Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: Power Rangers Dino Charge Deluxe Dino Charge Megazord

The Dino Charge Megazord released to stores in July of 2015. It is based around Kyoryuzin, the Kyoryuger's main mecha. However, the main difference being that the American version is modified to be in line with Zord Builder, so it can combine with other Megazords from Samurai to Super Megaforce and that does include Legacy as well.

The front of the box is brightly coloured and open, showing a partially assembled Megazord in the box, alongside a picture of all 3 zords and the new clear charger. 

The back of the box shows a graphic of Kyoryuzin dancing from the summoning sequence, followed by a graphic of the mecha and what their gimmicks are. Stegozord's fin pops up when a charger is inserted. Rexy's head fins pop up when a charger is inserted into the mouth and tricera's drill tail pops out when a charger's inserted. There's also a large picture of the other combinations the Megazord can do, this time with the raptor and para zords, as well as the zord armour and dino cycles as well. Underneath that, you can see a large picture of what chargers are available.

The Megazord stands approximately 12 inches from base of the feet to the tip of his head crest. He has limited articulation in the shoulders and legs. He does have better articulation than previous megazords thanks to the Zord Builder gimmick. The head can look up and down slightly as well and due to the transformation, he can turn slightly at the waist, though the T-Rex arms do hinder this articulation. 

Looking at the Megazord parts, Rexy is the largest of the three zords and is very well articulated for a zord. He can move at the hips, the rex arms move up and down. The jaws open and close  and the neck and tail joints swivel as well. However, unlike the Japanse Gabutyra toy, the eyes don't glow or change colour once the charger is inserted and due to it being zord builder, there are no electronics either. There is still plenty of play value in it already and poses very well. 

The Tricera Zord transforms by simply folding the legs up and clipping it into the arm of Rexy. No charger is actually needed. However, the charger IS needed to activate Tricera's gimmick, which is the extending tail drill and can also be used when in Megazord form. 

The Stego Zord is next and transforms in exactly the same way as Tricera. Fold up the legs. The gimmick in Zord form is the back blade popping up when the charger is inserted into the zord's mouth. The back piece is removed when transforming to megazord form as it forms the sword and shield for the megazord. 

All three mecha look great together and pose well in both forms. This picture is a small reference to how things were done in Mighty Morphin. 

Side by side comparison of the Dino Charge Megazord next to the Mighty Morphin Dino Megazord. They are largely the same height and yes, they can actually combine together as they are both Zord Builder.

A shot of the MMPR T-Rex and Triceratops meeting Dino Charge Rexy and Tricera. As you can see from this shot, the DC Rexy is actually much taller than the MMPR Dino Megazord, whereas both Triceratops Zords are of a similar scale.

The set comes with an exclusive Red Charger. It's exactly the same as the standard release charger, the only difference being it's made out of clear plastic to represent the large charger used in the Megazord formation. It makes the same noises in the Morpher and even has the same QR Code on the bottom for the scanner app

The DC megazord is available commercially where all good toys are sold and is easily found right now. If you collect DC toys, this should be a no brainer and has loads of play value, especially with the combining gimmick with not only other zord builder toys, but current Dino Charge products as well. You can't really go wrong for $30 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: Power Rangers Dino Charge SDCC/Toys R US Black Charger.

Unlike the previous Megazord Charger. the Black T-Rex Charger was available for free at this year's SDCC and also released for free at various Toys R Us Stores in the US as part of the summer holiday Dino Charge event. 

It was released in the same generic Dino Charge plastic bag that is bright and open, showing the charger, with ACTIVATE DINO CHARGE TOYS! on the top. It also features the same graphic of Red holding the charger and DINO CHARGER in big letters underneath

The back of the charger has nothing major on it, just some copyright and distribution information and a PROMOTION ONLY, NOT FOR RESALE tag on the back

The charger has been released before in Japan, as part of the promo chargers for the Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters movie, in which it represented Gabutyra after it had all it's energy drained and had gone black. When it made it's transition to the United States, it was now just a promotional colour and is exactly the same as the standard T-Rex Charger. It makes all the same sounds and the QR code on the bottom scans the standard charger. 

Due to it being a SDCC exclusive, it can be difficult to find one in the US and nigh on impossible in the UK if you didn't make it to the event. You can find them on ebay and import them if you live in the UK. I was fortunate enough to email Bandai and ask them to send me one, which they kindly did, so big thanks to Bandai. 

Monday, 21 September 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: SDCC 2015 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Dino Charger Power Pack (Image Heavy)

Released this year for SDCC 2015, the Mighty Morphin' Dino Charge Power Pack was an interesting set that many fans were eager to get their hands on. It comes in a long box featuring a gold foil lighting bolt logo and a large stock photo of the white ranger. The MMPR logos are large and feature prominently on the left hand side of the box. 

