Triple Top 7: The Best of 2017!

It's the end of the year. Thank god. This has been one hell of a year. I hit my ten-year anniversay and semi-retired from Youtube (HA!). The CCLemon99 flame still burns on even if it means I have to take a small step back. The site has continued on and I have tread new waters through various new topics...

You like that? Honestly I remember very little of what happened this year. I'm usually my own best historian, but I really had a hard time remember what I did this year and what was announced. Seriously, when the memory starts going...it goes FAST. In my defense, I've had a whirlwind year in the real world. A series of events unfolded that had me on the road in September and lead to a bizarre promotion of sorts that felt more like a take-over than anything else. Yeah...long story. It's kinda funny that I don't talk about real world stuff too much here and I don't talk CCLemon99 stuff in the real world. I just kinda mention things in passing here and there. My wife rolls her eyes whenever I talk work or CCLemon99...so I guess that means I may even have a third life...

This post is a little late because I literally went back and re-watched every single video and re-read every single post. Now that I've refreshed myself on...myself, let's take a look at some of my favorite announcements of 2017 and my favorite content of the year!


Top 7 Announcements of 2017!

07. Get Wild Song Mafia announced for release. (February?)

I think I missed the official announcement for this one, but only caught it during the stealth Amazon Japan listing in late February (based on when I ordered it). I ordered it before the set even had a tracklist or title, so I think I may have caught it a little bit early.

Basically this crazy set is multi-label celebration of TM Network's GET WILD that was released on the song's 30th anniversary. You would think that 30+ versions of the same song over four CDs would get boring, but it's surprisingly diverse. As I mention in my review, the song is something of a science experiment as it's always molded to the current image of the band.

06. SHFiguarts Sky Turbo (February)

I've been waiting for this one for awhile. My SHFiguarts bucket list is largely complete...so there really isn't a whole lot to get excited for. Maybe 2018 will bring Blue Version, Tentoro (they'd probably spell it Tentolaw), Z Bringer, J Crosser...and BANDIT (Shin's bike......which better happen!)

05. Cinema-Kan's Ultraman Powered CD Set (February)

This is easily my favorite Tokusatsu CD release of the year. Excellent, excellent music released in a budget CD set by a fantastic small record label in conjunction with the recent Blu-ray release. It certainly blew away the overpriced set (twice as expensive and only one more disc) that Columbia whacked together for USA & Great. Highly recommended!

04. Shout!Factory announced Gingaman will be coming to DVD! (July)

The funnnn...

03. Shout!Factory announces Megaranger will be coming to DVD! (April)


02. Shout!Factory announces Carranger will be coming to DVD! (January)

ENDS!!!!! :D

01. "Your car is here...wait, no it isn't. Umm...NOW it is...! Yeah, definitely for real this time I think!" (February)

Turns out there was a lot of excitement in February. This one totally takes the cake, though. The car that I had ordered months earlier had finally arrived...but wait, it didn't. A near identical one showed up that was about $5,000 more expensive than the one I ordered. A few days later, the car I ordered arrived. I tell the full story here. I've been loving the hell out of my Subaru BRZ ever since.....


Top 7 Posts on CCLemon99.com

07. The CD Collection--TM Network Original Singles 1984-1999 + BACKTRACKS 04.Nov

I've always loved TM Network, but I never really considered myself a super-fan. Exploring this set really gave me a new appreciation for the band. I've had this one for a few years, but never *really* examined it. It was a treat and it inspired me to pick up some more of their albums. I really dig the RHYTHM RED album that they released as TMN. Full disclosure...this wasn't a super-popular post, but I definitely enjoyed it.

06. The CD Collection--Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Japanese Dub CD Singles 16.Mar

I think I had been threatening to make this post forever. It was nice to finally get it off my chest...and you know what? People dug it. The MMPR Japanese dub has always been a curiosity for fans, so it was nice to bring these CDs to light. I even admitted that I dug that over-produced version of Go Go Power Rangers. I mean, if the Teletubbies had some great shredding in their theme song, I'd love that too. I'm easy that way.

05. Journey Through The Decade: Ten Years of CCLemon99 25.Jun

I wrote up a big retrospective to briefly sum up my ten years as CCLemon99. You would think that writing that I would have had a pretty firm grasp on what I accomplished this year. Yeah, nope. I recommend the post, though. Even if I didn't accomplish any of the things I said I would in my forecast. The 1982-2017 video will happen in 2018 since Bandai is holding out on the final Kyuranger changer until then. Clearly I haven't reviewed any of the Kyuranger Changers. Who knows about Daijinryu...I may or may not have gotten one...

04. Power Rangers Legacy Toys Part 1: Weapons & Morphers 01.Jan & Power Rangers Legacy Toys Part 2: The Zords 14.Jan

The first post of January is usually something big and bold. Could I have gone any bigger and bolder? This two-parter talks about the higher-end Legacy toys. It turned out to be a pretty popular set of posts...so everyone really wanted to know my opinion. Go figure...

03. Top Seven Best & Worst Toy Surprises 05.Jun

A topic that was recommended to me. It was nice to recount some utter toy failures along with a handful of times a toy really had me stumped (in a good way).

