At the halfway point in the series, we are at a crossroads in Lupinranger vs Patoranger. Lymon, the Gangler from last week, is still at the height of his abilities, with some new tricks thrown in this week for good measure that force all seven rangers to work together for the first time. This leads to the creation of the monstrosity of a mecha seen previously in toy scans, Good Cool Kaiser VSX. This comes at the height of a shared trust problem between the two teams, and even from the Lupinrangers to Noel.
This episode focuses primarily on the fallout from the Patorangers’ defeat at the hands of Lymon last week, even citing the collateral damage and civilian casualties caused by the battle. In addition, the main interpersonal dynamic focuses on an injured Noel, his relation to the other teams and specifically to Kairi, and sets the foundation for Noel’s resolve to be tested. Despite severe injuries, he keeps fighting and figures out the secret to Lymon’s golden safe.
In the end, it takes all seven rangers working in full cooperation to get anywhere near Lymon, and they only turn to this point out of desperation after much prodding by Tsukasa. Clearly, none of them like this idea but they are forced into it because they are simply and wildly outclassed. Lymon’s abilities are presented in such a way that makes it clear the Rangers have been fighting and struggling against the bottom of the barrel, up to this point. This is a bit of a deviation from the norm, as the Rangers have largely not scaled up in power to keep up with their enemies this year, as is tradition. Instead, the action has been centered around them finding new and creative ways to use existing abilities.
This new Ultrazord-class mecha marks the first significant power spike for the teams since Noel’s introduction, and with the upcoming scans revealing more, it will be interesting to see what sort of enemies necessitate those upgrades. Good Striker, especially, is going to be getting at least two new versions that we know of already, so I am curious to see how the rest go. Along with this, there can only be so much time left before the police discover the thieves’ identities. Maybe Noel will be the key, or maybe we will even see more Rangers added as the series goes on. The tradition recently does seem to be teams of ten plus, after all.
Overall, this episode does a lot to establish a new dynamic between the two teams and their middleman, but falls a bit short of true progress. There are a few bits of comedic exchanges between characters, including swapping seats in the new all-Ranger mecha, and some heartfelt dialogue, but it still leaves a bit to be desired in the end. Stay tuned for the next one to see how it all unfolds!
As always, leave your thoughts below and let’s discuss!
Wow. All I can really say about this episode is wow. This is what the final arc of a Kamen Rider series should be like, boiled down into one episode. In the last several weeks, Build has been all over the place in terms of tone and scope, almost as if it was lost or using filler to drag out the plot to its full run time of 50 episodes. But episode 45 brings that all full circle, returning to the dramatic, high-stakes action and drama we have come to expect from a late-stage series like this. There is an air of finality to all of it, even knowing the series will go on for five more episodes after this point.
Many of the major pieces are falling into place now, including long-term plans coming to fruition in a big way. With a body count in a single episode higher than the rest of a 43-year long franchise, we see the source of Evolt’s power made real, and we see his flexibility as not only a fighter, but a tactician. Using people against each other, consuming entire worlds, and putting down former partners with all the hesitation one would use when swatting a fly, Evolt quickly re-established itself as the cosmic-level threat that it is in this episode.
In a few short actions, Evolt manages to go from a gel in a container back to a near-unstoppable force of cosmic change, and simultaneously completes the Black Pandora Panel. This is done as he, without any hesitation or regret, makes an honest man of Katsuragi Shinobu and puts him down for good. This leaves a third Build Driver without an owner, at least for now, as it seems this Driver and the Blizzard Knuckle will both fall to Kazumin in the next episode. This will be Grease’s only form change up to this point in the series, and may be the only one he ever gets, depending on what the summer movie has in store.
Before dying, Katsuragi Shinobu gives Sento some cards, with schematics for Build and Cross-Z base on them, but we do not learn what they are for until Sento begins to study them closely. These cards, it seems, may contain the final secret to defeating Evolt, though they do resemble Ganbarazing cards as used previously by Decade. Sento is nearly killed as well, though in this scene we learn that the Rider System can function as a space suit as well. During a finishing attack, Evolt carries Sento through a wormhole to a distant planet, which greatly resembles the Helheim forest seen in Kamen Rider Gaim, and proceeds to devour it in a black hole.
