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A Double Rider review! Here’s Part 2.
This Kiva is from the 4th wave of the Motion Revive Series (MRS). It would eventually be re-released in wave 6.5, under the Best Selection wave.
The Kiva design is arguably the best looking basic form of the modern Kamen Rider. I mean, sure there have been some pretty cool looking Riders such as Kuuga or Kabuto. But those have a distinctly insectoid look that might not appeal to everyone. While Kiva also has the oversized eyes thing, it’s design is more generic, making it more easily appealing to someone who isn’t familiar with the Kamen Rider franchise. That, and the general design of the body itself is mighty cool.
So MRS Kiva has a big advantage here in the character design department. Coupled with the fact that the MRS are all pretty suit accurate, there really isn’t much to complain about here. As per usual, the paintjob on a MRS figure is superb, and Kiva’s no exception. His metal jacket might not be shinily chromed to the point of reflectiveness, but that’s hardly a knock on this scale. It’s not like his armor was reflective in the show anyway.
If I have any knock against this fig’s look is that he seems too majestic and powerful. On the show, he’s just this relatively normal guy. But on the toy here, his shoulderpads seem a tad too large, giving him a bulkier feel. Add in the fact that he’s slightly taller than previous MRS, we have a Kiva who is more imperious rather than cool.
Of course, this isn’t actually a bad thing. It’s just that it gives off a different feel than what you get on the show… well, except when the character goes through his “dark side” phases.
4.0 out of 4.0
Standard MRS articulation, Kiva has:
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)
Kiva’s articulation is pretty excellent with no issues beyond being unable to lift his shoulders parallel to the ground for a “crucified” position. He can lift it up maybe around 50 or 60 degrees, then you’ll have to turn the shoulders if you want him to do a Superman pose. Otherwise, it’s the same superb MRS articulation.
4.0 out of 4.0
Kiva comes with an additional right leg, complete with right foot. This is his “chained” version, when he is not using his signature move, the Darkness Moon Break kick. Also included with Kiva is a wing attachment for when he “breaks the chains (of fate)”. Finally, Kiva comes with a pair of extra “imperious palm” hands.
Not the most impressive selection of items you’ll ever see included in a 3.75″ scale toy, but Kiva’s a basic form of the character from the show. So he has the least by way of weaponry. Actually, taking that into account, what Kiva has is not too bad.
3.0 out of 4.0
A really solid toy, this is one of the guys to get if you want to try out these new fangled Motion Revive Series toys you might have heard about here and there, but you’re not into most of the Kamen Rider aesthetic. A definite recommendation.
3.9 out of 4.0
If you can only get this guy through buying the entire set, well, it’s not the strongest wave of MRS in my opinion, but it’s still pretty decent. It’s actually the wave with the most generic characters, and I mean that in a good way. Generic as in, they look good generically, rather than like buggy eyed freaks that might not be your cup of tea. There’s a couple of those, but basically, this is the set if you don’t want guys who are too obviously “Power Rangers”. the only loser is Zanki.
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