2022/05/27

Katana ~ 2022 Toyota GR86


It's finally here!

Years without travel and being limited to home meals mean that I...ummm, kinda ended up with some cash to burn. I could've invested--but wooo boy am I glad I didn't considering everything has gone kinda bust lately. So I began the laborious task of purchasing the car that I want in 2021.

The car that I was after was the brand new 2022 Toyota GR86. It is the evolution of my beloved 2017 Subaru BRZ. This car is the performance bargain of our time. The people that hate them, probably haven't driven them and the people that love them...LOVE them. I'm living proof! I wasn't shopping to replace my BRZ...I wanted another one.

Maybe I should explain.

The Toyota GT 86, 86 GT, 86, GR 86, GR86, FT86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ are the same car. They come out of the same Subaru factory in Japan. Here's a cool video from the assembly line. It shares an assembly line with the Subaru XV/Crosstrek and Subaru Levorg. The new GR86 and BRZ are completely redesigned for 2022 and feature a great bump in torque and power.

I decided against the BRZ this time around since...well, I don't dig the styling of the front bumper. The GR86 has a coherent look from the front and back of the car. I set about trying to get one.

I started contacting my local Toyota dealer in October and was told to try back in a month. I tried in November--nada. After being completely ghosted in December I decided to try some other dealerships. Another local dealer brought me in for a meeting which went nowhere. I *finally* got a hit at a dealership that promised me the get me what I wanted. Now we're talking.

I went to the dealer and we went through everything I wanted and talked pricing. All good--let's fill out a credit app. All good--let's get this baby signed and ready to go. They presented me with a bill with a $3,000 markup and an additional $4,000 in *required* dealership snake oil. I basically told them to get fucked and left. The echo of "You won't find it cheaper anywhere else" followed me as I walked away...

Two days later it was New Years Eve and I found myself at another dealership, ordering my car for MSRP. Fuck that other dealership--seriously. Their parent company rhymes with "Dentsky". I wouldn't even rent a truck from them...

Then...the wait...

I get an update in early April that my car was out of production. Sweet.

I get another update at the beginning of May that my car is in the Country. Yes.

...and then "It's here!".

The day that I scheduled to pick up my new car...my Tomica calendar had a very fitting car featured...


I had never seen a GR86 in person until I took delivery. First impression? It was beautiful. Very red and familiar, but oh so different. There was a grand total of NINE miles on the odometer. 




I did the deal and left with my new ride!

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Now that I've spent some time with the car...how about some Pros and Cons?

PRO:

It's *noticeably* quicker. Subaru and Toyota have rated the car at 228HP. That has to be underestimated. Some owners have taken theirs to the Dyno and have gotten some pretty great readings in stock form that are closer to 250HP at the crank. I believe it!

Everything is just a little bit better than the predecessor.

It's still the performance bargain of our generation. Nothing comes close all around. Everything it's been compared with is far different either in price or on paper. The closest thing is an MX-5/Miata and even that is more expensive and not a coupe.

I enjoy the brand new tech inside the car and the newly legal adaptive headlights. Turn the steering wheel and the headlights turn with them! It's a trick that's been around forever, but one that is newly(ish) legalized in the US.

CON:

The inconsistent badging. The prototype looks like this...

...and the final version looks like this...

So strange. The prototype badging is also etched into the keyfob leather, floormats, etc. We just get the generic 86 numbering on the back. Oh well.

The lack of a spare tire is...disappointing. I can easily add one in as other markets still get spares, so there is a mount point under the truck's liner.

My biggest gripe by FAR has to be the wheels. I sprung for the top trim level which comes with 18" black wheels. Sounds good on paper, but the designer of the wheels has to be losing their damn mind after Toyota decided to paint them black (they're gunmetal grey for the top trim BRZ). 

The spokes of the wheel are designed to resemble the tip of a katana. I've heard this in several reviews and really took notice when I took delivery of the car. Look for yourself...

You see it?


What if I share this helpful photo from a forum (sorry, didn't catch the name of the creator) where the wheels were painted silver in Gran Turismo 7...



That is INFINITELY better. This something I must must must correct on my car. All of those clever details are lost on stupid trendy black wheels.

That's really it...three little complaints about the car itself. We can go on about scarcity and awful dealers and how Toyota sells their cars (no such thing as an order--the dealer has to find the car you want). Nobody cares about that. 

