Saturday, December 21, 2019

Mashin Sentai Kiramager

2020 Sentai is Kiramager, a gemstone-theme sentai with animal-vehicle mecha. It looks like Red, Yellow and Green are one team with a 3-mecha robo with Blue and Pink separate. Green and Pink are females. Their transformation trinket seems to be a Samsung Watch-like device.

 I like the belt buckles look like seat belt buckles. I like the street sashes and the glittery arms.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Lavender Ranger's thoughts on Hasbro movie announcement

[Art by Freelance illustrator/concept artist Carlos Dattoli]

It has recently been announced that Jonathan Entwistle has been hired to direct the new Hasbro/Paramount Pictures Power Rangers. Jonathan Entwistle is best known for UK show The End of the F***ing World. Patrick Burleigh (Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway) is the writer. They promise that the show will go back to the 90's roots. It is said that the Power Rangers will return back to the 90's. Time travel is a major component of the script. I am not sure about returning back to the 90's. I am okay with the time travel element though. Now, the movie is still in early stages so it is possible this can be changed. I have not seen either Peter Rabbit 2 nor The End of the F***king World. It seems strange that they want a more kid-friendly movie but with a director of a young adult show with edge. I would've gotten the director of a Superhero movie (DC, Marvel, etc.) or someone more familiar with family fare but has done edgy movies like the director of The House With the Clock on Its Walls (Eli Roth) or even the director of Galaxy Quest (Dani Parisot).

I have written my ideas for a soft reboot here. But I think Mighty Morphin should be left alone, since they already did a movie in 2017 and now rebooting so quickly into 2021. Reboots are nothing new to Hollywood and recently the trend is to have new reboots really close to each other like Batman. Also I am curious if the teens will become Rangers before the time travel or after the time travel. I hope the characters have more characterization and they have a different take on Rita. In the meantime, I will watch The End of the F***king World.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Scrozzle's Revenge - Episode Review

 Episode Summary:
The Rangers and Beast Bots set up the Christmas tree in the headquarters. The Beast Bots want to spend Christmas with them but unfortunately, Nate is busy, Zoey will spend it with her mom and grandmother, Devon with his dad and Ravi with his family. The Rangers get a call and leave. Jax remembers when Zoey's mom helped with the Morph-X Bikes and then when Zoey's mom had a chance to reveal the Rangers' identities and chose not to. Chase remembered about Devon's dad. when Devon got a job at a carwash and how Devon's dad went to save Devon. Smash remembered how Ravi's mom reprimanded Ravi about going after Roxy and losing the Megatransporters. 

Scrozzle comes out of the woodwork and the Rangers morph. Scrozzle zaps Nate into a tree ornament. The Rangers fight. Steel tries to get help. Devon and Zoey can transform into tree ornaments too. Steel and Ravi manage to get Scrozzle to leave and take the tree back to the base. In the base, Steel accidentally turns Ravi into an ornament too. The Beast Bots feel bad. The Rangers remind them on how they helped before Nate reminds Steel about how he helped when the Steel imposter broke Nate's computer. Zoey reminds Jax on how he stood up to a Robotron. Devon reminds Chase on how he saved him from danger. Ravi reminds Smash on how he saved him from Turbotron. The Beast Bots go to use the Zords against a new Gigadrone.

Nate helps Steel fix the tree zapper. The Beasts Bots fight and destroy the Gigadrone (and in turn destroy Scrozzle) with their zords. Steel releases the Rangers. The Rangers surprise the Beast Bots with a trip to the North Pole with Santa. 

Cute episode but the blandness of colors from the Grid Battleforce base set makes me a bit dizzy. And the sitcom-like framing also makes me a little sick. The Dino Charge set at least like a cinematic-type environment. As clip shows go, this one had a story. I wish Scrozzle had a one to one battle instead of a Gigadrone death like Blaze.  I like how the Beast Bots got focus in this episode. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Evox: Upgarded - Episode Review

Cyber Gate is almost created. Mayor confronts the commander about Devon being a Ranger. He meets Ravi and realizes he is a Ranger. Zoey explains about Evox's plan. She tells him Devon was trying to stop him. Mayor asks how he can help. Commander says no. Ben and Betty begin the test and open the dimension portal and something wrong happens. Betty is sucked in and becomes flexible. She returns to normal, now she has stretchy powers now. Ravi wants to go in with a beacon inside. Commander says no. Mayor Daniels grabs the beacon inside and enters the portal. Everyone is shocked. Steel wants to shock them. Zoey says they need a bigger zord. Nate says he has the Ultrazord ready. Scrozzle sees Morph-X enters Evox's new body. Blaze wants him to hurry. Devon is left alone and a brick is dropped next to a Tronic. The tronic turns and is hit in the head by Mayor Daniels. He tells Devon is quiet and he takes him away. Tronics realize Devon is gone. 

