Toei Official YouTube Channel: Finally, legal Tokusatsu on YouTube! :P

Well, look whose finally catching up. Toei now has it’s own official YouTube channel, where they’ve been uploading random videos from all of your favorite tokusatsu tv shows, from Kamen Rider to Super Sentai to Metal Heroes, and thensome! And since they’re the ones uploading this content, it’s all “legal”, so no chance of them being removed anytime soon.

So far, this service is really only being aimed towards their Japanese audience, so every video is just in Japanese RAW, but at least ou can see them. The account has also been uploading Super Sentai and Kamen Rider movies, as well as Kamen Rider Net Movies, but so far those videos have only been available in Japan. So anyone outside of Japan is going to have to rely on other people uploading these videos onto YouTube. It sucks, I know, but at least you can watch episodes of other toku shows that never really made it onto YouTube before.

Here’s the link to their official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TOEIcojp

It’s not certain how long this will last, so go ahead and check this out now. Hopefully, they’ll expand this once they realize how many people outside of Japan are interested.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Let’s Hold Hands ~ Matsuken x Kamen Rider Samba PV Revealed!

Here’s the full music video for “Let’s Hold Hands ~ Matsuken x Kamen Rider Samba ~”, the official theme song for Kamen Rider OOO THE MOVIE: WONDERFUL, Shogun, and 21 Core Medals. Song performed by Matsudaira Ken with Shu Watanabe and Miura Ryosuke. Enjoy:

Olé!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

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.