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. 

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