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Toei Tokusatsu World Reviews: Bicrosser

There’s a reason I tend not to stray far from the safe bastions of Heisei-era Kamen Rider and Super Sentai, and Kyodai Ken Byclosser (兄弟拳バイクロッサー), or simply Bicrosser, is a prime example of why. This first episode is pure nonsense and not in the fun way. In the way where you have to wonder if this was meant to be parody but was created with the utmost sincerity.

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Here’s the breakdown; Ken and Ginjiro Mizuno, brothers in university and high school, respectively, are at home being massive dorks about motorcycle model painting and mid-80’s PC gaming when a mysterious light enters their room and disappears into the mountains. They give chase and are attacked by the Blackmen of Dester, who were there to excavate the stone idol of Devil Gola.

After a brief motorcycle chase, they’re thrown off a cliff and into the Bicrosser, a ship created from the light they saw earlier. The mysterious entities responsible, who are never named, are from the Pegasus galaxy and they came to Earth looking for two brothers born on specific days according to their prophecy. They are given the power of the Bicrosser to avert disasters that will come.

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Meanwhile the Dester organisation, led by the jewel-obsessed Doctor Q, wants his minions to make children cry so the idol of Devil Gola will produce more diamonds and that will help him conquer the Earth… Somehow.

Then the good doctor unleashes a robot monster to menace some poor handywoman. The brothers hear her scream via telepathy, transform and attack the monster. They barely hold their own but pull-out their ultimate weapon, the Blazer Cannon, and destroy the monster. The day is saved, laughs are had, the episode ends and I’m sat here questioning my life choices.

This first episode is a rushed mess and yet doesn’t seem to have the time to explain anything so you’re kind of thrown into this inexplicable situation with little-to-no context and with no real grasp on any of the characters. The brothers are fine but they barely get any characterisation and their actors being a good ten years older than their characters was really distracting to me.

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The Bicrosser suits are plain and generic and between those and the design aesthetic of the vehicles, I thought I was watching a lost Space Sheriff/VR Troopers pilot.

Why are the brothers important? Why is Doctor Q a mad scientist after a demonic idol when all he really wants are jewels? Why does this show look so cheap but had so much money put into it’s model work? Answers weren’t very forthcoming and I couldn’t find a shred of information about this show apart from it’s bare bones wiki entries.

I can’t even say I disliked it, I was just confused by how and why it was allowed to exist. It’s not surprising that the Bicrossers aren’t really remembered when you think of the great Metal Heroes of yesteryear but that makes me even more curious as to the background of this show.

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Bicrosser is an odd show that baffles me and I recommend seeing it purely for the novelty of a henshin hero wielding a motorcycle as a cannon because I think THAT was the original idea Ishinomori had and then built a story, such as it is, around it.

You can now find Bicrosser, as well as many other tokusatsu shows, on the TOEI Tokusatsu World Official YouTube channel to watch for free with English subtitles.

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SODO Sundays – April 5, 2020

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today nothing new but more information on AI-06 for Zero-One!

Kamen Rider Zero-One

The already announced final two figures for AI-06 the Trilobyte Magia and Kamen Rider 001 have now been shown off in more detail. The Trilobyte Magia is an all in one box figure. This was done with the intention of a potential army building. The only catch is that the stand and weapons for this figure will be bundled in the final box of the set with Kamen Rider Zonjis’ cape pieces and stand.

Kamen Rider 001 is using slightly remoulded leg pieces from the Blood Stark SODO figure from two years ago. This figure also features a PVC plastic head which means all of the details are fully painted on.

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AI-06 has been delayed to a May release due to ongoing shipping and manufacturing delays around the world.

Next time the first figure of AI-07 will be revealed!

You can watch the latest SODO Sundays video over on the Toku Toy Store Facebook page.

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 3! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store and the Toku Toy Store Facebook page.

 

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Introducing the Toei Tokusatsu World Review Team

With Toei Tokusatsu World Official launching Monday April 6th, a group of plucky reviewers are here to help you navigate through the mountains of content released!

A few weeks ago, Toei announced Toei Tokusatsu World Official: a brand new YouTube channel that would bring free, legally streamed tokusatsu to the world. The announcement was groundbreaking, especially for those of us in the UK and Europe, as it has become a regular occurrence that “available in the West” had become a phrase which actually meant “available in the United States. That’s not to say that the tokusatsu community don’t deserve quality content but, hey, notice us Sempai!

To celebrate this history-making launch, a group of tokusatsu reviewers have teamed up with Toku Toy Store to bring you reviews of every first episode that Toei will be dropping, with English subtitles, on their new YouTube channel on April 6th. The team are ready and raring to go so, before the big day arrives, let’s meet them.

