Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: The 33rd Super Sentai Series!

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 4, 2009 in Japanese TV

I kid you not — Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is the 33rd Super Sentai Series created by Toei to sell an never ending tide of toys! Since the 70s the Kamen Rider formula hasn’t changed much, but why mess with success? In fact not only has this series done well in Japan but there are still American kids buying Power Ranger toys years after that series came here in 1993 (which looks quite primitive to the special effects in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger). Read more…

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Bandai: Toy Fair 2009

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 17, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Bandai: Toy Fair 2009 - An Impressive Power Rangers Robot Display!

The Bandai booth blew me away! Most of their display was behind closed doors, but guarding those doors were two huge oversized statues of a robot from Power Rangers and Ben 10: Read more…

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New Employment Opportunities for Rubber Suited Evildoers

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 27, 2008 in Japanese TV

Shown above is a series of adverts from 2006 for the Japanese magazine B-ing which is aimed at recruiting professionals. The villains shown are the shocker soldiers from the live action Rider series (仮面ライダーシリーズ) from the 70s: Read more…

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Kamen Rider versus Shocker

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 24, 2008 in Japanese TV

Kamen Rider was a TV show from the early 70s in Japan, but there were in fact three low budget films also made at the same time. This is a silly clip from Kamen Rider versus Shocker which revolves around a plot dealing with the secret plans for a gravity machine that becomes stolen during a birthday party for Professor Daidōji’s daughter. The best part of this 1972 film is clearly the evil rubber suited character running about with the daughter’s teddy bear while engaging in combat action with Kamen Rider. Read more…

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