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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!!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

I’ve been behind on my morpher collection for some time so decided to fill in some of the blanks. I have not bought a morpher since Operation Overdrive!

This is the first Bandai of America Morpher that I have bought for some time as I usually spend the extra cash on the Japanese versions. But this morpher does not have a Japanese counterpart as the Solar Morpher used in Power Rangers Jungle Fury is an American creation and not the same as the Sentai Changer.

After reading Linear Ranger’s review of this toy, I was not expecting much. Most adult collectors have agreed that this morpher is for the kids only due to its small size. However, I cannot believe how bad the American released morpher toys have become. Firstly, this toy does not even look like the sunglasses used in the TV show but also the toy is very poor quality. The ear pieces are difficult to attach and the clip on plates for each ranger colour are very ill fitting, to the point that the button becomes difficult to press especially with the Red Ranger plate. The sound effects are ok but nothing special.

I kinda got what I expected here so I’m glad I found this morpher as cheap as I did. Thankfully, this Amercican morpher is a one off and I will be buying Japanese versions of the R.P.M morphers.

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Solar Morpher (boxed)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Solar Morpher (boxed)

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Solar Morpher
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Solar Morpher

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Blue Solar Morpher
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Blue Solar Morpher

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Solar Morpher
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Solar Morpher

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Today I received my Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Cheetah Ranger figure.

As mentioned on Saturday, I kinda like the new design Bandai have been using for female figures since the Jungle Fury line but they are too flimsy and weak jointed to stand up in my collection. I also think they look too thin in the arms and legs compared to the male figures but its nice to see female figures that look feminine at least rather than a copy of the male figure sculpt as with earlier seasons of Power Rangers.

Thankfully, this figure comes with the Jungle Bo which I have used almost like a walking stick to help her stand up. Also, its dissapointing that, while still the same price as the other Sound Fury figures, the Yellow Cheetah Ranger has no sound effect feature.

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Cheetah Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Cheetah Ranger (boxed)

My Power Rangers Jungle Fury figures collection so far
My Power Rangers Jungle Fury figures collection so far

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Finally received my Tamashii Stage Act. 4 for my Kamen Rider The First / Next display I’m working on. I preordered this item in December and have not received it until today!

I’ve got a few figure stands that came with some of the S.H. Figuarts figures I have but this particular stand is a cut above the rest! It comes with 3 stands to a pack and all the necessary parts to display your figures in pretty much any pose imaginable. I’m so impressed with this stand, I think I’m gonna eventually get one for all of my Kamen Rider figures that do not already have stands, as the bases also come with extra parts to connect them together! I’ll be able to fit a lot more figures on my small shelf space that way plus I think it will look awesome!

This figure stand is also available in other colours but I prefer the clear version as it kinda makes the stand less visible.

Tamashii Stage Act.4 (boxed)
Tamashii Stage Act.4 (boxed)

Tamashii Stage Act.4
Tamashii Stage Act.4

Tamashii Stage Act.4 with S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider The First No. 1
Tamashii Stage Act.4 with S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider The First No. 1

Tamashii Stage Act.4 with Red and Green MMPR 2010 Figures
Tamashii Stage Act.4 with Red and Green MMPR 2010 Figures

I also received my Power Rangers Jungle Fury – Sound Fury Blue Ranger today. I know I’ve left it a few years too late to be buying Jungle Fury figures but money has not been so great the last few years and there are many gaps in my collection.

Power Rangers Jungle Fury - Sound Fury Jaguar Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury – Sound Fury Jaguar Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Jungle Fury - Sound Fury Jaguar Ranger with Tiger Ranger
Power Rangers Jungle Fury – Sound Fury Jaguar Ranger with Tiger Ranger

I’m also expecting to receive a MMPR 2010 White Ranger figure (yes I found one but it was not cheap!) and some Power Rangers Mystic Force Figures. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I’ve decided to start collecting the newer waves of Power Rangers Figures. I eventually hope to own every team but some of the older figures I missed out on are gonna cost me dearly. I have loads of figures from Mighty Morphin to SPD but I kinda moved on to Kamen Rider Souchaku Henshin Figures after that. I’m going to start with more recent seasons as the newer figures are selling very cheap on ebay at the moment. Then I can concentrate on finding the rarer figures to complete my collection.

Today I received my Operation Overdrive and Jungle Fury Red Ranger figures.

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers (packaged)
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers (packaged)

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers