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Further images of Hasbro’s upcoming Power Rangers toy releases

With Power Rangers Beast Morphers almost upon us, Hasbro have released further images of the new Zords and Megazord from the show, as well as a completely original toy in the Playskool line!

Following on from last week’s initial Beast Morphers reveals, we now have more details about what the new zords and Megazord will look like. As you probably appreciate by now, Power Rangers Beast Morphers marks Hasbro’s first run at making toys for the franchise and boy are they coming out swinging! In a surprise move ahead of New York Toy Fair, Hasbro have been revealing their first Power Rangers lines in dribs and drabs; last week we saw the roleplay weapons to action figures and now they have shown off the new Zords, scheduled for release this Autumn. Hasbro has already stepped up to the plate, revealing two separate Zord styles where the majority can transform twice: between animal and vehicle mode. The Red Racer has the distinction of being able to transform three time, as it can also transform into a robot on its own.

Without further ado, lets start by having a look at the Red Ranger’s Zord, the Beast Racer, in its three separate modes: vehicle, animal and robot. The Beast Racer Zord will also make up the basis for the Megazord when in robot mode.

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Next up are the dual changing zords which can change between vehicle and animal modes. These include the Beast Wheeler Zord for the Blue Ranger, Beast Chopper Zord for the Yellow Ranger, as well as two mystery/not so mystery Zords (Gold and Silver *cough*), one of which is known as the Beast Jet Zord.

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The Beast Wheeler in its vehicle and animal modes.

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The Beast Chopper in its vehicle and animal modes.

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The Beast Jet which has a vehicle form and an insect form.

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The Beast Wrecker is another mysterious Zord.

When the bad guys go supersize, the Power Rangers need a way to keep up so they have the ability to bring their Zords together to create the Beast-X Megazord, made up of the Beast Racer, Beast Wheeler and Beast Chopper Zords. When they add in the Beast Jet and Beast Wrecker Zords, the Power Rangers create the powerful Beast-X Ultrazord.

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The Beast-X Megazord, created form the Red, Blue and Yellow Ranger’s Zords.

For fans excited to see how the Playskool toy line will follow the Imaginext line for younger children, Hasbro also released some images of their newest addition to the collection: the legendary Red Dragon Thunderzord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. This behemoth of a Zord stands at approximately 14 inches tall and possesses lights, sounds and moving arms and wings, all of which are triggered by pressing down on the Thunderzord’s tail. If you place the exclusive Dragon Shield Red Ranger onto the Zord’s back, he reveals then unleashes hidden projectiles to defeat the bad guys. The Red Dragon Thunderzord is due for release around the same time as the Power Rangers Beast Morphers Zords, towards Autumn 2019.

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What do you think of the new Zords? Are you excited to see what Hasbro release next? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: io9
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Complete details of Power Rangers actors coming to the UK in 2019

When attending a convention, nothing beats meeting a good guest! This is a list of all the upcoming Power Ranger guests due to visit the UK Convention scene throughout 2019.

Toku Toy Store is happy to supply a list of all the guests attending conventions here in the UK, through 2019. Since we tend to go where the Ranger guests are, Toku Toy Store is also at the majority of these conventions. The list will be updated as more actors are announced.

Let’s start with LFCC Spring, March 2nd & 3rd 2019, which will have Emma Lahana from Power Rangers Dino Thunder.

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Emma Lahana was born in Auckland, New Zealand on June 27th, 1984. She became involved in the arts at a very young age doing ballet and broadened her dancing to jazz, tap and modern styles. She also learnt to play the violin but once in high school became involved in drama as well as singing. It was here that she auditioned for a long-running New Zealand TV soap, Shortland Street (1992) and was surprised to be given the part of “Erin Kingston” which she played for 2 seasons. She performed in many lead roles in musicals for ACMT. In 2002, she starred in the Disney movie You Wish! (2003) and, in 2003, landed a lead role in Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) as Kira Ford/Yellow Dino Ranger.

Following LFCC Spring is Carlisle Comic Con who will be hosting the suit actor of Alpha 5, Sandi Sellner.

