Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hyper Ressha – Ressha Sentai ToQger

This set is huge. I had to expand my photography background both in width and height in order to fit this monstrosity. I think this is a case where bigger is not always better.

The Terminal looks really good. It has places to hold full trains with room to spare. It is clear this is where we really go off the tracks in the show for realism, since we have a train terminal that can convert into a massive locomotive. I am not saying the rest of the Super Sentai series is real, but with the rest of the Ressha, at least they could travel around Japan on already used tracks, until they use their flying tracks to fight.

It is clear to see just how big Hyper Ressha is with ToQ-Oh standing by it.

With all five trains on board full length with room to spare.  This thing really is a terminal.

It is clear that the smaller Hyper Ressha is meant for great things.  It has quite a formation for later use.

A lot of folding, and the Terminal turns into Hyper Ressha for Hyper ToQ 1gou, late in the series.  The front end looks great.  It is a powerful locomotive, with great colors, and guns to boot.  We get a bit of a problem in the back half, where it is just open air back there.   I do not like that part.

Hyper Ressha has a spot of honor on top of Hyper Ressha.  it just sits there in the groove.   There are lock in ports all over this thing, but this is not one of them.  I really would have liked to see this lock into place.

The front end of Hyper Ressha is fantastic.  There are so many great details here.

A few changes here and there, stand him up, and you have Hyper Ressha Henkei Hyper Ressha TeiOh.  I am not fond of this mode.   he is pretty much a chunk of plastic with stubby moving arms.   This is a display piece more than anything.  The playability here is very low.

This guy is sizable, standing a whole head taller than ToQ-Oh.

One more mode with another transformation similar to standing the Terminal on it’s end and adding lots of Ressha and we get the Hyper Ressha Gattai ToQ Rainbow. This is it. All that the ToQgers can throw at the bad guys. He is the grand master of all Ressha. I still have a few Ressha missing from my collection, so there are some blank spots in his body, but you get the gist of what is going on. The front cars of all of the Ressha help to combine this guy.

He is a little more pleasing to the eye than the Hyper Ressha Henkei Hyper Ressha TeiOh, but he is still blocky. At least he has longer arms, and you can play around with the Ressha on him.

Overall, this is a Ressha you will want to get only if you intend to collect the whole line. If you are after the smaller Ressha alone, you may want to go with the candy version. You will save a lot of money and space. I don’t know where I am going to put this guy. I really like the Terminal conversion the best, but it takes up a lot of real estate. The Hyper Ressha conversion is good too, and I may have to keep him in that mode most of the time to save space.

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White Tigerzord – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy

I have been watching this guy sit on the shelves of Toys R Us for a very long time. Finally this past week my local TRU put it on clearance. It was as if the stars had aligned just for me. Discounted from $79.99 to $39.99, and I had a $10 off reward, so I got it for $29.99 with tax. What a deal. The amazingly high prices of the past Power Rangers toys has really kept me out of that market, really only going back to Power Rangers Samurai, except for all of the Red Rangers being released a few years back. I have also been able to get my hands on a few of the MMPR Rangers as they have come out in the triangle boxes.

This is a great first foray into the original (U.S.) series. White Tigerzord is so strong and well made. It looks so accurate to the original from the show. I think the feet really win me over on this one. It seems that Super Sentai always gave their mecha robust legs and feet, and they really pulled it off here.

The paint is outstanding. From the great contrast of the white and black, to the touches of gold, silver and metallic red.

The transformation into Tiger Mode is fairly easy and straightforward.  It is clear that they did a great job over at Bandai getting him ready for multiple combinations.  There are unused moving parts all over this guy.

The only thing I don’t really like are the tiny back legs. It is hard to make something strong and robust when it comes out of another part of the body.

Overall, a great Zord. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Dino Megazord that came out before, and the Thunder Megazord that will be coming out some time in 2016. I will probably jump on Thunder Megazord much more quickly since I have something to combine it with now.

 


Applichanger for ToQ 6gou – Ressha Sentai ToQger

This is the Applichanger. The ToQgers use their ToQ Changers to change into ToQgers. For ToQ 6gou, he uses the Applichanger by running the Build Ressha down the track. The Applichanger also has the ability to be used as a communicator with the rest of the ToQgers.

The Applichanger looks really good. It is thick and strong, and well built. It has a lot of pictures on the main screen,but only 4 of them actually work. The sounds are actually quite obnoxious. The Applichanger has similar sounds to the other electronics, but they are incredibly loud.

The track slides out to the side. It has a button part way down the track, so it doesn’t matter which Ressha is slid down the track, it all reads the same, since there is no real electronics there.

Along with the great details on the phone, there is also the grey side bar along the edge of the phone. It has the power button, but more importantly it has some great information.

It says “Applichanger” which is of course what it is. It also says “ToQ-006” and “ToQ6” who is clearly the owner. It also has the time set for “7:30” which is what time the show came on.

Overall, this is a fun display piece. I got it for a good deal on Amazon, so I am not too worried about it. I will probably never use the sounds, since they are so loud. The Ressha is not usable by anything but the electronics. It is what they call a candy Ressha. It is for looks and cosplay only. You cannot use it with the rest of the Ressha in your collection. Of course, what would you want to do with it, if you don’t have the rest of the Build Ressha anyway?


Diesel Ressha and Diesel-Oh – Ressha Sentai ToQger

I was all ready to look at the last Ressha to form Diesel-Oh, but got caught up in the new green T-Rex Zord, and couldn’t wait to post about it.  Today we are headed back to Japan to look at the old man, Diesel Ressha.

Diesel Ressha is the biggest of the single Ressha to this point. It will be eclipsed by the Build Ressha later on, but this old man is enough for now. He is the needed piece to connect with Car Carrier and Tank Ressha in order to build the great Diesel-Oh.

Even though Diesel Ressha comes in 5 main parts, it really consists of the Ressha at the front, a giant long middle section, and a small section at the back. They come apart as we have seen with the other Ressha to allow for turns in the track. This time, not so much. The middle section is WAY too big, and would have benefited from at least one break in the middle.

The three auxiliary Ressha needed to combine to form Diesel-Oh.

Diesel-Oh is a big boy when all put together. His head is about a half a head taller than ToQ-Oh, but ToQ-Oh makes up the height in the tall shoulders, leaving Diesel-Oh just slightly taller.

He looks great with the three main colors, dark red, orange, and blue. When we first see Diesel Ressha, he just has a spot of blue and a spot of orange at the back end. This really helps bring the mecha together when the legs are added, and then the legs match the shoulders.

The center part of the body opens up to reveal a beautiful gold chrome chest. There are a few other openings that allow for the gold theme to carry through the figure.

ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh make a formidable team.  They each have their own strengths, and they look different from one another to not feel like you are just getting a copy of the first mecha.

Cho Ressha Gattai Cho ToQ-Oh – Okay, now that is a long name.  Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh.   This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons.   Now this is some fire power.

Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

Okay, now that is a long name. Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh. This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons. Now this is some fire power. Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

 


Limited Edition Dino Charge Megazord

Something new popped up at Target yesterday. Under the radar, but something I felt like I had to have. This is the Limited Edition Dino Charge Megazord.

On the packaging, it boasts “Limited Edition Color” as well as “All New Charger.” The color combination is fantastic. You get a green T-Rex Zord, as well as black versions of the Stego Zord and Tricera Zord.

A Green Rexy alone looks great, but the addition of the two black figures gives you something extra special. Combine them with the black Rexy, and you have another Megazord that has been blacked out, similar to the MMPR version of the Megazord that is at Toys R Us. I haven’t broken my black Rexy out of the box yet, but that is going to be coming soon now.

