Well we have a first semi-donation for review! I want to thank Henshentenshion, (check out this guy’s review site) for setting me up with my first foray into the Kiwami Tamashii line. These are basically S.I.C. (Super Imaginative Chogokin) lite figures. So how does this potential mini awesomeness stack up?
The KT line are mini versions of the S.I.C. figures about the size of G.I. Joes. Also much lower in cost, usually retailing in the US for about $16-20. The box is solid and I love the packaging art, a stylized version of the Ryuki belt and symbol.
I am a fan of the S.I.C. aesthetic and have been wanting to get my hands on one of these guys, plus Ryuki is one of my favorite Riders, so this figure has a few things already in its favor. I totally love the helmet with the eyes glowing inside. Not to mention the Dragon crest and the awesome defining marks in the armor.
Figuarts usually spoil me but I was astounded at the level of detail they give to a figure this small! The body has some amazing detailing that really surprised me. From the texture in the armor to the defining lines in the legs. Even the knee caps have the detailing in the ports (which are molded on).
From all sides this little guy is a marvel I do have to say.
Now the accessory count is mild, but considering the size, too many would be too easy to lose. Ryuki has two other alternate hands.
One holding a molded Advent card.
The other a holding things hand to hold his sword. This has a great grip on the blade, so no worries about losing the sword when Ryuki is wielding it.
We also have the Strike Vent dragon’s head. This is AMAZING on the level of love put into it. The jaw opens wide as well. This is actually a new fore arm instead of a hand swap like the full sized versions. As for how it looks on Ryuki…I will get to that a bit later.
I am also impressed with how you can pose this guy. Small double jointed arms, an abdomen swivel (not waist alas) allow some nice flexibility.
As do the double knee joints and basic ankle rotation.
BUT…here comes the “other” stuff…
Would have loved the helmet to be on a ball joint, he can only look left and right, and not looking up and down does lose the impact on some of the poses.
Also the shoulder armor is just lose. I mean just wiggles around. The intent was so it wouldn’t restrict arm movement I bet, but then you have to “reset” the shoulders with every pose.
Finally, the Strike Vent…it doesn’t attach like the arm it replaces. This leaves the elbow joint exposed. Also for him to aim forward, it looks rather uncomfortable for the guy.
So for the bottom line, this is not a bad figure, especially for it’s price. I will say I am totally spoiled by the higher end brothers and cousins though. If you are on a budget, and/or are interested in the import figure hobby, the KT line is great for you. If you are interested in sampling the S.I.C. style, this is a great line. If you are not a nitpicker like me, it is a great line. For what it is, it does it well. Also Bandai uses the KT line to bring some of the lesser popular Riders to action figure form, like Hibiki and Blade (for now).
I will say, this may be a line I personally will pass on. You get a lot of bang for your buck, I assure, but I’d rather drop a few more bucks to get more bang.