Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winners and Losers of 2012: Power Rangers and Super Sentai

I decided to do posts for the end of the year in review if it isn't already evident by the last posts. Here are the winners and losers in Power Rangers and Super Sentai. I grouped them together because you will see why, they work together.
WINNERS and LOSERS of 2012
5. DVD Buyers
We have gotten a flurry of DVDs this year: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers three seasons box set, Zeo-Lost Galaxy box set, Beetleborgs dvds, VR Troopers dvds, and Ninja Turtles: Next Mutations dvds. Also Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai dvds and complete season of Super Samurai.
Saban Brands gave out Blu-Rays to Power Force members without asking if they had Blu-Ray. One disadvantage. Also, fans don't like that Zeo-Lost Galaxy DVD box set is not available on sale yet other than Time-Life but we are sure they will be out soon. No Power Rangers Samurai season one complete season yet though.
4. Power Rangers Samurai/Super Samurai
#1 Kids action show and high toy sales, Saban successfully made Power Rangers a hit with kids once again.
Well the real loser is Power Rangers Samurai, not Nick. Nick is just fine. Well the real real loser is kid fans who love the show and are treated by too many repeats and too many months of waiting for new episodes. For info on what I think should have done, check my Year in the Review on Scheduling of Power Rangers.

 3. The Color Pink
This past year, the Pink Samurai Ranger got shafted when it came to Mega Bloks, with no turtle zord nor her own hero pack. Plus her regular figure was cancelled. In Sentai, there was no Pink Ranger this year with Go-Busters. They did get a 'Pink Buster' but it was just a crappy costume ala AbarePink.

This past year, Pink Ranger did get a costume and a Mega Mode mask in the Samurai line. Also, the MMPR Pink Ranger seems to be getting love in 20th anniversary collectibles and Halloween costumes for women. In the coming year with the new sentai Juuden Sentai Kyoryuger, the lone female ranger is Pink and her mecha, unlike other Pink Ranger's mecha is COMPLETELY Pink.

2. The Color Yellow
In the past year, Yellow Ranger got stuff in MegaBloks that the Pink Ranger did not in Power Rangers Samurai like Ape Zord, Super Mode Hero Pack and multiple figures. Also, she is often grouped with the male figures unlike the Pink Ranger. She also got a Morphsuit.

For Samurai Halloween Costumes, Yellow Ranger did not get a costume. This is common on teams with a Pink Ranger. Also there was no adult Yellow Ranger costume, sans the Morphsuit. Samurai Yellow's Shogun Mode was not seen in action on the show. This upcoming year, there will be NO yellow Ranger for Juuden Sentai Kyoryuger (2013), making Yellow also the loser for 2016 when it is adapted for Power Rangers.

1. The Fans
It has been confirmed that we will be getting the Legend War for Power Rangers Megaforce but not clear at which point. Also we have Power Force, 20 influential fans selected to represent fans and give feedback to Saban Brands. Also the 20th anniversary will be giving new merchandise and also a new Power Morpher! Also the Power Morphicon had Saban as a presence and it was just plain awesome.

Lol just kidding... uh.. not really. Well, you guys know what. We are always unhappy about something. Look at Nick, where we don't even get promos anymore. Or look at PRS itself, where adult fans are not happy. But that is just part of being a fan. Not everyone is going to happy because there is always different opinions on how to run things.

Kamen Rider Wizard 14 Pictures

Go-Busters Mission 42 Images


Friday, December 7, 2012

Pre-Images of Super Sentai #2 (2008-Now)

I already had 2000-2013, but I just can't keep adding to it. So here is a new post for the upcoming years.

2008 Go-Onger
This was the first picture we got and nobody liked the helmets, many said it looked like a rehash of other helmets. Confirmations on the title came in October.
-First mention of "Go-onger" name on October 27th 2007
-1st toy catalog cover on December 6th 2007
-Go-Onger cast revealed in promo video on December 29th 2008
-Go-Onger press conference on January 19th 2008

2009 Shinkenger
I remember fans being happy more or less with the illustrations. There were mumbles that they looked like Ohranger helmets but everyone was happy. Rumors and Spoilers began in August. Two rumored titles were Toushi Sentai Gunbaranger (Fighting Spirt Taskforce Gunbaranger) or Gowa Sentai Starranger.
-Series name license revealed on October 2nd 2008
-Leaked concept art of ShinkenOh and Shinkenger team on November 19th
- 1st quarter toy catalog for Shinkenger on December 8th
-Cast confirmed and newspaper flier released on December 27th
-Press conference photos posted on February 2nd 2009
An early sketch in 2008 said to be an early sketch for the 2009 Super Sentai, could be preliminary design for Shinkenger.

