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New Premium Bandai Kamen Rider Ex-Aid DX Gashats Revealed

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid ended a month ago but Bandai isn’t done with your wallet yet! Premium Bandai is back at it again with some more Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Gashats. Revealed today were 2 new Gashats to be featured in the Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Another Ending V-Cinemas coming out spring of next year.

The first Gashat revealed is one that was already known,  DX God Maximum Mighty X. This Gashat was announced a month ago when the movies were announced. It was to be packaged along with the DVD & Blu-ray special editions of the movie trilogy but now it seems you can buy this Gashat & DVD/Blu-ray set on Premium Bandai. Since it comes only in this special set, the price is pretty steep. Today Premium Bandai revealed the jingles and more photos of this upcoming Gashat. It’s assumed this Gashat will be featured in the Genm vs Lazer V-Cinema but since it’s coming with all 3 movies it could have more importance that that.

This Gashat is a repaint of Ex-Aid’s Maximum Mighty X Gashat done up in Genm’s colors. It has Kuroto Dan written all over it. The sounds also match his characters. It’s unknown if this Gashat will be used for a new form for Genm but it probably will be in at least one of the V-Cinemas.

Here are the translated transformation jingles:

“Gachan!” “I-mmor-tal!”

“The Ultimate God’s Genius” “Kuroto Dan!” “Kuroto Dan”

“God Maximum X!”

“God Maximum Critical Blessing!”

Extremely fitting for Kuroto’s new Gashat. He of course makes his Gashat be all about him.

But wait, there’s more…

The other Gashat revealed from Premium Bandai is the DX Gashat Gear Dual Another. This Gashat is just a greyscale repaint of the original Gashat Gear Dual used by Kamen Rider Para-DX. It’s basically just a Proto Gashat version of his Gashat. The sounds for the Perfect Puzzle and Knockout Fighter henshins appear to be the same as the original release. The new sounds come from what the Perfect Knockout jingle was. In the movie a new Rider known as Kamen Rider Another Para-DX will use this Gashat to transform.

Here is the translated jingle for the new Perfect Knockout:

“The evil power fist,  the dark puzzle chain! A champion of pure evil! Perfect Knockout!”

It definitely sounds evil! It appears this new Rider is the villain for the Para-DX with Poppy V-Cinema. With a Gashat revealed for 2 of the 3 V-Cinemas could more be on the way for the Brave and Snipe V-Cinema as well? Time will tell.

Could it be these two Gashats along with Doctor Mighty XX and Knockout Fighter 2 were the Gashats Kuroto was seen working on at the end of the show? It would make sense as these 4 Gashats line up pretty closely to his work here.

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Will you be picking these Gashats up? Are you looking forward to the Ex-Aid V-Cinemas next year? Comment down below!

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Upcoming Power Rangers toys revealed at New York Comic-Con

All of the newest, upcoming Power Rangers toys have been revealed at New York Comic Con, and they look great. With Power Rangers Ninja Steel getting closer to Super Ninja Steel, Bandai America have taken this opportunity to unveil some of their upcoming releases. From standard Deluxe toys to Legacy Line, there’s plenty to feed your desire demons.

First, we’ve got our first look at the ‘Blaze Megazord’, Super Ninja Steel’s version of the Gekiatsu Dai-Oh!

Looking almost identical to its Japanese counterpart, the Blaze Megazord definitely looks the part. Maintaining the 6 coloured Rangers in the chest for what we can only assume is a dart-firing action, this toy will be a must-buy if the Gekiatsu Dai-Oh is out of your price range.

We also get a nice look at the accompanying Super Ninja Steel figures and weapon with summoning star.

 These heavily armoured figures have taken Ninja Master Mode to a whole new level, with a nice gold accent.

The Deluxe Blade Bow also sparks some interest, as it’s a sword that springs open into a bow! Double the fun, double the trouble for kids hitting their friends over the head by accident. The included summoning star is just as unflattering as all the Ninja Steel stars, so if anything you’ll only be buying that set for the Power Rangers exclusive original weapon. Shocker!

