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SODO Sundays – March 24, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, Build takes over Zi-O as we also have some Ryusoulger and Kamen Rider Den-O news to cover.

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The SODO ad from a while ago had already revealed we would be getting a figure of the new Cross-Z form Cross-Z Evol but now it’s been fully revealed. This figure will also come with two accessories: the Pandora Box with the coloured panels on it as well as a new stand extender piece.

Cross-Z Evol is the final entry in Zi-O’s Set 8. But that’s not it for Build…

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The villain of the Cross-Z V-Cinema, Kamen Rider Killbus, has been revealed as the first figure for Zi-O Set 9. His figure will also include this stand extender piece as well as a Drill Crusher and Kaizoku Hassha.

Kamen Rider Den-O

Kamen Rider Den-O was revealed a while ago as the next entry in the SODO Chronicle series. Here we have the details. The set will come with a Plat Form base body and four armor sets for the Sword, Rod, Ax, and Gun base forms of Den-O.

Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger

Pictures of the new Ryusoulger YUDO figures have been revealed. This set, releasing in May is confirmed to include the main 5 team as well as pieces to plug into the arms for the different soul abilities. Ryusoul Red’s Power Soul is shown off in the pictures.

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 15 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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SODO Sundays – January 13th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, Zi-O Set 6 featuring Build and some new YUDO news. 

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The first figure of Set 6 has been revealed. The Double (W) Armor from Heisei Generations Forever is here! Featuring all the details, like the Gaia Memory shoulder pads, this form is perfect to add to the collection of Heisei Armors. Due to space and previous releases, the Zi-O base body will not be included in this set, just the armor.

The EX Time Mazine Set was also shown off. This set will feature the ability to change the Ridewatch face to be Zi-O, OOO, Ex-Aid, or Build.

Kamen Rider Build

As reported before, Zi-O Set 6 will feature SODO Build. The figure to be included in this set will be from Build’s final episode: RabbitDragon! This form will include the Beat Crosser as well as feature painted legs this time around.

Ryusoulger

Listings have popped up that confirms that YUDO will return for a third year for the new upcoming Sentai, Ryusoulger. A set of the main 5 will release in May.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 10 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 2! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel.

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This Week in Tokusatsu – December 8th, 2018

Lupinranger vs Patoranger’s final arc continues this week, in explosive form! On the Kamen Rider side of things, Kamen Rider Zi-O’s Ghost Arc begins, and Decade returns! Let’s dive in, shall we?


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All seven rangers are forced to come together to battle the Gangler general Destra this week, after being soundly defeated on their own. The battles have weight and consequences, which is always a refreshing touch and a good way to ground the show in a realistic setting, including injured rangers and the city being evacuated. Even the police, minus the Patorangers, are evacuated so Destra can be dealt with. A surprising source of conflict, though, comes in the form of Kogure asking Noel to step down from his duties as Lupin X.

There’s a bit of intrigue here as well, as the preparation for the fight spends a lot of time focusing on how each red ranger thinks he can use the other. Kairi knows Keiichiro will protect people, and Keiichiro, in turn, counts on Kairi’s greed and lust for the collection to guide him. In the end, both men behave as the other predicts, leading to Keiichiro actually saving Kairi’s life.

After forming Good Cool Kaiser X, the rangers are paired up based on their roles, with Noel, Kairi, and Keiichiro making up the “head” or lead section of the machine. Touma and Tsukasa end up on one side, with the remainder going to Sakuya and Umika. It makes for a brief but interesting exchange, and once the moment passes, the rangers get down to business and take on Destra.


Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 13

This week kicks off the Ghost Arc of Kamen Rider Zi-O, and features some big moments and returning characters. Kicking things off, we first meet Tenkuuji Takeru, Kamen Rider Ghost, and actor Nishime Shun returns to fill the role. Another Ghost appears, and Woz throws his lot in with the Time Jackers?! Though we are not told who he means, Woz tells Swartz, Hora, and Uhr about a man who will alter the course of history in regards to Oma Zi-O’s rise to power. It’s implied, at first, that this is Geiz, coming off the heels of Woz revealing his book can no longer accurately predict the future. It is a history book from a specific timeline, after all.

