New S.H. FiguArts figures for 2011-2012: Or, how Bandai is truly, truly evil.

So look at what the experts in the art of wallet draining have come out with now, a new batch of S.H. FiguArts figures!

These new pics come from the Tamashii Festival 2011, showcasing Bandai’s and Tamashii Nation’s new line of S.H. FiguArts figures. First up was the complete S.H. FiguArts Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger! That’s right, all five Go-Kaigers. Go-KaiRed will be released this September, with Go-KaiBlue and Go-KaiGreen coming out in October, though no word on the release date for Go-KaiYellow or Go-KaiPink. Each figure will come with different parts to build the full brifge to the Go-KaiGalleon, and each will cost 3500 yen.

Also up are the S.H. FiguArt Tiger & Bunny collection. I don’t know a whole lot about the new anime, so I’ll let GekiDan of Jefusion explain:

To be released in September and October respectively, are SH FiguArts Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. for 4500 yen each. Future releases include SH FiguArts Rock Bison, Sky High, Fire Emblem, Lightning Kid, Blue Rose and Origami Cyclone; FiguArts Zero Kotetsu Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr.; and SH FiguArts version of their motorbikes.

Thanks GekiDan. And now onto some stuff I’m a bit more familiar with:

I haven’t just nerdgasmed, I’ve toku-gasmed!

Anyway, we have S.H.FiguArt figures for (left-right, top-bottom): Kamen Rider V3, Kamen Rider Eternal and Eternal Red Flare, Kamen Rider Den-O Climax form, Kamen Rider Birth Birthday form, Kamen Rider OOO TaJaBata combo, Lost Ankh with BuraKaWani combo, ShinkenRed and ShinkenRed Kaoru, GoseiKnight, Fuwa Juzo, Kamen Riders Ouja and Zolda, Vegeta, and Mirror Knight from the Ultraman Zero movies. Here are a few close ups:

Wait, is that Mezool and Gamel in the back?

I’ll admit, this one is a bit of a surprise to me, not that they did it, but that they skipped over everyone else (except for GoseiRed).

Definitely not surprised by this one!

WIN!

But, it wasn’t exclusively S.H. FiguArts at Tamashii Festival, we also found out about this gem!:

Yes, it’s the Super Robot Chogokin Dekaranger Robo! The articulated, diecast model of the main mecha for Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. It comes with (as far as we know) the Signal Cannon and Judgement Sword. Price and release date to be announced.

That’s it so far from the Tamashii Festival, I’m sure there’s still plenty more bank-account-draining stuff to come, so stay keep checking back.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: (7/16/11) Here are some more pics from the S.H. FiguArts Ultra Act collection:

Here we have Ultra Act Ultraman Gaia V2 and Ultraman Agul. Both come with special effects parts from their signiture attacks. Ultraman Gaia V2 will be released in October for 3360 yen, while the Ultraman Agul figure has no announced price or release date.

And from Ultimate Force Zero, we have Ultra Act JeanBot and Mirror Knight (the same figure I covered yesterday, but in a different pose). Price and release date for both have not been set, however the Ultra Act Glen Fire figure (not pictured) is set for release this September for 3360 yen.

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Kamen Rider Eternal Pics and Reveals: Who is Eternal Red Flare?

Okay then, here are some shots from the Kamen Rider W V-Cinema release, Kamen Rider W RETURNS: Kamen Rider Eternal.

And here’s some shots from the scene where Eternal Red Flare shows up. This time around, it’s Kazu, the representative from Foundation X. This is a bit of a spoiler, but, it turns out that Kazu was the one who decided to sponser the Musem and the Gaia Memory project over project NEVER, so in the beginning of the movie, NEVER is violently opposed to Gaia Memory use. Eventually, Katsumi uses the Eternal Memory, along with the other Lost Driver, and you can see the events that led to to what happened in Kamen Rider W FOREVER A-Z: The Gaia Memory of Fate.

You know, they had a few vehichles that were CG, but they weren’t very high quality renderings. It was very apparent that they were CG. And not just this helicopter, but the cargo plane NEVER traveled in as well.

Anyway, here’s the scene:

It de-stabilized because it was a defective prototype, or at least that’s the way it seemed.

