Power Rangers News Galore: The Big 2-0, DVDs to kill for, and the Greatest Megazord Toy EVER! XD *UPDATED*

Hey, look whose actually posting news for a change? But enough with me ragging on myself, we’ve got more important matters to attend to. We have confirmation for Season 20, newly released DVD sets, (one of which will blow your mind), and some new official pics for Super Robot Chogokin Daizyujin (okay, that’s really Sentai news, but it’s still cool anyway). IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!

First, and newest, we’ve got official, confirmed info about the 20th Anniversary Season of Power Rangers. According to a new report, the next season of Power Rangers will be entitled “Power Rangers MEGAFORCE”, and while no details about the next season were revealed, some tantalizing clues would seem to suggest a number of future event meant to act on the “cross-generational appeal” of the show:

Next year will mark the landmark 20th Anniversary of the Power Rangers brand, an occasion for which Saban Brands is already deep in preparation. Plans for the anniversary include a new series, “Power Rangers MEGAFORCE.”

Saban Brands plans to embrace the series’ cross-generational appeal during the anniversary by celebrating its past as well as its present and future.

Older fans will be able to participate in special events and online activities, while new products and the new show will attract younger fans.

“We’re in an exciting place as a brand. We look at the 20th anniversary not just as a celebration of the past, but as our entry into a third decade,” Dekel says.

With new series launching every two years that reinvent the brand and change its theme, Power Rangers looks to remain a force in children’s entertainment. “Just like our audience, we’re constantly reinventing ourselves,” Dekel adds. “We can honestly say that after 20 years, this isn’t a fluke – kids really do identify with and engage with this show.”

The article also talks about how Saban Brands was able to revive the Power Rangers Brand, the Brand’s new Worldwide Reach, the growth of the Paul Frank Brand (also owned by Saban), and just Saban Brand’s amazing new-found success.

Moving on to DVD news, in addition to Lionsgate Entertainment releasing episodes of Power Rangers old and new DVD, TimeLife.com is currently taking pre-orders for the soon-to-be-released Power Rangers DVD Box Set, entitled Power Rangers: From Mighty Morphin to Lost Galaxy Complete First Seven Seasons. This set includes 40 discs, with 338 episodes from the first seven season, tons of bonus material including 2 DVDs featuring rarely seen archival material; exclusive new featurettes; and interviews with the cast, creators, and fans of Power Rangers. And with each of these sets you’ll get this cool (and somewhat familiar) Mighty Morphin Red Ranger figure wearing the Dragon Shield w/ Power Sword and blaster (a rare Bandai-made figure according to the site description). And all of this can be your’s for $219.95! (Expected to ship August 6th)

Yeah, talk about sweetening the deal…

UPDATE: Official Box Art for the DVD Collection has just been released! Check it out below:

And finally, while not being completely related with Power Rangers, there is this:

Yep, it’s an official image of the Super Robot Chogokin Daizyujin, and it looks amazing. Check out these other pics below:

Known to Power Rangers fans fondly as the Megazord from MMPR, this figure stands at 140mm tall, comes with signature sword and shield, and a couple of effects parts. Note that it cannot transform into the “tank mode”, as the main priority with the Super Robot Chogokin toy line is articulation (and a very thorough level of detail). It costs 5040 yen and is expected to come out in September. While normally I avoid covering stuff like this (due to my own inability to afford stuff like this), it was worth mentioning. I mean just look at it…. not even out yet and it’s probably one of the best figure versions of Daizyujin I’ve seen yet.

UPDATE: This figure will be available from retailers in the US and Canada on October, for the price of $60.99, just in time for the start of the Power Rangers 20th Anniversary celebrations. This according to Tamashii Nations USA Facebook page.

Well, that’s it for pertinent Power Rangers news. Just a friendly reminder to those of you asking about the latest round of auditions, they’re not accepting any new applicants, better luck getting those in next time. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to talk to a web server about a DVD pre-order. 😛

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Zodiart Switches Coming soon: Dibs on Capricorn!

Wish upon a star? Jiminy Cricket does not approve.

The Astro Switches might be fun, but would you like to wish upon the stars and become a Zodiart? Well now you can! Bandai will release the Kamen Rider Fourze Zodiarts Switch on March 19th, 2012!

The Switch, which let’s people change into Zodiarts in the show, weigh 300 grams and will be show size. It has several self-contained sounds, including the transformation sound, the “Last One” sound, and it can list of the name of the 20 currently known Zodiarts, which includes the 12 Zodiac Zodiarts.

Well, they haven’t done a release like this since W, I wonder how well it will sell with fans. Anyway, pricing hasn’t been set yet, but preorders are available at various online retailers, so go find out whose got ’em!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Super Sentai Battle Ranger Cross Opening: Five Teams, 25 Rangers, One AWESOME Game!

Here’s the opening to the newly released Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross. It features all five teams that will be appearing in the game. Enjoy!:

The game is out now!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider Fourze Astro Switch sets: Up close and personal.

Alright, it looks like music day is over. Oh well. At least we can get a better looks at the Astro Swicth sets.

Alright, these are the same sets that were pictured in the official catalogue, only blown up to where they could actually be see. Let’s take a look:

Here’s set 1 with Astro Switches 7 and 8, and it comes with the Fourze Base State Ganbaride card. This is speculation, but I’m pretty sure that 7 is a parachute, and 8 is a circular saw. They actually look very complicated up close.

Here’s set 2, with Astro Switches 12 and 13. Not sure what they do, I’m sure we’ll find out soon. And of course, it comes with a musterious Ganbaride card.

Here’s set 3, with Astro Switches 18 and 19, and a Ganbaride card. These are jumping into the higher numbers very quickly.

And finally we have set 4, with with Astro Switches 21 and 22 and a Ganbaride card.

Each set will be priced at 750 yen, and is expected to be released monthly, with set 1 coming out in September, set 2 in October, set 3 in November, and set 4 in December. Each set will come with a special Ganbaride card for Fourze, presumably those for his different States.

And as a quick guide for the symbols next to the Switches: each symbol or shape corresponds with a different slot in the FourzeDriver, and a different limb in his body. The orange circle is his right arm, the blue X or cross is his right leg, the yellow triangle is his left leg, and the black square is his left arm. And something I haven’t noted before now, but it looks like the slot for his right arm is the one that determines which State Fourze is in. And look at what set 2 features… 😉

-M.C., the Quantum Twin.

P.S.: Yesterday was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong becoming the first man on the moon. Considering the theme for this Rider, that just seemed very relevant. Of course, it’s extremely relevant by itself, but still.

SRC Patstriker?: First announced attachment for SRC Go-KaiOh!

A new magazine scan has just popped up featuring the newly announced Super Robot Chogokin Dekaranger Robo, but that’s not the only thing shown here. It also displays what seems to be SRC Go-KaiOh’s first attachment: the Super Robot Chogokin Patstriker! Able to come apart and attach itself to the SRC Go-KaiOh forming DekaGo-KaiOh, the price and date of this new figure has not been announced yet, however, we can assume that it will come out around the same time the SRC Dekaranger Robo comes out in October. For any Super Robot Chogokin fans, be sure to be on the lookout for this!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

New S.H. FiguArts figures for 2011-2012: Or, how Bandai is truly, truly evil.

So look at what the experts in the art of wallet draining have come out with now, a new batch of S.H. FiguArts figures!

These new pics come from the Tamashii Festival 2011, showcasing Bandai’s and Tamashii Nation’s new line of S.H. FiguArts figures. First up was the complete S.H. FiguArts Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger! That’s right, all five Go-Kaigers. Go-KaiRed will be released this September, with Go-KaiBlue and Go-KaiGreen coming out in October, though no word on the release date for Go-KaiYellow or Go-KaiPink. Each figure will come with different parts to build the full brifge to the Go-KaiGalleon, and each will cost 3500 yen.

Also up are the S.H. FiguArt Tiger & Bunny collection. I don’t know a whole lot about the new anime, so I’ll let GekiDan of Jefusion explain:

To be released in September and October respectively, are SH FiguArts Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. for 4500 yen each. Future releases include SH FiguArts Rock Bison, Sky High, Fire Emblem, Lightning Kid, Blue Rose and Origami Cyclone; FiguArts Zero Kotetsu Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr.; and SH FiguArts version of their motorbikes.

Thanks GekiDan. And now onto some stuff I’m a bit more familiar with:

I haven’t just nerdgasmed, I’ve toku-gasmed!

Anyway, we have S.H.FiguArt figures for (left-right, top-bottom): Kamen Rider V3, Kamen Rider Eternal and Eternal Red Flare, Kamen Rider Den-O Climax form, Kamen Rider Birth Birthday form, Kamen Rider OOO TaJaBata combo, Lost Ankh with BuraKaWani combo, ShinkenRed and ShinkenRed Kaoru, GoseiKnight, Fuwa Juzo, Kamen Riders Ouja and Zolda, Vegeta, and Mirror Knight from the Ultraman Zero movies. Here are a few close ups:

Wait, is that Mezool and Gamel in the back?

I’ll admit, this one is a bit of a surprise to me, not that they did it, but that they skipped over everyone else (except for GoseiRed).

Definitely not surprised by this one!

WIN!

But, it wasn’t exclusively S.H. FiguArts at Tamashii Festival, we also found out about this gem!:

Yes, it’s the Super Robot Chogokin Dekaranger Robo! The articulated, diecast model of the main mecha for Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. It comes with (as far as we know) the Signal Cannon and Judgement Sword. Price and release date to be announced.