This is an awesome car. I have both my 2017 Subaru BRZ and 2022 Toyota GR86 to cruise around. Some would think they're two sides of the same coin, but I like to think they're just my way of supporting the cars I wish more carmakers would attempt. Small, lightweight, quick, rear-wheel drive cars with manual transmissions available. I put my money where my mouth is and bought two of them brand new. 

The future isn't so bleak for fun cars. Here's to five more years of BRZ and many more in the GR86...

Happy Motoring!

-CC


PREVIOUSLY...


Anime Hit March '93 & '94 -- Zyuranger, Dairanger, Sailor Moon & Dragon Ball Z!

Welcome back to another underwhelming CCLemon99 audio project! I've previously done these audio posts on my Tokusatsu remix album along with a recent post on the demo versions of songs from Dengeki Sentai Changeman and the theme songs of Gosei Sentai Dairanger.

This time around I am sharing a medley that I assembled of five songs that you know so well.

I have a habit of waking up at about 2 or 3AM. Terrible, I know. The only thing that can get me back to sleep is searching for something new...something nobody cares about except for me. Sometimes I'm looking for rare car parts, sometimes I look for random toys, but a lot of the time I am looking for music. I need music all the time. My CD Collection is never done. Are you kidding me? I need it all!

My searching one night lead to a jackpot of sorts. I found a series of CDs that Columbia has released since at least the early 90s until, well, today pretty much. There appears to be shifts in title and topic, but these are self-cover versions of songs from the radio and anime that are made specifically for dance routines. 

Before you turn away at the notion of Karaoke-machine style covers of songs...these are way better, I promise. None of these have lyrics, but they are performed by Columbia Orchestra when the songs were fresh and new. These are slightly peppier alternate takes on the classics!

I bought...a number of these CDs, but for brevity I am only going to cover the first two that I got--1993 and 1994. I'm also not going to cover every song. You can pick that up on your own time if you're interested. Here is a medley of five killer tracks from the 1993 and 1994 Anime Hit March:


Anime Hit March '93
COCG-10707
01.04.1993

Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger

The Zyuranger theme song as it was meant to be...for dance!

Of the three Sentai songs in this medley, this one is probably my least favorite. It's more of a tarted up BGM than anything. It's still a delight!

I should note that the reason I did this project as a Medley was to save space and, well, the songs are really repetitive. If you've heard half, you've basically heard the whole thing.

Moonlight Densetsu [Bishojo Senshi Sailormoon]

This is a weird, somewhat slower version of the earwormy Sailor Moon opening theme song. Jazzier...I suppose. Had to include it because who doesn't love this song? 

It's a decent version, I just wish it was maybe a smidge more dramatic.

Gosei Sentai Dairanger

I really dig this interpretation of the Dairanger opening theme song. I've mentioned numerous...NUMEROUS times that this is one of my favorite theme songs and that I'm super protective of it. OK, maybe not so much that last part.

This is pretty damn sweet. It's pretty damn dark as a track to dance to. The flutes add a modicum of levity, but there is no getting around that image of Ryuseioh shooting flames from it's mouth.

Love it!

Anime Hit March '94
COCG-11583
01.04.1994

WE GOTTA POWER [Dragonball Z]

OK, this is a REALLY fucking great version of this song. The original is a banger even if it was the era of Dragon Ball Z that I really didn't give a damn about. *shouldaendedwithCell*

The original song is powerful enough on it's own, but this is just incredible. I never thought I'd say it, but Hironobu Kageyama's vocals aren't entirely necessary this time. The energy here is great and they just knocked it out of the park.

Oretachi Muteki sa!! Dairanger [Gosei Sentai Dairanger]

Instead of including any Kakuranger song in this CD, they made the baffling decision to go back to 1993 and use Dairanger's ending theme song. I'm glad they did! This is a fantastic version of it. I would say that this is a smidge more chill than the original version, but the elements are all there. The guitar work is great as well. 

I let this one play out a little more since it isn't as repetitive as the other tracks.

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I have to say--these were far, far cooler than I expected. I don't know if I want to pursue a full set, but I enjoy the notion of more music being out there for me to add to the collection.

Do you wanna hear more about these CDs? I can tease that '91's disc does not have Jetman, but does have the Ultraman theme, Blade Runner ending credit theme as well as a killer rendition of Bobby Brown's On Our Own and even Back In The U.S.S.R. in case you needed to dance out your feelings three months after it was dissolved. Oh, and '96 has not only the Carranger theme (the first one....and correct one), but it also has TWO-MIX's Rhythm Emotion. Sweet.

