Sunday, January 22, 2017

Power Rangers Ninja Steel - Return of the Steel - Episode Review

The Ninja Nexus Prism landed in the backyard of a handsome father of two boys (Brody and Aidan) that seems to be a ninja. He removed the metallic crust. In the prism, there was the nexus star. He was able to pull it out. Brody was kidnapped by Ripcon. The dad took the ninja steel and gave it to Aidan. Aidan ran off. The dad faced the main villain Galvanex and was surrounded. The dad transformed with the nexus star. Ripcon took Brody. The dad de-morphed and Galvanex took the nexus star. The dad split the star into six pieces with his sword. Bordy says his dad was replaced with the Prism with the six Ninja Power Stars. Brody tried to reach in but Galvanex didn't let him. He couldn't get the stars out. Ripcon took Brody.

Ten years later to current time, Brody is with Redbot in Galvanex's ship. Bordy tells his friend Mick, he wants to escape. Ripcon arrives and Mick becomes a mop. Brody shows his ninja moves to Ripcon, Ripcon burns him about his dad. Madam Odius tells them to go. In the Warrior Dome, the host Cosmo Royale introduce the monsters for Galaxy Warriors show. The winner has to reach out the ninja stars out of the prism. We watch a battle against monsters that resemble Mig the Fearcat and Venjix's first suit. Korvaka (Mig) defeats the Venjix looking guy. Korvaka fails to get the Ninja Stars. Galvanex is upset no one can get the stars. Odius says they can make new stars from Ninja Steel. They are going after the steel.

Brody wants to get off the ship. On Earth, Preston arrives on a school bus, Calvin and Hayley try fixing a car. Sarah comes through on her hoverboard, that looks like one of the Ninja Steel zords. Preston tells Sarah about his magic show. In the ship, Brody got the prism and Redbot has Space cruiser keys. The Kubots arrive and the trio leave. Sarah is new to school and is introduced to nerdy Monty and butthat Victor. Victor gets on her hoverboard and crashes. Preston does his magic show, which impresses no one, he changes into a dragon suit and Victor knocks it off revealing his shirtless bod. Sarah apologizes. Preston and Sarah befriend. Sarah designed the hoverboard. Brody and his friends escape through the trash shute. 

Redbot saves Brody to land on Earth. Mick turns into a rock. Sarah and Preston see the crash and go on the board. Galvanex sends Korvaka to get Brody. Brody and Redbot crash land in the forest. He can't find Mick. The Prism has also landed and Brody is surprised by Korvaka. Korvaka tries taking it but Brody won't let him go. He gets advise from his Datacom, the ship's computer. Sarah and Preston arrive and knock him down. The prism glows, the three put their hands in the prism and reach out the Ninja Power Stars. Brody tells them they turn into Power Rangers. They make morphers appear and they morph when hit by Korvaka. They use their Ninja Star Blades to fight him. They destroy him. They cover the Prism with rocks in a clearing. Brody thanks them, they tell him they are a team. They head off to Bordy's house when the prism spins off away. 

I like the characters. Brody has an innocence about him but also brave and peppy. Sarah seems to be up for anything. Peter Adrian brings a lot to Preston, as much as his brother Yoshi. The magician-enthusiast character could be a one-note. The villains seem to be one-note. What is interesting is that the Ninninger villains weren't all together until the end. What is also interesting that Cosmo Royale is a mix of a villain costume from Toqger, which was not adapted. So glad this is like 2 parts. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Galactic Sentinels Fan Comic Book

Over the Holiday break, I decided to do a fan comic book based on the 1997 American tokusatsu show Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills. It is called Galactic Sentinels, the name of the heroes in the show. I based the costumes on the 2017 movie Power Rangers. I based the style of the comic sort of based on the MMPR Boom Comics. The first issue  cover is based on the 2016 comic covers.

Story: Alien Nimbar must gather four teenagers to stop the onslaught of Emperor Gorganus from the planet Meleculah. Gorganus has a huge empire but wants to conquer the Earth as it is the key focal point of portals he needs to dominate the universe. He selects four teenagers from Bel-Air and Beverly Hills who have nothing in common and do not want to be friends.

