here’s takeru shiba, shinken red, leader of samurai sentai shinkenger!
The 18th head of the Shiba line and descendant of feudal lords, Takeru was reared since childhood by Old Man to accomplish his family’s legacy. He is referred by others Shinkengers as Lord. His upbringing made him create a facade to look very arrogant and proud to others, claiming none can match his strength and greatness while try to keep his cool in any situation. As he can control the power of fire, he is the Samurai of Fire.
i’m actually starting shinkeger so i don’t know too much about the characters. so far the show is pretty good and i can’t believe saban decided to rehash this into the american version. ( i saw clips of the samurai power rangers, and it is horrible.)
articulation - shinken red has great articulation. all of his POA are the same compared to other SHFs that i have w/ the exception of the upper arm swivel. i’m not sure if they added this later since my gokaiger figs all have the upper movement that takeru lacks. its definitely not a bad thing but it’d be nice if he had that extra movement for more posing and play value.
i also noticed that his feet are not die cast metal, but he stands on his own pretty good.
paint - paint apps are very nice and solid. his lines are painted neatly and they don’t spill over each other. even his samurai chest emblem is painted perfectly!
detail and sculpt - again, great sculpting since its already a great costume design. it looks like shinken red jumped straight off my tv with how accurate his figure is.
takeru comes with:
- alternate hands (9x total)
- shodo phone in brush mode (there is no shodo phone itself.)
- 2 forms of his lion emblem (1 regular and 1 transformed)
- standard shinkenmaru katana
- Rekka Daizantou ”Blazing Great Slicing Sword” (yes, its shinken red’s personal weapon when his shinkenmaru is transformed.)
his Rekka Daizantou is awesome! its nicely painted and it has a lot of details on it.
the sword itself is fairly light since its hollow but because of its size, shinken red’s arms can’t hold it up too long before it droops, support from a tamashii stand was needed. other than that? its my favorite accessory.
my only grip about the accessories is that the paint on the origami morpher, is horrible. someone must’ve fallen asleep or something…
here he is next to SHF double and bandai america’s 6 inch lion-o from thundercats. he stands roughly 5.5 inches.
overall, shinken red is a great figure! whether you’re a fan of super sentai or figuarts, you’ll be very happy with him.
price - got him at TRU for $35! not a bad deal since he’s an import figure. it’d be nice if you could find the rest and all other figuarts at TRU, but i doubt that’s gonna happen. since he’s a domestic release, you can find him for the same price online or he might be (along with shinken gold) still at TRU. too bad all the other shinkegers are over $100+ now so i doubt i’ll be getting the rest of them!
(tamashii stage and effect part not included.)
s.h. figuarts shinken red: A-