More stuff Saban hid in the closet: Zord designs for unfilmed Zyu3 project!

Hey everybody, I was just poking around looking for actual news to put on the blog (this has been a very slow week for toku news, but for anyone in regular news, they can hardly keep up) when I stumbled across this pic from the Henshin Justice Unlimited forums:

These were zord designs for MMPR’s later seasons designed by the actual Toei sentai mecha designers. The stroy behind this is that it was either designed for the Zyu2 footage, but they settled on the Dairanger footage instead, or, and for some reason I find this more likely, it was designed for their third season, the never-filmed Zyu3, as a way to replace the Dairanger mecha/Thunderzords with zords that better reflected their powers and costumes. If you look at these designs, you can see the overwhelming similarities and drastic differences between these and the original Zyuranger mecha/Dinozords. The design is much more stream-lined, much smoother and cleaner looking, and yet they stil retain the same look and feel of the original, and it looks like they combine the same way too. And it seems to have features that other mecha would use later, like the built-in bow or the drill fist. It may be possible that they went back to these designs when they started work on Abaranger, because there are just too many similarities here for them not to have used these. And as proof that they made this for Saban and Power Rangers (other than the big bold letters on top that say “POWER RANGERS”) is that they incorporated the lightning bolt logo into the design, and they included an updated version of the Tigerzord. Not only does it form it’s own separate robo like the original Tigerzord, it can also combine with the Dinozords, and the Type A formation uses the face from Dragon Megazord. In fact, this version of the Tigerzord borrows a lot from the Dragon Zord. And, at least for the Type B version, the Tigerzord could act as a cannon weapon for the main Megazord.

You know the more I look over this, the more I can’t help but notice things that would go into later mecha designs. Other than Abaranger, I can see design elemants for Hurricanger, Gaoranger, Gingaman, I think that some of it might have even made it over into Kakuranger. These designs, these concepts are just way ahead of their time compared to other mecha designs from around that time. Don’t get me wrong, if they had made, it probably wouldn’t have looked a thing like this, but it still looks like a mecha you would have seen this decade.

Picture comes from the Super Sentai Robot Artbook.

-M.C., the Quantum twin

Go-Kaiger Epic news!: Go-KaiSilver and ShinkenGo-KaiOh Debut!

Ah, you gotta love all those new scans that pop-up every month. This time we have several scans for Go-Kaiger. First up, let’s cover the biggest bit of news, Go-KaiSilver’s personal robo Go-JyuJin, and his first Legend Machine, Hurricanger’s FuuRaiMaru!

Here we have Go-KaiRed and Go-KaiSilver together in front of the lower half of Go-JyuJin, which looks oddly Gundam-like from this position, and a sea of past senshi representing their rank and color scheme. And while this pic is cool, it’s not why we’re here today. It’s for this pic:

That’s right, it’s not a sketch, it’s an actual DX toy version. It has three modes, the main robo mode, a  tyranosaurus mode, and a drill battleship mode. A bit of a nod to past dino robos, in particular AbarenOh, it features a red helmet with a gold visor, an anchor symbol similar to the Go-Kaiger Jolly Roger, and several drill gimmicks that are related to Go-KaiSilver’s weapon Go-KaiSpear. It’s big, bad, and blue. And already has a Legend Machine to go with it.

The Legend Machine for Hurricanger, this is an upgraded and green version of FuuRaiMaru, one of the smaller robos from the karakuri balls used in the formation of Gorai Senpujin. For it’s combination with Go-KaiOh, it divides into five parts to fit into the five hidden compartments in Go-KaiOh, and a Senpuujin helmet pops out and tops Go-KaiOh. In this combined form, (no real name yet) it can shoot out multiple shurikens from the hidden compartments in the arms and legs, and can combine the two larger two-point shurikens into one four-sided shuriken weapon that can be held. Whether this is suppose to be the next released Legend Machine or not, I’m not sure. But it does look surprisingly good, even if it wasn’t something actually used in Hurricanger.

