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Bandai Spirits merge with the Banpresto Toy Company

It has been revealed that Bandai Spirits will officially merge with Banpresto as they dissolve.

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Last month’s issue of National Printing Bureau’s Kanpō magazine, dated February 22nd, has revealed that toy company Banpresto has dissolved and will be merged with Bandai Spirits, Bandai Namco’s toys and hobby subsidiary. Bandai Spirits now own all rights and duties formally belonging to Banpresto.

Bandai Spirits was established on February 15th, 2018 by Bandai Namco as a subsidiary which absorbed the figure and plastic model side of the business and the convenience store goods business from Banpresto. The company had a capital stock of 100 million yen (about £692,000.06 in GBP) and about 450 employees at the time of it’s establishment.

Banpresto was founded as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd. in 1977, and the company was renamed as Coreland in 1982. They then became a partially owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco in 1989 which is how they gained their most recent name. Banpresto became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco in 2006.

What do you think of the move by Bandai Namco? Are you excited for the potential toy opportunities? Let us know on our social media pages!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Genm

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Genm!

Aspiring God, Kuroto Dan (檀 黎斗), is the CEO of GENM Corp, Undead Bugster, and comedy heel who acts as both serious and goofy antagonist to the doctors of the CR. Using the Proto Mighty Action X and Dangerous Zombie Gashats, he becomes Zombie Action Gamer Level X-0.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Genm 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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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Woz

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s continues the RiderArmor gimmick with an all-new base figure; Kamen Rider Woz.

Hailing from an alternate future where Geiz succeeded in killing Oma Zi-O. Kamen Rider Woz (仮面ライダーウォズ) decided travelled back in time to assist his would-be saviour in killing Oma Zi-O, while also collecting Miridewatches from Riders who shouldn’t exist in our future.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Woz by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

Each of these figures is 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 – February 24th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the rest of Set 7 and some teases for what’s to come.

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The final figures of Set 7 have been revealed. First up is Oma Zi-O! Teased back around Christmas this figure will finally be releasing in this set. His stand confirms his name as Kamen Rider Oma Zi-O, which is the first time he’s been referred to as an official Kamen Rider.

The other final figure of the Set is Woz’s Futuring Kikai armor. The final future Rider armor Woz has used in the show will also include both versions of Zi-O II’s sword. An extra Woz body from Set 6 will be included in Set 7 for those who don’t own one yet.

A new SODO ad has teased 2 figures not shown before. First was the Zi-O Decade Armor in its Build RabbitTank Sparkling mode. Confirming that we would be getting these armors in the line. Also Cross-Z Evol from the upcoming Cross-Z V-Cinema was also shown. With SODO Set 8 being another featuring Build set this makes a lot of sense to be included in the next set.

This ad also revealed the prototypes for some Another Riders from Zi-O! Another Build, Ex-Aid, Faiz, and Gaim were shown off in the ad. No information on how many they are doing or the way they are to be released yet but stay tuned.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 13 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 – Weeks 7 and 8, 2019

As Lupinranger Vs Patoranger comes to a close, Zi-O starts to achieve his full potential and the Super Sentai Saikyou Battle kicks off.


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The Lupinrangers are stuck inside Dogranio’s safe after their battle with Zamigo. Thankfully, they equipped their police counterparts before entering, knowing this could happen. On the whole, this final episode feels rushed. The battle against Dogranio is short and anticlimactic, decided quickly by a macguffin more than the skill or strength of any of the Rangers. When it’s over, Dogranio is taken into custody rather than being killed, and we flash forward a year.

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In that time, the Patorangers have become superheroes, celebrities to some degree, while still managing to do their jobs and mop up the last of the Ganglers. The Lupinrangers are believed to be dead, or at least, still trapped inside Dogranio’s safe world. When the credits start to roll on this series for the final time, the ending is ambiguous, a cliffhanger that leaves the main arc of the show unresolved. It is flashy, though, and does not disappoint if you are looking for good choreography and stunt work.

