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Power Rangers Legacy Wars: Street Fighter Showdown Review

The day has arrived; the ultimate marketing synergy of Power Rangers and Street Fighter collides in a wholly original short film produced to advertise the Power Rangers: Legacy Wars game.

Earlier in the year, we saw that this short was going to be a thing and who better to produce it than Bat in the Sun, the production company behind the internet series Super Power Beatdown, which has had two Power Ranger focused episodes (both starring Jason David Frank, who’d have thought).

sfs1The story is pretty much the new plot for the game with a hint of Dimensions in Danger, with Bison and Rita joined forces and created powerful clones of the Power Rangers that are in the Legacy Wars game. It’s bare bones but just enough to justify a video game or an internet short.

sfs2The fight choreography is on par with Bat in the Sun’s previous efforts. Impacts are hard-hitting and the energy effects are pretty solid for this budget.

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The Ryu Ranger costume is very nicely rendered for live action too, and fits the MMPR aesthetic very well. It’s just a shame they contrived a reason for Chun-Li not to get a power coin because she looks kinda silly in the big hero shot. Shout out to the music composer too, bringing in a fantastic remix of the Go Go Power Rangers theme.

Overall, it’s a fun little 8-minute romp for a game advert and I’m sure we’ll be seeing a follow-up if there’s enough interest or another major character update (Chun-Li Ranger?).

You can watch the full short film here:

What were your thoughts on this short? Did you have fun? Want to be nit-picky about power scaling in this short? Know how much meter Ryu burned over the course of it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Power Rangers Beast Morphers New Cast Members Announced

Power Rangers Beast Morphers is still in production, set for a release date in February 2019, but is still light on casting announcements. Hasbro seemingly hopes to change that today with the reveal of several new characters, cast recently in the show. So far, not much information is available, only character names and actors, but there is some speculation to be had from some of them. See below for more:

The first new character will be Nate, played by actor Abraham Rodriguez. Nothing else is known at this time.

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Next we have Ben, played by actor Cosme Flores. Again, no other information was made available.

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The first new female character after the Yellow Ranger, Betty, will be played by actress Christina Ho.

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And now we can get into speculation about new characters for the next two. First up is Blaze, played by actor Colby Strong and believed to be a villain corrupted by the Evox organization, alongside our next female character, Roxy, played by Liana Ramirez.

It seems diversity is a key point this season, with many actors of varying ethnicity getting involved in the production as major and minor characters. The story is being adapted from Go-Busters and seems to be sticking close to many of the themes of that series, so far. Look for more information to be revealed in the coming months leading up to the premiere. Power Rangers Beast Morphers premieres in February 2019 on Nickelodeon.

What do you think of this reveal? Are you excited? Leave your thoughts and let’s discuss!

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Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Special Episode Review

Last night was a big night. August 28th, 2018, the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers. With this remarkable milestone in franchise history, we got a crossover special focusing on a blending of new and old that worked well, mostly.

Overall, this episode is well-plotted and answers a lot of questions that have been lingering in the fan base for years, while confirming a few fan theories as well. Much of the episode focuses on the legacy of Tommy Oliver, the legendary Ranger who inspired so many others that came after, including using Tommy as both a villain and a rallying point. The setup of the episode involves a new villain, Lord Drayvon, who is trying to shatter the barriers in the multiverse using three Mega Arrows crafted by the primary villain of Super Ninja Steel, Madame Odius, in an attempt to build an army of Ranger robots and conquer each Ranger-inhabited dimension.

Our team for this reunion is made up of the entire Super Ninja Steel team, as well as the following returning Rangers:

  • Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, Dino Thunder Black
  • Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos, Mighty Morphin’ Red II
  • Catherine Sutherland as Katherine Hillard, Turbo Pink
  • Selwyn Ward as TJ Johnson, In Space Blue
  • Jason Faunt as Wes Collins, Time Force Red
  • Jeff Parazzo as Trent Mercer, Dino Thunder White
  • Li Ming Hu as Gemma, RPM Silver
  • Steven Skylar as Antonio Garcia, Samurai Gold
  • Ciara Hanna as Gia Moran, Megaforce/Super Megaforce Yellow
  • Yoshi Sudarso as Koda, Dino Charge Blue

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Left to Right: Jeff Parazzo, Steve Cardenas, Li Ming Hu, Selwyn Ward, Steven Skylar, Ciara Hanna, Jason David Frank, William Shewfelt, Jordi Webber, Peter Sudarso, Yoshi Sudarso, Jason Faunt, Nico Greetham, Hayley Robbins, Chrysti Ane, Catherine SutherlandOver the course of the episode, we are treated to a great deal of action and teamwork, with most of the action footage of the Super Ninja Steel Rangers on their own having been lifted from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: The Movie. The rest of the team scenes, or unmorphed scenes, are set in interiors or use a backdrop of flat gray walls and small areas, which serve the fight choreography extremely well. While not all the returning Rangers get a great deal of screen time, each has a purpose in the episode and all of them come together at the end to work with the Super Ninja Steel team.

