Ore no toy review: Turquoise Version!
From the first wave of Motion Revive Series figures, Sword Form, for the uninitiated, hails from the 2007-2008 series of Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Den-O. It’s a really good show. A whole friggin’ lot less serious than previous Kamen Rider shows; it was goofy, some might even say weird at times. But the characters stole the show, supplanting the plot with their distinct and engaging personalities.
Sword Form himself is the result of Momotaros (an Imagin, monsters from a possible future) combining with Kamen Rider Plat Form, granting the latter Momotaros’ fighting abilities.
I never actually found MRS 1, I got this guy loose. Let’s see how he fares.
Honestly, I never liked Sword Form’s look from the show. I thought the weird huge eyes were just plain silly. At first there was some confusion as to what Momotaros’ totem creature was. Some said he was a mantis-type because of the shape of Sword Form’s eyes. Others said he was a phoenix, because the show was supposed to feature a mythical creatures motif for the heroes.
But all too soon it became evident what Sword Form’s motif was. Whereas Rod Form/Urataros was a turtle, Axe Form/Kintaros was a bear and Gun Form/Ryuutaros was a dragon. Sword Form/Momotaros was clearly… the dreaded, the dangerous, the HARDCORE… peach. He’s a frikkin’ peach. The kind that’s sweet and juicy and suitable for a vegan diet. A… peach.
Needless to say, it took me a while to warm up to Sword Form’s design on the show, and even now, I’m still a tad chilly toward. Truthfully, I mostly got the MRS version of Sword Form because I’m addicted to MRS.
So it’s kinda weird, but I absolutely love how the MRS Sword Form looks. Pictures don’t do it justice. This design is totally toyetically pleasing once you’ve got him in hand. I have no idea why. The shape of his head looks great once you get to play with him. He actually look quite cool.
I think perhaps it’s the shape of the head, the vibrant red used, the silvery bits to the toy as well as it’s show accurate details; all being in “3D”. Seeing it on TV or in pictures, Sword Form’s pretty silly. But being able to view him via the miracle of human depth perception, there’s just something undeniably cool about Sword Form’s whole look.
From my original opinion that the head design is just plain silly, this toy has given me the turnaround. I now think this is one of the niftiest Kamen Rider heads yet.
This really is a flawless figure in terms of aesthetics, because it looks good, has the usual great MRS paint apps and is pretty darn show accurate. It’s not the coolest design in the world, but it’s got its good points without any bad points to weigh it down.
4.0 out of 4.0
MRS boast 24 points of articulation. Let’s count ’em shall we?
Balljoint at base of neck (1).
Double balljointed pectorals/shoulders (5)
Swivel upper biceps (7)
Double jointed elbows (11)
Swivel wrists (13)
Balljointed mid-torso (14)
Balljointed hips (16)
Swivel upper thighs (18)
Double jointed knees (22)
Balljointed feet (24)
Yup, looks about right. And they’re all fully functional, except for the balljointed shoulders which find themselves restricted by the shoulder armor. Sword Form won’t be lifting his arms straight up for a “banzai” pose anytime. They also restrict his ability to punch straight forward (he can still deliver hooks and a crooked jab). Overall, it could have been worse. We’re still talking about an otherwise highly articulated figure capable of striking all of Sword Form’s signature poses.
3.9 out of 4.0
Here’s where Sword Form kind of falters. Now bear in mind that I got a loose version of this figure. I’m pretty certain that the full version also comes with the component parts which are used to form his weapon on the show, as that’s what’s included in the Gun Form and Altair Form figures which I got.
But since this is a loose version I got, all Sword Form comes with is his sword. Which is actually a pretty nice sword because it’s pretty long, and would look better than its TV counterpart were it not for the fact that a) it’s an unpainted black and b) it’s made of a soft plastic, so it’s pretty bent.
Again, bearing in mind that by rights, this figure SHOULD come with a couple other accessories, it’s really not too bad. What you get is pretty decent. But Den-O as a series didn’t really focus too much on who got what weapons. The merchandising focused more on pimping trains and the various versions of each character.
2.9 out of 4.0
Sword Form might not be perfect, but at the same time, he’s flawless. What I mean is, his design might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and yes, his shoulder articulation is restricted as a result of that design. But at the same time, I’m hard pressed to actually find any real flaws to him. The shoulder pads are a necessary evil, there’s no actual problem in terms of the execution of this toy. But since there are MRS figures out there who don’t suffer the same limitation due to character design, I’ll refrain from giving Sword Form full marks.
Still, if you find him, even if loose and not with all his accessories, he’s a definite buy (especially if you can get him on the cheap).
3.8 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent