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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Cross-Z

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes us back to the long-lost past of 2017 with Kamen Rider Cross-Z!

Tsundere punch-boy, Banjou Ryuga (万丈 龍我), is an ex-boxer who was wrongly imprisoned for murder and abducted by the shadowy organisation Faust; he fights as Kamen Rider Cross-Z to clear his name and avenge the death of his girlfriend.

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Cross-Z by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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SODO Sundays- December 9, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, more Zi-O Set 4 and the official start of Set 5.

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Set 4 gets one last release in just in time for Set 5. The Kuuga Armor, which is set to debut in Heisei Generations Forever is joining the SODO line. Just like the Drive Armor special arm pieces are included to get the full effect of the armor, but there’s also an option to use stickers for the arm pieces as well.

The full lineup for Zi-O Set 4 is the OOO, Blade, Kiva, Kabuto, and Kuuga Armors, along with their bodies.

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Set 5 has had its first official figure reveal as well. After already teasing Wizard and Gaim for this wave the Decade Armor has become the first one to be officially revealed. This armor features the stickers to make the Rider Card looking face design. and it also comes with the Ride Heiseiber. Bandai has stated they have plans to make the other forms of the Decade Armor down the line as well.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 9 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 2! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel.

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New Power Ranger revealed in BOOM! Studios’ newest offering

BOOM! Studios brings fans another new Power Ranger in their newest outing for fan favourite Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon!

The latest graphic novel to be released by BOOM! Studios will see an adult Tommy Oliver go out on a quest to find his missing son, JJ Oliver, a cadet within the ranks of S.P.D. In Tommy’s quest to find his missing son, a new Power Ranger will be created. The graphic novel is written by veteran Kyle Higgins and will be a nice surprise for fans. Spoiler warnings for what is ahead.

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Here is a look at the description for the storyline in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon:

As a young adult, Tommy Oliver set upon a journey that would inspire hundreds of Power Rangers that would come afterwards, thwarting evils like Empress Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, and King Mondo of the Machine Empire. Now, Tommy’s retired with Katherine and leaves protecting the world to Space Patrol Delta–including his son, JJ. But when Jake disappears, presumed dead after an undercover mission goes wrong, Tommy will call on all his training, his friends, and maybe even some of his enemies as he sets out on one last mission: find his son and bring him home. From writer Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Nightwing) comes the final story for history’s mightiest Power Ranger.

In the series, we will be starting with JJ Oliver as a cadet in the ranks of S.P.D but at the end of issue one, he replaces Bridge Carson as the S.P.D Green Ranger when Bridge gets promoted to Red Ranger (see Once A Ranger….). In a rather surprising twist however, JJ finishes the story arc by morphing into action as the S.P.D. Green Ranger – but not quite the same suit. The final panel of the book sees the S.P.D. Green Ranger with the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger’s iconic Dragon Shield.

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With the creation of this new S.P.D Green Ranger, Tommy, 25 year legacy is finally complete with him finally passing the Dragon Soul onto his son. For fans, this will be the first time the Dragon Shield can be seen on any Power Ranger suit outside Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This also continues the mythology for Power Rangers S.P.D. taking the team to new heights. Commander Cruger now runs S.P.D. after Commander Birdie’s retirement, Sky Tate has filled Cruger’s spot as base commander and filling the void as Red Ranger is Bridge Carson, with JJ Oliver now taking over as Green Ranger. It is assumed that Syd Drew and Z Delgado remain as the team’s Pink and Yellow Rangers respectively. The only unknown Ranger on the team now is S.P.D Blue.

What do you think of the fact Tommy has finally passed on the Dragon Shield? Do you think this really is Tommy’s last outing as a Power Ranger? Let us know on our social media pages!

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This Week in Tokusatsu – Dec 8th, 2018

Lupinranger vs Patoranger’s final arc continues this week, in explosive form! On the Kamen Rider side of things, Kamen Rider Zi-O’s Ghost Arc begins, and Decade returns! Let’s dive in, shall we?

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All seven rangers are forced to come together to battle the Gangler general Destra this week, after being soundly defeated on their own. The battles have weight and consequences, which is always a refreshing touch and a good way to ground the show in a realistic setting, including injured rangers and the city being evacuated. Even the police, minus the Patorangers, are evacuated so Destra can be dealt with. A surprising source of conflict, though, comes in the form of Kogure asking Noel to step down from his duties as Lupin X.

There’s a bit of intrigue here as well, as the preparation for the fight spends a lot of time focusing on how each red ranger thinks he can use the other. Kairi knows Keiichiro will protect people, and Keiichiro, in turn, counts on Kairi’s greed and lust for the collection to guide him. In the end, both men behave as the other predicts, leading to Keiichiro actually saving Kairi’s life.

