Saturday, October 9, 2021

Power Rangers Dino Fury - Super Hotshot - Episode Review



 Episode Summary:

The Rangers are working out. Izzy's dad arrives and asks how a brochure for a gym showed up in many places. Chase says it si Coach Bella's gym. Izzy says the first session is free and does puppy dog eyes to get money. She then makes a cat noise. Dad agrees. Zayto says he will join him. Meanwhile, Slyther redirects the Ranger hotline calls to him. Izzy and Zayto start at the gym. They bump into Fern, she says her ankle is fine. Adrian introduces himself. Coach Bella introduces herself. The quartet workout to the coach's advice. Zayto breaks a punching bag. Coach tells Izzy she is a super hotshot She blows a whistle and says that is it for the free trial. All of them want to join, COach says they must have a uniform. Adrian says he doesn't have enough for the uniform, the coach asks for his watch and pressures him for the watch. Izzy and Zayto don't like what they see. Later, they have the black uniforms on. They run to where everyone is running away. They find Slyther, who found a Sporix. 


Izzy's uniform gets singed. The five morph. They use dino keys and don armored arms. They do their attacks. Zayto switches keys to Hyper Dino Key. He does the Hyper Strike. Slyther falls and teleports away with the Sporix. Ollie says it is strange they didn't hear from the hotline. Later, Izzy and Adrian talk. Adrian says the watch was from his grandfather. Izzy looks at the bright sign. Coach says to use weights.Izzy says they should stretch first. Coach has Izzy lead. Coach sees Izzy's burn on her uniform. Zayto sees the coach tell everyone they are the best athlete in the gym. Coach tells Izzy to get a new uniform. Izzy isn't sure because of the money. Later, Izzy and Amelia talk at the news place. J-Borg shows off the Cyber Coach (a traditional robot). Jane shows off the robot who starts to malfunction. Zayto wonders if the coach really is great, he tells Izzy that she told all three the same thing. Izzy still thinks she is great. All of them agree to help pay Izzy for the new uniform. She thanks them.


Izzy visits the coach for a new uniform. Coach wants Izzy to join as a trainer, she talks about money. She puts the watch on and calls Adrian a chump for the watch. Izzy asks if she is truthful. Coach says she is but the others are not. Izzy wants to buy the watch back. She realizes she is all about the money and tells her she wants nothing to do with her. Javi arrives with a smoothie. Izzy tells him what happened. Their dad tells him about the Sporix and he called the Rangers. This is news to Solon. Javi and Izzy teleport to the park. They find a new monster. Slyther attacks. Javi calls Zyato. The siblings morph. Slyther fights the two. Th monster and Mucus teleport away. Solon says there is no fault in the system. Amelia calls the hotline and hear Mucus who says she is the Red Ranger. Amelia tells her the SPorix is in the plaza. They find the Rangers. Zayto tells Solon to fix the hack. Mucus leaves. The trio fight the monster. Slyther attacks and then leaves. Solon tells them about the hack and the siblings teleport to the,. They convert to the Dino Dagger and throw them at Slyther. Slyther knocks the daggers down. 

The monster causes a fog. AMelia attacks Ollie by mistake. The fog is gone and the monster too. The trio teleport to Slyther and fight him. The five convert their sabers into daggers and fight him. They destroy the hacking device. Mucuus and Slyther teleport away. Solon has a new firewall and coding in the base. Izzy meets up with Adrian and gives him his watch back. Coach arrives with her crew. Izzy calls her out on her scheme to make money. Fern asks the coach if she is a liar. Fern and Adrian quit. Izzy says she is training them for free. COach says no one will get money back. Izzy starts the training. 

Episode Review:

I didn't like this episode too much. It reminded me too much of Ninja Steel, it had not much heart and felt forced. Also, the gym didn't look so impressive. I hate it when characters say something is cool when it really isn't. I guess the producers couldn't find or afford a location that was not impressive. Also, was this the first episode without a Megazord battle? And I guess we will see the monster in the next episode...

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Silver Space Ranger, Pink and White Ninja Rangers for Lightning Collection

I'm a bit late, but Walgreens will be getting a Silver Space Ranger Lightning Collection figure. I've been waiting for a long for Zhane and am glad he is getting an exclusive. As for Trent, White Ranger, my Walgreens didn't get the exclusive until almost a year later. Fans are already debating about Zhane's face (profile). This was not officially announced by Hasbro.



Pink and White Ninja Rangers were revealed weeks ago but I was busy with work. They are Target exclusives. I am glad about these and want to get a couple against my Tenga. 


 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Spoiler Alert: LGBT+ Characters in Power Rangers


 I was eleven when Power Rangers first aired in 1993, and I came out as bisexual when I was 14. I am now 39 and openly gay. I never figured we would have an openly gay character, let alone a Ranger on Power Rangers, because of the moral guardians and whatnot. Most of the time, the Power Rangers show is meant to be geared towards children ages 3-11. Sometimes, that changes. In Space to Time Force were suppose to be for children 7 to 11, while Wild Force seemed to be for Children 3-6. Anyway, I digress. The following is a SPOILER (for Dino Fury), so skip this if you do not want to know. 