Ultrazord is ready to be made and the Rangers dissemble the zords. The other zords are combined and Ultrazord is formed. The Ultrazord is teleported away. Scrozzle detects the,. Blaze asks for an army of Gigadrones. Gigadrones are assembled. The Gigadrones blast at the Ultrazord. Devon and Mayor hide in brick walls. They catch up. Devon tells him that it is against the rules to tell him. He apologizes for giving him a hard time and he couldn't be more wrong, that he is a hero.The Ultrazord does the Ultra strike and destroy a,ll the Gigadrones. Evox is formed. He teleports in front of the Ultrazord. 

Evox blasts at them and the zords come apart. Devon and Mayor reunite with the Rangers and Beast Bots. The zord are damaged. Evox confronts them. Mayor hides for safety. Devon morphs. Evox blasts them and they de-morph. Evox glows and grows. Evox heads off. Steel says he might want to merge with the Morphin Grid. They make a plan. Devon and Cruise use the Racer Zord while the others stop Scrozzle. Devon morphs again. Evox enters the transporter. Blaze hurry up Scrozzle. Scrozzle sends Tronics. Red and Cruise enter the Racer Zord and get to the Morph-X Tower. They find a new Gigadrone inside the tower. Blaze is piloting it. The Megazord fights the Gigadrone. The Rangers fight Tronics. Nate, Smash, Mayor and Jax goes after Scrozzle. 

Nate blasts at Scrozzle. Scrozzle teleports away with some gear. Nate tries stopping the teleportation. Red does Hyper STrike and takes down the Gigadrone and Blaze at once. Nate tries to reversing the teleportation. The tower becomes unstable/ The Rangers reunite and they go back to the cybergate portal entry. The Megazord becomes Racer mode and an explosion occurs that wipes out Evox. The cyber gate opens and the Rangers run in. Mayor looks longingly at the portal for Devon. Morph-X comes towards the mayor and the portal is full of green fog. Devon and Cruise come out of the mist. The portal closes. Betty is still flexible. Mayor says he is proud of Devon. Blaze awakens and a technician finds him. 

A week later, the Rangers get a medal of valor. Mayor was re-elected. Ben and Betty also get something. Betty is in a bubble suit. They get medals and their dad cries. Betty goes flying everywhere. She is then fine. Steel wants a selfie. Mayor's hand glows purple. 

 Devon gets the acknowledgement that many kids want from their parents. I am not sure if the Megazord footage was all new but some of it was pretty good. It is a good episode. I wish this was the season two ending because it is hard to top, that is what happened with the Ninja Steel finale. The Ninja Steel finale was better than the Super Ninja Steel finale. The Dino Charge finale at least let the door open for Dino Supercharge. This doesn't seem like a mid-season finale even though the next season won't have 'super' in it. Also, there is no indication what place Roxy and Blaze will have now that they have been saved. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Target: Tower - Episode Review

The Rangers see the footage of them giving the transporters to the avatars. Roxy's pod was overloaded by the USB that Roxy stuck in there. The life support will go out, Ravi is upset. Zoey says if they destroy her avatar, she'll wake up. Commander tells Ravi not to cloud his judgment. Devon is in the re-election rally. Ravi gets a call during Mayor Daniels' speech. Betty and Ben track the transporters with special glasses but crash into a van. They find the transporters but get chased out by Tronics. Devon runs off and the mayor thinks he is a coward. The mayor helps an elderly man. The Rangers appear and saved Ben and Betty. 

The Rangers get to the van as they fight Tronics. Mega Transporters have to be set up around the tower, the Rangers are nearby and Blaze and Roxy are told by Scrozzle. Blaze forces Scrozzle to send a Gigadrone. The Rangers get the transporters. Commander deploys the zords. Blue drives the van. Roxy leaves the dimension and intercepts Ravi. She runs off and Ravi has to choose if to stop for Roxy or transport the transporters. He chooses to go after Roxy. Roxy morphs. They fight. Megazords are formed and they fight Gigadrone. Ravi turns on his ape power and throws a rock at him. He overheats and Commander detects this. She tries calling him but he doesn't answer. Roxy's morpher is taken and crushed. 

The Gigadrone is destroyed. Ravi fights Roxy and he shoots off her weapon and destroys the avatar. Water from the sprinklers de-heat him. He hears the van and Blaze has taken the transporters. Evox is upset that Roxy is gone but Blaze says he will get his tower. Ravi returns to Roxy but she doesn't wake. Commander is upset at Ravi. He apologizes and she apologizes. They get called by Ben and Betty and they found a Mega Transporter pointed at the Morph-X Tower. Nate figures the two are around it. The Mayor finds Devon and is upset at him. An attack happens and the mayor sends Devon home. Devon leaves and the attack is from Blaze. The un-morphed Rangers without Devon fight the Tronics. The Mayor helps Ben and Betty against the Tronics and one Transporter on a shopping cart.

