Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Poll Results: SDCC 2014 reactions and New Ranger Keys

Which New Keys presented at SDCC 2014 are you most excited about?
White Mystic
  31 (41%)
Wolf Warrior
  27 (36%)
Green NS
  25 (33%)
Navy Ranger
  27 (36%)
Phantom Ranger
  40 (53%)
  39 (52%)
Blue Senturion
  25 (33%)
Magna Defender
  35 (46%)
Pink TF
  32 (42%)
Yellow LG
  22 (29%)
Green and Pink Dairanger keys spotted on SDCC 2014 banners, would you want to buy them?
  50 (73%)
  7 (10%)
  11 (16%)
How do you think REALISTICALLY the rest of the Ranger Keys will be released?
Wave 5 Packs
  50 (83%)
Jammed with Feature Megazord
  15 (25%)
Blind Packs
  23 (38%)
Individual Window bags
  24 (40%)

Which item at SDCC 2014 you like the most? 
Legacy Tigerzord
  41 (50%)
Legacy Saba
  33 (40%)
Legacy Titanus
  32 (39%)
Legacy Movie Morpher
  36 (43%)
5' Red Dino Charge
  18 (21%)
Dino Charge Batteries
  20 (24%)
Dino Charge Megazord
  20 (24%)
Dino Charge Morpher
  23 (28%)
Super Mega Cannon
  11 (13%)
Feature Fig
  11 (13%)
Feature Megazord
  17 (20%)
SM 5 inch Figs
  14 (17%)
More Ranger Keys
  55 (67%)

What do you think about the reveal that Violet Wolf and Titanium Ranger keys will be PMC Exclusive?
  54 (67%)
Not Fair
  29 (36%)
Should Be More
  21 (26%)
Don't Like
  11 (13%)

    Which Legacy Item revealed at SDCC 2014 do you like most?
Legacy Tigerzord
  41 (56%)
Legacy Saba
  31 (43%)
White Movie Morpher
  40 (55%)
Legacy Titanus
  23 (31%)
Gotta Have It or Make It Stop: Purple Triceratops
Gotta Have It
  31 (39%)
Make It Stop
  47 (60%)

Do you believe girl, 6th ranger & extra hero keys will be released as SDCC 14 Bandai booth claims?
  45 (58%)
  13 (16%)
Not Sure
  14 (18%)
  19 (24%)
Trick Me Twice
  17 (22%)



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Power Rangers Action Card Game dead but not forgotten

Some people, including me, really loved the Power Rangers Action Card Game that started in 2013. We were told there was going to be Series 5 and Series 6 but unfortunately Series 5 ended up in Europe only. Some people at Bandai say that the reason the Card line was canceled because 'one gimmick' a year. Since Megaforce's first season was based on Goseiger and it was about cards, they did cards in 2013 and since Megaforce's second season was based on Gokaiger and it has keys, this year is just the keys. I was hoping the cards would continue as it was not only about the Gosei Morpher but also about the game. Some cons even had competitions like Rangerstop in Orlando in November. Above image is from the now canceled 'Keepers of Hope' Series 6.
But there is some good news. Bandai will have an 'Action Card Game' Championship at Power Morphicon in Pasadena, California on Sunday August 24. They will also be giving out promotional cards. More info on their Facebook page. So as much as I love the Ranger Keys, I do miss the cards. My nephew was hoping for Super Megaforce cards.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zyuranger coming to DVD thanks to Shout! Factory

This news is out everywhere. That Shout! Factory, whom has produced DVDs from Mighty Morphin to RPM, VR Troopers, Beetleborgs and all 20 seasons on a Red Ranger head, will be producing a Zyuranger DVD set. Presumably it will be subtitled. It will be produced by Brian Ward who has produced the aforementioned DVDs. I don't even have to say that this is the first Super Sentai ever to be available on DVD in the United States. I hope sales are good so it will bring more Super Sentai to North America.

Green Samurai Ranger/Shurikenger's changing shade of Green

UPDATED 7/28/14
Picture above is from FuryDiamond at Megaforce Cast and it was taken at the San Diego Comic Con 2014. The Green Samurai Ranger (Ninja Storm) is a lighter shade of green than the other green keys. I lighten up the pic a bit but FuryDiamond confirms it is lighter shade.

Above is an advertisement from 2011 of Ranger Keys for Gokaiger in Japan. The Shurikenger (Green Samurai Ranger) key is a darker and more muted shade than Dragonranger (Mighty Morphin Green Ranger).

Here are Japanese pictures of the Shurikenger key which I do not own. Some are dark and the one to the left is lighter shade. By all accounts, fans have had no problem with this shade. I am not sure if it matches with other green keys.

Above pic at left is a Ranger Key picture from of Shurikenger Ranger Key and it indeed is lighter. The above pic at right is from, it is from the Ranger Key app. It is indeed a lighter shade than the other green keys. It is the same shade as the Dice-O illustration. They might be following this color.

