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Power Rangers Super Samurai Metallic Coating Deluxe Action Figure Set

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Good, but not great

I'm not quite as enthusiastic about this set, although it was nevertheless a must-purchase item for me. Then again, it was the only cost-effective way to acquire any of these figures since only Shinken Red and Gold were released in the states. The set, while extremely expensive, was still more cost-effective than individually buying, say, just Pink and Yellow.

I love S.H. Figuarts, and I grade them on a different scale than any other action figure lines. Which is to say that while these are dramatically better than most action figures I own, I had some qualms about it.

I'm glad you observed the problems with the hands and Shodophones. Because the clamshells are notched, small parts in the package are going to bounce around when wrestling it open; I see it with every Figuart I own. I do NOT want to get the hands mixed up, so I'm nervous about it.

I didn't care for the metallic paint, I would've strongly preferred that they skipped it. I was actually angry when I first started seeing 'Con pictures of the figures, because I thought they'd substituted Shinken Pink with the second Shinken Red, since the pink is so dark. (It looks better in person, but it's still off.) Also, the figures don't blend well with the existing Shinken Red and Shinken Gold - Yellow is just as gold as Gold in this set! Finally, many joints are not metallic, which looks fine on some of the figures, but is pretty stark on others, like Yellow. I'm really not sure why Bandai did the metallic finish; maybe they didn't think there'd be as many buyers for the figures in their standard paint jobs?

It's also very distracting for me with Shinken Blue's helmet. On the TV show, there's a subtle point on the helmet, and the helmet sculpt here is, I think, one of my only problems with a Figuarts sculpt, where the point is really pronounced. Then, with the metallic paint added, it throws it into - forgive the pun - sharp relief. I had to look up pictures of the helmet online to make sure I wasn't imagining it.

Does this make more sense in the context of Power Rangers Super Samurai? I've never seen it (I'm a Sentai-only guy.)

I actually don't care for Super Shinken Red, and don't plan to display him. I gave up on trying to get him into a couple of classic poses: that stiff robe is just in the way. (By comparison, the robe engineering on Kamen Rider Wizard does a better job; I love that the Figuarts team continues improving!)

Since I don't own any other Sentai females, do the skirts get any better? I appreciate what they're trying to do with the dividing skirt pieces, but they don't quite work for me.

Anyway, enough quibbling! I'd still recommend this set to any fan, despite my qualms. A couple of things to note: most of the origami have at least one point of articulation. Blue's dragon is articulated at the neck, the joint may just be a little stuck on yours. I'm not sure about Pink's turtle; I'm a little too timid to try to move the neck, and (not in this set) I'm not sure there's any articulation on Gold's lantern or lobster... although I just this moment discovered that Ika Origami does.

Thanks for the review!

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Posted by Jetman Purple on 5 September, 2013 - 18:32
I totally get where you are

I totally get where you are coming from. I too was disappointed about the metallic paint job at first, but it has really grown on me.

Which point on Shinken Blue is the one that bothers you? Power Rangers Samurai uses most of the same battle footage as Shinkenger, so it would not actually make any more sense in that context.

I had very little issues posing Super Red, though I didn't go crazy with the poses on his legs. However, I do wish that all of these figure would have bicep swivels. They would help quite a bit for some of the poses.

The only other girl Sentai characters I own are the ones from Akibaranger. The design of Blue's skirt lends itself to having the legs free for movement. On the other hand, Yellow's skirt is a soft, two-piece skirt that overlaps. So you get a nice complete looking skirt, that can move around when you need it to. I wonder if Pteranger from Zyuranger will do something similar.

Thanks for the tip on Ryuu Origami. I totally thought that was just one piece. I will update the review.

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Posted by SentaiSeiya on 5 September, 2013 - 19:48
The skirts on the Gokai girls

The skirts on the Gokai girls are the same as the Shinkenger ones. Although, I'm totally fine with it.

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Posted by Jmann on 5 September, 2013 - 20:49
Shinken Blue point

I believe he's talking about the little teardrop point at the back of Blue's helmet. He's saying that to his eyes, the Figuarts sculpt made it too big and that the metallic paintjob emphasizes that all the more

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 2 March, 2017 - 20:44
Metallic paintjob

I'm fairly certain that the reasons for the metallic paintjob were: "Let's bling this up because it's a convention exclusive" and "Give the figures something special to differentiate from the vanilla releases that adult collectors might have already imported"

That said, a metallic paintjob is a fairly solid idea for a Ranger figure, since the actual show suits are metallic (aside from the helmets)

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 2 March, 2017 - 20:50
This set is the best sdcc

This set is the best sdcc exclusive from this year. It is a must have, and having all the shinkengers at once is neat; specially if you consider the costs of shinken yellow and shinken pink

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Posted by shindanrod on 7 September, 2013 - 20:00
Agreed. While I have seen

Agreed. While I have seen Pink show up quite a bit at reasonable prices, Yellow seems to be a bit harder to find figure.

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Posted by SentaiSeiya on 8 September, 2013 - 10:59
 
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