Kamen Rider Ghost Ore Damashii
Review by Jmann
So where do I start? I'll hold off on my opinions of the Kamen Rider Ghost TV series, as I do not wish to upset myself.
Still, I really love Ghost's design so I snatched up the S.H. Figuarts release to hopefully let something good happen due to Kamen Rider Ghost.
That was a mistake.
Check out the video review then continue on. I elaborate on the issues mentioned in the video.
So, to begin, here's a little backstory. Kamen Rider Ghost is a guy that died so he's a ghost now. He uses souls to transform and get new abilities. Ore Damashii basically just means "My Soul", so this is his base form.
I'll start off with the good things. The design is super slick, and the details look fantastic. The suit is represented well, and Ghost will definitely look great on a shelf. Far away. Where you can't touch it.
Because holy crap this thing is a nightmare to play with.
The articulation is a mix between serviceable and terrible. The head articulation is great, the arms are decent, the hips, thighs, and knees are awesome, and everything else is basically garbage.
The chest is awful. I can't do ANYTHING with this. His TOTAL forward and backward movement is about a half an inch.
Not only that, but the waist doesn't move left or right at all. You can get a little bit of movement there but it's basically just the chest ball joint moving around.
Also, the ankles are awful. The rockers are alright, but the feet cannot really move up and down at all, and this seriously hinders his possible poses.
In the time between the video review and the written review, I was able to work in the shoulders so they work much better than I originally thought. Yay.
He comes with some good accessories though! He has three sets of hands, two hoods, and the Gan Gun Saber (which transforms into both gun and saber modes).
Switching out the hoods is very easy. His head has a removable tab so that you can fit the extended hood on.
The first release version even comes with a tiny Yurusen.
Yurusen is an annoying sock puppet that I hate. But it's cool I guess.
This toy is serviceable, but it pales in comparison to last year's SHF Kamen Rider Drive. I mean, Drive has a freaking TIRE in the middle of his chest and he has almost completely unhindered articulation.
While Ghost isn't the worst S.H. Figuarts release I've ever reviewed, it's far from the best. In fact, it is a massive disappointment.
Not to mention the fact that the toy RATTLES. LOUDLY. There are tiny plastic circles inside the chest to... cover up the arm holes? Whatever. They are loose and make loud rattling noises whenever I tried to touch the figure. In fact, I had to rip the arms off of mine and pry those plastic bits out with a knife to even attempt to pose this guy. I shouldn't have to perform surgery on my "premium" collector's item to make it useable. That is unacceptable.
As such, I cannot recommend this figure. Just get the kid's toy version and forget that they tried to make a premium one.
|Posted 15 May, 2016 - 01:29 by Jmann|