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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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Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Special Revealed

Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the premiere of the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers? A quarter century on, the series is still going strong, especially now that we are getting a glimpse at the franchise’s anniversary plans. Revealed first by IGN, including the picture seen below, the announcement was recently made that the second episode of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel’s second half will be a 25th anniversary tribute, featuring the return of at least three former rangers. In the picture, we see Catherine Sutherland, Jason Faunt, and the legendary Jason David Frank, all morphing in a team pose.

(Left to right) Catherine Sutherland, Jason Faunt and Jason David Frank

This means the characters of Katherine Hillard (here shown as Turbo Pink), Wes Collins (Time Force Red), and Tommy Oliver (in classic Mighty Morphin’ Green) are returning to the franchise for, at least, this one episode. Breaking from the series’ normal airing schedule of Saturday mornings, the 2th anniversary special episode of Super Ninja Steel is set to air in prime time, at 8:00PM US Eastern Time on 28th August, the original air date of the premiere back in 1993. IGN’s original article does also seem to imply that more Rangers will be returning, though they have yet to be shown.

Crossovers in this franchise have a bit of a storied history, with highs such as the comics story arc Shattered Grid and the TV specials Forever Red and Thunder Storm coming in as highlights, standing in stark contrast to the Legendary Battle special seen in Super Megaforce. If you want to see more of these crossovers, each season of Power Rangers up to Ninja Steel can currently be found on Netflix in the US and UK, and Shattered Grid is available through most comics retailers and Boom! Studios online.

Are you excited for this development? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

Source: IGN

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Two Power Rangers are Potentially Going to Return for 25th Anniversary Episode!

Two Power Rangers have been confirmed to potentially appear in the 25th Anniversary episode of Super Ninja Steel.

Thanks to Joe Deckelmeier of the YouTube series, That Hashtag Show, two past Rangers have basically been confirmed as returning in the special anniversary episode. When he attended YesterCon in the USA, at the event’s Power Rangers panel, which had Carla Perez (5th anniversary Rita Repulsa, Mighty Morphin), Tracy Lynn Cruz (Ashley, Turbo & In Space), Christopher Khaymen Lee (Andros, In Space), Ciara Hanna (Gia, Megaforce), Brennan Mejia (Tyler, Dino Charge) and current Pink Ranger Chrysti Ane (Sarah, Ninja Steel), who confirmed Saban had plans for the anniversary, he asked if any of them would be part of the planned 25th anniversary episode. When they answered, everyone had said no except Ciara Hanna who played coy when asked the question.

Ciara Hanna had been one of the Rangers who returned when Saban did the 20th Anniversary of the show as well as appearing in the Legendary Battle, which has very mixed reviews from fans. Ciara’s character, Gia, does seem to be a popular Ranger so it would be good to see her return for the Anniversary episode. Saban is yet to confirm anything officially in regards to the 25th anniversary episode but with any luck, fans will hear something soon.

The other Ranger who is pretty much confirmed to return is Li Ming Hu who played Gemma in RPM. In an interview That Hashtag Show had with co-star Mike Ginn, he wouldn’t say who told him but he has apparently been told by a currently unnamed returning Ranger that Gemma is set to appear in the 25th anniversary episode. That would mean we currently have two Rangers now set to return in Super Ninja Steel, Megaforce Yellow and Gemma the RPM Silver. Tommy Oliver himself, Jason David Frank, is expected to make an appearance, this looking like quite a Legendary team-up.

Who do you guys wanna see appear in the anniversary episode? What do you think will happen to bring these Legend Rangers back to fight Evil once again? Let us know in the comments below!

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Toys R Us and Its Legacy on Power Rangers

It was announced this past week that all of the UK and US locations of the toy store Toys “R” Us would be closing. This brought the end of an era for the toy industry.

For many people Toys “R” Us was a huge part of their childhood. Growing up being a “Toys “R” Us Kid” and experiencing the feeling of walking into this store filled with toys as far as the eye could see. While Toys “R” Us has a huge legacy in is 70 years it also had a big impact on the Power Rangers toys.

