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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I recently emailed Bandai UK to see if they would be releasing the Gold Legacy Morpher in any shape or form here in the UK. I knew it was a long shot but sadly they do not currently plan to release it. Maybe us UK fans can get a petition together?

Me: “I was wondering whether you planned to release the Gold Legacy Morpher that was available as a limited item at a convention in the USA? There is a high demand amongst the fandom and it would be a real shame if it were not released in the UK or Europe.”

Bandai UK: “Thank you for your enquiry below, at present we have no plans to release the Gold Legacy Morhper.”

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted 20 years ago today! Also, check out the new section of the official website celebrating the 20th anniversary.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

As mentioned in my previous Power Rangers R.P.M post, I managed to find the Power Rangers R.P.M. Full Throttle figures on ebay for a good price. Managed to finally find a cheap Gold Ranger figure, it was still slightly more expensive than the other Power Rangers R.P.M. figures I have though. I have now completed my Power Rangers R.P.M. figures collection as I won’t be bothering with the Dinosaur inspired figures in this toy line as they were not featured in the show.

My only complaint with this figure line is the angle of the male rangers heads, they are all looking down at the floor. This pose looks fine in the pre packaged poses but it looks like the males are looking at the floor in the poses I like to use in my display. The female rangers have ball joints in their necks and it would have made these figures look much better in my display if the male rangers shared this feature. Finally completed another season’s figures though, not sure which season I will try to complete next as it depends on the price of the figures.

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Gold Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Gold Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM figures collection complete!
Power Rangers RPM figures collection complete!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, the costumed action super heroes are taking in the sights and sounds of Manhattan! Times Square! Wall Street! New York Stock Exchange! Subway!

Power Rangers Fast Facts:

  • Launched in 1993 as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers — and quickly became most-watched TV program in the US and is the No 1 live-action kids action series on TV
  • The Power Rangers franchise is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages, and is a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks.
  • To mark the 20th anniversary, Power Rangers is launching an all-new television series Power Rangers Megaforce which airs on Nickelodeon.
  • Power Rangers teach kids and families how to put the Power Rangers values of teamwork, confidence, health and physical activity into action and exercise curriculum resources to more than 100,000 teachers annually.
Monday, February 11th, 2013

As mentioned in my previous Power Rangers R.P.M post, I managed to find the Power Rangers R.P.M. Full Throttle figures on ebay for a reasonable price. I received my Green Shark Ranger today and I just need to find the Gold Ranger now as I won’t be bothering with the Dinosaur inspired figures in this toy line as they were not featured in the show.

Now I own a few more of the male ranger figures from this line, I still stand by the comments I made in my first R.P.M. post about the strange angle on their heads / necks. All of the male rangers appear to be looking down at the floor which looks fine in the poses they have whilst in their packaging but quite odd in my display with figures from other seasons. The female ranger figures have a slight ball joint to the neck and it would have been much better if they included this feature on the male figures too.

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Green Shark Ranger Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Green Shark Ranger Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far (just need Gold!)
Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far (just need Gold!)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure's Weapons (Street Saber, Turbo Cannon, Zip Charger, Rocket Blaster and Turbo Axe)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure’s Weapons (Street Saber, Turbo Cannon, Zip Charger, Rocket Blaster and Turbo Axe)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure's Weapons Combinations (Road Blaster and Turbo Plasma Launcher)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure’s Weapons Combinations (Road Blaster and Turbo Plasma Launcher)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure's Weapons Combination (RPM Enforcer)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure’s Weapons Combination (RPM Enforcer)

Friday, February 8th, 2013

I have only just got around to watching the last few seasons since Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. I thoroughly enjoyed every season up to and including Power Rangers Mystic Force (except some of the first half of Power Rangers Turbo) but Operation Overdrive was a very difficult season for me to watch. There were a few good episodes, especially the episodes featuring the past rangers and the revelation of the Red Ranger’s identity. But apart from that I have to say that Operation Overdrive was probably one of my least favourite seasons and I found myself avoiding watching it and other subsequent seasons as a result. Many of the Overdrive episodes were poorly written, it took me a long time to relate to the characters and I found that the so called wire-fu (martial arts choreography achieved using invisible wires attached to the stunt actors) had all but replaced any actual martial arts skills.

With the announcement of the 20th Anniversary season Power Rangers Megaforce, I decided it was time I caught up on recent events in order to properly enjoy the anniversary celebrations. I can’t see myself ever getting around to doing full reviews of seasons but I did want to say a few things about the episodes I had missed:

Power Rangers Jungle Fury was a very enjoyable season in the end but I did find it started out with some of the same gripes as with Operation Overdrive. But I really enjoyed R.J’s character and the overall development of the team members was exciting to watch. The wire-fu was still a staple of many of the fight scenes but it was made up for by the well written “rangers in training” story line, making the characters far easier to relate to than with Operation Overdrive.