Laurie Foster/ Scorpio 
Super popular at a private school Henley Senior, she is class president and on the Principal’s Honor Roll. She has a lot of friends. She used to be a cheerleader. She changed her last name to her rich step-father’s. She hides her Irian background and her drug dealer father. She is the leader of the team. As Scorpio, she wields the Hook Blade and her main attack is Scorpion Stinger. 

Gordon Henley/Taurus
Gordon is a brown nosing jerkass who loves his money. His mother is the city mayor. He attends a private school Henley Senior but doesn’t associate with Laurie because she is ‘new money.’ He is ‘old money.’ He fancies himself a lady’s man but isn’t. He goes to the same SAT prep club that Swinton does. As Taurus, he wields the Light Spear and her main attack is Bull Rush.

Drew Vincent/Centaur 
Drew is cynical tough motorcycle girl who works at a coffee shop her actress aunt owns. She doesn’t go to the same schools as the others but they often stop by the coffee shop. She attends Beverly Hills High School. She hides the truth that her mother is a crack addict and at a rehab center. When young she witnessed her dad’s death due to overdose. She trusts Nimbar the least. As Centaur, she wields the Archer Bow and her main attack is the Centaur Spin.

Swinton Sawyer/Aquarius 
Swinton is highly intelligent introverted young man who attends Billwood All Boys Academy. He is the youngest and smallest. He secretly has a crush on Gordon but it eventually becomes just platonic friendship. He seems to be stuck up about his intelligence but in reality he is happy to have ‘friends.’ He never had friends before.  He is close to his dad. He can’t drive yet. As Aquarius, he wields the Twin Sickles and performs the Apollo Tidal Wave.

Diane Henley – Gordon’s mother and mayor of Beverly Hills. She barely pays attention to Gordon.
Roger Henley – Gordon’s father is old money, he is mostly at work. He is a publisher and a Harvard man.
Nicole Nash – Drew’s TV soap opera actress aunt and owns the coffee shop Café Maison.
Karen Foster – Laurie’s mother, she is the usual exotic trophy housewife but in reality is smarter than she seems. 
Nimbar - Octopus-like alien is the keeper and protector of the portals. He is from the planet Gamna Lepus. He has failed in the past to protect a world from Gorganus and will stop at nothing that Earth doesn’t meet the same fate. He has a lot to learn about humans and has short patience for the teens’ personal problem.

Lechner- Gorganus’ pet bird companion who irritates him with questions and inquiries. He grovels and reacts when Gorganus threatens him. He is from the planet Malatoid. He must shed every 17 kilbenans. 

Gorganus’ purple military-like henchmen. Not from the original show, based on the 1995 movie Oozemen.

Emperor Gorganus
He is intent on taking over the world because it is the focal point of a network of Portals that would help in his conquest of the universe. 

Electricity based monster in issue one.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best and Worst of 2016

I usually do every year but it looks like I forgot to do this last year.

Best Team Design
Goes to Kyuranger, the team of nine.

Best Teamup
When Gokaiger teamed up with the Zyuohger was pretty sweet.

Best use of females in merchandise
While females are ignored usually with Bandai and now that we see them more with Legacy figures and movie figures, I am starting to see them just warm shelves. They are not getting sold. But I like that Bandai is at least trying. With SFX masks, chest suits, swords, Ninja Steel armored figure and SFX movie figures, at least they are getting a chance. I can't stress how important it is to buy these things!!!

Best combo of White and Green Ranger
That goes to new character Lord Drakkon of Power Rangers Boom Comics.

Worst Christmas Special and Finale
Dino Charge was pretty good, not great but better than Megaforce. Dino Super Charge was confusing as it relied more on episode-by-episode shennigans instead of an arc. Also the finale was confusing with time travel shennigans and the Christmas special continued that with more confusion.

