Shin Kamen Rider 2023: The One Sentence Review *SPOILER*


Since I know that news feeds are cruel and unforgiving with their article summaries...I guess I need to post a little bit of filler before my one sentence review. I wouldn't want to spoil the movie. You should see it regardless of what I think or at least have to say about it. It was a film. Considering the films that are currently playing, it's the filmiest of all films probably. I mean...I've seen Spider-man before. Little Mermaid was all the rage when I was a youngster. Fast and Furious? I tapped out after watching the second one *checks notes* 20 years ago!?!? 

So a Kamen Rider film graced the screens in America. Many thanks for Fathom for granting us that. It was a packed house, which was cool. I met up with my brother to catch it.

OK...is that enough filler to avoid spoiling this in feeds?

My one sentence review:

It was great, phenomenal even, but much like all of the characters...it dissolves rapidly by the third act.


I want to write more about this, and I likely will, but right now I'm almost baffled by what unfolded. 


I've been away for a long time and I want to explain my absence from the site. Soon. Very soon. I promise. I have a lot to say and maybe I would feel something if I got it off of my chest.


P.S. Toei will fuck it up with a sequel. They always do. 


The White Blaster Beetleborg and the Kabuto Figure That We Never Got

The last thing I need is more stuff to collect, but there are always some oddities out there that I kinda wish would've happened. I have enough stuff to open a medium-sized hobby shop, but I can't help wonder about what could've been...

While there have been some neat prototypes either leaked or teased over the years, I think it's fun to examine the Beetleborgs toyline. Some Bandai Japan prototypes that didn't seem to make the cut ended up getting a second life stateside. You may remember the DX Boron from the Beetleborgs Metallix toyline. We never did get a toy of Kuwaga Titan from the B-Fighter Kabuto line...just Chogokin Kabuterios. There is also the Ladyborg figure that the US did get, but Japan did not. Don't even get started on all of the villain figures that never seem to release in Japan.

Honestly none of those really concern me all that much. There is one figure that emerged as a prototype years ago that looks great, but never made it to production anywhere...sorta...

This is a prototype of Kabuto from the initial B-Fighter series. This particular prototype did end up in a collector's hands (I should note that the image above is NOT mine, but I am posting it because it's educational for sure). The baggie has some good information on it. This was created for B-Fighter and not Beetleborgs. This likely would have ended up as number 5 or 6 (I'll get to that in a bit) in the B-Fighter Metallic Hero Series of figures.

The problem? Kabuto...

See, I do think this design is fantastic. The smooth hero juxtaposed to the armored hero wasn't done as well in Blue SWAT since Gold Platinum was...not pretty. At all. I hate that design. Kabuto on the other hand has that organic smoothness that stems from the character being just that...a character, not a suit. Kabuto was the son of series mentor Guru. The character was a bit of a boob, but he did give Blue Beet the Beet Ingram before pissing off until the finale (and then again in BF Kabuto...which is just weird when you think about it. Kabuto in BF Kabuto, but not the Kabuto the series is named after since there is also a BF Kabuto...Kabuto!).

So the character was a bit of a nothing burger in B-Fighter, hence we never got the figure. Bah.

Big Bad Beetleborgs, however, did use the suit a little more favorably despite it being Beetleborgs. The White Blaster Beetleborg did get to be a genuine hero suit very briefly. Would you look at that? We even got that figure that Plex prototyped.

Except we didn't.

This is the White Blaster Beetleborg figure that was released and the closest we came to that Kabuto prototype. The figure was part of the second-wave Beetleborg figures that included a dial-powered action feature. The others made sense considering the weapons had an action to them. This figure...ehhhh... 

It's the Beet Ingram and it just folds open. No Pulsaber for Blue Beet to add to it. It just opens. Lame.

As if the permanent weapon isn't bad enough, there is more bad news. The antenna on the helmet DOES detach and very much will if you take your eye off it for a second. So we have a detachable weapon that doesn't detach and a detachable headpiece that shouldn't. Ouch.

