Tokumei Sentai Gobuster REVEALED!: Talk about a power you’ve never seen before. [Updated Three times]

They’re finally here! Here’s the first official images of the 36th Super Sentai Series Tokumei Sentai Gobuster!:

Here they are! From right to left, that’s YellowBuster and robot partner Usada Letas, RedBuster with Chida Nikku, and BlueBuster with Gorisaki Banana, and of course Gobuster-Oh in the background.

And this is their main henshin device, the (and I kid you not) Morphin’ Brace (sincerest apologies to the Mission Paneler for not making the cut). Apparently, it pops out the shades that the Gobusters where on their helmets. And from the looks of it, it come with interchangable disks for each Gobuster (think the Shinobi Medals from Hurricanger). And then there’s the thing on the bottom of the page, but I don’t know what it is, so let’s move on!

And here are two of their side-arms, the IchiganBuster, a camera that changes into a gun/blaster, and the SouganBlade, a sword that changes into a pair of binoculars. And from the looks of it, it seem that they do combine together to form one more powerful weapon.

And this is RedBuster’s mech, CB-01 Gobuster Ace. Looks like Chida Niku first turns into the head of the mech (GoseiKnight anyone?), and then attaches itself to the car shown above, then changes into a cheetah, and then changes into a single robot that can combine with the other two. A little complicated, but okay.

And the other two, Gorisaki Banana and Usada Letas combine with a BlueBuster’s truck GT-02 and YellowBuster’s helicopter RH-03, respectively, to form the auxillary gorilla and rabbit mechs. And when they all combine…

…You get Gobuster-Oh! Looks like a cross between SirenBuilder and Engine-Oh. (What is it time for? I can’t see, there’s a giant robot in the way.)

Anyway, today’s news isn’t entirely about Gobuster, because this was included with the leaked scans:

Whoa, that’s bigger than the others. It’s the new Legend Mobirate, apparently with 68 new sounds, a new gold-lined paint job, a Super Sentai databease, and a new AkaRed RangerKey! And it will be cheaper than the standard Mobirate!! And it looks like they’ll be releaseing three new RangerKey sets, which include full-team SunVulcan, Gaoranger, and of course Gobuster. Set for release in March.

My thoughts: On first impression, it looks good. At first, I was somewhat shocked by the new suit designs, mostly because they look like an outfit you’d where backpacking, but it works. I’d do like the new colored-shades look, and the helmet design is clean and simple. While I’ll admit that I had been looking forward to the Mission Paneler, I do like the pop-out shades gimmick of the Morhpin’ Brace (Saban, if you ever get to this series, please, for your sake and mine, keep that name!). From the look of that, and their equipment, it looks like the spy theme rumors might be true. And I guess with the new mechs that they wanted to retry the “Headder” concept from Goseiger, but it’s a nice looking Sentai mech. Th only thing I’m no sure of is their team logo. It’s a pair of shades over an ellipse that makes it look like a big “G”, and has the letters “BG” on the shades. It’s just a little too reminiscent of the Go-Onger logo for my tastes.

And of course, this post is full of good news, because along with this new preview and the new Mobirate news, it looks like the premiere date for the series is February 26th, which would put the official number of episode of Go-Kaiger at the rumored number of 52! Yay rumor confirmations!

If I find out any more, you can bet I’ll let you know!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: We have the official catalogue descriptions of the products, taken from the pages above, and full translated. Check them out here(Note: The robot partners in the series are called Buddy Roids, just so you know):

Buster Gear Series 01 MorphinBrace(second pic):
Releases- February
Price- 3,675 yen (temp price)
The Gobusters’ transformation device. Has a Henshin Mode (transforms the rangers), Call Mode (summons Buddy Roids), Let’s Driving Mode (summons  Buster Machines), Analyze Mode, Robo Mode (activates GobusterAce), Game  Mode (play a game using the dial on the MorphinBrace), Special Mode  (secret mode activated via the brace’s dial). Looking at the pictures,  the henshin call seems to be “It’s Morphing Time”, with the catchphrase  for the show being “It’s time for Buster”.

Buster Gear Series DX Gobusters Narikiri Set:
Releases- March
Price- 7,455 yen (temp price)

Set of Gear Sets 2 and 3 Buster Gear Series 04 Transpod (second pic, bottom half): Releases- March
Price- 3,360 yen (temp price)
Voice Changer/Walkie Talkie that doubles as a projectile weapon.

