Toy Review: S.I.C KIWAMI TAMASHII Kamen Rider Kuuga (Mighty Form)

Posted by Mitchell "Brutal Mitch" Jarvie On Saturday, February 2, 2013 1 comments

Hey guys, Mitch here, so I briefly touched upon toys of the Figuarts and SIC variety a while back on my personal blog (Link). Now I feel somewhat obligated to bring a couple of reviews to the Mondo Cool community so here I am with a review of the SIC Kiwami Tamashii Kamen Rider Kuuga (Mighty Form) from well.. Kamen Rider Kuuga!

"Chou Henshin!"
This is a very nice looking highly-detailed and vertically challenged interpretation of the first Heisei era rider. While the live action version of the Kuuga suit is (in my opinion) somewhat lacking, the SIC redesign gives the suit a much different more ancient look with the cracks running trough the shoulders and the grongi lettering on the collar and bottom of the breast-plate make Kuuga look as if he were carved from stone thousands of years ago (appropriate considering his back-story in the TV show). Kuuga also features the Bandai rider staple of delicious compound eyes and a compound lens on his belt.
Kuuga's belt, the Arcle

Now show accuracy isn't really a factor when discussing SIC because that is an absolute non-point when it comes to this line but don't worry; it looks like Kuuga and if show accuracy is what you're after then go buy the figuart, it's a bit more expensive but it's more show accurate.

As far as posability goes it's SIC regardless of its scale so you've got all the essentials; ball-jointed neck and head, arms and legs (with elbow and knee joints respectively) and feet. The motion of the arms is somewhat impeded by the large shoulder-pieces, and being a bit to forceful with them can pop them right out of their sockets but they pop right back in no problem. His legs however can't be positioned at a completely straight angle, meaning if you want him to stand up straight, then you're stuck with him at a slouched angle.

As for accessories you've got a pair of calm relaxed hands,  a pair of fists and a left hand for Kuuga's henshin pose and a right hand in the thumbs up position for his iconic pose. Finally Kuuga also includes a smaller scale tamashii stand  complete with arm, an effect piece to clip onto his foot and a plastic Kuuga symbol piece for it to clip onto. These pieces are used to recreate Kuuga's finishing move; the mighty kick!
While he may be smaller than a figuart (and about the size of a G.I.Joe) SIC Kiwami Tamashii Kuuga is still a great little figure that's defiantly worth your time and money.

Here's a little size comparison for those who care.
Kuuga next to a G.I.Joe

Kuuga next to a figuart


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