Monday, May 18, 2015

Toy Review: Loyal Subjects Vinyl Figure - Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger

Loyal Subjects have released vinyl figures that usually go for retail price 11 to 15 dollars. They are blind packs, so you don't kow what you will get. The ones available are Billy/Blue, Red/Jason, Yellow/Trini, Pink/Kimberly, Black/Zack, White/Tommy, Green/Tommy, Translucent Red, Rita, Zedd and Goldar. Saban Brands gave me one and it's Kimberly.
First of all, it's hard to open without ripping the carboard on the top. When you take it out, it is in a silver reflective bag with the MMPR logo in front and  Power Morpher with black spot in back.

The figure comes with Blade Blaster, Power Bow, Pony Tail and two halves of helmet and Trading Card. Trading card has the figure on one side and the Red Ranger from the box cover in other. Pink Ranger has diamonds on the back which is not accurate, it should be two triangles meeting. Everything else is accurate. She has joints and can move around her legs and arms and head. Yes she can stand up but there is not much stand movement. The ponytail is hard to attach.

I love this Pink Ranger! When I first saw these figures, I thought they were smaller and didn't move a lot. I am impressed by the articulation and semi-action of detail, I must say. I would have said attention to detail but the back diamond writhes me because it is a common mistake that in 20 years, you'd think it wouldn't be overlooked. This is suggested age of 15 years old, I also suggest this is not for kids. They are great for collectors. They are a little pricey for me but I understand the price. Also since they are blind packs, I am not risking it in instead of paying $120-150, I will probably be paying $200 or more.

Toy Review: MM Power Rangers ImagiNext Blue Ranger & Triceratops Zord/Green & Pink Rangers

ImagiNext is a toy line from Fisher Price company which usually carters to children under the age of 8. ImagiNext are action toys mostly for boys ages 3 to 8. I received these two products (Blue Ranger & Triceratops Zord and Green Ranger & Pink Ranger set) from Saban Brands because I am part of Power Force.
Blue Ranger & Triceratops Zord
When I first heard of this, I was excited for my grandnephew (age 5) and grandniece (age 2) because they are around the age range. Some fans would prefer Dino Charge and not Mighty Morphin, but I think that if this is popular, then there will be more. Obviously this is to capture former fans, now adults to buy this for their kids.

It comes with four missiles, the zord and Blue Ranger figure. There is an empty slot in the package, which has no weapon in it. I thought something was missing.

The back missile launcher folds back and stands up. The two launchers rotate back and forth in about 340 or 330 degrees, it doesn't go all the way 360 because it hits the blue part. When the figure is placed in the red center, it pushes down and the zord necks pushes the head out. There is four blue wheels under the fake wheels.

This is the back of the box, it has beautiful artwork of the four zords (no Pterdactyl), Megazord, Goldar & Rita and the six Rangers with Power Cannon. Underneath shows Megazord, Tyrannosaurus, Sabertooth Tiger, Mastodon, Goldar, Green & Pink Set and Putty Set.

Second product is Pink Ranger & Green Ranger, Pink Ranger comes with Power Bow and Green Ranger with his Dragon Dagger. Green Ranger has no shield and silver stripes on his helmet.

This is the back of the box, it has beautiful artwork of the four zords (no Pterdactyl), Megazord, Goldar & Rita and the six Rangers with Power Cannon. Underneath shows Megazord, Mastodon, Goldar, Red & Yellow Set and Putty Set.

It is hard to put the Power Bow in Pink Ranger's hand. It has slots for the Power Lance, Power Daggers, Power Sword and Power Axe to form the Power Cannon. Proportion-wise I think the Dragon Dagger is too long, I tried fitting it in the Power Bow and it is hard to do so but it fits.
The backs are accurate with diamonds. Pink Ranger has no white in helmet. Green Ranger has silver stripe. The bottom feet have holes to fit the groves in the zords and other playsets.