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Sandi has had numerous roles in stage productions as well as working on several television shows, but is perhaps best known for playing Alpha 5 in seasons 2 and 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).

Up next is Liverpool Comic Con, March 8th, 9th and 10th 2019, which will have a total of 14 Power Ranger actors in total, including fan favourites Bulk & Skull.

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Jason Narvy was born on March 27th, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and assistant director, known for having played the same character, Eugene ‘Skull’ Skullovitch, on seven different series: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011).

Paul Schrier was born on June 1st, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA as Paul L. Schrier II. He is an actor and director, known for having played the same character, Farkas ‘Bulk’ Bulkmeier, on seven different series including: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011).

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Steve Cardenas has been involved in the martial arts for 28 years (1986) since the age of 12. Steve is a 5th degree black belt in tae kwon do (as of 2014), and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Steve owns his own jiu-jitsu studio in Burbank, California called Force Balance BJJ. He is best known for playing Rocky Desantos in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) and Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

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Selwyn Ward was born on June 13th, 1977 in Kokomo, Indiana, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for playing TJ Johnson in Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), and Power Rangers Wild Force (2002).

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Blake Foster was born on May 29th, 1985 in Northridge, California, USA as Blake Anthony Foster. He is an actor, known for playing Justin Stewart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997), Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and Power Rangers in Space (1998).

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Tracy Lynn Cruz was born on January 29th, 1976 in Orange County, California, USA. She is an actress, known for playing Ashley Hammond in Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998) and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999).

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Jason Faunt grew up just outside of Chicago. A talented athlete, Jason almost became a professional baseball player. Instead, he came out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Jason makes his professional debut in Power Rangers Time Force as Wes Collins.

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Michael Copon is an American actor known for a variety of film and television roles including that of Lucas Kendall in Power Rangers Time Force. Beyond his film and television commitments, Copon is also a talented singer, releasing ‘Let’s Get Nasty’ on iTunes in 2010 and appeared (and subsequently won) the competition on VH1’s But Can They Sing?

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Kevin Duhaney was born on June 2nd, 1984 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor, known for Half Baked (1998), Honey (2003), Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) and Four Brothers (2005).

Jeff Parazzo is a Toronto born actor with over 15 years of professional film & television experience splitting time between Canada and the United States. He was recently working on such shows as Flashpoint, Nikita, Degrassi and Suits. He is best known to his fans for his work as Trent Fernandes from Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004). In 2016, Jeff was in the works with writing partners Kevin Duhaney & Luch Balao to bring their project “Trauma Con” to audiences around the world.

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Azim Rizk was born on September 4th, 1990 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work as Jake Holling in Power Rangers MegaForce / Super Megaforce.

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Ciara Hanna got started in the entertainment world when she was at the young age of 8. She travelled around Southern California singing with a local singing group, which entertained at such places as Knott’s Berry Farm, Royal Caribbean Cruise liner, and Universal Studios. She then pursued an acting/modelling career at 10. She starred in a few local plays before landing her first professional job doing a series of commercials overseas for the United Kingdom. Ciara Hanna also most recently played Gia Moran for Power Rangers Megaforce (2013).

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Nico Greetham was born in Woodbridge, Virginia to his Scottish father, Chris, and his Colombian mother, Isabella, both Physical Therapists. He has two sisters, Gabriella and Natalie Greetham. Nico grew up training as a competitive dancer at local dance studios, receiving numerous awards and titles in nationwide competitions. In 2016, Nico finally decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an actor, by taking multiple acting classes in the Los Angeles area. Within 6 months, he landed his first role as Calvin Maxwell in Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017-2019).

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Zoë Robins was born on February 19th, 1993 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for The New Tomorrow (2005), The Shannara Chronicles (2016) and Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017-2019).

Following on from Comic Con Liverpool is Medway Comic & Screen Festival, March 30th, at Medway Park in Gillingham who will be hosting Johnny Yong Bosch and Nakia Burrise from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo.

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Johnny Yong Bosch was born on January 6th, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as John Jay Bosch. He studied Shaolin Kung Fu in Texas under Master James Clark. Master James Clark showed him an advert in the newspaper about an audition for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, where he subsequently got his start in film. He is known for his work on  Akira (1988), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and Bleach (2004).