Now on to the good stuff.

We get a great look at the upcoming Legacy Toys too, and oh boy there’s a lot to see.

Zeo Red, Zeo Pink, Zeo Blue, Dino Thunder Yellow and Dino Thunder Black all looking as great as expected. The Dino Thunder Black figure will be a must-have with the Exclusive Tommy Figure set coming soon, as Dino Thunder Black will not be included in that set.

In the back of that picture you may have noticed some new items as well. Introducing the ‘Legacy Mini Helmet ‘ line.

A great item for any collector, these helmets will be too small to wear, but will fit comfortably on even the smallest shelf. (They’ll be a lot more affordable too). Here’s hoping we see this line release helmets for rangers other than MMPR!

Lastly, we see the Legacy Zords. These zords are an individual release of non-combining MMPR zords. Great for displays, these zords will be better articulated than the existing Deluxe and Legacy Zords. Designed to pose in action scenes, or simply play with, this line will be great if you don’t want your children to choke on the small parts that are normally included with other releases.

What Legacy Zords and Mini Helmets would you like to see released? Let us know in the comments or on the Toku Toy Store Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Kamen Rider Build: Episode 5 Review

When this episode was first teased, it left us on a big cliffhanger. The owner was revealed to be in possession of a panel of the Pandora Box, leading Sento to question whether he was a member of Faust. Although the episode did reveal things about him, it was quite anticlimactic compared to what we were originally shown.

The episode begins with the owner telling Sento about how he was the astronaut who activated the Pandora Box, explaining how he found the panel. As I said, this is kinda unexpected. Although it makes sense, it’s still confusing why he didn’t just tell Sento when he found him considering his reaction.

While we get to learn more about the owner, some of Sento’s back story is revealed too. We learn that, before he lost his memory, he was actually a member of a band. It’s kinda funny how he may not be as smart as he was initially claiming, although he did leave the band to work on a new drug so that kinda makes up for it. Personally, I think this is a bit to early for a reveal like this. I know I said in my episode 2 review that I’m glad the show is taking risks this early, but Sento and the owner’s reveals should’ve been saved for episodes 9-12.

We also get to see more of Blood Stark. In my opinion, he is probably the most threatening villain in the series so far. He was shown to be intimidating from his first appearance but this episode just makes him look even cooler. Speaking of cool… The new form in this episode, NinninComic, is probably one of my favourite forms so far. I especially like the new weapon, which incorporated 4-panel manga into the design.

The SMASH of this episode was created from one of Sento’s old band mates. He wasn’t defeated though, since Ryuuga stopped Sento from extracting the essence so he could test his theory that SMASH return to the Faust HQ when their essence is returned. Segueing nicely into the next episode.

Overall, this episode was okay. The plot twists should’ve come later on but they were well executed either way. I’m looking forward to the next few episodes.

What do you think of Build so far? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Saban Brands reveal first details on 25th Anniversary celebrations

In conjunction with their announcement at today’s Licensing Expo, Saban Brands sent out the following press release detailing the early plans for their 25th Anniversary celebration.

Saban Brands today announced the official 25th anniversary campaign for Saban’s Power Rangers, the iconic superhero franchise. To commemorate 25 powerful years, Saban’s Power Rangers’ anniversary campaign will be a multi-tiered program, titled, “You’ve Got the Power”, designed to encourage, enable and empower children and adults to unleash their inner superhero. Saban Brands will soon begin unveiling never-before seen content as well as partnerships, tours and interactive programs that embody the core pillars of the Power Rangers brand: friendship, inclusivity, diversity and teamwork – a powerful combination. Additionally, because “it’s morphin time,” Saban Brands will celebrate the brand’s anniversary date, August 28, 2018, in morphinominal fashion.