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Without giving too much away, Tommy is able to play four out of his five previous Ranger forms in this episode, and we even get a well put together Tommy VS Tommy fight at one point, capped off by a larger battle between the thirteen Rangers and the Robot Ranger army controlled by Lord Drayvon. For the amount of material they had to work with in this episode, however, 23 minutes is simply not enough time. At points, it felt a bit rushed, certain plot points seemingly glossed over. The episode did answer many questions, though, such as confirming at long last that Dino Charge and RPM are indeed separate realities from the rest of the Power Rangers franchise.

In addition, in the opening moments we learn that Tommy Oliver now has a son named JJ, though JJ himself and his mother are not seen on screen. From the location of Tommy’s home in Reefside, there a few possibilities as to the identity of JJ’s mother, including Kimberly Hart or potentially even Elsa or Hayley, from Dino Thunder. In addition, JJ’s existence in the main continuity creates an additional possible link to the upcoming graphic novel Soul of the Dragon, which has often been called the “Power Rangers version of Old Man Logan.”

As stated by both Wes and Gemma, though, interdimensional travel is possible via the Morphin’ Grid, creating a possible link to the comics continuity and the story Shattered Grid as well. Could this mean Hasbro is laying the groundwork for the next film to tie all the universes together via an adaptation of Shattered Grid? It may be a bit early to tell, but one thing is for certain: Hasbro has big things in the works for our beloved franchise once they officially take full control with Power Rangers Beast Morphers, which is currently shooting and set to premiere in early 2019.

Overall, I liked this episode and found it a fitting, if rushed, way to celebrate a 25-year history that is still being written and make sure the old Rangers return.

What did you think of this episode? Leave your thoughts and let’s discuss!

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Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Special Revealed

Power Rangers as a franchise is approaching its 25th anniversary this year, with a special episode airing on August 28th to commemorate the anniversary of the original air date of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The anniversary episode is airing in a special time slot, 8:00PM on Tuesday August 28th in the US. Power Rangers actors, often active on social media, have been a wealth of information for details about this episode, including the team lineup that will be pairing with the current Super Ninja Steel team. Seen below, behind-the-scenes pictures and videos posted to the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts of several of the actors involved have confirmed the team lineup for the reunion is as follows:

  • Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, Dino Thunder Black
  • Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos, Mighty Morphin’ Red II
  • Catherine Sutherland as Katherine Hillard, Turbo Pink
  • Selwyn Ward as TJ Johnson, In Space Blue
  • Jason Faunt as Wes Collins, Time Force Red
  • Jeff Parazzo as Trent Mercer, Dino Thunder White
  • Li Ming Hu as Gemma, RPM Silver
  • Steven Skylar as Antonio Garcia, Samurai Gold
  • Ciara Hanna as Gia Moran, Megaforce/Super Megaforce Yellow
  • Yoshi Sudarso as Koda, Dino Charge Blue

 

This lineup is confirmed via multiple official trailers, and a newly-posted morphing video shot behind the scenes on set and posted to the official Instagram page of veteran actor Jason David Frank.

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Coincidentally or not, you can see from this list that a large number of the returning actors are still highly active in the Power Rangers community and in interacting with fans at conventions and on social media. JDF, Ciara Hanna, and Yoshi Sudarso, in particular remain champions of the Power Rangers brand, devoted fans as well as vocal spokespeople. JDF and Ciara Hanna are also confirmed to be returning to their Power Rangers characters in a web film, Power Rangers Legacy Wars: Street Fighter Showdown, premiering later this fall.

This team, as listed above, will be crossing into the universe and timeline of Super Ninja Steel to help them take on an army of enemies, made up of cloned Rangers, according to the trailers. This is eventful in another way, as well, as this will be the first time brothers Yoshi and Peter Sudarso, both blue Rangers for different teams, have appeared on screen together to battle evil. This special does raise several questions within the Power Rangers continuity, but with the existence of multiverse travel confirmed in the comics by Shattered Grid, it’s possible some of those questions may even be answered within the episode itself. Dino Charge and RPM each exist in their own realities, with RPM being a fusion of Terminator and Mad Max, while Dino Charge’s second season ended on the Rangers undoing the extinction of the dinosaurs, thus changing anything that would come after.

With multiple universes worth of Rangers coming together, we are sure to be in for a good time when this episode premieres. Look for the 25th anniversary special of Power Rangers to air in a special time slot, 8pm EDT / 1am BST on Tuesday August 28th.

