Kamen Rider Fourze Upgrade Rumors: Does he really need a bigger head?

Besides the already announced Elek and Fire States, Fourze is expected to take on other States throughout the series, and a couple of days ago, we recieved word that Fourze would be getting an upgrade at some unspecified point in the series. Here’s how it’s looking so far:

Keep in mind, this is just a rumor, it comes from (supposedly) a reliable source, FIqyFR3nB of 2ch, whom put up the first images of Fourze, and who revealed a lot of spoilers back during W, but it’s still just a rumor for now, so don’t take this seriously yet.

Kamen Rider Fourze’s “head rocket” is supposedly enlarged even more and extended to the back, reaching the shoulders. There are two gun turrets attached to the suit. Coloring remains the one of the Base State, but the orange lines apparently become differently colored red and blue lines. Overall silhouette resembles Darbarbo from Metalder (pictured below):

Okay, not sure if this is real or not, I’m not sure if it will be a true upgrade in that sense, but it could possibly be a future State. Again, this is just a rumor, so don’t take this too seriously.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

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Fourze’s Elek State Revealed: Okay, slightly better looking than I thought.

When the first toy catalogue pics started to surface, we got a glimpse of Fourze’s first new State, his Elek State. And now we have live shots of his new Elek State, and boy, isn’t it interesting. Using the #10 Astro Switch (name unknown), he can activate this new State, where his eyes turn blue and his suit is covered in gold mesh, similar to what they use to insulate electrical systems on space craft (seriously, they use huge sheets of gold foil for insulation).

In this State, Fourze can use the Module “Billy the Rod”, which is a big electric rod for all intents and purposes (and yes, it’s a rod, not a sword, because it has no real tip).

The toy catalogues originally set the release date for the toys for¬†this new State in October, so don’t expect to see him until then. Although, since they are on Astro Switch #9, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this at the start of next month, possibly after the Queen Festival arc is over. ūüôā We’ll just have to see if anything comes up.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Fourze Update: Kamen Rider Club taking a new direction and Fourze has MORE States?

A lot of the rumors that came out about this show have turned out to be true, even initial rumors about an astronaut theme and Fourze being a high school student. Well, it seems now that one proven rumor about the Kamen Rider Club started at Amanogawa High have taken a different direction than they did in the original rumors.

The Kamen Rider Club will still be in the show, but the story behind it will be completely different from what’s been reported up until now. The original rumors said that the club was started to investigate the “Kamen Rider urban legend”, but that’s not where the story is going to go anymore. Check out the article below:

Translated:

Producer Hideaki Tsukuda says that some higher up from Toei told him to nix the idea. The reasoning they gave him was because Decade, a recent series, already did that and they didn’t want to retread familiar grounds too soon.

There was also a lot of complaining among the fanbase that might have lead to it. The producer seemed pretty bummed out about it, he’s the one that tried to visually link Double to the original Kamen Rider and really loves close ties in series.

Okay, maybe not a perfect translation, but you get the picture. So, now the KRC will have a new purpose all together. What do you think it will be about now?

Moving on, a new toy catalogue scan has popped up for Fourze toys, and it features six figure heads (actual, not political):

The main one is¬† obviously Fourze in Base State, the next two heads are from the Elek and Fire States, and the final head is from Kamen Rider OOO PuToTyra. So what are the two blacked-out heads supposed to be?! Are these new, yet-to-be-announced States for Fourze? There’s not a lot that can be gathered from this page, but it seems likely they would throw in new States at this point, especially since the show just started. ūüėõ Any ideas on what these two new States could be?

That’s it for Fourze news at the moment, if anything else pops up, I’ll let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: You that article about the KRC? Yeah, apparently, that isn’t a translation quoted below, that was just a rumor from the person that originally brought up the article. Here’s the real translation:

It states that the Kamen Rider Club is aware and trying to defend against the Zodiarts, and the series will still retain the purpose of being the 40th anniversary series with Riders from the past history. It does bring up Decade being the Heisei 10th anniversary series, and them wanting to do a series to commemorate Kamen Rider’s 40th anniversary.

It also states the club is Fourze’s “backup” with Fourze doing most of the fighting. It also states that Gentaro is the only one who will use the Fourze Driver.

So, the club will pay homage¬†to past Riders, but for the most part, they’ll just be back-up for¬†Gentaro, who will be the only Fourze (sorry, Kengo, maybe you’ll be the second Rider).¬†So what do you think now that you know what the article was really about?

