Saturday, April 1, 2017

Power Rangers Halloween Costumes (Movie, Ninja Steel, kids and Adults)

Costumes are out of stock but should be ready for Halloween.
Kid costumes of movie Rangers come in all colors. 

Adult costumes from the movie only in Red and Pink. The full head masks sold separately. 

Ninja Steel costumes Red, Blue and Pink, the male ones have muscle and toddler versions as always. No White or Yellow spotted, I doubt they will be made. 

What if other Saban tokusatu the movie treatment?

Power Rangers opened beyond expectations in the US and since they are planning six movies which would retell Mighty Morphin Power Rangers saga. One fan mentioned if they brought back one of the old Saban tokusatsu properties back. There is VR Troopers, Big Bad Beetleborgs, Masked Rider and The Mystic Knights of Tira Nog. Mystic Knights is not on Netflix like the other proprieties neither it has been on DVD from Shout Factory, it probably wasn't popular enough for a release. Mystic Knights was an original property without any Japanese footage. Masked Rider has tremendous copyright blocks from Toei and Shotaro Ishinomori family who do not want to give the copyright for any DVDs and any new adaptions.  I highly doubt any of these shows will get the movie treatment as the DVDs did not sell as well as expected. If they did, we would see more products about them like anything from Funko, Loyal Subjects, Welovefine, Bandai, etc.

VR Troopers
Aired: 1994-1996 (2 Seasons)
Source Footage: Shaider, Metalder, and Shaider
Original Premise: Ryan Steele has been missing his father who mysteriously disappeared, he and his two friends get a message from Steele's friend Professor Hart. They become VR Troopers to fight Grimlord from the virtual world, who in reality is an industrialist by the name of Karl Ziktor. Did I mention the Dojo, talking dog and flying car?

Movie Ideas: Bad boy Ryan Steele has been without his father through his teen years and went through foster home to foster home. He bumps into childhood friend and computer hacker JB who he hasn't seen in years. JB is openly gay, Ryan finds him strange, and JB Reese may have a crush on him. Ryan secretly wants to find his father even though he openly says he is a deadbeat for abandoning him. JB helps him track down his father. Kaitlin Star, a budding online investigative journalist is investigating industrialist Karl Viktor who is running for president ala Trump. Viktor is also an interdemensional being bent on conquering the real world. Eventually they find armor and technology from Ryan's father to become VR Troopers and fight Grimlord and his army. Gone would be talking Jeb and Professor Hart.
Appeal: When I thought Virtual Reality would never be back in style but it has come back in style. And the series was already serious to begin with. The movie could concentrate on faith, where Ryan lost his faith in finding his father and then gets hope again. And to never give up.

 Big Bag Beetleborgs
Aired: 1995-1997 (2 Seasons)
Source Footage: B-Fighters, B-Fighters Kabuto
Original Promise: Three average kids enter a seemingly abandoned house and free a genie that makes them their favorite comic book superheroes, unfortunately it frees the comic book villains. The house also has classic monsters like a mummy, werewolf, vampire, etc.
Movie Idea: Lots of fans, even my grandnephew want this to get the movie treatment but I find it way more goofier a premise than Power Rangers. One fan suggested it could be like Spy Kids. I don't see it as serious as Power Rangers with PG-13 rating, cursing, vandalism and sexual exploring. But if it kept the tone of Spy Kids and had edge then maybe we had something. How about the haunted mansion become a whole abandoned amusement park and each attraction had one of these conflicted 'monsters' like the count is a conflicted vampire who doesn't want to suck blood, werewolf keeping it a secret, etc. Flabber can be an actual genie that grants wishes and the kids were the only ones that could free them. They can have common superpowers and not individual ones like on the show. The main villain can be Shadowborg instead of Vexor and his cronies. Or instead of being too close to the source material, they can get rid of Flabber and the monsters and just have the three kids be actual spies and work for the government. The government can give them superpowers and Shadowborg can be a rogue experiment gone wrong.

Masked Rider
Aired: 1995-1996
Source Footage: Kamen Rider Black RX
Original Premise: Orphaned alien is adopted by a multiracial family while he had to fight his uncle Count Dragon as the Masked Rider. Fans of Kamen Rider didn't really like it but lately American Toku fans have taken to Ferbus and started a meme "Hail Ferbus." As I said because of legal ties and failure of Masked Rider twice in America (in 1995 by Saban and in 2009 as Kamen Rider Dragon Knight by Adness Entertainment) Toei have been reluctant to release anything on DVD or even let adaptations happen again (Power Rider). One hope would be if Power Rangers (2017) does extremely well internationally, especially in the Asian market and Toei takes notice and allows for a dark Kamen Rider production.

