Okay, another SHF Sentai review again on the go. Frankly, this figure was my 1st owned S.H.Figuarts Exclusive collection & the figure is KibaRanger from Sentai show of Gosei Sentai Dairanger!! Featuring Kou Koshinsei is KibaRanger of the Dairangers. He is a 9 years old who manages to extract Yufang’s Byakkoshinken. The youngest and shortest of the Rangers in the entire Sentai series, being only 9 years old and of the expected height at that age when he was chosen to be a Ranger. There he goes in the show… Much like Dragon & Tyranno Ranger, currently there also 3 versions of S.H.Figuarts KibaRanger which is the original Japanese, US Market Ver. and the Unmasked Ver. Mine one is the original Japanese. KibaRanger was released in 2013 and marked as an Tamashii Webshouten exclusive release, included with brown box & inside the brown box he has overall white colored box with a gold-like colored fonts & tiger motives & shade of dark gray. Unlike, my other SHF collections his box is windowless, means that we couldn’t get to see the contents from the box. Meh, very dissapointing layout… Very plain & yet lame I must say… & he comes up with a very few accessories.
There he goes… 1 weapon of Byakkoshinken part with extra variant blade part, 2 option hand parts, & bonus parts of A-kibaranger armor plate from Japanese version.
Kou is the first Sentai Hero to be a child, he’s also the only child Sentai Warrior to be under 10 years old while part of an active team. He’s wearing white pearl-ish colored outfit overally. His trademark armor is comprised of a shiny golden chestplate with matte black coloring and 4 black & golden wrist bands on his respective arms & legs. & don’t miss his golden belt & Byakkoshinken’s holster… It was a pretty decent figure so far compare to any other KibaRanger toys/figures. Again, it’s a classics that I will never forget. S.H.Figuarts KibaRanger was released in 2013 & he got the exact articulation points like my SHF Zyurangers. Fortunately, his armor isn’t a big burden like Dragon Ranger for raising his shoulder articulations higher. However, I still couldn’t rotate it 360 degrees. Again, the figure doesn’t have a diecast material at all, so he’s pretty light to hold.
KibaRanger’s helmet sculpt is closely accurate to his Sentai show counterpart. There’s a strong resemblance between the original KibaRanger in the show such as his tiger shaped face, which the details made it look really convincing, the feel of the real helmet of KibaRanger looked so intense… However, one thing’s different is the shape of his mouth visor is slightly bigger than the real one which appeared to be slimmer but, I don’t really mind with it. Much like Dragon & Tyranno, I instantly interested & eager to get him after I saw the prototype. Some says, Kibaranger’s head was incredibly big compare to his body. Yes, I was slightly agree with that, but I strongly dissagree who said the prototype looked different compare to actual contents. For me, the prototype looked exactly like the actual contents.
To think like Dragon Ranger himself, one of the reason why KibaRanger was so popular is that his accessories thing on his design, such as his trademark armor being very iconic for a 6th rangers design. However, I’m not talking about the character himself in Dairanger because I have to admit Kou is a perverted ass hole in the show, I bet this is why his popularity was overshadowed by the US adaptations. Because, in the US adaptation KibaRanger was played by the same actor who previously played as Dragon Ranger US counterpart (Green Ranger). In US adaptation KibaRanger goes under the name of “White Ranger” and this is where he gets famous around the world. Unlike Dragon Ranger, his armor is pointless to be removed because it’s part of his molded body… So, I strongly recommend don’t make your brain think about removing unless you know what you’re doing. The armor has a very nice details on it, especially his KibaRanger logo plate… But, I have to say his design isn’t that awe inspiring like Zyurangers, because he’s way too plain looking judging by his entire pearl white outfit. His wrists bands are very well sculpted but looked pretty common like his other toys/figures. I think his armor are the only advantage to make him looked more badass.. Just imagine if he didn’t wear those armor, I bet he’ll looked very plain boring. Apparently, to make him looked much more eye-catching, Bandai added his white spandex with a pearl-like coloring, making him looked pretty shiny. The detail on the center of his belt is pretty nice but just simple for me, I think I prefer Dragon Ranger better than KibaRanger… Like Zyurangers, his spandex fabric details looked pretty much the same, for example his boot details on his lower legs. However, the fabric details on his arms looked very different than my Zyurangers, KibaRanger’s arms felt more folded rather than showing muscles like how Zyurangers. The Byakkoshinken’s holster has an articulations that allow us rotate the holster to create some appropriate action scenes, & it’s removable. His articulations points are pretty standard to other S.H.Figuarts, except those missing upper bicep cut articulations. But I can still twist his arms & still able to crossed his arms but, I couldn’t able to recreate a crossed arms pose. Again, like my Zyurangers the articulations of his shoulder are still annoying.