In addition to the reveal of the Power Rangers 25th anniversary logo, Saban Brands shared a sneak peek into the celebratory year, which will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• A special 25th anniversary episode will air on Nickelodeon during the “Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel” season in Summer 2018.
• A highly anticipated national live tour in partnership with Red Light Management and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) will be an epic, one-of-a-kind and interactive theatre production. More details, along with pre-sale tickets, will be announced in early October.
• Power Rangers will soon be the first licensed property with an official interactive role playing game streaming live on Hyper RPG, an industry leading channel on Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community.
• Interactive experiences with new, game-changing brand partners to create Power Rangers escape rooms and virtual reality centers as well as learning and physical development opportunities for kids and much more.
• The unveiling of the “Top 25 for the 25th” collection which will feature must-have, official anniversary items for collectors of all ages from notable partners including toy partner Bandai, the chart-topping mobile game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars from nWay and record-breaking Power Rangers comics from BOOM! Studios, amongst others.

“At its premiere in 1993, the ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ resonated with people around the world, turning it into a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Janet Hsu, CEO at Saban Brands. “Since then, the Power Rangers TV series has continued to exemplify teamwork and inclusivity which is something we are extremely proud of and will be showcasing throughout our 25th anniversary year as we look to celebrate this historic milestone with fans of all ages.”

Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993, Power Rangers is one of the most-watched television programs in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running kids live-action series in television history. The series and subsequent movies, including 2017’s feature film with Lionsgate, follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil. The TV show airs in 150 markets around the world and is translated into numerous languages. As a top ranked action brand for decades with more than 150 licensees globally, Saban Brands will work closely with its valued partners to honor this incredible landmark for the franchise.

Teaser campaigns will begin soon and the official celebration will kick off in January 2018 continuing through holiday 2018. For more information, please visit www.powerrangers.com and follow Power Rangers on http://rangernation.com/, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The press release also included the full logo for Power Rangers 25, seen below:

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Are you excited for the 25th Anniversary? What do you think of the first announcements? Join the discussion in the comment section below or on Toku Toy Store’s Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Uchu Sentai Kyuranger: Episode 32 Review

The Space Sentai are in a new timeslot this week and this episode did all it could to kick off this new era with a bang! The episode opens with Don Armage ordering a new focus in eliminating the Kyurangers; any of his henchmen able to do so will achieve Vice Shogun status as a reward. Kukuruga blames Akyanba for this and takes responsibility for removing the Kyuranger problem himself. He summons Dogyun and deploys him to Earth.

Meanwhile, on the downed Orion-gou, our heroes continue to question Naga about the whereabouts of Don Armage. He is able to share his rough location but cannot say for sure. The enquiry turns to Raptor and when the Orion-gou will be repaired. She becomes flustered and is unable to answer until the alarms alert them to a series of Moraimazu explosions on Earth. The team are about to deploy when they notice Tsurugi sitting in the Captain’s seat. He states that he is taking over as commander because he used to be president of the Space Federation and activates Kyulette the Chance in a hilarious 80s hair band routine, assisted by Stinger.

With the fun over, Lucky, Stinger, Hammie, Naga and Garu head to Earth, flanked by Tsurugi. As they arrive, the population are being attacked by household appliances under the control of Dogyun. This begins an expanded introduction to the opening music, fully explaining who the team are and how they have developed into twelve saviours; a nice little catch up for anyone tuning in for the first time because of the new timeslot. The team are able to get around the appliances and launch a finishing attack on Dogyun. Just as the attack is about to hit, the blast is interrupted by a shot from Washi Pink, ostensibly saving the monster.

When questioned, she states that she hopes Dogyun could use his ability to control machines to help repair Orion-gou. Tsurugi explains that this isn’t possible, explaining the science of the gloop Dogyun uses to control appliances. He dismisses Raptor’s concern for the ship as delusional and Raptor runs away, devastated that he would speak badly of the potential demise of their ship.

The team return to assess the damage to the ship and Spada regales the story of when, at the time it was just the two of them on the ship, the Orion-gou appeared to perform a miracle to get them out of trouble. Tsurugi starts to come around and Lucky goes to speak to Raptor. The others return to confront Dogyun, who has anticipated their return and set the five Moraimazu in the area to explode on a ten minute timer. The team transform and attack Dogyun but are held back when Kukuruga interferes.

