It’s that time of year again when everyone starts getting their costumes together! Oh wait, typo, I meant Customs together! This month we sat down and had a talk with one of our very own members, Nrin Vakil, also known on his other social media accounts as ZordBuilder! In addition to sitting down for an interview, he has decided that Tokunation is the perfect place to unveil his fully assembled Dino Force Brave Team with accurate dinosaur helmets! We are honored to be the ones to premiere these customs, as they look positively amazing! Also featured in this article is some of his custom zords, such as the Futabasaurus Zord and the Tupandactylus Zord, as well as a team of Rangers based on Ammonite, Archelon, Futabasaurus and Fukuiraptor!
Just like Nickelodeon and Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Customs Corner comes back from a month long hiatus. Where we last left off, it was March and we had seen Grimlockimus’s large-scale project- the Original Color Movie Megazord. But while many enjoy the large scale items, what about the smaller scaled ones? What about the Ranger Keys or the Bandai of America Ranger and Monster figures? Well, look no further than one of our site member’s works! This month’s featured article is on ZeltraxMillenium, an old acquaintance of mine and a fellow customizer. Here, you can check out his gallery of past works, as well as read up on his interview in the discussion below.
Be sure to give him a follow on his Twitter account, @ZeltraxMilleniu!
January featured the Figuarts of King Ranger. February featured the Figmas of TheScreamMan. This month, we feature what makes a Power Rangers series different from other live action hero shows- giant robots. People dig giant robots. And what better way to count down to the Power Rangers movie premiere with a look at the perfect What-if paint job- What if the Zords retained the classic color scheme and look? Thanks to our very own site member Grimlockimus, this what-if has become a reality. We are proud to present his very own custom Power Rangers Movie Megazord, with some pictures he has graciously taken to be exclusive only to Tokunation. We hope you enjoy this masterpiece as much as we have, for we were blown away by the paint job and modifications he has made to it. Now let’s go. Go into this thread to read his interview with us. Click here to see his Tyrannosaurus Zord thread, here for his Triceratops Zord thread, here for his Sabertooth Tiger Zord thread, here for his Mastodon Zord thread, and here for his Pterodactyl Zord thread.
Be sure to give him a follow on his Twitter account, @ChromeTyranno!
Last month, we featured King Ranger, master of Super Sentai Figuarts customs. Now we’re about to take a look at another figure spectrum- Figmas. When S.H. Figuarts Hana (19 years old version) was released back in 2009, many were hopeful more Kamen Rider civilian characters would have Figuarts, or at the very least the Riders themselves would be made. As time went on, we never saw anything similar, bar customs made by people using Figma bodies. This month, we feature one such customizer- The Scream Man from Twitter! Click here to read his interview, as well as view some of his custom Kamen Rider civilian Figmas!
During these 5 years with Tokunation, it has become evident that there is a high demand for certain character figures to be made. As we wait until they are created, some people take it upon themselves to make their own versions. These various customs have made fans happy while we patiently wait for official products. Due to the joy brought by these customs, site admin and customizer KamenRiderOOO has taken it upon himself to learn a little more about the people who create such amazing pieces of work. Every month, we shall interview a different customizing artist in our brand new feature- Customs Corner! (Big thanks to site friend trekkieb47 for his work on the logo!)
This month’s focus is considered one of the greatest customizers around. From his work with various custom Super Sentai/Power Rangers Figuarts to his new prop-making work, this person is well-known for his masterpieces and an inspiration for those who are entering the field themselves. His most popular piece is also a favorite of site owner Kickback and also the character he takes his username from. The customizer we focus on this month, is none other than King Ranger.
Previously reported by our good friends on Rangerboard, the new wave of Dino Charge Villain Figures have been found! Consisting of Sting Rage, Slammer, Spellbinder, the Vivizord and the leader of the villains, Sledge, this new wave of figures adds more monsters for your rangers to fight!
Found by Instagram user mikey_the_husky in Dinuba, CA, the wave has also been found by Tokunation user and Super Moderator KamenRiderOOO in Long Beach, CA. Like the rest of the figures, these are at standard retail price. As it seems that the West Coast has gotten these in now, it’s only a matter of time that they’re released elsewhere. Happy hunting!
With the Gaim Gaiden DVD coming out in April, a new set emerges! This new two-pack of Arms Change Figures consists of two key Riders from Kamen Rider Gaim, Zangetsu and Baron in their Gaiden-exclusive Arms, Watermelon Arms and Ringo Arms respectively!
Accessed through the Proto-10 Watermelon Lockseed, Watermelon Arms is a remold of Zangetsu’s original Melon Arms, with a modified gatling gun-shield weapon. Baron’s Ringo Arms is accessed through the LS-Taboo Forbidden Ringo Lockseed, utilizing a repaint of Kamen Rider Mars’s Golden Arms, right down to using the same weapons.
Preorders for this set open March 2nd and end on May 18th, with the current estimated price of 7000 Yen. Be sure to tell your usual middleman!
“YOMOTSUHEGURI ARMS, MEI KAI YOMI YOMI YOMI!” The latest Premium Bandai release happens to be one of the most sinister items from Kamen Rider Gaim, one that could pretty much kill its user from overuse. That’s right, this is the video for the Yomotsuheguri Lock Seed! With the cosmetic appearance of a gold and red Budou Lock Seed, this new release contains completely different sounds.
Making its first appearance in Episode 42 of the series, this mysterious gold and red Lock Seed was promised to give its user enough power to crush Kamen Rider Gaim. Even though they were told that the risk of using it for too long could lead to it draining their life force, the user still decided to use it, enabling them to take on the form of Ryugen-Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms. With the in-show ability to summon the weapons of the Overlords, it served to be a counterpart to Gaim’s own Kiwami Arms.
The Lock Seed itself features the standard Squash, Au Lait and Sparking finisher sounds, but also features the phrases spoken by its user! This Lock Seed also comes with the Ryugen-Yomi Rider Indicator faceplate that you can attach to your Sengoku Driver! The set itself was released just recently as a Premium Bandai item, for the price of 2160 yen.
Good news for fans of Gaim and Arms Change collectors! While it was previously believed that ACPB06 Kamen Rider Ryugen-Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms was going to be the last Premium Bandai Arms Change release (due to the recent reveal of the first TKPB, Proto-Drive), a new image has surfaced on the preorder page for the Dragonfruit Energy Lock Seed! This image is a teaser for ACPB07- Kamen Rider Duke Dragonfruit Energy Arms! This new form appears on the big screen in Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full Throttle, but according to the teaser, we won’t see him in toy form until December 24. Stay tuned (click the story to see the teaser)!