As Another Ghost continues to attack, Sougo, Takeru, and the others begin to discover a method to its seemingly chaotic attacks, and find that it is targeting people whose actions cause accidents resulting in the injury or death of Innocents. This starts with a factory, then a hot dog cart with a gas leak, and at the factory site, we learn that Another Ghost is, more or less, a zombie. The identity of Another Ghost is revealed in a way that paints it as a tragic figure, the Time Jackers using the man behind the mask for their own means.

When Decade does appear, he is using Agito form and the Neo Decadriver, and takes on Geiz and Sougo before leaving. An interesting point is that Decade is firmly with the Time Jackers here, if only to fill his normal passing-through role. Hora even offers to back any succession to power Decade might want, though he refuses. In the final moments of the episode, we get to see Takeru shine, as Sougo is seemingly killed and Takeru is the only one who can see or communicate with the ghost left behind.

I feel as though this would have been a slightly better way to resolve the “two Sougos” problem caused by the Gaim arc, but this could certainly still lead to some interesting developments. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing more of what Decade will bring to the table in the following weeks.


Garo: Kami No Kiba

This movie has been out for a while, but in the lead up to covering the current Garo series, Jinga, it seems appropriate to start with this movie. The movie focuses on a group of horrors trying to use a dark makai knight to power an ark called the God’s Fang (Kami no Kiba), on which they will build a new world. The movie is set in the Dougai Ryuga universe of Garo, latest in that timeline on its release. I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in watching the new series, but cannot recommend it as an entry point, as a lot of the plot points rely on prior knowledge of previous Garo series, characters, and lore. However, for veterans, this film marks a return to form for the live-action side of Garo.

To set up this ritual, this ark, a Makai priestess named Banbi begins stealing the armours of veteran knights, and this is how we meet the returning characters from the other Ryuga-verse Garo series.

The new Makai Knight, Jinga, is played by Kamen Rider Decade’s Masahiro Inoue, and is at once a madman and a warrior. The contrast, as well as his horror powers and fighting ability, set him up quickly as a threat, with three knights and a priest unable to defeat him at first. Though the end of the film doesn’t directly set up the next tv series, it is fittingly cinematic, with the cgi-heavy armoured combat being well choreographed, if at times a bit too jarringly quick.

Overall, I recommend giving this film a watch, if only to keep up with Garo continuity, and especially if you plan on watching Jinga. The series itself will be covered in This Week in Toku starting next week.


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Super Sentai 2019 Trademark Revealed

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… the Super Sentai trademark reveal!

As reported on by @trademark_bot on Twitter, which has been the place to reveal Toei trademarks in the past, we now have the title of the 43rd series in the Super Sentai franchise. “Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger” will be the 2019 Sentai series. This title translates to “Knight Dragon Taskforce Ryuusouger”, implying this series will have dragons, knights, and other medieval elements to it. The suit and mecha designs should be revealed when the 1st quarter toy scans drop around mid-December.

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What do you think of this title? Are you excited for a medieval-themed Sentai? Leave a comment down 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!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 18 Review

This week on Lupinranger vs Patoranger: A previously-defeated Gangler returns?!

The returning Gangler, Anidara, is one of the Crush brothers, who were both previously defeated by the rangers. He returns at Kaiju size, and the police waste no time in deploying PatKaiser to put him down for good. After a failed assault, Good Striker is the first to figure out what’s happening. PatKaiser is defeated and the Lupins swoop in. With them, Good Striker goes for another round.

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When we learn the truth of Anidara’s resurrection, we also learn more about the Lupin Collection. The items were made in the Ganglers’ world, and Destra claims they should not be able to be used by humans. This is an interesting turn that could lead to a revelation later related to Arsene Lupin, Kogure, and everything we think we know about the thieves. This is simply another small piece of a much larger puzzle the show has been teasing us with for several weeks now, and it shows no signs of changing this direction any time soon.

