When I bought these last Sunday, the re-issued Masked Rider 2 The Next was also available but I resisted because I am now a struggling undergraduate student with no income. Black was not available either because it was sold out or it isn’t released here yet.
First we shall take a look at what’s inside the Tamashii Stage ACT2 package.
Priced at SGD$15, you get not one, not two, but three figure stands with articulated arms. Not bad value for money, considering these stands usually come decorated and packaged with limited first-run releases only. Unfortunately if you buy this from certain department stores you may have to fork out SGD$45 and an arm or two. I already have the printed stands for Kick and Punch Hopper, but these should come in handy if I need some floating poses. Also, some may prefer the clear version of these stands, but they weren’t in stock where I bought them.
A look inside the package.
You get three sets of the following parts: A long arm with a ratchet base joint and a swivel joint on the other end, an extra swivel joint, a pair of straight holders, one part for clipping the holders to the arm, one for attaching them to the swivel joints, two shorter arms, the base plate (with three holes, two covered with pegs) and a pair of curved arms on a runner.
On to the main attraction – SH Figuarts Masked Rider Black RX.
You can see the price I paid for this. In a certain department store, you have to dish out SGD$75 and a leg or two.
Masked Rider Black RX is the sequel to Masked Rider Black and aired sometime in 1988 – 1989. I believe part of its popularity (or notoriety) was due to Saban adapting the show as Masked Rider in America and I got to watch it as a kid. It also happens to be the one and only tokusatsu show my brother (who isn’t a tokusatsu fan now) loved when he was young.
Notice that one of the option hands is packed after the rest.
As with the SHF line, Black RX appears lanky.
Black RX comes packaged with his Revolcane/lightsaber deal and three extra pairs of hands: a pair of kung fu chopping palms (of which one was an afterthought by Bandai), a pair of hands for holding the Revolcane, and a pair of open palms. The Revolcane is nicely molded in clear blue.
The unique design of Black RX’s head means he cannot look up or down. Sideways rotation is possible but unnatural-looking. Arm articulation is standard SHF fare with the shoulder pads on hinges.
The reduced difference in diameter between the torso and waist compared with previous figures like Masked Rider Kuuga means that his waist articulation is slightly limited.
Can’t remember the name of the gadget on his left wrist.
A closer look at his head.
The paint job on his green armour is very glossy. The RX emblem is printed on. The Sunriser belt is painted gold and yellow.
The hip joint (nicknamed the Ver 2 hip joint) offers a wide range of articulation but it also means the legs cannot stay together.
Leg articulation is also superb though the ankle joints on my figure are particularly tight.
Begin what could possibly be the longest, most complex henshin pose in Masked Rider history.
*lots of swishing and chopping noises*
You have to credit Tetsuo Kurata for pulling off those complex gestures before the suit actor takes over.
Time for some action.
Badass ground slap cannot be pulled off with style.
He can’t look down so his RX Kick looks more like him floating on invisible water.
Revolcrash finisher pose.
I took these photos without a lamp over several sessions because of school. I messed around with my camera settings and found that jacking up the ISO to its maximum and using a tripod made the images brighter. However it was only until now that I noticed all of the pictures are grainy, and some still came out blur. Looks like I shouldn’t be lazy.