Shurimon is the second Armour
Digivolved form of Hawkmon, using the Digi-Egg of Sincerity.
Shurimon is easily morepopular than any of Hawkmon's other forms,
first appearing in "The Samurai of Sincerity," (an
unfortunately disappointing episode), and enjoying semi-regular
appearances through the rest of the series. Rather than import
the Shurimon toy from Japan - which feature the Digi-Egg of
Sincerity, which could be transformed into armour to attach to
the Hawkmon figure which was sold separately (with the Digi-Egg
of Love), Bandai of America elected to make their own figure,
which transforms from egg to Digimon.
Shurimon is one of the few American Armour Digivolving toys where the Digimon mode has been sacrificed somewhat to allow for a better egg mode. Normally, the eggs look like crap while the Digimon modes are good, but in this case, Shurimon has lost something to make his egg mode better. Namely, pose-ability.
Shurimon has four points of articulation, two at each of his elbows, and that's it. And even then, he can't move his arms properly, because of the large, solid, leaf-halves that wrap around him. Shurimon is a ninja, with slinkies for arms and legs, no less, but kids will be unable to mimic any stunts from the show with this immobile figure. Other irritations include the fact that the shuriken (Japanese throwing stars, from which he derives his name) on his hands and feet simply pop off. There's no reason for them to do this, and they should have been fixed in permanently, or moulded on to his limbs. That said, he IS a very nice-looking toy, with excellent show-accuracy, right down the lines in his leaves. He makes a nice display piece.
To transform Shurimon into the Digi-Egg of Sincerity, first you remove the star from his back and flip down his tuft of hair. Then, you press down on his head, collapsing his neck into his body. You push down on his torso, allow it to slide over his waist, and then push his lower legs up inside his thighs. The instructions say you remove the leaf-halves, turn them around, and snap them back on, but I find that it is MUCH easier to simply rotate the leaves around while they are still attached to him, and snap them together. To finish, you insert the two pegs on the star from his back into the holes on his feet.
DIGI-EGG OF SINCERITY
This is, without question, THE best Digi-Egg mode from the entire Armour Digivolving toy line. There are some gaps in the shell when viewed from the back, but it's a minor qualm. The egg offers no play value, but then, none of them do, but at least when it looks this good, it's nice display piece, which is a lot more than can be said for most of the other eggs.
Shurimon is a pretty nice toy, with a simple but effective transformation. He stands out as the only decent toy of any of Hawkmon's forms (read the Halsemon and Silphymon reviews) and this is at least a blessing, as Shurimon is more popular than any of those characters. Shurimon holds the honour of being the first Armour Digivolving toy I bought, and he epitomises the balance between Digimon mode and Digi-Egg mode that the rest of the line should have tried to match. Grading on the Armour Digivolving curve:
Rating: 3 out of 5