Buster Machine CB-01 DX GobusterAce (fourth pic):
Releases- February
Price- 5,040 yen (temp price)
The set includes  Red’s Buster Machine (a Sports Car) and Red’s Buddy Roid, Chida Niku (Niku means Meat). As a Buddy Roid, Chida can transform into a cockpit for BusterRed  to pilot. Chida Niku and Red’s Buster Machine can combine into the  “Buster Vehicle CB-01 Cheetah”. It can then undergo a  transformation into animal form, making it into a Buster Animal, “Buster Animal CB-01 Cheetah.” That form then transforms into the robot,  GobusterAce. Combines with Gorilla and Rabbit to form GobusterOh.

Buster Machine GT-02 Gorilla (fifth pic):
Releases- February
Price- 3,990 yen (temp price)
Set includes Blue’s Buster Machine (a truck) and Gorisaki  Banana, Blue’s Buddy Roid. Gorisaki Banana, as a Buddy Roid, can  transform into a cockpit for BlueBuster to pilot. Gorisaki and Blue’s  Buster Machine can combine into the “Buster Vehicle GT-02 Gorilla”,  which can then undergo a transformation into a Buster Animal, “Buster  Animal GT-02 Gorilla.” Combines with GobusterAce and Rabbit to form  GobusterOh.

BusterMachine RH-03 Rabbit:
Releases- March
Price- 3,465 yen (temp price)
Set includes Yellow’s Buster Machine (a helicopter) and  Usada Letas, Yellow’s Buddy Roid. Usada Letas, as a Buddy Roid, can  transform into a cockpit for YellowBuster to pilot. Usada and Yellow’s  Buster Machine can combine into the “Buster Vehicle RH-03 Rabbit”, which transformed into a Buster Animal, “Buster Animal  RH-03 Rabbit.” Combines with Gobuster Ace and Gorilla to form  GobusterOh.

GT-02 Gorilla and RH-03 Rabbit Set:
Releases- March
Price- 7,455 yen (temp price)
Set of GT-02 and RH-03

Buster Gear Series 02 IchiganBuster (third pic):
Releases- February
Price- 3,990 yen (temp price)
Camera that changes into a gun. Based on an “ichigan” (single lens  reflex camera). In Camera Mode, the toy can simulate zoom and shutter  movement. Can combine with the SouganBlade to form the “Ichigan Buster  Final Buster Mode”(name not fully legible, but I think this is it).  Lights and sound.

Buster Gear Series 03 SouganBlade (third pic):
Releases- February
Price- 3,465 yen (temp price)
Binoculars that change into a sword. Name taken from “Sougan”  (Binoculars). In Sougan Mode, seems to have a working scope. Looks to  contain sounds of the Buddy Roids. Can combine with the IchiganBuster to form the “Ichigan Buster Final Buster Mode”. Lights and sound.

And there’s the current product list.

Fourze Update: Kamen Rider Club taking a new direction and Fourze has MORE States?

A lot of the rumors that came out about this show have turned out to be true, even initial rumors about an astronaut theme and Fourze being a high school student. Well, it seems now that one proven rumor about the Kamen Rider Club started at Amanogawa High have taken a different direction than they did in the original rumors.

The Kamen Rider Club will still be in the show, but the story behind it will be completely different from what’s been reported up until now. The original rumors said that the club was started to investigate the “Kamen Rider urban legend”, but that’s not where the story is going to go anymore. Check out the article below:

Translated:

Producer Hideaki Tsukuda says that some higher up from Toei told him to nix the idea. The reasoning they gave him was because Decade, a recent series, already did that and they didn’t want to retread familiar grounds too soon.

There was also a lot of complaining among the fanbase that might have lead to it. The producer seemed pretty bummed out about it, he’s the one that tried to visually link Double to the original Kamen Rider and really loves close ties in series.

Okay, maybe not a perfect translation, but you get the picture. So, now the KRC will have a new purpose all together. What do you think it will be about now?

