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Samurai Gattai Series #1- Kabuto Origami

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I had low expectations when

I had low expectations when I saw this big, immovable-looking beetle, but it's a pretty nice looking helmet except for the massive rear kibble. Does it connect to the lantern guy?

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Posted by jacksauce on 24 June, 2010 - 08:32
I do not have the

I do not have the lantern-guy*, nor do I want the lantern-guy. However, seeing as as he can limb-swap with the Shinken-Oh (a one-time accident in the show, BTW), and the Kabuto can't limb-swap with the Shinken-Oh, I'd have to say no.

*Daigoyou

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 24 June, 2010 - 10:51
Yay rhino beetle!

As anyone who's seen Japanese Bug Fights knows, rhino beetles are serious business.

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Posted by RobotBastard on 24 June, 2010 - 15:24
I haven't had the pleasure

I haven't had the pleasure yet. According to Wikipedia, all these collectible-monster games and TV series/movies are based around collecting real bugs and having them face-off. Sounds cool.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 24 June, 2010 - 16:39
I'm beginning to hate Sentai

I'm beginning to hate Sentai mecha. They're so gimmicky it's sickening.

Take this year's Gosei Great. Each of those black ports on the body is basically Bandai saying, "Yeah, it's gonna cost you out the ass to cover all these black spots. And we know you'll do it too, no matter how obnoxious the gigantic final combination is."

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Posted by King Brachion on 24 June, 2010 - 19:00
I couldn't agree with you

I couldn't agree with you any more.

However, even though it's a GoHeader mecha, I'm kinda digging the recently-debuted DX Gosei Ground.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 24 June, 2010 - 19:59
I hate it.

See, this is why I've abandoned watching recent Super Sentai nowadays - they spend too much focus on gimmicks and clustercrap combinations. And as this review points out, the reason why I didn't bother buying ANY of the other Shinkenger mecha is that the Origami part of the line was lost after Shinken-Oh. Most of the releases after that, in my opinion, ranged from bleh to utter crap.

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Posted by makaikishi on 24 June, 2010 - 20:18
I actually stopped watching

I actually stopped watching "Shinkenger" after, ohh- Act 10?- because it just wasn't interesting, and the toys the show was pimpin' weren't good enough to keep my attention. (By contrast, "GekiRanger" also had a poor toy line, but compensated by being an awesome show.)
And, aside from watching clips on YouTube just to see what's new, I haven't seena full episode of "Goseiger" yet.

"JAKQ Dengeki Tai" (1977) remains the only Super Sentai Series to be canceled due to poor ratings. (1978 gave us "Spider-Man", and Super Sentai began in earnest with "Battle Fever J" in 1979.) I really hope that the 35th Anniversary series in 2011 gets it's act together... I think we're due for super vehicle mecha next after so many animal-themed ones for FOUR YEARS IN A ROW.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 24 June, 2010 - 21:01
Spoiler Alert

Hey at least the last ep. of Shinkenger allowed the basic robot to finally kill Doukoku. And yes, I think we need to see another vehicle-themed mecha again.

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Posted by makaikishi on 24 June, 2010 - 22:49
AND, Toei- don't cheat

AND, Toei- don't cheat giving us super vehicles like you did with the Engines; that doesn't count!

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 24 June, 2010 - 23:41
I actually didn't mind

I actually didn't mind Shinkenger. The characters were pretty good. I liked Genta, he was funny. The plot was okay, not great but bearable especially compared to Goseiger..

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Posted by eitlobsaboo on 25 June, 2010 - 02:53
I swear I'm the only person

I swear I'm the only person who really enjoyed Shinkenger.

Also, I think the Kabuto helmet's alright. It shoots gun! WHEE!

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Posted by Dkun on 25 June, 2010 - 09:07
Naw, I agree- I like the

Naw, I agree- I like the Kabuto Shinken-Oh helmet. It's just most of the other stuff regarding the toy I don't like.

As to the series itself, if you tell me that it takes a while for it to build its momentum, then I might reconsider finishing it. But right now, I've reserved judgment only because I saw a minority of episodes.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 June, 2010 - 12:10
How does this interact with the AbaRanger mecha?

If it attaches as you say, when you spin the motor does the horn spin around? If it does, I might actually pick this guy up.

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Posted by Rankarana on 25 June, 2010 - 11:43
...Did you watch the

...Did you watch the video?

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 June, 2010 - 12:08
but 33 minutes man >_>

Sorry, but the review loads pretty badly as it is with all these pictures before starting a 33-minute video of a toy I've seen reviewed at least twice already, both times in a couple of minutes. The GaoIcarus one at least had an excuse to be longer due to the incredibly long credit sequence and the series wrap up at the end. I'll look it up on YT then.

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Posted by Rankarana on 25 June, 2010 - 13:59
Well, the Kabuto Origami video

Well, the Kabuto Origami video just happened to turned out to be the one where I vented some of my complaints about the evolution of Super Sentai mecha. (The upcoming Kajiki won't be as long.)

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 June, 2010 - 15:01
I actually really enjoyed

I actually really enjoyed Shinkenger, the show at least.
I liked it from the start though, so don't take that as a sign that it gets better. If anything it hits a bit of a lull after episode 10 with a string of episodes where they're clearly holding out for time before Shinken Gold comes into the picture.

