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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.


Lupinranger vs Patoranger Episode 51 (End)

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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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 21 Review

If Noel is a con man, he is certainly playing the long game. This week, we see Noel’s allegiance tested, and learn a little more of his back story, as both Good Striker and Kogure acknowledge him as a long-time friend and servant of the Lupin family in France. The police are hesitant to trust Noel, and even the Ganglers are confused by his duality, though they seemingly do not know that Lupin X and Patren X are the same person.

 

For much of this episode, we see Noel begin to form his plan, playing both sides off of each other to strengthen his own position, including hand-delivering last week’s Lupin Collection item to the thieves, before later trying to steal another to make the police trust him. Tsukasa, ever the observant one, is hyper vigilant around Noel, though she is as reserved with her mistrust as Keiichiro is open. The leader and the newcomer fit together like water and oil, even after Noel has shown that he can be trusted, due to Noel operating on a different mission and different chain of command.

 

There are two sequences in this episode of seemingly-invincible enemies, first with the Gangler of the week, and second with Noel himself. The Gangler adopts a Chrome form, hardened like metal, and stands still tanking hits while Kairi is able to his item.

 

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Noel, however, is not such an easy opponent and projects a force field on every hit the thieves manage to land while in his Lupin X form. Patren X is not shown to have the same ability, but does make an appearance in battle for the sake of dramatic flair and presenting a consistent image to the other Patorangers.

 

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In this episode, we also see the first appearance, but definitely not the last, of PatKaiser Trains form, which is similar to the way Noel’s train items combined with LupinKaiser last week. Noel, himself, again remains in a train car at vehicle size, though the gold train is shown to be equipped with some kind of energy weapon that he can use against Kaiju. In the end, his motivations remain unclear and both sides remain suspicious of Noel, though the thieves seemingly have more reason to trust him now.

 

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As the episode ends, Noel and Kogure are seen walking along a Tokyo street, with city lights for a backdrop, and Noel tells Kogure they need to talk. The implication is something dark and scandalous, but we will need to wait to find out.

 

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The preview for the next episode indicates that the French romantic in Noel will come out, as Sakuya decides to finally take his pursuit of Umika’s affection a step further. Seeing this as a positive, it seems Noel will push them both further together and help Sakuya along with a bit of traditional French romanticism and the ideals of love.

What did you think of this week’s Lupinranger Vs Patoranger? Who do you think Noel is really working for?Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 20 Review

The double agent appears! In the opening seconds of the episode, we are given a first glimpse of the new Ranger, as he boards his train to leave Paris behind. Despite being played by a Japanese actor, it seems our Double Agent Ranger is French, as he remarks that he’s off to the “Chaos of Japan.”

His train, shown from the inside for only a second, has a similar interiour design to the previously shown mecha, and has the sigil of Arsene Lupin on the side. From previous material, we know that this new Ranger is also operating as a member of GSPO, so we’re left with a sense of mystery about him right from the start. He even enters the country in a flashy way, running down a group of Ganglers before his train turns into his weapon. He introduces himself as, “A solitary sterling Phantom Thief, Lupin X.”

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As is tradition, Lupin X is made out to be invincible, and takes the new Gangler’s item effortlessly using a number code, as opposed to the traditional spinning lock the other Lupinrangers have. He is clearly a light character, even going so far as to take a selfie with the girl he rescues.

Interestingly, though, Kairi is just as shocked as Keiichiro to learn of the existence of Lupin X. Thankfully, he doesn’t need to wait long for an answer. He’s brash, full of energy, and big on theatrics, including a demonstration of athleticism. In the midst of a show of backflips, Lupin X steals the phones of everyone nearby, openly declaring that he is Lupin X before he passes phones out back to their respective owners. Keiichiro arrests him on the spot.

Before departing, Lupin X leaves his calling card on Kairi’s phone.

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Lupin X is called Takao Noel, and makes a joke and a show even of just telling the police about himself. He is consistently, and fittingly, dramatic while also being lighthearted and a bit fun. It seems only Commander Hilltop knows, though, that Noel is a deep cover agent transferring in from the French HQ of GSPO. Keiichiro immediately takes a strong and hilarious dislike to Noel, setting up some of the best jokes of the episode. Despite all his theatrics and silliness, though, it is revealed quickly that Noel is an engineer, and a brilliant one at that. Noel is the creator of the VS Changer system, and even went so far as to design his own changer that allows him to become Lupin X and Patren X at the flip of a switch.

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As is fitting for a debut of a new hero, Noel is easily the best part of this episode. His movements in battle are acrobatic and draw the eye in much the same way that movies featuring Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan do. His motivation is selfish in the end, and the brashness he displays even brings out new traits in the other characters, as confusion gives way to fear and fear, in turn, to anxiety. Touma even goes so far as to raise his weapon as he declares that Noel is a threat. To me, at least, this seems to be a hint that Touma would not be above killing Noel in the end, if it meant that the Lupinrangers could accomplish their goals.

