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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WING SABER TOYZ SPOTLIGHT: = S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider V3 (Kamen Rider THE NEXT) [Bandai ]



Hi there boys and girls, this is yours truly, Adam  bringing you another one of those random blog post with regards to the "flavor of the day" in terms of yet another Japan-release figure to catch my imagination. 
This type of spotlight  is a first of sorts for me. Blogging about my least understood subject matter of super-poseable Tokusatsu type heroes,  which have been a staple and folk-generational lore of the small-screen since the beginning of the 1950's  era of Japan pop-culturedome brings a slight hedonism  to the mix, if you will. The figure in question is derived from Bandai Japan's successful line of  S.H.  Figure Arts stable of characters. 

Godzilla in 1954's Godzilla. The techniques developed by Eiji Tsuburaya forToho Studios continue in use in the tokusatsu-film and -television industry.



TOKUSATSU ICONS?!
Text taken from Wikipedia

"Tokusatsu (特撮?) is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that usually features superheroes and makes considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as
 "special filming" in Japanese). Tokusatsu entertainment often deals with science fictionfantasy or horror, but movies and television shows in other genres can sometimes count as tokusatsu as well. The most popular types of tokusatsu include kaiju monster movies (the Godzilla and Gamera film series), superheroTV serials (the Kamen Rider and Metal Hero Series), and mecha dramas (Giant Robo). Some Tokusatsu television programs combine several of these sub-genres (the Ultraman and Super Sentai series). Tokusatsu is one of the most popular forms of Japanese entertainment, but most tokusatsu movies and television programs are not widely known outside Asia."




GROWN MEN IN COSTUMES?!

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Product Name

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider V3 (Kamen Rider THE NEXT)[Bandai ]

Item CodeTOY-TOK-0030
ManufacturerBandai
Release Datelate Nov-2010
Product LineS.H. Figuarts
Original TitleKamen Rider
Copyright(C)2007 Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Committee, 2007 Ishinomori Production, Toei
DetailsInitial Release: Feb 2008
Suggested Retail Price 2,200 yen
Our Price1,600yen   25 %off!


Suitmation (スーツメーション Sūtsumēshon?) in Japanese identifies the process in tokusatsu movies and television programs used to portray a monster using suit acting. The exact origin of the term remains unknown. At the least, it was used to promote the Godzilla suit fromThe Return of Godzilla.


It's always been a novel, yet sometimes silly notion that these super heroes are merely grown men in over the top and colorful costumes. The notion of playing  "dress-up" to me is actually pretty endearing to say the least. It's corny, and one of the earliest memories of my Masked Rider experience was staying glued to the so-so and cheesy Malay dubbed  Masked Rider Black RX,  during the early 1990's.  Good times.  The mixture of typical action and stunt sequences, and not to mention "cliff-hanger" scenes had my adrenaline and imagination pumping, yearning for more.  It was a pretty expansive and kick-ass eye opener when one was at that impressionable age., let me assure you. I was pretty much glued to most of the Tokusatsu shows shown during that era of nostalgic innocence. 




UPDATED AND MODERN!
Text taken from Wikipedia

The Kamen Rider Series (仮面ライダーシリーズ Kamen Raidā Shirīzu?, translated as Masked Rider Series) is a metaseries of Japanese tokusatsu which generally features an insect-themedmotorcycle-riding superhero who fights supervillains referred to as kaijin (怪人?). The franchise began in 1971 with a show titled Kamen Rider which followed college student Takeshi Hongo and his quest to defeat the world-conquering Shocker organization. Over the years, the popularity of the franchise has grown and the original series has spawned many television and theatrical sequels. The cultural impact of the series in Japan resulted in astronomer Akimasa Nakamuranaming two minor planets in honor of the series: 12408 Fujioka, after actor Hiroshi Fujioka, known for his portrayal of Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1,[1][2] and 12796 Kamenrider, after the series, itself.[1][3]


FINAL VERDICT

Kamen Rider the # 3rd aka V3, has always been one of my most favorite designs and the updated "remake" looks sharp and sleek by modern design standards. The good thing is that all the special deals available on the market have opened up endless possibilities of not being left out  to purchase one of the most coolest designs ever to grace the collector's hobby circuit. I'll be looking and keeping a sharp eye on any remnant of the V3 made in the local toy and shopping complexes. A++



Pictures taken from Amiami Japan & Henshin hero/ MODX toy.com


Copyright(C)2007 Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Committee, 2007 Ishinomori Production, Toei

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