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The Deluxe Henshin Belts (DX変身ベルト Derakkusu Henshin Beruto), often marketed as DX Henshin Belts, are a series of mid-level priced toys based on the transformation belts of the Kamen Rider TV series.[1][2] A higher quality version produced by Bandai is the Complete Selection Modification line.

History

While simple and minimalistic by today's standards, the toys were innovative in their era as they had motorized flashing lights that accurately simulated a belt's activation sequence during transformation and were made with die cast chrome around the buckle. The series was discontinued after Popy was absorbed back into Bandai and the toyline was succeeded by a Bandai toyline with a similar name. To date, Bandai has only reproduced the Typhoon from their predecessors.

Due to the quality of the toys and versatility of features for the belts, the DX line is considered the flagship of the Bandai belt toy-lines and is the most popular, holding record sales in some cases and being the winner of several Japan Toy Awards.[3][4][5][6].

Chronological Order

Popy Era


Bandai Era

Other DX toys

Besides transformation belts, the DX label also covers toys of various weapons and other transformation trinkets used by the Kamen Riders. Some of the toys later in this line would have trinkets exclusive to a respective toy that activate hidden sound functions of the DX Belts, thereby necessitating the buyer's need to collect them all to get the full functionality of the belts.

DX Toy Weapons

DX Transformation Trinkets and Accessories

Notes

  • The ZX Belt is the only Showa-era Rider Belt to not get a DX toy in both toylines.
  • Other than in Japan, the DX toy-lines have also been officially sold by Bandai in other Asian countries such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and so on when the Kamen Rider seasons eventually air in these countries, usually a few years after the season has ended in Japan, though various collector toy stores in these countries have imported DX toys from Japan for sale while the season is still running in Japan.
    • While Kamen Rider Gaim officially aired in Hong Kong as well as in other parts of Asia, new, smaller toys which have less show-accuracy and play-ability were released by Bandai HK, in place of the Japan DX toy-line. [7][8] This has received a considerable amount of criticism, due to the quality of these new toys being akin to bootleg versions of the original DX toy. As such, the Japanese DX toys are now being seen as a "rarity" by some fans.
  • The J-Spirit is the only Rider Belt to not get a Bandai DX Toy. The only toy version of the J-Spirit was a plastic one that was part of an action figure set.

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