Yes! ANOTHER Figurart!!! I’m actually semi current this time with the latest hero to take the title Kamen Rider…DRIVE! Ok, I’ll admit, as a Kamen Rider he kind of breaks a lot of the conventions…especially having a car instead of a motorcycle…but still…I really enjoy Drive. I already have Mach and Chaser on order, but enough about them, let’s shift into turbo and get this review rolling!
The last bunch of Kamen Riders have been deviating from the original Rider formula the last few years and Drive is right there with them. Based on a car instead of a bug (I MISS my bug men damn it!), he is more like a Metal Hero. That being said, Drive’s default form, type speed’s costume is still cool, and the figure translates wonderfully. Racing stripes down the side, a nice cherry red, all with headlights and reflectors…the theme works for the suit. Oh and there is a big ole tire on him. That grew on me, but it really works for the show.
I can flat out say all the budget went into the body. Why? I mean everything else is just…not there. Hands? Two other sets of splayed and not so splayed, aside from the fists. No weapons (apparently the sword and gun are with the sub form figures Wild and Technique) or effects packaged with him. Heck even the packaging has been cut down. I’m not complaining on that mind you, but it is a SMALL box. The thing is, Drive looks so freaking good, yeah I see where the money went.
Now packaged is THIS neat little pamphlet! It reminded me of the promo stuff for my Mazda, so it still keeps with the car theme. Inside has some GORGEOUS pictures of the Tridoron and all the features, as well as some of the other Drive figures.
The tire is removable, being the primary gimmick of the show, and we’ll get a bit more into that. It is made of soft plastic that has a part that un-pegs. Removed we get a great look at the sculpt. One thing I REALLY like is that the belt with the shift cars is pre-attached (oh, but the cars do pop off) so isn’t prone to come off when posing. The Drive Driver (go figure) looks fantastic, and while I miss bug eyes, the headlight helmet works. Now about those tires…
TIRE CHANGE!! A bonus with early editions of Drive is a wheel with a new shift car, Max Flare, and some flame effect parts. Again the tire can be taken apart and put around Drive.
This looks great attached to Drive. Now you get a new face for the belt and an engaged shift car…yeah that is staying in the package for ever and ever…too easy to loose lol.
Yeah, add a few more flames…some effect explosions…you see how awesome this is.
This is a fantastic action figure, looks great, has all the articulation Figuarts offers…even though lack on side stuff (I really would have liked the sword…) I still recommend with my full enthusiasm. A+ for Bandai