Where it does fall short in one other big way, though, is that the final scene of the series undoes much of the growth the characters went through, ignoring previously established friendships and romances, in favour of the generic cops-and-robbers angle that began the series. With a movie coming later in the year, I am personally hopeful that that will provide the ending this amazing series rightfully deserves. Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger kicks off in a few weeks, but until then, we are going to be treated to a four-week miniseries called Super Sentai: Strongest Battle! This series will be covered here during its full run leading up to the premiere of Ryusoulger.


Kamen Rider Zi-O Episodes 22 and 23

Zi-O’s true power is unleashed this week as Zi-O II debuts! In an attempt to defeat Another Ryuga, Geiz sacrifices his life to use his finishing attack on Another Ryuga, knowing that there is a time distortion before the attack triggers. This leads to Sougo beginning to accept the darkness in himself, the way he’d convinced Kido Shinji earlier in the episode to do the same.

Zi-O II is able to defeat Another Ryuga, and in a strong twist of character, Tsukuyomi and Geiz wrap the episode knowing they pushed Sougo in the wrong direction. They resolve to do better, and we begin the next episode, which sees Sougo jump 102 years into the future, to 2121.

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There he meets Kamen Rider Kikai, a parody of Shotaro Ishinomori’s other classic tokusatsu hero, Kikaider. Curiously, the episode is even called “Kikai da!” as an easter egg reference to this character.  Kikai’s design is very reminiscent of Drive, to me, with similar eyes and helmet shape. Many of the parts are mechanical in nature, obviously meant to emphasize the “Kikai” or machine design.

It’s a good suit, overall, and one that could easily be believed as a future Rider. When Sougo and Geiz end up meeting Another Kikai, it is the opposite of its counterpart, organic in nature instead of mechanical. The armour is largely made of wood, and instead of a person, Another Kikai appears to be some kind of Beetle that can reform itself by jumping from one tree to another. To put a twist on things, it’s revealed with a quick snippet of dialogue that this Another Rider was not created by any of the existing Time Jackers we know.

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Through animation and set pieces, as well as some expository dialogue by Kikai, we see a dark future that is worthy of its own series, if played out correctly, much like the previous Miraiders up to this point. One thing that threw me off at first, but quickly became one of the best parts of the episode, was the face and voice behind Kikai. The same actor who plays Kamen Rider Kikai was also recently seen as Zamigo in Lupinranger vs Patoranger, but seeing him play a hero is only briefly an odd transition. He plays the part well, and I personally would love to see more of this character and world, either through a spin-off or V-Cinema like Kamen Riders Shinobi and Quiz are getting.

This episode holds a few more big twists that you will need to watch it to see, but the implications on the plot are staggering if managed correctly. Next week, we will see the resolution of the Kikai arc, as well as all three Riders working together for the first time. Stay tuned and leave your thoughts in the comments or on social media!


Super Sentai Strongest Battle Episode 1

This three-episode miniseries is designed to fill the gap between the end of Lupinranger vs Patoranger and the beginning of the upcoming Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, and is a crossover event between returning and new heroes. We begin with the defeat of the Gokaigers at the hands of the series’ villain, Gaisorg. The series features not only teams crossing over, but dimensions, as we see the team lineup debut. The team includes Gokai Red, Zyuoh Eagle, AkaNinger, Kyuranger’s Sasori Orange, and Toq # 5 (Pink). All of the original actors return, though the voice for Gokai Red’s suited form in the opening is clearly not Ryota Ozawa. Keiichiro of the Patorangers is also invited to join, but we are still given no resolution to the cliffhanger ending of his series.

