Kamen Rider Side Basshar
admit it. After finding out that Tiger & Bunny's
Double Chaser was going to be over $100 regardless of where I
got it from, I decided against that particular purchase.
I came across the Side Basshar by complete accident and loved
the way it looked, keeping my eye on it for a few
months. When the price dropped well below $20, I snagged
it. Dude, it's a bike, and a sidecar, that transforms
into a mecha. Mecha-ish thing, anyway.
So here's where I admit I know close to
nothing about Kamen Rider stuff. Except the figures can
be damn cool. As expected from Bandai, recent taker of
all my money.
I mean, this is a sweet ride.
Purple and gold, sure, but still sweet. It's got a
pretty good amount of detail, really, though the plastic
is... well. It's the type that knocks you flat when
you take a breath anywhere near it when it's new out of
the box. It still smells of plastic death, actually.
I'm not saying that the plastic is
a problem. Or the paint job, obviously... but
there are some signs that Bandai isn't paying as much
attention to this line as it is to Tiger &
Bunny. There's no smooth, glossy plastic here;
just the kind of paint that sticks to itself.
And do you know how difficult that makes transforming
The first time,
at least. The transformation is completely
counter-intuitive to this Transformers fan, but it's
easy and quick so I'm not complaining.
It's like the bike from
hell. Only kind of oddly "adorable" because
it has little "ears". Don't look at me like
really is more than I expected, and while the
range of motion isn't all that impressive, it's
more than enough to work with. You got
weapons, you got a claw, you got some bad-assery.
THE CLAW. I don't know, I
just like it. Also a fun side shot.
And sure, here's some mecha
ass. And more tire detail, though I can't
decide if that looks more like dirt, rust or
blood. All three? Awesome.
Uh-oh. Looks like
someone's already claimed the bike. "Good
bike. I will call you MacGuyver."