The original release of the first Samurai Troopers (Ronin Warriors here in the US) happened in 2009 with Ryo of Wildfire/Rekka no Ryo and after that we were treated to an almost three year wait before Bandai remembered the line and came back to it to give us the rest of the group albeit they’re all Tamashii Web exclusives, priced at 8600 yen (though the Inferno Armor punched in at 9600) before middleman fees and shipping. The Inferno Armor was the 3rd release in their renewal of the line after Tenkuu no Touma (Rowen of Strata) and a ‘powered up’ color re-release of Rekka no Ryo that had a brighter red to better match the colors of the new figures.
Anyone who bought the original Ryo will be slightly disappointed that the new releases do not share the flip-up lid style that seems to be rather characteristic of Armor Plus/SPEC releases but since they’re exclusives anyway I can’t say I’m that surprised.
The Armor of Inferno comes with plenty of goodies to use with the figure, including sheathable swords for both the Inferno Armor and the Ryo of Wildfire figure along with a new part that attaches to the back of Wildfire to put the new sheaths in. There’s also a connecting bit for the Swords of Wildfire but I left it in the box as I didn’t want to risk it getting lost. Standard fare yelling face for posing with attacks and a happy face to replicate the end of the series helmet toss which was a nice inclusion. While it may not have a ton of different hands like S.H. Figuarts Ultimate Kuuga, it does come with all the hands you need it to.
The base figures for the Samurai Troopers have always looked a little on the lanky side to me but considering how much they bulk up when you attach the armor to the figures it’s to be expected.
If you’ve ever had an S.H. Figuarts release then you know what to expect from the base figure. Excellent range of motion on all the joints and solid posing ability thanks to the diecast feet and ankle rockers for the ankle joints. There aren’t any parts protruding from the body of the figure so everything has plenty of room to move around like this. Of course, I don’t think many people get Armor Plus figures to display them like this…
That being said, the Kikoutei Rekka Armor does look quite nice like this. Regardless of that, it’s time to suit up.
One of the chief things Armor Plus figures are known for is the very nice diecast metal parts included with the figure and I know most people are curious as to how much diecast these releases come with due to their price. Pictured above is all of the diecast parts with the Kikoutei Rekka. While it’s not as much as the Rekka no Ryo it’s still a decent amount. Most of them share areas that have diecast that this release has and when you think about it the Rekka no Ryo was the first release in the line when it didn’t matter too much that it had a lot of diecast in it. Including as much diecast armor as Rekka no Ryo had would do two things: wear the joints out faster (which happens with Rekka no Ryo) and in all likelihood, jack the price up ever more. As such, I’m fine with this amount of diecast.
Now that’s the stuff. The figure loses a little bit of articulation with all of the armor on but the impact is pretty minor. The weight that the armor adds is pretty significant though and can make it easier for the figure to unbalance itself though. The first time you put the armor on it’s bound to take a little bit of time to get everything on but it gets faster the more you do it.
Compared to the Rekka no Ryo’s Swords of Wildfire, the Soul Swords of Fervor are a good boatload bigger. The handles are a little bulkier as well and maybe look a little odd but the figure has to be able to hold the swords, so…
They don’t call them the Soul Swords of Fervor for no reason though!
The Kikoutei Rekka is hard to find now, thanks to it’s exclusive status combined with the fact in came out in December of 2011. If you’re a Ronin Warriors fan and really want to own this figure your only options are to peruse eBay or hope one shows up on Mandarake, which is a used goods stores in Japan- they often carry exclusives and sometimes you can find figures or other items for pretty cheap! Searching can be a little tricky since you need to use Japanese to search for specific things but once you get used to it it’s an excellent resource for looking for items like this. The 180$ price tag might seem like a lot but considering the awful yen to dollar (still!) the price is about the same as what you’d pay to order it from japan. I’ve taken the liberty of searching for the Kikoutei Rekka in both of the links above to save you time looking! It’s an excellent figure by all means and it’s hard to find many flaws with it at all aside from minor things like the weight wearing on the joints so by all means go look in to getting it if you loved the show as a kid!