Kamen Rider Fourze Info and Pics

 

We are just weeks away from premiere of Kamen Rider Fourze, and everything you can think of about him has been coming out of the woodworks, including pics, info, and eve some confirmations of older rumors about Fourze. Prepare to takeoff!

Let’s start off with this!:

No, this isn’t old stock footage. This is from the¬†upcoming¬†series, and in many ways confirms two myths about the show: 1) That past Riders would appear heavily in this and future series, and 2) that the show would center around rumors of a “Kamen Rider urban legend”. What better way to start off a legend than with a legend!

Alright, now back to Fourze! As you know, Fourze has a series of “States” that he can transform into, and we have the stats on his Base State. Let’s see how he stacks up:

  • Height: 200cm
  • Weight: 95kg
  • Punch strength: 2.1t
  • Kick strength: 6.3t
  • Jump power: 20m in one jump
  • Speed:¬† 100m in 6.2s
  • Special Attack: Rocket Drill Kick (Stratosphere Kick): 15t

Not bad rookie.

Alright, Fourze’s bike, as we know it, is called Machine Masshigler, but that’s just what Gentaro(Fourze) calls it. It’s official designation is “ORB-40F”. It runs on hydrogen, so it doesn’t release any CO2 into the atmosphere. Gotta like an environmentally-conscious Rider.

As you know, fourze’s power comes from the “Astro Switches”, which control his base states, the modules that he equips himself with, and the idiotic Foodroids that he uses. The Astro Switches themselves are powered by¬†a mysterious “Cosmic Energy”, nothing is know about the energy other than that it comes from space. And we have some info on the first five confirmed Modules, or weapons, that he can equip himself with:

  • Fourze‚Äôs Module 1, the Rocket Module:
    A rocket is equipped on his right arm. By enabling the Exhaust Thruster, Fourze can add up another 4 t to his punches.
  • Fourze‚Äôs Module 2, the Launcher Module:
    He can shoot 5 missiles from his right leg.
  • Fourze‚Äôs Module 3, the Drill Module:
    It’s equipped on his left leg. It’s spins around 200 rpm.
  • Fourze‚Äôs Module 4, the Radar Module:
    By using this module, Fourze can give his Launcher Module homing missiles. He’s also able to reflect certain waves.
  • Fourze‚Äôs Module 5, the Magic Hand Module:
    The Magic Hand is equipped on his right hand, which gives him an extra 10 m reach. The end of the Magic Hand is called the ‚ÄúEnd Effect Pliers‚ÄĚ which can lift up any object up to 6 t.

Of course, the Astro Switches aren’t the only things that are powered by the Cosmic Energy. So are the Zodiarts, Fourze’s main enemy. The Zodiarts use their own Zodiart Switches, and if a person had one of these Zodiart Switches, they would become a Zodiart. And yes, I know the whole gimmick-powered monster thing is clich√© at this point, but what can you do? Anyway, the first two Zodiarts that Fourze is going up against are the Orion and Scorpio Zodiarts.

Here’s what we know storywise: Utahosi Kengo (far right) was given the FourzeDriver and 40 Astro Switches by his dying father, whose wish was for Kengo to fight the Zodiarts with it’s power. The only problem, though, is that Kengo’s body is very weak, and therefore cannot fight. He eventually ends up giving the belt to Gentaro (far left) after they meet. The heroine in this story, Joujima Yuki (in the middle next to Fourze), is Kengo’s classmate, and Gentaro’s childhood friend. She calls herself a “space nerd” and “Japan’s happiest schoolgirl”.

Here’s more random pics:

And here’s a handful of toy pics:

Hey, check that out. You can get the SP BuraKaWani Medal set, and it comes with Astro Switch 5, Magic Hand Module. Well played, Bandai. Well played.

Alright, that’s it for Fourze stuff at the moment. If anything else pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

First Fourze Toy Catalogue Pics and New “States”: Fire and Lightning!

Toy rumors for Fourze have been tossed around left and right, but now we have some real pics from upcoming¬†toy catalogues, where we get to see some new weapons, as well as a sneak peak of Fourze’s different “States”. And we get a special treat we had heard nothing about until now; he has his own AutoVaijin-esque robot! Let’s takeoff!:

This is the weapon, or Module, that Fourze uses in his Fire State, the Hi-Hackgun. It looks like it has two mode: a solid locked mode where it fires quick bursts, and a stretched out mode where it fires a continuous blue flame. And you can also see his Fire State here, which is rather reminiscent of Kamen Rider Garren Jack Form.

And this is the Module for his Electric State, Billy the Rod (yes, I know that’s a silly name). It looks like¬†you’re typical eletric sword, with several lightning-based attacks. Although, I have to say, his Eletric State makes him look like Bumblebee from Transformers.