In the episode "Matchmaker," which aired in France but might air on Nickelodeon on October 9th. Javi thinks Izzy has a crush on a boy but finds it out it is actually on a fellow athlete Fern (who previously appeared in episode "Winning Attitude"). Some fans previously guessed Izzy was supposed to be gay. Some of those fans even saw her removing the skirt as evidence of her being gay. I didn't think so because it could have all just been a coincidence and also I didn't think Power Rangers would dare to do this. So I am happy to say I was wrong, I didn't expect it to be so. Having watched the episode, Izzy doesn't say "I am gay" but she holds hands with Fern and they walk away to go to a restaurant. Amelia and the others cheer them on so it is pretty obvious. The guy Javi thought Izzy likes signals him to see the two women. What would have not been counted would have been them just holding hands and leaving without the cheering and the moment between the guy and Javi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queer_coding

Now, let's talk about queer coding. Queer coding is the subtextual coding of a character in media as queer. Though such a character's sexual identity may not be explicitly confirmed within their respective work, a character might be coded as queer through the use of traits and stereotypes recognizable to the audience. Now, many mistakes queer baiting and shipping with Queer coding. Queer coding more falls under the writer's and producer's intent. Many hopeful fans mistake just regular relationships for an actual romantic connection and intent between characters with their own hopes. For example, they might want Stiles and Derek together in Teen Wolf and mistake moments for actual coding and swear the two characters are gay. It might have been unintentional. Queerbaiting is a marketing technique for fiction and entertainment in which creators hint at, but then do not actually depict, same-sex romance or other LGBT representation. 

Queer bating is not an active thing in some shows but fans still accuse shows of being so. Now, I don't see Izzy as queer baiting, I see this as a legitimate attempt of telling stories of characters who previously have been ignored. Now let's talk about the other LGBT characters in Power Rangers that also happen to be female Power Rangers. Some fans don't consider these as canon as they are not in the main continuity of the show. We can discuss canonicity some other time.

Trini (Power Rangers 2017)
In the 2017 Lionsgate movie, Trini (Becky G) is alluded to be gay, she doesn't actively say it in the movie. Zack asks her if she has girlfriend problems and she gives him a look. She talks about how her family is 'normal' and not will understand. I did like this inclusion but would have liked them to go further, that she would at least have a girlfriend on screen. I am not asking for a kiss or hand-holding, but at least a scene. 


Ellarien and Remi (Power Rangers comic)
In the arc "Beyond the Grid" of the Power Rangers comic, the Rangers (assorted team) meet Ellarien the Solar Ranger and her friend Remi. At first, it is seen they were close friends but it was specifically said until the end of the arc that they were in a romantic relationship. 

The following are not canon relationships and as of 2021, Producers have not said if the characters were meant to be gay or not. Only the actors have expressed their intent. 

Victor and Monty (Ninja Steel)
Victor Vincent is the Big Man on Campus (or at least wants to be) in Power Rangers Ninja Steel. Monty (Caleb Bendit) is a hanger-on, he is devoted to Victor. They are both bumbling characters and are meant to be comic relief. Not once, Victor expresses any romantic interest in Monty nor are they in any romantic scenes. Caleb Bendit has stated that he played Monty as being in love with Victor and 'gay.' As of 2021, producers have not said if they meant the character of Monty to be gay. Even if Monty was gay, Victor was not probably meant to be and hence, they were not in a gay relationship. Caleb did say producers and some fans did not like the take he took. I don't see a problem with seeing Monty as canon gay, because it was just innocent worship. 

Riley and Chase (Dino Charge)
Riley Griffin (Michael Taber) was the Green Ranger in Dino Charge and Chase was the Black Ranger. They were friends. They sometimes had conflicts. Chase had an interest in women and had a girlfriend on the show. Riley didn't have any female romantic interests. Michael Taber years later admitted he played Riley as gay. I don't know how I feel about these straight actors claiming they played characters as gay. Now some fans ship these two characters and consider them canon gay. That I know of, the producers didn't intend them to be gay. I don't think they were actively trying to Queer Code or Queer Bait. We can debate until the cows come home but the only confirmation we have is Michael with his intent. But also keep in mind, he did not like his experience and has retired from acting. I am not saying to disregard his statement but to take it with a grain of salt. 


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

#PowerMonth: Ecliptor & Astronema Set and Finster




Since we already knew about the Ecliptor and Astronema Set because of the leak two months ago, the only real reveal this week is Finster. They are Amazon Exclusives.
Finster comes with his putty tools, case, and miniature Putties, complete for a Evil Space Alien fan. 

Ecliptor comes with his face sword and attack effects and extra hand. Astronema comes with lavender hair, her scepter and lightning effects. 