The next piece of this puzzle comes in the form of Good Striker’s origin. Arsene Lupin is the creator of Good Striker, it seems, and he built Good Striker as a guardian for the Collection. This gave him sentience, transforming him from an item in the Collection into a living being.

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Kogure gives more insight into Good Striker beyond his utility, stating that like any creature with sentience, he has his own troubles, personality, and experiences to draw from. The thieves make their exit in the attempt to track him down, and learn of a fight at a particular time and place.

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The showdown is a trap, obviously, and we see the police begin to plot behind the scenes to lure out the Gangler and the Lupinrangers using this bait. Ultimately, it is Kairi who finds Good Striker, on a park swing like a child. Good Striker eventually confides that he is a neutral party, concerned only with the Collection and acting based on how he feels in the moment, and the pair share a moment of mutual respect by way of a rough approximation of a fist bump.

When the duel between Anidara and the Patorangers comes, as predicted, the thieves are on site. The police are waiting, and retrieve Good Striker like an item.

We see an interesting moment where Kairi interrupts the combination of PatKaiser, and creates a hybrid mecha only to start a fight in the cockpit. During the attempted heist, we see that items from the Lupin Collection do not change size when their host Ganglers do. From there, the item is stolen and the episode ends on a note about Good Striker as a character.

Overall, this episode does a good job of shedding light on some of the more obscure elements of the show’s world, back story, and characters, and it seems to be building up to more reveals later. With the upcoming arrival of LupinX/PatoX, who knows what more will come?

What did you guys think of this week’s episode? Leave a thought below and let’s discuss!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 16 Review

Yeah, science! We open on an explanation of why Ganglers explode when killed, and how they can be revived as Kaiju. The prevailing theory is that the safe is the Gangler’s core. Before they can go into too much detail, though, we are met by this week’s Gangler attacking a wedding. It’s an odd crab-stingray-man and the Lupinrangers waste no time in engaging. This new threat demonstrates a body-swapping ability early on by turning Umika into a bird. This classic trope is the setup for the episode, leading to some confusing shenanigans as another attempt at swapping a ranger and a bird is made, only to turn Touma into the Gangler himself.

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Touma, in a slightly foolish moment, attacks his own body right in time for the police to show up. Not knowing any better, they intervene and assume Touma is the same Touma they know from Jurer. The police know him by name, and they tell him to run, right in time for the real Touma, in the Gangler’s body, to be attacked by the police. The way it tries to swap back, for a moment, indicates that the power is a skill it has,not something connected to its Lupin Collection item.

There is a moment where it figures out it is attractive, by way of a pair of high school girls, while the monster Touma is simultaneously snuck home wrapped in a tarp. Everything in this episode screams of some missing levity returning to the plot. As always, Tsukasa is the first one to realize anything is off as the groups debate why Jurer is closed and where Touma is. The thieves react visibly, which would give them away in any other scenario. However, for plot reasons, their facial expressions are seemingly ignored.

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A small, but important detail, is that after the body swap, Touma and the Gangler keep their own voices. For much of this episode, the Gangler’s voice and constant, random, “Yayyyy!” Grated on my ears like nails on a chalkboard, even with as interesting as it was to see how the Gangler adapted to being a human. Tonally, the episode does make a brief diversion back to the heavier darkness of the last few episodes as Touma makes Kairi vow to stop this Gangler, even if it means killing Touma’s human body. The result is the same in the end as if they do nothing, he says, and it sets up a duel between Gangler Touma and Kairi, fighting for control of Touma’s body.

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A daring gamble on Kairi’s part leads to another dramatic moment, and then the fight resumes as the tone shifts back to the more familiar Sentai feel.