Are you excited for this episode and what it could mean for the franchise as a whole? Leave your thoughts below and let’s discuss!

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Breaking News! New Mini Power Morphicon coming in 2019

Power Morphicon is well underway, and Ranger fans from all over the globe have arrived and are ready for another fantastic experience! The hype has been surreal and it seems Hasbro are definitely delivering the goods this year, giving the attendees what they want.

In that same boat, it seems the people behind Power Morphicon have decided that it’s time to test the waters at having some form of Morphicon every year! This is being tested, in short, by trailing a smaller Power Morphicon next year in 2019!


“Power Morphicon Express” is the name they’ve chosen to go with, and it brings with it a feeling of a smaller, more streamlined experience as opposed to the main PMC.

What could this mean for Power Morphicon? It could mean that more than one PMC a year could be a thing, on a smaller scale! Having it in Pasadena, Texas is also exciting! So much to process!

What do you think about having a Power Morphicon every year, even if just on a smaller scale? Let us know!

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Power Rangers Beast Morphers Cast and Trailer Revealed

As is the tradition at Power Morphicon, the cast of the next season of Power Rangers has been revealed!

Showing up on stage at the end of Super Ninja Steel panel the cast for the main three members of Power Rangers Beast Morphers were revealed to be:

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Rorrie D. Travis as the Red Beast Morphers Ranger

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Jasmeet Baduwalia as the Blue Beast Morphers Ranger

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Jacqueline Scislowski as the Yellow Beast Morphers Ranger

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Power Rangers Beast Morphers follows the story of 3 Rangers who combine the power of the Morphin Grid with Animal DNA to fight against the sentient Evox computer virus with the help of their Beast Bots sidekicks!

A trailer for the upcoming series was also shown. You can watch it below, courtesy of io9:

And you can follow the new cast here:

Rorrie: https://www.instagram.com/rorrie.travis/

Jasmeet: https://www.instagram.com/therealjazzbaduwalia/?hl=en

Jacqueline: https://www.jacquelinescislowski.com/

At this time the names for their characters have not been revealed. You can catch these new members of the Power Ranger family on Power Rangers Beast Morphers on Nick in 2019!

Who is your favorite member of the Beast Morphers team? Are you going to watch this new season in 2019? Leave a comment down below!

Thanks to @MisturYellow on Twitter for pointing us towards the cast images!
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Other Reveals from the Power Rangers Toys and Collectibles Power Hour

Hasbro has just finished wrapping up their Power Rangers Toys and Collectibles Power Hour panel at Power Morphicon 2018. There was a lot of reveals that came from this panel.

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars

First up was the 25th Anniversary announcements involving the mobile game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars. This past week, an image showing five orbs of different colours has been revealing the next characters to join the game. After reveals of Shadow Ranger, Samurai Gold, Titanium Ranger, and Ranger Slayer the final reveal was shown off at the panel to be Hyperforce Yellow. This is Hyperforce’s first introduction into Legacy Wars and continues their presence in more Power Rangers products.

Funko POPs!

Two new Funko POP’s were officially revealed at this panel as well, first being a metallic version of the helmetless Tommy Green Ranger that was just recently released. This will be a Galactic Toys exclusive. Another Tommy related POP was announced with Lord Drakkon getting his own POP as well. The rest of the new wave already announced will be popping up in the next few weeks.

Heroes of the Grid

The new Kickstarter game Heroes of the Grid, which has already reached over $200,000 in it’s goals has revealed another figure for the game in the works. Cyclopsis will be the next figure joining the game. It was also mentioned how the game will allow fans to create their own Ranger team with the different add-on packs that are going to be released. They choose to use Kickstarter since it gave the game a more direct connection to fans in the development of the game and see if the interest was there.

DropMix & Lineage Studios

Joining with Hasbro two new partnerships with Power Rangers have been announced. DropMix was announced to be producing cards that break down songs to create new songs based on other parts of songs. A card based on the original Go Go Power Rangers theme song will be offered at Power Morphicon.

The other partnership, Lineage Studios, will be working on wearable collectibles. They will be starting with a Power Morpher in both the silver and gold version with swappable coins, including coins from such events as Shattered Grid. Lineage will also be producing movie posters like artworks based on major Power Rangers events with Forever Red,  Shattered Grid, and Soul of the Dragon being shown off first.

What do you think of these reveals? What will you be picking up?