This hearkens back to Marvel villain Galactus, though it is not the only element of this episode seemingly inspired by Western superheroes. Even during the fight, the combat is explosive and levels a large chunk of the city, likely leaving hundreds dead in its wake on top of the planet Evolt has already devoured at this point in the episode. Overall, though, this episode is definitely a very welcome return to form for the series, and I am sure this will restore the lost faith a lot of people have in Build to not go completely off the rails at the end.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!
Since 1993, Power Rangers has been the primary form of hero Toku most people in the West have access to. This legacy has spanned 24 tv series, 3 theatrical films, and multiple comic book series from multiple publishers. Changing hands at various times during this 25 year period, Power Rangers has gone through distinct phases, tonal shifts, and reinventions as the brand has evolved. Let’s take a look back at where we have been, and where we are going as fans of this long-running series.
Power Rangers as a franchise began in 1986, when Israeli-American television producers Haim Saban and Shuki Levy attempted to adapt the eighth Super Sentai series, Choudenshi Bioman, for American audiences. This project failed in the pilot stage, but laid the groundwork for everything that would come later. A second attempt would be made in 1993, after Fox finally picked up the rights to the series. By then, the Bioman pilot had been lost, and the cast of that series was considered too old to play Rangers. Thus, the whole cast was swapped out for the pilot of Power Rangers as we know it, and many of those cast members were replaced again for the series proper.
The pilot for Saban and Levy’s Bioman concept has been lost to time, with very few consistent details even from those who claim to have seen it. Shuki Levy once remarked that the special effects used made the notoriously low-budget look and feel of some Power Rangers scenes look like a hollywood blockbuster by comparison. A proper pilot for the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was pitched to Fox in early 1993, before the series was picked up and began the legacy we all know. For the pilot episode, some names were different, as were some casting choices. Audri Dubois stood in for Trini, prior to the casting of Vietnamese actress Thuy Trang for the series, and Zordon was originally called Zoltar. Most of the other elements, as we know them, remained unchanged in the transition to series, and the original pilot was eventually shown on TV in the US in May of 1999.
Believe it or not, though, Power Rangers as we know it was almost a very different series. Had things gone differently, the original Power Rangers series would have premiered in 1985, and been headed up by Marvel (yes, that Marvel). In the end, though, Marvel’s adaptation of an unknown Super Sentai series, presumed to be either Gorenjer or JAKQ, was rejected by every network it was pitched to at the time. Since the beginning, Power Rangers continuity has been split into three phases, the Saban era, Disney era, and Neo-Saban/Nickelodeon era, respectively. Here, we will take a look at each.
The Saban Era(1986-2001)
The original Saban era of Power Rangers shows all exist in a single timeline, beginning with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and ending with Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. While Rangers from this era, most notably Tommy Oliver, continued to be recurring characters throughout the full span of Power Rangers, this series was meant to have a definitive conclusion at the end of Power Rangers in Space, with the death of Zordon of Eltar and the erasure of evil energy from the galaxy.
Power Rangers in Space turned out to be such a hit, though, that Fox renewed the series and ordered three more seasons, which became Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, and Time Force, respectively. After buying the rights to the franchise from Saban in 2001, Disney allowed Fox to broadcast one more season, Power Rangers Wild Force, before moving the broadcast to their own network, now called Disney XD, for the Disney era.
During the Saban era, two films were released in theatres. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie served as a cinematic setup to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3, which featured the introduction of the ninja forms and mecha used in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, as well as new mentor Ninjor. The second film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, acts directly as the transition between Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo, featuring the introduction of blue Turbo Ranger Justin, played by Blake Foster, and new villain Divatox.
In the Saban era, the show found its footing, but not without production trouble behind the scenes. Various accusations have been thrown around over the years, ranging from pay disputes to outright homophobia directed toward original blue ranger David Yost. Through all the trials and tribulations, though, the show remained consistently entertaining, and the quality did not decline noticeably. The end of the Saban era series was meant to tie up loose plot threads, but left the door open for additional seasons, which now followed the Super Sentai model of year-long, self-contained stories that existed largely in their own continuity. However, up to the current day, each Power Rangers show can be tied together, if only loosely.
