DATE : 6/26/2006
RETAIL PRICE : 1,300 Yen
DATE : 6/26/2006
RETAIL PRICE : 1,300 Yen
Micro Action Series is essentially a licensed character using
Microman Full Action Body format with no real tie to regular Microman
line. (Unlike Kiguru and Material Force series which are somewhat part
of the main line). Micro Action series have been very popular with
action-figures collectors who otherwise do not collect Microman series.
The characters for Action Series have been very diverse from Devilman to
Superman Returns and with nice good mix of live-action, comic and anime
TAKARA JOIN TOKUSATSU
However, one of the genre that would be
perfect for Micro Action format, tokusatsu, is
largely missing. (Tokusatsu is a term for Japanese
live-action super hero TV show, usually gear toward kids but recently
are becoming popular with adults). The only tokusatsu character so far
for Action Series
is Casshern from the movie "Casshern". One of the reason is the
fact that most of the popular tokusatsu series (Kamen Rider and Sentai
series) are produced by Toei which co-own partly by Bandai so naturally
all the toy properties go to Bandai. In 2006, Takara begin to enter this
segment of the market long dominate by Bandai and sponsor a new tokusatsu show call
Ryukendo. (Probably something they learned during their short stint as
part of Konami). Ryukendo is produced by Studio Shochiku (same one that
produce Casshern movie). Takara has the right to produce merchandise for
Ryukendo series which mainly gear toward kids, this include the usual
tokusatsu toys - 5" action-figures, vehicles and role-play (cosplay)
accessories. It is not a big surprise to see Ryukendo characters show up
under Microman Micro Action series banner.
Ryukendo is typical live action series,
the designs overall is like a mixture of the recent Kamen Riders with
some of the Sentai designs. (So it is hardly original). The premise of
the story is the usual tokusatsu plot, secret evil organization (in this
case the demons) are planning to take over the world and our hero with
magic device (or sometime techno gadget) then transform into super-hero
to fight these bad guys.
RYUGANO AND RYUJINO FULL ACTION
Micro Action Series Ryukendo is
essentially a collector series of Takara Ryukendo merchandise. (Takara
produced another 5" action-figures series aimed at kids). Three months
after the released of Ryukendo and Tsukaima, Takara follows up with two
more figures from Ryukendo series MA-31 Ryuguno and MA-32 Ryujino. Like
most recent tokusatsu genre, the main hero are now often join by two
other heroes that work together to fight the bad guys.
RYUGUNO FULL ACTION
Ryugano is Madan Gunfighter (or
Gunslinger). He is actually older and wiser of the three Mandan heroes.
Ryugano, like Micro Action Ryukendo, uses the modified Microman Full
Action body. Ryuguno has several remolded pieces and looks even better
than Ryukendo figure release several months ago. Ryugano has techno
theme with gray color body with red and gold trim. The figure has very
nice and tight joint with very good paint job. The only problem pieces
are the pair of bracer which use the same design as Ryukendo figure (peg
mount). Since Ryuguno does not have interchangeable bracer, Takara
should have just glue the bracers to the forearms. (Though this can
easily be fix by just superglue it if you just want them to stay put).
The figure is excellent addition to Micro Action line especially if you
are a fan of the show or if you like the modern Japanese tokusatsu style
RYUJINO FULL ACTION
Ryujino is Madan Fighter (as in martial
art fighter). He is the renegade type or loner character (one of the
typical archetype character in tokusatsu series). Like Ryukendo and
Ryuguno, Ryujino uses the modified Micro Full Action Body. His design is
much more elaborate than the other two. He is black with gold trim. The
figure is very well made and his bracer is permanently glued onto the
forearms make him the least troublesome to pose of the three. Overall,
Takara did excellent job with the Ryukendo series and hopefully they
will put out more tokusatsu Micro Action figures in the future.
Jushiro is member of SHOT and arm with GaoRyuGun that
allows him to transform into Madan Gunfighter - Ryuguno.
He is older and mentor to Ryukendo.
Action Ryuguno comes with his gun weapon,
the Gao Ryu Gun.
figure include a standard set of Microman Full Action
Shiranami is not a member of SHOT but renegade loner
that arms with ZanRyuJin that allows him to transform
into Madan Fighter - Ryujino. He would later join up
with Ryukendo and Ryuguno to fight against the demons.
comes with his weapon ZanRyuJin.
include is the standard Microman hands set.
figures include a standard set of Microman Full Action