SIC Vol. 48 Masked Rider Gaoh and Kintaros Imagin Part 2: Gaoh

Masked Rider Gaoh Character Bio:

Have you ever been so fed up with time that you just wanted to destroy all of it? In the Kamen Rider Den-O movie, “Kamen Rider Den-O; Ore Tanjou! (I’m Born!)”, one renegade Kamen Rider actually tried to do it! Known among thieves and other criminals as Gaoh (literally translating to “Fang-King”), this pirate king attempted to take control of the most powerful time-traveling trains to ever exist, the GaoLiner (aka, God’s train). By stealing the Owner’s Master Pass, he was able to take control of the GaoLiner and tried to destroy the main character by erasing the time in which the character was born. Ultimately, his plans were foiled after the main character weakened Gaoh after the course of several heated battles.

Just as a note of trivia, Gaoh was portrayed by actor, Hiroyuki Watanabe, who took on the role of Taiga Saejima in the tokusatsu series, GARO. That’s right, it’s Kouga’s Dad! Looks like Mr. Watanabe has a thing for golden suits of armor.

Enough talking, we don’t have TIME!

Figure:

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The figure itself stands just about 7 inches tall with eye-popping detail throughout the sculpt and paint apps. The metalic parts of this figure include the two wrist guards, the base piece of the henshin belt, the two shin guards, and the two ankle guards.

Articulation:

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The head and neck as far back and upwards as possible

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The head and neck as far forward and down as possible.

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Extreme head and neck tilt.

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The head and neck are connected on a double ball joint (one at the base of the head and one into the torso). The head can turn freely all around, but the neck will encounter resistance against the collar.

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Due to the horns protruding out of his chest and the large crests of his helmet, Gaoh cannot maneuver his head completely and may end up hitting his head against his own horns. Perhaps that’s how he got the scar on the left crest of his helm!

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Gao can move his arms around quite well. His right arm above is extended up until it hits the shoulder large shoulder crest armor. The left arm is shown pushing the armor upwards to extend his arm up at its extreme position.

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The shoulder is composed of a ball (to the torso) connected to a hinge joint (at the shoulder) which connects to a bicep swivel. There is also a deltoid muscle cap that is adjustable so that the shoulder can look natural in any position.

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Above, his right arm is showing the extreme flexion of the double hinge jointed elbow and the extreme bend of the wrist hinge joint (available on all swappable hands). The left arm is shown crossing his chest as far as possible. For Gaoh, due to the bulky armor on the front, natural arm crossing poses are not possible.

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Shown above is the torso stretched as far back as possible. The torso consists of a wide abdominal hinge in the diaphram and a double ball joint going from the lower abdomen into the hips.

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The maximum forward ab crunch is hindered by his armor hitting the belt.

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The double ball joint in the hip can help Gaoh turn his hips and waist quite freely. However, extreme positions seem to be stressing the soft plastic of the hip cover just a little.

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Above, his right knee is bent as far as possible on a double hinge joint and his ankle is flexed downward at its extreme. The right thigh is as far forward as possible and the left thigh is as far back as possible (limited by the butt sculpt piece). The left knee is as straight as possible and shows the ankle as far forward as possible. The toes are also shown in both extreme positions.

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One thing to note is that, unlike other SIC releases, the figure’s feet are printed with production quotes. The right foot says “copyright 2007 I-T-A-T B-China” and the left foot has the production code printed on it. So, Rider Kick with discretion!

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As with all SIC Den-O figures, the leg sculpts retain the gimmick from the Sword Form set (Vol 42). In the set, you could armor swap Plat-Form to Sword Form and take out the colored tile inside his thigh. However, though there is no longer a use for the gimmick in future Den-O releases, the gimmick remained.

Accessories:

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Gaoh comes with two default fists, two “holding things” hands, two splayed open hands. A simple set of hands but adds a plethora of expression to the figure in combination.

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Gaoh Gasher:

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Gaoh comes with the same four base pieces of the DenGasher that all SIC Den-O releases came with. However, Gaoh comes with the unique blade to create his trade mark sword, the Gaoh Gasher!

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Putting the Gaoh Gasher together is not intuitive, however.

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So, always check back to the instructions.

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Other Accessories:

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Aside from the Gaoh Gasher and hands, Gaoh comes with two other important movie relevant props; the meat drumstick that he munches on throughout the movie, and the Owner’s Master Pass.

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Though he cannot eat the meat drumstick when in transformed into Gaoh Form, it is a nice comedic prop to have to provide Gaoh with some more personality.

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The Master Pass is detailed on either side.

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