Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That’s usually gift card territory. But it doesn’t have to end that way! We’re here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we’ve got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
It’s almost Halloween and that means three things are on everyone’s mind, costumes, monsters and monster costumes. You could spend your entertainment hours trying to get your fill of all that jazz through conventional methods, but I propose the more efficient alternative of living vicariously through The Power Rangers — or as I like to call them, mankind’s single greatest collective contribution to existence. After all, with their constant costumed monster slaying, they deliver all of the Halloween hotness a human requires. Regardless of whether or not you agree with that line of completely unreasonable reasoning, you should nevertheless take note of this list of essential Power Rangers Halloween episodes to watch from the franchise’s various seasons (which are all available to watch instantly on Netflix, by the way) after the jump.
By Chris Sims
Q: What are the best halloween themed Power Ranger episodes? —@I_AM_maxHELL
A: I’m about 400 episodes into my attempt to watch the past 20 years worth of Power Rangers, and one of the things that has consistently surprised me is that there aren’t a whole lot of holiday-themed episodes. There’s a Christmas special here and there and a couple of episodes where they staple a Jack O’Lantern onto some existing footage and call it a Halloween special, but those are very few and far between. Maybe that’ll change once I get up to Mystic Force, the season where they use their witchity powers to battle an army of the undead. You’d think they’d be doing a lot more than they did.
By Chris Sims
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we’re finding out what happens when you dress up as teenagers with attitudes with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers costumes!
Action figure fans headed to New York Comic Con 2013 this October 10-13 may want to start planning how much room they’ll need to save in their luggage. Bluefin Tamashii Nations has revealed its lineup of exclusives and debuts for the show and by all accounts there’ll much Gundam, Power Ranger armoring and Dragon Ball Z scouting to be had at booth #1612.
By Chris Sims
Q: As something that’s seems so dated after 20 years, how does Power Rangers hold up as a superhero show?—@prograpslady
A: In case you missed it, last Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Well, in America, anyway — Kyoru Sentai Zyuranger hit that mark last year in Japan, and it was the 16th season of Super Sentai when it started — but still, it’s a pretty big milestone. And between me and Caleb Goellner, who loves Power Rangers like the rest of you love oxygen, there was plenty of excitement here at ComicsAlliance when the big day rolled around.
As for how it holds up, well, I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of it doesn’t. At all. But even when that’s the case, it’s still absolutely fascinating.