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Friday, July 16th, 2010

I started a project in May to customize my MMPR Ultrazord with stickers from Reprolabels.com and I have completed the Tyrannosaurus Zord so far.

Today, it’s Dragonzord’s turn!

As many Power Rangers fans are aware, Bandai America changed the Dragon Ceaser (Japanese Dragonzord) stickers for the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers toy line. This was always a disappointment to me and many other fans as the toy I wanted the most did not look as it did on the TV show (thought future western releases would see even more drastic changes from their Japanese counterparts). Many of the symbols on the Japanese sticker sheet were replaced with lightning bolts and the letter “M” including the Dragonzord coin emblems.

I really felt this ruined the toy when I discovered that my Dragonzord had lightning bolts on his feet instead of the letter “Z” I had seen on the show (though this was obviously an attempt to remove Zyuranger references for the western audience). I’ll never understand why Bandai go to the trouble of changing the superior Japanese toys. Surely its easier and cheaper to use the same mold / sticker sheet?

As for my own Dragonzord, it is now 16 years old, the stickers are damaged in places and have really started to peel over the years. Also, I didn’t do the neatest job of applying the stickers in the first place when I was 10 as I couldn’t wait to play with Dragonzord!

Here is the finished, cleaned Dragonzord with new show accurate stickers:

Before

Dragonzord before new stickers (front)
Dragonzord before new stickers (front)

After

Dragonzord after a good clean with new stickers from reprolabels.com (front)
Dragonzord after a good clean with new stickers from reprolabels.com (front)

Before

Dragonzord before new stickers (side)
Dragonzord before new stickers (side)

After

Dragonzord after a good clean with new stickers from reprolabels.com (side)

Before

DX Mega Dragonzord Fighting Mode
Mega Dragonzord Fighting Mode before new stickers

After

Mega Dragonzord Fighting Mode new Dragonzord stickers from reprolabels.com
Mega Dragonzord Fighting Mode new Dragonzord stickers from reprolabels.com

An finally, here’s a picture of the Ultrazord.

Ultrazord new Dragonzord stickers from reprolabels.com
Ultrazord new Dragonzord stickers from reprolabels.com

This is how the US / UK release of Dragonzord should have looked! They have even made extra stickers that were not included with the original toy for extra show accuracy! For example, my original never had bands around it’s tail or stickers for the horn on top of his head.

The stickers for this zord are mostly metallic and the photos do not do the shiny finish justice, they look fantastic!

Sadly, I’m told that the remaining sticker sets (Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Mastodon, Saber Tooth Tiger and Titanus) are missing some stickers. Reprolabels.com have assured us that they will release the missing stickers soon. I’m debating whether to wait till the missing stickers are released or do without them for the time being.

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Due to the eye pleasing success of my first toy custom, I decided to give my old zords the same tender loving care. Reprolabels.com is an excellent website, I used them many times when acquiring the necessary stickers for my last project and their stickers are show accurate, good quality and their service is excellent!

I’m starting with my Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Ultrazord and will be gradually cleaning each individual piece and will purchase the necessary replacement stickers as I can afford them (as with my morpher project).

DX Ultrazord
DX Ultrazord

First here some history on my Ultrazord for those who don’t already know. I got all my MMPR Zords when I was a kid during the original run of the toys and show. In the UK, Toys R Us were the only shop that had any Power Rangers toys left in stock during the lead up to Christmas! Queuing started at 7:30am and, in an attempt to prevent crazy and unfair buying from desperate parents, each customer was allowed only one item! I queued with my Mum the first day and we got the Megazord that was intended for my birthday (day before Christmas). My Mum has always been good with Christmas presents but she must have queued up another 10 days in order to get the complete set that I ended up getting for Christmas. I was touched by this gesture even as a wild eyed kid desperate to open my presents and was a bit overwhelmed at how she had got all the toys I asked for given the magnitude of the show at the time and difficulty in finding the toys. Thanks Mum!