02. Akina Nakamori Singles Box 1982-1991 [PART 1] 09.Jul & Akina Nakamori Singles Box 1982-1991 [PART 2] 20.Jul

This was a real treat. I've since learned that there is a certain subset of Nakamori fans that have derided this beautiful box set as an unauthorized work that isn't worth the money. In it's defense, it features a lot of previously unreleased material and is lovingly assembled. Warner still owns the rights to this music, no? It's not like it's just another arbitrary "best" album. You know what, though? Even those are great for new fans to cut their teeth on. Hahaa.

That said, I realllllly enjoyed writing this set of posts, especially coming off of something emotionally draining like my big TEN YEAR video. I'm already planning another month of Akina Nakamori in 2018. Both posts are going to be bonkers. One more than the other, for sure! This is one of the things I look most forward to in 2018!

01. Toy Story: Jiban's Denshi Police Techou & The Local Toy Scene 16.Oct

Every time I write a toy story post, I usually think to myself "I really don't have any stories after this one.". Considering I have several of these posts, this clearly isn't true. One day I just started thinking about some of the stores I used to frequent when I was younger and was like "Oh man, I need to write about this...". Due to Google's crappy built-in site analytics, I'll never know where the traffic came from...but this post got a ton of traction. I'm glad...because this was a pleasant stroll down memory lane. I hope you enjoyed it too! Unless you're the lazy ass who didn't want to get the Goggle Robo down for me...


Top 7 CCLemon99 Videos of 2017

07. #521 Power Rangers [2017 Movie] Power Morpher 01.Jan

I think this was part of my 'toy surprises' post. I dug the toy and I actually really enjoyed putting this video together. I even did some dark shots...and I neverrrrr do dark shots! It turned out really nice, IMO.

Oh...and did I ever catch the new Power Rangers movie? Nope. I think I called it early on... Vin Diesel being the bad guy in the latest Fast & Furious movie was probably the better Green Ranger story of 2017. Full disclosure, I didn't see that piece of shit either.

06. #536 Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman DX Max Magma 16.Apr

I...really didn't want to review this one. The finished video came out really good, however. Something I never admitted at the time out of sheer embarassment: I had to reshoot like 60% of the video. I take 4:3 photos for the site and forgot to change my camera back to 17:9. I was getting some excellent shots, too. Nope. Had to go back and take those photos allllll over again. Oh well. I guess that lead me to enjoy the video a bit more.

05. #530 Kamen Rider Kuuga SHFiguarts 05.Mar

I broke through the Heisei(ish) barrier. Not only is this figure fantastic, but the photos turned out excellent. Combine that with some excellent Kuuga BGM and it all turned out great. *thumbs up*

04. #562 Chojin Sentai Jetman Tetra Boy 31.Dec

As I mentioned in the video's description box, this is the very last of the 1990s Super Sentai mecha that I haven't covered. Yes! I started with Daizyujin and ended with Tetra Boy. Kinda weird how I came full circle, eh?

The video itself turned out really cool despite my burning hatred for Jet Icarus. What can you do, though? I couldn't have thought of a better video to close out the year.

03. #550 Transformers Sega Megadrive & Genesis Megatron 17.Sept

Not only was it right around my Birthday, but it was also the 550th video. I felt like doing something a little bit wacky. It's brief, but something I enjoy going back to watch every now and again. That funky music really helped make this video stand out just a little bit more...

02. #529 Kamen Rider J SHFiguarts 26.Feb

At last! J! Finally! YES!

Even if this toy was a total dud, I would have worked extra hard to make sure this video was a winner. I played around with angles...and I even got those SHF city sets. After all that, I took particular care when I edited the music together. The version of the ending theme song used is the CCLemon99 Mix. Hahaa...

01. #546 CCLemon99 TEN YEARS 25.Jun

It had to be this, right?

There have been a handful of times when I've shot videos over a few months. In those cases it usually means I take photos of an unused sticker sheet in March and then take photos of the completed toy in June. This time around I started in April, continued in May, and finished in June. This was an ambitious project that really came together only as I shot it. I filmed a trip to the beach in the freezing cold, then I boiled when I filmed my car in the business parking lot (had to wear that jacket for continuity...).

The dream was to use this song, The Theme From 'BIG WAVE' by Tatsuro Yamashita. That song frequently gets removed from Youtube, though...so I had to play it safe. As you can see in the video, I found a suitable replacement. Had to use the Karaoke versions, though, since Kyosuke is singing about riding in a convertible which my car clearly isn't.

I was incredibly nervous when I uploaded that video. How much did I want to reveal? I put a copy of it on my phone since I like to revisit it frequently. The whole thing still seems foreign to me. Have I really been doing this ten years? Yes, yes I have. I made this video? It's all the places I go, and the car that I drive...but it just seems so unlike me to make such a thing.

Thank you for checking it out if you did.


That's it for this post and yet another year. Be sure to check out past Top 7 lists on this handy page for write-ups from previous years.

I'll catch you all in 2018!