After forming Good Cool Kaiser X, the rangers are paired up based on their roles, with Noel, Kairi, and Keiichiro making up the “head” or lead section of the machine. Touma and Tsukasa end up on one side, with the remainder going to Sakuya and Umika. It makes for a brief but interesting exchange, and once the moment passes, the rangers get down to business and take on Destra.

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This week kicks off the Ghost Arc of Kamen Rider Zi-O, and features some big moments and returning characters. Kicking things off, we first meet Tenkuuji Takeru, Kamen Rider Ghost, and actor Nishime Shun returns to fill the role. Another Ghost appears, and Woz throws his lot in with the Time Jackers?! Though we are not told who he means, Woz tells Swartz, Hora, and Uhr about a man who will alter the course of history in regards to Oma Zi-O’s rise to power. It’s implied, at first, that this is Geiz, coming off the heels of Woz revealing his book can no longer accurately predict the future. It is a history book from a specific timeline, after all.

As Another Ghost continues to attack, Sougo, Takeru, and the others begin to discover a method to its seemingly chaotic attacks, and find that it is targeting people whose actions cause accidents resulting in the injury or death of Innocents. This starts with a factory, then a hot dog cart with a gas leak, and at the factory site, we learn that Another Ghost is, more or less, a zombie. The identity of Another Ghost is revealed in a way that paints it as a tragic figure, the Time Jackers using the man behind the mask for their own means.

When Decade does appear, he is using Agito form and the Neo Decadriver, and takes on Geiz and Sougo before leaving. An interesting point is that Decade is firmly with the Time Jackers here, if only to fill his normal passing-through role. Hora even offers to back any succession to power Decade might want, though he refuses. In the final moments of the episode, we get to see Takeru shine, as Sougo is seemingly killed and Takeru is the only one who can see or communicate with the ghost left behind.

I feel as though this would have been a slightly better way to resolve the “two Sougos” problem caused by the Gaim arc, but this could certainly still lead to some interesting developments. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing more of what Decade will bring to the table in the following weeks.

Garo: Kami No Kiba

This movie has been out for a while, but in the lead up to covering the current Garo series, Jinga, it seems appropriate to start with this movie. The movie focuses on a group of horrors trying to use a dark makai knight to power an ark called the God’s Fang (Kami no Kiba), on which they will build a new world. The movie is set in the Dougai Ryuga universe of Garo, latest in that timeline on its release. I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in watching the new series, but cannot recommend it as an entry point, as a lot of the plot points rely on prior knowledge of previous Garo series, characters, and lore. However, for veterans, this film marks a return to form for the live-action side of Garo.

To set up this ritual, this ark, a Makai priestess named Banbi begins stealing the armours of veteran knights, and this is how we meet the returning characters from the other Ryuga-verse Garo series.

The new Makai Knight, Jinga, is played by Kamen Rider Decade’s Masahiro Inoue, and is at once a madman and a warrior. The contrast, as well as his horror powers and fighting ability, set him up quickly as a threat, with three knights and a priest unable to defeat him at first. Though the end of the film doesn’t directly set up the next tv series, it is fittingly cinematic, with the cgi-heavy armoured combat being well choreographed, if at times a bit too jarringly quick.

Overall, I recommend giving this film a watch, if only to keep up with Garo continuity, and especially if you plan on watching Jinga. The series itself will be covered in This Week in Toku starting next week.

What did you guys think of this week’s shows? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

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Toy catalogue provides first look at Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger

Dinosaurs? Yep. Dinosaurs. Time for our first look at the upcoming Super Sentai: Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger.

Early this morning, various online sources revealed the first scans of the new toy catalogue for items coming out in the first quarter of the upcoming Sentai team, Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger. We also get a look at the suits as well as what colours the new team will start with.

In the first image, we get a look at the new henshin device, the RyuusouChanger, the team’s basic weapon, the RyuusouKen, as well as a bundle including the pair.

In this image, we can see the first two sets of the series’s gimmick, called Ryuusouls, as well as the belt, called the RyuusouBuckle.

These next two images give us a look at the base mecha for RyuusouRed, KishiRyuuOh, as well as the mecha for the other four members of the team.

ToriCane (RyuusouBlue’s mecha), Ankyrozay (RyuusouPink’s mecha), TigerLance (RyuusouGreen’s mecha) and MilNeedle (RyuusouBlack’s mecha). The images also show what KishiRyuuOh will look like when it combines with the other mecha.

Last but by no means least, we get a look at the first figures of the base team, giving us a look at how the suit will look from the front.

What do you think of the revealed toys so far? Will you be collecting the newest Sentai team’s gimmicks? Chat with us on our social media pages!

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Gallery: Kamen Rider Zi-O – DX Time Mazine

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures and what would be a Rider without his signature ride? Shout it out loud and call forth the RKF-compatible – DX TIME MAZINE!