I left the fandom for a while shortly after the the first few episodes of Power Rangers Turbo. I wrapped all of my old toys up very carefully and stored them in the attic. Imagine my delight when my passion for the show and collecting started up again 10 years later and I remembered the Power Rangers treasure trove in my attic.

Sadly the attic had not been ever so kind to my toys and many of the stickers were peeling and they were in dire need of a good clean. Titanos is particularly in need of cleaning as he is mostly white plastic. So it’s time to restore them to their former glory.

Reprolabels have release three sets of replacement stickers for the original Megazord. Tyrannosaurus, Mastpterzord (Mastodon and Pterodactyl) and Trisaberzord (Triceratops and Saber Tooth Tiger).

First up is my Tyrannosaurus Zord!

Before

Tyrannosaurus Zord before new stickers (front)
Tyrannosaurus Zord before new stickers (front).

After

Tyrannosaurus Zord after a good clean with new stickers from reprolabels.com (front)
Tyrannosaurus Zord after a good clean with new stickers from reprolabels.com (front)

Before

Tyrannosaurus Zord before new stickers (side)
Tyrannosaurus Zord before new stickers (side)

After

Tyrannosaurus Zord with new stickers from reprolabels.com (side)
Tyrannosaurus Zord after a good clean with new stickers from reprolabels.com (side)

I’m really pleased with the overall look of the stickers for this zord. They have even made extra stickers that were not included with the original toy for extra show accuracy! For example, I’m fairly sure my original never had tail stickers or stickers on his waist or backs of the legs. I would post another pic of the Ultrazord but, aside from his legs, the overall look has not changed that much. Now I’m debating whether to finish the Megazord (sadly there are stickers missing from the other Megazord sets) or move onto Dragonzord (as his sticker set is complete).

As before, I’ll be sure to post pics of the finished product as and when :).

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

I finally finished my first customization project today! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope to give as much detail as possible about how I acquired the necessary parts, stickers and morphers etc in case anyone wants to try this themselves.

Here’s my finished morpher customs:

Finished Morphers 1
Finished Morphers 2

Here’s how they looked before:

All 6 Power Morhpers Before

So I’ve had my 6 Power Morphers for a few years now. The one at the back is my original from back in the day. Its been well played with and the plates were particularly worn.

The other 5 I got from a seller on ebay who had a box full of MISB Power Morpher / Gun Swords he found in an old Japanese warehouse! I originally intended to buy one to replace my well worn original but when he said he had 6 left I had to buy 4 more. They cost me about $80 each plus shipping to the UK. It wasn’t cheap.

I was tempted to buy another so I had 6 brand new ones but the seller sold out before I had the chance. Then I figured that I could customize my original morpher gold to achieve the 6th gold morpher look.

Here’s some more pics of the finished customs:

Season 1 style finished morphers (Dragonzord Coin by Buzzs_room)
Season 1 style finished morphers (Dragonzord Coin by Buzzs_room)

Season 2 style finished morphers (Tigerzord Coin by PowerProps)
Season 2 style finished morphers (Tigerzord Coin by PowerProps)

Season 3 style finished morphers (coins by Argus)
Season 3 style finished morphers (coins by Argus)

Finished Morphers (back) (The Pterodactyl needs fixing inside so I have left off the back stickers for now)
Finished Morphers (back) (The Pterodactyl morpher needs fixing inside so I have left off the back stickers for now)

All my coins. Ninja Coins by Argus and dragon / tigerzord coins by Buzzs_Room. I also have 6 sets of the original 5 morpher coins
Here is all the coins I own. Ninja Coins are by Argus and dragon / tigerzord coins are by Buzzs_Room. I also have 6 sets of the original 5 morpher coins and Jess’s metal tigerzord coin. I have sets of starlight.studio‘s metal coins on their way too!

