Finally! I have my own S.H.Figuarts Ichigo THE NEXT & THE FIRST Ver. Man, looking THE NEXT one is the most irritating one since it’s goddamn rare & overexpensive. On the contrary, THE FIRST one is still cheaper around & I didn’t have any trouble at all on it. But, what to say I finally found them all, & I’m going to review him! Firstly, we all know him as the famous Tokusatsu heroes ever, he is Kamen Rider Ichigo or significantly Masked Rider 1. He also known as Takeshi Hongo in his human form. This Ichigo version came from the reboot movies Kamen Rider: THE FIRST (2005) and Kamen Rider: THE NEXT (2007), is an alternate version of the original Takeshi Hongo from Kamen Rider, the original series. Much like the series, Takeshi Hongo was a college biochemistry student, but he was captured by the Shocker’s agent Bat due to being an “ideal” candidate for their experiment, forced to undergo a procedure that turns him into a super-powered Inhumanoid cyborg code-named Hopper, whose purpose was to eliminate any witnesses to Shocker’s actions. Hopper later proves to be Shocker’s finest work as he lacks the need for transfusion to survive like other Shocker Inhumanoids. ‘Hopper’s’ first mission was to assassinate two witnesses who coincidentally were the journalist who had interviewed him prior to his kidnapping, Asuka Midorikawa, and her fiancé Katsuhiko Yano. It was during the assault that Hongo reclaimed his sense of humanity, though too late to save Katsuhiko as Asuka finds Hongo next to Katsuhiko’s lifeless body, believing he was the murderer as she attempts to uncover how a seemingly normal college student could become a murderer. The incident left Hongo with an epiphany, deciding to use his new found power to stop Shocker’s evil and protect all that he holds dear from them. Meanwhile, Shocker uses the body of Katsuhiko to create a second Hopper known as Ichimonji Hayato to destroy the traitorous “Hopper I”. The two Riders eventually team up to save Asuka, when she uncovered the existence of Shocker itself. In the end, Hongo and Asuka confessed their love for each other. Hongo returned in the movie’s sequel, Kamen Rider THE NEXT, taking place two years after the original film. Hongo has severed ties with Asuka, and is now a science teacher at a Japanese high school, to which he is severely disrespected and mocked by his rowdy students until a public display of his abilities as a reconstructed human scare the student body into fearing him. During this time, helping his student Kotomi in the mystery behind Chiharu, Hongo becomes involved with Shocker’s latest plot to use nanomachines to remodel all of Japan instantaneously, forcing him to resume his fight against them. Reuniting with an ailing Ichimonji and later making an ally of Shocker’s newest soldier, Hopper Version 3, Hongo puts an end to Shocker’s plot once again. In the end, due to the various complaints received by the parents of his frightened students, Hongo is forced to quit his position as a teacher, but gains a friend in Kotomi. Well then… Both S.H.Figuarts Ichigo THE NEXT/THE FIRST, shares the exact design with my S.H.Figuarts Shocker Rider which I’ve already wrote his review, so I’ll make it quick for this one & will become more show off on the photos.
Well, their parts are exactly the same to Shocker Rider, nothing really fancy or special, this is a standard release with a few extras in it. Ichigo THE NEXT was released in 2008, & he’s the 1st release & debut of S.H.Figuarts along with V3 THE NEXT. Whilst THE FIRST Ver. was released in 2010.
Yup, exactly resembles to Shocker Rider, with the exceptions of the painting wise & also the existence of shoulder pads, & elbow pads on both Ichigos. However, the unique one is Ichigo THE NEXT Ver. which had a differences on his stripe lines, & helmet sculpt. Further informations of the S.H.Figuarts can be read on my Shocker Rider‘s review.
