I figure that I’ll just give him a post here for the review of this, as the primary focus of this page has been (and always will be) about gunpla and the stuff that goes in to them. If I wind up with enough of these to warrant their own page it’s not an impossibility though. Kuuga was technically the first Figuarts that I got even though he was the last one to arrive and was a backup to the frustratingly limited edition Amazing Mighty form Kuuga. Nonetheless I’m really happy that I got this version, so let’s get to the figure!
Simple packaging, which is good. God knows that some stuff comes packed nowadays in a way that makes you have to fight with the box for five minutes and then you wind up with nowhere to put the extra stuff that the figure comes with. Speaking of extras…
4 sets of hands (5 if we count the ones that are on the figure), a different mask piece and the ever-awesome thumbs up hand. There’s a bit of backstory for the other mask part; Ultimate Form’s power is sort of inherntly evil and very similar to the power wielded by the final villian of the series- were h e to transform in to Ultimate Form out of hatred or other negative emotions, the black eyed form would be what appears. The Red eyes indicate that Yuusuke is in control of the suit and that he’s still fighting for everyone’s smile. Anyway, since Kuuga doesn’t have any weapons or the like in his Ultimate form the high number of extra hands are a must and they work really well.
The diecast feet for the majority of the SH Figuarts (Dragon Ball Z, Domon and a few other characters do not have them) are a real help to the poses that you can pull off with them, in addition to the toe joint. Also made obvious in these pictures is just how much detail they managed to put in to this thing. The arts part of the name isn’t just there for show.
Detail detail detail…it manages to still look nice just standing in a static pose. Not that any of us would ever want to leave it like that.
It took a little fanangling (as you can see, I had to get rid of the cloth beneath his feet since it wasn’t helping anything for this picture), but Kuuga does a nice Rider Kick. The left leg is a bit loose (something that can be fixed by dropping a bit of Future Floor Polish on to the joint) but even then it still manages to hold up wonderfully. Just don’t bump in to anything.
The hip joints can be somewhat awkward sometimes if you’re used to abusing the robot nature of gunpla or the way you can twist something with a revolver joint, but you get used to how to pose things (or find a creative way to go about the pose you want) after a little bit of playing. Like the box says, ‘humanoid action’ helps a figure express itself a lot since we as people can relate to different positions and the like. Once again, I’m nothing short of impressed by the figure. At this point there really isn’t much more to say about the line except that if you’re in to Kamen Rider (or Dragon Ball Z or One Peice, as they have a few Figuarts releases as wel- Hell, there is already a Domon figure out there and I’ve seen pictures of a prototype Master Asia which you can bet if he comes out, I’ll be getting both of them) you should definitely be checking these things out. I’ll have some more on the DBZ ones someday relatively soon, but for now I’ll leave you with a few more pictures.