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Deluxe Titanus The Carrier Zord

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There is something that I

There is something that I have always wondered. Did Titanus (King Brachion in Japan)come back in the Sentai series as well or just in America?

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Posted by baltmatrix on 29 February, 2008 - 19:00
Oh, that's easy- just

Oh, that's easy. If you look at all the footage of the Ninja and Shogun Ultrazords- including when they're combining- it's just the toys with a little detail painting added to them like smudges and blast marks.

The giveaways, even though they are specifically filmed to recreate the moments from "ZyuRanger", are:

  • the presence of the customized decals for the PR releases on all the toy Zords
  • the explosions in the background are added in via bluescreen photography; the original explosions were filmed live around the model of the Kyuukyoku Daizyujin ("Ultimate Great-Beast-God")
  • the filming model for the Kyuukyoku Daizyujin used was large enough to incorporate live pyrotechnics for its finisher; the Ultrazords use digital FX for their finishers
  • and the dead give-away- the God Kark & White Kark had no pink on either one of them... which the toy versions of the Pink Shogunzord and Crane Ninjazord did.

It's a little trickier to tell with the Deluxe Ninja Megazord since it almost perfectly matches the DX Kakure Dai Shougun, but just look at the knee decals; the materials for the Ape Ninjazord's swords are also different from the God Saruder's.

Having said all that, there is rarely a time- other than a special direct-to-video one-shot crossover- where series meet. "ZyuRanger" and "KakuRanger" never mixed except in the dream team sequence in "GaoRanger VS. Super Sentai" (2001) which celebrates the saga's 25th Anniversary. And even then, only the Red Rangers appeared; all other members of the teams appear in flashbacks throughout the movie.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 29 February, 2008 - 22:05
And now- for my fifth post

And now- for my fifth post on this review...

This particular system of mecha is one of my stand-out favorites since PR first began back in '93. I remember having dreams about getting the Deluxe Megazord, Dragonzord and Titanus!
What sucked was having to get my sister's permission to borrow her Titanus each time I wanted to make the Ultrazord... which she eventually sold to me (together with Tor The Shuttle Zord) for, like $50-or-something.

It's really a shame that Bandai/Toei/PLEX haven't tried to recreate a super-mesh of mecha since. Yeah, we got the Jukou Kiden (aka Thunder Ultrazord) the two King Pyramider ultra combos (the Zeo Ultrazords), the Riding Time Robo Alpha, and the Ultimate DaiBouken (Drive-Max Ultrazord) & Riding DaiBouken (Operation Overdrive Arsenal Mode), but those didn't swap parts and really merge with each other as, ehh... 'intimately' as the Kyuukyoku Daizyujin here did. They swapped mecha, but not detailed components. And then there was its presence- awe inspiring! Even today I just--! Jeez...
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 1 March, 2008 - 04:12
You also forgot...

That recently, no combo was made possible in the US/Europe! Since most of the zords don't get release here (like some auxiliary zords in Dino Thunder or Mystic Force) or so heavily modified that they just don't look good at all (yeah, I’m talking about Operation Overdrive...). And it looks like the same thing is going to happen this season.

"Awww man, that’s one ugly zord..." - Tommy, about Serpentera.

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Posted by Christopher Andre on 1 March, 2008 - 20:55
Actually, I forgot about the

Actually, I forgot about the Revolver Gourai-Senpuujin (Thunderstorm Megazord riding in the Mighty Mammothzord) and Revolver Tenrai-Senpuujin (Hurricane Megazord w/...); those actually were pretty cool combos (if it weren't for the fact that the Tenkujin sticks out a little too far on the chest than need-be). They may not have merged as closely as Titanus did with the Mega-Dragonzord, but it's a close enough second. A sham (not "a shame"), though, that they didn't actually call them 'Ultrazords'; that would've been an accurate description of them. (IIRC, they didn't call them anything!)


On a separate note, Chris, when I first started shooting my own pictures for reviews, I used the flash a lot too. Other than draining the batteries real quick-like, I found out that reflected flash effects tend to blur out and obscure details. So I switched to only doing it for dramatic shots only where details weren't needed as much. (I almost never use it now.) I also use my overhead lights and open the blinds on my windows to help out, in addition to shooting in an open area against at least one light- and neutral-colored wall.

(The problem with my recent pictures is that I have cost-saving florescent bulbs overhead now, so they now bring out the off-white of the walls- again!- which makes everything in the pic look like crap, even though the colors are still accurate...)
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 3 March, 2008 - 15:34
 
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