Love and tofu,



CCLemon99 Posts of 2017

Power Rangers Legacy Toys Part 1: Weapons & Morphers 01.Jan
Power Rangers Legacy Toys Part 2: The Zords 14.Jan
The Abandoned Kamen Rider Stronger Theme Song... 01.Feb
Toy Story: 2017 Subaru BRZ 14.Feb
The CD Collection--Ultraman Tiga, Dyna, and Gaia 8cm CD Singles 02.Mar
The CD Collection--Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Japanese Dub CD Singles 16.Mar
CCLemon99 Magazine Issue Four 03.Apr
The CD Collection--GET WILD SONG MAFIA by TM Network 14.Apr
Gekisou! Accel Changer! ~Carranger Part 1 of 3~ 01.May
Pegasus & Uchuu Bosozoku Bowzock ~Carranger Part 2 of 3~ 10.May
Triple Top Seven! ~Carranger Part 3 of 3~ 20.May
Top Seven Best & Worst Toy Surprises 05.Jun
Journey Through The Decade: Ten Years of CCLemon99 25.Jun
Akina Nakamori Singles Box 1982-1991 [PART 1] 09.Jul
Akina Nakamori Singles Box 1982-1991 [PART 2] 20.Jul
The CD Collection--Kamen Rider Kuuga! 8cm CD Singles 04.Aug
CCLemon99 Magazine Issue Five 19.Aug
The CD Collection--Ultraman Great, USA & Ultraman Powered Box Sets 1.Sept
The CD Collection--Kikaider The Animation & Zebraman 15.Sept
Maybe Tsubasamaru's Theme Isn't a Problem After All--A CCLemon99 Follow-up 02.Oct
Toy Story: Jiban's Denshi Police Techou & The Local Toy Scene 16.Oct
The CD Collection--TM Network Original Singles 1984-1999 + BACKTRACKS 04.Nov
INSTALL! Denji Sentai Megaranger Part 1 of 2 17.Nov
Wins, Opportunities, & Top 7 Episodes! Denji Sentai Megaranger Part 2 of 2 01.Dec

CCLemon99 Videos of 2017

#521 Power Rangers [2017 Movie] Power Morpher 01. Jan
#522 Himitsu Sentai Goranger Ranger Mechanix 2 Variblune 08.Jan
#523 Himitsu Sentai Goranger Ranger Mechanix 2 Varidorin 15.Jan
#524 Dai Sentai Goggle Five Ranger Mechanix 2 Goggle Caesar 22.Jan
#525 Kagaku Sentai Dynaman Ranger Mechanix 2 Dyjupiter 29.Jan
#526 Chojuu Sentai Liveman Ranger Mechanix 2 Machine Buffalo 05.Feb
#527 Kamen Rider Stronger (Charge Up) SHFiguarts 12.Feb
#528 Kamen Rider ZO Doras SHFiguarts 19.Feb
#529 Kamen Rider J SHFiguarts 26.Feb
#530 Kamen Rider Kuuga 05.Mar
#531 Kamen Rider Agito 12.Mar
#532 Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Red Spark & Gingared 19.Mar
#533 Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Galeo Pulsar 26.Mar
#534 Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Zyouh Changer Final 02.Apr
#535 Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman DX Star Five 09.Apr
#536 Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman DX Max Magma 16.Apr
#537 Gosei Sentai Dairanger SAS Aura Changer & Kiba Changer PART 1 23.Apr
#538 Gosei Sentai Dairanger SAS Aura Changer & Kiba Changer PART 2 30.Apr
#539 Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger SHFiguarts Howling Cannon 07.May
#540 Honda ASIMO (Lost Video from 2009) 14.May
#541 Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger SP License TV-Kun 21.May
#542 Choriki Sentai Ohranger All Mecha 28.May
#543 Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger Dino Brace Abaremax Version 04.Jun
#544 Power Rangers S.P.D. Master License (Korean Version) 11.Jun
#545 Gaoranger Growl Phone (Chinese Version) 18.Jun
#546 CCLemon99 10 YEARS 25.Jun
#547 Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger SAS Dragon Buckler 06.Aug
#548 Skyrider Sky Turbo SHFiguarts 20.Aug
#549 Kamen Rider Super 1 V Machine SHFiguarts 03.Sept
#550 Transformers Sega Megadrive & Genesis Megatron 10.Sept
#551 Kamen Rider Ryuki SHFiguarts 17.Sept
#552 Singer Porsche 911 01.Oct (Almost immediately blocked in most countries)
#553 Chosei Kantai Sazer X Knuckle Cross 15.Oct
#554 Chosei Kantai Sazer X Shark Knuckle 22.Oct
#555 Kamen Rider 555 SHFiguarts 29.Oct
#556 Kamen Rider ZX Helldiver SHFiguarts 12.Nov
#557 Kamen Rider Stronger Kabutolaw SHFiguarts 19.Nov
#558 Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger DX Whale Change Gun 03.Dec
#559 Seijuu Sentai Gingaman DX Chogokin Giga Phoenix 10.Dec
#560 Seijuu Sentai Gingaman DX Chogokin Giga Rhinos 17.Dec
#561 Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Giga Bitus 24.Dec
#562 Chojin Sentai Jetman DX Tetra Boy 31.Dec

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