On the back of the box we get a series of black and white headshots of all 7 rangers and the mighty Dino Megazord. We also get the story of MMPR that's already been featured on the Legacy boxed sets before. 

Opening the left hand side of the box reveals a black and white image of the Yellow, Black and Green Rangers. 

The right hand side features photos of Pink, Blue, White and Red.

Inside the box, there's all 8 chargers. They're clearly labeled as the Season 1 Rangers and the most iconic of the line ups. Inserting the Ranger chargers into the Dino Charger morpher has the phrase "COMIC-CON" as spoken by Brennan Mejia. The Megazord charger unlocks the "LEGENDARY" phrase from the morpher. 

Now, if you bought the set from SDCC, you only got the 7 chargers in the set and then you could get a voucher to get the exclusive Dino Megazord Charger. The box has an empty space in the tray for the charger, covered by the above piece of cardboard. 

The chargers slide out of the box really easily and are in another cardboard insert, which the plastic tray with all 8 chargers sits in. It feels sturdy and could be displayed as is. For clarification, these chargers are based on the Sentai Legend chargers from the Kyoryuger line, just resized and modified to fit the US morpher. Now, lets take a look at the chargers in order:

First up is Zack's Mastodon Charger. Instead of the graphics that the standard chargers, Zack's features his face, the Power Axe, The Mastodon Zord and the MMPR logo. It also features a scannable QR code, but it doesn't work with the app yet. 

Trini's Sabretooth Tiger charger features the Yellow helmet, the Power Daggers, the Sabretooth Tiger zord and the MMPR Logo. The QR Code on the bottom doesn't work either.

The first of Tommy's powers is the White Tiger charger. The drum features the White Ranger helmet, Saba, the White Tigerzord and the MMPR Logo. The QR code doesn't work yet. 

Jason's Tyrannosaurus Rex Charger features the Red helmet, Power Sword, T-Rex zord and finally the MMPR logo. The QR Code doesn't work. 

Arguably Tommy's most famous power, the Green Ranger or Dragon Ranger, in reference to his Zyuranger counterpart, features the Green helmet, the Dragon Dagger, Dragonzord and the MMPR logo. Like the rest so far, the QR Code doesn't work.

Kimberly's charger features the pink helmet, the Power Bow, the Pterodactyl Zord and finally the MMPR logo. The QR code doesn't work.

Billy's Charger features the Blue helmet. The Power Lance, the Triceratops Zord and the MMPR logo. The QR Code doesn't work either.

The Megazord Charger was released in a red plastic baggie as a give away at SDCC.

Inside the baggie was the charger and this sheet, which is actually a checklist of all the chargers and other toys that are available now at stores in the US. Not in the UK yet. It also features a money off chargers voucher.

As for the Megazord Charger itself, it features the graphic of the Megazord, the Power Cannon, all 5 rangers from the Legacy boxes and the MMPR logo. The QR code on the bottom doesn't work.

After a long winded and pic heavy review, would I recommend this set? For the collector, yes. They'd get the most out of it. It's fairly cheap to get on eBay now and the Megazord Charger is also easy to find on eBay. Kids might get use out of this, but as they are a collectors item, it can be difficult to replace them if they were damaged. For those living outside of the US, the only way to get these is to import, which can be costly. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: Power Rangers Dino Charge Dino Com

Released earlier this year, the Dino Charge Dino Com is part of the role play series of toy. it's based around the Mobuckle from Kyoryuger and is used by the rangers to store spare zyudenchi/chargers and also serves as a communication device. 

The front of the box is the same open view box that shows the Dino Com, with a large TRY ME label on the front, as well as advertising the storage gimmick, as well as advertising the app. It comes with the Triceratops charger and can be played with in the box as part of the TRY ME feature. 

The Com itself is in the shape of a dinosaur head. It's in the same grey and yellow colouration that is featured on the morpher and sabers. The button on the front is large and has a number of phrases as said by Brenan Meija. Pushing the button activates the following phrases:


Pushing the grey button on the front opens up the Dino Com and has space for three chargers that fit neatly inside. It's also where the speaker and battery pack. 

The back of the Dino Com has a belt hook. It also spins 360 degrees, allowing it to be played with in the same way it's used in the show and be used in an ambidextrous way.  

The set comes with the Pink Triceratops charger. This means you can get all 5 main ranger chargers by collecting the Morpher, both Sabers and the Dino Com. It features the same  gimmicks as the others and also features a QR code on the bottom to scan into the app.

While smaller than the Mobuckle and missing the belt buckle piece, the Dino Com stands up on it's own and is a great toy. The upside to it is, is that it features the sound chip. It may be make or break for some fans and collectors, however, for kids, it's a great addition to their role play toy collection and they can have hours of fun using it with their morphers and sabers to store their spare chargers in until they're ready to be used again.