I own four of these figures. Two are carded, the one you see pictured in this post, and a parts guy. The parts guy is basically what you can expect to find on ebay on any given day. Missing all accessories, antennae, and a ton of paint, but still pricey.

That being said, it's still a good looking figure if you can get one complete and without paint damage. It is even kinda appropriate that he is holding the Beet Ingram if you want to add him to your B-Fighter collection. 

Speaking of,,,

Hey, you can even have a little family reunion if you have Metallic Hero Series 5: Super Blue Beet.

That's where I think the prototype would have fallen in if it were released. Kabuto probably would have been 5 and the series could have concluded with Super Blue Beet as 6. Guru was going to have to be included with Super Blue Beet as the Blue Beet in the the Super Blue Beet set is barely different from the Blue Beet at the beginning of the series. Bandai needed to sweeten the pot somehow.

The prototype lives on as a curiosity, The sculpt is different enough from the White Blaster Borg to keep it wholly unique (look closely...the differences are numerous). It's still fun to wonder what could have been...

See ya soon!


Power Rangers 2017 Japanese Theater Program

There are many different versions of CCLemon99. Today you're getting CCLemon99: Book Collector. I've talked about books on occasion. It usually stems from me trying to clean, but really thumbing through books for a few hours. This time around came across a book for a movie I've never seen, nor have any real desire to see. I decided to give the book a whirl anyway.

This is the Japanese theater program for the 2017 Lion's Gate Power Rangers film. Power Rangers has been an underground companion to Super Sentai basically since Power Rangers' inception. It's really cool that they even got Machiko Soga back to dub her Rita Repulsa lines in a weird turn of events.

Anyway...the 2017 movie did get a theatrical release a few years back in Japan, I collect theater pamphlets, so I ended up bringing this into the collection awhile back and never really cracking it open.

It's a more comprehensive guide than I was expecting. There are cast bios, Power Ranger History to (then) present, a color insert, a page on Kyoryuger Brave, Super Sentai history, and even a merch guide. Oh yeah...and interviews with the seiyuu cast.

It's definitely more than I was expecting. The photo spreads look great as well.

...and now the merch guide. I am always amused at what ends up in Japan from the former Bandai America and now Hasbro. This guide is pretty useful...it even includes the prices. Kinda painful to see them since, well, we all know these toys ended up in the clearance bin.

By all accounts the movie was a dud in Japan, so I think this may be the closest thing to a full guide that we'll ever get. It's a great effort and I totally recommend it if you're like me and a fan of curiosities, or are just a fan of the series. 

Right...back to the library!



It's August 2022 and The Kakuranger Cast Got Back Together...

Normally I wouldn't write about something this trivial, but seeing these photos the other day had me pretty hype...and I am FAR from alone.

WOW! Seemingly out of nowhere the main cast of my all-time favorite Super Sentai series, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, got back together for...(merch) reasons (probably?)! Even if the only thing we're getting out of this are a handful of photos, I'll take it! Who knows? It could be more!

I gotta say...everyone is looking really sharp as well! The main photo has a vibe of legitimacy that is missing from a lot of reunion photos. The pose is only part of it...you can really tell these guys are still into it!

Seriously...so cool. 

Even if this was just a little get together was timed conveniently close to the new wave of merch on Bandai's site (available until September 19th for preorder), I still dig the love that this got.

Toei...please...make a 30 years after special. Look at those Likes...Just look at them...

I will buy a dozen copies of the BluRay...promise. I was going to buy all of those keychains anyway! This gang has to be down for a reunion movie!

Anyways...I know you've probably heard about this in your own Twitter feed, so I'll end it here. 



Can you still find a deal in 2022?


Ughhh...I guess I'd better explain.

A little over a year ago I wrote a post detailing some of the little nuggets of gold that I managed to scoop up from the rapidly drying stream. Don't even bother reading it. Those deals are gone forever and not even an Artisan Doron Changer sells for a good price anymore. In the past year I've monitored the outlets and, well, there really isn't much left to buy, let alone find a decent deal on anything interesting.

