Summary of Zi-O SG Watcher: Vol.24
Bandai’s candy toy blog posted a new entry for Kamen Rider Zi-O, covering new SO-DO reveals across multiple series.
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 a final rundown of SO-DO Kamen Rider W‘s set prior to its release. Previously, Di-O showed the other figures included in the set, but waited until now to show off CycloneJoker…
… because there are some option parts that have not been talked about thus far. The figure comes with antennae, belt and neck parts to allow the figure to be displayed split in half, recreating the Joker Xtreme finisher.
Lastly, another look at the contents of the Premium Bandai set that adds to this, titled SO-DO Kamen Rider W: The Impact of W / Now, a New Way to Shine. This features HeatMetal and LunaTrigger to further add to Double’s arsenal, as well as the final form CycloneJokerXtreme.
Di-O also shows off the FangTrigger combination to demonstrate the fun that can be had with the gimmick.
“RiderTime: Kamen Rider Zi-O II!”
For SO-DO Kamen Rider Zi-O: RIDE 7, Di-O reveals Kamen Rider Zi-O II.
This is the newest power-up form for Zi-O. Di-O remarks that, when compared to regular Zi-O, it comes across as a more complex design.
A distinct design trait with this form are the two watch straps which go past the belt. These are attached to the Ziku-Driver and are made of PVC, making use of a softer material that offers more freedom when posing. They’re also made of separate parts, so that the Ziku-Driver can spin freely.
Included with the armor for Zi-O II is the Saikyou Zikan Girade, the combination of the Zikan Girade and Saikyou Girade.
For fun, Di-O makes use of Zi-O II and the recently revealed Woz to create a fight scene.
That’s not all, however, as two more announcements have been made in this blog entry.
Like with the previous series, there will be a special set of figures that exist outside of the numbered waves, called SO-DO Kamen Rider Zi-O: RIDE PLUS.
This set, scheduled for June, will feature the future Riders from the show: Kamen Rider Shinobi, Kamen Rider Quiz, the recently revealed Kamen Rider Kikai, and someone that Di-O describes as “That popular Rider who left a strong impact in Zi-O’s story”. While it was seen as a challenge to produce a set that did not include the main Riders, it was decided that they be given some attention in the SO-DO line.
Exact product specifications will be conveyed later, but it has been decided that they would each be sold in one box each for 500 yen, and would not include a display stand. The wording suggests that they do not have the ability to do armor swapping, as the Riders in question weren’t designed with any sort of transformation gimmick. The image provided is of a prototype for Shinobi.
Finally, Di-O reveals one last surprise: The next entry in SO-DO Chronicle will be SO-DO Kamen Rider Den-O. The series boasts tremendous popularity, and was a hot topic for the Heisei Generations Forever movie. Because Den-O’s form changes involve attachable armor, it seemed to be exactly the kind of series to tackle in the SO-DO line.
Regrettably, there are no pictures to show since it is still in development, but they are aiming for a July release. That said, the blog will continue to provide updates just as it did for SO-DO Kamen Rider W.
Di-O ends by teasing that something else might just happen in the next update, on February 17th.
Source: Bandai Candy Staff Blog