KibaRanger got the exact working articulations as my SHF Zyurangers except his shoulder armor was given a hinge joint to make him raise his shoulder articulations higher. However, it’s still annoys me because the material is made hard rather than being flexible. He might be able to raise his arms more widely, but the cut on his lower shoulder armor is very2 bugging. Whenever I raise his arms frontally, the lower cut can’t be bend. & because of this, I couldn’t even rotate his arms frontally in 360 degrees. So, the armor is still pretty in the way for me… Yeah, the unflexibility made him looks very ugly and what’s worse making him more fragile compare to Dragon Ranger’s Dragon Armor
One & the only weapon part he had, Byakkoshinken (Heavenly White Tiger Sword)! Known as Byakko for short, is an enchanted talking saber Grandmaster Yufang placed within a stone until the one chosen to wield it arrives. Byakko offered to help Kou as KibaRanger, voicing-over for him upon his debut as KibaRanger and he could also control Kou’s body while fighting as KibaRanger. It’s another nicely made accessories that almost replicates the real deal, Byakkoshinken was provided with 2 variant blades for it’s handler, short & long form. To change the blades you just simply pluck out the handler from it’s blades. Byakkoshinken can be attached into his only grasping right hand part or can be inserted into his holster, to do this you’ll have to insert the lower blades under his pocket & reattach the handler on the upper side of the holster. The details on Byakkoshinken’s handler (tiger shaped head) is pretty outstanding, though they can do better than that.
Okay… Option hand parts! As usual from the box he comes up with a fistful hand parts, the extras are only 1 grasping right hand & 1 open splayed left hand. Well, talk about exclusive stuff, so does the limited accessories. Oh, come on Bandai! They could atleast add 2 pair for each of them… Oh, well… It can’t be help then… The grasping hand is indeed for holding the Byakkoshinken saber and perhaps open splayed hand was meant for his Kiryoku scenes or just a cool pose. With this hands, you can also recreate KibaRanger’s known attacks such as Midare Yamabiko or Kiryoku. This sucks, why did they included only 1 for each hands? In the show I saw KibaRanger actually uses his right hand for Kiryoku attack several times. Very seldom to see him using his left hand, if they included 2 open splayed hands we can atleast recreate his battle stance pose during hand to hand battle. His hand sculpt actually shares the same sculpt as my Zyurangers hand sculpt, so can we use their hands instead? Well, you can actually… But, since KibaRanger was overally got a shiny pearl colored hands like his outfit… Sharing with Zyuranger’s option hands will make his hands looked somehow odd when we see them directly, because my Zyuranger’s option hands are molded plain white. But, I guess in photoshoot they can be tricky enough to tell the differences.
Well, SHF KibaRanger really missing so many things to recreate on how he appeared in the show… 1st is his signature hand gestures, they may look funny but, this is actually very important for the figure to recreate KibaRanger’s roll call pose. 2nd is his battle stance hands if we want to recreate his hand to hand combat. 3rd is the open splayed right hand and grasping left hand for recreating actual Kiryoku pose, If only they included his grasping and open splayed hands in pair it’ll be more than enough. 4th is a chopping hands but, it doesn’t really necesssary since KibaRanger only showed this in Won Tiger’s cockpit. 5th is a peace sign hands while it may not really important but, we get to see him showing peace sign hand several times in the show. And 6th is a skate board, we get to see KibaRanger using skate board in his early appearance. Well, it may look funny but, I’d love this figure so much if Bandai include this for him but, reality tells differently. However, it can be note that the US counterpart, White Ranger never showed any of this so, Bandai was like including them is likely very unnecessary. Yes, it was a big let down for this figure.
Again, only in the original Japanese version, KibaRanger is given a bonus parts for A-KibaRanger feature. The part contains alternate armor plate part for his armor, sculpted with Akibaranger logo. This accessories was meant to create a scene from the episode 2 & 3 of Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Season 2, due the actions caused by General Tsu, the Akibarangers were made the 17th Super Sentai in place of the Dairangers. As a result, reality is rewritten to have KibaRanger be one of the two secondary Sentai heroes to be added in Gosei Sentai Akibaranger. However, the show’s unpopularity resulted in its cancelation after 13 episodes with KibaRanger vowing revenge for never appearing on TV. The same like Dragon & Tyranno Ranger, I don’t like this at all because it ruined his originality. But, it could be fun for creating a funny stuff… To change them, all you have to do is simply push the original plate of Kibaranger logo from down to pop out the plate. Then insert the A-kibaranger plate one.
