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Comics Alliance Presents Here’s The Thing Episode 3: Chris And Caleb Talk Tokusatsu

Here's The Thing Episode 3: Chris and Caleb Talk Tokusatsu

If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

This week, Chris has gone to Portland, Oregon for a discussion of tokusatsu with ComicsAlliance Senior Editor Caleb Goellner! In a 20-minute conversation, they explain why they're fans of the Japanese live-action supehero genre, what their favorite Power Rangers knockoffs were, and give curious viewers a place to start if they're interested in learning more about super sentai and Kamen Rider.

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Toy Review: Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Black Ranger [Video]

S.H. Figuarts Black Ranger Action Figure Review

Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest decades old action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing Bandai's new S.H. Figuarts Black Ranger action figure from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Hit the jump to see why in our full video review.

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Meet The New Silver Ranger From ‘Power Rangers Super Megaforce’ [Exclusive Video]

SilverRanger01

You may have noticed that here at ComicsAlliance, we are pretty excited about the Power Rangers, and Power Rangers Super Megaforce, in addition to having 300% more adjectives than other adventure shows, is probably the most exciting of all. It's built around the theme of Power Rangers who celebrate more than two decades of the franchise by transforming into past Rangers (and unlocking their secret powers with the help of guest stars returning from previous seasons), and that's definitely something we're into.

That's why we're pretty pleased to be a part of introducing the world to Cameron Jebo, the actor who will be playing the all-new Silver Ranger in upcoming episodes. Check out the exclusive video to meet him and learn a little more about his role in the series.

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The Tokusatsu Sketchbook: Spring 2014

Green Power Ranger by Buster Moody

If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for a while, you may already know that for the past few years, I've been working on filling up a sketchbook themed around Jack Kirby, but after three years and over fifty sketches, I thought it was finally time to retire it and move on to something else. That's why this year, I started up a new sketchbook themed around another influential comics creator: Shotaro Ishinomori, the original creator of Kamen Rider and the Super Sentai series that have spun off to 40 years of tokusatsu shows by other creators.

With Emerald City behind us, there are a dozen sketches in the book, which means it's time to start sharing. Check below for Power Rangers and Kamen Riders from artists like Chuck BB, Erica Henderson, Derek Charm and more!

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The Tokyo Police Department Teams With ‘Patlabor’ For A Recruitment Drive, Will Probably Not Let You Actually Have A Mecha

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department/Patlabor recruitment poster

For those of you planning on permanently relocating to Japan to take advantage of their readily available Kamen Rider churros and Attack on Titan deca-decker cheeseburgers, we have some good news on the job front! It seems that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is in need of some stalwart crimefighters to hit the streets, and to get the word out about their latest recr

uitment drive, they're teaming up with the producers of the upcoming The Next Generation -Patlabor- movie.

I can't read Japanese, but I can only assume this poster means that they're recruiting for the division of the police that cruise around in giant robots battling giant robot crime. If that is, in fact, the case, I doubt they'll have any trouble meeting their recruitment quota.

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Ultraman Takes His Parents To Hawaii In Adorable Tourism Commercials [Video]

Ultraman Hawaii vacation

This past fall I had the pleasure of visiting the island of Maui, where I got to eat a bunch of shave ice, surf while shark fins visibly poked up from the waves and eat at this place that housed a giant sculpture of a sea turtle eating pizza. It was dope. Still, as always, it seems I've been bested by Tsuburaya's Ultraman, who seemed to have an even better time vacationing in the Hawaiian islands with his family.

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Toy Review: Bandai’s ‘Kamen Rider Gaim’ Candy Toy Series

Kamen Rider Gaim Candy Toy Review

Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing Bandai's Kamen Rider Gaim Candy Toy series -- specifically the Kamen Rider Baron and Kamen Rider Ryugen action figures. How do these 3.75" tall action figures (packed with a single piece of citrus-flavored fizzy candy, hence the candy toy moniker) measure up to some of Bandai's more expensive and sophisticated offerings? Watch our full review after the jump to find out.

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Kekai Kotaki Imagines Tokusatsu Heroes In Contemporary Fashions [Art]

Tokusatsu redesigns by Kekai Kotaki

Listen: If it was even remotely socially acceptable, there is a good chance that I would wear a full on Kamen Rider suit, complete with helmet andhenshinbelt, every time I left the house. I mean, the only thing keeping me from accessorizing with one of those sweet scarves is that I have no idea where to find one, or even what to ask for. Can you just roll up into JC Penney and ask for "a Kamen Rider scarf?"

What I'm getting at here is that tokusatsu costumes are not exactly acceptable street clothes, but fortunately, Kekai Kotaki, perhaps best known as the lead concept artist for Guild Wars 2, has found a happy medium. He's drawn up some redesigns for everyone's favorite Kamen Riders and Super Sentai that add a fashionable flair to their uniforms. Check 'em out below!

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Ultraman Ginga Joins Bandai’s Ultra-Act Action Figure Line In June

Ultraman Ginga Ultra Act Figure
Bandai

The Ultraman who helped revive his space angel hero family members after being turned into action figures by a full-on "master of darkness" will finally become an action figure himself this summer as Ultraman Ginga joins Bandai's 6.3" tall Ultra-Act line.

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Jumpkick Your Weekend With Every Kamen Rider Finishing Move [Video]

Kamen Rider #1 and #2 Perform a Double Rider Kick

I'm a relatively new fan of the franchise, but for me, the appeal of Kamen Rider is that, at its heart, it's about a guy who jump-kicks monsters so hard that they explode. That is basically my ideal form of entertainment, just evil monsters all bursting into flames because of karate. And apparently, someone over at Toei agrees with me.

That, I assume, is why they decided to promote the upcoming movie, Heisei Riders vs. Shōwa Riders: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai, by putting together a highlight reel of every Rider performing his finishing move on a villain, which usually results in the bad guys exploding, being thrown off a cliff, or sometimes being thrown off a cliff and then exploding. Be warned, though: Some dude is definitely going to have his eyes ripped out and his head punched off, in what is basically an action show for tiny children. It is fantastic.

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