PACKAGING – The figure is well kept inside this typical Bandai Tamashii Exclusive brown box packaging, for this release the packaging are huge and bulky. The main box has plain texts and the characters logo infront, while at the back are just a single preview of the figure and some other information related to Bandai ( customer service hotline, serial code, etc.. etc.. ).
The figure is being served in two trays with the figure and its main accessories in front while at the back is where you will find the rest of the stuffs it comes with. I really like the style Bandai did here because if you’ll look at it on a different way it has a neat gimmick like as if the figure is already wearing its capes.
DETAILS – The paint apps, details and sculpts are gorgeous and nicely done with a very solid feel to it. Most parts are painted in metallic finish with a very detailed sculpts from head to toes.
It comes with a very limited number of chogokin parts w/c are the pauldron to shoulder, knee guards that loosely surrounds the entire knee and the entire feet.
The stunning omni-visors (eye) are on translucent plastic and surprisingly the entire face can be detached as well.
It also has a dark green “orb-like” detail that can be seen on its forehead, chest and abdomen.
The pauldron to shoulder is movable but not that much because it is being hindered by the shoulder pads. It has a peg inserted to each side of it’s chest which in my case can be removed and swap its places just to have a different look on the figure. I was able to do this because luckily on my end these parts can easily be removed, you can simply do this just by taking-off the emperor’s red chest first then gently pull the diecast pauldron to shoulder off.
BUT! If one of those parts mentioned including the red chest plate won’t budge the moment you pull ’em.. stop and don’t do it.
Even the armor at the thighs can be removed..hehe
Here are just a few photos I took to compare the details of Kiva Emperor and Dark Kiva :
Overall, there isn’t much of a difference between the two aside from the color scheme, head mold and tatsulot attached to the Emperor’s left arm — w/c is by the way it cannot be removed (unfortunately) or doesn’t have the roulette gimmick ( part of Emperor Kiva’s finishers in the series/movie. )
ARTICULATION – I cannot emphasize more on how good the articulation is for this figure, it already gave satisfaction to my expectations. It has atleast 26 points of articulation so placing this figure in dynamic poses is not really difficult.
I was able to removed the entire front body armor for you guys to see the joint system on this figure.
ACCESSORIES – It comes with 3 pair of hands that uses peg on a hinge : • Holding things hands • Calm open splayed hands and • Kiva’s signature hands or what I call as ” Rocker ” hands.lol which are in peg on a hinge style that has a very fine detail as well.
FYI – No Bloody Rose.
And of course, Kiva will never be completed without his trusted companion Kivat the 3rd – paint apps and sculpt are accurately good and flawless with a movable mouth and can be placed on Kiva’s buckle by placing a peg on it’s back.
Maybe it’s just my kivat but I noticed the mouth can easily be removed so I am cautious of not loosing it since that part is so small.
Aside from the freely flying Kivat, it also comes with a different versions of Kivat that serves as an alternative if you don’t feel like using the full-bat look on Kiva.
I find these “Bats” not accurately made in terms of it’s eye’s coloration because afaik in emperor form the coloration of Kivat’s eye changes. Although it is not really a huge deal on my part but it could have been great if they could have atleast added that specific detail.
Just right below are the 8 fuestles that are on transparent plastic with paints on the front tip – to easily determine what kind of fuestle it is and a peg that will be place at the back of the other kivat.
!Please take note that placing the fuestles on Kiva should be optional only because once you place them on the fuestle-holder it’s difficult to remove it and are prone to break, since this accessories are made of weak and thin plastics.
Out of 3 Kivats that are included in this release, there are only two that you can place a fuestles in its mouth.
Tatsulot – Good paint apps and sculpt are accurately good and flawless without any special gimmicks nor articulation.
Zanbat sword ( commonly called as “Fap” sword lol jk ) – It comes with fine details and sculpts, the blades are in transparent plastic with metallic silver paint apps with awesome bat-like details on it. The zanbat shares the same awesome detail of this release with a red transparent plastic on the eyes.
And yes, it’s choking to death thanks to the effin’ twisties wrap around the blade part of this sword. 😡
And this is what happens when Bandai uses twisties to keep the sword accessories and other plastic stuffs intact inside the packaging.
Another problem that is very common to this release is that the Zanbart sword is loosely attached to the sword.
But you don’t have to worry because I was able to come up with a solution to this, all you need is a piar of scissors and just a piece of a binding wire ( commonly known as twistie/s – my arch nemesis ever since I started collecting S.I.C.’s ) that came with the figure.
You just need to cut just 1 small portion of it — half an inch would do.
Now, the small portion of wire that was cut-off should be inserted at the back opening of zanbat, if you are having difficulty doing it you can just placed it near that opening and just slide zanbat upwards then push it downwards so the wire can easily fill in the gaps accordingly.
And there you have it! The zanbat sword now is stable and it will not fall of easily now, and also please take note that for this quick fix you can also try almost anything that would somehow fill in the loose gaps of the sword and zanbat.
I honestly don’t know what’s the name of this thing in the series… 😦
And lastly, the emperor’s cape! It is made of plastic with nice details and color scheme, but it adds weight to the figure when placed. I liked on how they made this cape longer compared to the SH Figuarts version which is way shorter and looks crap-pier.
Placing and replacing accessories and other stuffs in this exclusve release isn’t that hard at all even for beginners, but in-case you feel like you are not sure on what you are about to do, always refer yourself to the instruction manual that usually located at the cardboard background inside the box.
This is one of the S.I.C. figure worth having despite the insanely high price tag and lacks a few stuffs in the accessory department, but just by seeing the very commendable details and sculpts, to it’s range of motion are definitely a sure win.