This figure was originally released back in 2009 as a standard release in the Armor Plus lineup. When Bandai revived the line last year they made the choice to rerelease the figure with a brighter ‘Power Up’ color to make it better match the other characters, plus give those who didn’t pick up the first release a shot at owning the main character.
The figure comes with a different head that the original didn’t have- but to be totally honest I can hardly see the difference between it and the original head. Other goodies are two Swords of Wildfire that you can combine with a part that I never took out of the box or you can just use the provided already-combined swords. Otherwise the figure has the same hands as the Armor of Inferno (or does the Armor of Inferno have the same hands as this? Either way.) so you know what you can expect there. Again, no crazy extras but it includes everything that you could reasonably want.
More of the same for the regular base figure for this. Honestly, there’s not much difference between the unarmored bodies aside from the heads and color of the armor. We’re here for the glorious Samurai armor anyway, aren’t we?
Being the “first” release, Wildfire comes with a solid amount more diecast wise than other figures have. This is both a good thing and a bad thing since all the weight added by the armor wears on the joints more than the other figures armor will. This is compounded further on my figure by the fact that the foot is slightly off kilter so it doesn’t sit exactly flat. Still, the new power up red has a great pop to it and looks a good deal better than the old dark red.
When you’re using the small scabbards, the swords that fit in there aren’t the full swords.
That’s more like it. If you bought the Kikoutei Rekka that figure comes with a different set of Swords of Wildifre, ones that you can sheath. Ultimately though I prefer to stick with the sheaths the figure comes with because they’re thinner and have a better look to them. The Swords of Wildfire look a little better than the Soul Swords of Fevor just based on the fact that the handles aren’t awkwardly sized but mine also have some rather ugly nubmarks on the back of them. Since they’r eon the back you can’t see them so this is a saving grace but knowing that they’re still there is still irritating.
Of course, the figure still poses like a champ just like the Kikoutei Rekka and does all of Ryo’s poses exceptionally well. For a lot of people, this is the figure to get for the Samurai Troopers line since it’s of the lead character and isn’t as expensive as the Kikoutei Rekka. As before though and as it is with the others your only option for getting this figure is to go through eBay, Mandarake and other secondhand stores. Regardless, if you’re looking for the lead character of the Ronin Warriors getting it is an easy choice.