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...
Bring me your plastic, your vinyl, your huddled piles of Battlizer parts!
Tokusatsu. It's a term we can use to refer to larger-than-life kaiju movies, exciting henshin hero shows, science fiction dramas, and more. The fandom for this subgenre is far-reaching. One aspect that seems to touch all areas of this community we love: Collecting.
That is the thought behind this newest feature series here at Henshin Justice Unlimited; we want to see your collection! From Super Sentai, Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, Godzilla, Ultraman, Garo or any number of other animated or live-action titles that warm our sparking hearts. Do you have display cases full of meticulously posed S.H. Figuarts action figures? Do you have walls covered in unique posters and original art? Do you have wonderfully d...
Kamen Rider Build appears to be Rider Kicking butt on the sales charts, if Toys R Us' figures are any indication. The toy vendor juggernaut recently held a poll with shoppers asking them to vote on their favorite items available at their local store, and the results are in. Which Rider item crushed the competition, driving through to the top spot? Was it the HawkGatlinger, Sento's rapid-fire weapon of choice when he wants to deliver some righteous gunkata moves on fleets of robotic adversaries? Or maybe the Transteam Blade proved a cut above the rest, used by the nefarious Night Rogue and his on-again/off-again partner in crime Blood Stalk? Nah, let's go with something a bit more classic.
LiveDoor had these results to share, revealing the three most beloved pieces in the Toys R Us cat...
Let your geek flag fly with these Power Rangers themed t-shirts. From the pop culture alchemists of RIPT Apparel, these pieces make the perfect gift to yourself or to that special Ranger fan in your life this holiday season. For years, RIPT has made it their business to find every angle for the enthusiastic nerd to express their fandom and capitalize on that passion, lovingly mixing and matching various bits of fan culture. Here's a sample of their work with the spandex-clad heroes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Keen eyes may quickly notice a few shoutouts to other titles in the greater sci-fi and fantasy community in these works. Most notably references to Godzilla, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones, to name a few.
If you're wondering where the rest of the Ranger franchise is, ...
In news that prompted a collective sigh of relief across the worldwide fan community this week, Tsuburaya Productions scored a major victory in its ongoing legal conflict with Thai company Chaiyo Productions as a jury ruled against Chaiyo collaborator UM Corporation over licensing rights to the popular Ultraman superhero franchise.
A ruling years in the making, this marks one of several instances in an escalating battle the Ultraman creators and sole original owners at Tsuburaya have been fighting for decades, dating as far back as 1996. As previously stated, Chaiyo Productions head Sompote Saengduenchai claimed a relative of Ultraman creator Eiji Tsuburaya had signed a legal document bestowing licensing rights for the Ultra brand beyond Japanese shores to him, though this was widely ...
Infini-T Force, the anime hero crossover series, gets the royal treatment from toy company SEN-TI-NEL, with a line of new high-quality action figures.
Gathering the animated superheroes from the Tatsunoko Productions classics Gatchaman, Casshan, Tekkaman, and Hurricane Polimar, Infini-T Force depicts the leads of these four series like never before. And now, with the help of Bluefin for North American distribution, their figures are ready for display.
As previously mentioned, you can catch up on this anime hero event series at Viz and TubiTV, where episodes are released weekly with Japanese audio and English subtitles.
Each Infini-T Force figure comes with an $85 price tag and releases this February 2018.
Looks like Kamen Rider Den-O's not the only one who starts on a climax. The toy lords of Premium Bandai have gifted us a mighty prize in this new, prestigious depiction of the towering lizard from 2016's smash hit Shin Godzilla, as shown in the exciting final act of the film. In which, the famous King of Monsters is seen firing his atomic beam, for this film given a distinct, purple glow, with an unnerving, elongated jaw. Check him out.
Comparing the size of this item with the previously released Movie Monster Series Godzilla, Kaiju-Oh reaches nearly 11 inches in height, almost twice the size of the figure from its sister line.
Wreaking giant-sized havoc in March 2018, the Kaiju-Oh 2016 Godzilla Climax Ver. is available now for pre-order and is priced at 7,560 yen.
On a day unlike any other, he came, he saw, he died like a hundred times. It's the maniacal Dan Kuroto, the sometimes antiheroic, always antihumble video game supervillain known as Kamen Rider Genm, in his twisted Dangerous Zombie form from the Kamen Rider Ex-Aid TV series. And here to give us a taste of what we may be coughing up our hard-earned coin for is toy reviewer extraordinaire Vangelus, ready to drop some knowledge bombs down your drainpipe, with no continues.
For this and other Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu merchandise, check out CSToys and BigBadToyStore.
2017 has been a banner year for the Power Rangers brand. With a line of successful comics from Boom! Studios, a new web-based RPG series debuting this week, the television branch still trucking after all these years, and a whole slew of merchandise waiting to be scooped up by Ranger fans young and old, the franchise would appear to be firing on all cylinders. Unless, of course, you have a glance at Saban's Power Rangers, the Lionsgate film that released in theaters earlier this year to mixed reactions. While many of us loved the Rangers' latest cinematic offering, there may be some who see this particular branch of the franchise as one that can be cut off at the base.
Trademarkia lists the logo for Saban's Power Rangers as abandoned by original owners SCG Power Rangers LLC. Which woul...
The official romanization of Kamen Rider Build's secondary Kamen Rider hero was revealed by an official underwear, of all things.
For months, fans speculated and wondered how to write the show's 2nd Kamen Rider, giving us Kamen Rider Clothes, Close, Claws and something quite close to the real name, with Cross. As revealed in the underwear, the official romanization of the show's second Rider is: Kamen Rider Cross-Z.
Kamen Rider Cross-Z uses the Cross-Z Dragon to transform by inserting the Dragon Full Bottle in it and inserting it on the Build Driver. This Kamen Rider is expected to debut in November.
[Source: Build Rider News]