2010 Goseiger
Title confirmed in September and the picture above was revealed in early of December of 2009.
-Press flyer revealed on December 3rd 2010
-Toy catalog cover on December 6th
-1st quarter toy catalog on December 9th
-Rumored cast becomes the official cast on December 30th
-Cast confirmed on January 1st
These were the rumored sketches in September of 2009, it was debunked around November.

2011 Gokaiger
The title was confirmed in early of September of 2010. We did get this early sketch in September as well, but it resembled the other sketches from 2009 that were not the final designs.

-Series name license revealed on September 9th 2010
-Press flyer revealed on December 2nd 2010
-1st toy catalog pictures released on December 6th
-The rumored cast turned out to be correct on December 22nd 2010
We got this quick sketch from an insider.

We first saw this picture December 1st late night (December 2nd afternoon in Japan). The first drawing we got in September is somewhat similar with minor details that the undershirt is black and the cuffs are silver and boot cuff is different but same basic idea.

 2012 Go-Busters 
The one above is the "leaked" image for Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters on November 6th. But the final product we saw was in December 1st right below. This is the first image we saw of the final designs.
-Go-buster's series title confirmed on September 9th 2011
-Go-buster's 1st toy catalog is leaked on December 1st 2011
-Go-buster's press flier is revealed on December 1st 2011
-Rumor of cast on November 28th
-Go-buster cast confirmed and newspaper flier on December 31st 2011
-Last week of January 2011 and the press conference/stage show/toy exhibit\bouquet handover from past team

2013 Kyouryuger
On November 6, 2012 we got the first leaked image. We already knew it was dinosaur related in September.

Blurry image came up December 6th and then some catalog pics (illustrations) December 7th.
A clearer picture came out December 8th with clearer catalog pics. 
Of course I must note that many other people have supplied news, spoilers, pics, and etc. other than Dukemon22.

NEW! Kyoryuger Toy Images

UPDATED 12/9/12 7:30 PM EST

Juuden Sentai Kyoryuger Dinosaur Mecha Kamitsuki Gattai DX
 Comes with GabuTyra, Stegocchi and Dricera

01 Zactor (Green)

02 Parasagan (Black)
KyoryuJin can even sing and say “KyoryuJin, Western! Yeehaw!” when Zactor and Parasagan are connected.

03 Ankydora (Cyan)
 Ankydora is based on the Ankylosaurus and it is the first of the auxiliary mecha. Surprise surprise, it is cyan just like GaoElephant, Dimetro, Gougou Shovel, GekiShark and Kajiki Origami. When Ankydora and Dricera are connected, instead of KyoryuJin Western, it’s KyoryuJin Macho!

 The Kyoryuger’s have bikes called “Dino Chasers” by combining two JudenRyu. The Kyoryuger’s use a weapon called GabRevolver when it’s in Gun Mode. When it’s used as a sword, it’s called GabCalibur. I like the yellow and black bike.

I am really really loving the Red-Blue-Pink combo of the main robo! I also like that the blue one gets replaced first before pink. With cyan, it looks basically the same.

Info and pics thanks to Henshin Justice:
 The GabRevolver can also change into the sword, GabriCalibur. With this weapon, the Kyoryugers can use a special attack with Samba Rhythm!

  A bit better look at the suits, the arms seem to be a dark shade except for Black who has a greyish tone.

 To active a JudenRyu, simply throw a battery into its mouth!

 The GabRecalibur is compatible with JudenChi 15, Allomerus. The battery can used to activate the special attack, “Bamora”. While GabRevolver is compatible with JudenChi 1, 14 and 15, Gabutyra, Stymero and Allomerus. It can be used as a machine gun, or as a shotgun.

 It also has the special attack, Bamora, just like the GabRecalibur. "Bamora Much" is a stronger attack. The GabRevolver is their henshin device.

 Top is the buckle, bottom are GabRecalibur and GabRevolver.

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