That’s it so far from the Tamashii Festival, I’m sure there’s still plenty more bank-account-draining stuff to come, so stay keep checking back.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: (7/16/11) Here are some more pics from the S.H. FiguArts Ultra Act collection:

Here we have Ultra Act Ultraman Gaia V2 and Ultraman Agul. Both come with special effects parts from their signiture attacks. Ultraman Gaia V2 will be released in October for 3360 yen, while the Ultraman Agul figure has no announced price or release date.

And from Ultimate Force Zero, we have Ultra Act JeanBot and Mirror Knight (the same figure I covered yesterday, but in a different pose). Price and release date for both have not been set, however the Ultra Act Glen Fire figure (not pictured) is set for release this September for 3360 yen.

Life size Char’s Zaku to be Erected in Japan: Will this one work?

Way back in the olden days of 2009, a life-size statue of the RX78-2 Gundam was built and erected in Tokyo for a short period of time (a couple of months or so), and now some young staff members from Mibu, Japan’s Toy Town, have formed a volunteer team to erect a life-size statue of Char Azanable’s Custom MS-06S Zaku II.

The Zaku II statue will stand at 18 meters (59 feet) tall, and costs for design and construction have been estimated at several billion yen. “There are Gundam fans all over the world. We want to call (for cooperation to build the statue) throughout the world with Twitter and Facebook,” noted Takayama Hiroshi, one of the 30 or so volunteers in the group.

In another attempt to gather funds, they will also be selling 1000 limited-edition cups of strawberry-flavored juice cocktail, with an image of Char’s Zaku on the cup, at 100 yen during a charity event for the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Disaster on July 16th.

Well, this definitely sounds interesting, last time I heard news about something like this, it was the Gigantor statue project, which so far has been successful (and was made into a permanent fixture, unlike the Gundam statue). It’s an actual giant robot in Japan. What’s not to love? Who cares if it’s the bad guy’s personal Gundam, that doesn’t change the overall awesomeness of the whole thing. The only complaint I have is the same you I know you guys will have: Why isn’t anyone trying to do this with Super Sentai? They have 33 years worth of giant robots to choose from. Seriously, someone get on that.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider OOO Premium Medal Set: I hate you, Bandai. I hate you. Who am I kidding, I love you so much!

Well, as we start approaching the end of Kamen Rider OOO, Toei and Bandai is starting to squeeze what it still can out of the series. And tis is what they recently revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Toy Show:

This is the P-Bandai Online: Kamen Rider OOO Premium O-Medal Collection. For anyone who has kept up with collecting the Medals as they were being released, just start kicking yourselves now. It is a complete set of core medals, BuraKaWani Medals included, and a complete set of Cell Medals. The collection, due out July 25th, is currently available for preorder for the hefty price of 18900 yen (about $236). The release is similar to the Gaia Memory set released for Kamen Rider W for a similarly high price. Well, if you’re really interested in collecting all of the Core Medals, and you’ve got the money to get it, then this is the collection for you.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Create your own Kamen Rider OOO: Random Combo Soft Vinyl figures specially made for you!

Starting Saturday (wait, that’s tommorow!) Bandai will let people create their own combo for OOO by mixing and matching parts to create one of 119 possible Combos, which they will make into a custom SoftVinyl figure and ship directly to you!

The OOO SoftVinyl Factory is the first project in the “OrderMade Bandai” effort. On a special Bandai website, customers can pick and choose from head, torso, and leg parts to make their own custom OOO figure. 119 theoretical random combinations are possible. And Bandai will manufacture the figure and ship it direct to the customer within two weeks, all for 1050 yen (about $13). But that’s not all.

For the ultimate collector, Bandai will also be offering all 119 figures in one massive set, including an autograph “signed” by show character Kougami Kosei, all for 124950 yen (about $1548). They will only sell 100 of these sets, so if you have the money to spend on it, go right ahead. Though it would be way cheaper to just get a couple of custom figures.

Here’s the site where you can get these figures: http://p-bandai.jp/ordermade/

If this prooves to be successful for Bandai, then I would expect similar ventures in the future.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

 

Power Rangers Samurai Wii Game Reveals: Nothing says “Power Rangers” Videogame like unoriginal coverart.

Ok, so Gamestop has already put up their page for the Upcoming Power Rangers Samurai Wii Game, including MSRP, the possible cover art, and it’s release date. Here’s the current image for the cover art:

Currently the price is set at $39.99 and is set for release on 9/1/11 (Sept. 1st). The release date is a bit unexpected, as it was anticipated to be released by the holiday season, but an earlier release wouldn’t be detrimental to sales. I’ll admit that I don’t have a Wii, so I won’t be able to play it. But if you do, then go and preorder it from Gamestop right now!

Gamestop PRS Game page: http://www.gamestop.com/wii/games/power-rangers-samurai/91385

-M.C., the Quantum Twin