 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

#PowerMonth: Blue and Black Ninja Rangers Lightning Collection


 After radio silence, we finally get the new Lightning Collection reveal. The 100th Lightning Collection figure is Billy the Blue Ninja Ranger and the 101th is Adam the Black Ninja Ranger. For those unfamiliar, the Ninja Rangers were introduced in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie (1995), as powers based on the Ninjetti granted by Dulcea on the planet of Pheados. You could see the actor's eyes as the mask didn't cover their forehead and eyes. For Season 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the story was retold with Ninjor giving them the Ninja Ranger powers and a mask covered their forehead and eyes, to conceal the stunt/suit actors. Also the suits used for the show were a cheaper quality than the ones using in the movie. I like the Ninja Rangers and these figures are way better than what we got in 1995, they were very bulky as they never in Japan and at that point Bandai only copied or recreated the Japanese toys. 


Also, the sculpt for Billy looks way better than the one for the regular Blue Ranger figure and looks more akin to the Metallic Armor version. And Adam looks more like the Metallic Version than the Zeo version. 





Friday, August 13, 2021

Is this what they call Power Month?


 

It has been 8 days since the last Power Rangers Lightning Collection reveal and Hasbro had been boasting #PowerMonth but it feels more like it was just Power/Turtle Month with only Turtle Ranger reveals last week. Granted there has been some reveals of Super7 figures and RetroMorphin figures but the Ninjor RetroMorphin reveal was in July and we already knew about Ranger Slayer RetroMorphin figure.


Monday, August 9, 2021

#PowerMonth: Ninja Turtles/Power Rangers Lightning Collection

 







On Thursday, it was revealed Shredder/Green Ranger. On Fan First Friday, they had the design team and Ryan Parrott, writer for the Boom! Comics crossover. The design team clarified that they had to merge the various comic designs for Shredder to get the look for the figure. Artists drew him differently on the cover and comic pages. The Fan First Friday last week went over each figure and behind the scenes trivia. 

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

#PowerMonth: More Ninja Turtles Rangers

Michangelo and April O'Neal Rangers were revealed yesterday.







And today Raphael/Tommy 2-pack was revealed. This is based on the Power Rangers/Ninja Turtles crossover in the comics from 2 years ago. Tommy is dressed as a foot solider. 




Monday, August 2, 2021

#PowerMonth: Leonardo and Donatello Rangers

 




This August is #PowerMonth and reveals every day (supposedly). I will believe it when I see it on August 7, Saturday is my birthday so I am hoping for a woozy, but who knows, it's all coincidence. Today's reveal is Leonardo and Donatello of the Ninja Turtles as Rangers. This is from the comics crossover two years ago. 




Friday, July 23, 2021

Retromorph Ninjor and Lightning Collection Pudgy Pig



Announced today Walmart will have an exclusive Retromorph Ninjor, based on the DX Ninjor (1995) reformated as a AutoMorphin figure. It is available for order now on Walmart.com.


Lightning Collection Pudgy Pig is a Hasbro PulseCon exclusive but fans (including me) aren't so happy about the cost. it comes with a lunch box.  $57.99 For me, Pudgy Pig is iconic but not worth that price tag. 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Fan First Friday: Wave 10 Lightning Collection/Dino Fury Reveals

The last Fan First Friday was Pink Ranger exclusive and had trivia, this time they had a lot to unload (mostly stuff we already heard). We already knew about the Reboks shoes which we knew about but showed neat details (like a broken green heart in the Pink Ranger shoe). Also Legacy Wars and a White Ranger car. As for Lightning Collection, the Eye Guy info was dropped a half hour before the live stream on Twitter with images. No Pink Spandex reported it on Instagram. As for the Wave 10, fans already deduced it from Australian listings last week. 


Eye Guy
John Green of Grnrngr.com says rumors swirled that Eye Guy was supposed to be revealed alongside Piranthishead. This one is even taller than King Sphinx. 


Tanya Yellow Zeo Ranger and Cassie Pink In Space Ranger


Phantom Ranger and Riley Green Dino Charge Ranger
(I'm looking forward to Phantom and glad there is finally 2 females in a wave)




The next clue for the next Lightning figure looks like a Ninjetti/Ninja Ranger.


The Dino Fury Zords were delayed because of COVID restrictions and Hasbro has numbered the zord boxes. T-Rex comes solo while blue and black come together and green and pink come together. I find it strange that they put the two girl zords together. As for Bandai, Bandai used to put any female figure along with a male figure. Speaking of lumping figures together, they revealed Gold and Void Knight are coming solo but for now, Amazon will have a special set with the 5 main Rangers including Black and Green. No news if Izzy and Javi will be coming solo. 

Here is the early prototypes for Gold's zord and the PteraFreeze Megazord (For those who don't follow Ryusoulger, there is a ranger-less Cyan-colored Pteranodon zord). Also, I like the Chromafury Sword and how it can detect colors from anywhere (except fabrics) but I still don't like the Keys. Could it be because of Covid or affordability?