Lucky finds Raptor in a playground and talks her through the problem. He reassures her that the team feel the same way about the Orion-gou as she does and that she should honour him by continuing to save the galaxy with them. The pair take flight and remove the controlling gloop from the Moraimazu, thwarting Dogyun’s plan. With the threat of explosion removed, Tsurugi apologises to Raptor and the team make light work of Dogyun.

Dogyun grows to giant size and is met with Kyutamajin. While the Kyurangers are able to easily take care of Dogyun, he once again takes control of the Moraimazu, uniting them and putting the gigantic structure on a collision course with Earth. Lucky tries to use Kyutamajin to destroy the massive structure but even Ultimate Meteor Break is futile against it. Raptor vows to destroy the structure for the Orion-gou and show him that they will save the universe in his name. These words cause the Orion-gou to regain power. It teleports the remaining team members into their Voyagers and sets itself on a collision course with the Moraimazu monstrosity. The Orion-gou sacrifices itself to destroy the structure, leaving the parting message ‘Good Luck’ on their heads-up displays. With peace restored, the team mourn the loss of the ship and vow to defeat Don Armage for its sake.

As the episode closes, we’re treated to a glimpse of the past where Shou Lonpou is looking over a massive new ship. What is this ship and how will Ryu Commander get it to our heroes?

Did you enjoy this episode of Kyuranger? How do you feel about the demise of the Orion-gou. Let us know in the comment section below or discuss it with us on Toku Toy Store’s Facebook and Twitter!

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Returning Actors Revealed!

This winter, on December 9th, in Japan the newest “Movie Taisen” film for Kamen Rider will be released. This year is the team-up between Kamen Rider Build and Kamen Rider Ex-Aid in Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL. This time last year saw the release of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations which featured the return of Kamen Rider Wizard, Kamen Rider Gaim (with archive voice clips), and Kamen Rider Drive to help out Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and Kamen Rider Ghost. For the next edition, Toei has decided to bring actors back to reprise roles again, which they revealed today.

The movie reveal was launched in an epic teaser trailer, which you can watch here:

The first of the reveal returning from the last Heisei Generations, as well as his most recent appearance in the Kamen Rider Ghost RE:BIRTH, is Shun Nishime as Takeru Tenkuji/Kamen Rider Ghost. This time Takeru will be sporting some black hair, which is new for his character. Shun was seen on the set in leaked photos a few weeks back so his reveal was not surprising.

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In the first of surprise actor returns, we have Gaku Sano returning as Kouta Kazuraba/Kamen Rider Gaim for the first time since Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden: Baron & Zangetsu back in 2015. It’s great to see Fruit Jesus return for real compared to the recycled voice line Kouta from last year’s Heisei Generations.

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The next surprising actor returning is Sota Fukushi as Gentaro Kisaragi/Kamen Rider Fourze. This is Sota’s first time playing Gentaro since all the way back in 2013’s Super Hero Taisen Z, but that was only a voice role. It’s great to see him back, including him being a teacher as we have reached the 5 years into the future Gentaro was seen in back in Movie War Ultimatum back in 2012.

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Finally, the final 2 actors returning are both from Kamen Rider OOO. Shu Watanabe is returning as Eiji Hino/Kamen Rider OOO joining him is his partner Ankh with Ryosuke Miura back in that role. Shu has not been seen since 2012’s Movie War Ultimatum and Ryosuke has not been seen since 2011’s Movie War Mega Max. Will we finally get the answer of how Eiji was able to revive Ankh after all these years?

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After the teaser dropped, the actors took to social media to post images and post other comments to talk about their returns to their past roles.

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These reveals put all the post Decade Rider Series except for W, Wizard, and Drive all in one movie. Will these 3 series be included somehow later? Time will tell, but with these reveals so far Heisei Generations FINAL is shaping up to be a very exciting Kamen Rider movie when it releases on December 9th, 2017 in Japanese cinemas.