There as I said on Ichigo THE NEXT’s helmet sculpt, which made containing a scars, scratches, & dents sculpt. Whilst Ichigo THE FIRST shares the same helmet sculpt as Shocker Rider. The rest of that, they’re all the same. Unlike Shocker Rider, both Ichigo’s hair were painted pure Black. However, the painting on both Ichigo’s neck are different. Ichigo THE NEXT has a pale skin colored neck, whereas THE FIRST was colored more fleshy. On the other hand the color of The Next’s neck is pretty simillar to Shocker Rider. Lastly, their compound eyes were also molded in a different color. THE NEXT got a shiny red eyes like a blood, while THE FIRST was shiny pinky color. Actually, that pinky eyes are the main reason why I have low interest on Ichigo THE FIRST, although I have to say that the color combinations between his clean blue helmet suits pretty well…
Ichigo THE NEXT was colored dark blue with shade of dull green, while THE FIRST was colored pure shiny & clean blue like a lolipop gum’s color. Yeah, I definitely agree with most people that THE NEXT one made him looked more darker & wicked, so compare to The First I’m much prefer THE NEXT Ver. Ichigo’s outfit was supposed to be aged poorly by the events of the 2nd movie, & the color was also referenced from his original version in Sakurajima episodes. In THE FIRST movie his outfit color was based from his original version in 1st to 13th episodes. Unlike THE FIRST Ver. or even Nigo & Shocker Rider, Ichigo THE NEXT got a different stripe line on his side body. Which contains 2 small painted stripe lines, whilst Ichigo THE FIRST shares the same single stripe line like Nigo, & Shocker Rider but colored dark gray rather than sharing color to his clean blue outfit.
Both Ichigos got their own unique feature, which is an articulated hinge jointed shoulder pads that allow us to move them up & down. However, in actual design Ichigo cannot lift up his shoulder pads since it’s sewed together with his suit, so I’m guessing that S.H.Figuarts wanted to make an extras for him.
Another one was their elbow pads, with these Ichigo looked more dashing… Unfortunately, the elbow pads was actually in the way for us to make his arm completely stretched, since it’s molded together to his lower arms.
Nothing to describe, the sculpt was totally the same like Shocker Rider… Both Ichigo’s scarves was colored pretty much the same, & honestly, I can’t tell the difference… Do you? Also, Ichigo would be more badass without those silly looking scarves. Ichigo might be my favorite Rider but, those scarves bugged me alot. But, what to do? Without those, it looks strange to see Ichigo having a bare naked neck. What a bummer….
… Again, nothing to describe anymore… They’re all the same sculpt like Shocker Rider…
Well, this is how it ends on this review… Surely contains a lot of pictures, right? I hope you enjoyed this one… Ichigo THE NEXT & THE FIRST totally became my favorite rider ever, because of the color really suits to my style. Especially THE NEXT Ver. Overall, I’m happy to get them but not for Ichigo THE NEXT as he’s way too expensive, when I bought him… Lastly, if you wonder why there’s a shocker emblem on my Ichigo THE FIRST, they’re just a plain edited. Because I have a future project on making a sequel of Kamen Rider: THE NEXT. Featuring Ichigo THE FIRST as the new enemy of Ichigo THE NEXT, he is named Hopper 1. An alternate version of Ichigo, where Hongo failed to recover his memories during THE FIRST & ended being loyal to Shocker for the rest of his life. At that time, he met the other Ichigo (THE NEXT) & challenge for a dead match.
Pros: Mainly, I do think like my Shocker Rider Review on this one, but I really like on how Bandai added him a shoulder pads. It looks really cool yet really useful for some pose.
Cons: Same goes to this one like my Shocker Rider, however… The Ichigos are more user friendly than my Shocker Rider, since I’m not having a lot of trouble on changing the hand parts. Also the joints are solid enough than my Shocker Rider. Maybe it’s because I got the reissued version of Ichigo THE NEXT, since the reissued one comes to be more improved in certain aspects than the 1st release.
Masked Rider 1 THE NEXT Ver.
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Masked Rider 1 THE FIRST Ver.
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5