Rider Ruckus - RAH & Project BM!


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People like Kamen Rider (and in fact, Tokusatsu in general) for many things; the stories, the memorable characters, the gimmicks and the explosions. But one common element that all these shows share that nearly every fan grows to appreciate is the suits themselves. The costumes adorned by the hardworking suit actors often have a head-spinning amount of detailing; large and small; intricately woven into them that many people miss out.


IMAGE SOURCE: MEDICOM TOY

If you are a huge connoisseur of these awesomely made costumes (and happen to be a toy collector too), sometimes smaller figures won't satisfy you. This is when you'd need to go to the next level of Kamen Rider figures - the Real Action Heroes (RAH) and Project BM lines!


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These 2 lines, done by Japanese company Medicom Toy Corporation, are essentially "action dolls"; figures that share a common base body that wear an intricately woven costume over them specific to the Rider they represent.


IMAGE SOURCE: MEDICOM TOY

The underlying body, the RAH 301 Kai, is designed specifically for doing dynamic and natural-looking poses. Combined with the detailed & accurate costume it wears, as well as having every little belt gimmick and accessory painstakingly detailed, you get a figure that is both poseable and realistic - as if the Rider himself had leapt right out of the screen!



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With all this detail and work put into them, as well as their limited production run, these figures come at a premium price. Medicom also has their "Medicom Premium Club" line of figures, which are sold only on a made-to-order basis, making them even more limited. However, this line features special characters; such as alternate forms, secondary characters, and even Rider alter-egos; not available normally!

These figures are definitely not for the budget-constrained collector, as a single popular figure can easily demand a significant sum of money. However, if you consider yourself an appreciator of premium-level items, or just want to find a way to "immortalise" your favourite character, you can't go much better than these!

- Q