A heroine from the Gridman franchise is getting a new cost-effective collector’s line toy.
Rikka Takarada from Studio Trigger’s SSSS.GRIDMAN anime is getting a new collectible figure from the POP UP PARADE toy line. Showcasing the character in her school uniform, this item is easily a must-have for fans of the mecha series or those looking to add another anime girl to their shelves. Most importantly, the Rikka figure was created for collectors and fortunately, it doesn’t cost as much as Gridman himself.
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SSSS.Gridman’s new Rikka Takarada collectible toy is just the latest in a line from the company POP UP PARADE, whose products tend to emphasize precision in capturing character likenesses on screen without being too expensive. The company’s figures show the diversity of franchises represented, including classics like Cowboy Bebop and more recent offerings like Kakegurui. While the majority of its characters are female, male characters also appear frequently.
The new Rikka figure is 17 cm (6.69″) tall. The character wears a school uniform in the anime, along with a long white cardigan that goes over her skirt. She also comes with a transparent circular stand to place it on. Fans will have to wait a while to get their hands on the latest Gridman figure, as shipping isn’t expected to start until July 2019. 2024, but Rikka’s POP UP PARADE toy can be pre-ordered through the Good Smile website until February 21. At 4,800 yen (about 32 USD), it’s also quite affordable for anyone What franchise fan?
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Produced by Studio Trigger, 2018’s SSSS.Gridman isn’t actually the first installment in the series. The property began more than a decade ago with the 1993-1994 Denkou Choujin Gridman series, a live-action show created by Tsuburaya Productions in connection with the Ultraman tokusatsu series. This can be seen in how similar Gridman looks to Ultraman in design. The original entry in the Gridman series also had footage used to create the American television show Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad in an attempt to capitalize on the success of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
SSSS.Gridman re-envisioned the title hero as a giant machine, akin to Super Robots like Mazinger Z, tied to the “Gridman Alliance”. Rikka Takarada is a member of this group and the only female member of the group. The anime reboot began a broader reboot of the Gridman property than it already is, with the follow-up anime SSSS. Dynazenon releases in 2021. There are also multiple manga spin-offs from the 2018 series, while Rikka and the rest of the Gridman Alliance return in the 2023 anime film Gridman Universe.