Reka no Ryu
Review by Anavel
This is the second entry in Bandai's Armor Plus line. First was Alto Saotome reviewed by Atom. Ryu is from Samurai Troopers which aired in 1988. I watched this show after school when it came to the United States as Ronin Warriors (in 1995). The concept of the show revolved around 5 teenagers with the ability to summon armor to fight evil.
So getting go the toy. The base body is all plastic except for the feet which are die cast metal. Articulation is excellent and I am told that the body is pretty much identical to a modern myth cloth figure.
The armor pieces are almost entirely metal except for the helmet. You can put these onto a dummy figure for display purposes, as is shown in the series. You typically see Japanese samurai armor displayed this way and there is probably a name for what it is called. The armor attaches well and stays on securely.
To put the armor onto Ryu you have to first take some pieces off. The forearm guards, kneecaps, shoulder covers, chest plate and a small piece on the crotch come off. The armor all goes on pretty easily. The only problems are that one of the foot armor parts and one knee like to come off with the slightest touch. I was a bit surprised by the size and weight of the figure, it stands about 7.5" tall and has surprising heft with the armor attached.
Amazingly the armor doesn't hinder articulation very much, the toy is still very poseable and you can get it into some pretty good poses. Balance can be finicky to get right sometimes, but enough fiddling and you will get the figure to stand, and it will stay that way.
The figure comes with two swords, a combined sword, an itty bitty connector part to combine the separate swords, an alternate face and helmet with closed faceplate. There is also an assortment of extra hands. The swords do not stow in the sheathes, there are only handles that can be removed from them.
Overall this is an excellent figure and a great value at 6500 yen. Paint, articulation, fit and finish are all very good. Hopefully the line continues and they do more characters.
Comments4 comments posted
Oh the summary in-jokes... All of that aside, this looks really nice. I have to ask though, are you able to keep the metal mask on the helmet while you put in on Ryu?
The helmet actually splits into two parts, front and back. They connect to a T shaped part on the top of his head and have to be separated in order to do so. The mask part is actually an entirely separate front half of the helmet with the mask molded in. Kind of hard to explain but i hope that helps
I bought mine from HobbyLink Japan weeks ago and I'm delighted with it. I sincerely hope BANDAI will soon issue the remaining four good guys (KORIN,TENKU,KANGO,SUIKO) and the sacred white armor (KIKOTEIREKKA) and the siberian tiger(HYAKHENO)and the 5 bad guys (ANUBISH,NAZA,RAJURA,SHUTENDOUJI and ARAGO) and the Japanese dojos to display them with. I want them all!!
Given the treatment Bandai gave Saint Seiya, I'd say it's certainly possible.