Friday, March 20, 2009
Oh my, the DX Henshin Belt series again......I never got one until the HK English Version-ed Instruction Manuals' Versions came cheap locally, but finally I got all 4 DX Henshin Belts from the Blade Series. The first in line is the Blay Buckle. At first I thought how amazing a 4000 yen piece in Japan could be. Not so attractive as it imitates the whole belt function in the show (except the part where you really henshin). However, there are points that are of worthy note to those who intend to buy one:
i) DX Belts DO NOT fit adult waists.....Even though the buckles and stuffs seem to look 1/1 scale just like in the show, the belt can only fit waists of around 70 cm MAX.
ii) The DX Blay Buckle comes with 3 cards, the Category Ace Change Card, the Rider Blade card and the Lightning Card. Only the Change card is required to display or fully play with the belt.
iii) The fuction is just like the show. Place in the batteries and turn the switch on. A small beep sound and the red light on the top left corner of the belt will light up for a second. Connect the other half of the buckle (comes with a red PVC belt strap which is too short and a weird square holster with a spade design) and the sound effects of Blade's preparation to henshin is heard with the red light again lighting up for a period. Pull the trigger on the right and the belt turns the card tray upside down to show the Golden Spade shape on a Red rectangle. The sound "Turn Up!" is heard followed by the effects of Henshin for Blade.
iv) Besides that, no other functions are available for this belt and that's why it is cheaper compared to the Rouzers that are priced at around 5000 to 6000 yen in Japan.
Final Verdict: A good display piece as the buckle's size is seemingly accurate. If you are a great mod-er, you can actually extend the belt's length while retaining the original belt (since you need the holes to hold the 2 Rouzers that are coming with it. I'd give this piece 3.5/5 stars for total while 3/5 stars for value (if you're buying it at full price while I am not).