"Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" toys revealed
Once again, Thai-Toku.com proves to be an invaluable asset to me...
It is official- the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger are on their way! This year's theme will be around samurai (1994's "Ninja Sentai KakuRanger" and 2002's "Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger" focused instead on ninjutsu), and there will be a focus around the Japanese kanji alphabet characters and natural elements.
Yes- we are getting cell phone henshin devices... again. (Let's see now how many series we've had those with before? "MegaRanger", "GaoRanger", "DekaRanger" [sorta], "MagiRanger", "Boukenger", and the current "Go-Onger".) Enough already! Sheesh... what ever happened to the more widely-used wrist, buckle, or other item changers??? (Say- howsabout another two-part changer like we had in "Jetman", "DaiRanger", "CarRanger", and "OhRanger"? Those were cool!) These new changers, however, don't collaps down like a typical cell phone (vertically)- instead they fold around horizontally, and then act like some kind of small knife!
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The connecting gimmick that will be seen throughout the series will be removable discs. These may be the Shinkenger's power source, and they seem to be treated like CDs, which can spin. These discs will be included in some of the mecha designs, and more prominently in the Shinkenger's weapons. I don't think that each disc has its own light-&-sound like the Go-Onger's Engine Souls do/did, but rather the toy they are placed into will have the electronics instead. I suspect that if the latter is true, each disc will have a unique key which each toy will then recognize and respond to differently each time [a la the cards used in the Command Voicers in the Metal Hero series "B-Fighter Kabuto" (aka the Data Bonders from "Beetleborgs Metalix")]. Each belt buckle can also store a disc (how many at one time?).
For the standard weapon, each Shinkenger will get- wait for it- a samurai katana [longsword], which can also accept those discs. (This kinda reminds me of the weapons used in "Kamen Rider Blade", where each Rider weapon could identify the specially-designed flat UnDead cards slid across them... which I thought was cool, but by now has been done many times in other series.) And each ranger will be issued a unique individual weapon which can also accept the discs (I've see up there a blue crossbow and green spear).
The Shinkenger's finishing weapon will be a long red-&-silver bazooka which can shoot the discs!
(Is it just me, or does that thing also change into a giant sword...?)
The mecha line is called OriGami (or is it just "Origami"?)- in reference to the fact that they are all triple-changing robots: animal form, a kanji/badge form, and robot-component form. The five animals will be:
- Lion OriGami (Shinken Red)
- Dragon OriGami (Shinken Blue)
- Bear OriGami (Shinekn Green)
- Monkey OriGami (Shinken Yellow)
- Kami OriGami [a turtle] (Shinken Pink)
The OriGami mecha can all change into a compacted form which then prominently displays a specific kanji symbol which is relevant to that mecha and ranger. So far as I can tell, there will also be an elemental theme to the mecha as well, delving into mythology once more- fire, water, Earth, metal, and sky- which is what those kanji symbols may be on the mecha.
The first lead robo is called the [???] Gattai Shinken-Oh. ("-Oh" means "king", BTW, so it could be read as "King of the Way of the Samurai" or perhaps "Samurai-method King".) The DX version shown above will stand 28cm (11")-tall. Like the weapons, the DX Shinken-Oh can carry a single disc on the left shoulder (one is provided), and seems to have an accessory needed to turn any disc in the series into a hand-held shield!
(Is it just me, or do the golden guards on either side of the Shinken-Oh's face close up like a face-shield...?)
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We will be getting DX-sized accessory mecha again this year, starting out with at least three:
- Kabuto [Hercules beetle] OriGami
- Karini [Swordfish] OriGami
- Tora [Tiger] OriGami
They will- thankfully!- not be limb-swapping [though that is still a possibility given how the Monkey and Kami OriGami attach to the Shinken-Oh].
They will, instead act as giant helmets/backpacks- presumably bestowing their particular animal skill to the mecha as opposed to acting as a weapon/armor-upgrade like was used with the Geki Beasts in "GekiRanger". Unlike the first five OriGami mecha, however, each of these also can accept a disc (a unique one is, again, provided with each). While the dics can also spin inside each accessory OriGami, it looks like the same movement causes a part of the toy itself to move as an action feature!
It's also possible (but unlikely, I think) that because of this, they too will have light-&-sound.
(In other words, when you get the DX toys and combine them, be prepared for some seriously back/top-heavy action...)
"Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" will debut on February 15th, 2009.
Be sure to also look for the traditional hand-off at the end of "Engine Sentai Go-Onger" on Feb. 8th!
|Posted 8 December, 2008 - 17:43 by EVA_Unit_4A|