This mistrust is quickly swept aside when Noel allows his own VS Vehicles, X-Train Silver and X-Train Gold, to combine with Good Striker to create a new form of LupinKaiser. As his price, Noel claims a temporary leadership role on the team. After this, it is the police who are quick to doubt him. They question his motives, understandably, and when the thieves return to Jurer, they find Noel already waiting.

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Overall, this episode is fantastic. The whole dynamic of the show’s previous cat-and-mouse game is instantly turned on its head by the arrival of brash, bold Noel Takao, and I cannot wait to see what more he can bring to the table as the two teams begin to question himself, themselves, and each other. Noel clearly has a much bigger part to play that has yet to be revealed, but we will have to wait to see where that comes from and how it plays out. What did you think of this episode? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 17 Review

This week’s Lupinranger vs Patoranger opens on a distinctly lighter tone than  Kamen Rider counterpart, Build, as we see a moment of comedic and heartfelt awkwardness play out in the middle of Jurer, with the whole of both Ranger teams in view. Keiichiro is talking to a beautiful woman, Mana, who gives him flowers, and after a brief exchange, she invites him over. He refuses and his teammates spend a while after trying to make him see that Mana is romantically interested in him. Umika consoles Mana, somewhere far away, only to be interrupted by this week’s Gangler. It attacks a crowd, and Umika pulls Mana to safety while calling Kairi for help.

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The Gangler’s power is to take humans into a deep sleep, filled with sweet dreams, and once affected, they remain essentially comatose, with their minds stuck in a dream world. This Gangler, in that sense, doesn’t have the most detrimental ability the Rangers have run across up to this point. It does, however, do a lot of good to set up a way for Mana to express her feelings to Keiichiro, or for him to see her for what she is.

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As it turns out, Mana’s attempts to get through to Keiichiro were a last ditch effort before she is set to leave Japan and go to school in Austria.

With Sakuya’s help, Umika arranges a date between Mana and Keiichiro, and the pair take the time to try to make Keiichiro understand Mana’s feelings. It’s almost painful to see how oblivious this decorated police detective is to another person’s motives and mindset, but it serves the plot well, and when Keiichiro literally stands up and salutes Mana, the soundtrack almost screams for a sad trombone. The awkwardness is almost painful.

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Keiichiro’s explanation is that he wasn’t so oblivious, but played it off that way due to his duty to defeat Ganglers. He tells Umika that he cannot allow himself any distractions, which is reinforced in other parts of the episode later. Shortly after entering the battle, four of the six rangers are drawn into the dream world set up by the Gangler, and we learn from Umika’s arrival that the Dream world is shared.

One man eats all the ramen he can, Tsukasa finds herself surrounded by stuffed animals, and the life energy is visibly drained away from both to fuel the dream world and the Gangler. Sakuya, when he appears, asks Umika to sign an idol photo book of herself, and Keiichiro appears at his happiest as a bicycle cop. Seemingly, Umika is the only one in this world who has the free will to fight the control the dream has. She begins to sing to Keiichiro, the same song he’d recommended to Mana when he gave her the record in the beginning. The shot is artistically cut between Umika singing, and Mana playing the song on her piano as leaves float over the screen. Things begin to cut back and forth, and he finally puts it all together.

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This was always going to be a police episode, so it’s no surprise when Good Striker goes to the Patrens. They make quick work of the Gangler, Nero, but not before Kairi can get his item.

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There are a lot of romantic overtones in this episode, even through Keiichiro’s awkwardness, and it eventually becomes clear that he does care deeply for Mana, in his own way. As the battle ends we see Mana in the airport, and begin to expect Keiichiro will show up and make some big speech to stop her at the gate, and keep her from leaving or at least keep her thinking of him. Instead, she leaves for Austria uneventfully, and Umika scolds him for hurting her friend so deeply. As she walks off, Keiichiro begins to question how she was in the dream world, even going so far as to ask his partners if they were truly certain they’d ruled out the Jurer trio as the Lupinrangers.

After a cliffhanger finish, we are given a preview of next week, which will seemingly focus on a battle over Good Striker and answer some questions about the Lupin Collection.

Overall, this is a solid, well written episode that rides the waves of emotions and subverts expectations equally well, including a lot of symbolism of Mana as an angel. From the initial previews, I had expected Mana herself to be the archetypal tsundere, the sadistic or insane girl who cares only for love and violence. Instead, the writers went completely the other direction and made her nearly angelic; kind, beautiful, and musically gifted, she is the kind of woman we are meant to believe a hard-boiled detective like Keiichiro could easily fall in love with.