Are you excited for the returning actors in Heisei Generations FINAL? Which actors would you want to come back? Comment down below!

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Power Rangers: The Top 5 Saban Era Episodes

Power Rangers is a show with a lot of nostalgia behind it. Many kids growing up in the 90s watched excitedly as the technicolor teens with attitude battled against hoards of aliens and monsters. Of the series as a whole, though, the part most fondly remembered is the Saban era: A fan term used to describe the period of the show which went from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers to Power Rangers Time Force/Power Rangers Wild Force, depending on how you count it. In this article, I’ll be covering my top five episodes from this era.

Green With Evil Part 1 (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Season 1, Episode 17)

Green With Evil, as a whole, is an arc often considered the best of the first season and is seen by many as the point at which Power rangers started to hit its stride. Of the arc, I’d say the first episode is the best of the lot due to how well Tommy is built up. He’s introduced as being able to rival Jason in martial arts, Kimberly is immediately taken with him and even Rita considers him an appropriate recipient for the Dragon Power Coin, after a good round of brainwashing of course.

Once given the coin, he more than lives up to the hype as he is single-handedly more effective than any monster Rita had deployed up to that point. He’d infiltrated and heavily damaged the Command Center, cut Zordon off from our dimension, and given Alpha a virus. Further to that, he also proves a powerful enough force to send the Rangers scurrying in retreat with their tails between their legs.

Having an episode end with the Rangers’ defeat was a very bold move which absolutely worked to the show’s advantage. It established Tommy as a force to be reckoned with and had fans eager to see the Rangers triumph against their brainwashed classmate and bring him back.

As a mostly episodic series the multi-part stories like Green With Evil are often the most fondly remembered episodes and out of all the multi-parters Green With Evil is the highest rated.

Countdown To Destruction Part 2 (Power Rangers In Space, Episode 43)

Both Countdown to Destruction parts are sure to be near if not at the top of any list ranking Power Rangers episodes and for good reason. It’s the culmination of all of Power Rangers up until that point and is a fitting conclusion to the Zordon era.

I rank the second part the highest as that’s the episode that actually wraps everything up and has the best moments, like Bulk and Skull’s “I’m Spartacus” moment and, of course, Zordon’s sacrifice. For an episode that was intended to cap the show off and be the last we’d get of Power Rangers it’s the best we could possibly ask for, we see our heroes triumph over insurmountable odds, a heroic sacrifice and unlikely heroes rising to help save the day. What more could you possibly want?

The Wasp With A Heart (Power Rangers In Space, Episode 10)

The Wasp With a Heart is the only single part episode on this list but that just goes to show how strong an episode it really is. It focuses on a monster called Waspicable who, despite his name, doesn’t have a monstrous bone in his body. He is compelled by fellow insectoid monster Sting King to fight the Rangers and cause chaos which he reluctantly does until he forms a friendship with Cassie. Cassie realises that he actually doesn’t want to fight and would much rather befriend humans and tend to flowers.

It’s a change in pace from the norm as, instead of destroying Waspicable, the other Rangers befriend him as well, once Cassie explains that he doesn’t want to fight. The idea of there being monsters that don’t want to cause harm is an idea I really enjoy because it can be a great opportunity to show another point of view to the battles the Rangers fight.

The Power of Pink (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Episode 31)

This is the second half of the Lost Galaxy/In Space crossover and is a spectacular episode. It is well known for featuring the first death of a Ranger as Kendrix’s actress, Valerie Vernon, had been diagnosed with Leukemia and had to be written out of the show. The death of Kendrix as she protects a former Pink Ranger is a wonderfully produced piece of Power Rangers history and it’s amazing how tastefully they managed to do it.

The episode also wraps up the Psycho Ranger plot thread from In Space as the Pink Psycho Ranger is finally defeated after surviving an attack that killed the rest of her teammates in the previous episode. As a crossover episode, it is also well worth a watch since it’s always fun to see current and past Rangers fighting together.

