“Bring me the head of Kamen Rider!”

This month’s issue of Hyper Hobby included the Kamen Rider mask that you see above, and believe it or not, it was easier to put together than it was to take photos of. Even though I was fighting my glasses while trying to get decent photos of this 2 ¼” helmet (antennae included) without a macro lens or a tripod, I still feel like I did alright on them. If I knew that someone besides myself was going to get excited about this “kit” then I would’ve spent more time with it and done a better job. Either way, I’m sure both you and I will somehow find the strength to carry on.

Even the box that this came in is awesome.

Hyper Hobby box

I’ve never seen a combination of blue and brown like this, never mind that such a color combination would be used to depict a hero that an incredibly large majority of the American populace has never seen or heard of. I’ll admit, I’ve heard of the (original) Kamen Rider, but I’ve never actually seen the show…which nearly leads me to infuriation. Here we have yet another example of an internationally known phenomenon that should be available on this side of the planet, but isn’t. Maybe that’s part of the appeal? I’m sure that if I grew up with all the different versions of Kamen Rider then maybe I wouldn’t be as interested in this assemblage of plastic as I am now.

More proof of my enthusiasm:

Kamen Rider helmet - front

Kamen Rider Helmet - held

Kamen Rider helmet - out of focus

“What’s to like?” you say. “It’s some weird bug mask thing with these cheap-looking retractable antennae and a mouth that has some bear trap type apparatus going on.” That’s exactly the strain of thinking that made me buy this, and that’s exactly why I want to see the show so bad.

Here’s a photo of the magazine and it’s contents.

Hyper Hobby 01.08 Hyper Hobby 01.08 - contents

(…and yes, that is a photo of a particularly uninterested looking Rick Rubin that I added for no reason.)

Even before I bought this month’s issue of Hyper Hobby (maybe three or four weeks ago), the details of the bug-eyed helmet stuck with me well enough for me to sketch the “drawing” below when I should’ve been studying for finals.


Kamen Rider sketch


Ironically enough, someone sent in a photo of their kids decked out in Kamen Rider masks in the same issue.

Kamen Rider kids

It’s okay, you can admit that you wish that they were your kids.

All this effort and I haven’t even seen the show…apparently I’m out of my mind. Or maybe I’m just that excited about it? How about we settle on a combination of the two? You know, just for the time being?


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