Taking beats from multiple western media sources, each Ranger who is invited is given a literal golden ticket, then transported to a Marvel-style battle world, a planet called Nemesis. Each summoned ranger joins a team of five, for a total of 32 groups, and the contest is shown to be a battle royale tournament. Zyuoh Eagle regrets that he and Keiichiro are in the first match, thinking they would get along well, but knowing this is just a contest. The match is between “Team Weirdo” and “Team Serious Business” which both appear to be fitting names. Apart from this one-on-one contest, we see other matches going on with other teams, dating as far back as Denjiman and Turboranger. Many of the battles shown are between teams whose seasons had crossover movies, including TimeBlue against Gingaman Red.

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Overall, this crossover event appears to be riding the Battle Royale hype train, but is a fun ride nonetheless. If you need a Super Sentai fix in between series, this will get you through, but is largely lacking in substance, apart from the character interactions.


Power Rangers News

Unveiled at Toy Expo 2019, we finally have our first look at the Lightning Collection, as well as other new Power Rangers toys coming from Hasbro later this year. Each figure in the Lightning Collection is highly detailed, including multiple accessories and head sculpts for Rangers (including Doggie Cruger). The first wave of Lightning Collection figures will be as follows:

Part of the second wave has also been officially announced. Included in this wave will be:

  • Goldar (US Exclusive to Gamestop)
  • Beast Morphers Red

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In addition, it was confirmed that Power Rangers Beast Morphers will premiere on March 2nd on Nickelodeon in the US, with worldwide release to follow shortly after.

A trailer debuted for Beast Morphers around 2/21/19, showing some of the differences between Beast Morphers and Go-Busters, as well as some of the effects and the new transformation sequence. It appears they are adding a crystal gimmick that didn’t exist in Go-Busters, but are otherwise leaving the scene largely unchanged.

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

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First look and new toys revealed inside Hasbro’s Power Rangers Toy Fair display

Before it’s even officially open, we have a really good look at Hasbro’s display space at New York Toy Fair 2019!

It’s been a busy few days for fans of Power Rangers. With New York Toy Fair approaching, followers of the brand were excited to find out just what exactly Hasbro had planned for us in their first foray into the Power Rangers universe. We already saw early previews of the Zords and 6″ Figures this week, and the Lightning Collection yesterday, but now there are even more news items to digest, as well as a good look at the toys on display.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Lightning Collection

Overnight, the first of the new Lightning Collection figures was made available for preorder in the United States at Hasbro’s new collector hub, Hasbro Pulse. Our first featured Ranger is the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Dino Charge. As you can see from the gallery below, the figure comes bundled with weapons, hands and a swappable head in the likeness of Tyler, played by actor Brennan Mejia. The US retail price is $19.99 and is expected to be £19.99 in the United Kingdom, too.

 

Inside the display space, we get our first look at… well… everything!

6″ Action Figures

First up, are the 6″ line of action figures from the upcoming Beast Morphers series, which debuts March 2nd in the United States. We had already seen and fallen in love with these figures. In a 6″ scale, they will match up nicely alongside the Lightning Collection and even it’s predecessor, Bandai America’s Legacy line, which only came in at roughly half an inch more in size. At the back of the display, we also get a preview of the packaging. Each figure is bundles with at least one weapon, as well as a key for the Beast Morphers’ Morpher.

Some of Beast Morphers Wave 1 action figures – From left: Blue Ranger, Yellow Ranger, Blaze, Red Ranger, Tronic

More from Wave 1 – From left: Tronic, Roxy, Jack Beast Bot, Powered Red Ranger, Silver Ranger (in background)

Figures from Wave 2, due Autumn 2019 – From left: Red Ranger Powered Up, Silver Ranger, Gold Ranger, Evox, Drilltron

12″ Action Figures

Affectionately known as ‘nutcracker’ figures, Hasbro will also produce a small 12″ line of figures for Beast Morphers. The Red and Blue Rangers, as well as Blaze, are available from April, while Silver and Yellow will wait til Autumn for release.

