Kamen Rider Leangle Jack Form
Review by Ghost_XIII
Greetings my fellow brothers and sisters in toys collecting or whoever it is that is reading this. Ghost_XIII here, reporting in to bring you another review. Finally, after being held up by some real life businesses, I have the time to write this review. This time around, we gonna look one of the recent installment in the SIC line which is Kamen Rider Leangle Jack Form. I have owned this baby for about 3 weeks now. I also have Wizard Flame Dragon in-hand but God knows when that will be up.
“Wait a minute! I never saw Leangle in Jack Form in the series!” you cried and yes, you are correct. This form, the product of Leangle fusing with the Mammoth Undead, never appear in any media except the SIC Hero Saga which is a side story(canon if I’m not mistaken) in written form and printed in little booklet(and some in magazine if I’m not mistaken again :p) which is included in some SIC release. With that in mind, high chances this form will never get a release in other toy line other than SIC. A little side note, although a limited release, it is under the Japan Hobby Limited as oppose to the usual Web Shop Limited.
This figure was supposed to be released at the end of December 2014(which is why the year is on the box) but somehow it was delayed and released at the end of January 2015 which have caused a lot of problem to my friend who handle this preorder(Onore Hyung Seven..haha).
The brown box of exclusivity is still present despite the different limited release.
Signature windowless box for exclusive stuff but with very nice visual and colour.
Inside the box, everything is served on a single plastic tray. You will be getting:
-the main figure
-right holding things hand
-right splayed open hand
-spiked ball with chain
-connecting peg for the ball
And of course, instruction manual.
Out of the box, the figure is ready to go.
Despite this design have became an in-joke in my local collectors community as a reminder to never skip leg day, I like it. I’m glad Toei or whoever it is that design this form did not slap some wing on his back like Blade and Garren and call it a day. Having that said, I really do wish whoever design this bulked up his lower half with armor or whatnot to even out the proportion a bit but overall its OK to me. Other than that, the details and paint apps are great as usual.
The Absorber is not removable by the way.
As for diecast content....Bandai, just remove the C in SIC already. Only the kneepads are diecast and no, the metal chain for the spiked ball does not count.
Before moving to articulation, I want to point out a design oversight I guess. That little thingy on the side of his belt(his card deck I assume) is on a peg and when you move the leg around, it will bump on that thing. So to avoid breaking anything, I just removed it from this point onward.
Despite his proportions, Leangle’s articulation is pretty good. The outward stretch is practically unhindered. Those gargantuan shoulder pads have enough range to stay out of the way. Leangle's thigh armor is made of rubber and will bent to allow more range of motion. There is one important detail that needs to be mentioned, although this figure belongs to the Blade series which is notorious for fragile joints, everything here feels durable. Bandai used their latest joints for this guy so no worries anything gonna break unless you are intentionally trying to do so :p.
The elbow bend is limited to 90 degrees for both sides but considering the design, I’m OK with it. The leg raise and knee bend are great and Leangle also has a FUNCTIONAL toe joint.
The right hand is on the usual ball joint setup but with the design, there’s practically no articulation for it. Sure, you can rotate it or whatever but the effect is so minimal that it’s unnoticeable. As cumbersome as it may seem, switching out the hand is very simple.
As for the left hand, the thumb and pointing finger are separately jointed than the rest of the digit. They are all jointed at the knuckle but sadly no joint at the middle part of the finger and I wish there was one.
Looking up and down is a little limited but side to side swivel is no problem.
Surprisingly, he can pull of the Iron Man pose effortlessly.
As for accessories, Leangle comes with his signature weapon, the Leangle Rouzer, which is also in Jack form as denoted by the blade at the end of the shaft.
The three clovers at the other end can be folded.
Another accessory is the spiked ball a la the Gundam Hammer. I don’t think there is any official name for this weapon. The ball can be attached into Leangle’s left palm via the peg at the end of the chain. There is also a chainless peg if you prefer the “stored” look for this ball.
So, should you buy this?
Money talks first and foremost. I bought mine for about USD90 which is quite a standard price for exclusive SIC. The only aspect I find lacking in this set is probably the accessories department but having said that, I absolutely have no idea what more should be included with this set. Some cards would be nice but given the design of his right hand, it would be pointless either way. All in all, I find this set worth it for the price I paid. This design has existed for more or less a decade and I’m very happy that Bandai finally decided to produce a figure for it. Now Bandai, where is my Garren King, Ouja Survive, Psyga and Orga?
With that, it is the end of this review. I hope you enjoy reading it. As usual, any comments or critics, positive or negative are always welcomed. This is Ghost_XIII, reporting out :).
|Posted 28 March, 2015 - 17:49 by Ghost_XIII|