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Growing up in Stockton, CA, Nakia Burrise was introduced to musical theatre and performance in elementary school. She began performing acrobatics by the age of five and later ventured into theatre, musical theatre, dancing, singing, and modelling. While attending Edison High School in Stockton, California, Nakia auditioned for UCLA’s prestigious theatre department. She was the only African American female freshman accepted into the theatre department that year. By the time she was a junior at UCLA, her professional career had begun. She booked her first role as a series regular on Power Rangers, as Tanya Sloan, the yellow ranger; while simultaneously recording her first pop album with her singing group, Divine. She has played an array of characters in various television series, movies, animated series, and commercials. She is best known for Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

Continuing the MMPR theme, next up is Em-Con Nottingham, 4th & 5th May, who will be visited by Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank.

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Amy is a multi-faceted artist with over twenty years experience in the entertainment industry. Working successfully as an actress for more than two decades, Johnson is most known for her roles as Kimberly Hart in the iconic series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Julie Emrick on the critically-acclaimed series Felicity, and Jules Callaghan on the award-winning Canadian series Flashpoint. she is best known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995).

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Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers. He is the voice of Emissary in Transformers: Titans Returns and brings Bloodshot to life in the highly-anticipated project Ninjak vs.the Valiant Universe. Always one looking for adventure, Jason shares his exciting life in the extremely popular series My Morphin Life, which is now in its fourth season.

Arguably the most popular and famous Power Ranger, Jason’s character was only intended to be in ten episodes. Due to his popularity, he was morphed into the most amount of different rangers in the show’s twenty-four year history. He began as the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, a bad boy turned good, and subsequently morphed into the Mighty Morphin White Ranger, Red Zeo, Red Turbo, and then returned in 2004 as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger. He is best known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) and Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018).

Second to last is Em-Con Worcester, September 14th, who will be playing host to David Yost.

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David Yost was born on January 7th, 1969 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA as David Harold Yost. He is an actor and producer, known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

Last, but by no means least, is Inverness Comic Con, October 12th, who will have Brennan Mejia attending.

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Brennan Mejia is a professional acrobat turned actor, and has been performing since he was a kid. Best known for his role as the Red Ranger In Power Rangers Dino Charge and Dino Super Charge, Brennan has also worked on a number of other projects such as: Supergirl, American Horror Story Murder House, Kickin’ It, iCarly, Kaboom, Life In Pieces, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, CSI Miami, American Ninja Warrior, and many others. Aside from performing, he also has a passion for health and wellness, and has a B.S. in Kinesiology, as well as certifications in fitness, yoga, and nutrition.

That’s it for now! If and when more actors are announced as coming to the UK, we will update the list as soon as possible.

What do you think of all the guests so far? Who would you like to see at a convention? Let us know on our social media pages!

Sources: IMDB (biographies), Just Jared Jr. (featured image)
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SODO Sundays – February 10th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the first figures of Zi-O Set 7 are revealed!

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While Woz and his Quiz armor were revealed for Set 6 we now have his first Ride Armor based on Kamen Rider Shinobi. The Shinobi Armor is the first figure for Zi-O Set 7, it includes another version of the Zikan Despear weapon.

The newest form of Kamen Rider Zi-O, his Zi-O II form is also joining the SODO line in Set 7. Included with this form is his combined weapon version of the Saikyo Girade and Zikan Girade.

Also revealed for Zi-O is that in June there will be a set featuring the future Riders of Kamen Rider Shinobi, Quiz, and Kikai. To announce this set SODO has shown off a bit of Kamen Rider Shinobi.

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Following Kamen Rider W’s SODO Chronicle line the next entry in this new series will be SODO Chronicle Kamen Rider Den-O! Nothing besides a July release date have been revealed so far but stay tuned to SODO Sundays for more information.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 12 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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This Week in Tokusatsu – Week 6, 2019

This week, the Lupinrangers face off with Zamigo. The Ryuki arc of Zi-O begins with a twist, and the live-action Tokusatsu GaGaGa keeps moving right along!