But that isn’t the only surpirse I have for you today.

There have been a lot of rumors about ShinkenGo-KaiOh, and what they will use for their Legend Machine, and it seems that GaoLion will be pulling double duty. GaoLion will be appearing in the next episode of Go-Kaiger, along with GaoGo-KaiOh. And supposedly the Shinkenger episode will be the episode after next. I guess Go-KaiOh by itself didn’t have the proper leg shape they wanted. GaoLion first combines with Go-KaiOh by taking the place of the legs and having Go-KaiOh ride it. For the second combination to for ShinkenGo-KaiOh, the hind legs detach and combine with the arms, the head detaches and combines with the chest, and stuff unfolds to reveal the kanji of the Shinkenger Origami, in the order they appear on ShinkenOh. They also get a helmet similar to the ShinkenOh helmet, and a Rekka Daizatou. And they can form a secondary  weapon using Go-KaiOh’s sabres, what looks like a bow or a double-bladed sword. While I feel a little ripped off that they didn’t make a separate Legend Machine for Shinkenger, it does look really cool.

That’s all for now, if anything else pop out of those hidden compartments, I’ll be sure to analyze and dissect it, and tell you what I find.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: (4/17/11) Found a bigger, fuller pic of the first one, and it includes two RangerKey sets!

Apparently, there’s an arm swapping gimmick between Go-JyuJin and Go-KaiOh, and the next Ranger Key set includes Tyranno Ranger, HurricaneRed, Battle Japan, GoseiRed, and Red Racer, and the first set of RangerKeys for Go-KAiSilver will include MagiShine, DekaBreak, Shurikenger, ShinkenGold, and the Anchor Key that unlocks his Gold form (for info on that, just check the last post in Go-KaiSilver). If I find anything else, I’ll let you know.

Found something else!

This is a scan of the full page that FuuRaiMaru was on, and as you can see on the bottom, they seem to have made a top battle-like game using the Shinobi Medals. More word on this if I find out that anybody cares.

Go-Kaiger movie and upcoming episodes pics: Yeah, another gallery!

Hey, looks like I’ve got a stable internet connection today, and check out what I found:

It’s been confirmed that GaoLion (above) will appear in ep.9, along with Kaneko Noboru, aka Shishi Kakeru/GaoRed.

What’s this? An unknown Go-KaiOH formation? OOOOOOOOOH…………….

This is from upcoming ep.7, I guess by unlocking the true power of Gekiranger, they’ll be able to summon the GekiBeasts. All five of the main ones are there.

And now for the movie:

Is this an epic pic or what?!! You have Goranger, Go-onger, Shinkenger, and Gekiranger firing various cannons and blasters all at the same time. Hate to be on the receiving end of that!

And here we have Forever Red II. JK, but still quite a team-up.

And now a very similar team-up, but this time in pink! If you’ll notice, in both pics the teams are the same. So who knows how that will play out.

Just some more of the past Sentais that will be in the movie.

These are the extra senshi that will be in the movie. They really are pulling out all the stops for this!

Here are some more revived villains, including Burajira, Yogoshimacritein of Go-onger, and Dagon of Magiranger. All of whom are now serving Black Cross.

Here are some past senshi who will appear in the movie, including Wada Keiichi as Ryo/Ryu Ranger(Dairanger), Kikuchi Mika as Umeko/DekaPink, and Oba Kenji as Ome Daigoro/DenjiBlue (he was also in Battle Fever J as Shirou Akebono/BattleKenya).

And we end with everyone who has already been confirmed to be in the movie. Still unknown whether or not the other four will play an active role or not.

That’s all for now, if anything else pops up I let you know.

UPDATE: (3/31/11) Here’s a new magazine leak, sorry the picture is blurred out.

Is that ShinkenRed in the that big pixelated mass?

Super Sentai Anniversarys: A closer look at the team make ups.