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

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April Pre-Orders for Kamen Rider Build and Lupinranger VS Patranger

Another month is in full swing and Bandai has revealed all the new toys coming out this month for both Kamen Rider Build and Lupinranger vs Patranger.

Kamen Rider Build

As reported before, a DVD release of the Kamen Rider Build 7 Best Matches YouTube series will be released on April 14th in Japan for £44.99. This set will come with the DX SameBike (SharkBike) Full Bottle Set and can be pre-ordered here.

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Build has another Seito Full Bottle release this month with the DX SaiDryer (RhinoHairdryer) set. This set will release end of the month for the normal Full Bottle price of £12.99, available here.

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Cross-Z will be getting a new form this month. The transformation piece of this new form the DX Cross-Z Magma Knuckle will be released on April 21st for 3600 yen. This new device/weapon can be used with the Build Driver to get the new form. It comes with the DX Magma Full Bottle. Toku Toy Store has them available here for pre-order at £37.99

Lupinranger vs Patranger

Another new Dial Fighter will be released this month for the Lupirangers. This two in one DX Scissors and Blade Dial Fighter will be released on April 21st for 1,944 yen. It can like the other Dial Fighters combine with LupinKazier.

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Very exciting month for both shows! We’ll keep you updated with how Bandai intend to take your money in May.

Which toys excite you the most? Which do you plan to pick up? Leave a comment down below!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 8 Review

This episode opens on a familiar scene. The Lupinrangers are waiting for Ganglers to appear, and begin by transforming to ambush some unsuspecting Podermen. Podermen, being the red shirt-wearing Storm Troopers this season, miss every shot and are swiftly dispatched. Back at GSPO HQ however, the scene is very different. Tsukasa presents her case for why she believes the trio from Bistro Jurer are the Lupinrangers. “It just came to me,” She says.

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We cut to the end of the previous episode, when she matches their voices to those of the Lupinrangers. Then she pulls background data for them.

Kairi has had a rough past, it seems, and is younger than he first appears. Touma, older than the others, was once a professional chef. Umika, the youngest, has blazed her own trail as well. Clearly, the Lupinrangers have had a rough go of life but are making the best of it. Sakuya cannot believe that Umika could be Lupin Yellow. In his defence, Umika is a very meek, unassuming woman when not in her phantom thief gear. Appearances can be deceiving. At the outset, it seems as though this episode will be very heavy on exposition and character-building, both of which are good in a show like this if done well. To date, Lupinranger vs Patoranger has rarely disappointed in this regard.

This time around, Good Striker plays a more important role in moving the plot forward. He tips Kairi off about the police, and then the trio begins to explain, at his request, why they do what they do one more time.

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We see cuts to familiar flashbacks from previous episodes, cut into smaller chunks. In this moment, I can easily see Good Striker starting to play the two teams off of each other in a way very similar to Kamen Rider Kaixa, in his time.

As the police brainstorm, we get confirmation that a text sent from Sakuya to Umika was probing for information on the thieves. Jim is modified to look like a Gangler at the water treatment plant we previously saw Kairi at, and then Sakuya and Tsukasa return to Jurer for lunch. The operation has begun. Back at the water treatment plant, we get a better look at Jim as a Gangler, and we see that he literally has a bank safe duct taped to his head. The Lupinrangers show up as expected, and Tsukasa and Sakuya note that no one has left Jurer.

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Jim begins stalling, giving the Lupinrangers a riddle.

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All three Lupinrangers are present at Jurer when Tsukasa and Sakuya finally go back inside, and the false Lupins give chase when Jim runs off.

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Jim is swallowed by some mysterious opening and we see the magic behind the Lupinrangers fooling the police. It was all due to Good Striker, he says, and when the curtain is pulled back on the magic trick, Kairi goes after Jim.

In trying to rescue Jim, Kairi is met by Gauche, who remarks that she had been looking forward to some light human experimentation.

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Keiichiro is not far behind, and the two begin their rescue attempt at once. It’s a flashy scene full of explosions and flying debris, as nearly every shot hits a support column for the building. We learn through this scene, as well, that Gauche has such fluid moves in combat due to her Lupin Collection item, which gives her Predator-style thermal vision and the healing abilities she uses to resurrect dead Ganglers at Kaiju size.

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Kaiju-sized Podermen are engaged by the Lupinrangers, and Good Striker does his bit to form LupinKaiser.

We see Podermen coordinating, and then coming out with a hilarious, if a little sad, attempt at jousting against LupinKaiser, which fails instantly. The Lupinrangers, not wasting any time, go right for the finishing move after swapping in Cyclone Dial Fighter on the left arm. The battle ends and we return to Jurer. Kairi and Keiichiro both wonder about Jim’s riddle, and Commander Hilltop figures it out.