The black versions of Stego Zord and Tricera Zord look great. A lot of gold plastic and paint added all over the place, with a touch of silver that remains. They are consistent with the use of gold and silver across all three figures, and it really works.

You still only get one charger with the set, and it would have been great to get some color variations with the different Zords, but it was not meant to be.

Rexy looks absolutely fabulous in green.  Will we ever see this in the show?  I am guessing no, we will not.  This is a toy only variant, but I am glad it exists.   If we keep going with this, we could end up with an army of main Zords.  We now have Red Rexy, Green Rexy, Black Rexy, and Spino Zord in Blue.  We need a pink version, and all of the Rangers would be able to command their own Megazord.

#1 Transparent Clear Fossil  This is a new Charger for anyone who is collecting all of the chargers.

This year we are seeing so many variants, nods to previous Power Rangers series.  This one is stand alone, but it is really nice.  You can begin to work on your rainbow of Megazords now.


Tank Ressha and Car Carrier Ressha – Ressha Sentai ToQger

The boxes on these Japanese toys continue to amaze me. They squish so much information onto the smallest of packages. The Tank Ressha and the Car Carrier Ressha come in the same size packaging, since they are the same size. On the front, they show the ToQ-Oh Tank and the ToQ-Oh Car Carrier. Not the most original names for the combinations, but it tells what they are.

Tank Ressha:

The Tank Ressha was the second of the support Ressha to be found, after the Car Carrier Ressha.   It carries fuel that can super charge the Ressha.  When used as the ToQ-Oh Tank Ressha combination, it gives ToQ-Oh a lot of extra speed for punching E. Honda style. The two parts of the train separate, and can connect with a flexible middle.  They also have some movement that is not at first apparent in the show, since they do not change when being used by ToQ-Oh, but fear not, the changes will be coming.

The Tank Ressha was the second of the support Ressha to be found, after the Car Carrier Ressha.   It carries fuel that can super charge the Ressha.  When used as the ToQ-Oh Tank Ressha combination, it gives ToQ-Oh a lot of extra speed for punching E. Honda style.

Car Carrier Ressha:

The Car Carrier Ressha was the first of the Support Ressha to be found, though it is number 7 to Tank Ressha’s number 6.

The ToQgers originally used the Car Carrier to launch them into battle using the small cars, and again as a bridge to get across a broken bridge.

When they formed the ToQ-Oh Car Carrier combination, the Car Carrier Ressha gave ToQ-Oh extra arm length to fight, as well as being able to fire the small cars like bullets.

In the movie that this combination appeared in did not show the Tank Ressha giving any extra speed to ToQ-Oh.  It did however create a firing combination of the Tank Ressha launching the Tank Ressha like a missile to destroy the enemy.

Both of these are fantastic Ressha.  They have lots of moving parts that show they are more than just plug-in support Ressha.  Wait until Diesel Ressha shows up. Then the party will really get started.


Hope Summers – Marvel Legends Terrax Wave 2012

This is a figure from the Marvel Legends way back machine. She is part of the 2012 Terrax wave. I have no real love for Hope, but I liked the overall look of the figure. She came with a good outfit, and had a big gun. Plus parts to build Terrax, if I ever got around to it at some point in the future.

I ordered her off of Amazon for a really good price. Probably a good 2012 price, and definitely a good 2015 price for the going rate of Legends figures right now.

Upon opening her up, she fell apart. This was during the time period of the crazy poses in the packaging. Well, take thin limbs into account, and her legs were super wonky. So much so, that the left leg fell right off, and couldn’t fit back onto the peg on her hip. Well, I stuck her under a box of stuff, and let those legs straighten out for a few days. Upon removal from the underside of the box, the legs were straight, and the left leg popped right back on.

Now I have a nice looking Hope on my shelf, and an ugly dude’s head and axe that have been united with Terrax’s torso from Constrictor, awaiting the rest of the body parts.


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