Every now and then there comes a figure that you know everything about, but still you have to have. Ryuga is one of them. One of my first reviews here was on Figuarts Ryuki, and I loved him. EVERY review loves him with good reason. Ryuga is the dark repaint from the Ryuki movie, as well as Kamen Rider Onyx from the Dragon Knight show. How do I feel about the mold? Well read the earlier reviews…this guy though…is just a thing of beauty. Read on and I’ll show why.
Ryuga is essentially the dark version of Ryuki in all senses…same design, same contract beast, everything…save his personality is much much more vicious. Watch the movie, or even look up clips online…especially when he takes out Kamen Rider Femme…hands down one of the coolest fights in KR media. Ryuga is black, grey, silver and gold…and is just gorgeous with all of it. He comes to us as a Tamashii web exclusive, so he is going to be a few extra bucks though.
Compared to Ryuki there is zero change. Even the port on his arm falls off just as easy. Aside from that, not a single complaint. Cosmetically he is everything that is awesome with the Ryuki series design.
The one new piece is the visors. We have both the flat black and the evil glowing eyes…I prefer the latter, gives him a bit more personality…but the flat black just makes him unfeeling evil.
Like Ryuki we have the custom Tamashii stage with 3 arms in various lengths for posing…
THE MOST AWESOME Black and Gold dragon ever put to plastic! Hell this guy is worth having for those who collect DBZ toys…but honestly this part is gold….with a touch of silver for trip of course.
Finally the tail of the dragon becomes his sword…but I really don’t recall him using this…
Accessories are pretty much the same. A plethora of hands…calm, holding, fists, open, splayed, and of course to hold the advent cards…we have the Strike Vent head which is dead sexy…not shown are the handles for the Guard Vent (Ryuga never used that to my knowledge) but he can do it if you want. One thing with some of the Ryuki figures that gets me is that characters like Ryuki and Raia have their Visors on their arms…why do they need a second set of hands? they always just hold the thing…*shrug*
The Strike Vent head is amazing…but my god I had issues plugging it in. The collar on the dragon’s head is attached by a ball joint…that may pop off, so don’t panic.
Once attached though it is a thing of beauty. The jaw opens and closes so we can recreate the blast. Some of the preview pictures had effect parts, alas we don’t get those…
Ryuga is all I could want in a figure, and almost all I could want for an exclusive. Yes I would have liked something extra like an effect part, but I really am not complaining. The detailing on this guy is on a standard of a work of art.
Even if you have Ryuki, if you have the money to burn get this guy…if you don’t, well on the secondary market they are probably about the same now. I do NOT regret the extra I paid and am very happy. He will of course complete your 13 Riders from Ryuki, but also his striking colors will look amazing on your displays.