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ZordBuilder System - Samurai Megazord


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Great review. I'm actually contemplating on getting this anyway, along with the SharkZord (the US counterpart of the Kyoryu OriGami).

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Posted by Vavilos on 24 April, 2013 - 21:30
Don't do it, you're gonna be

Don't do it, you're gonna be disappointed. Seriously.

Get the DX Shinekn-Oh (or Deluxe Samurai Megazord); you will be getting your money's worth, even if the price still stings a little.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 24 April, 2013 - 23:04
i knew this thing wasn't

i knew this thing wasn't gonna be much good, considering BA's fairly recent history with tuning sentai mechs to the PR market, but seriously? they removed the triple-changing feature? what a load of crap.

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Posted by wilcosu35 on 25 April, 2013 - 00:09
Unimpressed with ZordBuilder

From the first time I saw this toy, I knew the quality had gone done from what BoA used to do in the past. I do like the proportion of the figure, giving it a more human-like outline. But, like you EVA, I did not like seeing that the folding gimmick got removed sans the TurtleZord. The Dragon FoldingZord got the shaft on this; BoA shouldn't have had to remove the Zord's folding gimmick and make it look squat as hell.

The matter of the ApeZord not folding into a Badge/Emblem mode hurt the toy down the road as when forming the BoA version of the Samurai-haoh, or the Gigazord, where it hung down and dragged. BoA should have done a re-release of the ApeZord and given it the folding gimmick that it's Japanese counterpart, Saru Origami, had in order to balance the Gigazord out.

I have all the origami like you do and my view is most likely colored by owning those toys for nearly two years, but I like seeing quality put into a toy. I had the original MegaZord and Thunder MegaZord as a child and remembered the fun I had playing with them and that in hindsight, they were fully of quality (despite inaccurate decals). I agree that if you gave a child a Shinkenoh, they would find it more accurate.

I never bought any of the Samurai toyline and will not do so anyway.

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Posted by Senjuto on 27 April, 2013 - 01:15
The timing bit this line hard in the butt

Apparently a lot of the issues with the Power Rangers Samurai zords and the toyline in general stem from the fact that at the time the initial PRS toyline was developed... it was looking like MMPR 2010 was the end of the line for Power Rangers on TV. Disney had no interest in doing any more seasons. Bandai of America still wanted to press on with a toyline, but when they started development all signs pointed to it being a toyline without a show to promote it. So they made changes based on that: The samurai armor-based Mega Mode was created and given more dense distribution than the gi-based regular uniform Rangers, the morpher got simplified, the Zords developed at the time (Samurai Megazord plus the four main Armament Zords) got HEAVILY simplified, the Beetle Zord and Swordfish Zord got changed to things BoA and possibly retailers felt would sell better (show accuracy be damned because there was no show then), the armament Zords came with riding Mega Mode Rangers to make them more attractive in stores, and with the assumed lack of show support they didn't plan ahead even as far as the Clawzord - they probably didn't see an ahead to plan for.

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 21 May, 2019 - 03:26
They definitely cut corners

They definitely cut corners on this and the whole Samurai line, but...

I really don't care. What you're left with is a toy that, while a little mediocre on its own, is incredibly fun to mess around with and combine with all the accessory mecha, especially due to the much, much more varied joint system and IMO enjoyably stylised proportions compared to the original. Is the original Shinkenger line better? Definitely. Is this line a hell of a lot cheaper (now that the days of 1500 yen Mogyuudaiohs on Mandarake seem to have passed), easier to get, and considering the Ha-oh/Gigazord, kind of the same thing in the end? Yep.

...still wish I had the minipla etca

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Posted by Rankarana on 25 April, 2013 - 10:59
I actually really liked mine.

I actually really liked mine. It's literally half the price of the Japanese one. Expecting it to live up to that is insane. In all honesty, I think the BoA version has way better proportions than the original.

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Posted by Jmann on 25 April, 2013 - 11:04
A sad effect of PR's declining sales, this was.

Power Rangers was in really sad shape monetarily and at the time this and the first three auxiliaries were molded there was no guarantee of a network picking up the show. So they wound up having to go really, really cheap when they made the new molds, hence things like the dragon's deformity. Having the sword for a tail wasn't so much a deliberate flaw exchange as it was a consolation prize.

Also: Only the Core 5 are called Foldingzords in the show. Because, well, only the core 5 fold.

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 18 June, 2013 - 01:39
I noticed the naming-thing as

I noticed the naming-thing as well. All the others are just "Zords", but those five specifically are "FoldingZords". They can't call them "Samurai Zords" because that was already done in a previous series.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 18 June, 2013 - 02:18
Just saying since you called

Just saying since you called the Beetlezord the Beetle Foldingzord in your review of it. ;)

You're going to be pleased if/when you get to the Clawzord, at least about one thing: The connection to the lion is a lot stronger.

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 18 June, 2013 - 13:56
"You're going to be pleased

"You're going to be pleased if/when you get to the Clawzord, at least about one thing: The connection to the lion is a lot stronger."

Funny you should mention that...

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 18 June, 2013 - 15:56
Ooh, now I'm intrigued

Ooh, now I'm intrigued

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 21 June, 2013 - 20:40

It's official. Bandai America has become a cheap toy company that is being run by Mr. Krabs clones. What happened to the Bandai America when I was a kid? What is the appeal of these toys? Bandai America was for the future, but they also believed in making products that were meant for kids AND adults. When I was a kid, Bandai America was awesome. Bandai America today? It fails very miserably. I got this thing for Christmas in 2012 from the Toysrus exclusive Samurai Gigazord set. At first I liked it, but now I just don't care for it. I am very disappointed at BOA right now. Bandai America, you are not the same toy company anymore. I am glad they imported the DX Samurai Gattai ShinkenOh from the 2009 Super Sentai Series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. Too bad I already OWN a DX Samurai Gattai ShinkenOh. I can't believe I'm saying this but, NOBODY and I mean NOBODY over the age of 13 should like the ZordBuilder System toys. Only little kids are allowed to like these toys. I really don't get how anybody can enjoy these cheap pieces of unrecognizable plastic. I really don't. I DO own the other PRS ZordBuilder System sets. I don not have SharkZord, LanternZord, Small ClawZord, and Scorpion creature, and I will NEVER buy them at all. I do own the 2010 MMPR Dino Megazord and the PRMF Gosei Great Megazord, And I happen to find them to be okay. The only good PRS ZordBuilder System set in my opinion is the ZordBuilder System Samurai ClawZord (Even though it's called Claw BattleZord in the show). I will also NEVER buy anymore ZordBuilder System sets. I've had it. If BOA ruins the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger mecha toys, so help me god I'm going to get so mad that I'll burst into flames and then explode. PS: I am Mugenlazlo from YouTube. How are you doing, EVA_Unit_4A? I'm doing good.

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Posted by Gaozilla on 11 July, 2013 - 09:50
Ill fortune

What happened was apparently that at the time the initial PRS toyline was developed, it looked there wasn't gonna be a show to shill it. So the Zords developed at the time (Samurai Megazord, Beetlezord, Swordfish Zord, Tiger Zord, and Octozord - which may have been released later, I honestly forget, but it has all the hallmarks of the initial line's developent) got simplified and cheapened EXTRA-hard to account for that.

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Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on 21 May, 2019 - 03:38