Since this year is considered the 35th anniversary of Super Sentai, we tend to look back at all the past seasons of the series. And while I was doing that, I noticed an unusual, and somewhat unnoticed, trend with Sentai Anniversary Series. Until now with Go-Kaiger, almost every Anniversary Sentai has included a member that wore black. Just take a look back at the last major anniversary.

 

 The last anniversary series was GoGo Sentai Boukenger, whose team included BoukenBlack as a member of the core team. Now I know that a single instance isn’t enough to build a whole case, so let’s go back another five years.

  

The 25th Anniversary series, Hyakujyuu Sentai Gaoranger, also featured a black senshi, GaoBlack, and was the first to have a Vs. Super Sentai special (Well, the first to have that as an official title). Now, mathematically speaking, if the usual pattern for teams by season was to alternate between green and black, then either this series should have included a green senshi, or Boukenger should have had a green senshi with Go-Kaiger having a black senshi. But since they have played around with how they make the teams, you know, with three member core teams and repeating color schemes, this has thrown this pattern off. But these aren’t the only two examples.

Ninja Sentai Kakuranger was considered the 15th Anniversary before they readjusted for the gap year between JAKQ and Battle Fever J, and of course includes NinjaBlack, who was also the first actual American to play in a Super Sentai series. Before then, the only Americans in the series were just characters, not actual actors. It also had the Super Sentai World special that premiered a week before the start of the series. But the main thing here is that this series also had a black senshi. But this isn’t the last example.

Kousoku Sentai Turboranger is the 10th Anniversary series, and included BlackTurbo. This series had a special called Super Sentai Tamashii that also premiered a week before the actual series, and included all the previous sentais. Now this was considered the first official anniversary series. While they have celebrated the series anniversary every five years since this series, they did not include what is the fifth anniversary, Sun Vulcan. However, since including that series would go against my premise, I won’t cover them.

I will, however, go over the one exemption to my premise, the one other Anniversary Series that includes a green senshi.

 

This, of course, is Gekisou Sentai Carranger (or should I say CAAAARRRR-RREEENJAA!), which is considered the 20th Anniversary series, after the adjustment for the gap year, and features GreenRacer, which makes it the first official Anniversary series to have a green senshi, beating Go-Kaiger by 15 years (holy crap, has it been that long?!).

But what we still have to wonder is, why is their such an affinity for black senshi in these Anniversary Series? Is it simply a coincidence, or do they purposely choose that team setup again and again. Well, it’s probably a mix between coincidence and aesthetics. After all, why do any of the teams have the color scheme that they do have? When the creators of the series start to work on a new series, they probably already have certain themes in mind, and they probably go through a few uniform designs before they decide what looks and works best for that series. There isn’t any written rule that they necessarily have to use alternate color schemes from season to season, otherwise there wouldn’t be teams with both on them, or teams with neither of them. The only thing that we can really be sure is that, at least as far as Anniversary seasons are concerned, their will be five of them, as a way to pay homage to the original Goranger.

-M.C., the Quantum twin

Go-KaiSilver Debut: Meet the newest member of the crew.

The sixth senshi for Go-Kaiger has been confirmed (sorry I’m a day late, I got trapped in the Tokuverse, I’ll tell you later). This sixth senshi will be Go-kaiSilver. Here are some pics:

 

Go-KaiSilver will basically be able to change into any of the past major sixth rangers. At the moment, these include (in sequential order) Dragon Ranger, Kiba Ranger, King Ranger, MegaSilver, TimeFire, GaoSilver, Shurikenger, AbareKiller, DekaBreak, MagiShine, BoukenSilver, Go-onGold and Go-onSilver, ShinkenGold, and GoseiKnight. He can change into any of these past senshi using his Go-KaiCellular, a device very similar to the Mobirates, but looks and works differently. Pic here:

When Go-KaiSilver changes, he places a variation of his RangerKey into the Go-KaiCellular, pushes the Go-KaiSilver icon on the number pad, and hit s button on top of the device, where an anchor-shaped scanner reads the figure and changes him into Go-KaiSilver. The device also comes with an anchor shaped key that inserted into the bottom that allows him to change into Go-KaiSilver Gold Form.

