SIC Vol. 65 Kamen Rider OOO Tajadol Combo Part 2: Articulation

S.I.C has evolved the level of its articulation in waves. Starting with nearly statue like figures of the Kikaider 01 series, the figures began to develop more and more joints with increasing durability up until Volume 40, Agito and Machine Tornador, when the level of articulation set a new standard of logically placed joints, double joints, and durable ball joints, perfect for the S.I.C. form. Continuing to improve since then (2008), the most recent series of base bodies in the OOO line represent arguably the best S.I.C. articulation to date. Tajador, with its seemingly gaudy and obtrusive armor, is more articulated than one would expect!

Let’s start with the neck articulation.

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In the picture above, you can see that the articulation at the base of the skull is built on a sturdy hinge/ball joint, thereby giving him amazing up and down head movement. The entire neck is a separate piece from the torso and skull connected by ball joints. Because there is nothing hindering his helmet from turning, the head can turn a full 360 degrees with ease.

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The red feather detailed shoulder piece is made of a soft plastic that can bend with the articulation. The above picture shows TaJaDol’s left arm fully extended without bending the plastic cover and his right arm fully extended upwards and bending the shoulder piece away.

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A closer look at the shoulder joint with three part movement; Ball (in the torso), Hinge (at the shoulder), and Swivel (above and into the bicep).

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The maximum flexion of the elbow and wrist joint. The wrist joint is also on a free swivel in the forearm.

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The above shows the arm coming across the front of the chest as far as possible. While it may seem pretty far, it is not enough for him to fold his arms naturally.

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The torso articulation consists of one ball joint in the upper torso, connected to a rod  that is covered by a freely moving mid abdomen piece, which then connects to a ball joint in the pelvis. The pelvis itself has a hinge that swings forward and back to allow vertical hip articulation for leg articulation. The forward ab crunch is slightly hindered by the Henshin belt hitting the upper torso (chest piece). The free floating mid torso suffers from a similar problem that S.I.C. W faced in that it is hard to keep it in place while posing, often leading to unnatural mid torso placement.

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Full extension of the legs forward and backward.

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Full extension of the legs splayed to the sides. The ankles also have deep tilt to accommodate stretchy poses.

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Full Flexion of the double jointed knee. Full forward flexion of the foot. The toe joint is available but barely moves up or down.

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