Time Mazines (タイムマジーン) are a type of time machine in the form of mechas which can transform between a flying Vehicle Mode (ビークルモード) and combat-ready Robo Mode (ロボモード). They are the means of time travel for Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz, as well as special models being used by the Resistance and the Time Jackers.

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The DX Time Mazine is capable of fitting most Rider Kick’s Figure-scale figures in it’s chest cockpit.

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You can watch the full review here:

This figure (with the DX OOO Ridewatch) is available on back order at Toku Toy Store for £79.99. Stay tuned for further Kamen Rider Zi-O reviews and galleries!

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER takes over Nagoya Central Park

Bandai Japan has put up oversized billboards to advertise their upcoming movie: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER!

As the Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER movie fast approaches in Japan, Toei have decided to show off the Kamen Riders by putting up oversized billboards for the Riders at Nagoya Central Park in Nagoya City in Japan.

The billboards will each be made up of an image of the Kamen Rider, their Heisei number (starting with Kamen Rider Kuuga starting at number 1 and finishing with Kamen Rider Zi-O at number 20) as well as when they aired on TV.

The billboards will be visible everyday leading up to the theatrical release of the movie between 10am and 9pm. Fans of the Kamen Riders that are visiting the area are encouraged to take pictures with their favourite Kamen Rider.

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The individual posters for Heisei Generations FOREVER.

What do you guys think of the billboards? Are they a nice way to advertise the movie? Share your thoughts with us on our social media pages!

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Power Rangers Supersonic to debut in BOOM! Comics

BOOM! Studios are set to introduce us to the newest team of Rangers: Power Rangers Supersonic!

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Just recently, a brand new team has been added to the Power Rangers mythos thanks to BOOM! Studios via Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year Two. If the team looks familiar to you then that would be because they are being adapted from the Super Sentai team, Chikyu Sentai Fiveman, which aired all the way back in 1990. They are one of the many unadapted Sentai teams that came before Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, known as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers overseas, thanks to Saban.

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When the newest team are introduced in BOOM! Studios newest story, they will be hailing from a planet called Xybria, the home world of Trip, the Power Rangers Time Force Green Ranger. The team’s names are as follows:

Ace – Red Ranger
Brute – Blue Ranger
Gent – Black Ranger
Pyre – Yellow Ranger
Star – Pink Ranger
Trek – Green Ranger

During the storyline, the team’s sixth Ranger, Trek, becomes jealous of the romance between fellow Rangers Ace and Star, which will lead him to betray the team, using an explosion to kill them. In response to that event, he submits to Dark Specter, returning from Power Rangers In Space, who rewards Trek by turning him into the Green Psycho Ranger we all know, giving the villainous Ranger an origin story.

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This is the first time in Ranger history that a Super Sentai team predating Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has been adapted but this isn’t the first time that fans will have seen the team. One of the suits did appear in Power Rangers Super Megaforce, as an unnamed Legendary mode used by Gia for a fight scene where she declared “Supersonic Yellow Ranger!”

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The introduction of the Power Rangers Supersonic team may make fans of both Super Sentai and Power Rangers wonder if BOOM! Studios plans to introduce any other teams from before Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. Other potential teams that got names in Power Rangers Super Megaforce include Power Rangers Prism (Choushinsei Sentai Flashman), Power Rangers Dragon Blitz (Dengeki Sentai Changeman), Power Rangers Lightning (Hikari Sentai Maskman), and Power Rangers Squadron (Gosei Sentai Dairanger).

The story for BOOM! Studios will be written by Trey Moore. In Chikyu Sentai Fiveman, the Rangers are all school teachers and their forms are all based on different school subjects. The Red Ranger is Science, Blue Ranger is Physical Education, Black Ranger is Modern Foreign Languages, Yellow Ranger is Music and the Pink Ranger is Maths. It is unknown at this time whether that will play into the backstory for the Supersonic Rangers or whether they will have any further appearances in the comic book series.

What do you guys think of a Super Sentai team being adapted via the comic books? What other Sentai teams would you like to see BOOM! Studios adapt next? Join the conversation on social media!

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This Week in Tokusatsu – November 30th, 2018

Greetings, loyal readers! Today marks the beginning of a new weekly series, This Week in Tokusatsu, here at Toku Toy Store! Each week, we will be spotlighting events from Tokusatsu shows and movies, summed up in a more broad way than our older episode reviews. Stay tuned here each week for news, previews, and reviews!

For this first edition, we have a lot of ground to cover with more to come. Lupinranger vs Patoranger has entered its final arc, and though the pacing is inconsistent, the show is going strong! Meanwhile, Kamen Rider Zi-O begins to pick up steam with the Gaim arc coming to a close, and new trailers have debuted for Ultraman and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Let’s dive in, shall we?


