The following is a comparison of the Power Rangers S.P.D. Omega Morpher made by BanDai USA and it's Japanese counterpart, the Dekaranger Blay Throttle made by BanDai Japan.
|Power Rangers S.P.D. Omega Morpher||Dekaranger Blay Throttle|
|HEIGHT||4 1/4 "||4 3/4"|
|WIDTH||5 1/4"||5 3/4"|
|DEPTH||1 1/2"||1 1/2"|
|TURN ON MORPHER||no sound or lights||activates lights and sound|
silent when folded
sound when folded
|TWISTING THROTTLE||revs engine/LED flashes then close||revs engines LEDS flash|
|activates nothing||activates lights & sounds when closed|
|METER COVER||lifts manually||spring loaded|
|graphics printed on sticker||graphics printed on plastic|
|no LED viewing window||clear window to view LEDs|
|METER LEDs||1 and (3 fakes)||4 LEDs|
|TOP LEDs||none (2 fakes)||2 LEDs|
|BLUE BUTTON||activate light and sound||activates lights and sound|
|cover opens manually||cover opens automatically|
|VI BUTTON||absent||activates Judgment Mode|
|activates Phone Mode|
The Japanese version is slightly larger than the US version. Both us 2-AAA batteries, which are not included with either unit.
They both have a Throttle Handle Grip sticking out of the morpher that can be folded 90 degrees so that it's either perpendicular (open) or parallel to (closed) the morpher.
Both have a circular Meter about the size of a US quarter. The Japanese Meter has a protective clear plastic shield on top of it. The graphics are printed on plastic and there is a semi-circular clear area that allows you to see the LEDs that are underneath the cover. The Meter Cover is spring-loaded and pops open when a Blue Morpher Button is pressed. Under the cover are 4 LEDs positioned in a semi-circular arc corresponding to 8-10-12 and 2 o'clock. The 8 and 10 o'clock LEDs are green, followed by a yellow and a red LED.
The US version has no protective plastic cover and the graphics are printed on a sticker. There is no clear area on the cover, so you cannot see the LED underneath. The Meter Cover needs to be lifted manually (no spring) and while there are what look like 4 red LEDs in the same semi-circular arc, only the 12 o'clock LED is real. The other 3 are fake LEDs and do not light up at all.
On the top of the Japanese unit are two clear pieces of plastic used for flashing lights. The left one contains a green LED and the right one contains a red LED.
In the US version, the clear pieces of plastic have been replaced with a blue piece of plastic on the left and a red piece of plastic on the right. Neither contains LEDs. They have both been removed.
Both units have a roman numeral VI at the bottom part of the morpher.
On the Japanese unit, it's a button that activates lights and sound, but on the US version it does nothing.
When you turn ON the Japanese version, it produces a 3-note sound and the Top green and red lights flash once.
Turning on the US version produces silence and there are no Top Morpher lights to flash.
Folding the Throttle Grip either up or down produces a "chunk-chunk" sound in the Japanese unit and all 6 LEDs flash once.
Nothing happens when you fold the Throttle Grip on the US version.
Twisting the Throttle Grip on the Japanese version causes you to hear the sound of an engine revving up and then running at top speed if you keep the Throttle held wide open. The Top Morpher LEDs light up and will flash when top running speed has been attained. As the engine revs up, the 4 Meter LEDs light up and stay lit going from green to red. Once top speed has been achieved, the red LED flashes. When the Throttle is released, the LEDs will go out in reverse order and the engine sound slows down and stops. The Meter LEDs, which are under the Meter Cover, can be seen through the cover due to the clear semi-circle built into the plastic cover.
Twisting the Throttle Grip on the US version will allow you to hear the same engine sounds. There are no LEDs on top of the morpher and you only see the single red LED flash if you manually open the cover. The LED doesn't show through the cover because there's no clear area built into it.
If you twist the Throttle Grip to rev the engine before you fold it down, you will hear a "morphing" sound and an explosion-type sound while the Meter and Top LEDs light up
All of the above is absent from the US version.
Pressing the Blue Button on the Japanese unit causes the Meter Cover to flip open and a different type of "morphing" sound is heard along with a wailing police siren. The Top LEDs flash twice together; alternate from green to red 4 times and then flash together twice. The Meter LEDs run from green to red, then light up individually and then all LEDs flash twice. Pushing the Blue Button again with the Meter Cover open does nothing. The Meter Cover must be closed in order to initiate another cycle.
In the US version, the same sounds are heard and the red LED flashes.
Pressing the Roman Numeral VI Button with the Throttle Grip open in the Japanese version initiates Judgment Mode. A clanging sword sound is heard, followed by the words, "Judgment Time". This is all followed by the quick ticking of a clock. The Top morpher LEDs flash back and forth from green to red as the ticking sound is heard. The 2 green Meter LEDs light up with the word, "Judgment" and the yellow and red LEDs light up with the word, "Time". As the clock "ticks", each LED lights up individually for about 1 second each. If no action is taken, the entire cycle will last for about 30 seconds and then shut off.
To pass judgment, you twist the Throttle Grip Handle. If the suspect is GUILTY, a 2-note sound of "guilt" is heard. The Top red LED flashes along with the red Meter LED.
If the suspect is INNOCENT, a clarion call is heard. The Top green LED flashes along with the 2 green Meter LEDs.
In the Japanese version, pressing the Roman Numeral VI Button with the Throttle Grip closed causes the phone to ring for 4 cycles. The Top LEDs both light up together in unison, synchronized to the ringing of the phone. Over at the Meter LEDs, the 1st LED will light up individually when the first ring is heard. Then, the 2nd LED will light up when the 2nd ring is heard, etc. until all 4 LEDs have had a chance to light up. Pressing the VI Button again during the phone ringing will abort the sequence. Pressing the VI Button again will initiate
another sequence again.
The US version has a Roman Numeral VI on it, but it's not a button. It's just a VI molded into the plastic and it doesn't do anything.
The US version only does 2 things sound-wise and only has a single, red LED, while the Japanese version has 7 different sounds and 6 LEDs of 3 different colors.
The sound level is almost the same for both units with the Japanese unit being slightly louder and clarity of sound is better in the Japanese unit.
While the Japanese version is much better, you get what you pay for and it sells for around $30 in Japan.
Please keep in mind that the US version is targeted mainly for small children. Parents and grandparents don't mind spending under $10 for this thing. If they sold the exact same item in the USA, I don't think they'd sell many for $30. They can sell many more by keeping the price low and to do that, they have to remove some of the electronics.
In the case of the SPD Omega Morpher, there are so many more lights and sounds and features in the Japanese version that the serious older fan would be much happier with the Dekaranger Blay Throttle than the US version which does almost nothing.