Let me know what you think!

-CC

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2022/04/30

Song Collection: Gosei Sentai Dairanger


I would count myself among Dairanger's biggest fans. It made "S" tier when I did one of those trendy Tier lists. I have nothing but fond memories of the series from my youth that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Great show, great designs, great action, great music. 10/10.

...I just wish I could say the same for it's tragic Song Collection...

For this post I'll be listening to my copy of the Gosei Sentai Dairanger Complete Song Collection from 1997. I briefly talked about that disc here in the past.


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01. Gosei Sentai Dairanger / NEW JACK Takuro (Hirokazu Umeda)

The Dairanger opening theme song is on a level of amazingness that I think may be unattainable for any other TV show. Think of how incredible the accompanying video sequence was as well. I have to give Toei credit...they pulled off concise editing when they put it together--those images of Ryuseioh roaring out and breathing fire to this soundtrack are perfection.

There is no way to not be hype when this song is playing. NEW JACK Takuro's labored singing was kinda revolutionary if you think about it. We've had some powerhouses sing Sentai theme songs in the past like Akira Kushida, Takayuki Miyauchi, and Hironobu Kageyama, but none of them were able to open the floodgates this much. I think the closest we got was that little *boom* in the Liveman opening theme song. Or maybe Mojo's yell in the Battle Fever J ending. This is appropriate hype for the series it's attached to.

Check out the demo version of the song here. You can catch the madness in it's infancy...

02. Ai no Solider / Gouji Tsuno

Here is where it all goes wrong.

You know what, I've never hated this song as much as some of the ones we're going to explore going forward. It's a bad singer with the most generic rock song attached to it. It's just there...not the worst, but NOWHERE near good.

The best part of this song, obviously, is "I LOVE YOU! ON THE FIRE!".

Huh??? Alright, my man.

03. Utsukushi hana no youni / Gouji Tsuno

When I was early in my Youtube channel I genuinely worried about what songs I would use for Dairanger toys. Some songs are painfully limited (Won Tiger, Gorma, Ryuseioh/Dairenoh, Daibuster, Rin's song) and the rest...were this slop.

The badass imagery in the Dairanger opening video? It's related to this deep, dark, forgotten song hell. 

If I could aptly describe this song, I guess I could say this is a peaceful meadow of lameness that somehow wandered into a fierce battle for the planet.

As limited as this song collection is, I really hate this for wasting precious space on the disc.

04. Ikki ni shuuchuu! / FUNKY Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)

This is the lone decent, unaffiliated song in the song collection. I don't think FUNKY Y.K. is all that great, and kinda verges on sucking on this song with his hamminess. I appreciate the energy and classic rollcall! It's a little retro in that sense, even if Zyuranger also has a song with a rollcall. It's something that kinda went out of fashion at some point.

Yeah, I like this one.

05. Gorma Gorma Gorma / Gouji Tsuno, Pythagoras

I have a hard time getting into villain songs. Sometimes they're great, but mostly they're just obnoxious. This song can definitely be filed under the latter even though it has a pretty slick beat.

Credit where it's due at least, it's incredibly modern. Songs would sound like this for pretty much the remainder of the 90s. The mopey singing from Gouji Tsuno is a big holdback. We also have the return of Pythagoras, who you probably don't remember from the Zyuranger ending song. He provides the rap portions here...it's pretty fun.

06. Kaze no senshi / Yoko Ishida

Overrated.

For a song that had an episode's plot wrapped around it, this is a bland 'ole time. It's just boring. It isn't terrible, but it's farty beat never really did anything for me. 

Yoko Ishida did a fine job in one of her early songs. She's one of those singers where I've seen the name plenty over the years, but then realize that I only know her from this song and a song from B-Robo Kabutack that I'll probably cover some day. Still active...but just not into Tokusatsu much.

07. Hi no fuke Daibuster / Nobuhiko Kashiwara

A great action song--one that finally fits the series perfectly. It's almost as if it shares DNA with the theme songs. This one is rad. Definitely best of the series.

08. Ryuseioh ~Dairenoh no theme~ /  FUNKY Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)


While Funky Y.K. was a fun guy to listen to in Zyuranger's Dragon Caesar no uta, this song is just...dreck. The singing is just...bad. Or at least he was the wrong singer for the job. Not only that, but the music is pretty weak outside of the guitar work. How lazy is it that Ryuseioh and Dairenoh had to share a theme song?