The Disney Era (2002-2009)
Beginning in 2002 with the end of Power Rangers Wild Force, production of the series under Disney moved from Los Angeles, California, USA, to Auckland, New Zealand. Each subsequent series from Ninja Storm all the way up to Super Ninja Steel has been produced in New Zealand, using a mixture of original actor footage and Super Sentai action scenes. This time period nearly saw the death of Power Rangers as a whole, as Disney had elected to cease production on Power Rangers series after 2009’s phenomenal series Power Rangers RPM. For the 2010 season, Disney elected to re-broadcast the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, rather than trying to adapt Samurai Sentai Shinkenger for a Western audience, presumably because of the series’ heavy roots in Japanese culture and Shinto mythology.
The early years of the Disney era of Power Rangers produced quality shows, with the best of these easily being 2004’s Dino Thunder, which featured the return of series veteran Tommy Oliver, played here as previously by actor Jason David Frank, and 2005’s SPD. Each of these series leaned heavily on their Super Sentai roots, but were still able to create lively, vibrant characters and stories that were uniquely their own, with Dino Thunder channeling much of the nostalgia that came with a returning original cast member. In addition, in recent years, Dino Thunder has begun to raise some speculation about new possible plots, and fan theories, based on later viewing.
SPD, for its part, crafted a believable, encouraging near-future scenario in which Earth has become a member of something akin to the United Federation of Planets from Star Trek, and joined a galactic society. The Rangers in this future, now acting openly as police, become a symbol of hope for those in need while protecting ordinary citizens, and as such inspire their society in a different way, slightly less traditional. Additionally, the first three series in the Disney era have a definitive timeline, and the plots of these shows bleed over into one another seamlessly, similarly to the series in the Saban era. Beginning with Ninja Storm, the plot carries through all the way to the end of SPD, before Mystic Force, Operation Overdrive, Jungle Fury, and RPM all become their own continuities in their own universes.
The only major carry-over here is the crossover special, Once A Ranger, that aired toward the midpoint of Operation Overdrive and featured a team made up entirely of veteran Rangers.
This era and the franchise as a whole, however, did end on a very high note, with 2009’s Power Rangers RPM originally meant to serve as a swan song for the franchise.
Set in a pocket dimension separate from the rest of the Power Rangers canon, RPM follows a team of survivors living in a domed city, around which is a Mad Max-inspired hellscape of scorched earth, sand, and desperation. In this world, which is decidedly much bleaker than other Ranger series before it, an AI has taken over the technology of humanity and begun to conquer the world, committing unspeakable atrocities in its wake. The AI, called Venjix, has already wiped out all but this last city worth of humanity, the population of which appears to be under one million.
RPM is also notable for bringing three famed actors into the spotlight in the US for the first time, by way of Eka Darville, who plays red ranger Scott, Rose McIver, who plays yellow ranger Summer, and lastly Adelaide Kane, who plays villainess Tenaya 7. Darville is now best known for his role as Malcolm Ducasse in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Defenders. McIver, on the other hand, has been in numerous series and films, but is perhaps best known for her role as Olivia Moore on the CW series iZombie. Kane has been in a few tv series outside of her native Australia, as well, but is perhaps best known for her lead role in the CW Series Reign, as well as a brief reunion with Rose McIver on the ABC/Disney series Once Upon a Time, where McIver played Tinkerbell.
The Disney era ended in 2010, when Haim Saban bought the rights to Power Rangers back from Disney, and began to pitch new ideas to networks. The series was ultimately picked up by Nickelodeon, and the Neo-Saban/Nickelodeon Era began in 2011.
The Neo-Saban/Nickelodeon Era (2010-2018)
After Disney had completed their re-broadcast of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 2010, Saban and Nickelodeon began work on the first of the Neo-Saban series, Power Rangers Samurai. With this series, Nickelodeon took over a large portion of production and distribution, and the series moved to a two-year adaptation format, which holds to this day. Samurai began broadcasting on Nickelodeon in 2011, with Super Samurai following the next year. This was followed by Megaforce, and Super Megaforce, which are looked at by many fans as the lowest point in the series history.
