Alright, here I go again for the review… Well, It’s all about S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider Black & Black RX, I know there’s dozens of great Black & Black RX’s review all around but my attempt now is duo review between 2 of them & tells some of my experience on them, but it might be most collectors already know what I’m exactly did. Okay, before that if you’re new on Kamen Rider Black & Black RX I’ll share some of information about them. Kamen Rider Black also known as Kotaro Minami is a 19 year-old man who became a cyborg after the Gorgom captured him and his stepbrother Nobuhiko. Using the power of the King Stone, he shouts “Transform” and poses to become the mighty Kamen Rider Black. He is referred by Gorgom as “Black Sun”. Kamen Rider Black RX was also Kotaro Minami, in here it tells half a year after the downfall of Gorgom(Event of Black), Kotaro Minami has gotten a job of a helicopter pilot in a business owned by the Sahara family. Kotaro is later captured by the Crisis Empire and offered a place in their group. When Kotaro refused, his King Stone was shattered and he was thrown into space where the sun’s radiation mutated his King Stone and he mutated into Kamen Rider Black RX. With his new powers, he battles the Crisis Empire and thwarts their plans to take over Earth. Kamen Rider Black RX was a direct sequel of Kamen Rider Black & even the first sequel that features the same main character in the whole new series. Black & Black RX returns in several Heisei Rider series, & in Decade Tetsuo Kurata reprised his role as Kotaro again as a guest/cameo character! They also appeared in “OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let’s Go Kamen Riders!” as a cameo character again. But, shame they ruined their awesomeness in Heisei era! Personally, Kamen Rider Black & Black RX was the very first Tokusatsu that I’ve ever seen when I was a kid, & I’m really entranced to the show… Okay, enough about it & I bet you’ll be bored to hear more of my childhood. For the review both S.H.Figuarts Black & Black RX was packed into a standard gray colored box. Those 2 was definitely a standard release since shares the same box like most other S.H.Figuarts. Currently both Black & Black RX are quite rare to find, it was lucky again for me to get them while they’ve been reissued & they’re much cheaper. Black & Black RX comes with quite standard accessories, & here’s some photos shown.
Black comes with a hand parts only + 1 of his trademark hand parts during his style, meanwhile Black RX also contains some of the exact accessories like Black, but with the exception he had his Revolcane weapon with pair extra hand parts to hold it. Moreover, both Black & Black RX shares the same hand parts sculpt !
As usual, Black & Black RX is made from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadine Styrene) , PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), & Die Cast. Surely, Bandai’s another tremendous works ! They really capturing the art of theme pursuing character expression through humanoid action. Black appears in a Brown colored Bio suit covered with Black colored armor suit with silver elements, armored Black helmet, both suit & helmet contains a red & yellow stripes, it was also one of his abilities to do Power Stripes! & silver belt was also included containing shiny red colored King Stone. Black RX shown to wear a Black colored armor suit combined with metalic green armor suit contains a silver colored element that called Solar Power, one of the Black RX’s abilities. He wore a Black colored helmet with neck connector through his shoulder. On his left wrist he had a comunicator exactly like in the show. & finally a belt called Sunriser contains 2 small red colored King Stone, unlike Black his King Stone wasn’t shiny instead it’s a same mold between the belt painted with red.
Sculpt on the Helmet was quite standard, nothing really fancy enough from the mold themself, both antennas are made in a soft rubber, but for me Black RX one was way more softer than Black, & it looks freak’n weird when I try to hold it. Also, Bandai made inaccurate angle to Black RX’s antennas, the photo shown that my Black RX’s antennas angle positions was differ. The right one is shown like a 10 o’clock while the left one is more like a 1 o’clock positions. I don’t know exactly why, but I’m in no luck to have him. Apparently, it’s not only me who have this problem, judging to see the other stocks when I saw around the stores. There’s even more worst than mine one… But it’s not a big deal I guess, but if you’re a perfectionist you might be bugged by his inaccurate looks….
From the 3 view Black had a Glossy Black on him, & Black RX had a metalic green suit with the exception of his shoulder, hands, & legs which molded Black. Compare to Black RX, Black had a joint on his waist to make him flexible to move. However, Black’s seems to be more slimmer than Black RX, Black RX has no joint on his waist & this makes him can’t move so flexible. In side view, we get to see Black RX has a neck connector through his shoulder. Unfortunately since the neck connector was made thick, we can’t move his head up, even he’s not flexible when we try to look in a side view & he looks kinda odd when we pose his head looking to side. Both Black & Black RX has a same sculpt in some parts.
Look what we got here… A same molded black shoulder armor on both of their shoulder… Both of their shoulder armor had a joint ontop of their shoulder, & we can move them up & down more freely than Shadow Moon one. Black is shown to have some kinda Brown suit with some sculpted lines inside his black colored armor, unlike Black RX which is plain Black.
Straight to their accessories now, both Black & Black RX are included with their own interchangeable hand parts, but they shares the same mold. From the one that already attached was their fistful hands, the extras are outstreched palm, attached open palm like a chop. Black had 1 extra hand parts which is a attached 2 open finger, & it was his trademark style… Funny thing Black RX actually had a style that using this hand parts, but it’s not included. Black RX had 1 pair of holding hands to hold his trademark weapon Revolcane. Okay, since they both shares the same hand parts, & it was a fortunate for us if we ever going to have another accurate stuff to use… Specially for Black, in the last episodes of Black we get to see Black holding Shadow Moon’s Satan Saber. You might also wanted S.H.Figuarts Black use Satan Saber too, pretty simple… You must have 3 of them to aquire that for sure. Black RX for holding hand parts, Shadow Moon for Satan Saber parts, & Black for… Black of course. There, we just have to attach Black RX hand parts to hold Shadow Moon’s Satan Saber, then attach the hands to Black. Voilà ! S.H.Figuarts Black with Satan Saber is in your hand now ! Unfortunately, don’t make them hold too long, since Black RX’s hand parts had a small hole for his Revolcane. This to avoid outstreched to his hand parts, otherwise you can’t make Black RX hold his Revolcane anymore. However, there was actually another way besides Black RX’s hand parts. That is Black’s hand parts from his Battle Hopper, I don’t exactly know it’ll work or not since I don’t have Battle Hopper…
Well, I think I’m through to the dead end on telling more, but surely I might missed somethings. It’s just that I haven’t explore more on them… Okay, that’s how it’s done from me. Lastly, Black was my 1st owned S.H.Figuarts, I got him last year, starting to collect S.H.Figuarts. I was unexpectedly satisfied on Black & so interested to hunt more of S.H.Figuarts Black saga characters. Then Black RX came to be my 2nd owned S.H.Figuarts, I’m also satisfied but not as satisfied as having Black since Black RX has many glitch for me. From All of S.H.Figuarts, my favorite one is Kamen Rider Black one since he’s the most flexible one than my other S.H.Figuarts.
King Stone Flash !
Pros: Black was the most flexible action figure I’ve ever owned, if you’re hunting a flexible & great poseable action figure, then Black is your bestfriend. He might be simple made but his movement was a perfect made. I’m also happy that Bandai share them the same hand parts, so it won’t be a bother to make Black holding Satan Saber.
Cons: Same problem for changing the hand parts is still hard, but it’s more easier than Shadow Moon & Shocker Rider parts. This is the only thing that I really hate from S.H.Figuarts… My biggest problem is Black RX which has a lot of glitch, he don’t have joint on his waist & he can’t move his head smoothly & we can’t move his head up since the material of neck connector was made thick.
S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider Black
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 3/5
S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider Black RX
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 2/5
Thank you for reading!