Kamen Rider Gaim Drive Arms Change is featured in it’s own gallery courtesy of Starscream’s Toast. Now only if we knew what it is…
I’ll be honest in saying that I’ve heard of Kamen Rider but I’ve never seen it, so this figure is a new experience for me. Apparently Kamen Rider Gaim Drive Arms Change is taken from Kamen Rider’s 24th series, Drive, with each series having a different ‘theme’, this one being vehicular.
This particular figure was released right at the end of 2014 and as part of the Arms Change concept it has an accessory which changes to form armour. The toy line features the main characters in their Ride Wears basic outfits and each comes with a different armour piece that any other figure can use.
This chap here is apparently called Gaim, or at least this Ride Wear is called Gaim and various people can take on the role of Gaim. The Kamen Rider Wiki is about as clear as mud for someone like myself who has never watched the series.
The figure itself is very articulated which seems to be a common theme amongst Japanese action figures.
One thing that is pretty clear though is that this basic look has been reused over and over with a tiny tweak here and there to justify selling essentially the same figure over and over again.
In this case Gaim has a slot in his head which allows a helmet to slide down and slightly change his look. I can’t imagine any collector being thrilled at having to buy this figure for, something like, the 5th time in one range of figures for such a small variation and to get the unique armour part.
If I collected these figures then I’d be tempted to leave Mr Kamen Rider Gaim Drive Arms Change like this on a shelf. The giant head is styled on the Drive theme and unfolds to become shoulder and chest armour…really ineffective shoulder and chest armour.
It really looks like this would be more of a hindrance in a fight than any actual use and it limits some of the figure’s movement.
I don’t know why but the sword is my favourite part of this figure, maybe it’s the idea of having a sword with a steering wheel attached to it, which is unique to say the least. “No officer, I never suffer from road rage and I never intended to kill that man, my sword just happens to be part of my steering wheel”.
This wasn’t a cheap figure on release but generally you can find them for under a fiver on Ebay if you’re patient. If you’re a fan of Kamen Rider then I’m sure Kamen Rider Gaim Drive Arms Change is worth picking up at that price, for anyone who isn’t a fan, maybe it’s worth picking up for the ridiculousness of the figure and that giant head. In all honesty though, the most important thing about Kamen Rider is that someone needs to write an idiot’s guide to it for simpletons like me.