SPOILER ALERT FOR THE MOVIE: When Katsumi changes into Eternal the first time, he was able to stabilize and complete the transformation to Eternal Blue Flare because he was so much more compatible with the Eternal Memory.

Alright, I won’t give anymore spoilers at this point. It’s out on Blu-Ray and DVD, and there are still some videos up on YouTube, so go watch it.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider Eternal Pre-Screening Event: “I don’t like boobies!”

Sometime yesterday, or maybe earlier today, there was a pre-screening event for the movie Kamen Rider W RETURNS: Kamen Rider Eternal, and people who supposedly went to the event have reported on what they saw. Here’s the main chunk of it:

Caution! Spoilers Ahead!

  • The most memorable lines, according to one person who went, were “I hate boobies! I hate boobies!” from Kyosui, and “Don’t give me full-length pants!” from Reika.
  • The movie starts with Kamen Rider W fighting the Sweets Dopant. Mina shows up and the “Daido is hero” part starts. It shows how NEVER was formed. The movie swaps back and forth between Mina talking with Shotaro, and Eternal’s story.
  • At the end, Shotaro says “Maybe he was a Kamen Rider after all” and places a flower by Fuuto Tower. While talking to Mina, Phillip brings up the music box and a scene were Daido is throwing it is shown.
  • Jun Kazu is Eternal Red Flare. He uses the Eternal memory, says  something about it being incomplete, reverts back to human form and uses  the Utopia memory. When Kazu is defeated, the other Foundation X members say, “We still need you.”
  • Maria only appeared in the beginning. Reika’s scenes were mostly about how she became a NEVER.
  • The majority of the action scenes were out of suit.
  • A preview of the “Cod-E ~The Code of E~” PV was shown. Takahashi Rin is in it, and the SOPHIA members were dressed up as NEVER members.
  • While Kamen Rider Eternal is fighting the Eyes Dopant, Daido says “This is the worst place possible. All I can think about is hell… Let’s enjoy hell, then.”

So, we’ve got some medium-sized spoilers there, not too much about the movie was given away. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see it sometime soon.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Eternal: RETURNS!; The Shock of the Century!

We’re getting closer to the release of this Kamen Rider W V-Cinema Release, Kamen Rider W RETURNS: Kamen Rider Eternal, we’re getting more info on the movie itself, and it’s shocking ending!

In this movie, Kamen Rider W is still fighting aagainst the remaining dopants, when a mysterious woman with psychic powers appears. The woman, calling herself Mina (played by Takahashi Rin) has come to take revenge on W for the defeat of Daido Katsumi (a.k.a. Kamen Rider Eternal) because she thought Katsumi was a hero, and that “Katsumi was going to save us from hell”. And that’s when she reveals Katsumi’s past as a hero, and the events that lead to the formation of NEVER and Katsumi becoming Kamen Rider Eternal.

And with the release of Kamen Rider W FOREVER Director’s Cut, theses images, supposedly from an alternate ending, have been leaked to the web. Just tell me if the person in this pic looks familiar:

I’ve gotta say, if they had used this image, then the overall story arc would definitely have taken a different turn. Of course, this could also be a spoiler of sorts for future Kamen Rider W projects. Who knows for sure, but if I hear anything, I’ll let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider News: I’m throwing everything at you at once!

Hey, so it seems that some Rider news has been accumulating, and I haven’t quite kept up with it. So to make up for it, I’m post all Kamen Rider stuff in this one post. Hopefully, I won’t end up overloading the internet in the process.

So let’s start with the newest bit, Kamen Rider Fouze really has been confirmed! Toei has officially registered the name for the series, so Fouze will follow OOO as the next rider. And now we wait. Here is the screen cap of the name registration.

Next up is news for Kamen Rider OOO. Filming for the coming OOO summer movie is officially complete. First confirmed on Arusue Mayuko’s blog (she plays Erika Satonaka), filming apparently ended on May 15th, and both Miura Ryosuke (Ankh) and Takada Riho (Hina) confirmed this on their own blogs two days later. Here are some pics from each of their blogs.

