Another “Shadow Moon” review again?! Well, the title says “Another Shadow Moon”, not just “Shadow Moon”. This time it’s my 1st review about my collectible S.I.C.(Super Imaginative Chogokin). I got this via Online Shop, it was lucky for me to get the cheaper one in a good condition. Currently, the price of this stuff gets skyrocket from time to time due to be rare & old release. But do not be fearing, there’s still a lot of store that still sale this on a proper price. Another Shadow Moon is a limited version of S.I.C. release, it’s themed to be “Hobby Japan: S.I.C. Hero Saga” from Bandai. I don’t really know who is he actually since the further information about him is hard to find, besides being rare he also lack informations. But according to some surfing that I found this is Shadow Moon with 2 King Stone on his transformation belt, & he’s also known as The Creation King. It’s a imaginative story of Kamen Rider Black, if ever Shadow Moon eventually took Black’s King Stone after he killed him, he’ll become the Next Creation King. But in the show itself Shadow Moon gain back his goodself as Nobuhiko for a moment, instead of taking Kotaro’s King Stone, he just leave him. Well, we can say Another Shadow Moon’s story is a bad ending of Kamen Rider Black, & if the story goes like this there will be no Kamen Rider Black RX for sure. He’s also featured in the S.I.C. Hero Saga story for Black RX ran in Monthly Hobby Japan in the December 2002 through March 2003 issues. Titled Kamen Rider Black RX: After 0, it tells the story of what happened after the finale of Black RX. It also features the original characters the White RX(Another RX), it’s Shadow Moon with RX powers. To the review now… In this version, Another Shadow Moon was packed into a red colored box with new printed image showing Another Shadow Moon sitting on his throne, but the contents of Another Shadow Moon is really different from photos & illustrations themself. Of course they used another figure of Another Shadow Moon for the printed photos instead of using the exact figure, this printed figure photos came from S.I.C. Hero Saga Vol. 2 Another Shadow Moon with Throne. Kamen Rider Green was also there in small photos, they used the Vol. 17’s photo, & the contents is Green with minor recolor. Much like Vol. 17 Another Shadow Moon comes with exact same accessories like his standard S.I.C. with some different sculpt & mostly painting. & here’s what he got.
He had 1 extra hand parts for holding Satan Saber, separated Antennas, some extra armors, & interchangeable body parts that can be converted into Kamen Rider Green with extra fistful hand parts. The images showing the separated body parts.
S.I.C. is made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) & some Die Cast. S.I.C. was certainly a imaginative figure. They are usually modified and differ from its counterpart as seen in the series. It is intended for those riders to closely resemble the ones portrayed in the manga and to have a much more darker theme. Anyway, S.I.C. Another Shadow Moon was sculpted by Takayuki Takeya. In S.I.C. Shadow Moon is shown a bit bulkier & muscular than in the show. & Unlike the original Vol. 17(Shadow Moon), he’s painted all bloody red but some reds are differ & he’s sculpted a bit different. Another Shadow Moon was an old S.I.C. along with Vol. 17, they have the interchangeable parts completely in an old fashioned ball joints. In this matter, their movements are very limited, of course I’m pissed on this. He cannot raise his arm to side, bent up his elbow/knee very close. Overall, both Vol. 17/Another Shadow Moon & Vol. 16/Another RX shares the same body parts, but Shadow Moon one has a hole on his a** for patching one of his extra armor parts.
Yes, we can see his head here. He has a neck connector on the back of his neck attached to his head, much like Black RX head. They were actually capturing his grasshopper feel more natural, the sculpt was outstanding & he looks more darker than in the show. The antennas are different from the original Vol. 17, which more like a stag beetle. The rest of the sculpt were also great, much like his TV version.
Now, we get to see his body, unlike Vol. 17 his belt contained 2 King Stone, & the belt is smaller than in Vol. 17. His shoulder also had a little differences, which is a bit bigger & prominent. He got his elbow spikes & heel spurs like Vol. 17. The elbow spikes is made to be sturdy, so nothing to worry being break. The heel spurs, can be move up & down. Instead having a hinge joint, they just added a separated joint on both of his side feet, honestly I kinda displeased on this… I still prefer in the show one… If you see him closely, the sculpt between right & left didn’t entirely same, since there’s a minor differences. This can be seen on his armored arms, which is inaccurate positions. Other differences is his armored legs, definitely got a different line sculpt both front & back. The last one maybe, it’s the last thing that I noticed… On the back view we can see on his right backbone got a minor hole sculpt, on the begining I thought it was a little defect, but in Vol. 17 he also got this sculpt. I don’t know why they added this but it’s kinda bugging for me since it looks like a defect. On the other things of his back view, his neck connector was molded Black rather than red. Unlike Black & Black RX the sculpt on his back didn’t have a grasshopper feel, instead being armored suits like in the show except being more bulky. & for his *ss, he got extra armor pad to be patch. Same goes to his crotch… Overall, Another Shadow Moon shares the same sculpt as Vol. 17 with some retouchment. Unfortunately, if there’s no new sculpt, he would only become a swapped color of Vol. 17.