Megaforce and Super Megaforce adapted Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, respectively, with a concurrent plot and cast running between both seasons. These two series relied heavily on nostalgia that many of the Nickelodeon audience members would not understand, as well as what is widely considered to be lazy writing, poor characterization, and paint-by-numbers plot developments, including Zordon having a mentor called Gosei, who had somehow never come up in the series even as a throwaway line before.
Many fans felt that the adaptation of Gokaiger was handled very poorly, especially the Legendary Battle sequence, which promised to unite every season of Rangers up to that point in a single encounter, but ultimately ended up being a lackluster affair. One good thing Super Megaforce did for the franchise, though, was introduce Sentai series that had not been adapted previously to the West, as the Super Megaforce Rangers often used powers from teams like Gosei Sentai Dairanger, Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan, and Dengeki Changeman, on the premise of these teams being non-human or alien rangers, like the Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, who had used Ninja Sentai Kakuranger as a base for their powers.
For every weak season, though, there come two strong ones, this time in the form of Dino Charge, Dino Supercharge. These two series featured immensely likeable characters and actors, well thought-out plot elements and stories, and just the right amount of nostalgia, while being distant enough from previous Power Rangers series to stand on their own. Dino Charge and Dino Supercharge did not have a crossover episode, though the ending of Supercharge is believed to have reset the entire Power Rangers timeline, in some way, altering at least that tangent of it irrevocably.
In addition, 2017 saw the release of the rebooted Power Rangers film, featuring a much darker take on the series, with more nuanced and modernised characters. The film is completely separate from the TV series. However, it stands on its own as a new continuity, featuring Rita Repulsa as a former green ranger, and changing or adding to the personalities of the Rangers themselves. Some of these changes include making Trini a Latina LGBT character, making Zack and Billy different races, and emphasising that this version of Billy is severly autistic. The most faithful recreation of the bunch is easily Kimberly, who retains much of her popular, Mean Girls-esque personality traits, which soften over time. The setting of the film is changed from Angel Grove, California, which is seen as a small subset of Los Angeles, to a small fishing town in the Pacific Northwest region of America, and the Rangers’ families are given more of a backstory as well.
The next season, Power Rangers Ninja Steel, elected to ignore much of the previous canon, like many others existing in its own timeline. This series made history for featuring the first set of siblings to become Rangers, with Peter Sudarso stepping into the role of Ninja Steel blue, taking over for his older brother Yoshi Sudarso, who played Dino Charge Blue in the previous two seasons.
Ninja Steel had many of the same flaws as Samurai and Megaforce before it, yet retained much of the nuanced character writing of Dino Charge for some of its protagonists.
The second season of this series, Super Ninja Steel, is currently airing as of this writing, and will be followed up in 2019 by Power Rangers Beast Morphers.
Beast Morphers and Beyond (2019-???)
Beast Morphers marks a turning point for the series, as it will be the first series in the new Hasbro Era of Power Rangers, while retaining much of the creative staff of previous seasons. Beast Morphers is also the first Power Rangers series to adapt Super Sentai out of order, by backtracking to 2012’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters for inspiration. In a turn of good news for the series as a whole, Power Rangers Global Franchise Creative Director Jason Bischoff has officially made the jump from Saban Brands to Hasbro after Saban Brands was purchased in full by Hasbro in early 2018.
As something of a jack of all trades, Bischoff has been responsible for overseeing many of the creative decisions surrounding the Power Rangers license, including events, digital media, series writing, and products such as figures, toys, and cosplay props, which will all now be made by Hasbro. Bischoff has previously worked on TMNT,Ben 10, and Blues Clues, as well as the hit video game Overwatch and DC Comics Wonder Woman brand, as well as his own original series Shadowpiper. Hasbro has committed to continue making Power Rangers series and films, and with Bischoff at the helm, the future is bright.
Under his supervision, the brand has flourished in recent years, including a new film reboot, and a very lucrative partnership with Boom! Comics that has led to some of the best Power Rangers media to date. This publication deal includes a more adult-oriented, slightly more Marvel or DC-esque depiction of the Rangers across three series published by Boom!, and even led to the creation of fan favourite character Lord Drakkon, an alternate universe version of Tommy Oliver who did not reject Rita Repulsa’s gifts.
