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. 

Exclusive of Gamestop of Yellow Ranger metallic and gold.

2017 Movie Funko Pop Figures
#396 Black Ranger
#397 Pink Ranger
#398 Yellow Ranger
#399 Blue Ranger
#400 Red Ranger
#401 Rita (Elizabeth Banks) -- Hot Topic exclusive [Feb 2017]

Gamestop exclusives of Translucent Power Rangers

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. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sentai 2017: Kyuuranger (Space Team Nine Ranger)

Last night Kyuranger was revealed with a blurry pic. The Sentai is space-related, having to do with constellations, not necessarily horoscope and zodiac. There will 9 Rangers right out of the gate.

Main team:
Shishi (Lion) Red
Ookami (Wolf) Blue
Oushi (Bull) Black
Chameleon Green
Kajiki (Swordfish) Yellow

Auxiliary Team:
Sasori (Scorpion) Orange
Washi (Eagle) Pink
Tenbin (Libra) Gold
Hebitsukai(Orphiuchus-Snake) Silver

The Kyuurangers' personal Mecha are known as Voyagers and the main five make Kyuurenoh, which are:

Shishi Voyager
Ookami Voyager
Oushi Voyager
Chameleon Voyager
Kajiki Voyager

This Mecha Combo will have multiple configurations depending on which Voyagers are used by the team.

All Kyurangers will henshin using the Seiza Blaster, the device mounted on their arms. The Kyuurangers’ powers are enhanced by orb-like devices called KyuTamas which will be sold in special sets. The Kyuurangers have a signature sidearm called Kyuu TheWeapon which takes a unique configuration for each Ranger!

DX Sasori Voyager - Scorpion
DX Tensin Voyager - Libra
DX Hesitsukai Voyager - Snake
DX Washi Voyager - Eagle

-Pink and Green are female, others are male
- First Pink auxiliary ranger
- First female green ranger in core team (Mele of Gekiranger is considered an extra hero and MidoNinger was in a special.)
- Third orange ranger (after Battle Fever J and Toqger)
- third male yellow ranger since Ninninger
- Third team with both gold and silver (after Go-Busters & Kyuryoger).

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Character Conversion: Power Rangers Dino Charge / Kyoryuger

While the Dino Charge Rangers gain the trust and prove themselves to the Energems, the Kyoryuger did so by fighting against the Zyudenryu (Zords) and proving they are 'brave.'

Daigo was close to his father like Tyler, even though Daigo traveled much more with dad as explorers. Tyler just did it for fun. Daigo took random part-time jobs while Tyler worked at the Dino Café. Tyler was prone to baby tantrums. Both are on the cheery side. Tyler and Shelby ended up together. Daigo ended up with Amy and had (great 4x) grandchildren that became KyoryuNavy and KyoryuCyan.

Ian and Chase are both Casanovas. Ian was an archaeologist formerly but Ian was at incident. Chase is from New Zealand, from a different country from the other main five Rangers. Ian was Japanese like the main five of Kyoryuger. In the end, it is assumed Chase returned to his girlfriend Kaylee. Ian went on to sire grandchildren that eventually became KyoryuSilver.

These two were the most different from each other. Koda is a caveman new to our world and speaks awkwardly. Nobuharo is from modern times and a mechanic. Both are well-meaning and sweet. He has a penchant for doing oyaji gags, outdated and unfunny puns which his late brother-in-law enjoyed, and which Canderrilla earnestly finds amusing, but usually makes everyone else who hears them groan. His sister becomes KyoryuCyan. Koda ended up going back to his time. Nobuharo's great grandson became KyoryuBlue. 

Riley is a smart farmboy that likes puzzle and cares about logic. Riley also is competitive with his brother Matt. Souji is a teenager high-school student and kenjustu Musoken. Riley and Souji are both cool-headed. Both use swords. Souji's great grandson became KyoryuGrey. 

Both are the only girl in the main five. Both are waitresses. Both are college students from rich families. Both had feelings for Red and did not want to admit it in reality. Shelby was more into dinosaurs and had to fight it with her dad. Shelby ended up with Tyler. Daigo ended up with Amy and had (great 4x) grandchildren that became KyoryuNavy and KyoryuCyan.