Moving on, a new toy catalogue scan has popped up for Fourze toys, and it features six figure heads (actual, not political):

The main one is  obviously Fourze in Base State, the next two heads are from the Elek and Fire States, and the final head is from Kamen Rider OOO PuToTyra. So what are the two blacked-out heads supposed to be?! Are these new, yet-to-be-announced States for Fourze? There’s not a lot that can be gathered from this page, but it seems likely they would throw in new States at this point, especially since the show just started. 😛 Any ideas on what these two new States could be?

That’s it for Fourze news at the moment, if anything else pops up, I’ll let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: You that article about the KRC? Yeah, apparently, that isn’t a translation quoted below, that was just a rumor from the person that originally brought up the article. Here’s the real translation:

It states that the Kamen Rider Club is aware and trying to defend against the Zodiarts, and the series will still retain the purpose of being the 40th anniversary series with Riders from the past history. It does bring up Decade being the Heisei 10th anniversary series, and them wanting to do a series to commemorate Kamen Rider’s 40th anniversary.

It also states the club is Fourze’s “backup” with Fourze doing most of the fighting. It also states that Gentaro is the only one who will use the Fourze Driver.

So, the club will pay homage to past Riders, but for the most part, they’ll just be back-up for Gentaro, who will be the only Fourze (sorry, Kengo, maybe you’ll be the second Rider). So what do you think now that you know what the article was really about?

First Fourze Toy Catalogue Pics and New “States”: Fire and Lightning!

Toy rumors for Fourze have been tossed around left and right, but now we have some real pics from upcoming toy catalogues, where we get to see some new weapons, as well as a sneak peak of Fourze’s different “States”. And we get a special treat we had heard nothing about until now; he has his own AutoVaijin-esque robot! Let’s takeoff!:

This is the weapon, or Module, that Fourze uses in his Fire State, the Hi-Hackgun. It looks like it has two mode: a solid locked mode where it fires quick bursts, and a stretched out mode where it fires a continuous blue flame. And you can also see his Fire State here, which is rather reminiscent of Kamen Rider Garren Jack Form.

And this is the Module for his Electric State, Billy the Rod (yes, I know that’s a silly name). It looks like you’re typical eletric sword, with several lightning-based attacks. Although, I have to say, his Eletric State makes him look like Bumblebee from Transformers.

Both Modules come with Astro Switches, adding two more to the mix. The Billy the Rod Module (3800 yen) and Electric State figures will be due out in October, while the Hi-Hackgun Module (3300 yen) and Fire State will be out in November.

And finally we have the Power Dicer, the big yellow robot on the side. It can act as it’s own fighter robot, very AutoVaijn like, it can from it’s own four-wheeled vehichle, or it can combine with Fourze’s bike, Machine Masshigler, for what looks like a vertical takeoff platform (the bike is rumored to be able to take off and fly into space). So far, this is what people have been most receptive to, and I can’t really blame them, it looks super cool. Both the Power Dicer and the Machine Masshigler (5800 yen) are expected to come out this November.

Along with these, Fourze’s Base State figure and accesories are due out this August, and (to our misfortune) robotic assistants called Foodroids, which are based on food that’s been taken into space, are also expected to be released along with the other array of toys.

Well, at least we get the big robot. And personally I like the Fire and Electric Modules, it really does look like equipment I’ve seen used by NASA astronauts. Oh well, what do you think?

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: Just found some more catalogue pics, this time for the FourzeDriver and the “current” set of Astro Switches. Take a look:

The FourzeDriver itself will come out September 3rd for 6500 yen, and wil come with the first four Astro Switches. They will also be selling other Astro Switches in sets of two with a Ganbaride card, and starting in September, they will be releaseing a new set every month for 750 yen.

And here we have the Fourze Module Change Series, of FMCS, follwing also in the current trend from W and OOO. First up is the Fourze Base State, with the four main switches. Next is the Fourze Elek State, which comes with four new weapons (Billy the Rod included). And finally we have the Fire State, which comes with it’s own weapons including the Hi-Hack Gun. Each comes out, respectively, in September, October, and November, and each will be 2800 yen.

Then on the bottom of the page, we have the Rider Hero Series figures, in all three States. 800 yen each. And of course, we have your standard, inflatable punching bag, which costs 2300 yen.