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Then we get our preview for the next episode, promising more exposition and flashbacks.

All in all, episode 8 is good expository ride, and we get a little preview of things to come. Personally, I am excited to see where this plot thread goes, especially in regards to Good Striker’s ambiguity. His motivations are becoming much more gray now, which is already saying a lot compared to other Sentai helper characters from the past. When the identity reveal does come out, the consequences on the show’s narrative will be very interesting.

What did you guys think of this week’s episode? Leave a comment below!

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SODO Sundays – January 28th, 2018

Hello, tokusatsu community! Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my biweekly series, SODO Sundays. This time is the longest one yet with news from Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman.

Kamen Rider Build

Usually, Ganbarizing exclusive Kamen Rider forms never get any sort of figure but Build has changed that with the reveal of the DoctorGame form in Set 6! This figure, formed with the Full Bottles based on Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. In the movie Heisei Generations FINAL, these bottles were used to make Build into Ex-Aid with a Build Driver, that is something that is shown to be possible with the use of the Ex-Aid figure from last year.

With this figure being revealed it could be possible for other Ganbarizing forms to be made into figures.

Build continues with a special set coming out in April. This set is full of every type of the Guardian robots seen in the show. This includes:

 

-Touto (Clothed)             -Touto             -Hokuto           -Faust        -Foundation X        -Suited

Also included are the Guardians’ weapons and stands.

For you to be able to make each version you will have to buy multiples.

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

In March the Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Another Ending trilogy will be released. New forms were revealed for this trilogy so the SODO Ex-Aid line has made a return to feature them. Kamen Rider Genm God Maximum Gamer Lv Billion and Kamen Rider Lazer X will be released in April alongside Build Set 8. It’s unknown if this means they will be part of Build Set 8 or just released on their own.

Lupinranger VS Patoranger

As revealed a while ago Lupin Red and PatorenIchigo were revealed for the YUDO line. This time it has been confirmed that the whole teams of both Lupinranger and Patoranger will be released. These figures will come with all their weapons and small versions of their mecha for them.

To address the complaints about the Kyuranger YUDO figures, Bandai has made these figures less sticker dependant and made the joints stronger and closer to the SODO figures.

Ultraman

The next set of SHODO VS has been revealed including Ultraman 80, Belial, Zero, and the evil Zero Ultra: Darklops Zero. Also included are some building effects and weapons.

As always, you can watch SODO Sundays Episode 11 here:

That’s it for this special edition of SODO Sundays! The next edition will release on February 11th on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel. For constant updates on the SODO/SHODO line, go check out the @SODOFountain Twitter page.

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Lupinranger vs Patranger Cast Revealed

The cast for the 42nd Super Sentai: Lupinranger vs Patranger have been revealed.

Starting with the Lupinrangers:

Asahi Ito = Kairi Yano / Lupin Red

Shogo Hama = Tohma Yoimachi / Lupin Blue

Haruka Kudo = Umika Hayami / Lupin Yellow

Also featured is the butler of the Lupinrangers: Yoichi Nukumizu = Kogure

Continuing with the Patrangers:

Kousei Yuki = Keichiro Asaka / Patren 1gou

Ryo Yokoyama = Sakuya Hikawa / Patren 2gou

Kazusa Okuyama = Tsukasa Myojin / Patren 3gou

Ike Nwala = Hilltop (Mentor of the Patrangers)

Rie Kugimiya (Kugyu) = Jim Carter (Robot Mascot of the Patrangers)

In addition to the cast is the pictures for the main mecha the Goodstriker. The DX Goodstriker can combine with the mecha of either the 3 Lupirangers or the 3 Patrangers to make each teams’ combined mecha. The Goodstriker can also go into the changer.

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Kaitou Gattai LupinKaiser 

Keisatsu Gattai PatoKaiser

Lupinranger vs Patranger premieres on February 11th 2018 in Japan.

What do you think of the cast? Will you be picking up the DX Goodstriker? Leave a comment down below!

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Toei trademarks two new Sentai series.

Earlier today, it was confirmed through the “trademark bot” Twitter account that Toei had trademarked names for two new Sentai series: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger and Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger.

Lupinranger will likely be based on thieves and criminals (Kaitou roughly translates to Gentleman thief), Patoranger will almost definitely be another police themed series.

This is unusual as Toei usually trademarks one series at a time. This could just mean that they want to plan the next two years simultaneously or maybe one of these series would be a non-canon spin off (like Akibaranger). Another possibility is that there will be two series at the same time which would make some sense, considering the titles of the two series seem like opposites.

We’ll have more news on what this means for next year’s Sentai when it becomes available.

Why do think these were trademarked simultaneously? Which one of the two are your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: @Trademark_bot on Twitter]