Kamen Rider OOO Burakawani Combo
Review by Ghost_XIII
Greeting my fellow brothers and sisters of toys collecting, or whoever it is that is reading this. This is Ghost_XIII reporting in to bring the continuation of the OOO SIC line, and this time it’s the reptile combo, Burakawani (there's a high chance you won't see Tamashii Combo from me, I HATE that form). This is a movie exclusive from the movie Kamen Rider OOO WONDERFUL: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals.
No surprise that it’s an exclusive.
The actual box is standard fare for OOO’s exclusive.
Inside the box, everything is served on a single tray of plastic. You will be getting:
- The figure itself
-A Medajalibur (sword)
- Three cell medals (kobura, kame, wani)
- A clear tortoise/turtle shell
- A cobra
- A crocodile head in two pieces
- Burahngi (flute thingy)
- Three clear chest pieces
- Flat hands (left and right)
- Splayed open hands (left and right)
- Holding things hands (left and right)
- Right hand for medal holding
And of course, an instruction manual.
Out of the box, the toy is good to go.
This combo is certainly not my favorite, and the lame transformation announcement isn't helping either. As usual, SIC treatment finally made me love the combo. Everything looks phenomenal. The details are unsurprisingly awesome with the base body covered in a scale-like sculpting, further emphasizing the reptile nature of this combo. I thought the base body of this combo was going to be the same as Sagouzo, given the bulkiness, but I was wrong. It’s the same as the other ‘skinny’ OOOs.
Like OOO’s SIC, there are hidden writings on the figure.
Cobra is under the turban.
I think turtle is there, but it's really hard to see. You can feel it though.
I’m pretty sure that’s crocodile, although I’m not sure how the sculptor spelled it.
Surprisingly, there’s no diecast on him or that I could find. Guess he’s just Super Imaginative :p.
Articulation wise, this figure surprised me. Given his bulkiness, I thought he would be in the same league as Sagouzo (not that it’s a bad thing), but no. I dare say his articulation is some of, if not the best in the OOO SIC line. His shoulder pads have been engineered differently than other OOOs giving him a better range and a smoother arm raise compared to them.
Forward arm and leg raise is of no issue, nor is the bend. I removed the half-shield just for better viewing. They don’t get in the way MOST of the time. Another new bit on Burakawani is like on Putotyra. The side skirt is made from a rubbery material, but now it has a peg which gives it a lot more maneuverability compared to the former. I really, really like this. The toe joint is still kinda useless like on the other OOOs.
The only kink in the articulation department is probably looking up due to the ponytail. Add in some ab flex, problem solved. Looking down and sideways is no problem.
Inevitable pose is inevitable :p.
Moving on to the accessories...
The obligatory OOO scanner.
The core medals kobura, kame, and wani. This can be accessed by removing the front part of the OOO Driver.
Cell medal version of the core medal. Nothing to shout about. This can be stored inside the medal holder on the left side skirt.
The clear chest pieces are included in case you want to perform some combo mixes with the other OOOs. Since I do not have the other OOOs in hand as of writing, I can't show it to you properly. Check out my Putotyra review to see the idea.
One peculiar accessory in this set is this flat hand. At first I thought its for chopping action but the socket is angled quite awkwardly for chopping.
Since this combo has some Indian influence, I guess its for an Indian greeting pose. I don’t think OOO ever did this in the movie, but I took it as an Easter egg feature of sort which is nice.
Maybe it's for this but I’m sure any infant will cry a lot more with that face peek-a-boo-ing.
I LOVE BIG SWORDs. A cool looking one like this will definitely get me going. I don’t think this ever appears in the movie, but screw it. It looks like something from Monster Hunter. Unfortunately, the sword’s weight is a bit problematic. The wrist joint itself is fine, but (at least on my copy) the sword’s weight will pop the holding things hand off the wrist ball joint at some angles, and that sucks. The sword handle also felt a little fragile. Trying to thread in the holding things hand is quite scary.
Just like the Medajalibur that came with Tatoba, you can remove a panel from the sword to insert the cell medals. BE VERY CAREFUL AS REMOVING THIN PEGS IS INVOLVED.
Next is the clear turtle (or tortoise if you want) shell shield. At first I was disappointed because Bandai decided to make it clear. I’ve seen some images at an event before the figure is released where the shield was painted akin to that of the one on his forearms (since I do not own that picture, I can't include it here) and I would really have preferred that over this clear one. Seeing it in person, its not that bad. There are three pegs at the back and you need to remove the shell on Burakawani’s forearms if you want to equip it.
Still in the animal department, next is the cobra. It’s a solid piece of accessory that does nothing other than pegging in on top of the head (after removing the turban of course). I wish some ball joints were added in to give it more functionality, but this is fine too, I guess.
To go along with the cobra is the Burahngi, a pungi that is used to control the cobra. No, it's not a flute :p.
There is no specific hand included to play the pungi but the splayed open hand is not too shabby in portraying that.
This is by far the craziest accessory I’ve seen for SIC to date. You get a big crocodile head. To use it, you need to remove the leg from the knee down and peg it in. If you have seen the movie, this is the rider kick version of the croc head. I wish a smaller head was included just for normal kicks.
The most badass rider kick. EVER.
So, should you buy this?
YES. I cannot recommend this set enough. Everything is great. The details, articulation, accessories, and quality are great all around. I had lots of fun reviewing this figure. In general, I don’t have any complaints for this release. It's definitely not perfect, but the problems in this set seem very minor (to me at least). The usual and only thing that may be in your way of picking this guy up is the PRICE. I bought mine for about $110 and that is by no means cheap. Is it worth it? Being an SIC fan, maybe I’m a bit biased but I think it’s worth every dollar that I paid. If you can get past the price point, go get it now before the price hikes up.
|Posted 1 January, 2015 - 19:00 by Ghost_XIII|