Power Rangers Ultrapost: Samurai are Super!

Hey, there’s been a lot of Power Ranger news that’s come out over the last month, and for some reason I keep missing it! So, I’m just going to take some of the biggest headlines from the past month or so and thow them all into one Gigantor post! And coming up first we have this new poster for the the new season of PRS, Power Rangers Super Samurai!:

Yep, next season, the “Super” mode will be officially incorporated into the series, including this new Super Mega Mode. And if I’m not mistaken, I can see a new enemy in the corner. No info yet on when the next season will start.

And this poster actually came from the Power Morphicon Facebook page, who also announced the official date for Power Morphicon 2012! This year, it will take place from August 17th-19th 2012 at the Pasadena Convention Center (same location as the last), and Registration is open for anyone interested.

Speaking of Pasadena, anyone who saw this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade (and not on ABC)¬†might have caught a glimpse of the Power Rangers Samurai Video Game float. If not, you can check out this video from the HGTV coverage of the parade:

And here’s a nice gallery of pics:

And here’s a couple of behind-the-scenes videos, one of which includes Andre from BlackNerdComedy:

Now this next part, I don’t have a decent segway for, but it was still awesome.

Yep, this happened, for 48 hours on Nicktoons back on the 6th (January 2012), and I’m assuming it was awesome since I couldn’t watch it because we had downgrade our cable package literally the week of. My life sucks sometimes…

BTW they have been playing that on there regularly as well, so go check it out if you can! Because I can’t. ūüė¶

Now let’s move onto some newer news thst came out while I was working on this ultra-post!

Mainly, Kimberly Crossman has been 100% CONFIRMED to play a future Red Ranger Role! YAY!! This confirmation via a recent video post on Carlos Pena’s YouTube Channel¬†(Carlos Pena¬†from¬†Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush)¬†where she comes on and outright says it, though she does keep us in the dark about the details. You can check out the whole video below (though I can’t guarantee you’ll be that impressed):

So yeah, there’s that. And then there’s this:

Yep, this is the cover of the latest issue of Hyper Hobby Magazine, which your going to see a lot of as I do more of these ultra-posts, and the portion of it that I want to cover here is this: while full translations of this are STILL not available, we can confirm that Toei did discuss the 20th Anniversary of Power Rangers, and those discussions included possibly re-shooting the¬†Legend War scene from the opening of Go-Kaiger with teams from MMPR onward. Whether the 20th season of Power Rangers will be the Go-Kaiger adaption is anyone’s guess.¬†But that’s still big news, though I wouldn’t expect any adaptions of the movies to be quite as spectacular as the Go-Kaiger movies have been so far.

And that should be about everything, barring nothing comes out in the next five minutes. If anything else pops up, I make no guarantees, but I’ll try to let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

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New Samurai Toy Spottings: Blurring the lines between the Holiday Season and Season 2.

Since the new toy line announcement last week, people have started to see the new spring line pop up in stores just in time for the holidays (like that was an accident). Here’s some of the new toys that are on the shelves now (depending on where you live/shop), found by various users on Rangerboard.

First, from Toys’R’Us, we have this new Lantern/Spiderzord with a Super Gold Ranger figure:

Yeah, not sure where they came up with the spider concept either, but we have a Lantern zord now.

And here’s a few pics from Rangerboard member TheReverend7, which he took at his local Wal-Mart in Abilene, TX:

And this is what he took home:

And here’s a video demonstrating how it works:¬†http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wsbkt5QpZI

And these next pics were taken by SPDRed222 at a Toys’R’Us in Cincinnati, OH:

And finally, we have a few pics from deadsilence1, from both a Wal-Mart in Brownville, TX and a Target in McAllen, TX:

So, have you seen any of these new toys in your local stores?

More Power Rangers Samurai Stuff: Parades, Floats, and the greatest Panel EVER.

Hey, don’t be fooled by shiny specials, this week has practically been dedicated to all things Power Rangers. As proof, we have video of the Power Rangers Samurai in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with a few photos, a new design for a Tournament of Roses Parade float, and video from the Tsuyoshi Nonaka Panel at the Pacific Media Expo (PMX) talking about the desings for the Mega Mode figures. Let’s get this Samurai celebration started!