Jeremy is the owner of Toku Toy Store and has been a fan of tokusatsu since childhood. What started with Power Rangers and Godzilla in the nineties, developed into Super Sentai and Kamen Rider in the noughies and, today, is looking forward to diving deep into what Toei Toku World has to offer. Outside of the toku, Jeremy writes about television, sports and WWE, and presents a number of podcasts on his personal website, The Jez Show.

Alex has absorbed himself in tokusatsu for longer than he can remember now, and can usually be found reviewing both the toys and shows at his blog, My Shiny Toy Robots. His favourite character is Hakaider, but he not-so secretly wishes he could be an Ultraman as well.

Joe has submitted himself mind, body and wallet before the altar of tokusatsu and has been in this game a good while by now. While he appreciates all eras of toku, the Showa era is particularly close to his heart. No, he’s not old enough to be a boomer, he’s just a hipster. He is/was also one half of the Spandex Power Armour podcast which shall one day rise from its grave.

Richard “Sharp-O” Sharpe is a British toy reviewer, a fan of Kamen Rider and the BOOM! Studios Power Rangers comics. He has a background of reviewing TV and toys for over ten years with The Website of DOOM and Toku Toy Store.

Matt jumped on the bandwagon early with, like most kids, Power Rangers. 25+ years later, he’s still watching Power Rangers, but now is all about the wider world of toku including Garo, Ultraman, and Metal Heroes. Matt is returning to Toku Toy Store and the tokusatsu fandom after a hiatus of about a year, and what better time to start again with a new Super Sentai and Garo both just beginning?

The Toei Toku World Review team hope to begin dropping content on the day of launch so stay tuned to Toku Toy Store’s social media channels for updates.

Want to join the team and review some tokusatsu? Drop us an email or contact Toku Toy Store on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get involved!

What classic tokusatsu programme are you most excited about seeing on Toei Tokusatsu World Official? Join the conversation across all of our social media channels!

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SODO Sundays- March 22, 2020

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today new Zero-One SODO and some new SHODO!

Kamen Rider Zero-One

Thanks to a picture from the next Televi-Kun we know who will be joining Zero-One Metal Cluster Hopper and Kamen Rider Zonjis in AI-06. This set will also have Kamen Rider 001 from the Reiwa: The First Generation movie and the Trilobyte Magia foot soldiers from the series.

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AI-06 has also been delayed from a March release to a May release.

Kamen Rider Kuuga

A second SODO Chronicle Set has been revealed for Kamen Rider Kuuga. This set will come out in July and have Growing Form, Amazing Mighty, and Ultimate Form.

Ultimate Form will also have the black eyed version as well as a cracked Arcle belt.

SHODO-O

The next SHODO-O Set has also been revealed. This set will come with the Go-Gadoru-Ba Gurougi, Kamen Rider Delta, Kamen Rider Punch Hopper, Kamen Rider Kick Hopper, and General Jark.

You can watch the latest SODO Sundays video over on the Toku Toy Store Facebook page.

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 3! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store and the Toku Toy Store Facebook page.

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Toei Company launches global tokusatsu YouTube channel

Toei Company announce the launch of TOEI TOKUSATSU WORLD OFFICIAL; a YouTube channel bringing subtitled tokusatsu to international audiences

With North America riding high on the announcement of their TokuSHOUTsu streaming service on Pluto TV, the rest of the English speaking world, most notably the United Kingdom, were feeling a little… left out. This all changed last night as Toei Company Ltd – the company behind the most popular toku shows such as Super Sentai and Kamen Rider – announced that they are expanding their YouTube offering to bring us TOEI TOKUSATSU WORLD OFFICIAL. Starting April 6th, 2020, this service will launch with the first two episodes of 70 different toku programmes from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

The whole list of seventy has not been fully revealed but will include innagural Super Sentai series, Himistsu Sentai Gorenger (1975), Metal Hero Series including Uchu Keiju Gavan (1982), and robot anime such as Voltes V (1977). Once the first two episodes of the full catalogue have dropped on April 6th, future episodes will be released on a schedule with each series getting their own release days.

Full details and the early release schedule is available in Toei’s press release, available here.

Are you excited for Toei Tokusatsu World Official? What shows are you most interested in? Join the conversation across our social media channels!

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SODO Sundays – March 8, 2020

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, a new OOO Set and an update on the Kirameger YUDO figures.

Kamen Rider OOO

A new SODO Chronicle Kamen Rider OOO Premium Bandai is being released. This time the set focuses on everything for Kamen Rider Birth. The set has 2 figures in it: Kamen Rider Birth and Kamen Rider Birth Prototype.

