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First look and new toys revealed inside Hasbro’s Power Rangers Toy Fair display

Before it’s even officially open, we have a really good look at Hasbro’s display space at New York Toy Fair 2019!

It’s been a busy few days for fans of Power Rangers. With New York Toy Fair approaching, followers of the brand were excited to find out just what exactly Hasbro had planned for us in their first foray into the Power Rangers universe. We already saw early previews of the Zords and 6″ Figures this week, and the Lightning Collection yesterday, but now there are even more news items to digest, as well as a good look at the toys on display.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Lightning Collection

Overnight, the first of the new Lightning Collection figures was made available for preorder in the United States at Hasbro’s new collector hub, Hasbro Pulse. Our first featured Ranger is the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Dino Charge. As you can see from the gallery below, the figure comes bundled with weapons, hands and a swappable head in the likeness of Tyler, played by actor Brennan Mejia. The US retail price is $19.99 and is expected to be £19.99 in the United Kingdom, too.

 

Inside the display space, we get our first look at… well… everything!

6″ Action Figures

First up, are the 6″ line of action figures from the upcoming Beast Morphers series, which debuts March 2nd in the United States. We had already seen and fallen in love with these figures. In a 6″ scale, they will match up nicely alongside the Lightning Collection and even it’s predecessor, Bandai America’s Legacy line, which only came in at roughly half an inch more in size. At the back of the display, we also get a preview of the packaging. Each figure is bundles with at least one weapon, as well as a key for the Beast Morphers’ Morpher.

Some of Beast Morphers Wave 1 action figures – From left: Blue Ranger, Yellow Ranger, Blaze, Red Ranger, Tronic

More from Wave 1 – From left: Tronic, Roxy, Jack Beast Bot, Powered Red Ranger, Silver Ranger (in background)

Figures from Wave 2, due Autumn 2019 – From left: Red Ranger Powered Up, Silver Ranger, Gold Ranger, Evox, Drilltron

12″ Action Figures

Affectionately known as ‘nutcracker’ figures, Hasbro will also produce a small 12″ line of figures for Beast Morphers. The Red and Blue Rangers, as well as Blaze, are available from April, while Silver and Yellow will wait til Autumn for release.

The first 12″ figures for Beast Morphers – From left, Red, Blaze, Blue, Silver, and Yellow

Playskool

We already knew about the Wild Force Megazord and Red Dragon Thunderzord coming in this line (not pictured here) but that was not all for the Playskool line of toys for smaller children. Playskool Heroes feature Zords are to be produced, starting with reproductions of further mecha from Power Rangers Wild Force and also the dinosaurs of Power Rangers Dino Thunder. Alongside those Zords, Mega Mighties of complimenting Power Rangers will also be released in packs of two.

A first look at Wild Force and Dino Thunder based toys in the Playskool line

Playskool Heroes figures – From right: WF Silver, DT Yellow, Ninjor, DC Green, DC Gold

And finally…

First revealed late last night, the outside of Hasbro’s Power Rangers space gave us a rare treat in a look at the beautiful Dino Megazord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. A plaque alongside the Megazord reveals that this is the original prop from the 1993 series but, according to fans and experts on various forums, that isn’t strictly accurate. While the base of this Megazord may indeed stem from the original filming of Zyuranger, the suit had to undergo significant repair to be useable again and, as such, you could argue that so much has been changed that this is not the original suit.

This suit was used by Toei Company in the filming of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie and later found its way into the, now closed, Toei Hero World Museum. Over on our Facebook page, good friend of Toku Toy Store, Stu Hix, noted the blemishes in the suit that proved it was one and the same from Hero World.

View from the entrance to Hasbro’s display space

Plaque detailing the history of the Megazord

On the other side of the entrance, far left, is a small display of items produced by third-party manufacturers.

New and existing Power Ranger products produced by third-party (non-Hasbro) manufacturers

That’s it for now! Keep eyes here at Toku Toy Store for further news and updates, as well as the new toys from Hasbro when they become available from April 2019!

What is your favourite new toy reveal? Which items will be coming home to your collection? Join the conversation on our social media pages!

Source: The Toy Book/The Rockfather, Hasbro Pulse.
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Power Rangers Stage Show Coming to the US and Canada

The Power Rangers franchise is taking another shot at live shows.

Amongst the new toy and Beast Morphers premiere news today, Hasbro have announced a new partnership to create a new series of live stage shows across the United States and Canada. This marks the second time in the last few years that a live Power Rangers tour has been announced with the first, under Saban Brands, being cancelled during the run up to the first event.

