S.I.C Vol. 62 Masked Rider ZX
It’s been a while since I’ve been interested in a S.I.C Kamen Rider figure but as soon as I saw this guy I was sold. Possibly due to the fact he comes equipped with a katana…I like Japanese swords!
Kamen Rider ZX is the 10th fictional superhero in the Kamen Rider franchise but did not star in his own TV series. It wasn’t until 1982 where he made his live-action debut in the Japanese TV special “Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Tgether!!”
ZX has been described as having the most cybernetic body of the first 10 Kamen Riders and has abilities and weapons reminiscent of a ninja including the shuriken, chain-sickles and most importantly (for me) the katana!
Name: Masked Rider ZX
Sculptor: Takeya Takayuki / Fujioka Yukio
Material: PVC, ABS, Die-cast
Release: Mar 2012
Original Price: ¥4,200 (approx. $52AUD / $52USD)
Height: 180mm / 7.08inches
I was quite surprised at the compact size of the packaging for this S.I.C release. With previous releases the packaging tended to be really large and spacious, often more so than they needed to be but this one is nice and slim. Accessories are laid out around the figure and can be seen clearly through the window. Great design and collector friendly
Being a Ninja-esk Kamen Rider, ZX comes with a variety of death dealing accessories. First and foremost, he comes with a Katana which can be stored in the sheath, a Kunai (short trowel like knife), a bomb/grenade, a left leg armament part, a Shuriken, and Micro-chain to pull enemies in with. There are of course matching hand parts to hold all of these weapons.
This is a fantastic looking S.I.C release, a huge improvement in terms of looks and proportions from the original design. Some may still prefer the original, but I love the modern updated look. The lines are very clean in terms of the sculpt and the revised design really emphasises the cyborg-ness of this character.
I’m pretty happy with the articulation on this toy in general, there are heaps of joints with great range of movement with the exception of the hip joints which cannot splay very far. This is an important joint especially for Ninja characters to allow for dynamic posing otherwise as you can see by the photos below, the poses are all quite upright and “stiff”.
I am completely in love with this paint scheme. The deep red colour of his inner suit really pops in contrast with the gunmetal armour parts. The head has been given a slightly more glossy finish with an almost pearlescent effect. The scarf is translucent which looks beautiful with the light shining through. The utility belt looks super detailed and well finished as does the rest of the body.
S.I.C figures are generally about 7” tall which means they fit nicely in with other 7” toys and in this case, I just couldn’t resist having ZX go head to head with Karas and Riden, it’s the battle of the Ninjas!! Lastly a comparison with Vol. 46 Kamen Rider 1, proportion-wise ZX’s head is smaller compared to Ichigo’s and the overall proportions are much less realistic and more anime inspired in my opinion.
Overall this is a very well designed and made toy. It would be perfect for fans of the Masked Rider franchise obviously, as well as 7” figures or collectors who like Ninja related characters – like me! Compared to US toys of the same size, the price is steeper but look closely and you’ll appreciate exactly why. Thanks for reading!