Movie Idea: My movie idea would do nothing with the Masked Rider premise and be closer to Kamen Rider the First, the Japanese reboot. Kamen Rider The First was about a college student being kidnapped and brainwashed  by a terrorist organization named Shocker to become a cyborg assassin named Hopper. The names could be changed but I think it would be a good premise. Let's say: Heath Henderson, college student gets kidnapped and conditioned by the terrorist group S to be a cyborg assassin called H. H remembers his humanity when attacking Journalist Ana and her fiance Kyle. Kyle is killed by one of the cyborgs, Spider. Heath rebels from S and given a motorcycle called the Cyclone. S creates another cyborg like H called H2 that resembles Ana's fiance. Heath swears to Ana to save her fiance and free whoever he can from the hold of S. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

10 Things I would like to see in a Power Rangers sequel

Spoilers ahead 
Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the movie. 

 10. Tommy Oliver
In the mid-credit sequence, Tommy Oliver is called and we don't see him.. or her (more on that later). Obviously Tommy will be in the sequel but will he be the big bad or just a little bad? Will we see Lord Zedd too?

9. Lord Zedd
Saban says there will be six movies, but if Zedd comes in on the second movie, wouldn't that be a little too early? The way I estimate it is second movie: Tommy and Dragonzord, third: Zedd and Thunderzords, forth: White Ranger and Zedd/Rita alliance, fifth: Ninja Zords and Rito, sixth: Zeo and Machine Empire or Master Vile and Shogun Zords. If they do Thunderzords and Zedd with Tommy in no 2, I guess White Ranger can be in 3, Ninja Zords in 4, Shogunzords in 5, and Zeo in 6.

8. Upgrades or Thunderzords?
Fans know new toys are always abound. But I wouldn't want the Thunderzords in the sequel. I would want to see the Dragonzord combine with the Dino zords and not to mention, Titanus. So the only new zords they would have to sell are Dragonzord and Titanus. But with these Dinozords, it is sort of difficult to see how they would combine with the Dragonzord. Sabertooth Tiger, Mastodon and Triceratops combined in the show but the tiger was the left leg, it is now the waist. So I would say maybe they should have upgrades and be redesigned slightly to be able to combine with the Dragonzord. 

7. Secret Identity Drama
The Rangers were always covering their identities even though Rita knew their identities. In Season 2, Bulk and Skull actively tried to find out who the Rangers were. Sometimes the Rangers had the choice to morph and reveal their identities to a friend or loved one. That created tension. It would be interesting to see something like that in a sequel. 

6. Bulk and Skull cameo
I'm admittedly not the biggest Bulk and Skull fan and didn't miss them in the movie. But they are a part of the franchise and lasted more than six seasons and more than any other character on the show, even Tommy. The movie bully and mean girls weren't an adequate replacement. It would nhad been nice to see characters like them or just in a scene or two. The Boom Comics have handled them well, having them running around with a camera and documenting things. They dont have to be bullies per say or as slapsticky as before.

5. Trini have a girlfriend
As I much as I mention it in the last post, I would like to see Trini, who is now questioning her sexuality in the movie, with a girlfriend or budding romance. 

4. Zord Calls and Megazord Transformations

As the Rangers didn't call their zords and we didn't see the transformation (the rising from the rubble as dramatic cool) so I would like to see that in the next movie.

3. Morphin Call and Morphers
In the sequel, I would like to see the morphers at least used once and a more energetic "Morphin Time." as it was absent in the movie. They don't have to have all five Rangers calling their dinosaur names but at least. 

2. Female Tommy?
The cast wants a female Tommy. Rita was the female Green Ranger in this canon. It is unclear if she had the Dragonzord. (Above is the upcoming Toys R Us exclusive of Rita and Zordon 2-Pack Pop Vinyls.) I am not saying I would actively want it. I am not sure. I doubt it would happen as Saban and Bandai want to sell toys and traditionally male toys sell. Fans would ideally want female toys to be as equal as male toys. But I see mostly female legend toys sitting on shelves. But if there was a female Tommy, I would like to see a Trini-Tommy romance similar to the Kimberly-Tommy romance in the original. Kissing, being there for each other and being a strong relationship. Some fans say Rangers shouldn't be romantically entangled (Apparently they forgot Andros/Ashley, Tommy/Kat, Dillon/Summer, Tyler/Shelby, etc.) and I think it adds another element to all of this. Now, why would a gender change matter? It changes the mythos a bit and shows times have changed but not much really if we still have the anchor relationship of two Rangers, regardless of gender.

1. Zordon/Rita relationship 
The show established their relationship but didn't really delve into it. I was hoping a movie would do it tastefully it. As in the movie, they have been established as Rangers and now enemies but I would like to know more details. Why did Rita betray the Rangers? What was Zordon and her relationship before? Where did the Power coins originally come from? As i the show, the coins were from Ninjor. But what are their origin in the movie continuity? As Rita spoke Eltar in the movie, is she also from Eltar? I know this is mostly exposition and producers/writers/directors hate exposition but diehard fans love it. But I forsee a Zordon/Jason heart-to-heart again like in the current film about losing a friend to the darkside paralleling Tommy and Rita. 

5 Burning Questions from the Power Rangers (2017) film

Spoilers Ahead!
Do not read if you did not see the film yet. After watching the film, there are still some unanswered questions. A bit of headscratchers as well.