My grandnephew of course loved the Triceratops Zord. He played with it for hours. His only complaint was that the Blue Ranger didn't have his Power Lance. He rather have the Ranger figures sit in the zords than stand. I like the details like the Triceratops and Ranger symbols on the console like on the show. The zord and Blue Ranger are accurate. Pink & Green aren't. Overall these are great for little kids who are the target audience. If you are a collector, you might find them cute.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sailor Moon Crystal - Act 22 -Hidden Agenda - Nemesis


Episode Summary:
Wiseman reaches out to Chibi-Usa. Meanwhile, Sailor Pluto notices the time key quake and a storm appears. Something has happened to Small Lady. She shouts out King Endymion's name as she flies in the air. Venus, the cats and Tuxedos look through the database. Endymion runs to see Pluto and Tuxedo runs after him. Luna finds a file on Death Phantom. He was exiled o Nemesis. Endymion and Tuxedo find Pluto fainted. She says Small Lady has no key and the storm is coming from where she is. Tuxedo Kamen runs towards it. Usagi is in the castle and walks weakly down and finds out the other three are used for bait in a chamber of darkness by overhearing Rebeus and Sapphire.
She faints and Demande grabs her, who was stalking behind her. He lays her on a bench and reaches for her face and lightning strikes. She demands to know where the chamber is. Usagi runs off after he says they are dead. Sapphire makes Droids, two females. Usagi walks weakly behind him. Sapphire welcomes her. He explains it is the reactor of the crystal. She realizes they plan to change history. Sapphire says the planet is like his brother, destructive. Sapphire says they are guided by Wiseman. He told Demande of the Silver Crystal and the Queen Neo Serenity. He wanted the crystal destroyed. Usagi is shocked. Sapphire says his brother is obsessed and no one can stop him.
Sapphire says Sailor Moon is dead and history is changing. Saphire throws a stone at Usagi, she tears up. She wonders if this is all because she exists. Her broch and the current Queen glow, a strong light. Black Lady circles around the Wiseman. Usagi sees the current queen and nods. The droids die. Usagi says strong words and Sapphire is knocked back. Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon. Sapphire says it is impossible. Usagi feels where her friends are. She wakes them up and causes a rupture in the floor. Monsters come out behind the three Guardians. The trio transforms. The four Guardians face against Demande, Wiseman and Black Lady, who is still in shadows. Usagi's eyes glow, possessed by the current queen. She says everyone could've lived in peace. The guardians realize it is the Neo Queen Serenity. Wiseman tells Demande to crush them. Black Lady laughs. The three Guardians attack their new attacks and Demande blocks it.
The place starts cracking. Rebeus runs out, Wiseman stops him, he questions him and asks who he really is. Black Lady says he is coward. Wiseman kills him. They use the time key and get out of there. Wiseman wants them to return. Tuxedo Mask keeps looking for Chibi-Usa and finds Black Lady glowing above him. She grabs him and laughs. Pluto teleports the four Guardians to her realm where King, the cats and Venus are. The give girls reunite. Usagi asks where Tuxedo and Small Lady are, Pluto and King explain about the storm. To Be Continued...  
Episode Review:
Next ep is called "Covert Moves - Wiseman," which introduces Black Lady. So after six or seven eps, we finally get Jupiter, Mars and Mercury back and Rebeus finally killed... even after Esmeraude. In the manga and first anime, Rebeus died before Esmeraude. Much like the Manga does, Saphire's droids were lightly introduced and then killed off. We got Usagi possessed Neo Queen Serenity before the same spot in Sailor Moon R. I like how things are unrolling here better than in R. I liked this ep, except for Demande, he is just another pawn just like in R. But Saphire is radically different than in R, he was much more sympathetic character in R. I also like that we see Pluto more here than in R.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2017 film Zord Concept art

UPDATED 5/17/15
Lions gate asked to remove images
A month ago it was announced the movie would be postponed to January 2017 from its initial Summer 2016 date. This happens often with movies. Fans are concerned that January is not a good release time for movies. What fans forget is that not even the Summer was the big Blockbuster hit it is now until the original Jaws in the 70's. Also SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water came out in January and did fairly well,  grossing over $311 million worldwide so far, against a $74 million budget.

These zord images have been leaked from the FX production company Legacy Effects. Keep in mind these are concept designs and might not be final designs. Fans are interested in Tyrannousaurs looking like a jet or hovercraft and most likely transform into a dinosaur mode. Also, fans like that the Pterdactyl is all pink, unlike the original that is mostly red with silver and white. There is some discussion about the zords being sentient and these designs not looking sentient. I say do not judge anything until the movie comes out. So far these designs look slightly better than the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Movie (1995) Ninja Zord designs.

Ninninger Ep 12 Images