News on Upcoming Reviews

Hello everyone in Crackland, below is a video giving some details on upcoming Transformers related video reviews. Expect to see a review of Metroplex, (maybe) Trypticon, (US) Masterpiece Hot Rod/Rodimus, Masterpiece Ultra Magnus as well as a couple of my favorite playsets (the Power Rangers Command Center, the GI Joe “Pit” and others) and a couple holy grail figures that I’ve gotten requests for, one being Medicom Spider-Man and the other being a surprise (all I can say is that the figure is HUGE and is the most-viewed thing on this site).

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15 Years of Power Rangers

So today is a huge anniversary/milestone for me. Fifteen years ago today I bought my very first Power Rangers action figure. And that figure, of course, was Auto-Morphin’ Tommy, the Green Ranger. Of course, since I don’t have that figure with me anymore (he is at my parents’ house) pictures of my other Tommy/Green Ranger figures will have to suffice. (click on images to see them in a new window where they aren’t stretched weird).

Tommy’s Best Ranger Powers

Two Tommy’s and a badass Zord. Hell of lot more badass than Three Men and a Baby

White Ranger. Fitting because the first full episode I saw was White Light where he makes his first appearance.

Mega-Tigerzord, the Megazord that started my love for PR Mecha

And of course you can’t celebrate 15 years of PR toys without showing Ultrazord.

I remember that day well, it was a Saturday and it was a week and a day before Christmas. I, as I’ve said many times before, was past the age where it was socially acceptable to be into Power Rangers (twelve going on thirteen) so I was a closet fan. I had seen the two-parter “White Light” earlier in the week and I got hooked. Those were the first two full episodes that I saw and it was love at first sight for me as PR really filled the void that I had after the G2 line was cancelled and there weren’t any other transforming robots to get into. I loved how the Tigerzord and the Red Dragon Thunderzord’s faces looked like G1 Autobots when they were in their robot modes and I thought Tommy’s White Ranger costume looked pretty awesome and I also liked how he got the super hot girlfriend Kimberly. Kimberly+cool zords + cool role model type guy with long hair and awesome costume = total win for me. So that weekend I decided I would start collecting the figures. Little did I know that one Auto ‘Morphin figure would turn into a 500 plus collection of PR figures 15 years later. So after Saturday bowling we went to the local variety store and I spent my allowance ($5) on Auto Morphin Tommy and that, as I said above, was the beginning of the PR era for me. As a collector it was one of the best times of my life but as a kid in junior high it could be tough at times being a closet fan and having to go along with the whole “Power Rangers are for pussies” thing. It got even tougher in high-school when I was REALLY past the point that kind of thing was socially exceptable. Now though I don’t care, I’ll admit to being a fan of the original series and a collector of the mecha and all that. I guess you either get iron balls as you get older or you just develop an “I don’t give a damn attitude overall. I don’t know. What’s funny though is the same people who probably would have given me shit when I was younger and called me a Power Rangers fag or something are like “that’s cool, I remember that show” now.

But anyway, let’s just take a look at the Green Ranger and celebrate the good old days of MMPR, the Golden Era of Power Rangers before it was ruined by the shitty spinoffs and off-shoots like all of the series following In Space.

And I couldn’t think of a more fitting end to this article than this video of Tommy’s glory days of being the Green and White Ranger. There’s some good shots of Kimberly in hot outfits too so that’s a plus.

Thanks for all the memories PR. You are loved (old school MMPR anyway)

Ultrazord! Ultrazord! By God it’s the Ultrazord!

So I finally got a Titanus figure earlier this week. It’s been about thirteen years but I finally got one. And that means…

Ultrazord time motherfuckers!!!

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Finally getting the Ultrazord really means something to me. Story time folks…

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Megazord! Megazord! My God it’s the Megazord!

As you may or may not have noticed, I am indeed a Power Ranger fan (and yes, I do know that puts me on the lower levels of geekdom). Don’t get me wrong though, I do realize how cheesy the show can be so I don’t take it too seriously.

