Monday, December 10, 2018

Dukemon's First Annual "Rumor Me" Contest- WIN A RYUUSOUGER TOY FROM QUARTER 1!!

@TheRealMattHunt/Dukemon's 2,000 Follower Ryuusouger Giveaway!!
aka The "Rumor Me" Challenge.

I am so, unbelievably grateful that you all follow me and support
the fandom in the many ways you do. With our new series announced,
and the catalog out, I've decided to do a little giveaway contest on twitter
as a thank you. But I didn't just want to pick names out of a hat;
this fandom is exceedingly talented when it comes to making up their
own ranger teams, so I thought a contest would be a bit more fun.

The Challenge:
Make up a first quarter toy catalog listing for your own Super

The Prize:
Winner or Winners will be able to choose one toy from the Ryuusouger
1st Quarter Catalog, and yours truly, will buy it for you! (I will also cover
up to $20 in shipping. Any more than that, you would need to cover
that difference.)
**3 Knights Set and Saikyou RyuuSou Set are not included in this offer, as they are sets comprised of other, individually listed, toys**

Ideally, there will be 1 grand prize winner, but under certain
conditions,I may choose to award the grand prize to up to 3 people.

The Rules:
1). Your catalog can be as wild and as crazy as you want it to be, but,
it must be family friendly! (Let's be rangerly please)
While definitely not required, feel free to add fanart
if that's your thing; explainer videos, etc. if that's how
you fit into the fandom. Basically, show me you, in the form
of your own Super Sentai catalog!

2). Remember to restrict this to the first quarter of your fan-based
sentai. No auxiliary/extra rangers, though of course, your
core team can be any number of rangers you want, and you can feel
free to throw in some auxiliary mecha to your liking. Villains
can be included if they are villains who would receive toys.

3). Dragons, Dinosaurs or Knights are not allowed. This is to avoid confusing
people looking for Ryuusouger info. As such, the contest will be
posted exclusively via twitter and with the special hashtag, #RumorMe2018
*You may use these themes within your overall motif, if they are just limited to one ranger/mecha. 
A team of them is not allowed. 

4). You must be a follower of my twitter to be eligible to win.

5). One Entry Per User! 

How Does the Winner(s) get chosen?:
Contest entry period will be open from 15DEC, and will close on 15JAN.
Entries must tag @TheRealMattHunt with #RumorMe2018 as the hashtag.
All entries will be shared by me on my twitter, so others can see
your awesome ideas.

I will go over the entries and judge the 10 best (or less, if we
happen to get less). From there, I will do a live stream to present
all 10, and followers watching can vote on which one they think is
best. The ultimate decision will be mine, but I will definitely
take the voting into account.

The top 1, or up to 3, if there's a tie, get their toy of choice
from the Ryuusouger 1st quarter. The remaining members of the 
finalists will get runner up prizes.  

*Please note, winners are not guaranteed to get their prizes at the time of toy release, due to the chance of stores being sold out, etc. I will do my best to get you the toys in a timely manner, and once the winners are chosen, I will put in a preorder for them. 

I guess all that's left to say is....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Thank You Power Rangers

I apologize in advance if this sounds a little sappy:

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Power Rangers. For 25 years, the show has thrived, more often than not against the odds, and is only now really coming into the mainstream thanks to efforts by the likes of Boom Studios and HyperRPG. For those who aren't fans of the brand, it may seem like some silly little TV show (and let's face it, at times it is just that), but to people like me who've been watching it since its inception, it's a way of life; it's our true north. I think without Power Rangers, I might not be here right now, and that's not hyperbole.

I can only speak from my own experience- as a kid, I felt really alone. "Weird." I always had an interest in things other people did not (had a love for dinosaurs and frogs as a kid) and didn't really have any social skills to build friendships past the ones my parents decided for me. I was lonely, but as a kid, you really don't know how to put that into words. I was the outcast; the big-boned, let's just say overweight to save time, outcast. I think without this show, I would have very easily become a bully. I would have easily gone from "weirdo" to "dangerous."

My life changed the week of August 28th, 1993. I didn't catch Power Rangers from the beginning. I think I maybe saw episode 4 or 5 first. All I remember is Trini and Billy calling forth their zords. Here were teens (which at the tender age of 4, may as well have been 50-year-olds) with positive values, in multicolor costumes, riding around in giant dinosaur robots. It was everything 4-year-old me could have wanted. I think right off the bat I empathized with Billy. He was a nerd, like me. He liked science like me, and also like me, he didn't really fit in. But he had this group of friends. And there wasn't any judgment because he was "weird." They were friends, and that's all that mattered.

And it's didn't stop with Billy. When Tommy joined the show, I once again saw an outsider become an insider. Even Bulk and Skull, whom I relate to to this day, were accepted by the rangers. They were weird, they were goofs, and they were bullies, but they were still accepted as people. Diversity is the big movement now in entertainment. Power Rangers was there before everyone else, and it will continue to be diverse, to be accepting, no matter what anyone throws at it. I was reminded of this recently at Morphicon; where fans of all colors cheered when they realized the new team had more persons of color than not. What other fandom can you say that about across the board?

I've known plenty of people in my life who have gone down the wrong path, and it's thanks to Power Rangers I'm not one of them. It's thanks to this show that I was able to overcome my own fears and surround myself with a circle of friends I am proud to call part of my family. It's thanks to this show I have found my passion in life through acting and Japanese culture. In many ways, it has given everything to me. So thank you Power Rangers. Thank you for showing me it's okay to be weird, and still search for your place in the world. Here's to another 25 years!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Super Sentai 2019 First Rumor- Blue to be female?

-Our first rumor for Sentai 2019 showed up, and it's fairly basic, but we'll discuss it anyway. Rumors are saying that our blue for next year is a girl.

Please see below for a chart listing info reveals for previous years as we kick off the 2019 rumor season:

Conjecture from Japanese posters is that a fantasy season is pretty much a lock for next year. Given that we've had essentially 3 years of sci-fi, I would agree with them.

More rumors soon!