First, for those of you who didn’t catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, here’s the Power Rangers Samurai’s official appearance in the parade:

And here’s a small gallery for you:

Who doesn’t like a little Ranger live-action show? And the little affair is fine, but it could have been really jazzed up with a float like this:

Yes, this float will be created and submitted to the 123rd Annual Tournament Of Roses Parade by Namco Bandai, and will feature all six Rangers standing amongst their zords and the Samurai Megazord, the float itself being made with precisely arranged flowers and organic materials. Just a little over-the-top promotion for the Wii game.

And finally, we have a video from the PMX featuring the Tsuyoshi Nonaka Panel, and during this panel they reveal some secrets behind the design of the Mega Mode figures, including:

  • That the “Battilized” Ranger figure would appear in the show
  • That the ninja/wrestler-style masks were originally included in the design because they had no idea who would be on the final cast, and Saban just decided to incorporate the masks into the toys
  • That the Mega Mode was partly inspired by the suit designs from the MMPR Movie
  • And that they usually use these kinds of designs mainly with Kamen Rider

Check out the panel video here (for the stuff about the PRS Mega Mode, skip ahead to about 8:47):

And that should be everything Power Rangers-related for now. If anything else pops up, I’ll let you know!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Clash of the Red Rangers Review

Okay, so the new Power Rangers Samurai TV movie “Clash of the Red Rangers” debuted just a couple of hours ago (when I started writing this post), and so far, I’m not sure what to make of it.

On first watch, they seem to be pulling from three different sources to make this special. First, and most obvious, was Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger, only with just RPM Ranger Red making an appearance, and then mixed in with that was the Shinkenger movie, mostly using a re-shot version of the major battle scene and the battle against the now-named General Gut, and what should have been the reveal of the Shark zord/Shark Attack Ranger (Kyoryu Origami/Hyper Shinkenger) but was instead revealed in the Double Red Ranger fight scene, and a random episode which was originally where Kotoha/ShinkenYellow first used the Super Shinkenger power (it was the scene where the Samurai Rangers first come in).

Basic plot summary: The RPM Rangers are still fighting the robot hordes (a.k.a. Venjix) that nearly destroyed humanity, when one bad guy named Professor Cog escapes from his dimension into the Samurai Ranger’s dimension, with RPM Ranger Red on his tail. After seeing the new Samurai Rangers in action, he makes a deal with Master Xandred to eliminate the Rangers in exchange for Sanzu River water, which he plans on using to poison the water supply in the RPM dimension. When he sends out his Grinders to take out the Samurai Rangers, that’s when RPM Ranger Red shows up. He tells the Samurai Rangers that his name is Scott, and that he came from his dimension to stop Professor Cog while he’s in the Samurai Ranger’s dimension. After a fight with the Professor and his Grinder minions, the team is transported by Cog to the RPM dimension, leaving the two Reds who’ve been poisoned by Cog’s hypno-bolts. Both sides regroup, where we see Xandred and General Gut talking about a Mooger¬†army build-up they’ve been planning since before Professor Cog showed up. The next day, with Jayden and Scott growing more and more hostile towards each other, they set off to fight a combined Mooger/Grinder horde, only to start fighting each other. Their fight ends with a fake-out, using the same trick Professor Cog had pulled in Scott in his dimension, and together they wipe out the Moogers and the Grinders using the Samurai’s yet-to-be-revealed Shark Attack and Super Modes. That’s when the others finally return and help them take out Professor Cog and a Nighlock ordered to assist him. After that, they charge into a battle with General Gut and a swarm of Moogers, with RPM¬†Ranger Red and Samurai¬†Gold Ranger fighting from a Red Convertible (it was a Mustang, but they can’t use brand names on Power Rangers for legal reasons). They take out General Gut with Jayden going into Shark Attack Mode, and then finish him off using the new Shark Zord. After which, the Samurai Rangers see Scott off to his dimension,¬†while hinting at a possible upcoming romance between Mike and Emily. ūüėČ

My review: Let me start out by saying that I had started on this post yesterday, shortly after it had premiered, and my impression of it has since changed. If I had published the review I was working on yesterday, then all you would have read was a scathing, nit-picky, dare I say fanboy-esque review, in which I just constantly pointed out every little flaw and complained about every little incongruency with the story, and you all would have probably called me out for it. But since then, I’ve had a chance to see the special again, and rethink my position on certain things, and if I’m honest, it wasn’t half bad considering all the things they had working against them.

