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NYTF09: Bandai America - Power Rangers R.P.M.

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Morphers

Are this year morphers the same as the japanese ones ?

"Awww man, that's one ugly zord..." Tommy about BA Drivemax Megazord.

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Posted by Christopher Andre on 21 February, 2009 - 19:21
Amongst the four, Seikyuoh

Amongst the four, Seikyuoh looks a bit...cheaply made.

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Posted by Decade010 on 21 February, 2009 - 20:52
Probably because much paint

Probably because much paint application seems to be missing, and that all chromes and gold have been remplaced by dull equivalent.

"Awww man, that's one ugly zord..." Tommy about BA Drivemax Megazord.

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Posted by Christopher Andre on 22 February, 2009 - 08:22
I have to agree about

I have to agree about Seiku-Oh, it does look rather tacky.
For me the big problem is what they've done with the wings. The fact that they're folded downwards bothers me (I just tried to do that with my Japanese version and it's not even possible without removing the pod things first) quite why they went with dull chrome over the bog standard grey of the Japanese version is beyond me too. Also why are Jetoras' wings folded upwards and what happened to Toriptor's tail?

I'm wary of the fact that they showed the Japanese G12 rather than the American one. Suggests that maybe the finished product isn't all that impressive.

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Posted by James O on 22 February, 2009 - 12:38
At least, they're not as

At least, they're not as awful as the Megazords from Operation Overdrive. I mean, the original DaiBouken toy was small, but he was still way better.

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Posted by RykerZX on 22 February, 2009 - 23:13
From the Super Sentai expert:

"...I'll let the [Super] Sentai expert deffer to that one."

Ah- bless you, Josh! ^_^

Those poor reps- they clearly had no idea as to past lines or the shows' origins, and only read PR (that's "press-releases", BTW) in preparations for the toy fair. They must have been locals hired just for the show...

Cool- what was that blue/red/silver air fighter in the background of the video, Josh? Looks like the VF-19 from "Macross 7" or Starscream from "Transformers Animated"!

Wow- all of a sudden I'm kinda torn. I have already acquired the Deluxe High Octane Megazord for review, but have not started on it yet. I intended to lambaste it just as I did the dreadful Deluxe Drive-Max Megazord, but when I heard that line in the video that they were scaled-down specifically to fit the crumbling economy... I suddenly felt that I could understand the reason they changed up the Deluxe-sized zords.
But now I'm not sure that I can attack it with the same ferocity that I was scheming to unleash. :/

. . .

As to the Fall-release transforming Zords, I have not heard anything yet, but it may just be the DX Engine-Oh released intact with some mods as far as materials go.

However, I can immediately comment on store-exclusives, of which I've seen one already.
The Disney Store is now carrying a repaint of the Deluxe High Octane Megazord seen above. The major change I saw was that chrome plating was added to all of the silver-colored parts! Even though I didn't get it, I commented to the store clerk that the exclusive was a good idea even if the original Japanese version had not come out.

This is just a wild guess, but this store-exclusive may be an opening in the door to a scaled-down DX Engine DaiShogun-release in the US!

. . .

And finally, I intend to cover two other lines from this season:

The first is the Retrofire Megazords line which are MSiA-inspired poseable Megazords from both past and present series. (Currently only the High Octane, Wild Force, and Mighty Morphin' Megazords are available... which I also already have yet to review.)

The other- Transforming Beast Zords- seems to be inspired by the Transformers Alternators line: brand-name cars which transform into animals represented in the series. (Already a tiger and falcon have been released, which are based on the Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry respectively.)
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 23 February, 2009 - 23:02
Anybody else notice that

Anybody else notice that they got Kyouretsu-Oh's legs the wrong way round? On the Japanese version they aren't interchangeable.

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Posted by James O on 24 February, 2009 - 11:30
The Quality Robot Toys of Today

Aren't all domestically released (in US) Japanese toys a step down from the real thing? I think so. The kids today, though, they're actually kind of lucky. It took a while, but Bandai has won me over with their colorful, clunky, high-impact plastics. While I totally get the appeal as an adult collector, I don't feel the kids are getting short changed by much.

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Posted by Materialist Zen on 26 February, 2009 - 10:17
 
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