The full details from Kilburn Live’s press conference is as follows:

HASBRO AND KILBURN LIVE BRING TOURING POWER RANGERS STAGE SHOW AND FAN EXPERIENCE TO U.S. AND CANADA

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (FEBRUARY 15, 2019) — Los Angeles-based Kilburn Live and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced today that Kilburn will produce and tour a live stage show and fan experience featuring Hasbro’s POWER RANGERS across North America.

The POWER RANGERS live show will expand the POWER RANGERS storytelling with a live stage experience intended for Power Ranger fans of all ages.

“POWER RANGERS is a powerhouse franchise and we’re excited to build upon its 25-year legacy of entertainment and innovation to bring immersive experiences to a new generation of fans. We’re thrilled to work with Kilburn Live to unlock the potential of the POWER RANGERS Brand Blueprint with the live stage show and fan experience designed to delight existing fans and attract new ones,” said Simon Waters, Senior Vice President and GM of Hasbro’s Power Rangers franchise. “Kilburn is a proven leader in executing creative live entertainment experiences and we know all POWER RANGERS fans and families will find even more ways to engage with their favorite franchise.”

“POWER RANGERS is an iconic brand with passionate fans across the U.S. and Canada and we are honored to bring the stories and characters people know from TV and movies to a live stage show,” said Mark Manuel, CEO of Kilburn Live. “Our goal is to create a memorable POWER RANGERS experience the whole family will enjoy.”

Kilburn will be partnering with Koba Entertainment, a leading family entertainment live touring company, on the North American tour. Tour dates and cities will be announced later this year.

Stay tuned to Toku Toy Store for updates as they become available.

Would you like to attend a live Power Rangers show? What cities in North America are you hoping for? Sound off on our social media pages!

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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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Photo Credit: Ranger Command Power Hour on Twitter

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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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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Power Rangers Confirmed for Netflix’s “The Toys That Made Us” Season 3

After some teasing from the staff, it was officially confirmed during their San Diego Comic Con panel that Power Rangers will be one of the four toy brands featured in Netflix’s “The Toys That Made Us” Season 3.

Last month, it was shown the staff of the show visited the headquarters of Toei in Japan. Likely to cover the Super Sentai portion of Power Rangers history. It was also shown the staff visited Hasbro, the new owners of the franchise.

 

The other toy franchises covered will be Wrestling, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and My Little Pony. It’s unknown when Season 3 will premiere.

Do you watch “The Toys That Made Us”? What do you want to see from this episode? Leave a comment below!

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Saban KYU RANGERS Trademark From 2017 Found

Could recently discovered trademark registries reveal how Hasbro changed Power Ranger plans for Saban Brands?

Even though Hasbro has now gained ownership of the Power Rangers franchise, it seems at one point something involving Uchu Sentai Kyuranger was being planed by Saban Brands. It has been found that a trademark for KYU RANGERS was filed by Saban Brands back in June 2017.

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It also appears that on June 21st, 2018 it was renewed. Does this mean that Kyuranger was at once considered for the 2019 series of Power Rangers? Or is something new with Kyuranger on the way? We’ll just have to wait and see.

What do you think this trademark is for? Would you like to see Kyuranger become a series of Power Rangers? Leave a comment down below!

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Aniki Cosplay Helmets Seized by US Customs

Power Rangers cosplayers have always had a tough time, due to the high cost of suits, helmets, and props, but now a new obstacle has seemingly presented itself. Recently, a trend has been appearing on social media in regards to certain cosplay props being seized and later destroyed by US Customs Enforcement. A few posts have emerged in Power Rangers fan groups on Facebook in recent days, with one user including a letter from US Customs stating that the helmet he’d purchased from Indonesia-based Aniki Cosplay was a “counterfeit Power Rangers product.”

The user declined to comment when approached.

According to the letter, a copyright claim had led to the seizure and destruction of the items, valued individually at nearly $350 US (about 257 quid) per unit, based on Aniki’s pricing. As of writing, there has been no word on other countries having the same issue, nor if other high-end cosplay makers such as Miccostumes and JToku are affected. Aniki Cosplay recently gained fame outside the normal tokusatsu cosplay scene for making the new Lord Drakkon suit used in the live-action Power Rangers: Shattered Grid trailer, starring veteran Power Rangers actor Jason David Frank as the new villain.

Following the news of Hasbro’s acquisition of the Power Rangers license, it was revealed that Aniki is now an official partner of the Power Rangers brand, and that the copyright claim may be invalid under US copyright and trademark law. No further details are available at this time, but stay tuned for updates as they become available.

What are your thoughts on this new development for Power Rangers cosplayers? Leave a comment below!

Source: Pricing information via Aniki Cosplay

Source: Hasbro Buys Power Rangers brand for $500 Million US

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Hasbro Confirmed to be buying Power Rangers from Saban

Saban are selling the Power Rangers franchise to Hasbro!

