SH Zeronos: Zero Form

Let me say this to start, I’m preeeeetty good at Drunken Fist.

Before I begin, I recently wrote a rant called Point of Articulation. I fully expected it to be ignored while I churn out the 20K Special, but wouldn’t ya know it? Those lovely fellows at Battlegrip and Fanmode linked to it, so thanks there fellas. Funnily enough, they both referred to a line I wrote saying Revoltech can’t stand on their own. Since I actually dig Revoltech, let me put a disclaimer regarding that line here. Revoltech are articulated out the wazoo, and they can strike dynamic poses unaided. Just look at any toy store display with them. But my experience with them is that they generally have trouble striking a regular standing pose, and they’re not as easily “plug and play” as say, Motion Revives. And the rant was leaning more toward playable (and synergistic) articulation as opposed to displayable posability. Anywho, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled toy review.

Toy Story
Souchaku Henshin Zeronos: Zero Form hails from the 2007-2008 Kamen Rider TV series, Kamen Rider Den-O. It’s the new form for the secondary Kamen Rider, (young) Sakurai Yuuto aka Kamen Rider Zeronos. I say new form and not power-up form because in the show, due to circumstances, Zeronos could no longer use his regular Altair Form. While I’m sure there are stats out there that show he’s got an increased in kicking power or something, in-show, there wasn’t much evidence that he became significantly more powerful as Zero Form.

Aesthetics
Let me say this to start, the basic “unmasked” head of Zeronos is NOT a shrunken head! Hallelujah! Not only does this mean that the head and neck proportions are better all around, and that you can now play with a completely unarmored form, but it also makes it easier to sell this line to friends. It’s rather unfortunate, but when you’re trying to convince friends that Souchaku Henshin figures are pretty neat, they’ll inevitably focus on the shrunken head of the unarmored form. And not only that, they’ll absolutely refuse to consider any other merits, or that you have a perfectly serviceable helmet to put on the dang thang. So god bless proportioned heads.

Now Zeronos himself is a pretty cool looking figure. Without the armor he’s kind of slim, but that’s to be expected. With the armor he’s show accurate, and that’s not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all. Zeronos is a cool looking design, and I’ve always personally preferred the rust color of the Zero form. There really isn’t much else to say aside from that he’s show accurate and looks cool regardless, however, if you’re not a fan of the mask design for Zeronos, that’s where having a non-shrunken head comes in handy, as Zeronos looks good even without the mask. For me though, I’ve grown to like the Zeronos mask/eyes, so I’m fine with it, but I understand that a casual collector might not be into the aesthetic.

4.0 out of 4.0


Articulation
Let me say this to start, Zeronos’ articulation is totally unrestricted by questionable armor design. decisions One problem with the other Den-O SH figures, and its successor, the Kiva SH figures, is a very questionable choice in shoulder armor engineering. Basically, unlike previous SH figures, the Den-O and Kiva Souchaku Henshin have their shoulder armor attached to the main body armor. This means that they can’t punch straight forward without lifting the shoulder armor up, thereby looking pretty darn silly. This is the very reason why I haven’t bought any Den-O or Kiva Souchaku Henshin outside of Den-O’s Rod Form (which is where I discovered this terrible terrible design decision).

BUT! Zeronos doesn’t have this problem. Because he doesn’t have shoulder armor to begin with, which means that not only does he escape the plight of his brethren, but since he uses the final evolution of the Souchaku Henshin body, he’s practically a S.H. Figuarts level toy. Zeronos is nigh perfect for a SH toy.

So, time to sound off. Zeronos has a balljointed neck, double balljointed shoulders with a hinge for the outer ball, well hidden bicep swivel, doublejointed elbows, wrists swivel, and depending on which set of hands you put on, there’s also a wrist hinge or articulated figures. He’s got a nice torso join, Marvel Legends style hips and again, well hidden swivel thighs, doublejointed knees and balljointed feet. Sorry I’m not counting them how many points there are, and there’s a chance I missed out a couple, but yeah, this is one articulated mofo.

Not only that, like other SH figures, he’s quite well balanced. You can see he’s doing a one-legged drunken fist pose at the top of this review, and generally he can strike poses without much difficulty. I’m surprised at how easy it is to pose SH figures at times, despite owning them for a couple years now, and Zeronos represents the epitome of Souchaku Henshin-ness. Incidentally, the DIECAST armor does not interfere with the articulation.

4.0 out of 4.0



Accessories
Let me say this to start, I have no reason to say this to start except to continue using the catchphrase.

Zeronos is decently accessorized. He doesn’t have as many snap on armor as some other SH Figures. Basically you just put on his main armor, his belt buckle and mask and BAM! You’re done. I guess you can put on his holsters if you feel like it.

The primary body armor is interesting, like the other Den-O figures, there’s a clamp on mechanism to it. But unlike say, the standalone Plat-Form, this DIECAST piece of work also plugs into the main body, to provide a more stable fit. Don’t worry though, the holes for the armor to plug in are very small and do not affect the aesthetics of the figure at all.

All in all, Zeronos comes with a couple cards with stickers in a separate plastic baggy, his Zeronos mask, a two piece DIECAST armor assembly, his belt buckle, two extra pair of hands, a Rider Ticket Reader, holster pieces to hold his weapons in inactive form, and a two piece Denebic Buster assembly. Pretty much standard fare for SH figures.

The Denebic Buster bears mentioning though, as it’s a very vibrant and nicely painted piece of work.

If I have any complaints here is that although it’s understandable to have less armor pieces because a) the Zeronos design doesn’t really lean that way and b) they seem to be leaning away from armor anyway, culminating in the S.H. Figuarts.

But that said, for me, the armor is all a part of the fun of SH. So I’ll dock it’s score a little for that, but it’s no big deal mind you.

3.8 out of 4.0

Overall
Let me say this to start, I wanted to say this to start but didn’t because it would have been a review spoiler, but let me say this to start again, Zeronos: Zero Form represents the epitome of Souchaku Henshin. This is pretty much the best or second best Souchaku Henshin figure EVER (because the line’s basically dead in favor of S.H. Figuarts and Motion Revive Series).

Not only does Zeronos: Zero Form use the best body of the entire Souchaku Henshin line, but he doesn’t have a stupido design flaw, unlike his Den-O brethren and Kiva cousins. The only reason he’s not numero uno is because Zeronos: Altair (and Vega) Form have a much more comprehensive set of accessories. Of course, that set costs a bit more, but I actually think they’re worth it.

But if you want a more subdued looking version of Zeronos, Zero Form is rust colored gold.

4.0 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

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