There is so much wrong with this half-assed theme song that I really just never consider this to be a mecha theme song. Ryuseioh and Dairenoh deserve way better than this...

09. Chikai / FUNKY Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)

The very beginning 20 seconds of this song are painful. I've edited it out of all versions that I use for portable music. After that...it's a decent enough song. Again, I don't think the Funkster was the right choice for singing, but here we are. If you can stomach the beginning, you'll be rewarded with a modestly alright song.

The only thing that can make this song worse is the cast singing it...which totally happened on that Promotional Drama CD...let's not talk about that.

10. Oretachi muteki sa!! Dairanger / NEW JACK Takuro (Hirokazu Umeda)

The amazing ending theme song to the series. Like it's Opening counterpart, this one gets it right from beginning to end. It's just so slick and perfect. There are few better songs out there to bring Super Sentai episodes in for a landing. Catchy, exciting, but also pretty damn chill. Especially the instrumental bits. 

11. Won Tiger no uta / Nobuhiko Kashiwara


This is the Dairanger mecha theme worth listening to.

We have a better singer this time around...and even an up-beat song with some Won Tiger sound effects thrown in. It might not be the best mecha theme song, but it's certainly a nice return to form that had been lacking in some of the years prior to this.

12. Gosei Sentai Dairanger [Original Karaoke]

13. Ikki ni shuuchuu! [Original Karaoke]

14. Kaze no senshi [Original Karaoke]

15. Hi no fuke Daibuster [Original Karaoke]

16. Ryuseioh ~Dairenoh no theme~ [Original Karaoke]

17. Oretachi muteki sa!! Dairanger [Original Karaoke]

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This is a rough listen as a Song Collection. The great songs are the ones you know and the bad songs are BAAAD. Everything in the middle is pretty forgettable. 

I know I haven't reviewed every Super Sentai Song Collection of the 90s, but I need to make this perfectly clear here and now. This is the worst...by far. Zyuranger is down there in lameness, but this is a whole new level of weak. I want to say this mostly stems from sheer disappointment since I didn't hear all of these songs until years after the series was over. Toei wisely left a lot of these songs to rot, but not smart enough to just not bother releasing them. I guess they needed to put *something* out for a song collection.

Skip it. Amazing theme songs with completely uninspired junk around it.

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If you enjoy the Dairanger theme songs, make sure you check out the post I did where I uncover the demo versions of both theme songs...along with Changeman for good measure.

I'll be back soon with a brand new post about a newly released thing. It's some stuff that kinda snuck in under the radar, so we'll see how it really is.

See ya next time.

-CC

2022/04/06

The CD Collection--Avataro Sentai Donbrothers Shudaika Limited Edition

I guess it's that time of year! I received my copy of the Avataro Sentai Donbrothers theme song CD Single in the mail today. As usual...I am completely unprepared. I haven't watched the show or heard the songs yet. I probably won't watch the show. I didn't watch last year's show. I don't remember the songs from last year because I haven't heard them since I wrote that review. You know...the usual!

This is something of a rare thing I think. I want good Sentai music. I'm not walking into this as a fan of this series so I won't be blinded by fandom into loving a song that could very well be subpar. This is a genuine reaction. If you're into that sort of thing, then continue reading my annual Super Sentai CD Single review. If not...enjoy the pretty pictures?

Here goes...

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Avataro Sentai Donbrothers Shudaika Limited Edition
COCC-17966
06.04.2022

01. Ore koso Only One / MORISAKI WIN

I think this is one of the more well-produced opening theme songs in recent years. It has a more late-90s chill vibe, which is refreshing. I may be a bit jaded since I can't think of a decent song since like...Gekiranger? This is decent. I can see it becoming a bit tiresome on repeat listens, but I'll have to remember to put this on every once in awhile.


The singing isn't incredible, but I guess the funk factor is enough to cover it. The Columbia brats being kept at a minimum keep them effective. Yeah--I like it.

02. Don't Boo! Donbrothers / MORISAKI WIN

This one is a nice complement to the opening theme song. It shares a singer, so the continuity is there (mercifully.....because there is nothing worse than a bad opening theme song followed by a worse ending theme song sung by someone like Sister Mayo). 