Walking into a Toys “R” Us, heading to the Power Rangers aisle and finding loads of the newest Power Rangers toys on the shelves. Every year around Thanksgiving there would be displays for the next season with all new toys, Megazords, figures, battle gear, and more. Of course, there would also be exclusives all over the place.

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Ever since the beginning back in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the toys have been sold at Toys “R’ Us. Over the years Toys “R” Us became the exclusive retailer for some Power Rangers toys and for the beginning of the Legacy line.

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In the Samurai-Super Ninja Steel phase of Power Rangers many toys were sold exclusively at Toys “R” Us such as figure 6 packs, special hero sets, and big toys like the Lion Fire Fortress Zord. If there was a Power Rangers toy to be found chances are you could find it at your local Toys “R” Us.

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Of course, Toys “R” Us also became the exclusive retailer of late 2014, 2015, and 2016 Ranger Key Sets for Super Megaforce featuring the 6th Rangers, Extra Heroes, and many of the females. Dino Charger Special Sets for Dino Charge/Dino Super Charge was also sold exclusively. Toys “R” Us became essential to completing fan collections of these gimmick toys.

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One of the fan favorite Power Rangers lines, the Legacy line, also found it starts as Toys R Us exclusives with the MMPR Morpher and Megazord back in 2013. While these toys would eventually be re-released at different stores many of the Legacy line items started at Toys “R” Us. Even other parts of the Legacy line like the Legacy figures for the 2017 Power Rangers Movies were exclusives. The Toys “R” US exclusive logo was all over the Power Rangers toyline in the last few years.

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Now that this era is over what will happen to the toys that were usually exclusively for Toys “R” Us? With the recent news of the possible revival of KB Toys maybe they will head there? Time will tell, and between the news of Power Rangers going to Hasbro and the closure of Toys “R” Us things really do seem to be changing for both the future of Power Rangers toys and the entire toy industry.

What were some of your favorite Toys “R” Us memories? What toys did you buy there over the years? Leave a comment down below!

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Toku Toy Store at London Toy Fair 2018

Toku Toy Store visited Toy Fair and London Olympia this week to give you the rundown on all of the newest tokusatsu toys and collectables available to retailers in 2018. As you’d expect, the only real toku on offer was Power Rangers but we were able to take a look at the next wave of Legacy items as well items not previously announced for the Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel toyline.

Funko

Unlike previous years, Funko granted access to all retailers without the need for an appointment. Their space was lined with a display of of Funko Pops past and present with Power Rangers well represented. Deeper into the space, the next wave of Hero World figures were hidden away on the bottom shelf. Funko were unable to confirm a UK release date or whether the line would be exclusive to any particular retailer but said that they are coming.

Mash’ems: Twist’em & Squish’em

Also on display were Power Rangers Ninja Steel Mash’ems. Mash’ems describe their product as “a highly collectable toy that all kids will love. Mash’em allows kids to play with their favorite characters in a whole different way. They will be able to Mash’em, Twist’em, squish’em, and Stretch’em.” Mash’ems have been made for previous Neo-Saban era seasons but these haven’t made it over to the UK. The distributor would not state whether any of the major retailers had picked up this toyline.

Legacy

Up the stairs at Bandai UK’s stall, there were lots of Legacy treats to be found. Many of the next wave of Legacy figures that have recently seen a US release were on display. Legacy Zeo and Dino Thunder are expected February with an RRP of £24.99. Early prototypes of the Legacy Psycho Rangers were available to view but, unfortunately, work continues on this product as they are unable to stand up at present (Bandai had them laying down on the shelf!) Auto-morphin figures were also available to look at and are expected February with an RRP of £24.99 each.

The large size non-combining Legacy Zords were on display. The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord truly is a feast to behold. This line has got a lot of flack for it’s lack of ability to form the Megazord but in my opinion it is well worth the £29.99 RRP price. In addition to Tyrannosaurus, Saber Tooth-Tiger and Mastadon were available to view. This is the first time Mastodon has seen the light of day worldwide.

