Our first image of the Hurricanger came from the TerebiKun preview of the show.
Our first image of the 2003 Sentai team was leaked by unknown sources around November of 2002. Initial rumors actually had a mosasaur as part of the team, but this ended up being a mistake by someone guessing off of AbaRed’s helmet.
2nd Quarter Catalog pick of AbareBlack’s DinoThruster.
3rd Quarter Catalog pic of Carnoryutas, Chasmoshieldon, and their combo, BakurenOh.
3rd Quarter Catalog pic of the BakuLaser.
The first leak of Dekaranger came to us in a similar fashion as did Abaranger’s. This time, it came from the owner of the Japan Hero website, a fan site back in the day owned by one Jeff Couto, who had an anonymous source send this to him. The original was black and white but someone was able to correctly color it; forget who.
Dekaranger had a lot of leaks directly from the PLEX office. This was similar to leaks we had in both Hurricanger and Magiranger. Here we got a 360 view of the BreaThrottle. If memory serves, this image in particular got the leaker fired from PLEX, for obvious reasons.
Cover of the 1st Toy Catalog for Deka. Believe it or not, our first image for Dekaranger outside of the leak was a pic of DekaRed in one of the magazines.
Pic of DekaBreak from what I believe was the 3rd Quarter Toy Catalog. Pretty sure we had pics of him and DekaBike along with the leaked image of the BreaThrottle.
Our first leaked image of Magiranger came as a set with what was then known as “Ongeki Rider Hibiki”. The art for Magiranger has slightly more ornate markings than what shows up on the physical suits, though I think the lines are still there.
1st Quarter Toy Catalog image of the robots. Magiranger is one of the only times we had 2 robots shown off in the first quarter.
Art of MagiKing and MagiPhoenix from the 1st Quarter Catalog.
Art of the MagiPhone and MagiStick from the 1st Quartet Catalog.
Info page or possibly the cover from the 3rd Quarter Catalog. MagiShine really baffled people when he was revealed, what with his train and Smokey and magic carpet and lamp.
3rd Quarter Catalog pics of the Grip Phone and Travelion. Magiranger experimented with having a core change gimmick, and while all robots were capable, this only really happened in the show with Barikion.
Before the 4th quarter catalog was posted, we got a set of serious leaks from Magiranger. This showed us our first look at Legend Modes and weaponry, WolzaPhone and a completely different MagiLegend design that was black and gold with a gryphon mode. (Would love to track down this image.) The WolzaPhone made us all think Wolzard would gain a ranger form, and while that ended up kind of being true, it was not involved.
I forgot what our actual first image of Boukenger was- might have been a leaked press photo. In any case, the 1st toy catalog above was our first real look at everything.
BoukenSilver got kind of leaked out prior to the 3rd quarter catalog. Source unknown but it looks like something Gashapon-esque.
Part of the 3rd quarter catalog; this introduced us to the Silver arsenal as well as some other things.
Our first real leaks of Geki didn’t come until right before Catalog release, where we got a sketch of GekiRed.
Along with Kiva (originally called Vlad) on Halloween, we had pretty big leaks relating to Go-Onger. These came by way of a user on 2ch (now 5ch) who called themselves Sausage-San. Implication is that the guy worked at Primaham and as such, got access to third-party press materials. The one big leak was a design pic of EnjinOh, at that time known as “GoOnGa.”
Like the year before, Sausage-San leaked pictures of Decade and Shinkenger. We got a lot more from Shinkenger, and most pics were found.
Following a series of hints (planets and the letter y) leading us to believe we’d be getting a space season, it turned out the planets hinted at elemental kanji, and the y hinted at the kimono design of the Shinkenger suits. Sausage-San started by leaking out the helmet designs, and this was then followed by the full team pic.
Can’t remember if the full team pic was also from Sausage-San, but the pics he leaked were definitely from that same source. Before this point people thought Yellow was a male and thought blue would be evil. Second part ended up coming true, but just for an episode.
Leaked pic of ShinkenOh from Sausage-san. From my memory, we had no name for it, just that it was the main robot.