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Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

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Since 1993, Saban has dazzled children and parents alike with the exploits of the spandex-clad heroes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their many, many offshoots which have stretched their reign of dominance over toy aisles and screens across the entertainment landscape. But, for almost as long, we've heard murmurs of discontent about the state of the company that largely shepherded this beloved franchise to prominence. We've often wondered what it was that made this show tick behind the scenes, and why certain creative decisions may have been made in the last few years, which saw a sharp decline in audience reception, ironically a short time after the newly-christened Saban Brands retook the Power Rangers intellectual property from temporary rights-holders Disney. That was 2010. S...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18 is Keeping it in the Family

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18 is Keeping it in the Family

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The battle to save Touto from the fires of war continue on Kamen Rider Build, as genius amnesiac Kiryuu Sento finds he's not the only bug-eyed super-dude without memories running around these days. Last time, Kamen Rider Kiva's Takeda Touhei debuted as the new mystery soldier from neighboring territory Hokuto, leading the charge (in his own lethargic, unmotivated way) into Touto to retrieve the Martian Pandora Box, and the Full Bottles needed to access its immense, unknowable power. Now, he and his three dopey subordinates are ready to butt heads with Sento and Ryuuga to prove their mettle. But first, another recap, as narrated by Sento, though this time we find our sarcastic hero in a surprisingly low-key mood. Recent events have taken the wind out of his sails, but a sudden intrusio...
Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 17 Shows Us Who’s Boss

Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 17 Shows Us Who’s Boss

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It's funny. I started out reviewing Kamen Rider Build under the assumption that, at some point, it would be less necessary to discuss each episode of the series on an individual basis. Like with most entries into the Kamen Rider franchise (to say nothing of its counterparts in Super Sentai), I expected that we'd eventually reach a point where installments would feel less substantial and thus, waiting a while between reviews would make perfect sense. Nope! Kamen Rider Build has consistently flipped the script on our expectations, bringing new and exciting twists on its narrative week after week, leaving very little room for its fans to lose interest as we barrel through toward the finish line. Before the show's brief hiatus, we were left on a cliffhanger that spelled potential doom for...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Sclash Driver & DX Twin Breaker

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Sclash Driver & DX Twin Breaker

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As is standard now, every Kamen Rider series seems to need at least 2 transformation belts. Kamen Rider Build's second one is the Sclush (Sclash) Driver. This is a much more solid toy than I imagined it'd be but as per usual, being a secondary Driver, it has far fewer sounds and can read far fewer Full Bottles than the DX Build Driver. It basically only reads the Dragon, Robot and Crocodile Fullbottles/Jellys giving them both a henshin sound and a finisher. Other than that, this thing only reads the remaining Fullbottles as "organic" or "inorganic". Surprisingly though, this Driver comes with both Jellys for Cross Charge and Grease (Rogues will be released next month) so for the most part it's a solid single purchase instead of the DX Build Driver that requires more and more Fullbottles ...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Phoenix Robo Full Bottle Set

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Phoenix Robo Full Bottle Set

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final is the latest installment in the world of Kamen Rider movies. Of course, now that Kamen Rider Build is out, he is our main protagonist, and on top of that, as is standard for these movies, he receives a movie-exclusive form (though it's rumored to perhaps be appearing in the show this month). That form is PheonixRobo, made up of course by the Phoenix and Robot Full Bottles. This set is fairly standard - if you like the gimmick, it continues the trend of being a solid pick up, though this set does do one thing differently. The images on the Full Bottles are not only sculpted in but painted in their respective colors as well making them, aesthetically, the best-looking Full Bottles thus far. I definitely wish all of the Full Bottles had this detail. ...
Toy Review: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER YUDO Figures Wave 1

Toy Review: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER YUDO Figures Wave 1

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Do you like the Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger TV series? Do you like the SODO toy line? Well then this set... is still pretty terrible, I can't recommend it at all. Yudo is the Super Sentai franchise's attempt at matching the success of Kamen Rider's SODO line, but with a fourth of the figures, half the quality and care, yet selling for the exact same price. Wave 1 (the first and last wave, at least for Kyuranger) consists of Shishi Red, Shishi Red Orion, and Hooh Soldier. These figures are sculpted just fine and articulate well but my compliments end there. The plastic quality is absolute garbage and the figures have zero paint applications, in favor of a figure that needs to be 100% stickered up. The SODO line, for the same price, does half paint and half stickers, not to mention the be...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD SODO Figures Wave 4

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD SODO Figures Wave 4

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Kamen Rider Build's fourth entrance into the SODO toy line is probably its least exciting yet, though still not bad. Set 4 decides to drop the potential RabbitTank Sparkling figure (bumping it to set 5) in favor of Build's bike....... Yay? This leave us with only 2 new Build forms: KaizokuRessha and OctopusLight. In fairness, none of these figures are bad, in fact KaizokuRessha is the most complicated to sticker so far, but the lack of a third form or Rider does leave the wave feeling a bit light for your money. Overall, despite it being Build's weakest wave, it's still miles away from being bad, by any means. All the figures here are solid and the bike, while not personally for me, is very good and show-accurate and looks great when ridden on by Kamen Riders Build or Cross-Z. This line ...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Rabbit Tank Sparkling

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Rabbit Tank Sparkling

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Kamen Rider Build's first major upgrade form is Rabbit Tank Sparkling! The show's toy line celebrates this new form with one of its first deviations from the standard Full Bottle gimmick. This "soda can" functions similarly to the Cross Dragon, having its own lights and sounds that work in tandem with the Build Driver to make its own unique henshin and finisher. The jingle is awesome and the light effects are incredible. This item feels powerful compared to the Full Bottles, and the sounds enhance that feeling. It's also nice to have a unique finishing sound for a change. Overall, this is a must own for anyone who has the DX Build Driver. Its a great toy and a nice change from the standard gimmick, plus it has some interactive functionality with future toys being released (but more on...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Full Bottles – Medal & Friendship, Light & Octopus

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Full Bottles – Medal & Friendship, Light & Octopus

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The Kamen Rider Build TV series is far from done with their collectible toys, the Full Bottles, but rounding it out at number 19 and 20, the last Full Bottles from Touto, we have Octopus and Light. This set is as solid as all the rest. If you like the past Bottles, you'll like these. The sound effects are solid and if you've collected them all then these are a must for filling out your Pandora Panels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gteZfQMgKM8 Meanwhile, Build's toy line releases its third Legend Rider set, Friendship & Medal. This set is designed with half the essence of Kamen Rider Fourze and half of Kamen Rider OOO. This makes it an odd choice come checkout. Unlike the past sets for Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and Kamen Rider W, this set requires the HawkGatling and RocketPanda sets as ...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 16: It’s Chess, Not Checkers

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 16: It’s Chess, Not Checkers

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Well, that was fast. After the high drama of our last episode in this amazing series, I incorrectly assumed it would take us a moment to regroup before leaping straight back into the business with Acting Prime Minister Himuro Gentoku and his twisted bid for power, after being exposed for the treasonous conspirator that he is. I should have known by now: Kamen Rider Build laughs in the face of such flimsy expectations. Your timeline is too slow for them. They know what they want to do and there's no time like the present to execute. Episode 16 begins exactly where episode 15 ended, with Gentoku being hauled off for his considerable crimes against his own Touto government, until our genius amnesiac hero Kiryuu Sento stops him to ask why the former minister was taunting him in their prio...