Bouken Cell Phone Accellular
Review by Larry Miller
The morpher for the 2006 Sentai Series Boukenger is called the Accellular. It looks like a cell phone and has a cover that rotates 360 degrees around a central hub in the center of the morpher. When the cover rotates, there are 2 stops. The first stop is 90 degrees counter-clockwise. The 2nd stop is another 90 degrees counter-clockwise (180 degrees from the closed position.) A small triangle on the hub aligns with 2 small triangles on a thin, gold plastic ring that corresponds to the 90 degree and 180 degree stops. Around the thin, gold colored ring is a clear plastic ring which lights up as a red circle of light when the LEDs underneath the central hub light up. This circle of light provides the only source of flashing lights for the morpher. At the bottom of the Accellular is a Turbine Wheel that is used to shift into high speed acceleration.
The Accellular has 3 modes. Mobile Mode, Commando Mode and Search Mode. The Accellular is 2 inches wide; 4 15/16 inches in length (cover closed); 7 9/16 inches in length (cover open); 1 6/16 inches deep. Uses 3-AAA batteries. On/Off switch is located on the right side of the morpher.
When the power is turned ON, you hear 2 beeps, followed by a "chunk" sound.
Mobile Mode - with the cover closed, Bandai refers to the morpher as being in the Mobile Mode. They sell an Accellular Holder that you can purchase separately (a holster for the Accellular), which straps around your upper arm. The Accellular then fits neatly into the holster.
Search Mode - With the cover rotated 90 degrees, the keypad is revealed. There is a hard plastic key on the upper left, that has an icon with a Question Mark and a Flash of Light. When pressed, you hear a series of descending tones for 2 seconds and a Blue Light shines on the left side of the Morpher for 5 seconds. The sound the Morpher makes when the key is pressed corresponds exactly to the sound the morpher makes in the TV show when one of the Rangers uses the light. In the TV show, the Rangers are searching for something called "Preciouses". When they find one, they use the morpher's Search Mode to bathe the Precious in the blue light and a point value displays on the morpher's screen, telling the Rangers how valuable the Prescious is.
Commando Mode - With the cover rotated 180 degrees (fully opened), the keypad is also revealed and on the upper right side of the Morpher is a hard plastic key with a Telephone Icon. When pressed, the Morpher beeps 3 times for 3 cycles, while at the same time the clear plastic circle of light around the Central Hub flashes red in unison to the beeping sounds.
In between these 2 keys is a circular black button with a Sunburst Icon. When pressed, you hear the sound of an engine attempting to turn over. If you don't touch anything, the engine will make 16 attempts to rev up. At the bottom of the Morpher is a gold, circular Turbine Wheel with the Boukenger logo on it. If you spin the wheel at any time during the 16 attempts to start the engine, you will hear the engine accelerate to super speed, followed by a "morphing sound". As the engine is trying to rev up, the clear plastic circular ring of light in the Central Hub pulses in synch.
On the keypad of the morpher is a set of soft plastic keys numbered 0-9. On the bottom left of the keypad is a Robot Icon and on the right is a "Go!" key.
Pressing any of the numeric keys, generates one of 3 random electronic tones. No lights are associated with the number keys.
Pressing the Robot Icon results in a voice saying, "Gattai shifto on!", followed by a siren wailing 15 times. Red lights flash in the Central Hub ring.
If you press one of the numeric keys at some point during the 15 siren cycles, each key results in the name of a different Boukenger vehicle being spoken.
- 1- dumpu (for dump truck)
- 2- Formula (racing car)
- 3- Gyro (for gyrocopter, but it sounds more like Gaiyo)
- 4- Doza (bulldozer)
- 5-Marine (submarine, but it sounds like Mine)
- 6- (it sounds like Soyu, but it's supposed to be doriru (drill)
- 7- Shoveru (Steam Shovel) 8- Miksa (Mixer, as in cement mixer)
- 9- Crane (crane)
- 0- Jetto (jet)
If you press the Robot Icon AND enter certain combinations of numerical entries AND spin the Turbine Accelerator, it results in several special sounds being produced.
- Robot + 1-2-3 + Turbine spin = the sound of acceleration, the words, "Trailer Formation" and a crashing morphing sound.
- Robot + 1-2-3-4-5 + Turbine spin = sound of acceleration, the words, "Bouken Formation" and a crashing morphing sound.
- Robot + 1-2-3-4-5-6 + Turbine spin = sound of acceleration, the words "Bouken Formation-Shoveru-Power On!" and then a crashing morphing sound.
- Robot + 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 + Turbine spin = sound of acceleration, the words, "Bouken Formation- soyu-shoveru-Power On!" and a crashing morphing sound.
- Robot + 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 + Turbine spine = sound of acceleration, the words, "Bouken Formation-soyu-shoveru-mixsa-Power On!" and a crashing morphing sound.
- Robot + 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 + Turbine spin = sound of acceleration, the words, "Super Formation" and a 2nd type of crashing morphing sound
- Robot + 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 + Turbine spin = sound of acceleration, the words, "(can't understand the word)-Formation", and a 2nd type of crashing morphing sound. For example, if you pressed Robot Icon + 1-9 on the keys, for each action taken you would hear:
- (press Robot Icon) "Gattai shifto on!"
- (press 1) "Dumpu"
- (press 2) "Formula"
- (press 3) "Gyro"
- (press 4) "Doza"
- (press 5) "Marine"
- (press 6) "Doriru" (sounds like Soyu)
- (press 7) "Shoveru"
- (press 8) "Miksa"
- (press 9) "Crane" (spin Turbine) sound of acceleration, "Super Formation" and the 2nd type of crashing morphing sound.
Go! KEY - On the bottom right of the keypad, there is a soft key marked "Go!". If you press it you will hear a siren wailing that will repeat for up to 15 times if you take no further action. If during those 15 cycles you press a number key, you will hear the name of the Boukenger vehicle associated with that number (from the above table). If you then spin the Turbine Wheel, you will hear, "Go!.....GO!!!!"
If after turning the power ON, the morpher is left idle for 56 seconds, it will beep once and the lights will flash once as a reminder that it's still on. No further warning is given.
The only difference between Mobile Mode, Commando Mode and Search Mode is the position of the cover. In Mobile Mode the cover is closed. In Search Mode the cover is rotated 90 degrees from the closed position. In Search Mode the cover is rotated 180 degrees from the closed position (fully opened).
It's a nice morpher that does a lot of talking, if that's what you like and the first morpher that I've come across that has a blue light on the side of it. Also the first morpher I'm aware of to use 3 batteries. Probably because of the extra power consumption the light uses.
WARNING!! Do not stare at the light. It looks very bright and can possibly cause eye injury. Bandai US did such a nice job altering the Magiranger Magiphone to the US market, that I'm curious how this one will translate next year when it hits the stores over here.
|Posted 3 May, 2006 - 09:16 by Larry Miller|