White Light Part 1 (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Season 2, Episode 17)

As an episode, White Light Part 1 does a wonderful job of building tension and suspense. To begin with we’re told fan favourite Tommy Oliver will be returning and, much like the Rangers, we the audience are very excited to see him back as his return is sure to mean something good. Not only that but Alpha and Zordon leave the Command Center and shut it down to embark on some secret mission. This leaves the Rangers cut off from them and causes Zedd to assume he has a perfect opportunity to strike.  The episode ends with a great cliffhanger, Billy finally finds Zordon and Alpha and is able to watch them as they work on their mission: A new Power Ranger!

Since the loss of the Green Ranger powers we hadn’t seen a sixth ranger. Seeing the two working on one is a really fun moment that, if you were watching for the first time, would be sure to get you hyped up for what it could mean.

What did you think of this list? Would you have included any different episodes? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kamen Ranger’s Ramblings: Improving Ex-Aid

I’ve made no real secret of my initial dislike of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. I was put off by the aesthetic of the show and I let that colour my enjoyment of the series as a whole which was a mistake; I ended up kind of liking it. 

However, the series is not without its flaws and I feel the series could have been so much better if it was significantly restructured and so I’m going to tell you exactly how I’d have made the show given the opportunity.

First of all, I’d have done away with the medical aspect of the series. It never really meshed well with the video game inspired aspects for me and just seemed out of place. Instead, I’d embrace the video game aspect entirely. I would have the Riders engaged in some kind of elaborate LARP/blood game not unlike the Gurongi in Kamen Rider Kuuga. The Riders would be forced into competing against the Bugsters in a real life video game to earn points, level up and defeat higher ranked Bugsters until they faced off against the final boss. Essentially, I’d be expanding the Kamen Rider Chronicle storyline arc into a whole show.

The Ride Player suits should have been the Riders’ level 1 form or maybe a level 0 form if we have to have those super deformed suits. After managing to defeat a Bugster boss, the rider can take the EXP earned and would then be able to invest the points into choosing equipment and stats which would effect their unique Kamen Rider form. And most importantly, they’d all be equipped with bikes or else the title of Rider wouldn’t make sense (that always bugged me).

I feel that as a premise this would make for a stronger foundation than a medical drama/video game superhero show that the Ex-Aid we have tried to be. What we got wasn’t bad but it could have been used to greater effect and it’s a shame we won’t get that. Either way I’m just glad I won’t have to see neon pink helmet hair for a while. 

What did you think of Ex-Aid? What do you think of my proposed premise? Do you think it’s better or worse than what we got? Let me know in the comments.  

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A look at October’s Uchu Sentai Kyuranger & Kamen Rider Build Toys

With Toku series like Kyuranger and Build currently airing another new month means new toys for these two shows. Of course Bandai delivers again with some exciting things in the month of October.

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October features one big new toy in the form of the DX Orion Battler! This big mecha release for Kyuranger features 2 Kyutama: #13 Orion and SP All Voyager. Orion Battler has it’s voyager mode, warrior mode, and can dock/shoot voyagers in it’s cannon mode. It’s cannon mode can also be fired by all the other voyagers to create a very large attack force! This giant final mecha will retail for the large price of 12,000 yen in Japan. Orion Battler will release on October 7th.

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Build has a lot of new toys this month including new Full Bottles, vinyl figures and weapons.

Let’s start with the Full Bottles; October 14th will see the release of the DX RocketPanda Full Bottle set. This set allows Build to transform into his Best Match of RocketPanda. As with most Full Bottle sets this set will cost 900 yen. Of course, these Full Bottles will work in the Build Driver and can be used to make Trial Forms with other preexisting Full Bottles.

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This month will also feature 4 new vinyl figures for Build. All of these will retail for 900 yen in Japan.

First is the villain Blood Stark. He will release on October 7th.

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Then on October 14th is the first of 3 new Best Matches for Build with the Flying Monotone! RocketPanda! vinyl figure.