The most recent rumors include a guest actor playing an Evil OOO, the back story for the original OOO finally being explained, and ALL of the Greeed appearing in this movie, including one that will be played by another special guest actor. As for in-movie specials, it looks like Eiji will go through all of his combos, including the yet-seen BuraKaWani combo, and Kamen Rider Birth will get some major upgrade. Story-wise, it’s believed that the core medals used to henshin into OOO’s default TaToBa combo will be stolen, probably by the evil OOO, and that the Evil OOO will actually kill Date! But keep in mind that these are rumors, so they might not come true. The movie is set for theatrical release August 6th.

And the final bit of news is for the Kamen Rider W RETURNS: Kamen Rider Eternal movie. Now the last big leak from this movie revealed that in this movie Eternal would have a new, somewhat less powerful form in this movie, called Eternal Red Flare (the form seen in the W movie is now referred to as Eternal Blue Flare), but now it seems that Katsumi Daido was NOT the original Kamen Rider Eternal. According to a recent scan (shown below), the first Eternal was Kazu of Foundation X (who was the Utopia Dopant in the series), at first not seen changing into Eternal, but later henshins into Eternal as the movie goes on. It is believed that he is using either the T1 Eternal Memory, or an unstable prototype T2 Memory which results in the Red Flare appearance. Kazu apparently ends up fighting Daido as Eternal Red Flare, and Daido loses to Kazu. Later on, Daido somehow gets a hold of the Lost Driver, though no further details on whether or not Daido ever actually uses the Driver or changes into Eternal in the movie. There are also rumors about the origins of the other members of NEVER, but I don’t really want to go into any of that right away.

Anyway, that is all of the big Rider news for the time being. As always, if anything pops up, I’ll let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider W Returns!: Accel’s and Eternal’s Time in the Spotlight.

For anyone that watched Kamen Rider W, you understand it’s epicness. And it seems that epicness can’t be contained just to the series. So now we have two V-Cinema releases from the series: Kamen Rider Accel and Kamen Rider Eternal. They’ve each gotten their own direct release sequel, or in Eternal’s case pre-quel, and both are nearing their release dates. And of course, both have a ton of pics and scans for each. So let’s start off with Kamen Rider Accel’s sequel.
Kamen Rider W RETURNS!: Kamen Rider Accel
The main synopsis of this movie is Terui Ryu, a.k.a. KR Accel, has disappeared on assignment sometime after his marriage to Naruki Akiko. He shows up at a crime scene, working for the bad guys?! With a mysterious woman?!! And he might have shot Jin???!!!! What’s going on here?! Looks like it’s up to Phillip and Shotaro to solve the crime and count up some sins. Or is it?
Turn’s out that Ryu might still be working undercover to bust another crime syndicate trying to restart Gaia memory production. And to take out this new enemy, he’s going to need a new form. Kamen Rider Accel Booster!
Using the new Gaia memory Enhancer (not a new memory, a new device) he’s able to supercharge his Accel memory to make this new form. And one of the biggest perks seems to be the new-found ability to fly. Unless they decide to go with the same route they went with Kamen Rider DEN-O, this will probably be a one time thing. But I have a strong feeling that they will end up going that way with W. Anyway, that’s all I have on this movie, so onto the next!
Kamen Rider W RETURNS!: Kamen Rider Eternal
This movie is a mix between a preqeul and a sequel, as Miina, a super soldier with ESP played by Takahashi Rin (ShinkenPink of Shinkenger) recounts her experience with Daido (Eternal) as a hero(!) before he was corrupted into the state he was found in the Kamen Rider W FOREVER Movie. That’s right. Before the whole NEVER thing, he used his second chance at life for good. And that’s not the only surprise.
Kazu Jun returns representing Foundation X, and becomes Utopia Dopant in an “Evil vs. Evil” fight. This time Foundation X is sponsoring Quarks, the group responsible for Project NEVER.
It seems that throughout this movie, they will also meet various future members of NEVER, including Kyosui, the future Luna Dopant, and Reika, the future Heat Dopant.
Also introduced is the new Kamen Rider Eternal Red Flare form, a product of the T1 Eternal Memory. The full potential of Eternal is drawn out with the T2 Eternal Memory, whose form is actually called Blue Flare.
I don’t know about the new dopant, be sure to let you know soon.
Anyway, that’s it for now, be sure to let you know if anything else comes up, and I’ll try not to take over a week to report it.
-M.C., the Quantum Twin