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Our heroes face off against the Gangler general Destra this week, and find themselves trapped in the Gangler world, which is something akin to Britain or France, draped in purple fog and eternal darkness. This is where we start to see the politics within the Gangler organization take shape in a meaningful way, as well as learning the true power that comes with a Status Double Gold designation, for someone like Destra. The episode treats us to some really well-done action pieces, even if the isekai plot thread is resolved a bit too quickly.

Once again, we’re starting to see Tsukasa put the pieces together that maybe the Jurer trio are more than they appear to be, but again the show holds off on the reveal. With just eight or nine episodes left before the end of this series, the reveal is coming up fast, and the final arc appears to be where the teams will have to truly come together. The preview for the next episode shows Tokyo in ruins, and Ganglers rampaging, as the heroes look on. The stakes are high and we won’t have to wait long for the payoff.


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This week, Zi-O’s Gaim arc concludes, and we get to see a bit more of the spectacle that comes from having two Sougos, separated by a time interval of three days. It’s mostly played up for laughs in the beginning, but does end up becoming a crucial part of the endgame plot. Along the way, we get new character insights into most of the main cast, but the main bulk of the character growth comes in the form of Geiz’s willingness to trust Sougo with another Ridewatch, and the power of Gaim. It’s a powerful moment, driven by the lecture Geiz gets from returning actor Yutaka Kobayashi (Kamen Rider Baron/Kumon Kaito).

Next up, we will be treated to what appears to be a thoroughly packed arc, including appearances by Ghost, Decade, and Agito, with Decade appearing as a primary villain, if the trailer is meant to be taken at face value. A glimpse of Another Ghost reveals that the next Another Rider is more horror-themed, more demonic in appearance than his contemporary counterpart, and we also see that Sougo’s meeting with Takeru leads to him becoming a ghost as well. Does this mean one of the Sougos will die? Only time will tell.


Ultraman Anime Trailer

Earlier this week, Netflix debuted the first trailer for the long-awaited anime adaptation of the Kodansha manga Ultraman, which serves as a sequel to the original series. The art style has been a bit alarming for some, with much of the 2d/3d CG drawing parallels to the much-maligned Berserk continuation from 2016. The story follows a new Ultraman, the son of the original, and appears to be set in the modern era, rather than the 1960s setting of the original series. Another large detail is that this series will ignore all Ultraman continuity after Ultraman season one.

Look for Ultraman to debut in April 2019 on Netflix.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters International Trailer

The second international trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted this week, and gave us our best look yet at the upcoming Kaiju. Rodan, Mothra, and even (through fog) King Ghidorah himself were on display in the new trailer, while the story of the human characters was expanded on a bit further. As hype for this film continues to build, Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse comes together, with this third film slated to open the floodgates to Western Kaiju fans and casual viewers alike. Who knows what will come next? Maybe a cameo from MechaGodzilla? A crossover with Pacific Rim? Only time will tell, but expectations are high and excitement continues to mount as we approach the 31 May 2019 release of this film.


Looking for Jinga and Ultraman R/B? Check back soon as these shows become available and updated!

What was the highlight of your tokusatsu week? Join the discussion on social media!

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Kamen Rider Ryuki V-Buckle & Drag Visor CSM Set Packaging Revealed

Earlier this week, the Premium Bandai blog posted the first images of the upcoming Complete Selection Modification V-Buckle & Drag Visor. Let’s take a look at packaging for this CSM!

First of all, let’s take a look at the V-Buckle:

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As we can see, the box for it is pretty big as it does include seventeen Advent Decks (Ridewatch included for size comparison purposes). Also, in the background, you can see the back of Kamen Rider Knight’s helmet.

Now, we will have a look at the back of the box:

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The first thing you’ll notice is that the back of the box is a mirrored version of the front but with Kamen Rider Knight instead of Kamen Rider Ryuki. From this view, we can also see the back of Kamen Rider Ryuki’s helmet. The CSM logo is also reversed.

Next, let’s look at the Drag Visor packaging:

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This box is a fair amount smaller than the one that contains the V-Buckle but is no less detailed with an action shot of Kamen Rider Ryuki using the Drag Visor.

To finish, let’s have a look at the box that contains both boxes for the V-Buckle and the Drag Visor:

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On the front, we can see Ryuki in the middle, with twelve other Kamen Riders from the series, scattered in the background around him in a sort of shattered mirror effect.

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On the back of the set box, we can see Kamen Rider Ryuki and Kamen Rider Knight, both in Survive Mode, with their weapons locked. The CSM logo on here is also reversed like on the V-Buckle box.

Pre-orders have closed for this set, out in February 2019, but you can take a closer look at what it inside it here.

What do you think of the  packaging designs for the Kamen Rider Ryuki CSM V-Buckle and Drag Visor set? Are you happy with which Kamen Riders they have included? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: Bandai blog]