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. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Rewriting History - Episode Review

Steel wants to own a pet. Nate says if he can take care of a potted plant for a week, then he will get a pet. Meanwhile, the villains are about to execute the plan. Vargoyle presses the button and the memory pulsator will change everyone's memories in the city.  They won't remember Evox. He will replace their memories, making them forget the evil avatars. The new memory is that Blaze and Roxy became Red and Yellow Rangers. Zoey thinks she works in the laundry and surprised she is in the lab. Steel is with his plant and calls the plant Spot. Devon is frozen and Steel is not affected. Devon doesn't remember Steel. 

Steel convinces Devon to go with him to Grid Battleforce for the simulator. They spot Blaze and Roxy going inside. They hide behind a van. They see the other Rangers. Devon doesn't believe Steel's story. Steel realizes that must be the plan. He says bad guys always forget he is a half-human and half robot. Ben and Betty don't recognize him and think they stole the communicators. Devon gives his. They tackle Steel and he lets go his hand and the hand spanks them and plays with them. Devon and Steel run away. The hand returns. They don't have their wristcoms. Vargoyle arrives. 

Vargoyle mentions the broadcast tower, Devon and Steel figure out where the Memory Pulsator is. Steel fights Vargoyle and fails. Devon tries helping and returns the Spot Plant. Devon fights Vargoyle. Steel puts Spot down. Vargoyle beats them up. Vargoyle notices the plant and cuts it. Devon runs fast and saves it, realizing he is the Red Ranger. Steel tells him to get the wrist coms back. Vargoyle burns the plant and Steel mourns it. Vargoyle throws Steel in the trash. Devon gets the wrist coms. Steel gets out of the trash. Devon tells him to not give up. They get the Wrist Coms and go after the pulsator.

Blaze and Roxy want the Rangers to help load the Mega Transporters. Roxy goes to her real body and puts a data chip inside the box. Ben and Betty crack a transporter and end up teleporting to a bunch of random places. Devon and Steel arrive to the pulsator. Steel tries blasting it but it is immune. Devon gets shocked trying to climb it. Steel climbs up the tower even though it shocks him. Devon is to turn off the power and runs off. Muriel's boss stops him but Devon explains and Vargoyle is after him. Devon morphs.

Vargoyle's Morph-X is low and Blaze and Roxy stop Scrozzle from transporting some. Devon fights Vargoyle. Steel gets to the pulsator and turns it off. It explodes and he falls down. The pulse stops and everyone's memories return. Devon calls Steel but he does not respond. Steel shuts down. The Rangers put the transporters in a van. They remember and battle pose. Blaze and Roxy teleport and steel the transporters. Devon continues fighting Vargoyle. He blasts him and destroys Vargoyle. Back at Grid Battleforce, the gang worries about Steel. A Gigadrone arrives and the Rangers leave in zords. Gigadrone arrives and the Beast-X Megazord is formed.

They fight. They destroy it. Steel is back to normal and is called a hero. He feels bad for his plant. Nate says because he saved the city, he can have his pet. They get him a puppy which freezes Devon since dogs make him freeze up. A girl loves the puppy and the mom says they couldn't find a puppy at the shelter. Steel offers the dog to the girl. The Rangers congrats him on his generosity. Steel says he doesn't have the time. Ben and Betty arrive from their trip, which Betty wants to do it again. Ben does not. Everyone laughs. Back with Evox, Blaze and Roxy show off the Mega Transporters and they sabotaged the stasis pod. 

Nice to see Muriel's boss back to continue the continuity. This episode shows the heart of Steel and that he can have emotions not just one-liners and being a flat character. It was great to see Blaze in the Red Ranger suit though.

Grade: A-

Power Rangers Beast Morphers -Ranger Reveal - Episode Review

Everyone is gathered to meet Niki Rev, a celebrity and Zoey's mom is going to interview her. Ben and Betty use a selfie extender and get it caught on something. They get stuck ina truck. Nikki Rev cancels. Vargoyle arrives. Everyone runs away and a cameraman leaves the camera running. The Rangers morph and the camera catches it. Vargoyle uses the Beast powers. The trio is shocked. The five of them fight Vargoyle. The camera is damaged. Vargoyle is running out of morph X. The Rangers call their weapons but Vargoyle teleports away. The Rangers leave. The cameraman says the memory card is damaged and Zoey's mom thinks they have their identity. She says it is her scoop. Zoey arrives and her mom tells her about the Rangers. Zoey tries to convince her not to reveal their identities but she is thinking about her career.

Zoey's mom Muriel tells her boss. Vargoyle has a memory pulsator. Roxy and blaze have a plan for a memory pulsator and shocked Vargoyle stole their idea. They blame Scrozzle. Evox tells them if he is smart enough to steal the plan. he is smart enough to do the plan. Back at the hangout, Ben tries fixing the extender and knocks out the wig from a woman. The woman turns out to be Niki Rev. The Rangers discuss fame, Steel is for it. Steel wants a cooking show and wants a mouth. Ravi says the commander would not approve. Zoey says to leave it to her. Everyone gets crazy for Nikki Rev and she tries to escape the fans. The Rangers protect her.

Shockatron is sent after the Rangers and Scrozzle is to send a Gigadrone. A Grid Battleforce van takes Nikki away. Steel says he'll think twice about fame. The Rangers are told about the danger. The trio go for Shockatron and morph while the others call their zords for the Gigadrone. Shockatron sends their energy back at them. The Rangers deflect and keep fighting. The Gigadrone arrives and the boys fight him with their Megazord. Vargoyle arrives at the channel satellite to set up the device. Devon arrives in his zord to help Gold. Blue and Yellow takedown Shockatron. Red and Gold beat up the Gigadrone. Red destroys the Gigadrone. 

Muriel comes to check on the memory card. Ravi and Zoey arrive and Zoey wants to talk. Nikki Rev arrives and Muriel doesn't want to interview her. Zoey convinces the manager to interview Nikki as a fan. He says yes. Zoey tells the others she has an idea. Nikki says she owes Zoey a favor so she'll do it. Zoey asks Nikki about the downside of fame. Muriel has the footage and she is to air it after the Nikki interview. 

It is Muriel's turn, she talks about the Rangers morphing and has the footage on a memory card. She mentions the Nikki Rev interview and she thought if the Rangers are hounded like a celebrity and they wouldn't be able to do her job. She destroys the chip and says their identities have to be protected. Muriel and Zoey talk. Muriel apologizes. Zoey says she made the right decision. The boss likes it, a reporter with integrity. Vargoyle hounds Scrozzle and laughs about his plan.

I love this episode. This is a great episode. It is rare for a kids' show to talk about integrity and doing the right thing. Fame and fortune and also the Ranger's identities have been covered before but not like this. The Memory device will be used in the next episode.

Grade: A++