And the Ryuki figures just keep coming! I will tell you Taiga is already pre-ordered, so you will see him…Gai, not a chance unless you guys want to donate lol. We have Raia here, and I was actually a bit apprehensive initially. Raia had a limited amount of show time and I knew he would have a low accessory count, but still I had to have him. Did I regret it? Read on!
I totally underestimated this figure. First and for most…not a SINGLE port has popped off! NONE! Did Bandai read my blog? Or did someone say “umm…Bill (or would that be Takumi?) I think people are sick of hunting for the little silver things.” Anyway, a big thank you. Also his joints are tight, so he holds his poses like a champ.
Raia is themed after a giant sting ray. A big pink sting ray, but it’s name is EVILdiver. Alas, he did not come packaged with our hero, but is to be with the Genocider (just when you think you couldn’t top Evildiver for a name) pack later to be released. The theme is shown with his gills like helmet, as well as his shoulder pads and pony tail. Really he holds his own even if fuschia.
I love the detailing in the arms, the ridges, and the spots of silver, grey and gold to break up the pink. I have yet to see a figuarts be sparse on the details, and I love them for it. I will say, the armor and tighter joints do restrict his arm movement, even more than Ouja.
Accessory count time! Ok, not much stuff, I had to scrape here to count the pony tail as an accessory. I even took out the Riderdeck for this shot, the advent cards are still with the box. We have the Sting Vent/whip which has connectors like Gills’ whips, and I had never noticed that the handle had one of the ports from the suit, the EVILvisor (even though he’s a goodguy), and the hands. Now I can understand shorting the hands, heck I would have taken out two more. All he needs for the left hand is the holding things hand, and that is so he can hold the Evilvisor. Honestly I can not recall him not having it, so why bother with the other hands, especially when one is a card holding hand. I can almost justify the fist, but not the other card hand. For the right hands we have the fist, card holding hand, calm hand, holding things hand, and splayed fingers. And that’s it. If anything I would have loved a second Dragreder head for when he copies Ryuki’s Shoot vent.
Despite the low accessory count, this is a solid figure. Yes, I want more. I want a stage, I want an advent beast, I want the ice cream bars back (sorry, WWE reference), but despite all that…I totally love this guy. They fixed my major issues with the Ryuki body which is awesome and just the poses he can hold, good times is all I can say.
We all know this won’t end well…