Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A New Hero, A New Legend, A New Bike.

Hello! And welcome to my review of the S.I.C. Kiwami Tamashii Trychaser.
(I hope you enjoyed the mini-comic at the start of this post)

I've been meaning to acquire this bike for a while now but only got to buying it last weekend, let me tell you though I'm a little bit let down by how basic it is, though this doesn't mean it isn't fun.

Trychaser is another very well-built vehicle for this line though it lacks any real gimmick due to being a separate item from the limited Gouram set to be released later in the year. You can compare it to the common Maisto bike in that it features free-wheeling and is quite detailed and includes rubber/pvc tires, but shies away from any glossy finish. It's more of a mix. There's semi-gloss for the body, metallic for the gold parts, dull for the mechanical and engine parts and matte for the wheel and seat.

The gold of the bike is rather pale though it makes for great contrast with Kuuga's faded gold.

The paint itself is very sharply applied and there are a few forgivable paint errors on it. I say forgivable because it doesn't detract from the overall piece. There is some weathering on parts of the bike but none on the wheels itself which is odd, in my opinion. 

The bike comes with new hands for Kuuga to grip the handlebars, which are painted in the same shade of red as used on the bike which is only slightly off with the brighter metallic red used to paint Kuuga. the difference is that whereas the undercoat of the hands that come with the bike is silver, the hands that come with Kuuga are undercoated in gold which makes the clear red sprayed over it all the more brighter. An oversight for sure, but tolerable. 

The bike also comes with Kuuga's Try-Acceller Rod, used in the show both as the Trychaser's starter key and Titan form's sword on some occasions. Very neat accessory for the figure itself. 

Then there's the clear bike stand that lets you display Kuuga on the bike and not have it fall over, if you choose not to use the kickstand of the bike itself.

Some undocumented features are also included which I think have something to do with it sharing the same basic body with the BeatChaser.

the rear boosters of the bike peg on and can be removed

as well as the head of the bike itself.

Both of these features means the body itself will be reused for kuuga's second bike. Neat!

And then at the very bottom is a hole you can use with Tamashii stands (normal and the ones included with Kuuga) for a more dynamic means of displaying the bike.

My only gripe with the bike is that it sits too low on the rear end, rather unusual for a dirt bike though perhaps it's to accommodate the Gouram  when combined. 

Overall, I'm happy with it. But not impressed.

Enjoyable as a display piece for your Kuuga, but not quite as fun without the Gouram because you can't enjoy the combination feature turning it into TryGouram.

I got mine for 1400php (34.47USD) at Greattoys Annapolis

 Kinda expensive for something rather basic, but worth it if you're a Kuuga fan.


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