For example, we all would have like to seen Eka Darville in person, at least for a one scene, but he couldn’t be there, so we’ll just have to make due with his voice over. One thing I really don’t get though, if they did that just for him, then why not just replace everyone else that couldn’t show with suit actors and give them some kind of voice double, like the very obvious one they had for Steven Skyler/Antonio. They’ve had Ari Boyland on there voicing a Nighlock, I’m sure he could have come in to¬†voice his parts.¬†And I know they needed to fill time by replacing the missing scenes in the movie (Megazord battle with Professor Cog on the Moon, the Goseiger fight scene, etc.), but why use the Shinkenger movie scenes? That just threw off the whole plot line of the movie. Sure, you needed a way to formally introduce the Shark Zord, but why didn’t they just do it in another special? And I’m just ranting again.

Overall, I’d say this was a good special, given¬†the special¬†conditions. Would I say it was the best Samurai has had to offer so far? No. But I do think that the best is waiting just around the corner. After all, there are a lot of big things waiting for us in season two.

Still wish they could have done more with this one. Maybe next time, with whichever two series they decide to make a crossover for, they’ll be able to get a hold of the actors from the previous season before they go off and get new acting jobs.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Clash of the Red Rangers Pics: Must… Contain… Disappointment…!

Hey Everybody! Check out these official pics from the new photo album on Nick.com’s¬†Power Rangers Samurai website. So far, they only seem to confirm that the Red RPM Ranger is in the special, and in the suit the whole time (seriously, couldn’t get anyone?). The pics themselves might not reveal much, but I would pay attention to the titles of the pics when you hover over them, because they would almost tell another story entirely. Take a look for yourselves:

This happy gang of Power Ranger Samurais had their hands full with Moogers long before the RPM Ranger showed up.

The RPM Ranger rides in from another dimension. Awesome.

The RPM Ranger comes from a city so tortured by villains that they had to build a dome to keep them out.

What is the RPM Ranger doing on Earth, and has he come alone?

No matter how far from home, a Ranger of any kind can count on being treated like family.

What's this? Mysterious steam?!? It looks like the Power Rangers are in trouble!

Oh man! Gear-headed hordes have followed the RPM Ranger to Earth!

Interdimensional monsters? The Power Rangers aren't even trying to hear that.

The RPM Ranger joins in the battle against the thugs who followed him across space.

Thanks to the RPM Ranger, the coast is clear... For now.

Don't celebrate too soon, trouble is always brewing in the Power Rangers' town.

Ahhhh! What kind of beast is this? Hopefully the RPM Ranger knows what to do!

The RPM Ranger charges out of the woods on a sweet mystical horse.

RPM Ranger joins the crew in the toughest line-up of Samurais the world has ever seen. But are they strong enough to stop the space Mooger?!

Okay, maybe not what we were hoping for, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be any good. We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out (we’ll also look for some sort of advertising for it, since I haven’t seen a single¬†promo for it in weeks). “Clash of the Red Rangers” airs this Saturday, November 26th.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

And remember to look for the Samurai Rangers in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Maybe they’ll get more than a minute of air time this year! ūüėõ

Power Rangers Samurai Spring Toy Line: Super Samurai Included!

Hey, a bunch of new Power Rangers Samurai toy pics showed up over the weekend for PRS’s Spring Line, and they include the Super Samurai figures, the new “Shark” Zord (Kyoryu Origami), and a bunch of other cool toys and figures! Looks like it’s going to be quite the shopping season. Let’s get to the good stuff!:

First, here’s the Super Samurai:

And here’s Pink and Yellow. Theye’re normal, but with modified weapons:

And here’s a new Master Xandred figure:

Also on the list are some re-releases of the auxilary zords, this time with new helmetless figures (attachable helmet included):

And now back to some new stuff. Mainly, the new Shark Zord:

Yep, that’s the relabel Kyoryu Origami, which includes what I’m guessing is a helmetless Jayden as the Shark Attack Ranger. Here’s a couple more pics:

Something about that new belt looks awfully familiar…¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† No time to dwell on that, though, we’ve got more figures to cover.

