As you might already know from the constant chatter about the Power Rangers and Kamen Rider, we here at ComicsAlliance are pretty big fans of Japanese tokusatsu. Something about those live-action shows where teenagers with attitude transform to kick monsters and summon giant robots just speak to us on a fundamental level. That said, the actual behind-the-scenes origins of the franchises is even more interesting than the stuff that makes it on the screen.
It's a complicated story, but thankfully, the folks at ToyBountyHunters have decided to break it down for us. In the first two parts of It's Henshin Time, their multi-part examination of the history of Super Sentai and its American counterpart, they get into the origins of the franchise, starting with creator and CA favorite ShotaroIshinomori and a look at Kamen Rider and the first two (and a half) installments of the Sentai franchise. It's interesting stuff, so check out the videos below!
Following the current season of the dance/gun/dinosaur-themed Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Toei will launch its 38th Super Sentai series, Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger. It's all about trains! Train track helmets, railroad crossing chest motifs, a giant combined train mech known as the TokkyuOh, electronic train ticket device morphers called Tokkyu Chargers -- this show looks like it's going to be the right kind off the rails.
Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That's usually gift card territory. But it doesn't have to end that way! We're here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we've got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
A few weeks back, we brought you the announcement of Toei Hero World, an indoor amusement park and museum devoted to Super Sentai (the show that was adapted into the last 20 years worth of Power Rangers) and Kamen Rider (the story of a line of heroes who kick monsters to death while riding motorcycles). As you might imagine from those summaries, this is something that the staff here at ComicsAlliance is pretty excited about, but now, we have an even better reason: Toei has previewed the attractions at Hero World.
As you can see above, this includes one very important, game-changing bombshell: The part where you ride bumper-car motorcycles through a track filled with inflatable Shocker Combatmen does in fact have motorcycles sized for adults, so I guess I pretty much have to go there now (CA Editor Caleb Goellner can ride in the sidecar). Check out a few other attractions below, and start pricing that trip to Mihama, Chiba City.
Walk into any of the hundreds of comic shops around the country and it won't be long before you hear a classic "Who would win in a fight, X or Y?" debate. The folks at Super Power Beat Down and Bat In the Sun are asking the same questions, but they're backing it up with research and simulations.
Take a look at the video below, which determines whether Mortal Kombat's Scorpion or the White Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers would emerge victorious from a throwdown. The White Ranger is already starting out with an advantage: Jason David Frank himself is arguing for the character he played. Scorpion only gets Matthew Mercer, the voice actor for Stryker in the latest Mortal Kombat game. In the video, White ranger is played by Alvin Hsing, while Scoprion is played by Peter Jang. See the clash of titans play out after the cut.
Q: What are the best halloween themed Power Ranger episodes? --@I_AM_maxHELL
A: I'm about 400 episodes into my attempt to watch the past 20 years worth of Power Rangers, and one of the things that has consistently surprised me is that there aren't a whole lot of holiday-themed episodes. There's a Christmas special here and there and a couple of episodes where they staple a Jack O'Lantern onto some existing footage and call it a Halloween special, but those are very few and far between. Maybe that'll change once I get up to Mystic Force, the season where they use their witchity powers to battle an army of the undead. You'd think they'd be doing a lot more than they did.
Bandai's full S.H. Figuarts line based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Japanese Super Sentai counterpart Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger was more or less locked-in this past summer at San Diego Comic-Con, but it's nice to see the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth confirm that MMPR fans will be getting a female version of the Yellow Ranger aka Trini Kwan. The 6" hyper-articulated figure was shown alongside the rest of the team, including the soon-to-be-released Black Ranger and to-be-scheduled Blue Ranger. Figurats prototypes are frequently shown as teasers and occasionally don't make it to market at conventions, but with the team's fully-assembled Power Blaster on display combining all of their trademark weapons, fans can count on being able to get their hands on the full lineup before the end of 2014. You can see all of the current and upcoming Power Rangers S.H. Figuarts toys after the jump.
October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we're finding out what happens when you dress up as teenagers with attitudes with Mighty Morphin PowerRangers costumes!
Okay, imagine you're a child who's really into Power Rangers -- if you're around my age, it probably won't be too difficult. It's Christmas morning, and you open the biggest, brightest package beneath the tree, and there, staring unblinking back at you, is the severed head of Jason, the Red Ranger.
Wait! Wait! Stop crying! It's okay, it's not really a severed head! It's just The Power Rangers Legacy Limited Edition Box Set, collecting 20 seasons of Power Rangers on 98 DVDs stored a replica of the Red Ranger's helmet that's coming out for pre-order! Nobody killed Jason! He's a fireman now, I think!
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