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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!!

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Those of you that have been following my blog will know that I’ve had to keep most of my beloved collection in plastic storage boxes since I returned to collecting in 2004. Since I’ve been redecorating my room, I decided it was time to display (and enjoy) as much of my collection as my small room will allow. I’m also worried about things getting damaged in the storage boxes and also I’m not really appreciating each piece properly (and I should as it’s cost me thousands. I still don’t think I’ll be able to have the lot on constant display but I’m slowly adding new shelves and breaking stuff out of their storage boxes.

Here’s my newest shelf:
DX Zeo Ultrazord, DX Super Zeo Megazord, DX Auric the Conqueror and DXWarrior Wheel
DX Zeo Ultrazord, DX Super Zeo Megazord, DX Auric the Conqueror and DXWarrior Wheel.

I couldn’t fit the Zeo Ultrazord on the other display shelves I got in january because it is too tall. So Zeo has it’s own shelf due to the height!

This now gives me a free shelf on my shelving unit and I can now also space the contents out a little more:
DX Ultrazord and DX Thunder Ultrazord
DX Ultrazord and DX Thunder Ultrazord.

DX Ninja Mega Falconzord, DX Shogun Megazord, DX Ninjor, DX Galaxy Mega (Japanese Astro Megazord) and DX Ninja Storm Megazord
DX Ninja Mega Falconzord, DX Shogun Megazord, DX Ninjor, DX Galaxy Mega (Japanese Astro Megazord) and DX Ninja Storm Megazord.

Valkasaurus Megazord (sort of), Japanese Anklozord and Cephlazord, Amercian Dimetrozord and Parasaurzord and DX Super DekarangerRobo (Japanese Deltamax Megazord)
Valkasaurus Megazord (sort of), Japanese Anklozord and Cephlazord, Amercian Dimetrozord and Parasaurzord and DX Super DekarangerRobo (Japanese Deltamax Megazord).

DX MagiKing (Japanese Titan Megazord), DX Wolkaizer (Japanese Centaurus Wolf Megazord), DX Travelion (Japanese Solar Streak Megazord) and DX Ultimate Daibouken (Japanese DriveMax Ultrazord)
DX MagiKing (Japanese Titan Megazord), DX Wolkaizer (Japanese Centaurus Wolf Megazord), DX Travelion (Japanese Solar Streak Megazord) and DX Ultimate Daibouken (Japanese DriveMax Ultrazord).

I’m working on some smaller, thinner shelves for all my Power Rangers Figures and Kamen Rider Souchaku Henshin Figures. I’ll be sure to post pics once they are up.

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

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Here’s my Christmas Haul. With the Jet, Shovel and Crane I got for my birthday yesterday, I can finally make Ultimate Daibouken. Wanted to get the Boukenger Mecha last year but I wanted to focus on earlier seasons at the time. When I saw what a mess BoA made of the Boukenger Mecha, I knew I was gonna have to import. Seems I lucked out by waiting though as I got all the necessary vehicles to make Ultimate Daibouken for half the price it was going for last year 🙂

Merry Christmas Everyone!

DX Daibouken (MISB)
DX Daibouken (MISB)

DX Go Go Drill and Go Go Mixer (MISB)
DX Go Go Drill and Go Go Mixer (MISB)

The Core 5 DX Go Go Vehicles
The Core 5 DX Go Go Vehicles

DX Go Go Dump (Claw Mode)
DX Go Go Dump (Claw Mode)

DX Go Go Trailer
DX Go Go Trailer

DX Daibouken
DX Daibouken

DX Go Go Drill and Go Go Mixer
DX Go Go Drill and Go Go Mixer

DX Daibouken Drill and Mixer
DX Daibouken Drill and Mixer

DX Daibouken Drill and Crane
DX Daibouken Drill and Crane

DX Daibouken Drill and Shovel
DX Daibouken Drill and Shovel

DX Daibouken with Go Go Jet (not sure of the name of this combination)
DX Daibouken with Go Go Jet (not sure of the name of this combination)

DX DaiTanken
DX DaiTanken

DX Super Daibouken
DX Super Daibouken

All 10 of the DX Go Go Vehicles
All 10 of the DX Go Go Vehicles

DX Ultimate Daibouken
DX Ultimate Daibouken

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Birthday hauls! Yes my birthday is Christmas Eve 🙂

DX Go Go Jet Boxed
DX Go Go Jet
DX Go Go Jet

DX Go Go Shovel and Go Go Crane Boxed
DX Go Go Shovel and Go Go Crane
DX Go Go Shovel an Go Go Crane

Can’t do much with them until I get the rest of Ultimate Daibouken for Christmas tomorrow!