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With all three thieves, we see a new combination form for LupinKaiser, replacing the blue and yellow arms with green and black, for the ScissorBlade and Cyclone Dial Fighters.

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The battle comes to an end quickly after that, and things return to normal, with the police none the wiser. Back in Jurer, in a packed room full of all six main characters, the police call Touma out for skipping work, and caution Kairi and Umika about Touma slacking off to hang out with girls.

Next week, Keiichiro has a girlfriend?! Stay tuned and see. What did you guys think of this week’s episode? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 15 Review

The Patorangers are in rough shape following the events of episode 14. Keiichiro remains hospitalized, and the others are up and moving but hurt. We open the episode on Commander Hilltop entering Bistro Jurer. He already knows the names of each Lupinranger, but does not let on that he knows more just yet, citing the bistro’s fame around the GSPO station. As it turns out, he has come to buy snacks to take to the hospitalized Patorangers. We get the first indication of a language barrier, indicating that Hilltop may be American, like actor Ike Nwala, who plays him.

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The curious line, “Hold me tight,” when Hilltop means to use the Japanese colloquialism, “Omimai,” is a nice way to diffuse some of the tension created by the commander’s presence in the bistro and the news of the Patorangers being injured. Overall, his tone is relatively light given the grave circumstances, and is meant to be reassuring. Par for the course, we eventually get our arc for the episode in the form of learning that Keiichiro can only be cured by the defeat of Togeno, the hitman Gangler from episode 14. Kaijin abilities are often removed in this way in Tokusatsu shows, and this series appears to be no exception. It’s a familiar plot device, but not an entirely unwelcome one.

Learning that the Patorangers are injured brings out another layer of that humanising depth and complexity seen in previous episodes for all of these characters, but none more so than Kairi, as he shares a moment with Tsukasa to learn how much the police are risking in the name of public safety. Having been confronted with the very real possibility of the death of his rival, Kairi is clearly conflicted, perhaps even hurting. As much as it would make the Phantom Thieves’ job easier to have the police out of the way, they have gotten to know the Patorangers on a personal level through regular contact at Jurer, and may even consider them friends, in a way.

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Togeno, shamed and shunned by Boss Dogranio, goes on a rampage, and here we see Touma’s first contact with the Gangler. No longer content to use the poison quills from his own body, Togeno now carries a rifle, fitting for his profession when in human form.

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Even badly hurt, Sakuya is willing to jump right back into the fight on hearing of Togeno’s return, but finds Tsukasa suiting up at the station when he arrives to do the same. Tsukasa insists they will fight smarter, coming up with an effective plan to bring down Togeno.

This is how we learn Sakuya is a trained sniper, and in Tsukasa’s plan, Sakuya will put that skill to the test, setting up an exciting gun battle between himself and Togeno. Sadly, we never truly get to see this play out as we get Sakuya dual wielding VS changers instead. It would have been exciting to see Sakuya shine, as his sharpshooting training indicates his background may be more layered and nuanced than his simple joking personality may suggest. As GSPO is a global organization, there exists a possibility that he may have military training, maybe even as part of NATO. This revelation would open the world of Lupinranger vs Patoranger to more possibilities and a large crossover event at some point, especially if this continuity is the same as Dekaranger.

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Keiichiro makes his return, barely able to stand. A combined shot, cooperatively made after Umika intervenes, defeats the Kaijin-sized Togeno and allows for him to be resurrected as a Kaiju.

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The mecha scene shows the debut of the Crane and Drill form of PatKaiser.

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After Togeno is defeated, the poison that had spread ceases to be, and the team is healed of their sickness. The preview for next week sets up a new conflict between Touma and the rest of both teams, as he is bodyswapped with a Gangler.

Also included is a preview for the fantastic-looking Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger vs Uchuu Keiji Gavan.

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

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 14 Review

We open this week on the police tracking Ganglers, using a device that looks like a cross between a megaphone and metal detector. It seems there is a monster hiding in the mountains, and as the police gather information from a local school, they see a boy dressed as a Lupinranger fighting with his mother about being able to go and stop the monster. Keiichiro, in a sensitive turn, talks to the boy and handles it very well.