I must admit I was shocked in a really good way when I finally got round to seeing Disney’s final season – Power Rangers R.P.M. I’d heard it had a darker tone but I never expecting to see a post-apocalyptic theme in Power Rangers. This was quite a bold move for a show that’s obviously for kids but it really felt like the Disney writers had finally heard the cries of Adult fans and it’s among my top 5 seasons to date. I can’t say there were any filler type episodes, each instalment added something to the overall story arc and the “end of the world” feel made the threat posed by the villains seem a lot more believable. When I first saw designs for the original Sentai series – Engine Sentai Go-Onger, I was not really fond of the suit / mecha designs. But the exceptional story telling and darker tone of this season actually made them grow on me.

Power Rangers Samurai started a little weak for me but halfway through the first season it got a lot better. It was great to see the return of Ricardo Medina of (Cole Evans – Red Wildforce Ranger) but who’d have guessed he’d be playing a bad guy?! Despite the continuity issues this raises (why does Cole look just like Deker? lol) his portrayal of Deker is enjoyably gritty. This is also the first time that Power Rangers has added it’s own suit / weapon designs to the original Sentai footage and they Mega Mode suits look awesome! By the end of the first season, I’d grown quite fond of the Samurai cast and had definitely developed a soft spot for Emily the Yellow Ranger.

While the first season mainly focuses on the training and growth of the team as with most recent Power Rangers seasons, I must admit I’d been longing to see a team of well trained rangers as with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Zeo. Master Xandred also seemed a little weak as far as main villains go throughout most of the first season. But I’m glad the second season – Power rangers Super Samurai seemed to focus more on a strong, developed team fighting an impending final battle with the Nighlok and also strengthening Master Xandred’s character as a fearsome threat to the world. I felt that the last scenes in the final episode could have been better. It was strange to think that a season with such a strong friendship vibe would end with the rangers parting ways like they’d never been friends at all, especially after having such an adventure together. But I understand that the writers were probably intending to show the rangers being freed of their inherited responsibilities as rangers.

The teamup movie felt very rushed which is strange considering it was longer than your average episode. I felt Scott’s character was almost nothing like the noble fighter pilot we saw in the R.P.M season but rather spends most of his time being arrogant and obnoxious to the Samurai team whether under the monster’s influence or not. It would have been nice to see the whole R.P.M team reprise their roles and have a little more interaction with the new team.

It’s nice to be back up to date with my favourite show again. I have now seen every episode to date and it was great fun having a Power Rangers episode marathon catching myself up. It’s also great to see Haim Saban at the helm of Power Rangers once again, the quality of the show and the American released toys have really improved since his return and I can’t wait to see what else Saban have planned for the Anniversary. I saw the first episode of Megaforce when it aired and I really enjoyed the references to Day of the Dumpster! Man I want that Morpher!!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Apologies for the recent hiatus on this blog. As mentioned in my previous Power Rangers R.P.M post, I’ve not been able to add much to my collection over the last two years due to various financial commitments and space issues.

Found some great prices on ebay for the newest additions to my Power rangers R.P.M Full Throttle Figures collection and I received the first two today the Black Wolf & Blue Lion Rangers. I have the Green Shark Ranger on it’s way too but I have yet to find a reasonable price for the Gold Ranger figure to complete my collection.

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Black Wolf Ranger & Blue Lion Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Black Wolf Ranger & Blue Lion Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far
Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Having already bought the Red Time Force Ranger a few years ago, I was beginning to doubt that I would ever find the other figures from this toy line at a decent price. But, in the last month, I have managed to add the Blue, Green and now finally the Quantum Ranger to my collection.

I was also pleased to find that the last three Power Rangers Time Force figures I have bought all still have working lights / batteries. Many of the the toys that come in “try me” style packaging tend to have little to no battery power left, especially older toys such as these.

Just need to find the girls now!

Power Rangers Time Force Quantum Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Time Force Quantum Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Time Force collection so far
Power Rangers Time Force collection so far

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Added two more Power Rangers Wild Force figures to my collection today – the Black Bison and Yellow Eagle Rangers.

Power Rangers Wild Force Black Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Wild Force Black Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Wild Force Yellow Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Wild Force Yellow Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Wild Force collection so far
Power Rangers Wild Force collection so far

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a figures kick lately and have managed to fill in many blanks in my Power Rangers figures collection. As mentioned before, I stopped collecting during the Power Rangers Turbo era but picked up the habit again during Power Rangers Dino Thunder. Unfortunately, this hiatus means I have some rather expensive gaps in my collection.

This month has been great for finding good deals on ebay on some of the older figures I’m missing as well as some of the newer figures too. I received my Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger figure today. I’ve noticed that Wild Force is the one season that I own the least items from (aside from my Growl Phone) and have also managed to find the Black and Yellow Wild Force Rangers. Sadly the Wild Force figures seem to be quite rare on eBay and are often more expensive than a lot of the Time Force figures, which is strange as Time Force is the older season.

Sadly the packaging was quite damaged for this figure but the seller mentioned this in the auction and, though I insist on only collecting MISB toys, I usually remove them from the packaging for display anyway. The figure itself comes with some great accessories that are painted for a change! But the paint job on the figure itself is not the best. You can see in the last picture (see below) that the his left glove has some paint missing. Also, as this figure line’s gimmick is the dual action feature, his legs are not posable which makes standing him up in my display a little difficult. I MUST invest in some figure stands!

Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger
Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger