a window you can see through out the dash. I think that’s the biggest disappointment in this bike I can think of. Everything else seems accurate as far as I can tell.
Posing with the bike…
With W standing next to it, the bike actually looks great.
Now for the hard(boiled) part…
This is where the black stand comes in. Setting W up on the bike took quite the effort… it almost felt W and the Hardboilder were not designed for each other. The foot rest is a bit too close and it was very hard to shape the legs into the form while on the bike. I’ve never sat on a real CBR1000 RR before so I’m not sure of the actual correct position… but I don’t think the rear is supposed to be raised the whole time >_>. Once I got W on the bike, everything looks great as long as I don’t nitpick on the finer details of the setup ^^;.
How awesome is it to have your own bike themed after you?
If not careful in handling, W can easily be jettisoned off the bike…
Can’t have such a cool looking bike and not do wheelies with it!
So… what other ways is there to pose a bike? >_>
How about telling people to count their sins while riding?
Alright… so the Hardboilder is missing some details (that you probably won’t see anyway the majority of the time) but I think it goes very well next to its respective Rider. The whole thing just completes the “Kamen RIDER” look. The bike has a nice weighty and solid feel to it so it is not as cheap as the plastic might suggest. Obviously, the Hardboilder is best displayed along with W to get the MAXIMUM DRIVE (pun intended) out of it so having the SHF W would be a prerequisite. While the Hardboilder enhances the looks of W, I don’t think it is as necessary as I first thought it to be but if you can find it at a more reasonable price (~$50 tops) then it is worth picking up ^^.