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October 21st sees the release of the Rescue Kenzan! FireHedgehog! vinyl figure.

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Finally, October 28th has the Mane Cyclone! LionCleaner! vinyl figure.

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The final toys for Build this month are ones releated to the villains Night Rogue and Blood Stark.

First up is their transformation device, the DX TranSteam Gun. The TranSteam Gun comes with Night Rogue’s Bat Full Bottle. This toy has a pin reader so it seems to be able to read the other Full Bottles. The chamber that holds the Full Bottles also has an LED that will light up the translucent pieces of the Full Bottles. Inserting a Full Bottle will activate the transformation while pulling the trigger with a bottle inserted will activate the finisher attack. The gun retails for 3,800 yen and it will be released on October 14th.

Next is the DX Steam Blade, the weapon for the 2 villains. The Steam Blade comes with Blood Stalk’s Cobra Full Bottle. Pulling the trigger will activate sounds and turning the vale will give you finisher attacks. When you combine the 2 weapons you get the Steam Rifle weapon. This mode has even more attack sounds. The blade retails for 3,000 yen and will also be released on October 14th.

Seems like a great month full of great toys for these toku series! Of course all these toys and more will be avalible at http://www.tokutoystore.com/ !

What toys are you looking forward to seeing in the show this month? Are there any you are picking up? Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Power Rangers Ninja Steel: Episode 14 & 15 Review

This past fortnight’s Power Rangers Ninja Steel has been a royal double-bill. In these episodes, we’re introduced to a new character as well as a new Zord! Here is Toku Toy Store’s review of episode 14, The Royal Rival, and episode 15, The Royal Rumble.

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The programme opens at school with Sarah showing off her latest business class project: Sarah’s Cookie Creator. Despite the uninspiring name, the device itself is pretty cool as it will create delicious cookies out of any and all ingredients. In case we weren’t convinced, resident morons, Victor and Monty, test out the machines capabilities with sardines, liver and broccoli. The irritating pair themselves, of course, have no project prepared and are given an ultimatum by the teacher to prepare it by tomorrow.

Up on Galvanax’s ship, we’re introduced to Princess Viera and her companion monster Lord Drillion. Galvanax and Madame Odius are not convinced by the Princess’ ability to take care of the Power Rangers but they are reassured that Drillion accompanies her, as he can take care of business in the event of her failure.

In the park, Sarah’s invention is creating massive lines of people hoping to sample her products. Victor and Monty are arrested for stealing a cow… mehville. As Preston attempts to use his magic to speed along the cookie making process, the team are contacted by Redbot, who has detected Buzzcam activity nearby. The Rangers leave Mick in charge of the stall and run off to investigate. In a more urban area, Princess Viera commands Drillion to cause chaos and destruction in an effort to draw out the Power Rangers. Her plan succeeds and Drillion makes light work of our heroes. During the battle, an errant energy blast collapses the balcony Princess Viera is watching from. Oblivious to the fact the falling woman is their enemy, Sarah cushions Viera’s fall with vines and Viera calls off her monster.

The pair returns to Galvanax’s ship where they are confronted by Galvanax. He accuses Viera of being weak but Viera, outraged, denies this, claiming she is smart and studies her enemies before destroying them. Galvanax and Drillion formulate a plan that would see Drillion take out Viera and the Rangers in exchange for rule of the Lion Galaxy.

Back at the park, Viera watches the Rangers from afar. They finish up making cookies until Viera approaches Sarah. Sarah offers Viera a cookie from her last batch but they are promptly stolen by a teenager. Viera pursues and captures the youth but Sarah insists she let him go. In conversation with the boy, he reveals that he was stealing the cookies to feed himself and his hungry sister. Sarah is understanding and compassionate but Viera can only look on, confused with what has just transpired. To compound that confusion, Sarah gifts her cookie maker to the teen so that he can sell cookies and buy food for himself and his sister. In a less than unexpected move, Princess Viera has an epiphany and waxes lyrical about how she always believed her galaxy’s ‘might makes right’ attitude was the wrong one. In the process, Viera inadvertently reveals her identity before the two are confronted by Drillion. Drillion attacks the Sarah but Viera jumps in front of the energy blast, saving her.