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There are a ton of accessories included like the Birth Busters for both Riders and the Birth CLAWs weapons that can also form the Sasori mode. They can be used to create Birth’s Birth Day mode as well.

Also included is a canaster of Cell Metals and the manual for the Birth Rider System.

Mashin Sentai Kirameger

A small update for the first set of YUDO figures. Extra KirameSwords have been added to the accessories box so that each member of the team can be displayed with a weapon. This is something YUDO hasn’t done the past 2 years in their releases.

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You can watch the latest SODO Sundays video over on the Toku Toy Store Facebook page.

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 3! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store and the Toku Toy Store Facebook page.

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Next Power Rangers Lightning Collection Wave Found?

Last night, thanks to Toku Toy Store’s very own Joshua Perry, we might have found listings for Wave 6 or some future wave of Hasbro’s Power Rangers Lightning Collection figures.

Found on the Walmart App were the following coded listings:

Each listing had PRG PET before the name which using previous leaked listings we know is short for the “Power Rangers Lighntng Collection”

630509960422- ZIP ROGER

630509960439- SPC BUCKEYE

630509960446- GENERATOR

630509960452- ICE YANKEE

Using previous code names as a decoder ZIP ROGER may be the Red Zeo Ranger, SPC BUCKEYE may be MMPR Black Ranger.

YANKEE has been shown to be Yellow and ICE is a new keyword believed to possibly stand for ‘In Space”

This leaves GENERATOR as a complete unknown figure!!

At this time it is unknown which Wave these lisitngs could be for but stay tuned to Toku Toy Store as more information comes to light.

Which figure would you be most excited for? Leave a comment down below!

 

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Samuell Benta breaks ‘banner’ silence in YouTube video

It all seems so long ago now, a distant memory in the minds of some, but for many Power Rangers fans, a deep-seated loathing exists towards Operation Overdrive actor, Samuell Benta. The basis of this loathing? A banner, video from a panel and a lot of he-said-she said… We’ll explain.

The scene is the inaugural Power Morphicon Convention, in the year of our lord Daizyujin, 2007. At the event, four banners were being circulated amongst the considerable number of Power Ranger actors in attendance. These banners were to be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity by the Power Morphincon Convention. Benta, though, allegedly took one of these banners as a souvenir, disgruntled with the weekend as a whole. He reportedly refused repeated requests from convention staff to return the banner and nothing more came of it; in a legal sense, at least. Video evidence of the alleged theft exists, seen below, taken during Austin St John’s panel.

Now, almost 13 years after the event, Samuell Benta has broken his silence on the matter in a YouTube video. The description below reflects the original words of Samuell Benta. They are presented without opinion and without the presumption of guilt or innocence.

He opens the video stating that he wishes to “change [Power Ranger fans’] perception on how you guys actually see things” after years of negative reception from the fandom. As the video progresses, Benta explains that during the course of the convention he had resolved to help one of the convention’s staff, whom he states looked “a little stressed”, by taking one of the banners and circulating it amongst the actors and actresses in the Morphicon green room. After successfully populating the banner with signatures, Benta claims it went missing from the green room and that fans, as well as actors, were in the green room at the time. He posits that either one of the staff came across the banner and took it, or that a fan stole it. As conversations around the banner began to circulate on the internet, Benta states he chose to remain silent rather than engage in a confrontation. He claims that at no point did anyone ask him whether or not he stole the banner and was hurt by the insinuation that he had taken it.

I thought silence was the best answer but actually silence infuriated a lot of you.

Samuell Benta

In his closing thoughts, Benta explains that he understands there will still be those that don’t believe him but invites people to stop and ask questions next time a controversy should arise. He adds, “Get your facts straight and stop accusing people before you start posting stuff online”.

You can watch the full video from BENTAVISION, Samuell Benta’s YouTube Channel, below:

What do you make of Samuell Benta’s side of the story? Do you believe him? Join the conversation on social media.

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SODO Sundays – February 23, 2020

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, more Zero-One, and finally an update on the missing Zi-O figures!

Kamen Rider Zero-One

Joining Metal Cluster Hopper in AI-06 is the first of the Zi-O Movie Trio Riders, Kamen Rider Zonjis!

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He will also be able to recreate his capeless form and rocket chest seen in the post-credits scene of the movie.

Kamen Rider Amazons

The next SHODO Set X Vol 9 will include Kamen Rider Amazon Omega and Kamen Rider Amazon Alpha!

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Amazon Alpha will also come with an alternate head for his blinded eyed Season 2 version.

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They will be joined in the set by the original Kamen Rider Amazon and his bike the Jungler.

You can watch SODO Sundays Season 3, Episode 11 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 3! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store and the Toku Toy Store Facebook page.