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SH Figuarts Kamen Rider OOO SaGoZo Form Review

By Loran

There wasn’t much that appealed to me early on in OOO. When I saw the big montage of all the possible forms, I just saw rainbow vomit. From what I’ve heard, most of them don’t even end up getting used in the show. I like the idea of having that many possibilities, but once you get more possible forms than episodes in the show, I think you need to reevaluate your plan. Thankfully, I’m not a neurotic enough collector to go for all those intermediate forms, so here I sit with all the main ones.

SaGoZo was the first form in OOO that really appealed to me. Really, how wrong can you go with black and silver? Add some purple in there and he’s the ideal Decepticon! Most other forms got saddled with weird concepts, or ones that just didn’t appeal to me: Bugs? Overdone. Jungle cats? Can’t do it without a lion chest. Sea life? Too freaky. Birds? Meh. Totally random jungle animals that have nothing to do with each other? Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

SaGoZo’s three animals are a rhino (head), gorilla (arms), and elephant (legs). Yeah, kind of random, huh? Regardless of how weird it all seems, all three come together to form a design that could easily stand on its own outside the confines of a Kamen Rider series. I’d actually recommend this guy to people who aren’t fans of Kamen Rider that just want to pick up a cool toy.

Really, the whole package just appeals to me so much. He’s clearly the bruiser of all the forms with his horned helmet and big bulky arms and legs. I wish I had some Greeds for him to beat up. He has the same foot style as the other OOO figuarts but can actually hold a pose much better.

The figure’s main gimmick are the arm guards, which can “shoot off”. In order to remove them, you have to separate them into two pieces and reassemble them. It’s a bit annoying but it helps for stability. Still, I had no idea they could even do this until I saw someone do it on theirs. I guess that’s what I get for not watching the show, but still, I don’t even recall there being any pictures of it on the box…

The arm guards do have a downside, however. Because of them, he can’t hold that stupid sword everyone comes with. It doesn’t bother me much, but it just makes me wonder why they even included it in the first place. Did someone on Bandai put an extra zero on the production machine and they ended up making more than they needed? Also, with them on, changing the hands can be really cumbersome.

Aside from that, no other accessories are included, just the basic assortment of hands. Unfortunate, but I guess there really isn’t anything else he would’ve gotten.

I have a bit of a soft spot for SaGoZo. He just appeals to me in all the right ways. He may have some of the same flaws that the other Figuarts from his show have, but he manages to deal with them a lot better. In my personal opinion, if you’re to get any one Figuart from OOO, it would be him. Come down to FPNYC for yours!

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SH Figuarts Kamen OOO TaJaDol Form Review

By Loran

Ah Kamen Rider OOO… how I hated you when I first saw you.

Maybe it was just coming off the elegant simplicity of Double/W, but OOO’s design just rubbed me the wrong way. The colors just seemed gaudy, and I wasn’t really sure how they were going to be used in the show. Thankfully, the toys focus on the single-color forms, which was okay with me. At first I only went for the few that I really liked (SaGoZo, ShaUTa, and PuToTyra), but after I won TaToBa in a giveaway, I figured, “Oh, why not, I guess I’ll just grab them all”. And thus, I did. I haven’t even watched the show yet!

TaJaDol is essentially OOO’s mid-series upgrade, using all bird themes. I was really mixed on it at first. While I loved the design, early pictures made the color scheme of the head look almost washed-out, which turned me off of it. It didn’t look as good as it did in the show. Having it in-hand alleviated most of my problems, though, and I’m glad I got him.

The standard body for the OOO Figuarts is used, and it’s much more effective here than some of the earlier attempts. TaToBa, GataKiriBa, and RaToraTa all felt flimsy, but things started to pick up with SaGoZo. I guess it took Bandai a bit to get used to the idea of all-plastic Figuarts. While I’ll miss the diecast, later figures in the OOO line don’t feel that hurt by it.

TaJaDol’s paint applications are slick and clean. The metallic red looks amazing and offers a great contrast to the other OOO forms. He stands out very brightly compared to his companions. As far as just color schemes are concerned, TaJaDol looks the best.

As I mentioned before I was initially turned off of this figure because of the head. The final product looks fantastic, with a clear red screen going over the face itself. I guess it just didn’t translate well in the early pictures. Now I wish I’d gotten to see him in-person a lot earlier, otherwise I probably would’ve bought him upon his first release!

Now of course, we come to the elephant in the room: the accessories. He comes with your average hand assortment for a Rider Figuart: Open hands, closed fists, and two sets of “grabby” hands; the great Taja Spinner accessory, and that same stupid sword almost every OOO Figuart has. But then we get to the big problem: His wings, or lack thereof! Yep, the item that makes him stand out isn’t included with the produced figure. Maybe it had something to do with tooling budgets, but it’s annoying all the same.

You can buy the wings and the talons, but unfortunately for us, they’re Tamashii Webshop Exclusives. So unless you have a reliable middleman, you’re out of luck. Thankfully, they’re getting a second issue early next year. I imagine they were a popular enough accessory to justify this, seeing as it’s very rare to see webshop exclusives get a second run.

I’d dare say out of all the OOO Figuarts, TaJaDol is one of my favorites, if not my #1. He’s a very solid figure and doesn’t run into the problems the first few had, but also doesn’t have any extraneous body parts that get in the way of articulation. His only real drawback is the lack of wings, which can be fixed, but at a high cost. Still, if you like what you see, come down and get yours from FPNYC!

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