I'm not here to moan about the good old days when I picked up things like the ancillary Power Animals from Gaoranger for $10 a pop, I understand that time is money and we're heading to a future of possible reissues sprinkled with Super Minipla to kinda satiate the need to new old stuff. 

Availability is becoming a big problem. I have two toys left on my collection list--and I don't expect to find them any time soon, nor do I expect to get them for a song. There are a handful of other toys that I'm "interested" in--they aren't at all rare, exciting, or sought after. They've been 100% unavailable for two years. I check all the time and they haven't popped up on any of the usual sites in years. The hell?

In my usual searches I came across something that I made me pause. I am going to show you the image that broke my brain:

It's obvious what site I took this from, so I feel like this was posted as bait to accept a price cut and move on. Crackhead sellers are nothing new and the site that this was posted to is known for haggling. That said--DX Tetra Boy, in all of his azure mediocrity, has always been rare. The seller mentions this about both items in the description along with sentimental feelings. Even is there is an extra zero in that price, it's still a headache-inducing amount. 

I bought two DX Tetra Boys to make one good set back in the day, and even at the $150 or so I paid total for both, I paid that price begrudgingly since it was one of the last 90s Sentai Mecha I needed for my full set. Imagine my dismay when I did a look around and total junkers were pegged at $60+. At least both of the ones I got came with boxes and accessories!

It got me looking into prices for other 90s mecha. The news is not good. Junk is pulling unwarranted money and sellers are definitely having the market since we're at a point where collectors aren't holding out for the perfect examples anymore. The cold, dead grip of Fear Of Missing Out has finally come for 90s and 2000s toys... The people that can now "afford" the toy they missed out on are here...

I'm just writing this post as a stark contrast to my previously sunny demeaner. I'm aware that I bought the important stuff in my collection at a time when prices were completely bottomed. Prices crept up, but available was always good. If I had an idea for a video, I made it happen in short order with quick turnaround. Prices continued to creep, and people began to settle for lesser condition. The decent stuff got expensive...then the OK stuff got expensive...and now the junk is starting to fetch premiums.

I used to say that you didn't have to look too hard for deals with a casual search. Now you have to look harder, pay more, and be willing to accept less...much less.

Good luck on your collecting! If you're thinking about something from the late 00s........now's the time!!!

See ya!



Let's Get Physical! New Tokusatsu Physical Releases!

The plot twist of the year is the massive reversal of fortunes when it comes to Tokusatsu physical media releases. Think about where we were just a few short months ago. Ultraman was the only thing keeping us afloat. Great stuff--but I couldn't help but feel we were in the midst of our malaise era of Tokusatsu.

Then...we got more. Lots more.

It was only a month ago the obscured legends from Shout Factory emerged in their three-piece mecha to halt the invasion of Hasbronauts. References to the first episode of Fiveman aside--that happens to be the shock of the month. In just 1-2-3-4-5 weeks from this writing we will be getting the *woefully* delayed DVD set of Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman! The very set that was teased like four years ago is being released with the exact artwork seen in the teaser post? Why the delay? What gives? Who cares! What we can only hope is that this is not the end of Shout's Super Sentai DVD releases. 

Fiveman is not an incredible series, but I still found great enjoyment out of it. I miss that era where Sentai series has their own sound effect catalog. Jetman had it fart sounds...Fiveman had its bizarre sound design. It was great. Yeah, I'm excited to give this show another shot legitimately. I know I've been teasing a Timeranger post since it's release, but there is a lot to talk about and I need to get it right. Fiveman...is gonna be a challenge, but crucially it's episodes are only like seventeen and a half minutes without credits, which helps since time is in short supply.

Anyway...Fiveman DVD set. Great stuff. Ordered immediately and I cannot wait to get it. If Abaranger is next, I'll be there too.