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It’s finally time for the showdown between Kairi and Zamigo! This episode is full of frantic action, as well as dramatic character moments seeing how the teams interact. The Ganglers are on the offensive, as Dogranio himself enters the field to continue what he started last week. Umika and Touma manage to get out of police custody and out of the hospital, despite their serious injuries, and vow to fight on. Confronted at GSPO HQ by Tsukasa and Sakuya, they are faced with a choice and don’t back down when they need to prove their conviction.


This leads to the police willingly handing over their gear, so the remaining Lupinrangers can save their friend. What unfolds from there is a 3-on-1 battle that is interrupted by Dogranio, whose safe we finally see in action. Zamigo insists on not being interrupted by anyone during his battle, including Dogranio, and as such, he asks to take refuge in Dogranio’s safe. As it turns out, the Ganglers’ leader holds an entire world inside his safe, containing all the Lupin Collection items not seen up to this point in the series. This world is where the battle against Zamigo takes place. In the end, the Rangers are victorious but still trapped. As previously indicated, Dogranio opens his safe on command, but it is impossible to break out.

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Next week’s finale sees the Patorangers and Dogranio face off, while the Lupinrangers remain trapped. For the first time, this episode also marks the debut of a new form for a primary ranger, in the form of Super Patren #1, using Siren Striker. It’s fundamentally identical to Super LupinRed and Super LupinX, but flipped. The finale of Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger airs on Sunday, 10 Feb, at 7:30AM JST. Stay tuned for a full series retrospective once the series has concluded!


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The Ryuki arc kicks off this week in an interesting fashion. A series first, the primary Rider of the previous season is not the focus of this arc. Instead, we’re met by the contract being formed between Uhr and the mirror-world Kido Shinji, Kamen Rider Ryuga. Using the Another Ryuga watch, he becomes Another Ryuga and begins attacking through mirrors. The stakes are high, as the original Ryuga can’t exactly be convinced to lend his power. It seems as though Another Ryuga is unbeatable, until White Woz comes up with a plan: Kill Kido Shinji, Kamen Rider Ryuki, and his mirror self will simply poof out of existence and cease to be.

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White Woz brings this plan to Geiz, who immediately rejects it and intervenes in White Woz’s attack on Kido. Conversely, Black Woz seems to be putting a plan into motion as well, using the Zi-O II Ride Watch that was shown last week to give Sougo Mirror-World access. Inside the mirror world, Sougo meets himself. This is a darker version. The parts of Sougo that could become Oma Zi-O are brought to light and Sougo ends up fighting himself. The episode ends there, on a high note of dramatic tension that promises to pay off in next week’s episode. Keep an eye out here for more!


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More shenanigans are afoot this week, with a focus on the Extra Hero trope of Tokusatsu media. As Nakamura and Yoshida get closer, they begin to wonder if they can get their own “extra hero” to coincide with the reveal of Jushowan’s fourth member, silver ranger Celotol. Over the course of the episode, Nakamura also has to deal with the lingering paranoia that she’s been outed, after finding the capsule toy Kitashiro left in her locker at the end of episode two. The first candidate is Nakamura’s coworker, Yuki, who is a fangirl of the blue ranger from Stranger Five. Her love of this actor does not extend to tokusatsu in the way Nakamura and Yoshida hope, though.

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There are lot of laughs, some physical comedy and a lot of cutaways to tokusatsu scenes and Scrubs-style daydreams. It’s over the top in the best ways, but also has a heavy dose of reality, thanks to Kitashiro’s judgment of Nakamura. When it comes out that Kitashiro does know about Nakamura’s tokusatsu obsession, it’s crushing, with Kitashiro saying Nakamura should be ashamed of herself. She is outright called a disgrace, but the tables turn before long.


As it turns out, Kitashiro is a closet idol geek, with her wallet being outed as carrying the symbol for a boys idol group, Bee Boys. Yoshida finds out, and gives Nakamura the information before encouraging her to try to turn Kitashiro into a friend, letting the older woman know she’s not alone in being a closeted geek. Kitashiro goes along with this about as well as one would expect, and that is what sets up next week’s episode.

