Kamen Rider OOO Tajadoru Combo
Review by Ghost_XIII
Before reading this review, please read the one I did on Tatoba combo here beforehand as both have the same base body and some gimmick so I’m not gonna talk about all the same stuff but I will highlight anything that is different in this guy :).
Good day to my fellow toys’ fan. This time around we will be looking at the most anticipated form of Kamen Rider OOO (for me at least), the Tajadoru combo, rendered in all SIC goodness.
The box is akin to that of Tatoba but themed after Tajadoru. Slight note, the box named this combo Tajadol. I’ve seen in some media Tajador and Tajyador too but with my (little) knowledge of the Japanese language, the Japanese will always pronounce it Tajadoru. So yeah, screw the box :p.
In the package, the item is laid out in two trays. You will be getting:
The first tray:
- the figure itself
- two condor legs
- 3 cell medals
- 9 core medals (one of it came in two pieces)
The second tray:
- three pairs of wing
- alternate back piece
- left and right open hands
- left and right holding things hands
- right medal-holding hand
- clear chest pieces (taka, kujaku, condoru)
- some part for the stand
The stand’s base is has no place in any of those in the tray. Bandai just slipped them in the box. Oh, and an instruction manual.
Out of the box, the figure is ready to go. Tajadoru combo makes use of the power of the avian core medals which is taka, kujaku (peacock) and condoru (condor in engrish). As you can see, the whole figure has all sort of bird-ish elements which elevate more of said element from the actual suit. It always makes me wonder why taka head in full combo changed into a new version while other combo stays the same regardless of if the combo is full or not. Anyway, the detail is superb as always.
Slight nitpick, I hate how gappy and sculpt-breaking the feather collar looks from the back.
The joint at the wrist (right to be specific) sticks out quite far for my liking although it does provide more room for wrist wriggling.
It’s quite hard to notice actually that the head used on tajadoru is actually the usual taka head but given a visor of sort just like in the show. Here you can see what I’m talking about.
It’s quite hard to see the visor is shaped like a beak from the front (love these shots btw).
The taja spinner is not removable from the arm. I wish it could detach.
Just like in Tatoba, Tajadoru has a hidden detail. It’s quite hard to see and my photography skill kinda sucks but here’s peacock.
The diecast content is the same like Tatoba which is disappointing :(.
Articulation on Tajadoru is practically the same as Tatoba (maybe a BIT better..maybe) so I’m not gonna talk on that much. In a word, GREAT!
Moving on to the accessories, Tajadoru came with the standard cell medal but this time you will be getting the taka, kujaku and condoru. It always amazes me to see detail to this minute level.
Next up is the cell medals. Maybe the amount is a bit exaggerating if you compare it to Tatoba but they have their function which I’ll show it to you guys in a bit. Here, you will be getting two taka medals, two kujaku medals, two condoru medals, one cracked taka medal, and one (maybe two) broken taka medal. Remove the OOO drivers and you will getting another three medals (taka,kujaku and condoru of course).
The taja spinner’s cover is removable to insert the abundant cell medal for some giga scan action. Props to Bandai as even the inside of the empty taja spinner is detailed.
Putting the medal in can bit a bit of a chore and closing the taja spinner is another chore. The cover is made of plastic but those feathery things along with the peg hole are made of rubber. It’s quite hard to push the cover in when the holes where it should go into bends.
“GI! GI! GI! GIGA SCAN!”
Next on the accessories list is the clear chest pieces. They’re more or less identical with the one that’s already on the figure (that one is in one piece). To put those guys in, just remove the single piece CAREFULLY and pop them in.
The clear chest pieces were meant to be used with this gimmick from the OOO SIC line which I didn’t cover in my review of Tatoba.
You can actually form swap all you want. The sky’s the limit (or maybe the number of OOO you have). I didn’t take much picture of these gimmicks because of laziness (forgive me) and to change around the part is quite a hassle. Putting back the whole thing is a b*&ch especially the torso.
A sneak peek of my next review :).
Lets move on the really good part (for me at least), the beast part!
First off, the condor legs.
The detail is unsurprisingly good.
Each of the claws is on a hinge and ball joint similar to the wrist joint and this thing can tilt to some degree. To attach the leg on the figure, the process is the same like the one on Tatoba.
Next on the menu is the kujaku wings.
The wings are made from clear plastic (which I’m a sucker for) and just like the animal it based on, very colourful. The end of each wing have a hinge (the solid red plastic) and the wing itself can swivel and rotates as they are connected to the solid red piece via a rod.
To attach the wing to the figure, you need to remove the default back piece and plug in the alternate one. The whole process is simple but some finesse brings no harm, right?
The whole set up took my breath away the first time I saw it and it still does. If that doesn’t look like a beauty to you, I don’t know what is.
The mode will make the figure a little (very,very little) back heavy and sometimes the wing like to fall out from their slot or the whole alternate back piece may come off which can be a little irritating but this baby can do some ground pose.
“Why walk when you have wings?”, probably those people at Bandai thought about it and graciously gave us a Tamashii stand.
The stand is not that useful really as the ‘arms’ that supposed to hold the figure don’t do a very good job and the default tightness of the stand could not support the whole weight of the figure. I ended up tightening the stand’s joint myself. But you can still get some awesome pose given some careful balancing and quite a lot of patience.
“SCANNING CHARGE!!” (Imagine how long it took to balance this guy on the stand like this D:)
Should you buy this?
If you’ve read my review, I wouldn’t recommend this to the show-accurate group but seriously, can you really say that this representation of the character is not cool in any way? If you have read my review and liking what you have seen, go grab this guy..but…..the usual point of contention: THE PRICE. I bought this guy for MYR250 (around USD78) and for a single figure, quite pricey (and the price just won’t go down at time of writing) but I’m happy with my purchase and Bandai just have to ruined it by releasing the lost blaze version a week after I got this guy. FU Bandai t-_-t.. Not sure I’m gonna get that version or not.
Anyway, that’s it for the review this time around. As usual, any comments or critics are always welcomed to improve my review :D.
|Posted 4 December, 2013 - 08:53 by Ghost_XIII|