I’m not one of those kinds of diehards that’s “seen every incarnation of the series and has never missed an episode.” I followed the series from the second season of MMPR until the second season of Lost Galaxy (the worst incarnation of the Power Rangers) and then I pretty much retired until I found out that Tommy (the original Green and White Ranger) was going to return to action in Dino Thunder.

I still watch Power Rangers if they have a theme or set of Megazords I find interesting but no, I don’t watch every incarnation of it anymore. It just doesn’t have that campy sense of fun anymore where you know the writers/producers/actors aren’t trying to take it too seriously and I really missed that camp after the writers tried to make it into an angsty, melodramatic, sci-fi superhero serious around the time In Space made it’s debut (In Space is another awful and overrated incarnation of the Power Rangers in my opinion).

But I digress. I, as I stated above, am not a major diehard PR fan but I will watch a series if I like the themes and/or the suit designs and Megazords. And this year’s Power Rangers are looking pretty awesome so far. The newest incarnation of the Power Rangers is called “Jungle Fury” and it’s going to be making its debut tomorrow night. The toys that have been released for the series really caught my attention and it got me interested in PR again for the first time in four years or so. So the other day I decided to pick up the Jungle Fury Megazord and I’m pretty happy with him so far.

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Expect a review sometime down the road along with a couple of reviews of other toys I’ve been meaning to review. And for all you Transformers fans out there…don’t worry. I still have more transformers stuff to review. The next review, as a matter of fact, is a toy I consider my “holy grail” from the movie line.

What Does Martin Luther King Day mean to Me?

So today was MLK Jr Day.

Now, I know when people think of MLK Jr Day they think of racial integration and possible peace and things like that. Either that or they think about getting the day off. I don’t know.

You know what I think of when I think of MLK Jr Day? I think of The Mutiny the saga that introduced Lord Zedd to the Power Rangers universe. Why? Story time once again.

Lord Zedd = what potentially could have been the most bad-ass Villain in Power Rangers history. Damn Rita.

So I was in the seventh grade when I got into Power Rangers (this was when it was in the height of season two). By that time Tommy was the White Ranger, Rocky, Aisha and Adam had replaced Jason, Trini and Zack and Zedd was about to marry Rita.

So getting into the show so late in the second season I missed the eps where Tommy was the Green Ranger, Jason, Trini and Zack were still members of the team and they commanded Megazord (as opposed to the Thunder Megazord they had in season two).

So The Mutiny mini-series was really awesome and it really helped bring me up to speed on what was going on in the world of Power Rangers and I still think it stands out as being one of the most awesome story arcs they did on any of the Power Rangers shows.

Now what does this have to with toys? Nothing at all.

I just thought I would post a couple videos here because The Mutiny is the first thing I think about when I think about MLK Jr. Day/

 

So, for you viewing pleasure, here is the entire Mutiny arc. Enjoy and have a happy MLK Jr Day (what’s left of it anyway). And…yes. I know there are cooler things I can post about and that this is about as geeky as it can get. I don’t care though. Nostalgia is what it’s all about.

This is some cool shit…

So as many of you may or may not know, I’m somewhat of an old-school Power Rangers buff in addition to being a Transformers buff.

Tommy, the Green/White/Red/Black Ranger was my hero as a kid. I thought he was awesome and I thought he had the coolest non-transformer Transformer at his disposal (the White Tigerzord).

At any rate, Jason David Frank (the actor who played Tommy) left Mighty ‘Morphin Power Rangers in the middle of the first season and he returned near the end to help the Rangers get their Power Coins back. In between gigs he shot a pilot for a show called “Cybertron” (it actually has nothing to do with Transformers even though it shares the name of their home planet). Cybertron, as you may or may not know, eventually went on to become VR Troopers. JDF was originally set to play Adam Steele in the series but he returned to the Power Rangers after the fans demanded that he make a comeback.

A couple of dudes at Rangerboard posted this unaired pilot presentation and I just thought it was really cool. It was really interesting to see Frank in the Ryan Steele role and it was interesting that his two sidekicks (JB and Kaitlin) didn’t actually appear in the pilot.

Anyway, check it out here:

If you watch the whole thing you’ll notice that Jamie Kennedy shows up at the end. It looks like he was intended to be the “Bulk” of the show.