Post-Timeranger Super Sentai Seasons That Have Retro Designs!

If one takes a look at Super Sentai mecha up to present, a lot of the designs may not easily click with newer fans. Some of the mecha back in the 70s to 80s tend to have absurd designs or mechanisms. Goggle Robo, Dyna Robo and Change Robo have cone heads. Dyna Robo's probably the weirdest mecha design in the 80s. Maskman's Galaxy Robo had tit guns which is that funny. Let's take a look at some post-Timeranger school mecha that had that retro feel. They may look like they were designed for the 70s to 80s but they are for the 21st Century. They end up having better colors and they're accompanied by better CGI effects not available during the past.

Engine Sentai Go-onger

While Carranger managed to produce better-looking vehicle mecha, Go-onger started a bit more of a retro-look. The mecha look like they would only be driven by children in contrast to the mature-looking cars of Turboranger and Carranger.

Samurai Sentai Shinkenger

Shinkenger may have taken place in 2009 but it has the retro feel. They decided to combine the Origami design with animals. Instead of getting the more futuristic looking animal mecha we had in the 90s or pre-Shinkenger shows, we got origami-like mecha. Granted, this is a samurai Super Sentai series so I guess it can be understood with why origami was used. Also, Shinken-Oh nearly looks like an upgraded version of Battle Fever Robo.

Ressha Sentai ToQGer

ToQGer's train mecha has a simpler, retro feel compared to the Go Liner from GoGoFive which looked like it was beyond its time. With the simpler designs, it looks like ToQGer make the trains look a little more "real" than what GoGoFive's super futuristic looking train. I guess an imagination themed Super Sentai can be complemented by less badass designs. GoGoFive is a serious show but not ToQGer. ToQGer's more child friendly atmosphere and simpler looking mecha could work.

Doubotsu Sentai Zyuohger

Zyuohger may be the 40th anniversary but the designs feel like a tribute to 8-Bit or 16-Bit graphics from video games during the 80s to 90s. The use of cubes in Zyuohger may be partly based on Meso-American architecture but it has a modern twist. What's interesting is that most of the shows in this list are produced by Takaaki Utsunomiya. While Gokaiger had a lot of more futuristic looking mecha, the rest of Utsunomiya's Super Sentai didn't get that treatment.


  1. They still look awful, what happened to the awesome Megarangers mecha designs?

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