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

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Three Super Sentai Strongest Battle Episode Summaries Revealed

The plot of the first three episodes of the upcoming Super Sentai Strongest Battle miniseries have been revealed with a ‘Marvellous’ kick off!

The summaries were revealed by Japanese site, AkkiNews, but were later translated by Rangerboard user, Dukemon.

Battle 1 – Episode Name TBD, airing on February 17th in Japan:
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger are suddenly attacked by a mysterious warrior named Gaisoulg. Captain Marvellous feels guilty of not protecting his team and crosses swords with Gaisoulg. During the fight, a mysterious “Shining Plate” appears, Marvellous/GokaiRed touches it and is transported to Planet Nemesis. He then discovers that many Sentai heroes from the past received that same plate, and have all been called there.

The heroes were gathered by the Watchman of Time, Rita. She informs the heroes that she gathered them to participate in the “Super Sentai Strongest Battle” and the winners will be able to ask for any wish they desire, using her miraculous powers. With each hero having their own wish to fight for, they are divided into 32 teams of 5, mixing and matching the various Sentai teams. The first match is between Zyuohger’s Zyuoh Eagle and Patranger’s Patoren #1!

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Battle 2 – Episode Name TBD, airing on February 24th in Japan:
In the middle of the battle, Gaisoulg interferes and challenges GokaiRed to a battle. Ninninger’s AkaNinger is injured protecting GokaiRed from his attack.

Battle 3 – Episode Name TBD, airing on March 3rd
Dekaranger’s DekaMaster and ToQGer’s ToQ #5 are set to battle, but in fact, this fight is use to lure out Gaisoulg!

What do you think about the special mini series? Are you excited to see a Ryusoulger be introduced outside of the new Super Sentai? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: AkkiNews / Dukemon @ Rangerboard
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Power Rangers coming back to the Cinema?

New information reveals that it looks like Power Rangers may be returning to the silver screen once more!

It has been leaked that during a conference call to discuss future Power Ranger projects, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealed that Hasbro was currently in discussion with Paramount Pictures, with whom Hasbro have a long standing relationship, to make a new Power Rangers movie.

It’s completely unclear whether any new movie would have any ties to the 2017 Lionsgate produced film but the prospect of any Power Rangers on the big screen again has Ranger Nation buzzing!

Do you want to see the Power Rangers return to cinema? Do you think is could be based on a different team? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: Tokunation
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First Look at Upcoming Hasbro Power Rangers Toys

New York Toy Fair is right around the corner but Hasbro are already off the starting block with Beast Morphers toy reveals!

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Pending the release of Power Rangers Beast Morphers, two images from the first Power Rangers Megazords to be produced by Hasbro have been released online. First up is the Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast-X Ultrazord! This is a non-combining version of the ultimate Beast Morphers combination, featuring lights and sounds. Following on from Power Rangers Beast Morphers, we have a look at the Power Rangers Wild Force Morphin Megazord which is an item from the Hasbro subsidiary Playskool! Based on the Wild Force Megazord from Power Rangers Wild Force this Megazord converts from Robot to Beast in a single step. Both figures are currently scheduled for release in Autumn 2019

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Continuing along the same theme, we also got images for some of the roleplay toys and costumes for Power Rangers Beast Morphers that will be seeing release.

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Kicking things off is a look the new Morpher from Power Rangers Beast Morphers, named the Beast-X Morpher. This wrist-mounted toy has lights and sounds built in as well as voice and movement activated features. Attaching it to your wrist and using the phrase “It’s Morphin Time!” will trigger the morphing sequence effects and swinging your wrist around will also activate battle lights and sounds for the toy. It also includes some Morph-X Keys which will also trigger lights and sounds. Other keys will be included with other toys from the series.

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Following on from the Beast-X Morpher is the Power Rangers Beast Morphers Basic Figures Assortment with each figure standing at 6 inches tall. Each feature multiple points of articulation and include two accessories so that fans can recreate the poses and scenes from the Power Rangers Beast Morphers series. Plus, with the included Morph-X key, kids can imagine unlocking powers in the Beast-X Morpher toy.