Finished Tigerzord / Dragonzord Morpher (Tigerzord Coin by PowerProps)
Finished Tigerzord / Dragonzord Morpher (Tigerzord Coin by PowerProps)

Finished Mastodon Morpher
Finished Mastodon Morpher

Finished Pterodactyl Morpher
Finished Pterodactyl Morpher

Finished Triceratops Morpher
Finished Triceratops Morpher

Finished Saber Tooth Tiger Morpher
Finished Saber Tooth Tiger Morpher

Finished Tyrannosaurus Morpher
Finished Tyrannosaurus Morpher

Comparison with an unfinished morpher. Reprolabel's stickers are much better quality than the originals. Bandai also did a pretty bad job of applying the stickers on some of my morphers
Comparison with an unfinished morpher. Reprolabel’s stickers are much better quality than the originals. Bandai also did a pretty bad job of applying the stickers on some of my morphers.

Ah the destruction! (The original stickers I have removed)
Arrghhh the destruction! It’s so scary removing the stickers from MISB Power Morphers!

Finished Gold Morpher with my old plates still intact
Finished Gold Morpher with my old plates still intact. The best thing about this project was that I did not have to damage my original childhood morpher at all.

My Pterodactyl Morpher is broken inside and will need a replacement part before I add the back stickers
My Pterodactyl Morpher is broken inside and will need a replacement part before I add the back stickers. I’ve already ordered the part I need.

Hope you like them.

Also, check out my tutorial on customizing morphers.

UPDATE: 11/04/10

Someone on RangerBoard.com just asked me how much this project has cost in total:

My original Power Morpher: $25ish (way back in 1993)
5 MISB Power Morphers: $80 each
Replacement gold morpher plates: $14
6 Sets of TV Show Style Stickers and 6 Sets of Zyuranger Style Stickers: $122
Metal Coins: $85
Replacement X Lock for Pterodactyl Morpher: $19.99

Total: (roughly) $665 ๐Ÿ™

Damn wish I hadn’t worked that out now lol. I had not really thought about how much it had cost so far. Damn you Bandai, why couldn’t you have just got the morpher right in the first place lol! Well worth it though. It has taken me a while to gather the necessary parts and stickers but they look beautiful on display. I’m very pleased with my first toy custom project :).

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

I’ve received a lot of questions asking how I achieved the show accurate look on my recent morpher customizations so I thought I would create a “how to” style thread as I took lots of pictures at various stages in the customization process.

I’m certainly no artist so I’ve always shied away from customizing any of my beloved collection but the various prop / sticker makers in our fandom have made customizing a Power Morpher a really easy job.

So for those who don’t know, here’s how I did it.

How to make a show accurate Gold Dragon Buckler style morpher.

My original childhood Morpher
Here is my original childhood morpher before customization. As I’ve had it so long and it has some serious sentimental value, I really did not want to have to paint this morpher in order to achieve the gold morpher look.

My new gold replacement morpher plates from Powerprops on ebay.
Thank goodness for prop makers! There’s no need to paint and possibly ruin my beloved childhood toy as you can buy replacement front plates (already painted gold) from PowerProps on Ebay.

The screws that with enable you to remove and clean the front plates
Locate the screws (pictured above) that will allow you to remove the original plates.

Unfinished Morpher with front plates removed
Carefully remove the original plates.

My New Gold Morpher with my old plates
Et voila! One Gold Morpher without damaging my original plates. (Avoid over tightening screws)

My New Gold Morpher ready to apply stickers from reprolabels.com
Next, purchase some replacement stickers from www.reprolabels.com. There is a choice of either TV Accurate Style, Movie Style, Zyuranger Style or Bandai Original Style front stickers. I have chosen to use the TV Accurate versions.

My New Gold Morpher with Dragonzord coin by Buzzs_room on rangerboard.com
Carefully apply the stickers (you can use tweezers to help apply them accurately) and we have a finished Gold Morpher!

You can view more pics of my customs here.

How to make a show accurate Regular Buckler style morpher.

Tyranno Morpher before adding / removing the stickers (front)
Here’s another of my morphers that I am going to customize into a show accurate silver version.