That same day we also got another lump of awesome news. Kamen Rider Kuuga is coming to Blu Ray! I haven't seen this series in so long and I was just getting the itch to watch again after catching an episode on Shout Factory's Tokushoutsu Twitch channel one night when I couldn't sleep. The series has been available to stream for some time, but I can't engage with streaming as much as I can with a DVD or BD. I put the Blues Brothers on the other night and watched the entire damn movie without distraction. I also streamed all of Seinfeld last month and constantly left to do other stuff.

This release isn't a total shock as, like I mentioned, the series has been available in North America to stream for quite some time along with Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider Agito. 

This announcement...it definitely opens up the possibility for more. Keep this in mind when the crop of new Kamen Rider films are released in the future. They'll have life on Amazon Prime...but the possibilities are endless.

My procrastination has paid off in writing this post as just yesterday it was announced that Discotek is going to continue releasing Metal Hero BDs with Uchuu Keiji Gavan! Yes! As you might remember, Discotek has also released Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion on BD in North America. This was completely out of left field and certainly a move that fully enough. I will definitely be preordering that one as well whenever and wherever it is available.

In addition to this, we have Media Blasters lurking in the background. 

They teased what is truly going to be one of my favorite releases of all-time at the very end of 2021. They proposed a set of basically every 1990s Kamen Rider feature sometime in 2022. Even if it happens in 2023, I'm still pumped. They've been the lords of the Hakaider license in America since like 2000 and recently put out a great BD and have also released new BDs of Zebraman and Zebraman 2. 


We're currently at a watershed moment of releases and I am just taking it all in. 

I have been working on my own little side project for something later on. I can say that upon re-re-re-release some Toei BDs have gotten more reasonably priced when it comes to Super Sentai vs/V Cinema releases, but holy hell are full series still freakin' expensive.

The next time I hear some dork whine that $60 is too much for a full series DVD release, I will gladly remind them that you will be hard-pressed to find that same series for less than $300 in Japan. The releases aren't perfect, but the rock bottom price of $35-$60 that these sets have been have made up for it in spades. Not wishing to have a "get off my lawn" moment, but $20 used to buy you a VHS copy with four episodes in 1994. Twenty 1994 Dollars. (I am working on a certain post about some old tapes...)

Anyway, whiners will always whine. Winners will always support physical Tokusatsu releases.

See ya~!



Song Collection: Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman

When the news of Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman's impending DVD release broke there was one thing I knew that I absolutely must do.

Pre-order the set.....

.....oh, and I should probably circle back and talk about it's Song Collection I guess. 

I'm kinda running out of Sentai Song Collections to talk about from the Complete Song Collection series (1975-1994), so if I skipped over a series for so long it must mean that I'm avoiding it...right??

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


01. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman / Kenji Suzuki

This ear-worm of a theme song is what brought Super Sentai into the 1990s.

It may not be as face-paced and in your face as the Turboranger theme song, but I like the Fiveman theme song. It's extremely of it's time and gets the job done. Given the school teacher nature of the main cast we should be grateful that we didn't get the brats instead of the regular background singers.

I like Kenji Suzuki and it's kinda of a bummer that his career doesn't stray far outside of this series. The only other work of his I'm familiar with is the Grandzort theme that he sang the year prior. It's alright. He basically moved on from singing in 1992 and returned for some live performances in the 2000s.

02. Atsui Beat de Fiveman / Kenji Suzuki

An upbeat fight song that never appeared in the series. The music is basically a wall of artificiality outside of Suzuki's singing and the guitar. It's alright...maybe a bit too on the cheery side.

03. Oretachi wa Ura Hero / Y.F ZOMBIE COMPANY

This song, to me, is trying way too hard to be like Dragonball Z's ending song Detekoi tobikiri ZENKAI Power.  It's not bad, in fact I think the groove is pretty smooth. It's a bit too quirky though this early into the CD. Not a fault of the song itself.

04. JanKenJump! Fiveman / Kenji Suzuki, SHINES

Another upbeat fight song that, like Atsui Beat never made it into the series. Very catchy, but it suffers the same shortcomings of the previous Image Songs.

