NOW, I’m going to do another review about my 2nd proudful childhood memories, I give you S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider BLACK RX & Acrobatter Renewal Ver. review!! Masked Rider BLACK RX, everybody in 90’s should have known this popular Kamen Rider series. & of course most of my reviews are showing this series, specially this one is really related to this review because it’s the same product but, it’s Renewal or you may say an updated version. Kamen Rider Black RX is an evolved version of Kamen Rider Black after he was thrown into outer space, where the sun’s radiation mutated his King Stone and allowing him to evolve. Acrobatter is a living motorcycle & also an evolved version of Battle Hopper after BLACK evolved into BLACK RX . Jump to review, RX Renewal Ver. is a standard release (much the same like the old ver.) & the box was colored dark blue to black-ish & there’s an FX motives on it, the design box is strongly simillar to Black Renewal’s box except the coloring is dark green to black-ish. Acrobatter’s box was also simillar to Battle Hopper’s box but it was colored blue resembling to the coloring of Acrobatter itself. Like Battle Hopper old ver., Acrobatter’s old ver. is also an exclusive release, while the renewal is standard release. But, standard release means you’ll have to accept the consequences of the cut order, especially on this series. Also, both of their old ver.’s boxes was colored plain gray & the box art showcase has their real life photos of the stunt actor & real size bike instead of their respective figure photo art. RX comes up with more supportive accessories, while Acrobatter comes up with very limited accessories.
RX comes with 10 hands, 2 variant Revolcane with extra short blade, & extra Sunriser belt accessories, while Acrobatter comes with 2 kinds of Display Stand.
Like his predecessor renewal release, RX Renewal is another masterpiece work & he appeared to be more accurate looking to how he looks in the show. Well, yet another very2 intense details Bandai did, much like his old ver. RX still dons his Black & Green colored outfit, Black colored Grasshopper helmet with his neck collar as well, & he still has his trademark Sunriser belt containing 2 Kingstones & Communicator on his left wrist. Unlike the old one or even Black renewal, his outfit felt even more like a true spandex looking as you can see from the many fold details on it. Like the old version & even Black Renewal, RX Renewal still got his upper bicep cut articulations so, I can create a crossed arm pose for him! As usual he didn’t have a diecast material at all, so he feels light when you hold him but, a little bit heavier than my Black Renewal.
Unlike Battle Hopper… There is no change at all on Acrobatter Renewal Ver., everything on the figure was a complete reused from the old releases of the Acrobatter EX ver. which kinda disappointing. Acrobatter’s body was colored in metallic blue with yellow (including RX logo), white, and black lines, black colored seat, and 6 silver colored exhaust tube. The rests are black (tires, upper and lower body, handle bars, forks & shocks (front), & pedals), silver (wheel spokes, handle bars, tank fuels, & antennas), dark silver (engines, inside body, forks & shocks (back), and sidestand). Like Battle Hopper, Acrobatter is also a motorcycle for riding a higher ground and hopping around, the bike was based from Suzuki RH250. it is given a diecast material for it’s sidestand & some inside body, but it still light, though.
Once again, superb work on the Helmet Sculpt! The accuracy of RX’s helmet is very faithfully made to his real life helmet, for sure he looks absolutely different compare to his old counterpart. The paintjob is pretty nice except mine one has very little silver paint transfer in some areas of his head (side view below his compound eye & one tiny silver dot on the back) but, this is very small you can’t even see with your eyes but the photo may noticeable. Like Black Renewal, his antennas are also made from a hard plastic even more thicker than Black’s antennas but, still need to be extra careful with those. The head sculpt of Acrobatter is also looking good but unlike Battle Hopper, Acrobatter’s antennas are made from a very soft rubber like my old RX’s antennas & it’s funny whenever touching Battle Hopper Renewal having hard plastic antennas while Acrobatter Renewal’s antennas are made soft… Honestly it’s dissapointing since the head was actually recycled from the old releases… But, I still approve this Acrobatter because it’s still a fine made Acrobatter figure, although feels more like a reissue compare to be called as Renewal….
Unlike the old one, RX Renewal’s neck articulations works more better, as we can bend his head to the side… So, this time his neck collar didn’t become an obstacles for his neck articulations. But, that’s not all! There’s plenty of surprise from this RX Renewal, & I will show you here.
You know, another interesting part from RX Renewal’s head is the movable antennas but, they got limited movement & it’s quite hard to move them, unless you got a tiny fingers like me. With this we can create many poses of his antennas depending on how the motion goes.
