Bandai’s candy toy blog posted a new entry for Kamen Rider Zi-O, talking about SG RideWatches and SO-DO’s newest reveal.
The man in charge of candy toy development goes by D, and in honor of Zi-O, he has changed his usual nickname to Di-O.
Di-O begins this new entry by introducing the Sound RideWatch Series, which applies to both the candy toy SG RideWatches and Gashapon GP RideWatches.
Whereas the DX RideWatch Series features many sounds and different modes depending on whether it’s inserted into a particular roleplay toy, the Sound RideWatch Series releases have a set number of sounds that it will cycle through with the press of the tab on the side. These include the name of the Rider, the introduction line that explains who that Rider is, a single transformation, and a finisher for the DX Ziku-Driver.
Likewise, the dial of the Sound RideWatches cannot be rotated, meaning the artwork of the Riders’ faces is complete, rather than being segmented for the sake of the moving parts. With all of these simplifications in mind, Di-O mentions that long-time Heisei Rider fans will understand if they think back to how Gaim‘s Lockseeds and Ex-Aid‘s Rider Gashats were handled in their candy toy lines.
Di-O goes on to explain the way the Sound RideWatches work. By holding down the tab, the RideWatch says “Ziku-Driver!” and allows for the transformation sequence to play when used in the DX Ziku-Driver. There is a reset button on the back for switching it back to its standalone RideWatch mode.
Much like all of the Rider collectibles over the last few years, these have a QR code which can be scanned in Kamen Rider Battle Ganbarizing and Kamen Rider Buttobasoul.
Here, Di-O reveals the contents of the first SG RideWatch wave, which covers most of the watches seen in September: Zi-O, Build, Ghost and Drive.
These will be released on September 24th.
In addition to this, we also get a sneak peek at some original RideWatches that will be included in the second wave, which Di-O remarks are popular Riders: Snipe from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, and Evol from Kamen Rider Build.
Ziku-Driver: “ArmorTime: Level Up! Ex-Aid!”
Woz: “Rejoice! The birth of a new armor!”
Moving into SO-DO Kamen Rider Zi-O, we have a full reveal for Ex-AidArmor, a form that debuted in episode 4, the second half of the show’s Ex-Aid arc. Between the Rider Gashat shoulders, the arms parts and the hairstyle on the helmet, much of Ex-Aid’s characteristics are brought to life in this form.
A notable feature on this form arm the forearm weapons, which are made to resemble Ex-Aid’s signature hammer weapon, the Gashacon Breaker. In order to keep the RideWatch Holder in view, there are RideWatch details molded into the side. These are the biggest arm parts that they’ve had to work with in the SO-DO line, topping the Simulation Gamer armor from Ex-Aid.
The arm parts are two halves that peg together around the forearm of the figure, meaning they can be removed for a slimmed down appearance.
Much like previous armor reveals, this will come with its own display stand and sticker.
Also, they have included a Geiz helmet piece, allowing you to display either Rider in the armor. Di-O remarks that it feels more appropriate on Geiz due to the visor shape.
This will be part of the second wave of SO-DO Kamen Rider Zi-O, alongside GhostArmor and DriveArmor. Di-O suggests that there’s just one more thing to be included in the wave.
“Next update will be the first of a month, October 1st! Please look forward to the appearance of the next legend!”
Source: Bandai Candy Staff Blog