The first comics crossover event, Shattered Grid, began in April of 2018 and has played out largely akin to DC Comics’ storyline Crisis on Infinite Earths, including all of the time travel, multiverse hopping, and dramatic character death a comparison like that entails.
As of July 2018, the future looks very bright for Power Rangers as a brand, and as a series that many of us have grown up with and loved for most of our lives, I know I am not alone when I say that this can only mean good things are in store for the future.
What does Power Rangers mean to you? Has it affected your life in some way? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!
Ahead of its impending release date, a new preview has been released for the premier episode of Ultraman R/B. The clip sets up the opening of the series, in which a kaiju attacks Akaya City, home of brothers Katsumi and Isami Minato, who will become Ultraman Rosso and Ultraman Blu in order to protect their home and their family. The brothers have a strong tag team dynamic in the action scenes that have been shown thus far, and this trend is likely to continue as the series progresses and they begin to take on bigger and badder opponents, such as series villain Ultraman Orb Dark.
Ultraman R/B has been previously confirmed to contain elements outside of the common Ultraman tropes and plot beats, with actors and producers commenting that these changes will be done in a way that is seen as a positive for the series and the franchise, as a whole. The cast and crew are enthusiastic as they wholeheartedly throw all of their talent and dedication into the production of the series, which will run for 25 episodes beginning on July 7th, 2018 in Japan. As in the past, Crunchyroll will likely pick up global distribution of the series, though this has yet to be confirmed.
Please support the official release by watching Ultraman R/B on officially-licensed streaming sites or buying the Blu-Ray set when it releases. To get in the mood, you can pre-order the Ultraman R/B Rube Gyro device from Toku Toy Store, here!
What do you think of the hype for Ultraman R/B so far? Do you have any theories about how the plot will develop? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!
As Kamen Rider Build slowly reaches it’s end, let’s have a closer look at Build and Cross-Z’s final form.
In these Brand new magazine scans, we see our first clear look of Kamen Rider Build’s Genius Form.
This form will be accessed when the Genius Fullbottle is inserted into the Build Driver.
The Genius form will be able to preform 3 attacks; Genius Attack, Genius Break and Genius Finish.
Next we see 4 brand new black and gold Fullbottles (Bat, Fukurou (Owl), Kuwagata (Stag Beetle), Spanner). There is also a new panel to display them on, but no best matches have been confirmed.
And finally, we have the Great Cross-Z Dragon and Great Dragon Evol Bottle. These will be used by Kamen Rider Cross-Z to transform into Kamen Rider Great Cross-Z.
The Great Cross-Z Dragon is used in a similar way to the regular Cross-Z Dragon, the bottle is inserted into the Dragon which is then inserted into the Build Driver.
Similar to other Premium Bandai toys, the Cross-Z Dragon will also have say some of Ryuuga’s quotes when the button on the front is pressed. The Great Cross-Z Dragon will be released in October and will cost 3,024 yen.
You can expect to see all of these new forms in the coming episodes.
In a surprising leak, Kamen Rider Zi-O (Zeo? Geo?) has been revealed for 2018-2019. The name appears to come from a credible source, pictured below, and thus begins the rumours and leaks for another year. It seems it was right around this time last year, during the initial run of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, that we got the first rumours and the leaked name of Kamen Rider Build. If true, this would line up with the earlier rumoured leak of the world- traveling hero, Kamen Rider Geo.
So far, no information has been revealed about the plot, cast, production team, or gimmick items, but stay tuned for more details and speculation as we ramp up to the premiere of Kamen Rider Zi-O following the conclusion of Build later this summer.
What do you think this rider’s theme will be? Let us know!
Ultraman 2018 now has a name and a release date! Via the latest image from Tsuburaya shown below, the title has been confirmed as Ultraman R/B (pronounced Rubu, read as Rube) and will feature two protagonists, now officially dubbed Ultraman Rosso (red) and Ultraman Blu (blue). The primary series antagonist, as revealed earlier, will be Ultraman Orb Dark.
All three use an Orb gimmick to obtain their power, with Rosso drawing from Ultraman Taro and Blu from Ultraman Ginga, respectively. Ultraman Orb Dark, as his name implies, will be a re-imagining of the classic hero.