The first 12″ figures for Beast Morphers – From left, Red, Blaze, Blue, Silver, and Yellow

Playskool

We already knew about the Wild Force Megazord and Red Dragon Thunderzord coming in this line (not pictured here) but that was not all for the Playskool line of toys for smaller children. Playskool Heroes feature Zords are to be produced, starting with reproductions of further mecha from Power Rangers Wild Force and also the dinosaurs of Power Rangers Dino Thunder. Alongside those Zords, Mega Mighties of complimenting Power Rangers will also be released in packs of two.

A first look at Wild Force and Dino Thunder based toys in the Playskool line

Playskool Heroes figures – From right: WF Silver, DT Yellow, Ninjor, DC Green, DC Gold

And finally…

First revealed late last night, the outside of Hasbro’s Power Rangers space gave us a rare treat in a look at the beautiful Dino Megazord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. A plaque alongside the Megazord reveals that this is the original prop from the 1993 series but, according to fans and experts on various forums, that isn’t strictly accurate. While the base of this Megazord may indeed stem from the original filming of Zyuranger, the suit had to undergo significant repair to be useable again and, as such, you could argue that so much has been changed that this is not the original suit.

This suit was used by Toei Company in the filming of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie and later found its way into the, now closed, Toei Hero World Museum. Over on our Facebook page, good friend of Toku Toy Store, Stu Hix, noted the blemishes in the suit that proved it was one and the same from Hero World.

View from the entrance to Hasbro’s display space

Plaque detailing the history of the Megazord

On the other side of the entrance, far left, is a small display of items produced by third-party manufacturers.

New and existing Power Ranger products produced by third-party (non-Hasbro) manufacturers

That’s it for now! Keep eyes here at Toku Toy Store for further news and updates, as well as the new toys from Hasbro when they become available from April 2019!

What is your favourite new toy reveal? Which items will be coming home to your collection? Join the conversation on our social media pages!

Source: The Toy Book/The Rockfather, Hasbro Pulse.
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Power Rangers Stage Show Coming to the US and Canada

The Power Rangers franchise is taking another shot at live shows.

Amongst the new toy and Beast Morphers premiere news today, Hasbro have announced a new partnership to create a new series of live stage shows across the United States and Canada. This marks the second time in the last few years that a live Power Rangers tour has been announced with the first, under Saban Brands, being cancelled during the run up to the first event.

The full details from Kilburn Live’s press conference is as follows:

HASBRO AND KILBURN LIVE BRING TOURING POWER RANGERS STAGE SHOW AND FAN EXPERIENCE TO U.S. AND CANADA

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (FEBRUARY 15, 2019) — Los Angeles-based Kilburn Live and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced today that Kilburn will produce and tour a live stage show and fan experience featuring Hasbro’s POWER RANGERS across North America.

The POWER RANGERS live show will expand the POWER RANGERS storytelling with a live stage experience intended for Power Ranger fans of all ages.

“POWER RANGERS is a powerhouse franchise and we’re excited to build upon its 25-year legacy of entertainment and innovation to bring immersive experiences to a new generation of fans. We’re thrilled to work with Kilburn Live to unlock the potential of the POWER RANGERS Brand Blueprint with the live stage show and fan experience designed to delight existing fans and attract new ones,” said Simon Waters, Senior Vice President and GM of Hasbro’s Power Rangers franchise. “Kilburn is a proven leader in executing creative live entertainment experiences and we know all POWER RANGERS fans and families will find even more ways to engage with their favorite franchise.”

“POWER RANGERS is an iconic brand with passionate fans across the U.S. and Canada and we are honored to bring the stories and characters people know from TV and movies to a live stage show,” said Mark Manuel, CEO of Kilburn Live. “Our goal is to create a memorable POWER RANGERS experience the whole family will enjoy.”

Kilburn will be partnering with Koba Entertainment, a leading family entertainment live touring company, on the North American tour. Tour dates and cities will be announced later this year.

Stay tuned to Toku Toy Store for updates as they become available.

Would you like to attend a live Power Rangers show? What cities in North America are you hoping for? Sound off on our social media pages!

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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!

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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!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

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.

Kamen Rider Den-O

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.