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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, February 23rd, 2012

First, I must apologise for the lack of updates to this web site. I have not updated it since 11th July as I spent most of last year unable to afford to buy new things for collection. After nearly a year of keeping myself away from ebay and the likes, in order to avoid temptation (lol), I decided it was time I caught up on the latest line of toys – Power Rangers Samurai.

After checking out some video reviews of this toy on youtube, I had to get one. Firstly, I was impressed by the main gimmick of the toy, the extending sword feature. But the more realistic size of almost 2 feet long is also a major selling point to adult collectors such as myself, as many previous Power Rangers sword toys have been very small compared to the props used on the show.

Having sadly only had time in my busy life to watch a few episodes of Power Rangers Samurai so far, I personally was very pleased with the inclusion of the Mega Ranger Mode suits and weapons. For me it was the first time in a long while that Power Rangers and Bandai of America had added something really cool of their own to the show besides the existing Shinkenger footage. From what I’ve seen so far, the rangers only seem to transform into Mega Mode when they pilot their Zords and their Spin Swords transform into their Mega Blades. The Mega Blade is used as a joystick by inserting its closed mode into the control panel of their Zords and in open sword mode when the rangers perform the Megazord’s final finisher attack.

I was quite surprised when I saw the design for this toy as it does not look like the sort of toy that Bandai usually release in America / Europe due to the mostly hard plastic construction of the blade parts. Most Power Rangers sword toys feature soft plastic blades for child safety reasons and I was surprised to find that only a small portion of the Mega Blade is soft.

I bought mine from Amazon as they seemed to have the cheapest price and couldn’t stop playing with the sword extension feature. The electronic sound effects are really cool and sufficiently loud. The toy also comes with a belt clip but the attachment part seems to fit a little too tightly to the Mega Blade and its difficult to remove when clipped onto a belt.

This toy is one of the best weapon toys that Bandai have created for Power Rangers and I would advise any Power Rangers fan to buy one, especially adult collectors.

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Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (boxed)
Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (boxed)

Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (closed)
Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (closed)

Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (open)
Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (open)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

One of Britain’s most promising London 2012 Olympic hopefuls has been transformed into a giant action figure to become a real-life Power Ranger toy.

Aaron Cook, 20, the current British Taekwondo Champion and one of the UK’S strongest contenders for a gold medal at London 2012 Olympics, is the only person outside of the TV show to wear the iconic red suit and the first ever honorary member of the Power Rangers.

To mark the occasion Cook will be exhibited in a giant 3 meter by 1.5 meter replica toy box at Westfield shopping center (Friday 1st July) in front of hundreds of Olympic fans.

Cook comments: “I was mad about Power Rangers as a kid so my parents took me to a local Taekwondo club in Dorchester where I fell in love with the sport. The rest, as they say, is history. I’m hoping that by joining the Power Rangers I’ll help to inspire British children to follow in my footsteps, which will hopefully include a medal at the London 2012 Olympics.”

The Power Rangers TV show started in 1993 following the adventures of five teenagers with attitude known as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as they battled to save the planet from evil space aliens. The show is broadcast in more than 60 countries and translated into numerous languages.

Toy maker Bandai is hoping that the immortalisation of Cook will kick-start strong sales of Power Rangers Samurai, the latest incarnation of the hugely successful franchise. Since its launch in 1994 Power Rangers has become the number one kid’s action toy selling over 24 million action figures world-wide.

Darrell Jones from Bandai comments: “Aaron is a fantastic addition to the Power Rangers team and an obvious choice to uphold the new Samurai values. We look forward to working with Aaron and hope his Power Rangers training holds him in good stead for the London 2012 Olympics.”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

After the awesome news that Saban had returned to save my beloved childhood show, the 18th season has now been confirmed – Power Rangers Samurai!

This season will adapt Shinkenger from the Japanese TV show Super Sentai.

I must say I’m really looking forward to another Martial Arts themed season! 🙂