red ranger and megazord sketch, i made this before watching the recent live action movie i was exited back then, but after i watch it and rewatch it recently  i lost my exitement because it was not that good, especially on the design choices , the over complicated design of the suit and the new megazord visor head just didnt have the punch for me. please let me know in the comment if anybody would like to see this finished because for me i was like done. il ove the original design by tsuyoshi nonaka and to me all the sentai/ranger done by him is phenomenal meanwhile the newer ones dunno who designs them its just mash of box and balls lol.

KR 45th AF: Kuuga: No Pain! The Rider Road to a New Legend! Part 4: Trying to chase down a Bike

Getting Kuuga’s wheels right was another long process, though oddly some designs foreshadowed future Rider Machines.

The first concept was a bike that turned into a flying Speeder Bike with almost Star Trek-like jet nacelles.

Red and Blue? Hmmm…

A car was proposed…

twice in fact. But such an idea was thrown out.

Fans who have observed Super Sentai artwork know this lineart style! It’s Tsuyoshi Nonaka! He proposed that the Rider’s bike have a robot mode on the show. The above one was made when it was in the XV stage of the project.

While this never went anywhere for Kuuga, these drawings could be considered alpha prototypes of what would become the Auto Vajin in Faiz.

This one’s template based on visuals was the New Cyclone, but it could be considered a very early Den-Bird.


Eventually the designers made a good choice…

The ignition key would be one of the throttle grips and be able to be detached to prevent theft or use as a baton weapon.

Hmm..missing something.

There we go!

Then came the Beat Chaser

Once the designs were done, the team went to GasGas, a Spanish motorcycle design company with shops in Japan. They went there to purchase bikes for the prop department to build the Hero bikes. The base models being a pair of Pampera 250s (The model’s light weight allowed the hero bikes to be used for motocross style stunts) 

The powered up versions of both bikes needed a model with enough muscle to carry the extra weight of all the prop molding on it, so a Yamaha V-Max was chosen as the base of the Gouram forms.

Designing the Gouram itself was also a challenge…

A land vehicle/beast mode was proposed at one point. Silly Gouram, you are not a Maximal or a Predacon!

Next time: Finding the Ultimate Form!


As you could tell from my blog, I am a huge fan of Tsuyoshi Nonaka and I’ve always been grateful that I get to see him so often at local events and conventions.  His art is amazing, his dedication in coordinating Bandai America’s Legacy toyline and other toys is admirable, and his “side hobby” in kitbashing various figures and models is just out of this world.  We even ran into him at a Godzilla movie screening in Little Tokyo!

Because he will be moving back to Japan soon, Power Morphicon will be the last time I will see him in a long time.  My friends and I gave him a little gift as a token of our appreciation and got pictures with him and his wife (who is not often seen in photos but is just as much a pleasure to meet and talk to as Nonaka-san himself).  We will miss him dearly, but will hope to see him at the next Power Morphicon in 2016.

Pictured here also are the commissions I have gotten from Nonaka-san over the course of these 2 years, excluding prints that I had also purchased.