The Legacy Zeonizer and Golden Power Staff were on display. While we’ve seen these before, we now have a price for UK release: £99.99 for the Zeonizer and £149.99 for the Golden Power Staff. Both items are expected to release in March. On the shelf above these items was the full cosplay-sized Green Ranger helmet as well as the smaller display-sized White Ranger helmet. Display helmets are expected to start hitting stores this month while the Green Ranger helmet is expected in March, alongside the Zeo items.

Bandai were very strict about photography and would not allow us to take any pictures. There were some sneaky photos taken by other attendees though, so we’ve included them here for your viewing (Credit to @SimplePeteDoodles).

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Super Ninja Steel

Last year, Toy Fair saw the debut of the Lion Fortress Zord and while there was nothing quite of that magnitude on display, we were treated to some non-before seen items in the Super Ninja Steel toyline. This year, Toy Fair saw the worldwide debut of many fantastic items.

The two main surprises were the Super Steel Blaster, a bright red cannon style weapon based on the Lion Fire Zord. The blaster features sounds and is capable of shooting darts up to a distance of 60 feet. The RRP for this item is £44.99 and, like the majority of the Super Ninja Steel toys, will release in July. Next up, was the Simian Sniper Guard, a motion activated dart launcher modeled on a gorilla. There was a mock-up box standing next to the toy, confirming its functionality but the distance you can shoot darts was labelled TBC. The RRP of this item is a rather pricey £49.99; we’ll need to see more of this toy in action to know whether it’s able to justify the price tag.

The Superstar Blade, Ninja Steel’s answer to Ninninger’s Gekiatsutou Ichibantou was on display. Like it’s Japanese predecessor, the toy looked identical to the standard Ninja Star Blade repainted in the blue and burgundy colour scheme. The toy will RRP at £29.99 on release. Already seen on shelves in the USA, the Lion Fire Morpher and Blaze Megazord were available to view. The Lion Fire Morpher features a twin dart launcher; Bandai are really digging launchable darts in this toyline, it appears. The Lion Fire Morpher will retail at £34.99 and the Blaze Megazord at £42.99, both scheduled for July release.

Finally, alongside the standard Ninja Stars we’re used to from Ninja Steel were two new and different types of shuriken. There were some solid plastic stars laying down on the shelf (too solid to make it to retail, I believe) and other rubber based stars with suction cups around the outside. These Special Ops Ninja Stars, like everything else, are available in July and will retail at £7.99 a pack.

That’s it for Toy Fair in 2018; what toys are you most looking forward to? Comment below and let us know your thoughts or join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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First guests announced for Power Morphicon 2018

The first guests for Power Morphicon 2018 have just been announced on their official Facebook page. Following the tradition in place since Saban Brands bought back the Power Rangers franchise, the cast of the most recent Ranger season will be in attendance. This year, it is the turn of Power Rangers Ninja Steel to make a full team appearance at the convention.

With the sixth Power Morphicon event now months away, you can expect the guest announcements to come thick and fast over the coming weeks/months.

Power Morphicon 2018 takes place August 17th-19th from the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, USA. Tickets are available now.

Who do you want to see at Power Morphicon? Sound off in the comment section!

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Power Rangers Ninja Steel Episode 16 Review.

Ah yes, Halloween. When this spooky season comes around, we can be certain of 3 things; pumpkins, small children trying to rob you of your sweets and a big celebration from Power Rangers. You know the drill, a new PSA about how to not overdose on potentially poisoned unwrapped fun-size Dairy Milk bars (as we all do) and a halloween special. I don’t usually have high expectations for Ranger halloween specials since they don’t usually bring much to the story, even in seasons I usually really like. But this year, I was quite impressed. This halloween special was a really entertaining watch and it’s not something that would seem out of place in the rest of the season.
The episode begins with the Rangers listening to Levi sing when they receive a mysterious board game. The Rangers go off to play it but Levi doesn’t want to come, because he doesn’t like board games. Levi isn’t that great of a character (I don’t need to remind you how Brody never got his burger in EP8) so him doing something like this isn’t a surprise to me but they kinda made it a big deal near the end. If they did this with a character like Brody, where it would be unusual for them to refuse something like this, it would come across as more mean. But I expect Levi to be a bit rude, making the lesson of the episode less relatable.