Earlier today, Hasbro released an official statement on their website detailing the acquisition of the “Power Rangers” brand from Saban Brands. This news comes as no shock, as the possibility was brought up earlier this year when Saban Brands announced that Hasbro would hold the master toy license for Power Rangers as of April 2019.

Below is an official statement from Hasbro:

“Hasbro to Acquire Saban Brands’ Power Rangers and Other Entertainment Assets
May 1, 2018
LOS ANGELES & PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 1, 2018– Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), a global play and entertainment company, and Saban
Properties LLC today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement for Hasbro to purchase Saban’s Power Rangers and several other
entertainment brands, including My Pet Monster, Popples, Julius Jr., Luna Petunia, Treehouse Detectives and others, in a combination of cash and stock valued at $522 million.

“Power Rangers is an iconic brand built on a heritage of great storytelling and merchandising with tremendous upside potential when fully executed across
Hasbro’s Brand Blueprint,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Shortly after entering into our licensing arrangement, it became clear
that now was the time to begin investing in unlocking Power Rangers’ full potential. We see significant opportunity for Power Rangers across our entire Brand
Blueprint, including toys and games, consumer products, digital gaming and entertainment, as well as geographically throughout our global retail footprint. We
couldn’t be more pleased that Haim Saban will continue in a consulting role to further guide our development of this valuable property for the next generation of
Power Rangers fans.”
“25 years after launching Power Rangers, I believe the future for this brand has never been greater,” said Haim Saban, founder of Saban Brands and creator of
Power Rangers. “Hasbro’s leadership in innovation, storytelling and brand stewardship make it the perfect company to further develop the global reach and appeal
of the Power Rangers property. I look forward to working with Brian and the team in the years to come.”
Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers quickly became a pop culture phenomenon. Today, Power Rangers is one of the
longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes produced to date. The TV series, currently in its 25th season with Power
Rangers Super Ninja Steel, and feature films, including 2017’s movie with Lionsgate, follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph into
superheroes and save the world from evil. Saban’s Power Rangers currently airs in 150 markets around the world and is translated into numerous languages.
The first set of products from Hasbro will be available in spring 2019.

Transaction Details

Hasbro has previously paid Saban Brands$22.25 million pursuant to the Power Rangers master toy license agreement, announced by the parties in February of
2018, that was scheduled to begin in 2019. Those amounts are being credited against the purchase price. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Hasbro will
pay an additional $229.75 million in cash and will issue $270 million worth of Hasbro common stock for the Power Rangers brand and several other entertainment
brands. The agreement includes all related intellectual property, category rights and content libraries owned by Saban Properties and its affiliates. The transaction
is subject to a number of customary closing conditions, including obtaining required regulatory approvals, and is expected to close during the second quarter of
2018.
The transaction, including intangible amortization expense, is not expected to have a material impact on Hasbro’s 2018 results of operations.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as financial advisor to Hasbro.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television,
movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY,
TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels,
Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to
making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best
Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn
more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
© 2018 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Saban’s Power Rangers

Saban’s Power Rangers franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit series that launched in
1993. Following its introduction, “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and
longest running kids live-action series in television history. The series, currently in its 25thseason, follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph
into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets, translated into numerous languages and a favorite on many key international
children’s programming blocks around the world. For more information, visit www.powerrangers.com.

About Saban Brands

Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands acquires, develops and manages a world-class portfolio of entertainment properties. Saban
Brands applies a global 360-degree management approach to growing and monetizing its brands through content, digital, marketing, distribution, licensing and
retail in markets worldwide. Saban Brands’ growing entertainment portfolio of brands includes Power Rangers, Treehouse Detectives, Julius Jr., Popples, Glitter Force, and Cirque du Soleil Junior – Luna Petunia, amongst many others. Saban Brands is headquartered in Los Angeles with a global network of offices.

For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.
Certain statements in this release contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These statements include expectations concerning Hasbro’s potential performance in the future, its ability to achieve its financial and business goals and the expected
timing for closing this transaction and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases. Hasbro’s actual actions or results may differ materially from
those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements due to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: (i) the company’s ability to successfully develop and commercialize the brands it is acquiring, (ii) the ability to receive
required regulatory approvals in a timely manner, and (iii) other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in the Company’s public
announcements and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. Hasbro undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking
statements contained in this release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.
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With this confirmation, the Power Rangers franchise as a whole is about to drastically change. For the better? That remains to be seen. However, this is the biggest news we’ve had for a long time!

What do you think about this news? Are you excited to see the future of Power Rangers? Let us know!