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Continuing from the figures are the new roleplay toys. The Beast-X Electronic Sabre features lights and reactive sound effects that respond to kids’ movements as they imagine battling monsters and villains as one of the Power Rangers. Swinging the sabre firmly 7 times unlocks “Beast Mode,” with special light and battle sound effects.

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The Cheetah Beast Blaster looks like a Cheetah Zord, ready to pounce, but can morph into blaster mode for soft dart-firing action! Powered by NERF, the blaster comes with 3 darts, ready for morphinominal action against any opponent.

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The Electronic Cheetah Claw is used when the Red Ranger powers up in Red Fury Mode. The toy features reactive sound effects that respond to kids’ movements as they strap the toy to their hand, then make a slashing motion to extend the claws. Pushing a button on the handle makes them retract again, ready for more action.

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The Red and Blue Ranger masks both feature designs inspired by the TV show, so kids can imagine leading the Power Rangers in the battle to protect the Morph-X. From Halloween, to party time, or every day adventures, kids can imagine jumping into action.

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Last, but by no means least, are the fancy dress costumes designed for kids.

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What do you think of all the announced toys so far? What will you be adding to your collections? Let us know on our Social Media pages!

Sources: Tokunation, ScreenRant, Power Rangers NOW
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Complete details from the Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Press Conference

While British residents were fast asleep last night, Toei Company held a press conference to reveal the cast for Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger!

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The 43rd entry in the long running Super Sentai series will be Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, also the fourth team to use a dinosaur theme but with knight based motif added to the mix. As we previously reported, the series is being written by Yamaoka Junpei, who is a new writer for the tokusatsu universe, and is directed by Kamihoriuchi Kazuya, who previously directed Kamen Rider Build the Movie: Be the One. This will be Kazuya’s first time as chief director on a Super Sentai series as well as on a series in general. Serving as chief producer will be Maruyama Shinya, who is a noted producer for various J-Drama shows and served as an assistant producer for shows including: B-Robo Kabutak, Moero!! Robocon, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.

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The main story focuses on an ancient alien race called the Druidon, who left the planet after the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs came to Earth. The Ryusoul tribe left their powers in the care of a group of chosen warriors, giving them the ability to defend the world when the Druidon race returned to Earth to conquer, or destroy, the planet. The catchphrase for the series will be a Portuguese phrase “que bom” roughly translating as “something that’s really great”.

The cast for Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger will include:

Ichinose Hayate as Kou, RyusoulRed: A genius who is completely focused on training.

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Tsuna Keito as Melt, RyusoulBlue: A warrior with a hunger for knowledge.

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Obara Yuito as Towa, RyusoulGreen: A warrior who refuses to let anyone defeat him.

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Kishida Tatsuya as Banba, RyusoulBlack: Towa’s older brother; the silent type.

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Osaki Ichika as Asuna, RyusoulPink: Asuna is from a noble family and has exceptional power.

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The series will also feature Fukikoshi Mitsuru as Tatsui Naohish, a palaeontologist…

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As well as Mana Kinjo, who stars as Naohisa’s daughter, YouTuber Tatsui Ui.

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In a homage to Kyoryuger, Kou will have a dinosaur partner, Tyramigo. He will be voiced by Terasoma Masaki, whose previous voice roles include Shadow Moon (Kamen Rider Black) and Kintaros (Kamen Rider Den-O).

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Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger begins March 17th, 2019.

What do you guys think of the announced cast? Are you excited for the series? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source and Image Credit: The Tokusatsu Network
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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – DecadeArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

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DecadeArmor (ディケイドアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Decade-based form accessed using the Decade Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Decade’s default form. Other Ridewatches can be inserted into the Decade Ridewatch to augment the DecadeArmor with the power of past upgrade or super forms.

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Its default visor and chest plates spell out “Decade” (ディケイド) in katakana. In it’s Build Form, the chest and left shoulder of DecadeArmor Build Form read “Sparkling” (スパークリング) in katakana, while the right shoulder reads “Build” (ビルド).