The rest of the rangers go off to play the board game when it is revealed that it’s actually haunted. So Cosmo is controlling the game and broadcasting it as a Galaxy Warriors halloween special. That’s actually a really good idea, considering Ninja Steel revolves around another TV show it would make sense to have a halloween special in a halloween special. Also, Cosmo is a main focus of the episode. I actually really like Cosmo. Whereas Galvanax just felt like a discount Sledge, Cosmo’s charisma brought something new to the series that we haven’t really seen in awhile. It’s a shame he hasn’t really had much development (hence why I didn’t talk about him much when I did the EP1-12 recap), something which they actually gave a bit of to him in this episode.

The object of the game is that the Rangers have to get to the end before the time runs out, every space represents a monster they previously fought and they have to fight them again when they land on their space. If the Rangers succeed in defending the monster, they get to roll the dice again. If they fail, the next monster gets a power up or the Rangers get a disadvantage. If the time runs out before the rangers get to the end, they have to give up their power stars. The Rangers aren’t allowed to leave the game or get any outside help. Overall, a pretty cool concept, having to re-defeat past monsters is an Idea that I like a lot and I wish it was done more often. The first monster they face is Trapsaw. Although the episode he was from is pretty good, he was pretty useless throughout it. I don’t know why they didn’t just use Ripperat, especially since we literally never see him placing any traps at all. It goes without saying that they defeated him quickly. The next monster was Hacktrack. But, instead of defeating him normally, Sarah used a really conveniently placed toolbox to create a device to stop Hacktrack’s hacking abilities. Considering that he was really hard to defeat originally, it makes sense that the Rangers chose a different way of defeating him. The next monster is Slogre. While the Rangers come close to defeating him, they get caught in the slow mist and lose the round, meaning they get a disadvantage in the next one. In this case, the Ranger that rolls the dice on the next turn has to face the monster alone. In this case, it’s Calvin facing off against Spinferno. Spinferno takes control of a truck, with the driver still inside, and drives it towards a cliff. To win the round, Calvin has to save the driver from falling. While he succeeds in saving the driver, he falls down the cliff and loses the round. As punishment for losing, the Rangers have to face a Skullgator and a brainwashed version of the Robo Rider Zord.

When Levi (finally) realises that he was being a bit mean for having the Rangers do something that he enjoys while not joining in with something they enjoy, he goes to find the rest of the Rangers so he can join in their game. When the Levi finds out that the Rangers are in trouble, he goes to help them. Cosmo tries to stop Levi by claiming that he’s breaking the rules, but since he isn’t playing he doesn’t have to follow the rules. Levi uses his Zord star to free the Robo Rider Zord and form the Fusionzord to defeat the Skullgator. He then destroys the hourglass controlling the game time, freeing the Rangers.

Despite my minor complaints and Levi being Levi, I really enjoyed this episode. It was cool seeing some of the season’s best villains and Trapsaw fighting the Rangers one more time and it’s nice to see Cosmo get more screentime. As I said in the recap, the show is definitely improving and this episode is proof.

What do you think of this episode or of halloween specials in general? Let us know in the comments and have a happy halloween!

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Saban Brands reveal first details on 25th Anniversary celebrations

In conjunction with their announcement at today’s Licensing Expo, Saban Brands sent out the following press release detailing the early plans for their 25th Anniversary celebration.

Saban Brands today announced the official 25th anniversary campaign for Saban’s Power Rangers, the iconic superhero franchise. To commemorate 25 powerful years, Saban’s Power Rangers’ anniversary campaign will be a multi-tiered program, titled, “You’ve Got the Power”, designed to encourage, enable and empower children and adults to unleash their inner superhero. Saban Brands will soon begin unveiling never-before seen content as well as partnerships, tours and interactive programs that embody the core pillars of the Power Rangers brand: friendship, inclusivity, diversity and teamwork – a powerful combination. Additionally, because “it’s morphin time,” Saban Brands will celebrate the brand’s anniversary date, August 28, 2018, in morphinominal fashion.

