Last month, we featured King Ranger, master of Super Sentai Figuarts customs. Now we’re about to take a look at another figure spectrum- Figmas. When S.H. Figuarts Hana (19 years old version) was released back in 2009, many were hopeful more Kamen Rider civilian characters would have Figuarts, or at the very least the Riders themselves would be made. As time went on, we never saw anything similar, bar customs made by people using Figma bodies. This month, we feature one such customizer- The Scream Man from Twitter! Click here to read his interview, as well as view some of his custom Kamen Rider civilian Figmas!
During these 5 years with Tokunation, it has become evident that there is a high demand for certain character figures to be made. As we wait until they are created, some people take it upon themselves to make their own versions. These various customs have made fans happy while we patiently wait for official products. Due to the joy brought by these customs, site admin and customizer KamenRiderOOO has taken it upon himself to learn a little more about the people who create such amazing pieces of work. Every month, we shall interview a different customizing artist in our brand new feature- Customs Corner! (Big thanks to site friend trekkieb47 for his work on the logo!)
This month’s focus is considered one of the greatest customizers around. From his work with various custom Super Sentai/Power Rangers Figuarts to his new prop-making work, this person is well-known for his masterpieces and an inspiration for those who are entering the field themselves. His most popular piece is also a favorite of site owner Kickback and also the character he takes his username from. The customizer we focus on this month, is none other than King Ranger.
Previously reported by our good friends on Rangerboard, the new wave of Dino Charge Villain Figures have been found! Consisting of Sting Rage, Slammer, Spellbinder, the Vivizord and the leader of the villains, Sledge, this new wave of figures adds more monsters for your rangers to fight!
Found by Instagram user mikey_the_husky in Dinuba, CA, the wave has also been found by Tokunation user and Super Moderator KamenRiderOOO in Long Beach, CA. Like the rest of the figures, these are at standard retail price. As it seems that the West Coast has gotten these in now, it’s only a matter of time that they’re released elsewhere. Happy hunting!
With the Gaim Gaiden DVD coming out in April, a new set emerges! This new two-pack of Arms Change Figures consists of two key Riders from Kamen Rider Gaim, Zangetsu and Baron in their Gaiden-exclusive Arms, Watermelon Arms and Ringo Arms respectively!
Accessed through the Proto-10 Watermelon Lockseed, Watermelon Arms is a remold of Zangetsu’s original Melon Arms, with a modified gatling gun-shield weapon. Baron’s Ringo Arms is accessed through the LS-Taboo Forbidden Ringo Lockseed, utilizing a repaint of Kamen Rider Mars’s Golden Arms, right down to using the same weapons.
Preorders for this set open March 2nd and end on May 18th, with the current estimated price of 7000 Yen. Be sure to tell your usual middleman!
“YOMOTSUHEGURI ARMS, MEI KAI YOMI YOMI YOMI!” The latest Premium Bandai release happens to be one of the most sinister items from Kamen Rider Gaim, one that could pretty much kill its user from overuse. That’s right, this is the video for the Yomotsuheguri Lock Seed! With the cosmetic appearance of a gold and red Budou Lock Seed, this new release contains completely different sounds.
Making its first appearance in Episode 42 of the series, this mysterious gold and red Lock Seed was promised to give its user enough power to crush Kamen Rider Gaim. Even though they were told that the risk of using it for too long could lead to it draining their life force, the user still decided to use it, enabling them to take on the form of Ryugen-Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms. With the in-show ability to summon the weapons of the Overlords, it served to be a counterpart to Gaim’s own Kiwami Arms.
The Lock Seed itself features the standard Squash, Au Lait and Sparking finisher sounds, but also features the phrases spoken by its user! This Lock Seed also comes with the Ryugen-Yomi Rider Indicator faceplate that you can attach to your Sengoku Driver! The set itself was released just recently as a Premium Bandai item, for the price of 2160 yen.
Good news for fans of Gaim and Arms Change collectors! While it was previously believed that ACPB06 Kamen Rider Ryugen-Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms was going to be the last Premium Bandai Arms Change release (due to the recent reveal of the first TKPB, Proto-Drive), a new image has surfaced on the preorder page for the Dragonfruit Energy Lock Seed! This image is a teaser for ACPB07- Kamen Rider Duke Dragonfruit Energy Arms! This new form appears on the big screen in Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full Throttle, but according to the teaser, we won’t see him in toy form until December 24. Stay tuned (click the story to see the teaser)!
“BAKAMON! Haji o shiri nasai! NEVER GIVE UP!!!” Even though the series is over, Gaim continues to produce its merchandise through Premium Bandai. The latest release from this past weekend, is the Premium Bandai Gashapon Lockseed Donguri (Oren Voice Version) and Darkness Lockseed set.
The Donguri (Oren Voice Version) Lockseed, otherwise known to some as the Fake Donguri Lockseed, made its debut in Episode 17, bringing some comedy relief to a serious situation in that episode. Created by Oren Pierre Alfonzo, otherwise known as Kamen Rider Bravo, the Lockseed was used by his protégé, Hideyasu Jonouchi, otherwise known as Kamen Rider Gridon.
The Darkness Lockseed set consists of the Dark Orange and Dark Lemon Energy Lockseeds. These two Lockseeds make their debut in Gaim’s Summer movie, “Great Soccer Battle! Golden Fruits Cup!” used by the brainwashed Kouta Kazuraba, aka the titular Kamen Rider Gaim, to transform into the evil Gaim-Yami.
Note that this set is a Gashapon style set, meaning they lack the LED and springloaded action that DX Lockseeds do, and that they need to have their back button repeatedly hit to make the sounds. Though this set was released this past weekend, another batch of it was up for preorder up until September 17th, with an expected release date for that batch being November 2014.
With the end of Gaim near, time for us to take a shift into Drive territory! From this scan, we can see the abilities of two more of Drive’s Shift Cars, Dream Vegas and Massive Monster!
Dream Vegas (originally believed to be Dream Pegasus), gives Drive a Slot Machine themed Tire, arming him with two giant poker chips that he can use as cymbal-like weapons. Massive Monster gives Drive a Monster Truck themed Tire, arming him with a large monster-like clamp weapon akin to the Kyoryuger’s Deinosgrander or ToQ4’s Alligator Safari Ressha.
After a year of the odd yet awesome fruit motif of Gaim, it seems that Drive is taking a turn into some interesting territory! Are you ready to join the ride? What could other powers could the Shift Cars give Drive?! Stay tuned and find out!
Also known in Japan as GoJyuJin, the Q-Rex/Dino Megazord is the Megazord for the Silver Super Megaforce Ranger. When it will appear in show is unknown, but now knowing we are getting a toy of it is exciting! Also, it appears that is still retains the triple-changing feature GoJyuJin had! Curiously, the picture depicting the Q-Rex/Dino Megazord in its humanoid Megazord mode has something on its back. Could it be one of the American counterpart of Furaimaru’s shurikens? Or perhaps the wings of a Mega Winger megazord? Only time will tell! Until then, enjoy the images!