SIC Takumi Damashii Archives: Kikaider

♪Last Christmas, I gave you my heart.
♫But the very next day, you gave it away~
♩This year, to save me from tears,
♬I’ll kill everyone and rip out my own Gemini~

Whenever I look up from my desk and see the grotesque scene of Kikaider crushing his comrades and pulling out his mechanical heart (his Gemini) from his chest cavity, I feel a warm tingly feeling inside. Wouldn’t you? Well I do. Maybe not due to the carnage of the scene, but rather, the sheer quality and detail that is manifested in the figure. Today, I am proud to review a figure from one of the least talked about Tokusatsu figure lines by Bandai; Takumi-Damashii.

Takumi Damashii is off of the Super Imaginative Chogokin (S.I.C.) figure line and represents collectible miniature dioramas, usually scaling at roughly 4-5 inches in height and saturated in microscopic detail expected of the S.I.C. line.

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Character Bio:
Kikaider (original manga by Shotaro Ishinomori)
When it comes to the most emo heroes, Kikaider may easily rank among the top. Created by a scientist who had created an android upon request of his dead son, Kikaider was equipped with a conscience circuit, known as the GEMINI system (pronounced Jiminy, like the cricket from Pinocchio), to let Kikaider discern morally right from wrong choices. Upon the death of the scientist, Kikaider is activated with no idea about what he is and with an incomplete GEMINI system. He is rescued by a girl named Mitsuko and her little brother, but goes berserk and almost kills Mitsuko. Kikaider escapes and goes on a journey to find himself, only to encounter more suffering along the way. Kikaider begins to think of himself as an abomination that is rightfully feared by humans and tries to isolate himself. And of course, what would an emo fellow like him do all by himself? Yes, play emo songs on his acoustic guitar, to drown out the chaos of his life. In more ways than one, the guitar represents his sanctuary as it is later found to hold a chip with the instructions on how to complete his broken GEMINI system.

Well, sucks to be him. But an amazing story nonetheless. With the history of the character in mind, lets jump right into the review:

Packaging:

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The 4-5 inch tall box is glued lightly at the bottom flaps. If you like to keep boxes for display or storage like I do, then I recommend opening the box from the bottom by inserting a flat object under the outer flap and gently prying the flap off the hardened glue. Once the flap is off, the rest of the box will open up with ease.

Pieces:

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The pieces come individually packaged in a sealed plastic bag. The pieces are pre-painted and instructions on assembly are very straight forward.

360 View:

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Once assembled, the diorama comes together wonderfully. The poses in each of the characters here incredibly detailed at such a tiny level that its hard to not stare at the figure with delight, trying to figure out where you can find more detail.

Details:

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On the right, we see Kikaider 00 (aka Rei), who represents a failed prototype of  Kikaider. Kikaider 00 was completed by a different scientist after the plans for his assembly were discovered. Unlike Kikaider, Rei does not have a conscience circuit and, thus, does not have any emotions or morals when fighting.

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Centered, we see Kikaider’s other “brother,” Kikaider 01 (aka Ichiro), gripping onto Kikaider’s leg as he is being crushed. Ichiro was created and sealed in a temple for a long time before Kikaider was activated. However, Ichiro, unlike the stoic Rei, has learned to act with human like charisma. However, it is revealed that this was only learned and that Ichiro too does not actually have a working conscience unit like Kikaider. See how Ichiro grips onto Kikaider’s leg. Is it in response to the pain of being defeated? Or could it be his last attempt to prevent Kikaider from self destructing above him?

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At last, we see Bijinder, another android enlisted by the evil organization (Shadow) trying to destroy Kikaider. While she was a powerful android, she ultimately was betrayed by Shadow, and thus, joins Kikaider, Ichiro, and Rei along their journey to abolish Shadow.

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Articulation:

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Though I said that this was a statue earlier, there is one single point of intended articulation at the left arm. The arm is on a cylindrical peg joint, so it is free to turn about the shoulder as shown above.

Size Comparison:

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Size comparison with a few other Takumi Damashii figures. From left to right; Shoker Rider, Agito Flame, Kikaider, Alt. color Inazuman.

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Size comparison with Kiwami Tamashii Kuuga. “What does it smell like?!”

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Size Comparison with The first S.I.C. release, Vol. 1; Kikaider.

Alternate Color Version:

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Above is the comparison and showcase of the alternate color version that comes with the Archives set. As you can see, the figure is half white and half matte orange. The colors are reminiscent of the antagonist in the live action Hakaider film; Mechanical Violator Hakaider (directed by Keita Amemiya). Even the base is treated differently with organic rust colored washes on some of the characters.

Part Swap:

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Because the sculpts are identical, parts can be swapped for COMBO CHANGE~ If you like…

Overview:

The figure presents a scene with a lot of emotional ambiguity. Why is Kikaider pulling out his mechanical heart and who is he presenting it to? Did he destroy his allies and himself to rid the world of monstrous androids like himself? As an android with an inability to ever become human, is this his final despairing proclamation of his failure? Is Ichiro grabbing his leg in anguish or compassion? More importantly, is this ambiguity, the point of it all?

Most heroic legends pronounce justice, compassion, diligence. Yet this figure seems to depict the antithesis of heroism with images of betrayal, destruction, and suicide. Perhaps the sculptor wanted to bring out the viewers’ emotional dissonance in order to make a statement; that this is not some “cool, detailed toy.” Rather, it is first and foremost, a declaration of art.

The Takumi Damashii Kikaider figure is one of the most detailed and enthralling pieces of Tokusatsu merchandise that you can get. Furthermore, it is HIGHLY AFFORDABLE. For any fan of Kikaider or S.I.C.’s artistic liberties, this figure is a MUST HAVE.

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Thank you for reading all. Keep your conscience circuits clean and I’ll see you at the next review!

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  • Harumph

    That last picture is the most glorious thing I have ever seen.

  • hary

    always love takumi damashii arts…i left with 3 set of boxes to collect them all!…But i wonder why the sculptor stop to make any more of these…i know this is not so high value for money collections, but you can see the sculptor’s heart in every figure…

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