Far more bulked up body, very well proportioned, & even more detailed sculpt work. His articulations works a bit different than Black Renewal release. RX’s crotch has no extra articulations compare to his old version but, he got extra articulation on his lower waist under his Sunriser belt. Like Black Renewal, RX also got a knee pad on his knees but, it is unknown whether they’re removable or not since I never experienced the bounce off kneepad like Black Renewal did. Also, the kneepad got a different shape than Black one. The ankle’s wrists are molded separately but, unlike Black Renewal… The wrists appeared to be a small obstacles for wide legged poses. His shoulder pad appeared to be bigger than Black Renewal so, the pad can make the joints more less visible depending on how you deal with them. His shoulder pad’s joint is a ball jointed style but, he couldn’t raise the shoulder pads higher like how in the old one works… Yes, we can’t create a scene where he jump during his shoulder pad’s raised for that fall landing after jumping or even bounce when he run. The Sunriser belt is very far better looking than the old version, which has a compound red materials for the 2 Kingstones & the coloring is shiny gold. In the old version the Sunriser is smaller & the 2 Kingstones was appeared to be a same molding, only painted simple red & the overall Sunriser was painted simple orange. His RX’s logo on his chest has a sculpt on it & the Solar Power has them with clear colored plastic to cover his checkered sculpt, simply nice molding though… On the begining I thought it’s going to be a standard checkered paintjob on it. Each of RX renewal arms had elbow pad like my Ichigo THE FIRST/NEXT but, the pad was put on the side, so this won’t make the pad to be an obstacles for elbow articulations. On the 1st, I thought he’s going to have the exact base body as Black Renewal had but, he’s made very different. The details on RX Renewal’s body is even more intense than Black Renewal as we can see alot of fabric fold around his arms, legs, & even the crotch, & line details is even more convincing to make him like a real life suit.
We can even lift RX’s waist joint up & down, when you lift them up we will be able to swivel his upper waist. For sure, this feature will make RX looked a bit taller than my other SHFs…
This is how Acrobatter looks from certain angle, it looked slim indeed but, more a bit bulky than Battle Hopper in my opinion. The paintjob is perfect for this one (since I get a chance to choose which stock). Hmm… Honestly, Acrobatter articulations works perfectly the same as my Battle Hopper works so, I don’t think the exact explanations is needed to describe this one. But, you need to be aware that the blue forks on the front looked pretty fragile, they can be breakable if you’re careless.. I almost break them somehow…
Of course… Every RX figures/toys usually comes up with his trademark weapon Revolcane but, in this Renewal version. RX comes up with many variable kinds of Revolcane which allows us to recreate scenes from where he uses Revolcane. 1st we got standard Revolcane with standard plastic blade, this is used when he uses Revolcane without it’s light but, the standard blade never appeared in the whole episodes of RX or even his movie but, we can get to see this in Kamen Rider Decade’s episodes 26 & 27. I guess this standard blade was intended to recreate the scenes how he works on that standard blade in Decade… 2nd is a clear blue colored Revolcane with clear blue blade, & as you know the clear blue one is the blade that RX usually uses in the show but the handler usually used for his summoning Revolcane from his Sunriser belt, the blade has a white hightlight on the lower blade. 3rd is an extra clear blue colored short blade, this is to recreate one of his signature attack RevolCrash during finishing his opponent by stabbing them. It’s a nice feature but, it lacks some sparks FX for the opponent’s back but, who needs that lifeless FX if you can make a better CGI FX? Each Revolcane handler can be taken off since the blades has a peg joint to be inserted to the handler’s hole, you can just simply pull the blades from the handler but, try not to pull them carelessly because the peg joints looked breakable. 4th is the alternate Sunriser belt which has clear blue peg joint on the left kingstone to be inserted by Revolcane’s clear blue handler. To switch the belt you just simply pluck out the original one, the easy way to do this is to lift up from the underneath of the belt between the lower waist joint. This alternate belt is used to recreate one of his famous scenes where he summons his Revolcane. Well, I’m so overjoyed by all of this parts because, I thought he will end up having only 1 Revolcane like his old version.
