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A little pricey but still affordable, this is a good toy with exceptional aesthetics. Recommended.
SIC Kiwami Tamashii is a line that that reproduces Bandai’s SIC (Super Imaginative Chogokin) line in 3.75″/4″ scale. SIC in turn, is a line with hyper stylized realizations of various characters, mostly Kamen Rider. In this case, the titular protagonist of the 2003-2004 TV series Kamen Rider Faiz.
As you can see in the comparison pic, Faiz is on the tall side for a 3.75″ figure. He’s just a smidgen taller than Marvel Universe Captain America, who’s a pretty tall drink of water himself. But Cap’s not supposed to be a 7 foot giant or anything, so Kiwami Tamashii Faiz is still in the realm of “believably in scale”.
Now as to the sculpt of Faiz, it’s pretty good. It’s exceptional for a figure of this scale. You can see it in the close ups and the comparison pic; while Joes and MU figures are well detailed, the Kiwami Tamashii line are on a whole different level. Admittedly, this is on account of being scaled down versions of a 7″ line, but still, it’s pretty impressive how good these guys look. It’s not simply the amount of small, sculpted detail. Which in truth, a comparable level can be found in Joe and MU figures, but it’s a combination of the stylized look and the paint job, in conjunction with the sculpting that makes this figure look great. And it’s the “extra mile” stuff like the “head light” eyes and “steel tipped” fingers that pushes this guy to the next level.
I don’t usually talk about paint, but not only is the silver used on this guy quite good, but best of all, it seems they used a lightly reflective red for Faiz’s body lines. This let’s the red stand out and almost kinda shine ala in the show. A neat touch.
Articulation is top notch for this scale. He’s got 24 points of articulation from what I can tell, and they’re not only mostly un-intrusive and well camouflaged, but designed to provide optimal movement. For instance, his double jointed elbows actually consist of a regular hinge for the upper side and a ball joint for the lower/forearm side. This not only lets him hide the lower (ball) joint within the forearm, but provide lateral movement, so there’s no need for a swivel cut on the biceps. It even does away with the thinly proportioned elbow thing that the use of a double hinges usually cause.
Unfortunately, the head is restricted to swivel movement and a very minor nodding action due to the shape of the helmet and collar. This is a similar problem that the first SIC Kiwami Tamashii, Hibiki, had. Le sigh.
Also, while durability and tightness is overall good, the knees can be a little loose. This is true for all 3 SIC Kiwami Tamashii figures (Axel and Blaster). You’ll need to tighten them up with a little clear nail polish. You’ll get a near perfect toy then, but it’s annoying that you’d even have to.
They aren’t super loose mind you, but they’d be more playable if you do the fix.
Accessories are pretty good here, he’s basically got everything the Faiz character needs. He’s got his phone gun, knuckle attachment thingy, an extra pair of hands and of course, the Faiz Pointer, his motorcyle handled electric cattle prod that’s obviously supposed to be a lightsaber in the show, only they couldn’t afford to keep animating the laser effects on it for the entirety of the series. Even his belt buckle phone is removable. The only downside is that his knuckle buster thingy can’t actually be attached to his knuckles for knuckle busting action.
A couple niggling bits aside, this is an otherwise nigh perfect small scale toy. It’s a little pricey, but between the form and the function, I’d say if you’re willing to pay full price for G.I. Joe or Marvel Universe, then this guy is similarly worth the money.
When you get down to it, this is a top tier toy for the small scale selection. A definite winnah.
Pros: Great sculpt, paint and articulation. Reasonably durable. A good all rounder.
Cons: Knee joints can be a little loose. Somewhat pricey.