INFO : Release Date – August 2005 | Manufacturer : Bandai | Line : S.I.C. Super Imaginative Chogokin |
Sculptor : Kenji Ando | Price : ¥ 7, 000 to 8,000 (approx. $ 70 to 80 ) |
Height : Kamen Rider Faiz – 7″ | Auto Vaijin Bike Form width – approx 9″-10″ | Robot Mode Height : approx 12″-13″
PACKAGING : Knowing it’s a two pack release with a figure and a transformable bike, expect that the packaging is huge, and since it came from an old release S.I.C. line the figure, the vehicle and even some accessories are being wrapped around by annoying twist wires that eats up your time from getting these out of packaging.
Overall the package weighs at 1270g with size of 29.5 x 18.5 x 7.0 cm.
The packaging art and designs looks decent and the scheme or concept of the characters it represents are well captured with a nice previews at the back.
The figure is being served on a 3 transparent tray panels that separates the figure, props and its vehicle from the rest of it’s accessories and stuff.
KAMEN RIDER FAIZ [ Blaster Form ]
DETAILS : For an old S.I.C. release, detail, sculpt and the quality of materials being used here is never a question. It has a solid feel with superb sculpt w/c is very rare to see nowadays since Bandai and pretty much some of the toy companies these days are trying to focus more on investing and using cheaper materials on their action figures that somehow made a huge difference from what we used to have before and what we are getting now.
As for the S.I.C. line these days, the bad ass sculpt is still present but it feels cheap.
ARTICULATION : The figure has a average range of motion particularly on the shoulders and legs.
There are double joints going on the elbow, abdomen, and knee but movement-rang are very limited.
The hands and feet are on a ball joints.
What you need to be aware off is in this line of S.I.C. figures, all Heisei Kamen Riders released from this line from 2004-2006 used a hinge-on-a-ball-joint.
That kind of joint system is the only gripe I have for this figure. Why?
1 – Falls of easily due to the knee hinge is bit loose even if the figure is mint brand new.
2 – Fragile – breaks easily and some releases came with cracked knee joints already, so prepare to be surprise when you buy one. Honestly it is a risk you need to take in consideration when buying them especially if you only buy figures online unless they accept returns to where you buy them.
If you normally buy figures at a local toy/hobby store, make sure to check your merchandise before leaving so you will know if it has quality-issues.
ACCESSORIES : The figure came with 1 pair of grasping hands, 1 pair of slight open splayed hands, 1 blaster, 1 booster pack (jet-pack), an attach case, Faiz phone with 2 mission memory (1 already attached to the phone), Faiz shot, Faiz pointer, Faiz-pointer-attachment-thing, and removable transparent blade (for blaster form blade mode).
The attache case – made in plastic and not diecast(*sigh) where you can put the Faiz shot, Faiz phone and Faiz phone holder .
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to identify where to place each of the accessories on the figure. But if you really need assistance, this figure came with a instruction manual.
The only thing you need to add a little caution here is the Faiz phone, it can break easily if you are not careful and the mission memory falls of easily. You can use a glue tack so it can stay on the phone if not needed to be put in the Faiz shot or Faiz pointer.
BIKE MODE : The 5th Kamen Rider bike released in the S.I.C. line, the Auto Vaijin!
The bike has a awesome design and really has a solid feel to it, the engine part is partly diecast with molded hard plastic. Design-wise, it’s definitely a win and well thought out from every angle.
You can attach the Faiz blaster or the attache case at the back end of the bike.
I think this movable feature on this thing attached above the headlights is made specifically for the robot/battle mode of this bike but I find it works both ways either for bike or robot/battle mode. It depends on the users preference.
The transformation sequence from bike mode to battle mode is surprisingly not a pain as I expected but there are alot of parts that needs to be taken out and transfer to other areas of this bike. Almost all parts of the bike are well utilized in order to do this transformation and only quite a few number of parts has no use at all to this battle mode feature.
MECHA/ROBOT MODE : It stands really tall and has a very unique look to it. Don’t hate it just because it really doesn’t look like the one we used to see on TV, hey, this is S.I.C. so it’s something we can anticipate and just deal with.
It is still the same bike so pretty much it has the same solid feel and bad ass sculpts to it.
Now, here are my gripes about this form..
1 – The arms – if not connected properly it will fall off easily and I really think if you put to much pressure inserting the peg it will also break. So yeah, good luck controlling your strength there bud..
2 – The head articulation sucks – it only tilts sideways but does not move up or down.
Size Comparisons : (from Left to Right ) Marvel Universe Future Foundation Dr. Doom, Marvel Legends Iron Man, DC Direct Superman, Bandai’s S.I.C. Kamen Rider Faiz Blaster form and Auto Vaijin
Well overall, despite the cons, gripes and issues I found on this release there are still a lot of stuff I really like about this old S.I.C volume that makes everything still feel worth getting.
Standing by…… Complete…