But the show props are the same shade. This is from a Gokaiger Ranger Key book.

Remember when I thought this green thing in the treasure box at SDCC 2013 was Camille?

Well it must have been Green Samurai Ranger by the color shade!

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Skirts on Ranger Keys

I couldn't start this post until I saw more female keys and thanks to the Toys R Us Exclusives in 2015, we are getting more but not all. Now here is a curious thing, some promo pictures show the keys with skirts and they don't come with them. Some prototypes of Pink Rangers that have skirts don't come with the line. Some pictures are from Ranger Crew Blog, Megaforce Cast and Ranger Crew Facebook, thank you to Fury Diamond.

Wave 2 and 4 Keys
In the promo RPM Yellow and Ninja Storm Blue have skirt lines but the actual keys do not. Yellow Jungle Fury and Zeo Yellow who have skirts in real life do not have them on their keys at all. Top is promotional photos and bottom is the actual keys. The one to the left is from Rangercrew and the ones to the right are mine.

 Super Megaforce and Mighty Morphin
The promo for Super Megaforce Line had the skirt design but the actual key does not. Pink did not have the design on any of her promo pics that I know of. Both Rangers have skirts on the show.
As for MMPR, Pink had a skirt and Yellow originally had no skirt and no skirt is seen on any of her keys. The Mighty Morphin SDCC 2014 exclusive metallic pink ranger key has a skirt (thanks to Fury Diamond for the pic) but in the promo pic she does not. Neither does Mighty Morphin Pink and Yellow keys displayed at the Bandai booth this year. The top photos are the promotional photos and the bottom left is my photo and the bottom right are from Rangercrew.
Above left picture from Megaforcecast/Rangercrew. At the SDCC 2014 and promotional pic, MM Pink has no skirt but in the actual product that comes in the MMPR Set D in late 2014 she has a skirt.

  SDCC 2013 Prototypes
I am referring to these as prototypes until further notice. Most of these pics are from TokuNation. Above are Lost Galaxy Pink, Aquitar White, Turbo Pink, RPM Silver, Time Pink, Wild Force White, Space Yellow and Space Pink. All photos from Tokunation. Lost Galaxy, Turbo and Space Pink had skirts on the show, as well as Space Yellow and RPM Silver but these prototypes had no skirts. Wild Force White, Aquitar White and Time Force Pink had skirts and have lines on the keys. All these keys except for Wild Force White and Space Pink appeared at SDCC 2014 and they remained the same. Operation Overdrive Yellow was also there but I forgot to put her on the pic.
SDCC 2014 Prototypes on Display
All above pictures from Megaforce Cast, I put RPM Yellow to show it has no skirt and it is like our keys. Pink Zeo, Yellow OO, Samurai Pink and Mystic White had skirts on the show. Out of all these keys, only Samurai Pink has a skirt. In this picture you can see Zeo Pink, Lost Galaxy Yellow, SPD Pink, Operation Overdrive Yellow, Samurai Pink, Wild Force Yellow, Mystic Force White, and RPM Yellow.
SDCC 2014 Banner Keys
At San Diego Comic Con, Bandai had posters and banners of other keys unreleased and not on display. All these pics form Megaforce Cast, in this picture you can see Mystic Force Blue, Mystic Force Pink, SPD Yellow, Dino Thunder Yellow, Megaforce Yellow and Lauren (Samurai Red). Mystic Force girls, Megaforce Yellow and Lauren have skirts on the show and they have them on these keys. Yellow Dino has a skirt on the show but not on the key on the poster from what I can tell. Lauren has been teased but hasn't been released yet.

Toys R Us 20 Key Set
Yellow Dino Thunder, Pink Turbo and Pink Zeo had no skirts in the promotional image but on the actual keys, they have skirts. Can't find a bigger pic for Yellow Dino (so she's Ant-Man in this scenario). Yellow Dino has a black skirt, Pink Zeo has a gold skirt and Pink Turbo has a white skirt. Pink Turbo also comes in the Turbo Set B and Pink Zeo comes in Zeo Set B.

Wave 6/Wave 1 of 2015
Yellow Lost Galaxy and SPD Pink come with their second packs and have no skirts as their real counterparts don't have. White Aquitar has a skirt (as she had at both SDCC). RPM Silver and Mystic White have skirts in real life but not on the keys. Both RPM Silver and White Mystic Japanese Keys (Go-On Silver and MagiMother) had no skirts.  The Alien Ranger and Lost Galaxy Set B are now available at Toys R Us.

Wave 7/Wave 2 of 2015
Yellow Wild Force come with their second packs and have no skirts as their real counterparts don't have. Yellow OO and In Space Yellow keys have skirts (even though their SDCC keys didn't have skirts). Samurai Pink and Time Force Pink have skirts just like their SDCC counterparts. As of April 2015, Operation Overdrive, Wild Force, Samurai, Space and Time Force have been found in select Toys R Us.
So why is this a big deal?
It's not. It is just interesting to talk about. I always like the difference from prototype to actual product.