Personal note: Huge thanks and kudos to @TokuChris for streaming the panel. We love you!
Photo credit also goes to Chris, via TokuNation, from here.
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Power Rangers Lightning Collection Announced

During a panel at Power Morphicon today, the world was finally given a sneak peek at what Hasbro intends to do with the Power Rangers brand. This news brought hope to a great many fans, myself included, in the form of the Lightning Collection, a new anthology series of figures set to drop its first wave in spring 2019. Hasbro was very open with information about these new figures, and in a preview video, showed the production of a prototype Mighty Morphin’ White ranger figure. The features are as follows:

  • 27 points of articulation
  • True-to-life colours and proportions
  • Photo-realistic swappable actor faces
  • Weapons and accessories included
  • Optional Special Effects included


Prototype on display in the main Power Morphicon hall (Photo credit: KyoryuZeo on Twitter)

The figures were confirmed to retail for a price point of $19.99 in the US and will be released as an Anthology series, rather than dividing sets by individual team. Hasbro representatives were adamant that all eras of Rangers will be included, rolled out over time similar to the Marvel Legendary Collection series, also made by Hasbro. In addition, during a Q&A at the end of the panel, the question of Monster figures in this series was brought up, and an implicit yes was given but nothing has been confirmed there just yet.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available, including pre-order information.

Are you excited to see the Lightning Collection in person? Which ranger are you most looking forward to seeing realised this way? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

Personal note: Huge thanks and kudos to @TokuChris for streaming the panel. We love you!
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Soul of Chogokin Titanus Revealed at Power Morphicon

We knew it was coming and now it is confirmed. Soul of Chogokin Titanus is coming soon.

Bandai Tamashii Nations are in the process of setting up their space at Power Morphicon but we can confirm that one of their main display pieces is a prototype Soul of Chogokin Titanus. With this release, all 3 of the Zord/Megazord forms from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Season 1 will have been released in this ultimate, die-cast style.

More details to follow, when available.

Tamashii Nations booth also featured the following displays:

What do you think of this news? Will you be ordering a SoC Titanus? Sound off in the comments!

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Power Morphicon 2018: First Look at the Convention Hall

Not at Power Morphicon? Not to worry! Toku Toy Store is here to keep you informed with all of the up to the minute news and information from the world’s largest Power Rangers convention!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know by now that Power Morphicon 2018 is just getting underway this evening. This biannual convention is the sixth of its kind but the first to emanate from the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California; this replaces the event’s former home of Pasadena, California, about which fans of Morphicon had long complained that the show had outgrown. While Toku Toy Store doesn’t have a booth at the event, we have representatives on hand to bring you closer to the big show, even if you’re unable to attend yourself.

Setup

Before the general public were allowed through the doors, the hard work of getting the convention ready commenced. On our Facebook page, we showed you what the Convention Center looked like yesterday (Thursday).

From this high vantage point, you were already able to see the basic layout of the room. For their first Power Morphicon, it’s clear that Hasbro are setting up to have a big presence – more on their section later. Since yesterday, the main hall has continued to take shape with all parties working hard to prepare.

Perhaps the most exciting addition to the convention floor so far is the Lord Drakkon throne, as featured in the live action trailer for the Power Rangers Shattered Grid comic book series. Presumably, the throne will be available for photo opportunities throughout the weekend. How many different Ranger cosplays will take the throne? If you take the throne, please send us pictures!

In addition to these updates, the guests area is set up and ready to go. Expect a lot of footfall in this area throughout the convention.

Hasbro

Where Saban Brands were reluctant to bring out the props and suits for, well, any reason, the opposite seems to be true of Hasbro. There is a lot to see in their section but if you want to take a look, be aware that, by doing so, you consent to Hasbro using the footage of you browsing in any way they like.

Don’t worry, this isn’t as sinister as it sounds… chances are it means that Hasbro actually plan to use footage from Power Morphicon to highlight, publicise and celebrate the Power Rangers franchise. Here’s hoping, anyway, because that would be a welcome change to Saban’s indiference.

The centrepiece of Hasbro’s section is their display for the upcoming Power Rangers Beast Morphers series. As they were at San Diego Comic Con, all three of the main Ranger suits have been (Go)busted out for PMC.

Another familiar sight is the, now infamous, helmet wall with updated Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Logo.

But that’s not all! Hasbro have been delving deep into the storeroom and have unearthed a number of Ranger and  villain suits from past seasons of Power Rangers.

Better than the suits unearthed is the myriad of props from Power Rangers series dating all the way back to Mighty Morphin’! Whatever your tastes, there’s guaranteed to be something in this selection to get you salivating!

Traders

We may be a little biased but we believe that a convention is nothing without a good array of traders on hand to offer reasonably priced fares for the masses. PMC seems to be off to a good start with a few vendors arriving to set up early. Here is a selection of the earlybirds:

What do you think of Power Morphicon 2018 so far? Join the discussion on social media and let us know your thoughts!

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