Summary of Zi-O SG Watcher: Vol.13
Bandai’s candy toy blog posted a new entry for Kamen Rider Zi-O, revealing another figure for the SO-DO line.
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.
The blog begins with the first reveal for SO-DO Kamen Rider Zi-O: RIDE 4.
“ArmorTime: Taka-Tora-Batta! OOO!”
The first addition to RIDE 4 is Kamen Rider Zi-O’s OOOArmor, based on Kamen Rider OOO.
The design of OOOArmor emphasizes the animal motif of OOO, with the iconic TaToBa colors displayed vibrantly. Di-O remarks that it’s fun to put Zi-O in poses with a wild style.
Like the FourzeArmor from RIDE 3, this will be taking up two slots in the wave. The Action Body for Zi-O’s default form will be included in the wave as well. It’s at this point, the SO-DO line seems to have adopted the term “Zi-O (Normal)” for this body, as it’s different from the Armor Changing version of Zi-O.
When they revealed FourzeArmor for RIDE 3, they revealed that the alternate left hand for Zi-O’s Action Body would be the gesture used in Zi-O’s iconic pose – RIDE 4’s Zi-O Action Body will include a right handed version of the same gesture.
Much like the armor used in the show, the OOOArmor here can be displayed in separate animal modes.
The important things of note for OOOArmor:
1. The Taka helmet design is separate from the animal mode – there’s a peghole on the bottom for the display stand.
2. Due to the Tora claws, there are alternate hands included specifically for the right hand. These are essentially molded the same way as the default pairs of fists and open hands.
3. A variant of the Ziku-Driver is included. Since OOOArmor covers the lower torso, the Ziku-Driver doesn’t have enough clearance to turn, so this variant has a longer peg to bring it forward.
And that’s three slots in SO-DO Kamen Rider Zi-O: RIDE 4, which is scheduled for a December release.
Next… Di-O takes a moment to comment on the diorama he’s recently been using, first with the Kamen Rider Kids line in the last blog post, now with OOOArmor in this post. As he puts it, the theme of this dynamic diorama is “CLIFF!!!” – a rocky terrain with a swappable backdrop for daytime and sunset shots. Though it’s for work use, Di-O wishes deep down he could take it home.
Lastly, pre-orders began for the SO-DO Kamen Rider W Premium Bandai set. The next blog entry would be posted on November 18th.
Source: Bandai Candy Staff Blog