Did someone say my name?Onslaught Six wrote: I was more talking about the original Sentai, rather, since that's arguably aimed at an even younger audience than MMPR is. AU knows more than I do.
*puts on reading glasses and brings out his "big book o' sentai"*
There's one big difference between American and Japanese tokusatsu right now- we only have on Toku series, Japan has two (Sentai AND Kamen Rider, though KR is coming to the states in a few months, we'll see if it makes a dent or not). Sentai is aimed at a younger crowd, let's say 3-8 years old, arguably the same age as power rangers. And whereas kids in the US simply "move on" from PR, in Japan, you move on to Kamen Rider, a more adult, slightly darker series aimed at 8-13 year olds. As such, the toys, both handled by bandai, are designed with an age range in mind. PR/Sentai toys are designed for little kids, yes, with the knowledge that older kids will be buying another toyline. Furthermore, in Japan, it's common to sell individual combiner pieces for like, 500 yen a pop, whereas the combined pieces are usually packaged as entire megazords here in the states. Since most Japanese series end up getting redonkulous amounts of combiner pieces that all have to fit onto one robot (Go-Onger, 2008's series, used a total of TWELVE different combiners in ONE robot) and it has to stay together. That means big study pieces of plastic, not articulated bits.