MG FIGURERISE 1/8 仮面ライダーW ルナトリガー (仮面ライダーダブル)
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This kit is very similar to the Accel kit, see my previous review for that one, I'll try mainly to note how this one differed from Accel.
Again, this kit has many pieces, some very small pieces (articulated fingers), stickers for detailing, and a few accessories. While quite similar to Accel in some respects, the assembly was different, particularly in the head and torso, as for W they're split into two halves. Assembly time for each of these kits is somewhere between 4-8 hours, depending on how careful or fast you are. I went slow, took a bunch of pictures during the assembly (posted to my twitter account, ryanlbowman), and probably took between 6 and 8 hours each. Gave me something fun to work on each night for a few days.
The assembly instructions are Japanese text, but the pictures are clearly detailed, there should be no trouble figuring out how things fit together. This is a snap-together kit, there is no glue or painting required, stickers are included to provide any detailing needed.
Articulation-wise, W is very similar to Accel. The differences being W has the neat bulging bicep gimmick when he bends his elbow, the thigh armor splits and moves as his knees bend, and he might have an extra point of ab-crunch. One thing I should have mentioned with Accel that also applies to W is the shoulder pads are on their own bit of articulation that rotates around the arm, so they can always be moved out of the way of the arm, they never hinder its movement.
The Double Driver is functional, both sides move up and down in tandem, the memories are removable, and the Trigger Magnum has its required point of articulation. As with the Engine Blade, a memory can be inserted into the Trigger Magnum for Maximum Drive. The Double Drive belt also includes the Maximum Drive slot.
I am a sucker for accessories, either a large number, or functional accessories, whichever. These kits don't necessarily have a lot of accessories, but they each have everything they should, and they're either functional (like the Engine Blade and Trigger Magnum), or all forms are represented. Cyclone Joker looks to be the least accessorized, and as such is the lowest on my want list (for W kits).
Luna Trigger includes the Trigger Magnum, the Luna and Trigger Memories, the Spider Shock and Bat Shot (and their memories). Where Accel included two versions of his Beetle Phone (beetle mode and phone mode), the Spider Shock and Bat Shot are parts-formers. You can complete both modes for each, but only one at a time, then you disassemble it partly and attach other bits to accomplish the other mode. This isn't quite as cool as having both modes at the same time, but it's okay with me. Unless I'm doing something wrong, Spider Shock's watch-mode doesn't fit over the wrist joint, so that's slightly disappointing, but I guess he didn't wear it in W form either. Additionally, both the Spider Shock and the Bat Shot can attach to the Trigger Magnum, as in the show.
I should mention the stickers briefly. The single most important stickers you MUST apply are the eye stickers. There are two chrome stickers that are applied to the inside of the head, after which the clear red eye lenses are placed over top. The lenses have the requisite compound look, which, combined with the chrome sticker beneath them, creates the most AMAZING reflective look.
The black pin-stripe stickers that go on the cuffs and in the shoulder pads and silver middle section however, are a pain in the behind to apply. I skipped those entirely and used a fine-tip Sharpie to do the shoulder pads and middle line, there's a sculpted groove, so the marker stays in place and doesn't stray easily. The cuffs were harder, I ended up painting them free hand, and it turned out mostly good, I'm not quite steady of hand enough but it looks good. I chose to paint because the stickers would only cover the front edges, not the sides, which would still be visible, and I tried a Sharpie first, but it rubbed off too easily during assembly.
I found the entire experience to be very fun and rewarding, different than Accel. I still intend to acquire and build all the Kamen Rider W model kits, as funds allow, and I'll be watching the DBZ and OOO kits as well.
One last thing to mention. If you purchase three of each main form kit (Luna Trigger, Heat Metal, Cyclone Joker) you can swap the halves around to create all nine combinations (Heat Trigger, Luna Metal, etc), and while I would honestly love to do that, I simply can't afford to. But if your favorite form isn't one of the main three, then you can buy specific kits to create your form of choice. The sticker sheet even includes extra stickers for the 'light-up' section of the driver, so you can have it match your chosen memory combination.