So scary removing the stickers from a MISB Power Morpher! Feels so destructive!
Carefully peel off the old stickers. I was lucky enough to get them off in one piece without much residue left behind. I then removed the plates (see instructions above) and washed them using soap and water to give the new stickers a clean surface to adhere to. However, you will need to clean any residue off to avoid bumps in your new stickers. Many users recommend products like “goo gone” and other solvents to remove stubborn residue but I was worried about the possibility of removing the original paint etc so I tried to remove the stickers as carefully as possible instead.

Tyranno Morpher with its new show accurate stickers (front)
After carefully applying the new TV accurate stickers from www.reprolabels.com my morpher is finished.

You can view more pics of my customs here.

Back Stickers

I have also opted to add the original Zyuranger back stickers to my morphers too. This meant buying two sets of stickers but it was worth it in my eyes.

Tyranno Morpher before adding / removing the stickers (back)
Before (Be sure to clean the back with a damp cloth to give the new stickers a clean surface to adhere to)

Tyranno Morpher with its new show accurate stickers (back)
After

Gaps in your morpher when closed?

Gaps in closed morpher.
Finally, do you have gaps like this in your morpher when its in closed mode?

Then please check out King Ranger’s very helpful tutorial on fixing this problem.

Hope this tutorial helps some folks to customize their morphers ๐Ÿ™‚

You can view more pics of my morpher customs here.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I finished another morpher custom today. Thats two down and four to go lol!

This has worked out to be a pretty expensive project. Thanks to BoA’s notorious flipping of the morpher, inaccurate stickers and lack of Dragon Buckler release, my morpher display has cost a lot of money to make it show accurate. ๐Ÿ™

I’ve had to take my time on this project as even the stickers have cost me $22 a pop. That might not sound like much but when I worked out that it would cost $132 to customise all my morphers :o, I decided to do them one at a time.

I probably won’t post anymore pics after this until I’ve done the other 4 as once you’ve seen a gold one and a silver one, I’m sure you pretty much get the idea. Unless anyone would like me to post pics of the other customs when I get round to them?

Tyranno Morpher before adding / removing the stickers (front)
Tyranno Morpher before adding / removing the stickers (front)

Tyranno Morpher before adding / removing the stickers (back)
Tyranno Morpher before adding / removing the stickers (back)

So scary removing the stickers from a MISB Power Morpher! Feels so destructive!
So scary removing the stickers from a MISB Power Morpher! Feels so destructive! I feel like that kid in Toy Story with the messed up toys lol.

I was trying to think of a less destructive way of changing the stickers. I toyed with the idea of asking Jess if she could do me some more plates but in the standard silver color but I decided removing the old stickers was the only way. Besides, reprolabels are much better quality and they also sell replacements of the original stickers in case I ever want to undo my custom work (which is highly unlikely).

New stickers I received from reprolabels.com
New stickers I received from reprolabels.com

Reprolabels.com sent me two versions of the TV front stickers. The regular one is on the right and their new metallic finish version is on the left
They also sent me two versions of the TV front stickers. The regular one is on the right and their new metallic finish version is on the left. I think the metallic finish looks great (the camera does not do it justice) but I’m obviously going for the show accurate look so I haven’t used them.

Tyranno Morpher with its new show accurate stickers (front)
Finished Tyranno Morpher with its new show accurate stickers (front)

Tyranno Morpher with its new show accurate stickers (back)
Finished Tyranno Morpher with its new show accurate stickers (back)

Finished Tyranno Morpher next to one of my other morphers that has yet to receive its new stickers. Notice that Bandai put the original stickers on upside down and that they are a different design to the ones on the show.
Finished Tyranno Morpher next to one of my other morphers that has yet to receive its new stickers. For the uninitiated: Notice that Bandai put the original stickers on upside down and that they are a different design to the ones on the show. ๐Ÿ˜ก

Finished Tyranno Morpher with my other recent custom - show accurate Green / White Ranger Morpher
Finished Tyranno Morpher with my other recent custom – show accurate Green / White Ranger Morpher

Finished Tyranno Morpher in my new Dyno Buckler Holster (front)
Finished Tyranno Morpher in my new Dino Buckler Holster (front)

Dyno Buckler Holster with my newly customised american Power Morpher (front)
Dragonzord Morpher in Dino Buckler Holster

Finished Tyranno Morpher in my new Dyno Buckler Holster (back)
Finished Tyranno Morpher in my new Dyno Buckler Holster (back)

I’ve decided to add the holsters to the display. I’m going to use my real one for the dragonzord morpher and get some prop replica versions from Outatime on RangerBoard.com for the rest of them (one of which I’ve ordered already).