Well, they’ve given us quite the sneak peak here. We’ve gotten a chance to see the first 14 Astro Switches, what they can do, and we’ve gotten a chance to see the other two States in better detail. And the FourzeDriver looks way better up close don’t you think? 😉

UPDATE: So it’s true then…

The Foodroids are real. (sigh) Well, let’s get on with it.

Continuing with the robot-helper-powered-by-the-main-gimmick-thing we’ve been seeing since W, we have the Foodroids, which seem to be based on regular food, not on space food as it’s been rumored. First is Bagameru, translated as “Burger Meal”, which is basically a little hamburger that changes into a “Wall-E”-esque robot. Due out in September. The next one is Potachokin, with is a box of french fries that turns into a robot that seems to match Fourze’s Electric, or Elek State (as other people have called it), and is due out in October. And the third one is Furasheki, a shake cup that changes into a a penguin-looking robot, and spins around. This one’s due out in November. Each comes up to 2500 yen and each comes with an Astro Switch.

Also on this same page is th DX Astro Switch Gaban, which is a special case just for Astro Switches. It can hold up to 10 Switches, and it comes with it’s own Astro Switch as well. So you’ll need four cases in all to carry all 40 Switches. Good luck to ya.

I should mention something very important at this point; it looks like some of the Astro Switches will only be sold along with other toys, other accesories, etc. While they are also selling Astro Switches in sets of two, I’m fairly certain that you can only collect certain Switches by buying a Module or a Foodroid, or some other toy. So, basically, the only way you can collect all of the Astro Switches is to buy all of the toys, all of the whatever that happen to have Astro Switches that come with them. So if that doesn’t show how deviously clever Bandai is at taking your money, I don’t know what else could.

Oh well, as a consolation for your shattered checkbooks, here are a few more scans from the catalogue:

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This is the awesome cover for the catalogue. Gotta respect a guy that can fly into space on his own power.

Here’s a slighly better scan of the Modules that come with his Elek and Fire States. You can make out a bit more detail from these. Just a quick clarification in the Hi-Hack Gun, it has a gun mode where it shoots fireballs, and a hose mode where it shoots water.

And here’s another copy of the Power Dicer scan, but this time the full page is included, showing two new toys. They appear to be a couple of “Pull-Dash” figures with Fourze performing his Rider Kick, and OOO on the ToRidevendor. Both come out in October for 1600 yen.

And for those of you counting, we’re now up to 20 announced Astro Switches, and the series hasn’t even started yet.

New henshinGARB mini catalogue: Go over time and space!

Hey, I just wanted to mention a few things that I recently added to henshinGARB, the Greatest Toku Shop EVER, and official henshinhead merchandise shop. This time we have some new products inspired by Mirai Sentai Timeranger, or Power Rangers Time Force if you’d prefer Take a look:

Timeranger Airbrush Tee

Here we have the whole Timeranger/Time Force team, including TimeFire/Quantum Ranger. Their personal insignias have been “airburshed” onto these tees, giving it that personalized, homemade feel. And you gotta admit, it looks cool, right? They’re available in the colors shown above, and in mulitple sizes. The men’s standard weight tees (red, blue, green, fire/quantum) are available for only $12.00, the men’s heavyweight tee (yellow) is $16.00, and the two women’s slimfit AA tees (yellow and pink) are only $19.00.

AkaRed’s Head Tee

Now you can have AkaRed’s head printed on your chest where ever you go! These sleak red tees bear the resemblence of the cult favorite warrior, and are available for only $12.oo (multiple sizes, same price for men’s and women’s).

Oretachi Mega Tee

Here we have the Oretachi Mega tees, inspired by Megaranger/PRiS, with the five-colored band running across the chest. They are available in the colors seen here, and on the bands. Available in multiple sizes. Men’s tees only $12.00, women’s slimfit AA tees only $19.00

SunVulcan Tee

And finally, we have the SunVulcan Tees, guess where these designs come from. Available in the colors seen here, and in multiple sizes, the men’s tees are $16.00, and the women’s slimfit AA tees are only $19.00. Currently, we also have the SunVulcan logo available in button form for only $5 for a pack of five.

And you can only find these amazing products at henshinGARB!

If you like any of this, or would like to see what else we have available, you can either click the link in the post, or click the link in the blogroll, under the category “Stuff I actually have anything to do with”.