COMPARISON BETWEEN THE US MARKET VER.
Yes, just like Dragon and Tyranno Ranger there’re currently 3 versions of S.H.Figuarts KibaRanger which is Original Japanese, US Market Ver. and Unmasked White Ranger. The US Market version was given their own box labelled with the American adaptations franchise (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). & It says in a “White Ranger” name instead of Kibaranger, of course they used their American counterpart’s name… Funny thing, the figure wasn’t actually white colored. Much like Dragon Ranger, the frontal box was colored bronze added with some fx motives on it but, the inner tray paper was colored plain gray, while the original Japanese one doesn’t have inner tray paper due to their windowless box. The back view also pretty much the same like Dragon & Tyranno Ranger but colored gray with shade of black & minus the Akibaranger feature box art. In overall, the box is very different than the original one since KibaRanger is a different sentai series. Actual contents has no different at all except in US Market version, Akibaranger’s armor plate part are not given due to the Bluefin doesn’t have the rights to Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger franchise. Well, it might a pretty weird extras but, it’s better than having only 1 weapon with 2 variant blade & 2 interchangeable hands… So, I’m atleast a bit happy with the Japanese one. If I ever got the US Market one, then I won’t be discussing A-KibaRanger armor plate part in this review. But, in US Market Ver. KibaRanger is a standard release so he should be cheaper than the original one & the good thing is there might be a chance to be reissued. And this has been currently proved by the recent release of the Unmasked White Ranger which was released as a standard release but, also sold early in New York Comic Con 2018. Unfortunately, the pre-order only open in certain countries exclusively, since there’s no official local preorder in my country except some scammers whom tried to sell them in a high price.
KibaRanger appeared to be shorter than Tyranno & Dragon Ranger, I think Bandai still faithfully give him short body-like for him. So, we know that KibaRanger was originally meant to be Kou Koshinsei, not the US counterpart. However… Even Dragon Ranger was slightly shorter than Tyranno Ranger, funny that older brother appeared to be shorter than younger brother… Well, I think some people will be disappointed on how KibaRanger looks in this photos. Especially to know how shorty he is, for a US version fanboy I can understand why but, it’s not a big differences you can see, his height was actually unnoticeable… However, some people believed that KibaRanger US version is taller, & many of them wanted to get US Market one better than the Original. Unfortunately, this is false… Take a good look here:
A friend of mine from US owned the US Market Ver., & he told me that their height are exactly the same as the Original counterpart. So, don’t bother yourself buying both versions just for a false thought. & get a grip there, atleast he’s still taller than Ptera Ranger & other female sentais, so it’s not a big deal… & he’s not that short as his original counterpart actually… In Dairanger series, KibaRanger appeared to be a kid size.
Well, KibaRanger was one of my favorite 6th Ranger, honestly I only like his design.. Actually, this can be a recommended S.H.Figuarts, because he feels pretty solid so far & looked very accurate to his show counterpart. Unfortunately, the limited option parts complicated me alot to consider this as a recommended to have as this is actually a very accurate KibaRanger figure you must have, but you’ll have to accept the limitations of his option parts. But, if you’re looking for the US Market Ver. then you should begrateful, that he’s a regular release so he’s cheaper than the Original Japanese Ver. But there’s no Akibaranger feature part, so the option parts are way more limited than the original ones. Well-well, I used to be very hyped on this but for some reason, I feel so so on after I got this.. Maybe it’s because of the limitations of his option parts.
- Very accurate sculpt work and details.
- Clean Paintjob.
- Very nice pearl white color.
- Good and realistic proportioned Kiba/White Ranger figure like in the show.
- Currently the only best and show accurate Kiba/White Ranger action figure ever made.
- Some paint problem but, it’s tolerable.
- That wide butt obstacled his leg movements to create split pose.
- Missing butterfly joints.
- Annoying hinge jointed shoulder pads.
- Hard part swapping especially swapping the hand parts.
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
Oh, man… Is that Tommy The White Ranger?
… Why he sounds like Mighty Mouse?
WOW, Shadowmoon-sama ga kakkoi ne…
HUAHAHAHAHA… Talk about big mouth he got…
Now, he acts like a crybaby…
KibaRanger is back!!
Uh oh… What is he planning with that girls?
That’s gotta hurt so badly….