This announcement comes after a busy week for Tsuburaya, with magazine scans and information about the new series coming in plentiful bursts earlier in the week to reveal the changers, gimmick items, and Ultraman Orb Dark’s existence. There is still much speculation about the plot of the show, and how it ties to existing Ultraman canon. Will Geed make a return appearance? Will the two new characters have a mentor in the form of some older Ultraman veteran? Only time will tell, but look for Ultraman Rube to premiere in Japan on July 7th, 2018. The global release will follow shortly after.
What are your thoughts on the new show? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!
Do these new images show off a new Rider, or is it just a well-made prank?
Since it’s April Fools Day scans and rumours have been popping up recently, 99% of these are almost certainly fake. However, these images have really stood out among the rest and probably has the highest chances of actually being real. Supposedly, this is concept art from the new season of Kamen Rider to be aired late this year. While it is still best to take these images with a grain of salt, they’re still really well made and worth talking about.
The first image shows a nameless new Rider with a handful of its forms, one of them being a base form and the others being combinations of three previous riders suggesting that this is an anniversary season. Similar to OOO, the three riders that make up the form are all set to a certain body part, either the head, torso or legs. The first of these new forms is a mix of Stronger, Kabuto & Blade, the second being a mix of Shin, Gills & Amazon, and the last one being a mix of Mach, Accel & Lazer. What’s interesting is that the riders that make up the forms all have a common motif. The riders that make up the first form are all based on the Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle, the Riders that make up the second form are all mutant-type Riders, the Riders that make up the last form are all Secondary Riders based on motorbikes. This means that other forms will likely also consist of riders with a common theme. With this in mind, it’s going to be fun to speculate what new forms could be made out of what riders. Personally, I would like to see a form made up of Riders that started off evil and eventually redeemed themselves (Zangetsu, Genm & Chaser), all female Riders (Poppy, Marika & Necrom P) and Riders that are controlled by two people (W, Den-O & Drive).
Above the Forms is Eyecon like devices that are supposedly this season’s gimmick, three of the devices represent the new Rider’s base forms while the other eighteen represent the other Riders. Unlike the OOO medals, the devices don’t seem to have any indication of what body part they are used on, possibly meaning that they could be used in any order. Along with the previously mentioned forms, there are also forms representing Knight, Baron & Brave (Knight themed Secondary Riders), Beast, Kaixa & Ixa (All Secondary Riders) and G3, Drake & DiEnd. Because the Secondary Rider forms seem to be connected to the main rider, it could suggest that this season will only have 1 rider.
The next image shows two other forms or possibly two other new riders, the first of which is next to a silhouette of what appears to be an upgraded version of the form. The other seems to be a form based on Kamen Rider Decade, if these are new riders than this could actually be a new form of Decade. Since the devices in the first page seem to be connected to one of the three forms, some of the Past Rider forms could be exclusive to one of the other Riders/Forms. If these were new riders, then the movie exclusive rider would likely use forms based on other movie exclusives (Bujin Gaim,
Dark Drive & Dark Ghost, Idunn, Mars & Kamuro or New Den-O, Nega Den-O & G Den-O).
The final image shows brand new forms for different riders, supporting the idea that the Decade themed rider might be Decade himself. The new rider forms are Kamen Rider Cyclone, A new OOO combo with an insect theme, Fourze Launcher States and Zangetsu Jinba Melon Arms. Since this is likely an anniversary season, Riders from Wizard and Drive-Build would also likely get new forms. I would personally like to see Necrom get his own equivalent of the Mugen Damashii or a Super Dead-heat Mach.
So, Is it a fake? Because of the time of year, It probably is. The Background seems a bit plain for a catalogue and some pages have information missing (Price and/or release date etc.) and it’s also quite strange that some images don’t even show the full page. However, it’s art style is really similar to other art shown in real catalogues so I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being real. We’ll probably have to wait until the summer to get proper confirmation but this could be a look into what the final Heisei Rider Season could be like.
Do you think this is real? What forms would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!
Does Saban’s Surprising Announcement Mean New Hope For ToQger?
