My button… MY BUTTON!
This is Rising IXA, from Bandai’s Motion Revive Series of Kamen Rider figures, Wave 6.
A little info on Rising IXA. In the 2008 Kamen Rider Series, Kamen Rider Kiva, the secondary “Rider” was a guy by the name of Nago Keisuke. Nago was originally awesome, because he was such a pure Knight Templar. So much so, you could have renamed the trope to “The Nago Keisuke”. Of course, the character got derailed, but got his groove back toward the end of the series, albeit less intense than he originally was.
Anywho, Nago was the primary user of the IXA (Intercept X Attack) System, which allowed him to transform into IXA (Save Mode), and from there, he could power-up to IXA (Burst Mode). As the series went on, the organization that developed IXA created an upgrade, which is the guy we’re reviewing here, Rising IXA.
Thematically, Rising IXA is a “king”. Whereas the previous IXAs were modeled after knights, this guy with his circlet crown looking head crest, very much invokes the image of a king, to mirror the main character Kiva, who at that time, had gain access to an “Emperor Form”.
As you can see, he’s highly detailed, not just for the Motion Revive Series line, but for a toy of this scale in general. The MRS toyline is pretty good with show accuracy, but because the original TV show designs tend to consist of guys wearing body hugging rubber spandex and maybe some striking yet relatively simplistic body armor; the toys are as a result, not as finely detailed as say, your typical Hasbro 3.75″ figure. There’s no wrinkly bits where their clothes bundle up, because they’re supposed to be wearing superhero style skintight spandex. Not so with IXA. While his limbs do consist of a mostly smooth surface, his body and shoulder design has oodles upon oodles of intricate detailing. Just check out the title pic of this review, this guy is loaded with sculpted detail.
Articulation is again, typical MRS. Which is to say, not only plentiful, but useful.
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)
Accessories is also something that Rising IXA does quite well, for a MRS. He comes with his cellphone gun and his transformable longsword/machine pistol, which sadly, isn’t actually transformable in this scale. As such, it’s in its sword form. Both accessories are painted, which is another plus this figure has over other MRS Kamen Riders.
Rising IXA is one of the better MRS figures out there. The par for MRS is already pretty high, so while Rising IXA shares the same basic engineering as any other MRS figure, he has enough little extras to set him as one of the higher ends of the line. Definitely recommended.
Pros: Highly detailed, good paint apps, highly articulated and good accessories. The complete package.
Cons: Nothing of significance, unless you just can’t stand bug eyes.
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