Again, I dig the production--the 90s feel combined with something more than a threadbare idea of a song is what I feel that Super Sentai has been lacking. I vaguely remember liking last year's ending theme song, but I can't remember the last time I liked both theme songs.

03. Ore koso Only One [Original Karaoke]

04. Don't Boo! Donbrothers [Original Karaoke]

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BONUS ITEM #1

I suppose the first bonus item to talk about is the one that is packaged in with the disc. The Avataro Gear is a Limited Edition version that is only included in this set. It does come with an instruction sheet to show how it can be used with the DX Donblaster, which is...helpful?

This is pretty standard fair going as far back as the Engine Soul included in the Engine Sentai Go-Onger Shudaika in 2008. Sure, the gimmicks have gotten much less elaborate, but they've always been small enough to pack in with a CD.

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BONUS ITEM #2

The second bonus item is a clear card that is a preorder exclusive item. It's neat I guess...if you have a photo the right size to line yourself up with Don Momotaro.

It's definitely not the weakest bonus, but it's pretty weak. At least it wasn't a poster to make the shipping cost outrageous!

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Set Overall: I can't say that I'll have time to watch the show, but my annual foray into the Super Sentai Theme Song thing was actually a pleasant experience this year. Burmese singer MORISAKI WIN did a fine enough job providing vocals against a solid duo of well-produced songs. 

The bonuses were adequate. What else is there to say? It's pretty cookie cutter at this point. CD+Toy+Pre Order Bonus. Last year we got a bonus disc and the year before we got the soundtrack to that Sentai Battle thing (I think? Or was that the year before...?).

It's definitely worth picking up this set. Whatever issues that Columbia is having with Amazon has kinda forced me into ordering more CDs from CDJapan...who has been pretty generous with the coupons and discounts lately. Just saying...

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That's it for another year of Super Sentai theme songs. Be sure to check out my music collection - CD page. If you're really feeling frisky, I have a recent post about the demo versions of theme songs from Dengeki Sentai Changeman and Gosei Sentai Dairanger. Check it out!

Have a good one!

-CC

PREVIOUSLY.....


CCLemon99 - Live Action Sounds [Full Tokusatsu Medley Album]
The CD Collection--The CD Collection--Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger Shudaika ["Zenryoku Zenkai!" Ban Limited Edition]
The CD Collection--Mashin Sentai Kiramager Shudaika Limited Edition [Amazon Japan]
The CD Collection--Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Shudaika Limited Edition
The CD Collection--Kaito Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Shudaika Limited Edition

2022/03/31

Demo Version! Dengeki Sentai Changeman and Gosei Sentai Dairanger!


My CD Collection is vast and truly all encompassing...but once in a blue moon I score a new CD for the collection that is so monumental that I need to dedicate a post to it.

I am not going to write a full review this time...I am just going to share (pieces) of what I've discovered. The CD in question is Katsuo Ohno's Maboroshi no Melody Vol.5 ~Ohno Katsuo maboroshi no Demo Tape ongen~ from 2008. It is the last in a series of demo tapes released by Ohno between 2003 and 2008. This is the only one that is relevant to my little mission--and also the most difficult to find.


I have been looking for this CD for years. It was released quietly in 2008 and after missing the initial run I was left to watch and wait. I had a couple of misses over the years before FINALLY scoring a reasonably priced used copy in March of 2022. 

The disc features several tracks that I am completely unfamiliar with...but five that I am *very* familiar with...


Dengeki Sentai Changeman Demo Track Medley


The liner notes give some very basic information on the series, the singer of the final version (KAGE/Hironobu Kageyama) and mentions that Ohno was also responsible for Mermaid & Phoenix as well as Soldier Dragon ~ Yuusha no michi despite not being present in this collection.

I dig the subtle difference in NEVER STOP Changeman...including the more subtle intro. I shared these with Changeman superfan Shogo B'Stard who immediately noticed the different lyrics, which inspired me to just post them up...so here you go:

NEVER STOP Changeman


GREAT PASSION~Jounetsu no arashi~


LOVE FOREVER


I should probably note that the demos for both of these songs are full versions. Pretty neat, huh? I only used snippets for each track because the whole situation seems somewhat nebulous. This CD is *rare* and I don't know if Toei/Ohno really want the whole things out there.

The demo for GREAT PASSION is probably the biggest difference of the lot and it's pretty obvious that Naomi Miyanaga's effortlessly perfect vocals in LOVE FOREVER are what make that song as great as it is.