A full review of the RKF DecadeArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, unlike other RiderArmor figures, is being offered on the same pricing scale as Rider Kicks Figures available from Toku Toy Store for £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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This Week in Tokusatsu – Week 5, 2019

This week, we see Dogranio’s destructive power unleashed. The Quiz arc of Zi-O comes to a close, and the live-action Tokusatsu GaGaGa kicks off!


Lupinranger vs Patoranger Episode 49

After revealing their identities publicly last week, the Lupinrangers have gone on the run! Jurer has been emptied out completely, with “not a hair” left behind, according to the GSPO’s forensic expert. They haven’t gone far, though, still hiding somewhere in the city with the help of Kogure and Noel. While they plan their next move, Dogranio and Zamigo have a talk about power, and about Lupin Red. Zamigo vows that no one else will take Kairi from him, not even Dogranio himself, and Dogranio insists that he is an old man but still needs to raise hell sometimes. With that in mind, he launches an all out attack himself, in person, on the city.

This draws out the Lupinrangers, who are fittingly and quickly decimated by the Ganglers’ leader. Umika and Touma end up hospitalized and under arrest, being guarded by the GSPO while they recover. Kairi, while severely injured, is not taken and instead insists on continuing the fight. Somewhere along the way, he seeks out Keiichiro, who has seemingly had a full change of heart in regards to the thieves and their motivations. Now knowing who they are and what they are up against, Keiichiro vows to help Kairi however possible, even if it means resigning from his position at GSPO and becoming a criminal.

Kairi refuses, and goes his own way, eventually making his way to Zamigo. The episode ends on the cliffhanger of their fated duel finally about to take place, but not before we get an incredibly stylish, fittingly dramatic transformation sequence from both of them as one of Zamigo’s ice cubes falls between them.

Next week is the final episode of Lupinranger vs Patoranger, and if the preview clip is anything to go by, it will not disappoint. Be sure to keep an eye out here after the finale for a retrospective look at the full series!


Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 20

This week’s episode doesn’t do a great deal to advance the plot overall, but does give a lot of interesting insights into certain characters. White Woz now appears to be much more self-serving than he originally appeared, subtly confirming the underlying malevolence he displayed in his first few appearances. Black Woz, while not entirely in agreement with Sougo, never outright acts against his master the way White Woz does for Geiz. It’s an interesting contrast, for sure.

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The bulk of the episode focuses on the conflict between Geiz and Mondo (Kamen Rider Quiz) as they work to put a stop to Another Quiz. Over the course of several encounters, we see the layers peeled back on Mondo’s character as well, revealing that his motivations are more than they appeared. Also featured is the debut of Zi-O’s W armour in the series, though no explanation for the W RideWatch is given in the episode.  This is because the watch is obtained in the film Kamen Rider: Heisei Generations Forever which debuted in theatres just before Christmas. This power-up places the canon timeline of that film somewhere before episode 20.

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When the climax of the arc comes, we see once again that White Woz is easily the most powerful character on the show, as he first stops Ora from freezing time and then self-charges the Quiz MiraideWatch, stealing Mondo’s power so he can defeat Another Quiz himself when Geiz has a moment of sentimental morality. At the end of it all, Mondo walks away powerless, destination unknown, and Black Woz brings a new watch to the clock shop for repair.

This is, presumably, the previously seen Zi-O II RideWatch, and it looks like we will see this new form in action in the next couple of episodes, if the repairs go well. 

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The next arc will revolve around Kamen Rider Ryuki, and features a few returning actors. Are you excited to see Ryuki’s cast return?


Tokusatsu GaGaGa Episodes 1 and 2

Tokusatsu GaGaGa is a comedy series based on a manga of the same name, and follows a beautiful but otherwise average office worker as she grapples with adult life and being a closeted Tokusatsu geek. Through each episode, we see the protagonist, Nakamura Kano, try to deal with seemingly everyday situations while slipping into Scrubs-style daydream sequences, revolving around Tokusatsu and how she uses it as a lens to relate to the world.

In the first episode, we are treated to a few silly situations, played for laughs, including a lot of graphics on screen explaining what certain phrases mean and names of people as well. The show even features its own Toku heroes.

