Saturday, February 28, 2015

Poll Results: Poisandra/Pink 12"/MMPR TM figures

What do you think about 12" Pink Ranger in a six pack?
  47 (77%)
No fair in pack
  16 (26%)
  7 (11%)

What MMPRTM Legacy Figure you want the most?
Ivan Ooze
  37 (59%)
Red Ranger
  32 (51%)
Pink Ranger
  26 (41%)
Black Ranger
  27 (43%)

Sledge, Wrench & other villain figures were spotted at Toy Fair, no Poisandra, would you want her?
  81 (95%)
  4 (4%)

What do you think about the Dino Charge Monster figures?
  64 (76%)
No Cool
  7 (8%)
Want More
  42 (50%)
Will Buy
  20 (23%)

What item are you most excited about from the NY Toy Fair 2015?
Big T-Rex
  29 (32%)
Big Fury
  28 (31%)
Monster Figs
  35 (39%)
Armored Rangers
  34 (38%)
Gold Dagger
  34 (38%)
Gold Morpher
  40 (44%)
  40 (44%)
Black/Gold L MZ
  22 (24%)
  39 (43%)
  41 (46%)
  20 (22%)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lavender Ranger's Editorial: Opinions on Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers


Recently Joseph Kahn (music video director behind clips like Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" as well as videos for Britney Spears, U2 and others) and Adi Shankar ("The Grey" and "Dredd") released this gritty 12-minute short called Power/Rangers based on the show and starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galatica) as a blonde Kimberly and James Van Der Beek (Doesn't Trust that B--- in Apt 23) as a Rocky who has turned over to the side of the Machine Empire from Zeo. The short uses a lot of events and characters from Mighty Morphin and Zeo like Rita, Tommy, Trini, Jason, Skull, Billy, and Zack.
In this story, Zack does Hip Hop Kiddo, there is a character named Skull who becomes a real gangster, Kim marries Jason, Trini died (like in real life), Billy is gay (like in real life), and Tommy is pointed to be an enemy. Also, Rocky has a robotic leg, Steven Cardenas injured his leg in real life. I am not crazy about the outfits nor helmets, but it is understandable they have to be different. Other than the great acting and star power from Katee and James, the special effects and tone bothers me. I feel like it is a mix of the complicated robots and rapid action from Michael Bay's Transformers, the Mortal Kombat movies and the bloodiness and tackiness of Robert Rodriguez films. I didn't like the amount of blood nor cursing. They did a good job but Power Rangers and any Tokusatsu has a very thin line of tone.
 Power Rangers RPM did show that Power Rangers can be dark and serious but it balanced comedy. Fan don't want to admit that Power Rangers can be campy, I like camp and I think Power Rangers can be campy and it's okay. I think you have to find a balance. Not go too gritty but you can be serious, as long as you acknowledge the campiness, silliness and comedy. Be tongue in cheek but clever, not just self-referential for the sake of being self-referential like Ninja Storm ("Another quarry?"). Also don't be too tacky. Anyways, it is hard to explain. Also, Saban has pulled the video off Vimeo and might get it off YouTube. Joseph Kahn doesn't like it, as he is not getting any profits. But Saban has powerful lawyers. That's all I have to say. So I hope the new writers for the new Power Rangers take note of this film and the tone.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Power Rangers Dino Charge - A Fool's Hour - Episode Review

Pics thanks to Ranger Command PH
 Episode Summary:
Sledge is mad at Fury for not catching Keeper in 65 Million years. A monster tries escaping and Sledge brings it down. His name is Scrapper, he will give him his freedom if he gets en Energem. Riley pracirces with tennis balls in the base. Chase works on his skate board. Shelby arrives, Tyler is a busboy. Shelby doesn't wan to work. Kendall says they have to blend in with the others and no suspect to be Rangers. Koda comes out of the cave shirtless. Kendall explains he is a caveman, kept alive by his Energem, they won't age. They look a Petroglyphs. Tyler sees Fury, he recognizes him from his dad's journal and Riley says he fought him for his Energem. Kendall says someone is entering the Earth. The Rangers run off.
They meet Poisandra, Scrapper, Wrench and Sledge who flies in. Sledge laughs at them. Koda tells Tyler that Fury is above. Fury and Sledge signal each other. Keeper arrives and tells Sledge the gems aren't his. Sledge rode an asteroid to Earth. He leaves the Rangers on their own. Tyler is distracted when they have to morph. Poisandra runs off, the Rangers fight the Viviks. Black fights Scrapper and de-morphs. Koda de-morphs after 'caveman strength.' Shelby and Riley de-morphs after fighting Wrench. Red de-morphs after fighting Sledge. The villains run off, giving them an hour. Koda asks how long an hour is. Riley wants a plan. Tyler wants to go after Fury, the others think he wants a vendetta so they want to work as a team. Tyler runs off. Chase thinks they got to do it without him.
Tyler goes after Fury, who smells 'human'. Sledge calls him over, saying that Scrapper is going to blow up their base as he is following them. Tyler tries warning them by contacting Kendall with his buckle communicator but no use. The Rangers enter the Dino mouth and Scrapper and Tyler appear. Scrapper hitches a ride to a truck. Tyler goes into his jeep and follows him. Scrapper gets in his spaceship which Tyler knocks back. He calls Vivicks and Tyler morphs. Kendall has made Dino Steel, an armor for them. She tells them of the monster attack. Wrench arrives and cries. Tyler de-morphs. The other Rangers blast at the monsters. Chase castates Tyler. Tyler explains the plot. They all morph.
They say "Armor On" and call Dino Steel. The Vivizords are called. Chase uses his Para Chopper. Riley uses his Raptor Slash against Wrench. Shelby uses Tricera Drill and Koda uses Stego Shield. Shelby calls her zord to destroy the Vivizord. She calls the zords a 'she.' Koda says to combine zords. They take down Scrapper, he is made bigger with the Magnabeam and Tyler calls his T-Rex Zord. Rexie fights Scrapper. Kendall tells Koda to call the StegoZord. The three zords combine to make the Dino Charge Megazord. Red, Pink and Blue enter the cockpit (which is new footage not from Kyoryuger but the cockpit is similar). Later, Chase apologizes to Tyler for thinking he abadon the team. Tyler apologizes too. Shelby complains again about working even though they are Rangers. Tyler flips a burger, which Koda eats and then spits out, which grosses the others out.
Episode Review:
Okay, if the Energems make people live forever like Koda, why wasn't he fighting as a Ranger for all these years and why he didn't learn English and know how long an hour is? I mean, I would buy it if he froze for all those years. Also, if Sledge is such a badass mofo, why didn't he kill Fury, for not getting the Keeper in all those 65 millions of years? I do like how Keeper has seem to age. I did like some of the jokes like Chase saying he would look 'this good forever and Shelby made a joke. When this ep aired, I was driving my car and got a call from my nephew, he told me some of the play-by-play of the episodes and I almost cried. Cried from happiness. Now I know why Yoshi (Koda) has been working out so much, with a shirtless scene in this ep. And how  can Poisandra and Sledge still not be married in 65 Million years? Why he never collected the bounty on his monsters?--- if he is a Bounty Hunter? I don't like they use the old Samurai background music. Also, I don't like how Keeper said "Ancient Dinosaurs" if they are clearly older than the dinosaurs, also Scrapper saying "Pre-historic" when that is relative to the Earth, not his history. 

Sailor Moon Crystal - Act 16 Abduction: Sailor Mercury - Episode Review

Black Moon runs off with Mars, Moon interrogates Chibi-Usa. Luna tells her to take it easy. Usagi returns home to sulk to herself. Luna leads Mamoru to Chibi-Usa and she sleeps at his apartment. Luna says the girl is not their enemy. Chibi-Usa dreams of her mom and her dad telling them Sailor Moon is invincible. She wakes up and cries. Mamoru shows her a Tuxedo Mask puppet and she shows them her Luna P and it calls her "Small Lady." Mamoru notices her time key and thinks it is a house key. Mamoru tucks her in and she asks if Sailor Moon is strong, he says she is invincible. She asks if she will save her mom.
Back at the base, Luna tells the others what is up and to leave it to Mamoru. Mako wants to save Mars from Black Moon. Ami is playing Chess with some unknown player, she thinks it is the enemy. (or that the enemy is near) Back at Tskunio's house in the morning, Chibi-Usa is returned but Usagi is shocked Luna and Mamo were with her all night. Mamoru tries comforting her but she is unresponsive, talking about her own crystal. Back on Nemesis, Saphire looks at the reaction of their black crystal to the silver crystal. Prince Demande says the droids are cool. Saphir is not for kidnapping Mars. Rebeus comes in and say they sworn loyalty to the prince. Mars is locked away in a darkness chamber. They couldn't extract info from her.
Berthier says she will attack Mercury. Ami walks in school past some jocks, wondering if something is wrong with the water pipes. She hears the water flow. She goes to see maintenance men having problems with it. Berthier arrives and says something and disappears. Ami wonders if she was the enemy. She then swims in the pool and thinks of Mars. Naru and Usagi go past her. Ami says her father is a member of the club, he is a Japanese artist. He got divorced, he thought her swim and chess. Ami notices Berthier on TV as a dowsing professional. She challenges Ami on TV. Ami is shocked. Later, they meet. Ami asks why her. Berthier says she was interested in her. She calls her Sailor Mercury. Amy's hand tightens. The crowd applauds and Mercury plays Chess. Berthier says she'll return Mars if she wins. Berthier wants "Rabbit." Ami realizes she means Chibi-Usa.
Berthier says Ami has always been alone. We see Ami's dad close the door on her when young. Berthier talks about fear and loss. Ami is lost to know what to do. A piece falls. Berthier smirks. Usagi screams her name from the crowd. Minako quiets her down. Ami is about to cry but is happy. She wipes her tears. She does a good move. Berthier gulps. Ami says she is alone but she might have to say goodbye to her precious people but there is no need to sad, their hearts are connected, the love won' fade. Ami wins. Usagi asks if she wins. Ami wants Mars back. Berthier disappears. Ami goes outside and is found by Droids and Berthier. Usagi, Mako, and Minako are attacked by Droids. Ami changes to Mercury.
Mercury does Shine Snow Illusion on the Droids and melts them. Berthier attacks Mercury with her water-based attack, almost drowning her in a similar ball as Mars. Venus attacks and then Moon does her Moon Princess Halation, destroying Berthier. Jupiter tries freeing Mercury bur Rebeus kidnaps her too. Chibi-Usa watches this and remembers what she asked Mamo and what he said to her.
Finally, real emotion. Even though we have been here before with Mercury doing chess with Berthier, I feel more emotion now. I hadn't read the Black Moon Manga but I have seen Sailor Moon R lately and I'm surprised that the Tuxedo Mask puppet and Mercury playing chess with Berthier was in the manga. Interesting. Next episode is called "Secrets - Sailor Jupiter"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My hopes for Power Rangers in Monster Jam trucks

My grandnephew is five years old, he has loved Monster Jam trucks since he was little and as much as Power Rangers. For those who do not know, Monster Jam is an show that goes throughout the United States with trucks and it is like a race/event. The trucks has drivers, who 'compete' against each other but it is orchestrated as much as pro wrestling is. Mattel makes the Hot Wheels and Monster Jam toys. It is a huge market. My grandnephew Jaiden has wanted a Power Rangers Monster truck for years.
Many popular franchises have trucks like the Teenage Ninja Turtles. Only one turtle actually has a truck. Above is Raphael. They did plan more trucks but it never happen. I am not sure how it is decided but I heard one truck was canceled and parts were used for another truck. I think it has to do with sales.
The other turtles have gotten toy trucks. But Raphael has gotten the most since it is actually a real truck. Just like Power Ranger toys, Monster Jam has different version of trucks like small, radio control, plush, etc.

Other franchises that have truck include Batman...

and Superman. No other DC comics superheroes have trucks.

Marvel has a bunch like Captain America...



Wolverine and Iron Man. Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain America are the most popular ones. Thor and Hulk are rather new. Masters of the Universe He-Man had a chance, he had a Monster Truck toy, the real truck was planned but never made. Monster Jam trucks don't only come in Superheroes but their own inventions and names like Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Diablo, Black Stallion, Stone Crusher, etc. So I also wanted a Power Rangers Monster truck. I have been trying to research on how is possible.
I think it has to do with sales with Hot Wheels and other factors. I think Power Rangers had its chance and it was some how blown unintentionally. Mattel brought out Power Rangers-themed Hot Wheels cars in 2013 with Megaforce. All the six Megaforce Rangers and Vrak got a car. Sales were low, so they never made more. I bought all the cars, my Nephew still has them and love them. My theory----which is not supported with any evidence other than little clues I displayed above about popularity and sales--- is that if Hot Wheels/Power Rangers sales went well, they would had lead to more Hot Wheels and then a Monster Jam toy, if the Monster Jam toy went well, then they would actually made a truck. But finding Monster Jam and Power Ranger adult fans are hard to find. With kids, maybe more. It doesn't mean one day it won't happen. But hopefully before my grandnephew grows out of Power Rangers and Monster Jam.