Gosei Sentai Dairanger Demo Track Medley

These are a ton of fun.


The liner notes on this one are kinda funny. It talks about how Sentai started with either Goranger or Battle Fever J depending on how you look at it. It then goes on to say that these are unusual for Ohno in that they are only short, structural demos for how the lyrics should be sung...which tracks since the end songs match this pretty well. Kenji Yamamoto (infamous plagiarizer) was in charge of the arrangement and brought in more traditional sounding instruments like a shakuhachi for the final version.

That makes a lot of sense since these songs are pretty revolutionary--especially the ending song Oretachi Muteki sa!! Dairanger. Speaking of...the only major lyrical change is in this song where "Oretachi muteki sa!!" becomes "Oretachi muteki da!!". This isn't in the snippet, but you get the gist.

Gosei Sentai Dairanger & Oretachi Muteki sa!! Dairanger



I thought this would be fun to share these virtually unheard demos. Enjoy...and please don't bug me for the full versions. Haha.




-CC

Reebok X Power Rangers -- HUH?

If it weren't for a random ad on a website, I wouldn't even know this was a thing...

Today I'm going to take a look at possibly the most bizarre major merchandise collaborate I've ever come across--the Reebok x Power Rangers line. As a dude who really digs sneakers, I was intrigued by the concept. I bought a pair of Tron adidas back in 2006 and the year before I bought several pairs of the adidas Superstar Anniversary sneakers...which included my all-time favorite sneaker (the blue suede Superstar).

Feet are gross, so I can appreciate un-gross things to cover them up is what I'm getting at. Let's take a look at these Power Rangers Reeboks and see how they turned out.

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Power Rangers Question Mid Basketball

I'll start with what I believe was the original shoe (?). This is the Megazord themed sneaker that draws in some vaguely memorable styling and color cues without being too overbearing.

This one...is alright I guess? I give them points for being asymmetric in a world where your two shoes should match. They're fine. I respect the game, but I wouldn't wear them. 

The trick box is kinda neat I suppose.

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Power Rangers Classic Leather

This is the blandest fucking shoe I've ever seen. How is this even part of the line?

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Power Rangers Answer IV Men's Basketball

I kiiiiinda dig this Lord Zedd themed sneaker with the tubing looped around to the heel. Outside of it being woefully impractical and possibly being a tripping hazard, it's neat.

I think the only thing about it that I actively dislike is the location of the zipper...and possibly the silver. I get it--it fits with the theme. Silver shoes like that just don't work in the real world, though.

Yeah, like I said...this one is kinda sorta OKish. It certainly looks better from a distance. 

Good from afar, but far from good lookin'.

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Power Rangers Instapump Fury 94

This one really saddens me. As a dude who had a pair of Reebok Pumps in the 90s, I was hoping they would do something cool with the design in this line. Nope! Instead we are given the fugliest shoe that I've ever ever ever seen.

On the other hand...this shoe leaves zero-doubt to what it is or who it is trying to pay tribute to. The details are there, and I'm sure that this designed meticulously up close without ever taking a step back to check their work.

Truly headache inducing...

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Power Rangers Zig Dynamica

You know what...? This might be my pick of the bunch. It's discreet, but it gets the job done perfectly. The pentagram on the tongue of the left shoe is a really cool touch. Not to mention, the shoe itself looks pretty cushy. Its everything the other shoes in this line aren't!

It may not be my style, but I can get behind this!

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Power Rangers Hurrikaze II Low

Saving the best for last!

Kidding! This is by far and away the biggest disappointment of the bunch.

First off...as you may know I am a major fan of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. I will jump at any chance to add to my collection. The problems here are numerous...

-Why did they pick the Grandpa shoes as a base?

-If they were going to go with such a bland design, why not go big and make the left shoe camouflage and the right shoe white??

-The 90s Bandai "EVIL SPACE ALIENS" is so out of place on the tongue.

-"I got a life and I'm lovin' it". Is that a thing??

This is the one that I got the ad for on a random site that introduced me to this line. I was drawn in by it's badness and kept a consistent stream of disappointment as I saw what else was up for grabs.

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Ummm...so that's that for that. You can check out the shoes on the Reebok site here, or you can wait until the next Power Morphicon to see them in action against bad convention hall carpeting. 

Anyway...Bye!

-CC

Hang on a minute...

Boots with the fur?

Reeboks with the strap??

Hurrikaze II LOW???

I can't be the only one who noticed!


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