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It turns out he’s a fan of children, and despite his best efforts, the boy tells Keiichiro he likes the Phantom Thieves better. It’s a small moment, played almost as much for comedy as it is to set up the dynamic of the episode, but it does a good job in adding another small layer to an increasingly complex character.

The Ganglers, meanwhile, are setting up their own scheme using one of the Crush Brothers, a duo of Ganglers. When we finally see the Lupinrangers this week, they are targeting a hit man whose Lupin Collection item allows him to shrink the size of his body. In what has become a common move for Super Sentai, but much less so for Power Rangers, there is no euphemism about what this man does or what his goal is.

This is all the information they get before we cut back to the police, saving someone from the Gangler shown previously. The man, once saved, gives Keiichiro the Drill trigger machine, panicked, and runs off. Back at GSPO HQ, we learn in a quick line spoken by commander Hilltop that the G in the GSPO, Global, is just that. They have a headquarters in France, and he suggests sending the machine there for analysis, to which Keiichiro objects. They know the item is part of the Lupin Collection, but they would rather try to use it.

We later learn that one of the Crush brothers was, inadvertently and a little ironically, himself crushed under the foot of Patkaiser at some point in the past. The surviving brother vows revenge on the Patorangers.

Following a sound coming from deep beneath a mountain, Keiichiro has a chance to try out the Drill Trigger Machine, and we see a snippet of his backstory. Keiichiro, as a child, is spoken to in a park by a police officer, while he wears baseball pads and holds a boken sword like a knight, guarding the park.

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The police officer tells Keiichiro something very similar to what he had said to the other little boy earlier in this episode, and we cut back to the present. Seemingly, this was one of his main inspirations for becoming a police officer in the first place.

The surviving Crush brother did not bring his Lupin collection piece to the fight with the Lupinrangers, but we see the other item, belonging to a Gangler called Odoro, and it is clearly a repainted ninja star from Ninninger, or Power Rangers Ninja Steel.

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Tension rises as we learn the human identities of the two Ganglers, and Keiichiro is hit by multiple poison darts from inside the Drill Trigger Machine. Over the radio, he gets instructions and the others try to call for help. Despite being given orders to return, he vows to continue forward on his mission. It is implied, via sorrowful tones and dramatic dialogue, that Keiichiro is going to die of his poison and his injuries.

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As he continues on, Boss Dogranio enters the battlefield himself for the first time, though only as an observer. Tsukasa and Sakuya are left in a desperate situation, but they manage to overcome it. After Odoro is defeated, Dogranio lazily taps a device on his arm, and the resulting attack decimates both Patorangers as well as Togeno. The attack was seemingly targeting Togeno more than the rangers, and Dogranio issues a warning before leaving. Cue mecha.

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During this scene, we see the debut of the Crane and Drill set, retrieved from underground by Keiichiro, and he leads the charge in the fight against the Kaiju-sized Odoro. The rangers don’t even need to form Patkaiser to gain victory this week.

The battle and the episode end with Keiichiro on death’s door, and the preview puts the focus for the next episode squarely on this subject. Stay tuned for more next week!

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

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Shout! Factory Bringing Chojin Sentai Jetman and Hyakuju Sentai Gaoranger to DVD 

Sentai fans rejoice! Shout! Factory are bringing Chojin Sentai Jetman and Hyakuju Sentai Gaoranger to DVD! 

Featured in the latest MMPRToys video, Jetman will be coming to DVD in September 2018 and will be the first Sentai series to come to DVD that predates that of the Power Rangers counterparts! This is big news as it means there’s interest in pre-Zyuranger / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers shows on DVD.

Hyakuju Sentai Gaoranger will also be coming to DVD in December of 2018.
What pre-Zyuranger/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Sentai do you want to see on DVD? Let us know!