Worst Reveals of Movie Items
Not worst Megazord but worst way to reveal them was just the toys from Bandai. Lionsgate has tried to control what gets revealed but Bandai beats them because they have to turn in pictures to the stores and online stores. The official Power Rangers twitter revealed this megazord but I think it would've been better to reveal it via CGI. Toy reveals are often hard as they look less detailed. 

Worst use of Weapons
I'm not one to be like "The movie will suck because it doesn't have ____" but it was announced that only the Red Ranger will have a sword and the Rangers won't have blade blasters, their individual weapons (Lance, Axe, Daggers and Bow), and hence the Power Blaster. I'll wait to see the movie but it is kind of lame to see re-colored Swords in toy stores. It would've been nice to see the different individual weapons in stores. But I guess they have their reasons.

What are your best and worst??

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Funko Vinyl Pop Power Rangers

UPDATED 1/1/17
In 2012, Funko released three Power Rangers and that was it. All of the sudden., they released a butt load more and yes, even though they have been mostly Mighty Morphin, they have also released new poses and exclusives.
In 2012, they released:
#22 - White Ranger
#23 - Red Ranger
#24 - Pink Ranger

Recently in 2016 they release these:
#360 - Green Ranger
#361 - Black Ranger
#352 - Yellow Ranger
#354 - Blue Ranger

Soon these new poses will be released, some have been spotted:
#405 - White Ranger
#406 - Red Ranger
#407 - Pink Ranger

Blue Ranger #363 Exclusive with metallic paint and Wolf Ninja symbol was only available at Target a few months ago. Summer 2016?

Alpha #408 is said to be released in December Exclusive by Target.

#407 Pink Ranger metallic with Crane Ninja Symbol to be released exclusively at Hot Topic in 2017.

#406 Red Ranger metallic with Ape Ninja Symbol also available at Hot Topic. 

2017 Movie Funko Pop Figures
#396 Black Ranger
#397 Pink Ranger
#398 Yellow Ranger
#399 Blue Ranger
#400 Red Ranger
#401 Rita (Elizabeth Banks)

Power Rangers Dino Supercharge - Here Comes Heximas - Episode Review

This episode surprised me when it takes place after the finale, I thought it would take place before it. Chase, Riley and Shelby get early Christmas presents and open them. They get hypnotized and leave. Tyler arrives and gets two presents, one for him and one for Kendall. He goes to the base and before he and Kendall can open it, Keeper arrives with Koda and Ivan from a portal. Tyler opens the present and becomes an evil elf, Koda reminds him of his real self with memories that I guess didn't occur but they all remember.

Tyler returns to normal. Santa contacts them telling them someone stole his coal. They then find Viviks and a left over monster Heximas are making presents. Heximas escaped Sledge's ship and making his own Viviks to apply his spell on Santa's coal. They see Riley, Chase and Shelby as elves and manage to get Chase and Riley. Ivan reminds Chase who he is saying he was on a quest for love. He is brought back to normal. Kendall tries to remind Riley who is by telling him he has grown up.

The Rangers morph and fight Heximas. Tyler manage to get Shelby and reminds her who she is. Heximas becomes big and is defeated by the zords. The Rangers later celebrate Christmas together. They get pies in their faces, some things don't ever change.
As delightful it was to see hot guys like Tyler, Koda, Chase and Riley act as evil elves, this episode is confusing as they could remember things that were re-written in their own history. So I assumed that Koda and Ivan would forget who they were once they went back in time. Apparently not. But they aren't in possession of the Energems. And wouldn't no more contact with the Energems make James normal. I think it would be weird if it happened. Saban has done a lot of holiday clip shows, Trick or Trickster had to be the most insulting and frustrating one and this one had to be the most confusing. Why did Heximas wait all those years to do his plan if he could have done it before the main give were born? I understand them still having their memories if they had the gems. But I guess the producers wanted them to keep their memories. I would enjoy this episode if it wasn't riddled with what fans have complained about the two seasons: plot, the inconsistency of energems, lack of backstory and huge plot holes.