 

While no one really knows if this second form will give him any extra abilities, it does look cool. In gold form, he will have special armor that includes a chest plate decorated with the helmets of the previous sixth senshi he can change into, and his helmet design changes as well. You can almost make out the kanji for gold in the visor design.

So, first impressions. In his standard silver form, his appearance is very reminiscent of BoukenSilver, and not just because their both silver, either. Because all of the Go-Kaiger have gold inlay decorating their costumes, his costume doesn’t seem that different from the others. The only real difference seems to be in the design of the helmet, the cuffs, and the collar and seams of the “jacket”. Not to mention the fact that his visor is a gold color instead of the standard black. In his special gold form, his appearance is like a cross between Kamen Rider Decade’s Complete Form and Zuban from Boukenger. A lot of people are surprised to see this extra form, but I think it’s fitting. Between these two forms, his appearance covers the two main types of sixth senshi: the kind that have a slightly altered outfit, and the kind that have an armored, highly decorated outfit. Between the differences in his outfit and the anchor motif, this makes me wonder whether this is supposed to be a pirate character or not. I’m almost getting a sailor vibe from him.

A number of people have voiced questions and complaints over the choices of the sixth senshi. The main ones are that Mask X-1, who is the first official sixth senshi despite a one episode appearence, wasn’t included, neither was Bull Black or DekaMaster. And some people think that GoseiKnight shouldn’t have been included because he technically isn’t a normal senshi, although I think he should be, as much time as he’s spent fighting with the Goseiger, and the fact that he has a name that actually has a Goseiger title, and not some off-the-wall name. Plus, there are a host of other senshi that weren’t included as sixth senshi, and a number of non-sentai and non-senshi helpers that haven’t even been acknowledged, so there’s a very, VERY slight chance that there could be either a seventh senshi or some kind of special helper that will take the place of these extra senshi. My only concern is why the buttons for Go-onGold and Go-onSilver are the same button? Does he magically split and change into Go-on Wings?(It would be so awesome if he did) Seriously, what are they going to do about that?

And as for the Go-KaiCellular, it’s a little unconventional. Instead of the staple flip phone design that’s been in use since the first cell phone changer, they went with a smartphone-esqe design. I would compare it to a Nokia phone, but it has a much wider “screen”, kind of like the Droid Pro. I’ll admit though, while the concept is unique, I’m not fond of the button design. Because it has all of the senshi he can change into on the buttons, and doesn’t use the same RangerKey system the others do, he’s very limited to the number of senshi he can change into. Overall, I like the phone, and the concept.

I hope the character behind the mask is just as impressive as the costume, otherwise I will be beyond disappointed. Quite frankly, if they make him into that strong, mysterious silent type, and not some flamboyant, over-the top character, then I’m just going to have a very long talk with the writers, producers and directors at Toei. And while I’m there, I may just have to bring up the subject of net neutrality and fair use. I honestly can’t think of anyone with the gall to upload any upcoming episodes of the series onto YouTube. Somebody get on that right now!

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: (2/25/11) Just found a pic of his main weapon, Go-KaiSpear.

It has three modes, a trident mode, a blaster mode, and a special anchor-spear mode that he uses in his Gold Form. It looks like it will also come with the Dragon Ranger Key (Zyuranger/MMPR Green Ranger). Let’s keep an eye out for this!

UPDATE: (3/7/11) Found this pic just now, seems they will release sixth ranger toys with the Go-KaiSilver stuff.

 

And if you’ll notice, they are going to release ShinkenOh and Daizyujin/MMPR Megazord. So can’t wait for that, even if I probably won’t buy it.