Hopefully, my next update on this project won’t take too long. Stay tuned for pics of my 6 new morpher customs with holsters!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Received my Dyno Buckler Holster this morning. I’ve been after one of these loose for a while now.

Front
Dyno Buckler Holster (front)

Back
Dyno Buckler Holster (back)

For those who haven’t already seen this post, I’m slowly working through customizing my 6 Power Morphers into show accurate versions. Here’s my newly customized American morpher in my new holster.
Dyno Buckler Holster with my newly customized American Power Morpher (front)

Here’s the back (with stickers from reprolabels)
Dyno Buckler Holster with my newly customised american Power Morpher (back)

Haven’t yet customised this morpher (reprolabels on the way) but it is good for illustrating BoA’s infamous stupidity in the flipping of the morpher.
Have yet to customise this morpher, as you can see Bandai America made them the wrong way round!

One last drool pic. I’m so pleased with how my morpher turned out (In case you hadn’t noticed lol).
My newly customised american morpher with japanese holster. Tigerzord coin by Buzzs_Room, gold recasts of morpher front plates by powerprops and white communicator by starlight studio

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Got my new gold morpher plates from Jess (PowerProps on Ebay). They are replacement recasts painted gold for those of us who are not skilled enough to attempt to repaint them ourselves. Jess’s paint job is way better than I could ever hope to achieve. Bless her, she also sent me a free falconzord coin!

My new gold replacement morpher plates from Powerprops on ebay. They sent me a free Falconzord coin!

Here’s Jess’s coin next to the one I recently recieved from Argus. Jess’s coin is on the left and Argus’s on the right. Keep in mind that Jess’s coin is an original sculpt. I think they are both awesome! Hail to the prop makers!
Falconzord coin on left made by Powerprops (original sculpt) Falconzord coin on the right made by Argus (from Mcdonalds coins)

Here’s my old original morpher (before). It has new bolts and zyu back stickers but I was waiting for the gold plates before I added the show accurate stickers.
Ready to swap the plates over to gold recasts made by Powerprops on ebay

The new plates simply screw on just like the old ones. Man, the morpher looks wierd without the plates!
Swapping the plates over to gold recasts made by Powerprops on ebay

One complete gold morpher!
My New Gold Morpher with my old plates

Ready to apply the rest of the reprolabels I bought.
My New Gold Morpher ready to apply stickers from reprolabels.com

Morpher complete! The best part is that I have not damaged my original childhood morpher to make this and I can return it to its old look whenever I want by swapping the plates back. It feels damn wierd morphing the other way round though lol!
My New Gold Morpher with my old plates and new reprolabels

Closed
My New Gold Morpher (Closed) with Tigerzord coin by Buzzs_room on rangerboard

Open (Tigerzord coin by Buzzs_room)
My New Gold Morpher (Open) with Tigerzord coin by Buzzs_room on rangerboard

Dragon coin by Buzzs_room
My New Gold Morpher with Dragonzord coin by Buzzs_room on rangerboard

Falconzord coin by Argus
My New Gold Morpher with Falconzord coin by Argus on rangerboard

Falconzord coin by Jess (PowerProps on Ebay)
My New Gold Morpher with Falconzord coin by Powerprops on ebay

And finally with my new white communicator ๐Ÿ™‚
My New Gold Morpher with my White Ranger Communicator

Sadly I’m re decorating my room this weekend so I can’t take another group shot with the gold morpher as the others are packed away :(. I’ll post one next week.

