Kamen Rider Dragon Knight update

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

For those who don’t know, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is an American adaptation of Kamen Rider Ryuki that’s scheduled to air on March 2007 on Cartoon Network (still unconfirmed). According to the website it will run through 2008, with a feature-length movie being released in 2009. The series is being handled by Adness Entertainment based in Los Angeles, California and four episodes have been completed thus far. You can watch the (outdated) official trailer below and see what Dragon Knight‘s all about!

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Two of the three main character have been replaced since the release of this trailer (old promo image). Matt Smith was replaced by Stephen Lunsford for the role of Kit Taylor (Kamen Rider Dragon Knight). Kandis Erikson has replaced the previous actress for the role of Maya Young, whose name I can’t seem to find. Matt Mullins is still Len (Kamen Rider Wing Knight). There was a rumor that they walked out on the director but that turned out to be a false rumor and the two in question were apparently let go.

Keep in mind that the story has been rumored to have been rewritten has well, so don’t be surprised when the show eventually airs. Keep your eyes peeled for the Kamen Rider Dragon Knight merchandise coming in May 2008 – finally, domestic Kamen Rider toys!

[Via Angry Zen Master]

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Great Leader of Shocker Clock turns you into a Shocker grunt

Great Leader of Shocker Clock

Ever wanted to be a Shocker member? The Shocker Leader Clock will get you closer to that dream with orders from the Great Leader like “It’s 12 o’clock! Go defeat Shocker’s mortal enemy, Kamen Rider!” or “It’s 3 o’clock! Plans for world domination are progressing smoothly!” and a green light that illuminates when the Great Leader is speaking. The Great Leader is apparently a nice guy, as the clock has a built-in sensor that detects the amount of daylight so that you don’t get ridiculous orders to defeat Kamen Rider 4 in the morning! Not bad for 21,000 yen ($178), right? Right?

The clock is currently open for pre-orders and will be released late October or early November.

Official Great Leader of Shocker Clock page

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Zombie Rider, Venom Rider, and a Den-O game?

Dark Kabuto Spider-Man

Found an interesting blog called Kamen Riders Funclub with Photoshopped Kamen Rider images. It seems a little dead at the moment (created 6/2/07, last post 7/22/07), but it’s pretty cool! The above picture is based on the iconic movie poster from Spider-Man 3 when Spidey was taken over by the symbiote. Other images include zombified Stronger and Tackle, Dark Kabuto Venom, and “what if” Den-O video game screenshots.

Kamen Riders Funclub

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Kamen Rider V3 DVDs to be re-released in Japan

Kamen Rider V3 DVD

Toei has decided to release Kamen Rider V3 again on DVD. The original box set containing all 52 episodes was released in 2002 and retailed for a whopping 54,600 yen ($465). There will be 9 volumes in total with roughly 6 episodes per disc and will set you back $40 per volume – ouch! The reasons for re-releasing are probably for media publicity to tie in with THE NEXT release this month (10/27) and to let people buy only the episodes that they really want. I personally would have made the jump to HD and released a HD-DVD/Blu-Ray version, but one can only hope.

For those wanting to catch some V3 action should check out the Region 1 box set from JN Productions, which even includes English subtitles and only costs $170 in comparison. For $10 more you can get an autographed copy by Miyauchi Hiroshi (Kazami Shiro) and for a limited time each order comes with a free T-shirt.

Amazon Japan’s Product Description

[Via Igadevil’s Kamen Rider Blog]

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Complete Selection Kamen Rider Den-O Belt

Complete Selection Kamen Rider Den-Oh Belt

It’s been a while since the release of the first Complete Selection series belt, with Rider 1, 555 (Faiz and Orga Drivers), Ryuki, and Kuuga belts made so far. However, this is the first time a belt is for sale while the show is still running, with a release date set for January 2008. These aren’t your ordinary toy Rider belts as these cost almost $300 – definitely for the adult who’s a kid at heart. The belt faithfully lights up, makes sounds from the show, and even comes with passes to become your favorite form Den-O.

I’m still waiting for my Black/Shadow Moon belts, and so I ask: what belt do you want made?

See more images at Tamashii Web’s product page.

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Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Diary: 3/4~5

March 4th (Sunday) – 5th (Monday) early morning
Today was filming of the action scene that lasted all night to dawn the next day

Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Diary: 3/4~5 Action scenes are filmed with choreographer Yokoyama-san and director Tasaki-san both watching the monitors.

Normally scenes are explained on how the cuts are arranged by the director, but action scenes filmed by following storyboards with side notes. Action that doesn’t make much sense when filming makes complete sense in choreographer Yokohama-san’s head, and it’s not uncommon to realize how the scene fits together in the editing stage of production.

Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Diary: 3/4~5 Today’s scene was when the heroes first meet Shocker. Chainsaw Lizard, one of the enemy characters, is usually a sexy woman in a body suit; once she transforms she becomes a female kaijin with a powerful chainsaw arm that can shred any foe. There’s also the introduction of the Shocker Riders. Like Takeshi and Hayato, they are also cyborg warriors – and there’s 6 of them. Getting all the stuntmen from AAC STUNTS into the suits was a job on its own.

Since this scene is taking place at a train station, there were many extras as well. Kikawada-san [note: Hongo Takeshi] showed us impressive fighting against the 6 Shocker Riders and the Chainsaw Lizard, as well as AAC’s stuntmen’s impressive stamina, and filming continued nonstop until the morning. By the time we were done the commuting rush began, and honestly, I was exhausted. The car ride back I was riding in the passenger seat of the company car and was told to not fall asleep, but I snored several times and was yelled at, “Hey, Kato!”, but my reply was “Yesh…” or “Zzz…” I apologize for losing to the sleep demons. m(_ _)m

[Translated by Pal. Originally posted on 10/10/2007 @ Official Kamen Rider THE NEXT Blog]

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PROJECT BM! Kamen Rider THE NEXT Figures

Project BM! Kamen Rider THE NEXT Ichigou THE NEXT Version

Another great collection of poseable yet fantastic looking figures coming from Project BM!, subsidiary of Medicom Toy. Standing tall at 12″, THE NEXT figures are scheduled for a November release and is open for pre-orders for both Rider 1 (now in the Sakurajima coloring) and V3. Rider 2 will only be available for exclusive order through the mail-away reservation ticket that comes with Rider 1 for a limited time, which is quite a hook (similar to the Dark Kabuto/Tendou Souji coupon that came with the Kabuto figure, explained at Igadevil’s KR Blog here and here).

I actually don’t own any of these beauties, and perhaps I’ll take the plunge just for the mail-away ticket advantage (the ticket don’t last forever, many people having to buy the mail-away figures from online auctions for an increased price). Do any of you guys own Project BM! figures? What Rider would you most like to get the Project BM! treatment?

Current lineup: FIRST Rider 1, FIRST Rider 2, Hibiki (Rider), Hibiki (human), Hibiki Kurenai, Kabuto, Dark Kabuto, Tendou Souji, THE NEXT Rider 1, THE NEXT Rider 2, THE NEXT V3.

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