Kamen Rider Ouja
Review by SentaiSeiya
Product sample provided by Bluefin Tamashii Nations.
The story of Kamen Rider Ryuki revolves around the Kamen Rider War, in which serveral individuals who take up the title of Kamen Rider fight each other to be the last Rider standing. After an as slow start to the Kamen Rider War, a wild card is thrown into the mix of Riders. Takeshi Asakura, a convict enjoys spending his jail time bashing his head into the bars on his cell, is given and Advent Deck. Asakura comes from a very troubled past. When he was younger, he set his own house on fire with his family still inside. He also enjoys starting fights with anybody who annoys him. Since he lacks the humanity that is keeping the other Riders from killing each other, he readily jumps into the Kamen Rider War without hesitation of killing the other Riders.
You annoy me! Let’s fight!
After making a contract with Venosnaker and escaping from prison, Asakura ( now Kamen Rider Ouja) has one thing on his mind: kill the lawyer that failed to keep him out of jail, who just so happens to be Kamen Rider Zolda.
The articulation is the superb combination of joints that the S.H. Figuarts line is known for.
Bandai has done a great job capturing the likeness Kamen Rider Ouja, in S.H. Figuarts form.
The Cobra motif of the suit and helmet give the impression of an evilness fitting of the man who killed his own family.
One of the details of this nicely sculpted figure is the henshin belt of Ouja, which houses the Advent Deck.
The Advent Deck holds the cards that the Kamen Riders use to summon weapons and Monsters to fight each other.
Kamen Rider Ouja is comes with 6 little Advent Cards:
Final Vent: Venosnaker uses his snake spit to launch Ouja, who performs a bicycle kick, into his enemy.
- Blank Contract Card x2: Allows Ouja to make a contract with an additional Monster.
- Sword Vent:Summons the Veno Saber
- Advent: Summons Venosnaker
- Steal Vent: Steals an enemy Riders weapon
The back of the cards are all the same. Otherwise they wouldn’t make much of a deck, would they?
Yes, that is a stock photo. The backs of all the Ryuki cards are the same.
Ouja has a sweet cobra cane, which you would think belonged to a pimp. I mean who else wears purple and walks around with a cobra cane?
In reality though, the Veno Visor serves as Ouja's card inputting device.
Ouja’s main weapon is the Veno Saber, which is formed from the tail of Venosnaker.
Kamen Rider Ouja has the highest hand count of the Kamen Rider Ryuki Figuarts.
You can call me Kamen Rider Ryu-ja
Since Ouja is light on the extras, his price does reflect that. As such he serves as a good filler to complement the other S.H.Figuarts Ryukit, or as a starting point for anybody who is considering getting into Kamen Rider Ryuki S.H. Figuarts, but does not want to start off with the slightly pricier Ryuki, Knight and Zolda.
I really want to look past the fact the Ouja did not come with his Contract Monster. After all this is a solid figure, with a couple of good accessories and gimmicks. If this were any other series, the job Bandai did with this figure would be considered pretty great. In fact, Bandai has released other S.H. Figuarts with much less stuff than they included with Kamen Rider Ouja. However, the Contract Monsters are a pretty big part of what makes the Kamen Rider Ryuki series unique. They are the partners of the Kamen Riders, who fight alongside them.
Take Ouja’s Final Vent...
It looks kind of cool, but a bit empty without Venosnaker.
To have Ouja without Venosnaker is like having peanut butter without the jelly, or Coke without rum, or SpongeBob without Patrick. Sure these things can be good by themselves, but together with their other half they are awesome! I was left feeling like Bandai missed another oppurutunity to turn a good S.H. Figuarts release into a great one.
|Posted 5 June, 2012 - 16:32 by SentaiSeiya|