Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Power Rangers on DVD & New Sith Figures

  • Shout Factory's release of the first half of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is now available for preorder. It's currently marked down to $13.95 which gets you the first thirty episodes of the series on three discs. A pretty great deal if you ask me. I also really like the cover except for the red background. I wish they had kept the Command Center background of the original image. The second half of season one, consisting of another thirty episodes will come out in the Fall.

    And if you're a hardcore fan you're going to want the upcoming 40 disc Seasons One-Seven collection. That's all three seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the complete series of Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers In Space, and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. You could call it the complete "Zordon era" collection if you want. Lost Galaxy is technically post-Zordon, but with the presence of Alpha, Bulk, and the Astro Megaship, you can't really call it a stand-alone series either.

    Shout Factory will release the 40-disc set on July 30th. It will be available through Time Life, which means we can probably look forward to TV commercials telling us to phone in with orders. We still have to wait for complete details.

  • Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA has announced on their Facebook page have announced they will be distributing Figuarts Red Hawk from Chōjin Sentai Jetman and D-Arts Dukemon from Digimon Tamers in the U.S. Never having bought a Bluefin distributed figure, I am assuming this means they'll be significantly cheaper than if I had imported them in Japan? Here's hoping that's the case. Red Hawk strikes me as an odd choice to release in the U.S. over Deka Red or Bouken Red who have Power Rangers counterparts.

    I'm more happy about Dukemon but I really wish the Digimon D-Arts had gotten U.S. releases from the beginning. Dukemon is known in the English dub as Gallantmon, which is another example of the strange naming choices for that series. I get renaming characters with very Japanese sounding names but why couldn't Dukemon stay Dukemon?

  • When it comes to finally filming his adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, James Cameron alters position more than a presidential nominee. Years ago it was to be his next project until he decided to make Avatar instead. While doing press for the re-release of Titanic he said he still planned on making it, until he declared he would only be making Avatar sequels from now on. Now he's saying it still happening. We might have to wait after the Avatar 4 before it does though.

  • Things have looked pretty bleak for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars toyline. With Hasbro shifting their focus on Movie Heroes, The Clone Wars have been reduced to just 19 figures this year including reissues and resculpts. However what that number didn't include is exclusives. has the first look at a "Darth Maul Returns" Battle Pack to be released at Target. It includes two all new figures of cyborg Darth Maul and a Nightsister. The Nightsister, in spite of looking almost exactly like Mother Talzin, is apparently not Mother Talzin. Is this a new character for season four? Or did Hasbro just screw up and give Talzin hair braids necessitating a name change?

    The third figure is a reissue but it's a good one. It's armored Savage Opress who only shipped in one hard to find assortment late last year. This is in contrast to barechested Savage Opress who has been shipped in multiple assortments despite the fact Savage only appeared that way for about thirty seconds. This re-release of armored Savage seem to leave out his double-bladed lightsaber because I guess otherwise this set would have been too good of a deal.

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