RX Renewal was given 5 pair hand accessories which is fistful hands from the one that already attached, the extras are pair of open splayed hands, attached open hands like a chop, 1 pair of variant extra hand parts which is right grasping hand with 1 pointing finger for holding Revolcane & Acrobatter’s right handlebars & left grasping hand for holding Acrobatter’s left handlebar, a pair grasping hands for holding Revolcane, & a pair of open splayed hands with some gesturing fingers. Frankly, it’s a bit odd why this time they included variant kind of Acrobatter & Revolcane’s grasping hands, & I thought Revolcane’s grasping hands will works to grip Acrobatter’s handlebars as well but, it didn’t prove me to be able on inserting them since the hole grip is small & only fit for holding Revolcane. However, that variant grasping hands can be very useful to create many unique pose on RX like the picture shown. & open splayed hands with some gesturing fingers was meant to recreate one of his choreographic moves after Henshin during yelling “I’m Child of the Sun, Masked Rider BLACK RX!” Anyway… RX Renewal’s hands really surprised me because they looked slightly different than Black Renewal’s hands, since RX hands has more detailed sculpt work than Black one. In the old version both Black & RX shares the same molding hands…
Yeah, right… Another clear colored wheel stand display to maintain Battle… I mean Acrobatter’s position, when we don’t use sidestand on it. & a joint connector for jumping scenes, the pose is shown above using supportive StageAct Vol. 04. No need to explain more about this, you can check the exact explanations on my Battle Hopper Renewal Review.
COMPARISON BETWEEN BLACK RENEWAL VERSION
Okay… The height comparison, in both photos RX Renewal appeared to be shorter than Black Renewal & ShadowMoon but, don’t be dissapointed, this is because I lowered his waist joint. So, RX may looked short but, if I lift his waist joint, RX would have looked taller than these 2. RX’s head appeared to be smaller than Black & ShadowMoon but, I think this is because RX original helmet was indeed smaller because his helmet must be fit into his neck collar. In overall looks, RX is made even more advanced & more updated than Black in terms of articulations & sculpt work. As you can see that RX Renewal sculpt work looked more well detailed compare to Black Renewal, especially when you see the fabric details RX has more convincing looks to be mistaken as a real life suit. In articulations, RX’s joints is more well hidden than Black. Some of Black’s joints are clearly visible, most noticeable are on his elbow & shoulder since I can clearly see the joint’s bolt.
Like I said earlier… Comparing Black Renewal to RX Renewal their hands looked slightly different but, this is very hard to see since they’re overally molded Black & you won’t notice them at all, except if you have a very good sight being so meticulous. RX’s hands only differs from the sculpt work which he has somekind of pad shaped sculpt on his upper hands & the shape of the palm lines looked slightly different. Frankly, I couldn’t even barely noticed the difference but, photos can still tell the different… Man, I guess this Renewal details went a bit too far than I could ever imagined…
RX kneepads got a different molding than Black one, they appeared to be smaller than Black one. The ankle’s wrists are molded differently as well but, RX’s wrists are made too tight so he cannot do wide legged poses, while Black doesn’t have any trouble with his the wrists as they can be rotated easily. Apparently, RX’s feets is shown to have less line sculpt work than Black one.
COMPARISON BETWEEN THE OLD VERSION
KAMEN RIDER BLACK RX
Much like between Black Renewal & Old version, the comparisons of RX Renewal between his Old version looked very different, the old one feels like a mere toy but his arms & hands are slightly bigger than the renewal version but, in proportion wise Old RX still has better proportions than Old Black version but, still Old RX’s waist, hip, & crotch looks off. So, in looks RX Renewal owns everything however, Old RX has a darker green color on his suit compare to RX Renewal which is bright green. Personally, I prefer old one’s coloring far better than renewal, since the coloring suits more to his name “Kamen Rider BLACK RX”. & yeah, their biggest differences make some collectors throw the old version to change getting the renewal version, but not for me! I’m a true fans of Kamen Rider Black series, so I’ll keep him in honor of Kotaro Onii-san! By the way, since I didn’t make it to get my own Old Acrobatter so, my friend lend his old Acrobatter to me for this review. So, I’m going to do a review comparisons as well now.
From the neck articulations RX renewal’s neck can move far better than the old version. It is shown that, RX Renewal can raise & bend his head while old one can’t do anything due to the hard & unarticulated neck collar… RX Renewal can even turn his head to the right very perfectly, while old one has a very limited movements… Old RX doesn’t have extra joints under his Sunriser belt like Renewal had. Since RX Renewal has a feature to lift up his waist joint he can swivel his body more vast, while the old one is very limited… Don’t even try to swivel the old one’s waist more than this, because the seamlines on the waist may breakable. Well, in this matters, an Easy Win goes to RX Renewal!!
Both version’s arms & hands articulations also works the same… Both versions can still does my favorite pose of Crossed Arms since both has upper bicep joints on the shoulder which allow us to twist their arms, so both versions wins!! Apparently, my RX Renewal’s upper bicep joints was incredibly hard to move them on the begining but, once I get to used to this they wouldn’t be hard anymore. Unfortunately, RX Renewal’s butterfly’s articulations has a limited movements so, he couldn’t do a hug arms closer than the old one. Sorry but, Old Version wins!!
