Open your eyes for the next Faiz
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.
Extra Special Note: I’ll be using Accel and Axel Form interchangeably throughout this review. Both are valid spellings for this toy/character.
The way I see it, I have several options. I can either copy/paste much of this review from the regular KT Faiz review, refer to it while noting the differences or write up an entirely new review. I think I’ll take a lil from option A and a lil from category B with a side dish of alternative C.
Essentially, this figure is very similar with the regular Faiz in terms of engineering and aesthetic style.
I’ll say this right now, if you’re just a casual collector and you don’t know squat about either Faiz or Faiz: Axel Form, then you should just get whichever figure you think looks cooler.
So, who or what is Accel Form? In the TV show, the titular Kamen Rider Faiz is just whoever so happened to be wearing the suit, or Faiz Gear. This would ordinarily be the hero of course, but the suit’s been stolen and worn by villains or otherwise quite a few times through the show’s run. In fact, the suit itself was developed by the evil corporation known as Smart Brain. As such, the hero didn’t know all its features until the plot called for it.
Accel Form is one such feature. As the name suggests, while in Accel Form, Faiz enjoys a ma-hu-sive speed increase. For 9.9 seconds, he’s able to enter into “bullet time” and spam his special attacks and finishers with abandon.
So onto the toy itself, this guy isn’t much different than the regular S.I.C. Kiwami Tamashii Faiz. Aesthetically, they’re both about on par. Were this the regular Faiz and Accel/Axel Form, I’d definitely recommend Axel Form over the default Faiz form (for the casual collector), since Faiz himself is kinda plain. But since these KT figures have gone through the S.I.C. stylization, it becomes a matter of pure preference. I actually prefer the normal Faiz myself.
But there is one thing of particular note with Accel, and that’s his shoulder pads. For those not in the know, Axel’s shoulder pads are actually formed from Faiz’s chest plate. This is excellently replicated in the toy, which even includes the “battle damage” that can be found on the regular version. It might be hard to tell due to the reflective silver paint used, but the battle damage is there.
Otherwise, as you might surmise, all the red has been “drained” from the body lines into the chest orb and the insectoid headlights eyes.
Articulation is identical to that of KT Faiz, and the shoulder pads don’t restrict movement as much as you’d think. While Accel can’t lift his arms straight up, there’s still enough clearance to lift them nonetheless.
Like Faiz, Accel has somewhat loose knees as well. It’s recommended you tighten them up with some clear nail polish. Otherwise, it’s a very well articulated figure that hides its joints exceptionally well.
Accessories are also identical, only instead of a phone gun, Accel gets a Smart Brain suitcase, which can be used to store some of his accessories.
Much like Faiz, Accel Form is a nigh perfect package aside from the loose-ish knees. Which aren’t that loose and are easily fixable. Again, 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.
If I had to choose, I’d personally go for the regular KT Faiz, but that’s almost purely a matter of aesthetic preference.
Pros: Great sculpt, paint and articulation. Reasonably durable. A good all rounder.
Cons: Knee joints can be a little loose. Somewhat pricey.