The Rangers morph and fight. Blaze leaves and aims a Transporter at the tower and activates it. He then teleports and activates another one. Commander sees the transporters have been activated. Ben puts the third transporters in a black van but Blaze takes it. Blaze teleports back to the location where the others battle. Red runs to him and stops him before he activates it. Red calls his claws nad fights Blaze, who calls his sword. Red blocks Blaze. Blaze wraps tentacles around Red. Mayor watches this. Red is demorph and Mayor discovers he is a ranger. Blaze activates the transporter and the tower is teleported away, along with Devon as a hostage. Mayor runs towards Devon but it's too late.

Nate wants to rebuild the gate to charge into Evok's base. Ravi is for getting Devon. Roxy's pod beeps and she wakes up. She looks a mess. She tells him about Evok's plans as she was connected to the evil avatar. They plan to make a new body for Evox. Devon is tied up and is helpless but to watch. 

Love this episode. Some great stuff with Ravi and his mom and also Devon and his dad. All the pieces came together in this episode. Great stuff with Roxy as well. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Toys that Made Us: Power Rangers: Editing and Information Errors

Netflix has a toy documentary that has covered Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man, Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony and other toys. A lot of Power Ranger fans appear in this documentary such as Scott from Power Morphicon, Mike of Rangerstop, Black Nerd Andre, my buddy John, and two Ranger actors David Yost and Walter Jones. It tells the story of Haim Saban got the idea from Sentai to make Power Rangers. It starts out by explaining Tokusatsu. It shows a bit of history with Spider-Man and Kamen Rider. The accuracy then leaves. They use clips from subbed shows and mentions the wrong one while showing another. They show the Cyclone from Kamen Rider and say Sentai. I did my best to edit out the opinion from what CCLemon99 wrote. Thanks to him again.  The reason I did this was to just have the errors highlighted. 

Here is a couple of things CCLemon99 noticed:
  • Popy is not mentioned. Popy was around before Bandai, they had the toy license in 1975.
  • Kamen Rider is called the first Henshin Hero when that is inaccurate. I’m not even sure but Ultraman is one of them as well.
  • Mattel imported some toys over from Japan in the 70s. Godaikin was Bandai's first attempt, but not the only attempt.

  • They mention Bioman but show a clip of Kyodai Ken Bycrosser. Bycrosser is not Sentai, but was produced by Toei.
  • No mention of the 1987 comedy Dynaman dub here in the US but it is forgivable as it is just an hour.
  • "Please remember, in 1991 Zyuranger aired in Japan." The show aired in 1992 but the toys were manufactured in 1991, hence why some toys said 1991.
  • The 8 Inch Rangers were not sold for Zyuranger. If they were created for Zyuranger, it is not mentioned. The only time they were released was for Mighty Morphin.
  • The original broadcast time of Day of The Dumpster. It's stated here as being 7:30am on August 28, 1993. In reality, it was 11:30am.

  • "Nonaka, speaking of America toy safety standards, shows a gold Zyusouken that he represents as "the American version" with an incredibly dull blade tip. The American Dragon Dagger is nowhere near as dull and, despite other big differences between the Dragon Dagger and Zyusouken, is the exact same blade. A better example of toy safety differences really lies with the swords that come with things like DX Won Tiger/White Tigerzord." -CCLemon99
  • Stock footage of British parents swarming upon a Toys R Us while Trish is talking about complaints Bandai America was getting. The footage shown is of Bandai Europe.
  • Auto-Morphin figures (1994) are said to be an American creation. Kakuranger (1994) had a line of figures with a very similar transformation action that released earlier in 1994. 
  • A Ninja Steel commercial is shown during the Disney era.
  • When discussing Legacy toys and then showing clips from 1994 toy commercials and Nonaka's gold-plated Kyuukyoku Daizyujin instead of highlighting the Legacy toys themselves.
  • Also, at the end they mention Hasbro taking over and that TOEI was no longer part of it. FALSE. Toei is still partnered with Power Rangers because how else do they get the Super Sentai footage?

I wish it let my friends and other Ranger fans talk about their love of the toys and show off their collections like the Star Wars episode. These errors clearly show how much people really don't take Power Rangers seriously and had no passion for this episode. It could have been really great. I don't know if they messed up the clips on purpose as a homage to the early days of Power Rangers, or even Megaforce. Anyway, it is what it is and there you go.