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Samurai Mega Blade


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I haven't been keeping up with Samurai either,

But I do hear some nice things about the show and the toys as well. And I admit, the clip before your review--with the remixed original Mighty Morphin theme--gave me chills. The only items from Samurai I have are figures of Mega Mode Red and Yellow and "basic" Red (all of which are pretty nice figures on their own; they're my favorite "pick up and fiddle with while waiting between Mass Effect loading screens" toys.)

But you've made a case for the Mega Blade. I wouldn't be surprised if one day I'm walking through Walmart and just go, "To hell with it," and pick this up.

Then BoA goes and imports Shinkenger Figuarts...

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Posted by King Brachion on 4 October, 2011 - 21:07
Yeah, I'm trying to- no pun

Yeah, I'm trying to- no pun intended- figure out how Bandai thinks the "Shinkenger" brand will serve them any good over here. I certainly get the timing, but not their reasoning. I don't follow Figuarts sets, but I imagine some changes were made for the US release to make them more affordable... otherwise it'd be no different from just buying from a Japanese store online and hauling it across the pond.

Yeah, the Mega Blade is both cheap, well designed, and fun- an odd combination for BA these days.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 5 October, 2011 - 00:27
That would have been nice...

...If they hadn't shot themselves in the foot by keeping the "Shinkenger" name on the boxes, thereby confusing many potential buyers, and reducing the likelihood of further imports.

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 18 June, 2013 - 00:59
Replaced cockpit scenes

It wasn't actually to remove Japanese cultural references. Like, at all. The new cockpit design still has Japanese culture influences, looking kinda like a stone temple. The Plex guy who designed the original Shinkenger cockpits was never happy with them, so when PRS had to redo cockpit footage he was happy to redesign them and design the Mega Mode suits (Which were done to generate a second set of action figures thereby making more money).
Redoing the cockpit footage and morphs was necessitated by the toyline, where to save money Bandai America dropped the brush mode. Keeping that mode's heavy use when it wasn't on the toy would have been false advertising, so...

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 18 June, 2013 - 01:07