Why the Kamen Rider Gaim Toy Line is So Grape

November 16, 2015

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Being a Kamen Rider fan for many years, I’m no stranger to the fact that the franchise is just one big toy commercial. However, to succeed in its endeavor to sell toys, both the show and the toys need to be good in their own right and play off each other’s strengths and unique characteristics. On top of that, in order to keep the long-time fans buying, innovations and improvements must be made to keep things fresh and updated.

In my opinion, the 2013/2014 Kamen Rider series, Kamen Rider Gaim, is a phenomenal show. Whether you love it or hate it, we can’t deny the fact that it took the series to new heights and took a concept as silly-sounding as Fruit Samurai and turned it into something serious, epic and mature – a series full of intrigue, twists and high-stakes that even non-Kamen Rider fans could enjoy. Hardly surprising, if you ask me, considering it was written by none other than Urobuchi Gen, famous for his other works including Saya no Uta, Psycho-Pass, Fate/Zero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Yes, that Urobuchi Gen.

However, I don’t think that the show’s success can solely account for the 390% increase in toy sales and a total revenue of 10 billion yen over the course of the series run. No. If you ask me, the toys had a part to play as well. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at various aspects of both the show and the toy line to see why it’s just so ingenious.

WARNING! There are spoilers for the show within this post! While there aren’t any plot spoilers, the various forms and abilities for a number of the Riders are discussed!

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AFA14 Acquisitions and Autographs

December 9, 2014

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It’s that time of year again and this year’s AFA was a pretty phenomenal one, if I do say so myself.

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Actar’s Reviews 176 – Unlimited Blade Works Limited First Edition Blu-Ray Box

December 6, 2010

Here we have the first of a number of Anime Movie Blu-Ray sets that I shall be reviewing in these upcoming months.


New Year’s First (Exclusive) Haul

January 14, 2009
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Recently the ratio of Girl to Mecha figures have been 1:10...

With a new year, comes new figures! Above, you’ll see everything I’ve acquired so far within the past month. This time, there are numerous exclusive figures in this set. Will be getting more Geass related exclusives as the year progresses. Let’s go through everything in detail shall we?

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