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New Power Ranger revealed in BOOM! Studios’ newest offering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER takes over Nagoya Central Park

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

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

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

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

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The individual posters for Heisei Generations FOREVER.

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

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Power Rangers Supersonic to debut in BOOM! Comics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in Tokusatsu – November 30th, 2018

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

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


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

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


Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 12

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

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


Ultraman Anime Trailer

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

Look for Ultraman to debut in April 2019 on Netflix.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters International Trailer

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


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

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SODO Sundays – September 2nd, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today is the rest of the first set lineup for Kamen Rider Zi-O!

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After the reveal of the Zi-O figure last time, the secondary Rider Kamen Rider Geiz has been announced to join the first set of SODO figures for Zi-O. Also coming with different hands and his Zikan Zaxe Geiz comes with his version of everything Zi-O did. As well as a stand for him.

But that’s not it for figures… Both Zi-O and Geiz are getting a blank body figure meant to be used for the different Legend Rider armours in the show.

The first Legend Rider armour to make use of these new blank forms is the Build Armour. This armour pack will include a stand as well as all the pieces to make the Build form for either Zi-O or Geiz.

With all that the full 7 figure lineup for Zi-O Set 1 has been revealed!

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Keep your eyes open for next time as another Rider armor might be on the way….

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 2 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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Power Rangers Lightning Collection Announced

During a panel at Power Morphicon today, the world was finally given a sneak peek at what Hasbro intends to do with the Power Rangers brand. This news brought hope to a great many fans, myself included, in the form of the Lightning Collection, a new anthology series of figures set to drop its first wave in spring 2019. Hasbro was very open with information about these new figures, and in a preview video, showed the production of a prototype Mighty Morphin’ White ranger figure. The features are as follows:

  • 27 points of articulation
  • True-to-life colours and proportions
  • Photo-realistic swappable actor faces
  • Weapons and accessories included
  • Optional Special Effects included


Prototype on display in the main Power Morphicon hall (Photo credit: KyoryuZeo on Twitter)

The figures were confirmed to retail for a price point of $19.99 in the US and will be released as an Anthology series, rather than dividing sets by individual team. Hasbro representatives were adamant that all eras of Rangers will be included, rolled out over time similar to the Marvel Legendary Collection series, also made by Hasbro. In addition, during a Q&A at the end of the panel, the question of Monster figures in this series was brought up, and an implicit yes was given but nothing has been confirmed there just yet.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available, including pre-order information.

Are you excited to see the Lightning Collection in person? Which ranger are you most looking forward to seeing realised this way? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

Personal note: Huge thanks and kudos to @TokuChris for streaming the panel. We love you!
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Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid RPG proves HUGE SUCCESS for Renegade Game Studios.

Remember, way back in October 2017, when I spoke about the upcoming Power Rangers Hyperforce and the potential this had in igniting a fire in the tabletop community for a co-opertative Power Rangers role playing game? Well, guess what? It did and now we’re getting one courtesy of Renegade Game Studios! Here’s my thoughts on Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid.

A couple weeks ago at GenCon, we saw our first look at the upcoming Heroes of the Grid RPG and the internet got excited! Since Hyperforce went over pretty well with the fan base, Renegade Game Studios seemed intent on capitalising on that with awesome miniatures and gorgeous art from Go Go Power Rangers artist Dan Mora.

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The Kickstarter launched a couple days ago and the Power Rangers community was ravenous enough to get it funded in under EIGHT HOURS! The only time I’ve personally seen something get funded that quickly on Kickstarter is when Rooster Teeth puts up a crowd funding page for their movies or card games. It’s a testament to the hunger for this kind of product that we’ve now unlocked two of the additional stretch goals and I’m super proud of the community.

But what is Heroes of the Grid and what do you get for funding this project? Here’s the rundown!

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Pledging $75 (roughly £60) gets you the base game set, which is set to run for around $90 msrp, and includes a whole host of goodies including the core MMPR team, Rita, a selection of famous monsters and an army of Putty Patrollers as miniatures, along with their ability cards and scenario cards.

Power Rangers_Heroes of the Grid_kickstarter goals_base set (4)Pledging at the $150 (£118) mark gets you the base game and the two expansions; Green with Evil and White Light. These Green with Evil expansion come with a different sculpt for Rita in a Boom Studios outfit, and evil Green Ranger, Scorpina, and oddly, Tenga Warriors. The White Light expansion Includes a White Ranger, Lord Zedd and a contingent of Z Putty Patrollers.

Already, Renegade Game Studios are covering their bases to give people the storylines and characters people love from the Mighty Morphin era and I’m loving all of the miniatures (even if I’m too broke to support this at the moment).

Power Rangers_Heroes of the Grid_kickstarter goals_base set (3)Pledging a whopping $240 (£189) nets you everything I’ve mentioned before as well as the Shattered Grid expansion which includes the Hyperforce Rangers and Time Force Pink! I know a lot of Hyperforce fans will be glad to know you can also buy that as an add-on for the two lower tiers too! In that, you also get Ranger Slayer and Black Dragon monster figures, a cadre of Mastodon Troopers, and Lord Drakkon, himself! At the Morphin Master pledge level, you also get a Ranger-themed dice pack, a pack of additional Foot Soldiers and a Mighty Morphin Megazord figure!

Power Rangers_Heroes of the Grid_kickstarter_miniaturesI think I should mention the size of these miniatures at this point and when Renegade Game Studios says they’re oversized, they mean it. They should be great for people who find it hard to paint standard miniatures, like me with my broken hands.

There’s also a page on the Kickstarter that explains the game mechanics but I’ll let you guys check that out for yourselves rather than me mess anything up. Suffice to say that it’s definitely a game I’m interested in playing and I hope I can jump on board with this soon!

