Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review - S.I.C. Vol.50 Kamen Rider Kiva

Going back to what I know best... Import toys!
This time I am doing an S.I.C figure from Bandai.
"The S.I.C. product line is made up of 1/10-scale action figures (typical height is 7"/18 cm). The line debuted in December 1998 with its first figure, Volume 01: Kikaider. Popularity grew for S.I.C. due to its reimagination of the original comic book character. S.I.C. pays homage to the late Ishinomori Shotaro. The designs of S.I.C. reinterprets the original artwork by Ishinomori. The first ten volumes were only statuettes that were mounted on a stand but Volume 11: Side Machine and Kikaider marked a milestone for S.I.C. The figure was given very articulate joints because this set included a figure and a bike."
Kame Rider Kiva
"Twenty-two years after the disappearance of his father, Wataru Kurenai lives in an infamous "haunted house" where he is destined as Kamen Rider Kiva to fight life-draining monsters called Fangires, the very race his father fought years ago before his disappearance. Wataru must also deal with Kamen Rider Ixa who is part of an organization seeking to destroy the Fangire menace, as well as the Fangires' own Rider, Kamen Rider Saga. The story is split between the actions of Wataru in the present (2008–09) and his father Otoya in the past (1986–87), slowly revealing the link between the Fangire Race and Kiva."


Nothing special really. I do like the nice big window on the front, displaying everything included. The pictures on the back do the figure justice. Its nice that its not artwork and all images of the figure as well.
A pretty good amount of accessories, but not overwhelming. You have is violin, Bloody Rose, the violin bow, Kiva (the small bat) with no mouth, the full Kiva (to hold), the chrome Kiva, six hands, two wings for his Rider Kick, and six Fuestles, small whistles he uses to change between forms, do his Rider Kick, or call Castle Doran. He can hold all the Fuestles on his belt, each with a small peg. I would of liked to see some of the weapons for his different forms or at least the statuette of them you see through out the show.
This is one of the strong point for this line of figures. You can tell her has double elbow joins but he also has double knee joints, ball joint neck and single joint legs and shoulders, and both ankles are jointed as well. His hands are on hinge join pegs, so they can move up and down as well as left and right. His shoulder pads are the main issue with movement. They don't very much, so you can't get full range of motion with his arms because of them.
Size: This figures is big! He stands at over 7" tall making him about 1/10 scale. I don't mind the size, but I can see why some people may have an issue.

Extra: This figure has some cool features to it. The shoulder pads, bracelets, knees, right leg covering and all the chains you see are all die-cast. This does add some weight, but he stands very well with out any helps. Kivat is able to hold the Fuestles in its mouth to reenact scenes from the show. Kiva can also be posed to preforms his Rider Kick. To be able to do this, you have to remove the covering from his right leg and attach the wings to his leg. He can also hold and pose with his violin, one of the main reasons I wanted this figure for so long.
Overall I am very happy with this figure. It does have its downfalls, but I can get over them. Its such a great looking figure and has just about everything I would hope for. If your a fan of the show or a S.I.C collector, I would recommend picking this up. 
 Hope you enjoyed this review and it was helpful.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review - Lego Mixels

So for my first review back, I thought I would start off with something new and simple. A month or so back, while walking the Lego isle at one of my local stores, I came a cross these little guys. I didn't buy them right away, but after thinking about it some, I picked them up tonight.

I don't really know the back story on this line, but is what Wikipedia has..

"Mixels involves nine different, fun-loving tribes who inhabit a fantasy land of adventure and wonder. They can mix (combining two Mixels of different or same tribes), max (combining all three Mixels of the same tribe), and murp (when a mix goes horribly wrong) in all kinds of situations, using the mysterious cubits. All that stands in their way are the small, evil Nixels."

I do know they are part of a show on Cartoon Network, but that is about it. Anyways, let get to the review for Lego Mixels!

First up, we have a shot of the packaging.

As you can see, no blind pack here, which is really nice! Each bag has the image of the set your buying. Series one includes sets from three of the nine? groups in the show. You have the yellow ones, who I'm guessing is electricity or something like that. Next up is the black/gray one, guessing again, that is stone. And last up is the red and you can tell is fire. Each group consist of three different models and with all three of one group, you can combined them into one large model. Only down side is you have to go to the Lego Mixels website to get the instruction. All the sets come in the same size bag and are all $4.99 SMRP.

Each includes a small instruction book that is 24 pages long with an ad for the app but not the show. Kind of surprised about that. Inside each bag, there is another bag with all the parts.

Each set took me about five minutes or so to build with very little problems, but they are aimed for younger kids. With that being said, I can see them enjoying each set but not having to many issues. For collectors or people who just like building original models, I can seem them enjoying it a lot. Each sets has very unique parts centered around the elements of each group.

Each model is a different size, which is nice. Gives each of them more character I think. 

Also the models are larger then a regular mini figure.

One of each model from each group comes with a Nixel, the main bad guy thing for the cartoon series. This one only consist of nine parts but still looks nice and fits well with the rest of the sets.

Overall I really liked these. I plan on combining them into some type of my own model but until then, they will hang out on a shelf and get played with by my oldest. I would recommend any of the Mixels and am looking forward to the next two waves coming out. 

 Hope you enjoyed this review and it was helpful.
 Leave a comment if you have any questions and ill get back to you as soon as I can.