The whole team arrive and morph. Drillion easily handles the Rangers, breaking their Element Power Stars and bending or snapping their swords. Viera emplores the team to hold out as long as possible and teleports away. The Princess returns to Galvanax’s ship and steals back her lion ship. Frustrated with her escape, Galvanax orders the immediate gigantification of Drillion. The team take him on in the Ninja Fusion Zord but struggle as much as they did on the ground. The Fusion Zord is broken apart and the Rangers appear doomed. From out of nowhere, Princess Viera arrives in her lion ship. Drawing power from the atmosphere, she quickly scares Drillion away before flying off herself. As she flees the scene, she is shot down by Galvanax and crashes in the mountains.

Back in the business class, Sarah is about to fail for failing to complete her project but she is rescued by the teenage boy, who explains the situation to the teacher. Sarah receives an A as the episode closes.

The Royal Rumble

The next episode starts with a quick recap of Princess Viera being shot down before Drillion returns to Galvanax’s ship. Galvanax believes the Rangers will be defeated easily without the assistance of Princess Viera and commands Drillion to go back to Earth and check that her ship is fully destroyed. Before he leaves, Madame Odius takes him aside to give him a little upgrade.

On Earth, Viera is walking away from her downed ship when she discovers its anti-gravity crystal which, unfortunately, is damaged. We cut to the hidden base where Mick and Redbot are pleased to declare that all of their weapons have been repaired. As the team begin to strategise about how they’re going to defeat Drillion, Hayley finds a lion pin on her satchel. As she picks it off, it begins to glow and soon turns into Princess Viera. The team are startled but quickly come around to the idea of fixing her lion ship so that they can use it to stop Drillion. The Rangers ask Mick to help repair the anti-gravity crystal but he refuses, stating that they shouldn’t be helping someone that helped to enslave the Lion Galaxy. As she persuades them by professing her new found goodness, the Nexus Prism shows us a vision of the lion ship in battle. This convinces the team to use the last of the Ninja Steel to turn the lion ship into a zord. Mick and Redbot quickly get to work.

Back in the land of Galvanax, Drillion’s new arm monstrosity upgrade is complete. Galvanax sends Drillion to the forest to look for the lion ship and the Rangers. The team are alerted to Drillion’s proximity to the ship and enter battle. As before, our heroes struggle against the beast but Mick has completed the Ninja Star and throws it into the Nexus Prism. The Prism fires out a new Power Star but it is absorbed by Princess Viera’s armour. To everyone’s surprise, a new Power Star appears on Brody, the Red Ranger’s, wrist. He spins it and is transformed into the Red Lion Fire Ranger. Using his new abilities, Brody and the others make light work of Drillion.

Freshly gigantified, Drillion is confronted by the Lion Fire Zord  (I guess Mick had a little more Ninja Steel lying around after all). Brody forms the Lion Fire Megazord and uses all of its power to send Drillion into oblivion once and for all. Back in the Ranger’s base, Viera thanks the team for showing her the light. She vows to make the Lion Galaxy a better place and heads home to make changes to her kingdom. On her way out, she gives Mick a parting gift, establishing communication with his parents for the first time in twenty years. Mick tells them that he will come home after completing his business helping the Rangers to defeat Galvanax.

This was a pretty good two-parter. The disappointment of the pre-hiatus Ninja Steel seems to be behind us and the episodes seem to be consistently watchable at this point. As usual, the Victor and Monty segments are unnecessary but I’m sure the kids love them, or at least love to hate them. The addition of the Lion Armour was introduced properly, over two episodes, rather than just being gifted to them for no reason. This is a rarity in modern PR, so kudos to Chip Lynn and the team for that. Next, we head into the end of the first half of the series. Thanks to France, that’s already been spoiled but I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

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