In addition to the reveal of the Power Rangers 25th anniversary logo, Saban Brands shared a sneak peek into the celebratory year, which will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• A special 25th anniversary episode will air on Nickelodeon during the “Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel” season in Summer 2018.
• A highly anticipated national live tour in partnership with Red Light Management and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) will be an epic, one-of-a-kind and interactive theatre production. More details, along with pre-sale tickets, will be announced in early October.
• Power Rangers will soon be the first licensed property with an official interactive role playing game streaming live on Hyper RPG, an industry leading channel on Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community.
• Interactive experiences with new, game-changing brand partners to create Power Rangers escape rooms and virtual reality centers as well as learning and physical development opportunities for kids and much more.
• The unveiling of the “Top 25 for the 25th” collection which will feature must-have, official anniversary items for collectors of all ages from notable partners including toy partner Bandai, the chart-topping mobile game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars from nWay and record-breaking Power Rangers comics from BOOM! Studios, amongst others.

“At its premiere in 1993, the ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ resonated with people around the world, turning it into a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Janet Hsu, CEO at Saban Brands. “Since then, the Power Rangers TV series has continued to exemplify teamwork and inclusivity which is something we are extremely proud of and will be showcasing throughout our 25th anniversary year as we look to celebrate this historic milestone with fans of all ages.”

Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993, Power Rangers is one of the most-watched television programs in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running kids live-action series in television history. The series and subsequent movies, including 2017’s feature film with Lionsgate, follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil. The TV show airs in 150 markets around the world and is translated into numerous languages. As a top ranked action brand for decades with more than 150 licensees globally, Saban Brands will work closely with its valued partners to honor this incredible landmark for the franchise.

Teaser campaigns will begin soon and the official celebration will kick off in January 2018 continuing through holiday 2018. For more information, please visit www.powerrangers.com and follow Power Rangers on http://rangernation.com/, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The press release also included the full logo for Power Rangers 25, seen below:

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Are you excited for the 25th Anniversary? What do you think of the first announcements? Join the discussion in the comment section below or on Toku Toy Store’s Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Power Rangers Ninja Steel: Episode 14 & 15 Review

This past fortnight’s Power Rangers Ninja Steel has been a royal double-bill. In these episodes, we’re introduced to a new character as well as a new Zord! Here is Toku Toy Store’s review of episode 14, The Royal Rival, and episode 15, The Royal Rumble.

The Royal Rival

The programme opens at school with Sarah showing off her latest business class project: Sarah’s Cookie Creator. Despite the uninspiring name, the device itself is pretty cool as it will create delicious cookies out of any and all ingredients. In case we weren’t convinced, resident morons, Victor and Monty, test out the machines capabilities with sardines, liver and broccoli. The irritating pair themselves, of course, have no project prepared and are given an ultimatum by the teacher to prepare it by tomorrow.

Up on Galvanax’s ship, we’re introduced to Princess Viera and her companion monster Lord Drillion. Galvanax and Madame Odius are not convinced by the Princess’ ability to take care of the Power Rangers but they are reassured that Drillion accompanies her, as he can take care of business in the event of her failure.

In the park, Sarah’s invention is creating massive lines of people hoping to sample her products. Victor and Monty are arrested for stealing a cow… mehville. As Preston attempts to use his magic to speed along the cookie making process, the team are contacted by Redbot, who has detected Buzzcam activity nearby. The Rangers leave Mick in charge of the stall and run off to investigate. In a more urban area, Princess Viera commands Drillion to cause chaos and destruction in an effort to draw out the Power Rangers. Her plan succeeds and Drillion makes light work of our heroes. During the battle, an errant energy blast collapses the balcony Princess Viera is watching from. Oblivious to the fact the falling woman is their enemy, Sarah cushions Viera’s fall with vines and Viera calls off her monster.