Not long ago, I made an article talking about why Go-Busters didn’t get adapted. I went through some of the possible reasons about why it was ignored, ending with what it would most likely be like if it wasn’t. That article is now somewhat dated since it was recently announced that the 2019 (And possibly 2020) series of Power Rangers will be based on Go-Busters. Now that we know that Saban isn’t opposed to adapting older seasons, let’s look at why ToQger was initially ignored and what the chances are of an adaptation in the future.
The obvious main explanation for the skip was because of the theme, trains. I’m not going to deny that trains are popular in the west and that Power Rangers is aimed at a similar demographic to those who may be interested in trains (Boys aged 5-11). While this may seem like an obvious choice for an adaptation, not every kid into Power Rangers is necessarily also interested in trains. A while ago, I was talking to someone around this age range about ToQger and he thought it was an unusual concept. The train theme would probably make filming a pain too. It would be harder to film tracks and stations without constantly re-using footage because of the differences between the Japanese rail network and the Kiwi rail network. For example; New Zealand has just over 100 train stations and 1km of track for every 65km2 of land while Japan has 8500+ stations and 1km of track for every 14km2 of land. There’s always the possibility that they could limit the train theme to just the Zords and suits and not revolve the story around them to make filming easier, it worked for Super Megaforce and Mighty Morphin’ Season 1 (To a lesser extent).
Before we knew it was being adapted, both Saban and Bandai had previously mentioned that they wanted to do something with Go-Busters in the future. However, they have not said anything about ToQger. Unlike Go-Busters, there doesn’t seem to be any rejected plans for hypothetical adaptations. It seems like Saban has just given up on it. Ever since they took over from Bandai, Hasbro seems to want to do new things with the series so an adaptation is not entirely impossible. Personally, I would love to see ToQger get adapted, but if Saban and Hasbro did these things, I think the chances of the season succeeding would be higher. Firstly, as I mentioned before, the plot should be focused less on trains. Alternatively, the zords and suits could be used for a “Super” follow up to a different season so fans of the first would watch it, helping it get better ratings. Next, some toys should just not be released at all. For example: the IC card thing the ToQgers have on their belt buckle since IC cards are pretty different and less common in the west. Also, they should wait until the inevitable “Super” season to sell most of the zords, just in case the train theme isn’t popular the first year. Overall, I very much hope Saban decides to adapt ToQger but I doubt that’s it’s definitely happening.
Would you like to see ToQger get adapted? Let us know in the comments.
Next month the 42nd entry in the Super Sentai series Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger premieres in Japan. Bandai has released the official pictures for Wave 1 of the toys.
For the Lupinranger Bandai is releasing vinyl figures of the team like they do every year. LupinRed, LupinBlue, and LupinYellow are each getting one. Each figure retails for £9.99.
Like any Sentai the Lupinranger have their main weapon. For the Lupinranger that is the DX LupinBlade, a sword that doubles as a claw weapon. Retails for £34.99.
Now for the mecha. Each Lupinranger has their own mecha. LupinRed has the DX Red Dial Fighter. LupinBlue has the DX Blue Dial Fighter. LupinYellow has the DX Yellow Dial Fighter. Each VS Vehicle retails for £27.99.
Just like Lupinranger the Patoranger will be getting vinyls as well. PatorenIchigo, PatorenNigo, and PatorenSango. Each figure retails for £9.99.
The main weapon of the Patoranger is the DX MegaBou, a sword that doubles as a megaphone. Retails for £34.99.
Each member of the Patoranger has their own mecha as well. PatorenIchigo has the DX Trigger Machine Ichigo. PatorenNigo has the DX Trigger Machine Nigo. PatorenSango has the DX Trigger Machine Sango. Each VS Vehicle retails for £27.99.
The transformation device of both teams is the DX Double Henshin Jyu. This changer is able to be purchased as the LupinRed Set or the PatorenIchigo Set. To transform you insert the VS Vehicle Mecha of that Ranger and the changer will make lights and sounds. This changer retails for £49.99 per set. Each changer is the same but the included VS Vehicle is what’s different per set.
When the DX Good Striker is released the VS Vehicles will be able to make a full mech.
All of these new Sentai toys can be pre-ordered now at TokuToyStore.com.
Will you be picking any of these toys up? Which team do you like most? Leave a comment down below!