05. Itsutsu no kokoro de Fiverobo / Hironobu Kageyama

From: The CD Collection-- Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~:

The third Sentai mecha theme song from Hironobu Kageyama. They finally got it right this time. It's an energetic song for one. Kageyama is definitely on-point this time. Even if this isn't my favorite mecha theme song, it's certainly one of the best that Kageyama had to offer. Really, there aren't many flaws when you listen to it. The only thing that sucks is the mecha that it's based on. Heh.

06. Kung Fu Dance / CHIEMY

Love this song. Not to get ahead of myself, but this is by far the most put together song on the Song Collection outside of the Fiverobo theme song. Whenever I've talked to anyone about Fiveman, the episode that this is associated with comes up for obvious reasons...but the song also gets a mention.

07. Super Arthur / Rika Matsumoto

Robotic plod. This is the worst thing Hirohisa Soda has ever written.

Now that that's out of the way, can I talk about Rika Matsumoto? Matsumoto has worked in just about every genre of Tokusatsu as a Seiyuu and sang theme songs in two genres (Alive a Life for Kamen Rider Ryuki...which is a great song and In Your Heart from Ultraman Neos...which is also great). 

I just wanted to mention this since if you've ever seen a movie, any movie, there is a chance she dubbed a voice for the Japanese version and she voiced the main little bastard with the hat from everyone's favorite digital dogfighting series Pokemon.

What a damn career.

08. Brother Blood /  Kenji Suzuki, SHINES

This song is a lot of fun. It's a good old fashioned fight song, but one that was good enough to make it into the series. One episode, but still.

The weapon calls are pretty cool, and I just like this one on a technical level. Take one listen and listen to the focus on the guitar. I love when songs are detailed like this without becoming a mess.

09. Hand in Hand / CHIEMY, SHINES

Eh, I've never been into this one at all. This and Super Arthur both get the skip from me usually. This is the only song here that makes use of 1-2-3-4-Fiveman. I should say that it's wasted on this song.

10. Fiveman, Ai no theme / Kenji Suzuki

The series ending song. It's cheesy, but I like it enough. The energy is up, which gives me vibes of Ai no Soldier from Maskman. I also get strong vibes of Tom Sawyer no Bouken's theme song...which is one of my all-time anime theme faves. Some people probably outright dislike this song, but I guess I like it...because it reminds me of two better songs...

11. Chikyuu wa hogara kajima / Tomota Suzuki, Morinoki jidogashoudan

Meh. Episode 23. Lame song.

12. Kyodai robo da ze! Star Five / Kei Takahara

From: The CD Collection-- Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~:

The bland secondary mecha theme song from the series. I like the tempo and horns, but not much else. It's an otherwise bland song for a bland mecha. A match made in heaven!

13. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman [Original Karaoke]

14. Atsui Beat de Fiveman [Original Karaoke]

15. JanKenJump! Fiveman [Original Karaoke]

16. Itsutsu no kokoro de Fiverobo [Original Karaoke]

17. Kung Fu Dance [Original Karaoke]

18. Super Arthur [Original Karaoke]

19. Brother Blood [Original Karaoke]

20. Fiveman, Ai no theme [Original Karaoke]

21. Kyodai robo da ze! Star Five [Original Karaoke]


22. New Town Shogakou kouka [Piano Bansou]  

This is an instrumental version of the school theme song. This would be a little more at home on the Music Collection in my opinion, but it's nice to have it somewhere.


This is by no stretch a great song collection--by I can't help but be fond of it. For some reason this and Kamen Rider Amazon's Song Collection were really hard to find in like 2002/2003. I spent a good chunk of change to get this one and when I did it smelled like it had lived it's life in a fish market up until that point (it no longer stinks, but I do have an image of a fish monger blasting the Fiverobo theme in their stall). 

I'm nostalgic for this one. It's songs aren't bad, and I do listen to most of them fairly regularly. If you told me you hate it, I'd understand. I like the Fiveman Song Collection though. It fits the series well.


Check out my CD Collection page for more! I am looking forward to my damn Fiveman DVDs.

Bye for now!