Now to get me some more reproplabels and finish the rest! Its gonna cost $120 to get the remaining stickers I need. $120 on stickers :o. Gonna get them a few at a time. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I’m starting my first customization project today. I thought it would be cool to start a thread to show my progress in making my display of my 6 power morphers show accurate :).

I hope to give as much detail as possible about how I acquired the necessary parts, stickers and morphers etc in case anyone wants to try this themselves. Here how they look at the moment:

All 6 Power Morhpers Before
All 6 Power Morhpers Before 2

So I’ve had my 6 Power Morphers for a few years now. The one at the back is my original from back in the day. Its been well played with and the plates are particularly worn.

The other 5 I got from a seller on ebay who had a box full of MISB Power Morpher / Gun Swords he found in an old Japanese warehouse! I originally intended to buy one to replace my well worn original but when he said he had 6 left I had to buy 4 more. They cost me about $80 each plus shipping to the UK. It wasn’t cheap.

I was tempted to buy another so I had 6 brand new ones but the seller sold out before I had the chance. Then I figured that I could paint my original morpher gold to achieve the 6th morpher look.

Custom Morpher Coins by Buzzs_Room

I have the regular and “battle damaged” tigerzord and dragonzord coins made by the awesome Buzzs_Room. I’m a huge fan of the season 2 – 3 period hence why the tigerzord coin is in my display. I have the crazy cat coin that came with my tigerzord back in the day but this thread is about all things show accurate :).

Once I had all 6 on display it was a beautiful sight to behold as you can see from the pics. But I want to make them show accurate now.

I was loathed to do this at first as they were MISB and the stickers are holding on fairly well considering their age. I also did not want to paint my original as the nostalgic part of me likes that it is worn with my childhood memories.

But then I figured that I don’t ever intend to sell them so I do not care if replacing the stickers etc affects their retail value. Even if I let my whole collection go, I would still keep hold of these.

Also, I’ve found a solution to not wanting to paint my beloved original morpher from 1993. I found out that Jess (PowerProps on Ebay) makes recasts of the morpher plates painted gold. Can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this before as now I can replace my play worn morpher plates with gold ones without damaging my childhood memories. Plus I’m 110% certain that Jess’s paint job would be better that if I attempted to paint them myself lol. If ever I want to, I can swap the plates back to achieve my old morpher!

So heres my to do list:

1. Apply the show accurate stickers and Zyuranger back stickers from reprolabels.com to each morpher.
2. Attach some of Jess’s replacement plates to my original morpher.
3. Hopefully get some ninja coins from Argus to achieve that season 3 / movie look occasionally.

I have already ordered one set of stickers and Jess’s morpher plate recasts as I’m going to do the 6th morpher first being the white ranger nut that I am.

I will keep you all posted on my progress and I will do some before and after photos when I’m done.

UPDATE: 05/11/09

My first set of reprolabels arrived today. I bought both the TV Morpher and the Zyuranger Buckler sets. The TV morphers will go on my new gold plates when they arrive shortly. I only bought the Zyuranger set for the back stickers but when I noticed I had two sets of bolts, I decided to use them to replace the bolts on my old plates as they fell off years ago.

Heres the stickers I have not yet used:

The stickers I have yet to use

Here’s my original morpher with its new bolts:

New bolts stickers

Here’s the new zyuranger back stickers:

New back stickers

The reprolabels.com experience was awesome for me. They were shipped to me in the UK within 7 days, the stickers are excellent and the were packaged in between two pieces of thick card. The bolts in particular are much better than the originals as the glue seems like its going to keep them from peeling so easily.

However, I have one grievance with the zyuranger back stickers. They seem too big for my morpher and it took me quite a bit of fiddling to apply them. As you can see in the picture below, they overlap the plastic molded parts a little. They still look awesome though.

New back stickers 2

Finally here’s a pic of the display with new bolts stickers:

6th morpher now has bolts stickers

View more pics of my collection on my photobucket account.