Mari is Mio!
Here’s Part 1 of this Double Rider Review.
This Kiva Emperor Form is from the 6th wave of the Motion Revive Series (MRS). Starting with this wave, the price of MRS has gone up slightly (still relatively cheap) but to compensate, the weapons/accessories are painted.
As the ultimate form of Kiva Emperor Form is a highly ornate design, and that’s been carried over to the MRS version. He’s got loads and loads of detail for a figure his size, and I don’t know if extra care was put into this particular wave, but the original figures for wave 6 hide their ankle joints very well, giving them a much more natural look. Of course, Kiva Emperor Form is no exception.
The short of it is that Emperor Form looks great, but if there’s one problem is that he’s not a shiny gold color. His gold armor is more of a golden clay rather than the shiny metal it ought to be. Other than that, he’s peachy. Not everything’s painted in, but to do so is understandably too generous/costly to implement.
4.0 out of 4.0
Standard MRS articulation, Kiva Emperor Form 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)
Balljointed double cape (26)
Bear in mind that the cape articulation is pretty useless, since the balljoints are set very shallow, so they’ll pop off real easy. Other than that, Emperor’s joints are extra nice and tight. His articulation may not be any better than your typical MRS, who have excellent articulation to begin with, but the joints certainly feel nice to play with.
4.0 out of 4.0
Emperor comes with an extra pair of hands and the Zanvat Sword. Technically he comes with a couple cape thingies, but since I mentioned them as points of articulation, I’ll consider them as part of the overall sculpt and strike ’em off the accessories section.
As per usual, MRS don’t come with too much by way of accessories, but the Zanvat Sword’s pretty neat. Not only is it painted, thereby justifying the increase cost of the MRS (again, they’re still price reasonably, just not crazily cheap); but also, the Arms Monsters Bat thingamabob that helps regular the sword’s power in an extremely Freudian manner (he strokes the sword with it to charge it up) can be removed to provide you with the regular “evil” version of the sword. Or you can just have the bat attachment stroke up and down, up and down, up and down, uhn! up and down the length of the sword.
2.6 out of 4.0
Kiva Emperor Form’s is a great toy. He’s good even by MRS standards and he’ll be an impressive entry in your 3.75″ collection. As a Star Wars, he could be some ornate ancient Jedi/Sith. As a G.I. Joe, he could be someone from Cobra-La. As an Indy Jones, he’d make a perfect ancient sleeping vampiric emperor. And as a Kamen Rider, he’s make a perfect ancient sleeping vampiric emperor.
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