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Bestial Storm Jushowan is the series’ representation of Super Sentai, with suits and abilities that mimic Gekiranger, while Rescue Machine EmerJason is something akin to a Metal Hero, or Kamen Rider, though the suit bears a strong resemblance to Space Sheriff Sharivan mixed with CarRanger. In just the first episode, both heroes make appearances in Nakamura’s daydreams, as she grapples with trying not to out herself but still indulging in her love of Toku. On the train to work, she sees another woman with a charm on her purse of Toraiger, Jushowan’s blue ranger. In response, a great deal of the episode is spent on Nakamura going from one gatcha machine to another in search of her character’s charm.

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When she finds the charm, for Jushowan’s red ranger Shishi Leo, Nakamura must first overcome a child she compares to Damian from The Omen, an American horror film. During a Karaoke outing with her work colleagues, conversely, Nakamura imagines her nerves and lack of understanding of popular music as a Tokusatsu monster of the week. This “Karaoke Monster” is only defeated when Nakamura steels herself, and decides to sing the OP to EmerJason in front of her co-workers.

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As she tries to get a Shishi Leo figure out of a fast food meal, we even get a brief look at Love Cute, the series’ version of Pretty Cure, a popular Magical Girl anime for little girls that is inspired by Tokusatsu.

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For the sake of escapism, at one point, she even ducks into a toy store to get blind box figures so she can avoid answering her mother’s repeated phone calls. The store is run by a man who looks very much like the stereotypical Yakuza thug, and Nakamura has a moment of regret as she answers the next call to escape the store.

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From there, the scene becomes a nightmare of Jushowan, defeated but still fighting. Nakamura wakes up terrified, after the villain of Jushowan mentions shopping. As it turns out, Nakamura is dreaming of shopping with her mother later the following day. She gets dressed up for the occasion, inadvertently causing a scene in her office as several of her friends who like to gossip start wondering if she has a date, or is expecting a proposal. It’s exactly as over the top as it sounds, especially after Onoda, a male coworker who clearly has a crush on Nakamura, runs into another man with a cart full of boxes.

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As Nakamura wanders through the mall with her mother, she makes it a mission to stop the older woman from seeing anything Tokusatsu related, but stops on her own to stare at a poster for the Jushowan and EmerJason crossover hero show. Looking at clothes, she equates the price to a DVD box set. Nakamura’s mother, as a character, is a bit of a stereotype of the typical doting Japanese mother, encouraging Nakamura rather forcefully to wear frilly, girly clothes and get married young, reinforcing each suggestion with guilt about her age and about Nakamura’s fatherless childhood. To cope with this, she imagines herself fighting General Genka, Jushowan’s main villain, using only the hangers from the store.

Nakamura stands up to her mother, who makes a scene in the store until she backs down, then takes the spare key to Nakamura’s apartment. Nakamura stops to take a picture of the poster from earlier, and her friend Onoda is seen observing. Nakamura eventually decides to go to the hero show, and sees the woman with the Toraiger charm again. As she sits in the crowd, we get a bit of insight into this other woman, Yoshida, who resolves this will her last hero show. She goes alone, it seems, and she thinks Nakamura is only at the show to kill time on a break from work.

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The two start talking, and decide to hang out to watch the show together. As each woman sits with her thoughts, there’s a bit of awkward silence outwardly. When they do finally talk, the two women begin to bond over their love of Tokusatsu, and we see some of Yoshida’s perspective in a flashback sequence. After bonding during the show, Yoshida and Nakamura spend a long time talking, with a pop-up on the screen each time they mention a series or episode. One of Nakamura’s coworkers drops in and makes things awkward, to comedic effect. When their secret is nearly exposed, Nakamura has another vision to help decide if she’ll intervene to protect Yoshida.

With the show’s continued emphasis on the theme of understanding, the women learn that the Yakuza who runs the toy store is just as into Tokusatsu as they are, and Yoshida resolves to make him understand his obsession is ok. In the preview for the next episode, we get to see that he will be a recurring character, and the next episode will seemingly have a lot more emphasis on the cutaways. Tokusatsu GaGaGa airs on NHK and will run for a total of seven episodes.

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