The Tenth Rider, The Destroyer of Worlds, The subject to one of the shortest, most convoluted Kamen Rider TV series ever…and he is now mine to review! S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Decade, Violent Emotion is now in my collection, read on to see how he stands…
Actually he stands rather well! Decade does have die cast feet after all, but we will get into that further in. This is actually the second Decade Figuarts, the first version apparently had so many people complaining that it demanded a 2.0 version (I wish the series got that treatment…). I have seen the pictures and they are not pretty, even though in pink. No really I’m not kidding, while Decade is a nice magenta, 1.0 was bright pink. How do you destroy worlds when pink? Anyway…one of my favorite aspects of Decade’s uniform is the big X, or the Roman numeral 10, I love asymmetry in character design, so big props.
Now his Decadriver is a bit light on the details. Especially after looking at figures like V3, Another Agito, Agito, this is really a plain belt. The crystal is sparkly, but no indent for where the cards would slide through, or even a hint at the symbols that usually go around the front. But his uniform does allow room for his sculpted abs, go figure. Decade also has these nice grooves in his armor though, just a nice striking bold look. The coloring contrasts nicely as well. Seriously, I think the creative budget went into the design team instead of the writing team. Finally he stands on these nice heavy die cast metal feet. These are nice and stable and offer great posing potential, much like the Black figure or Kabuto (I should really review them one day).
You also have a choice of two head designs to use, like Another Agito. He comes in his Violent state, with the purple spot on the head and more angled eyes. This was the state he took when he became the Destroyer of Worlds. This is the favored by the majority, but for the purists for the TV show, the normal head is there as well.
Accessory count time! Aside from the two heads, we also have the “Ride Booker” which clips to his side. It has two forms, sword and gun, represented by a different piece. There are also 4 pairs of matching hands and his pointing hand. I do have to say the holding hands don’t have the best grip on the weapons. Here is the thing though, while you have the standards fists, splayed, and holding weapons hands, you also have two hands for holding cards. Cards that the first version came with, but this one did not! Really? I figured that if they wanted you to have this guy hold the cards from the first release, then use the hands from the first release! There could have been some new kind of gesture for him or even an effect piece.
The weapon forms do look great though. And while does have some slight limitations with his posing, he can hit all the main ones you would want on display. By limited, I mean his arms while double elbow joints, still can not fold flush against him. The legs though have no such restrictions.
If you are a fan of Decade or want a figure that stands out, this is a figure worth having. He is a bit hard to track down, but I think he is worth it. If you haven’t seen the show, I’ll be frank, watch the first 5 minutes of the first episode, get a slight premise, then go to the movies. May not make much sense, but alas, even after watching the show, they still didn’t…but you get to see some GREAT stuff with W!