Both Modules come with Astro Switches, adding two more to the mix. The Billy the Rod Module (3800 yen) and Electric State figures will be due out in October, while the Hi-Hackgun Module (3300 yen) and Fire State will be out in November.

And finally we have the Power Dicer, the big yellow robot on the side. It can act as it’s own fighter robot, very AutoVaijn like, it can from it’s own four-wheeled vehichle, or it can combine with Fourze’s bike, Machine Masshigler, for what looks like a vertical takeoff platform (the bike is rumored to be able to take off and fly¬†into space). So far, this is what people have been most receptive to, and I can’t really blame them, it looks super cool. Both the Power Dicer and the Machine Masshigler (5800 yen)¬†are expected to come out this November.

Along with these, Fourze’s Base State¬†figure¬†and accesories are¬†due out this August, and (to our misfortune) robotic assistants called Foodroids, which are based on food that’s been taken into space, are also expected to be released along with the other array of toys.

Well, at least we get the big robot. And personally I like the Fire and Electric Modules, it really does look like equipment I’ve seen used by NASA astronauts. Oh well, what do you think?

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: Just found some more catalogue pics, this time for the FourzeDriver and the “current” set of Astro Switches. Take a look:

The FourzeDriver itself will come out September 3rd for 6500 yen, and wil come with the first four Astro Switches. They will also be selling other Astro Switches in sets of two with a Ganbaride card, and starting in September, they will be releaseing a new set every month for 750 yen.

And here we have the Fourze Module Change Series, of FMCS, follwing also in the current trend from W and OOO. First up is the Fourze Base State, with the four main switches. Next is the Fourze Elek State, which comes with four new weapons (Billy the Rod included). And finally we have the Fire State, which comes with it’s own weapons including the Hi-Hack Gun. Each comes out, respectively, in September, October, and November, and each will be 2800 yen.

Then on the bottom of the page, we have the Rider Hero Series figures, in all three States. 800 yen each. And of course, we have your standard, inflatable punching bag, which costs 2300 yen.

Well, they’ve given us quite the sneak peak here. We’ve gotten a chance to see the first 14 Astro Switches, what they can do, and we’ve gotten a chance to see the other two States in better detail. And the FourzeDriver looks way better up close don’t you think? ūüėČ

UPDATE: So it’s true then…

The Foodroids are real. (sigh) Well, let’s get on with it.

Continuing with the robot-helper-powered-by-the-main-gimmick-thing we’ve been seeing since W, we have the Foodroids, which seem to be based on regular food, not on space food as it’s been rumored. First is Bagameru,¬†translated as¬†“Burger Meal”, which is basically a little hamburger that changes into a “Wall-E”-esque robot. Due out in September. The next one is Potachokin, with is a box of french fries that turns into a robot that seems to match Fourze’s Electric, or Elek State (as other people have called it), and is due out in October. And the third one is Furasheki, a shake cup that changes into a a penguin-looking robot, and spins around. This one’s due out in November. Each comes up to 2500 yen and each comes with an Astro Switch.

Also on this same page is th DX Astro Switch Gaban, which is a special case just for Astro Switches. It can hold up to 10 Switches, and it comes with it’s own Astro Switch as well. So you’ll need four cases in all to carry all 40 Switches. Good luck to ya.

I should mention something very important at this point; it looks like some of the Astro Switches will only be sold along with other toys, other accesories, etc. While they are also selling Astro Switches in sets of two, I’m fairly certain that you can only collect certain Switches by buying a Module or a Foodroid, or some other toy. So, basically, the only way you can collect all of the Astro Switches is to buy all of the toys, all of the whatever that happen to have Astro Switches that come with them. So if that doesn’t show how deviously clever¬†Bandai is at taking your money, I don’t know what else could.

Oh well, as a consolation for your shattered checkbooks, here are a few more scans from the catalogue:

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This is the awesome cover for the catalogue. Gotta respect a guy that can fly into space on his own power.

Here’s a slighly better scan of the Modules that come with his Elek and Fire States. You can make out a bit more detail from these. Just a quick clarification in the Hi-Hack Gun, it has a gun mode where it shoots fireballs, and a hose mode where it shoots water.

And here’s another copy of the Power Dicer scan, but this time the full page is included, showing two new toys. They appear to be a couple of “Pull-Dash” figures with Fourze performing his Rider Kick, and OOO on the ToRidevendor. Both come out in October for 1600 yen.

And for those of you counting, we’re now up to 20 announced Astro Switches,¬†and the series hasn’t even started yet.