Power Rangers_Heroes of the Grid_kickstarter goals_base set (1)As of time of writing, the Kickstarter is a little over $130,000 and they’re creeping towards their next stretch goal at $185k. It’s undoubtedly a success for Renegade Game Studios and the fans have shown their love for it so if this is going to be an ongoing endeavour; which team would you like to see released next? Have you contributed to the Kickstarter? What’s your favourite part of the game as it’s been shown to us?

Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more news, reviews, and more from Toku Toy Store!

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Power Rangers Movie Sequel Confirmed

That post-credits stinger might go somewhere after all. Hasbro confirmed today that they are in the early stages of developing a sequel to 2017’s Power Rangers film, the adult-oriented reboot featuring redesigned suits, monsters, and mecha. Currently, Hasbro is said to be in a “transition” period as we enter 2019, and is hoping to capitalize on the Power Rangers brand as much as possible, including all media and licensed products.

 

 
Power Rangers 2017 stars a new cast, including Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery, and actors Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Becky G, and RJ Cyler. This film also gave many nods to fans in the way of Bryan Cranston’s Zordon, and the confirmation (at least in this universe) of a long-standing fan theory involving Rita and Zordon as previous rangers. The film ended on a post-credits scene teasing the arrival of new Green ranger Tommy Oliver, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek, very 80s teen comedy kind of way. Rumours have swirled for months that a sequel would adapt the TV arc Green with Evil, based on this teaser, but could it go even further? With the new popularity of Boom! Studios comics and the character of Lord Drakkon, that is another possibility.

Hasbro, in their own words, see a “significant opportunity for growth given where the brand has been most recently,” as stated in the original report from licensing.org. This means that the franchise will likely soon follow the same models as other Hasbro series such as Transformers, GI Joe, My Little Pony, and Voltron, all of which have seen record successes under Hasbro’s multimedia expansion including blockbuster films and highly-rated TV series. Power Rangers already has the built-in fanbase to allow for this kind of growth, and with Hasbro steering the ship, it is only likely to swing further upward.

Are you excited for a Power Rangers Sequel? Leave your thoughts and let’s discuss!

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Kamen Rider Zi-O: First Trailer and Press Conference Details

It’s that time of the year again, the first press conference for Kamen Rider Zi-O just took place in Japan a few hours ago and with it brought us plenty of news with the cast as well as a trailer giving us a first look at the new Rider series.

First up was the cast. Zi-O showed up on stage and did his pose with his bike the Time Machine before revealing the cast of the show.

From left to right we have :

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Mysterious Prophet Woz, maybe Warz (Keisuke Watanabe) – He appears to Zi-O from the future to tell him predictions about what will be;

Geiz Myoukouin (Gaku Oshida) – Kamen Rider Geiz, a Rider from the future of 2068 who appears in 2018 to defeat Zi-O before he can become the demon king of the future.

Sougo Tokiwa (Sou Okuno) – Kamen Rider Zi-O, destined to become a demon king in the future, he becomes Zi-O and will time travel, interacting with Legend Riders along the way to prevent this dark future.

Tsukoyomi (Shieri Ohata) – A girl who travels to 2018 with Geiz and tries to help Zi-O change the future, rather than defeat him.

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After the cast reveal was the trailer, kicking off with a showcase of the 19 previous Heisei Series from Kuuga to Build. All of their Ridewatches are shown before cutting to reveal the newest Rider, Zi-O.

The main character Sougo Tokiwa is then introduced as he finds a blank Ridewatch on his bike seat.

A mysterious man, Woz, is seen as Zi-O fights a Build themed monster known as Another Build who has “BUILD” written on its chest.

Then, the Rider from the future, Kamen Rider Geiz / Geiz Myoukouin, is shown:

Showing off Tsukoyomi, we also get a look at the inside of the Time Machine.

After some shots of Zi-O and Geiz fighting, we get a brief look at an evil looking Zi-O.

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This leads to the reveals of returning actors and characters for Zi-O first up is Sento Kiryu and Ryuga Banjou, both are returning from Kamen Rider Build and are seen giving Sougo the Build and Cross-Z Ridewatches.

Then, returning from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, it’s Emu Hojo and Hiiro Kagami.

Following this is a montage of many Legend Rider forms, Zi-O’s Ex-Aid and Build forms along with Geiz’s Ghost and Drive forms.

At the end of the trailer, more mystery characters are revealed as they freeze Build, Cross-Z, and Ex-Aid in time.

Finally, is the start of the transformation sequence for Zi-O before revealing the premiere date of September 2nd 2018 at 9am in Japan.

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Shortly after this first trailer came out, Bandai Japan released a YouTube trailer showing a montage of Heisei Riders as well as the transformation sequences of Zi-O and Geiz. We’re also treated to the Build Armor form that debuted in the Kamen Rider Build: Be The One Movie.

While the series trailer is region locked, you can watch that Bandai trailer here:

What do you think of Zi-O so far? What Legend Riders do you want to see return? Leave a comment below!

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Power Rangers Confirmed for Netflix’s “The Toys That Made Us” Season 3

After some teasing from the staff, it was officially confirmed during their San Diego Comic Con panel that Power Rangers will be one of the four toy brands featured in Netflix’s “The Toys That Made Us” Season 3.

Last month, it was shown the staff of the show visited the headquarters of Toei in Japan. Likely to cover the Super Sentai portion of Power Rangers history. It was also shown the staff visited Hasbro, the new owners of the franchise.

 

The other toy franchises covered will be Wrestling, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and My Little Pony. It’s unknown when Season 3 will premiere.

Do you watch “The Toys That Made Us”? What do you want to see from this episode? Leave a comment below!