As for the toys. I really really wanted to like the Origami line. I loved the Shinken-Ou design, but none of the support mecha did anything for me either. It got to the point that I didn't even bother to buy any of the mecha whilst in Japan, for some reason I did pick up the Shodou Phone though. I've pretty much sworn off Sentai mecha at this stage, unless they come out with something really interesting in the future.

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Posted by James O on 26 June, 2010 - 15:49
Goseiger

I recently started watching my first super sentai series(I watched PR as a kid.) I decided to start with the newest series, just for the sake of being able to follow it, and not have a long backlog of eps to watch. That said, I kind of enjoy Goseiger, I'm sure that if I sat and watched all of the other sentai series up until now, I wouldn't like it as much, but because I don't have anything to compare to, besides the only other tokusastu series that I saw a bit of(Kamen Rider W), I consider it pretty good. While I do agree that the head gimmick is just Bandai's way of milking sentai fans, I just figure that, you don't absolutely need all the sets, to get the feel of the show. Honestly, I don't plan on ever spending the $60+ on a DX Megazord, because I don't like the lack of basic articulation. If I felt that I wanted some sort of figure form of the zords, I would just buy the candy toys, same transformation, better articulation, and way cheaper. I would maybe buy a zord, if I liked the series enough or if it came to the US in a cheaper form. Oh and Gosei Knight is pretty rad.

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Posted by gamedingo on 27 June, 2010 - 03:36
Well, I started with

Well, I started with "DekaRanger", which was another of the good series, but I later back-tracked to "Hurricanger". "AbaRanger" felt a little too silly for me to commit to (the first real "uh-oh" series for the franchise if you think about it). And I watched all of them from "DekaRanger" up to Shinkenger, and then stopped. So, believe me, after seven series almost in a row, you do not HAVE to see ALL of them to understand the franchise.
That being said, however, I don't think "Goseiger" would exactly be the best show to begin your experience of the Super Sentai Series. It is far too gimmicky for its own, and rather copy/paste generic in overall plot line. (Granted, each Super Sentai Series follows a similar formula, but each series needs its own themes & moods to make them unique.)You may need/want to back-track to before the limb-swap era (pre-2001) to get a real grasp of the franchise. /hypocrite

Oh, and get used to spending +$60 on the main robos because that's about average (though the DX Shinken-Oh was crazy-expensive for a triple-changer without an electronic feature).

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 27 June, 2010 - 03:52
Den-O & Abaranger

I can't quite see that if you liked Den-O, you'd dislike Abaranger. Both employ the same techniques- using silly mascot characters and bizarre humour to add to the character development and occasionally do some pretty serious plot bits. w/e

Also Timeranger <3

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Posted by Rankarana on 28 June, 2010 - 07:05
Well, initially I'd've

Well, initially I'd've covered "AbaRanger", but I don't think anyone had subtitled it yet. Reliably, I use TV-Nihon's subs, but IDK if they did "AbaRanger" yet.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 28 June, 2010 - 10:05
Nah, TV-Nihongo-san sugoi desu haven't done it.

They've got far more important things to do, like subbing the first four episodes of Kuuga about 20 times, splashing LOL KARAOKE all over Winspector and maybe possibly almost subbing an episode of Megaranger if they feel like it sometimes occasionally.

can you guess my general opinion of them

I am thankful for their work, and their actual subs are good, it's just a shame that so often they aren't really subs (white yatsu, kisama!) and that they focus more on SHINY COLOURS than actually getting the episode out.

Skewed Studios did the first... 10, maybe, of Abaranger? It's still pretty easy to understand with HK subs, but you don't download, so w/e.

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Posted by Rankarana on 28 June, 2010 - 13:38
*taps ugly white joint* WHAT

*taps ugly white joint* WHAT THE HELL IS THIS

I lold :P

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Posted by Dre2Dee2 on 27 June, 2010 - 10:40
Glad to hear

Glad to hear it.

=D

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 27 June, 2010 - 14:16
amercian version

the american version of the kabuto origami is better because it feels like a beetle and it did not have a giant body on its back it still had the helmet but instead it had a shield its decent and better then this lazy piece of rubbish

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Posted by FanboyD2 on 16 April, 2011 - 05:34
...But it's still a

...But it's still a parts-former. That was my biggest problem with it.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 16 April, 2011 - 08:29
good and bad dffs

hey eva, i just recently got most of the bandai uk stuff (still looking for the octozord grrrrrrrrr) and the bettle is really really good. the connectionjoint on the side is way smaller and is only slightly bigger than the "disc". the top horn can move in a circle manually, the bottom horn has been changed from PVC to ABS and when you roll it on the ground the whole front section spins. i would recomend most of the samuri stuff for 2 reasons 1. their cheaper 2. they are actually pretty good.

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Posted by cuddokeed on 26 January, 2012 - 11:55
forgot to but this in

since we dontget te shield with the samurai megazord its nice that the bettle can be used as one

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Posted by cuddokeed on 26 January, 2012 - 12:17
 
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