Like these new Super Samurai Morphin’ Figures:

Or how about these Mini Cycles:

Then there’s this new collection of Mega Ranger figures:

And there are some new Power Rangers plushes:

These plush action figures, called the Power Rangers Battlers, are 18in tall and are currently available:

And here’s the smaller, 10.5in versions:

And, since they have to keep up with current toy trends, here are some new Power Rangers Squinkies:

The entire collection of PRS Squinkes comes in three sets.

And those are the new toys that, for the most part, are out now (depends on where you look). Since this is technically the spring line, there’s a good chance that we might see more of it come out for the Holiday Shopping Season. I doubt they’ll reveal any more than they have here (in regards to stuff that will show up in the show in the future), but you never know what they’ll decide. We might even see a female Red Ranger figure show up. ūüėČ

-M.C., the Quantum Twin and Official Santa’s Helper

Clash of the Red Rangers Update: Super and Hyper suits used!

It’s official now! They will be using the Super and Hyper Shinkenger jackets in the new Power Rangers Samurai¬†special, “Clash of the Red Rangers”, which debuts Saturday, November 26th at 12n/11c on Nick!

So how the heck to they plan on explaining what it’s suppose to be?

Also, it looks like their might be an all-day Power Rangers Samurai marathon on Nicktoons on Wednesday the 23rd from noon to 9p.m. No confirmation on this yet, but it’s listed tv listing on Funaroboard (the ones who found out that the crossover¬†special would air on the 26th), so theirs a good chance that it’s true.

UPDATE: (11/23/11) There is a marathon running on Nicktoons, right now in fact. And it’s apparently going to run until 9:30 pm EST. So go check that out now!

The truth behind the female Red Ranger: She’s his Sister? O.o

Okay, so we all know that New Zealand native Kimberly Crossman (pictured below)¬†was cast as the role of the female Red Ranger, or the Princess. Now, what we didn’t know so far was what exactly that role would be. Well, it looks like we may finally have our answer.

In a¬†recent RRR podcast, they posted a link to Crossman’s filmography, and according to that, her role in Power Rangers Samurai was “Red Ranger’s Sister”! (Also, there were way better pictures of her than the one shown here).

So, is this their spin on the whole “true lord” story line? Will she be playing a modified version of the Hikoma role from Shinkenger, or is this a new role created for PRS? I guess we’ll find out next season when she debuts on Power Rangers Super Samurai!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Power Rangers Samurai headed to Pleasure Beach Blackpool (UK).

Defending the universe, one roller coaster at a time.

According to a recent post on Easier.com, our favorite team of heroes are headed out to Pleasure Beach Blackpool, all the way in the UK, for a little celebratory meet-and-greet at the new Nickelodeon Land amusement park! for more on this, just check out the article below:

The Power Rangers are bursting back on to our screens with the all new Power Rangers Samarai on Nickelodeon. To celebrate, the Power Rangers are heading to the UK’s favourite amusement park, Nickelodeon Land at Pleasure Beach Blackpool on Saturday 12th November to meet and greet with fans of the hit show.

Those wanting to meet with the action heroes need to drop by Nickelodeon Land, a new 6 acre area at Pleasure Beach home to 12 amazing rides and attractions. Saturday 12th November is made extra special as not only will the park be hosting the Power Rangers Samurai, but it’s also the last Saturday that the whole park is open to the public!

Guests will get the chance to meet the Power Rangers Samurai, as well as rubbing shoulders with SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and many other Nickelodeon characters. Whats more, arrive dressed as your favourite Ranger and receive a free Nickelodeon goody bag. All Wristbands to the park are buy one get one free when booked online at pleasurebeachresort.com

Watch the Brand new Series of Power Rangers Samurai on Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon HD nick.co.uk/powerrangerssamurai

Well, doesn’t that all sound fun for the kiddies. So if you live near or are plan on visiting Blackpool¬†this Saturday, why not stop by the new Nickelodeon Land and meet up with the Samurai Rangers? Maybe you’ll get to ride a roller coaster or two with them. ūüėČ

Also, to my readers from the UK: Is watching videos on Nick.co.uk just as much of a pain as it is for people watching videos on Nick.com? Serieously, you just can’t sit theough a single episode of any show over here without dealing with the worst lags. Have those problems too?

-M.C., the Quantum Twin