Now this is one old school character, the second series in the Showa Era, V3 was the sequel to the original Kamen Rider. Actually created by Rider 1 and Rider 2. I know his name and that he is based on a dragonfly. So I went in blind when buying this guy, and it panned out interesting.
I don’t bring boxes into these reviews, but this one I had to. The packaging really stands out from the other silver boxes I have by being this neat olive green. Great pictures of V3 on the front and sides, and of course action posses on the back. It doesn’t try to be epic, but the simplicity is just cool.
The detailing on the uniform is amazing. I love the belt design, and the segmented armor flexes as well so his body isn’t hindered. With a matte green with the red and silver details, his uniform looks like some special forces from back in the day. Topped of with the while on the gloves, scarves (will get to later on those) and popped collar, he has a great look that stands out on my display shelf. What is interesting is that aside from the chest, there is no other armor! No shoulder pads, no knee plates, nada. I guess I am spoiled with the current era of characters.
You can really see the dragon fly theme with the helmet. Figuarts always gives there characters those awesome compound eyes (save the Faiz figures and Another Agito) and they are in a brilliant emerald plastic. Remember what I said about the lack of should pads? Instead he has epaulets. A nice detail, but actually hinder the arm movement.
With posing, I will say, for a Figuart he is actually limited. Now I am comparing this to the rest of the line, he will still beat out most Hasbro figures. His arms don’t quite allow full rotation from the shoulders and no separate swivel to allow arm rotation. Also the ankles don’t bend. He can still pose, absolutely, but I have been spoiled by my other Figuarts.
Accessory time! I think the above pic is missing a fist actually…but I digress, I thought Ouja had a lot of hands, but V3 wins. We have two chopping hands, two splayed, two holding the weapon hands, two “V” or Peace sign hands, two fists, one single pointing finger and one two finger pointing hand. They are also packaged in there tight! I would use the single pointing finger to get the other out I swear. We also have alternate scarves that look like they are billowing out behind them. Another Agito is an homage to this design in that way. Then there is the empty holster and V3’s “hopper”, a mini satellite used for recon work. Last we have the effect piece for his Rider Kick….
Really I didn’t buy him just for this…but man I LOVE it! It will be used when I do my Faiz review. *Total side note, but while Figuarts does package these effect pieces with some of their figures, I would totally buy a separate set. Bandai, seriously, if you ever release a tamashii stage 6, package effect pieces!!!*
Anyway, this is just a gorgeous piece of plastic that just makes the figure pop.
Not to beat a dead horse, but again the detailing on this uniform is a real step up. I don’t normally take a rear shot unless it is warranted, and here it absolutely is.
So bottom line, not a figure for all. A unique style, and limited posing, so he is not like the other Figuarts, but an excellent show piece. I would just measure your needs and wants per say. Not on my essentials list, but I would recommend, especially if you are a retro fan. Of course I know where one can get this guy.