For his other accessories, he only got 1 holding right hand parts to hold his sword. The hands themself was sculpted pretty scary imo, it’s really wicked for him… The details are tremendous, they even added a sharp fingernail to his hand. Attention! The hand parts were a little sharp, becareful when you use them. The Satan Saber sword was painted Yellow instead of red like vol. 17, in S.I.C. Satan Saber’s width is way more wider but the sword isn’t sharp as in the show one. & Satan Saber’s also had a different sculpt from each side.
Okay, we go to Kamen Rider Green parts. Well, both Another Shadow Moon & Shadow Moon comes up with extra parts of Kamen Rider Black(Green Version). Kamen Rider Green appeared to be Black’s 1st form in the manga, after Kotaro transform into his grasshopper form. However during the battle mode the form color goes Black. While in the TV show, which in the first episode, Kotaro briefly transformed into this grasshopper themed monster called the Batta Man before he became Black. He usually transforms to this form first before transitioning into his standard Black battle form. Like both Black version(Vol. 16 & Another RX), both Green version(Vol. 17 & Another Shadow Moon) got a minor differences. Only the coloring, this version is a little darker & a bit glossy than in Vol. 17 one. Well, judging from his design, he’s way different from the TV version. S.I.C. Black was entirely based from his Manga version, which is shown Black looks more wicked, darker, & monstrous looking. Of course, Shotaro Ishinomori tried to capture his grasshopper image more intense. However, the image of Black was shown like he’s not a children’s favorite Tokusatsu. But, personally I really love this manga version(except on his green form), it feels more natural for him. The TV one looks too simple made….
The grasshopper head was bloody marvelous as hell, especially those open mouth. It really amazed my eyes, I loved how they made the details, it really feels like a grasshopper. The glossy gray color of his mouth is same to his Vol. 16/17 version. The scratch lines on his face was painted red to brown-ish, & the antennas was molded shiny dark orange much like Vol. 17. My glitch is on the head is only his antennas, which is very2 small. Much like Another Shadow Moon, he also has his neck connector. There’s 1 thing that makes him special, whenever we saw his shadow reflect from side view. He looks like he’s real & frightening.
This version surely captures grasshopper image entirely. But he became too skinny & more scary than in the show… So I can understand why people don’t really like this version, but I like it being scary looks, though. Green also has some nice elements like grasshopper legs on his waist, unlike Black version Green’s legs was painted green with orange. Instead having armored suit like Another Shadow Moon, he only got shoulder pad while his arms are suitless. His thigh armor are thin, more like a skin. Also, his lower leg & arm parts has a spikes, like grasshopper’s legs. Again that spikes is a bit sharp so becareful when you try to attach them to the body parts. From the back view we get to see he got a grasshopper wings, the backbone sculpt was tremendous as it shown he’s a bug-like human & his grasshopper wings was molded dark glossy orange red-ish instead of completely dark glossy red in Vol. 17, & 16/Another RX. The Gorgom’s logo almost no differ than his TV version, but the sculpt was quite amazing. The King Stone belt was made from a die cast & painted shiny green.
& he got 1 pair interchangeable hand parts, a fistful hand parts, & the hands were molded pretty much like Another Shadow Moon had. But his fingernails were colored dark brown red-ish.
I have to admit, S.I.C. was a creative made! They really added darker tone for the Riders, especially those Black’s manga design… When I was a kid, I also used to read Kamen Rider Black manga although I didn’t read all of the series. I like him better in manga than in the show, & hoping someday they will create this into manga realization. & Thank God… My wish was granted, although S.I.C. is the most irritating figure I’ve ever experienced since mostly got a bad joints, being too expensives, & sometimes it has a defects from the companies themself although it’s natural for all collectors. I really hate S.I.C. actually, but they made it to hypnotized me on those Black saga riders so I can’t help it… Overall the only thing that I like from S.I.C. is only their design.
Pros: S.I.C. only good from their design & some material, nothing else… But because of this… No matter how limited their joints, just to make them stand or make some several adequate pose, they looked awesome! Still, they need a better joints!
Cons: Changing the parts was a complete pain, I even hurt my finger because of them. Besides, to change them I have to use a bit power. Green’s shoulder pads are easy to get detach, I’m not really comfortable when carrying him. Same goes as antennas & this is what I hate the most from S.I.C. they’re separating the antennas from the head, & they’re pissing me off. Besides being too small, when we lost them they will be a big troublesome to find. & Kamen Rider without antennas, fail! The waist joint on body parts is too slipper to move everytime we wear it with Another Shadow Moon’s armor, as the waist is easy to get bend down. Of course the armor was big & heavy. This problem might only came from me, since the Vol. 17, & 16/Another RX has no problem like this. Another Shadow Moon antenna’s mold was beyond from my expectation, unlike Vol. 17 this one seems fragile & it can break anytime, if I’m careless….
Another Shadow Moon
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Small Parts: 4/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
Q: Are you going to make a review of Vol. 17 itself?
A: No, overall they shares the same sculpt although Another Shadow Moon had a minor new sculpt, it’s not a big deal…
Q: Who’s Kamen Rider Green?
A: He’s actually Black but colored Green, & originally called Kamen Rider Black(Green Version). In the manga, Green appeared to be Black’s 1st form, after Kotaro transform into his rider form. However when in a battle mode the form color goes Black.
Thanks for reading.