Hmm… Pretty much the same like Black I guess… Their knee & feet articulations still works perfectly the same in my opinion… But, since RX Renewal got more complex joint on his waist, he can bend his waist even more than the old version. & from the looks you can already tell that renewal’s joints are more well hidden that old one. Yeah, Renewal wins again!!
RX Renewal’s shoulder joints works better than the old version, he can raise his arms higher. But, the gap of the joints are still visible enough than the old version. Fortunately, the shoulder pads is made bigger than Black Renewal one so, the gap of the joints can be kept hidden depending on how you deal with them. Between the old version, they got a different kinds of shoulder pad joints, Old RX has them with hinge joint which able to raise the shoulder pad higher than RX Renewal did. While RX Renewal comes up with ball jointed style but, he couldn’t lift the shoulder pads very much. Well, they’re both has their own advantage & disadvantage so, I think I’ll let you decide again which version’s articulations is much more preferable. I bet you’ll prefer Renewal far better, right? Unfortunately, RX Renewal has even more limited movements on his crotch articulations, so he almost couldn’t do gymnastic split pose as the old one did very smoothly. So, judging from the high kick photo, made the Old RX Wins again!!
Well, in overall… Their articulations works very differently as I mentioned above. & from this pictures, both versions can still recreate the faithful pose perfectly but, RX Renewal wins because of his incredibly accurate looks. The original photo came from old version’s boxart since, the old version’s box showed them with original stunt actor photo rather than official prototype photos in the renewal version. Btw, for this comparison I’ve also updated my Black Renewal Review.
Revolcane also made to be different, the old one has them with longer blades but, it didn’t have better details as the renewal had. Also, the old one’s lower blade doesn’t have hightlights like Renewal has. Yes, in this case renewal wins again!!
Alright, just as I thought both Acrobatter’s versions has no differences on the sculpt. molding, & materials, it’s more like they reproduced the exact product of the old version but, with different box and accessories. The painting was slightly different, the Renewal’s metallic blue colored body appeared to be lighter than the old one, that goes with the yellow lines & RX symbol that looks more light yellow than the old one which is more yellow to orange-ish color. Anyway, did actually Bandai did recreated Acrobatter’s image faithful to the show?
Well… The answer is yes but, the head looks different compare to the both SHF releases. If this Acrobatter was called a Renewal, they should have remade the head like this too. And you can see that the real BLACK RX has his green color much darker than the SHF Renewal.
Ow, look… Even Shana’s green colored uniform looked better than RX green colored spandex…
Okay, I love this very much! If you asked me recommended or not, my answer is yes. They’re worth to have, especially RX since he got the major upgrade than Acrobatter. I managed to get these 2 earlier than I thought, since I did an early PO of them. Of course, first to know first to act, right? Now, waiting for the Robo Rider, Roboizer, Bio Rider, & Mach Jabber. One more thing, RX & Acrobatter didn’t come with Saban’s Masked Rider (their US Counterpart series) release so far, the US release only included with Bluefin’s stickers while the box remains Kamen Rider BLACK RX. I guess Bandai & Bluefin knows that series won’t become a big sells, since back in 90’s the series didn’t came up big like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. Instead the series received full of negative response, especially from Kamen Rider BLACK RX fans (including me of course) & there’s a rumor of the late Kamen Rider creator, Shotaro Ishinomori was outraged to see how Saban’s Masked Rider works & he refused to allow Saban adapt more Kamen Rider series. However, it is unknown whether it’s true or not… However, in my opinion RX & Acrobatter will always be known as Kamen Rider BLACK RX, not Saban’s Masked Rider.
Pros: RX Renewal is a true masterpiece from the molding & sculpt work & I’m totally clueless on this one, he just too perfect looking to me… I’m loving on how they made the shoulder pad as they can hide the shoulder joint looks. Swapping RX hands are much more easier than Black one, although it’s still a ball jointed, RX has an unexpected vast articulations works that far beyond from his old version works. Acrobatter also was done pretty fine too.
Cons: To make RX turn his head to the side is pretty hard, the photo where I made RX turned his head to the right was done by so much force, so I wouldn’t recommend you to do exactly as I did & it’s hard to make his head turn back to the front. Another flaw comes to his crotch articulations but, that doesn’t matter much I guess… Also, I don’t really like on how his green colored outfit turned out to be brighter. Acrobatter was a complete reused from the old Acrobatter EX… So, I think the name of “Renewal”, doesn’t fit to it… I don’t like on how Acrobatter’s antennas were done from a soft rubber, the antennas are even softer than my old SHF release which has soft material made antennas.
S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider BLACK RX
Small Parts: 4/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Small Parts: 1/5
Accuracy sculpt: 3/5