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!