Sir Ivan/Utsusemimaru
Utsuseminmaru is a samurai from the Sengoku period in Japan. Ivan was a knight of the fictional Zandar. Zandar is actually from Utsusemimaru's attacks, having to relate with 'thunder.' Both were stuck inside of Fury/Dogold. Both are knights, but Ivan is played more for laughs. Ivan went back to his time to the Knights of Zandar and had a great grandson who was an artist. Utusemimaru's great grandson became KyoryuViolet. 

 Prince Phillip/Tessai/Shinya
Tessai did not appear until after Gold joins the team, he is a focused martial artist from 6th century China who regards himself as an embodiment of the yingyang concept while causing him to be remarkably hard-headed. Shinya, his decedent took his place as KyoryuGrey. Prince Phillip technically appeared before Ivan/Gold but became the Graphite Ranger after the Gold Ranger morphed. Phillip is a pompous prince from the fictional Zandar at first but now a trusted rich ally. Phillip proved himself to the Graphite Energem by saving Chase's sister. Grey was changed to Graphite. The actor for Tessai and Shinya was BoukenSilver.

Albert/Doctor Ulshade
Doctor Ulshade is a genius scientist of the modern age who predates the main five Kyoryugers. He has a bad habit of getting carried away which causes occasional back trouble due to his age. Having defeated Plezuon to forge a pact and become Kyoryu Violet, Ulshade invented and mass-produced the Kyoryugers' Zyuden Arms. His granddaughter took his place as Violet. Albert on the other hand had no relation to Kendall and he was an adventurer and tour guide for urban myths in New Zealand. He gave his Energem back to Keeper. Albert had a eye patch while the doctor had two lens glasses. Violet was changed to Purple.

Yayoi is Doctor Ulshade's granddaughter and assistant and takes over his place as KyoryuViolet. She had a crush on Diago. Kendall has no crush on Tyler. Kendall was introduced early on and proved herself to the purple energem just before the first season finale in Sledge's ship. Kendall didn't get much characterization but probably more than Gia did. We did get to meet Kendall's grandmother. They both wear glasses. Kendall became the manager of a Dino Zoo instead of Dino Musuem. 

James Navarro/Ramirez/Yuko
Ramirez/Kyoryu Cyan was revealed before Gold in Kyoryuger, he was trapped inside the 'Ankylozord.' Ramirez was European and a ghost. He was optimistic. His body type would change when he morphed. Yuko later took  Ramirez place as a female KyoryuCyan. James on the other hand is Tyler's father who looks younger because of the Aqua Energem and was revealed early in the second season Dino Supercharge. He left to go help find the silver energem and would occasionally return. Cyan was changed to Aqua. The actress for Yuko was DekaYellow. James continued having adventures with his son Tyler. 

Zenowing is the Silver Ranger in Dino Supercharge, an alien. Dantestsu was Daigo's missing father who became KyoryuSilver after killing Torin. Dantestsu was the second KyoryuSilver, Zenowing was the only Silver Ranger. Torin was the bird-like monster-like mentor since the beginning of Kyoryuger. He was serious. he was a member of the Deboth Army who was created to attack Earth as a first wave. However, Torin came to love the planet's beauty and resolved to protect Earth's life forms. Zenowing appears near the end of the second season as an alien who bonded with the Silver Energem. Also in Power Rangers, Zenowing created the zords. Zenowing went on to go with Heckyl to save his planet Sentai 6.

James Navarro/Dantestsu
When Daigo was an infant, Dantetsu was bathe in the Light of the Earth and gained the ability to hear the planet's melody. Found by Torin, who refers to him as mankind's King, Dantetsu proves instrumental in the development of the modern Kyoryugers' arsenal. He is a powerful fighter. James Navarro bonded with the Aqua Energem when Tyler was young and had to go into hiding. They are both fathers of the Red Rangers. James was Aqua but Dantestsu was Silver.