Progress is a great thing. The Figuarts line has always shown that, rarely back tracking (sorry Go-Buster Red) and the only thing better than the re-issue of a great figure (see Shadow Moon) is the remaking of an awesome figure! I loved the Black figure we got a few years ago, but when I saw this I knew I had to have him.
This reinterpretation of Black is just awesome. The sculpt is detailed to perfection. I LOVE the helmet. It is dead on to the original suit. The matte black just enhances the bit of metallic coloring.
For the details, they have suit wrinkles and bunches. How awesome is that?! Also the wrist and ankle cuffs are separate rings, much like Kamen Rider W.
When going figure to figure you really see the true differences and the improvements. Renewal just looks more human. The proportions on the renewal just show what Figuarts have been trying to achieve. Straight from Bluefins’s page “Designed to perfectly mimic the range of motion of the human body,” this new guy does it!
To look at the details the original Black was fine! I loved the sculpt, the belt and the helmet, but renewal just takes it to where it was intended to go. The few things I do give the original, the way they filled in the joints with the “muscle tissue”, the shoulders, and finally it has the die cast feet.
Accessories are…hands. Don’t get me wrong, Black was a hand to hand fighter. Only used a sword once I believe. We have the fists, chopping hands, splayed hands and cool gesturing hands. Also we have the hands for the riding a bike which is cool. The thing is if anything I would have loved an effect set. Black used the Rider Punch and a Rider Kick finisher, so some plastic would have been nice.
Speaking or Rider Kicks…he just looks flawless when he does his…
Articulations is near flawless, though the arms can pop off at the shoulders (they pop back in like the Gokaiger figures) if too much torque is applied. I just haven’t gotten used to the new shoulders. I LOVE the legs, though the knee pads popped out like my older Kabuto series figures. A tap of glue, all is fixed and forgiven.
If you don’t already have a Black Figure, get this guy. If you DO have a black figure, get this guy, and if you are a fan of fantastic figures…well I think you get my point. This is the new body style Figuarts are going to, they get my full approval. I have the Kabuto Renewal on order and am greatly anticipating him. Just wondering who is next on getting the treatment.