The pair returns to Galvanax’s ship where they are confronted by Galvanax. He accuses Viera of being weak but Viera, outraged, denies this, claiming she is smart and studies her enemies before destroying them. Galvanax and Drillion formulate a plan that would see Drillion take out Viera and the Rangers in exchange for rule of the Lion Galaxy.

Back at the park, Viera watches the Rangers from afar. They finish up making cookies until Viera approaches Sarah. Sarah offers Viera a cookie from her last batch but they are promptly stolen by a teenager. Viera pursues and captures the youth but Sarah insists she let him go. In conversation with the boy, he reveals that he was stealing the cookies to feed himself and his hungry sister. Sarah is understanding and compassionate but Viera can only look on, confused with what has just transpired. To compound that confusion, Sarah gifts her cookie maker to the teen so that he can sell cookies and buy food for himself and his sister. In a less than unexpected move, Princess Viera has an epiphany and waxes lyrical about how she always believed her galaxy’s ‘might makes right’ attitude was the wrong one. In the process, Viera inadvertently reveals her identity before the two are confronted by Drillion. Drillion attacks the Sarah but Viera jumps in front of the energy blast, saving her.

The whole team arrive and morph. Drillion easily handles the Rangers, breaking their Element Power Stars and bending or snapping their swords. Viera emplores the team to hold out as long as possible and teleports away. The Princess returns to Galvanax’s ship and steals back her lion ship. Frustrated with her escape, Galvanax orders the immediate gigantification of Drillion. The team take him on in the Ninja Fusion Zord but struggle as much as they did on the ground. The Fusion Zord is broken apart and the Rangers appear doomed. From out of nowhere, Princess Viera arrives in her lion ship. Drawing power from the atmosphere, she quickly scares Drillion away before flying off herself. As she flees the scene, she is shot down by Galvanax and crashes in the mountains.

Back in the business class, Sarah is about to fail for failing to complete her project but she is rescued by the teenage boy, who explains the situation to the teacher. Sarah receives an A as the episode closes.

The Royal Rumble

The next episode starts with a quick recap of Princess Viera being shot down before Drillion returns to Galvanax’s ship. Galvanax believes the Rangers will be defeated easily without the assistance of Princess Viera and commands Drillion to go back to Earth and check that her ship is fully destroyed. Before he leaves, Madame Odius takes him aside to give him a little upgrade.

On Earth, Viera is walking away from her downed ship when she discovers its anti-gravity crystal which, unfortunately, is damaged. We cut to the hidden base where Mick and Redbot are pleased to declare that all of their weapons have been repaired. As the team begin to strategise about how they’re going to defeat Drillion, Hayley finds a lion pin on her satchel. As she picks it off, it begins to glow and soon turns into Princess Viera. The team are startled but quickly come around to the idea of fixing her lion ship so that they can use it to stop Drillion. The Rangers ask Mick to help repair the anti-gravity crystal but he refuses, stating that they shouldn’t be helping someone that helped to enslave the Lion Galaxy. As she persuades them by professing her new found goodness, the Nexus Prism shows us a vision of the lion ship in battle. This convinces the team to use the last of the Ninja Steel to turn the lion ship into a zord. Mick and Redbot quickly get to work.

Back in the land of Galvanax, Drillion’s new arm monstrosity upgrade is complete. Galvanax sends Drillion to the forest to look for the lion ship and the Rangers. The team are alerted to Drillion’s proximity to the ship and enter battle. As before, our heroes struggle against the beast but Mick has completed the Ninja Star and throws it into the Nexus Prism. The Prism fires out a new Power Star but it is absorbed by Princess Viera’s armour. To everyone’s surprise, a new Power Star appears on Brody, the Red Ranger’s, wrist. He spins it and is transformed into the Red Lion Fire Ranger. Using his new abilities, Brody and the others make light work of Drillion.

Freshly gigantified, Drillion is confronted by the Lion Fire Zord  (I guess Mick had a little more Ninja Steel lying around after all). Brody forms the Lion Fire Megazord and uses all of its power to send Drillion into oblivion once and for all. Back in the Ranger’s base, Viera thanks the team for showing her the light. She vows to make the Lion Galaxy a better place and heads home to make changes to her kingdom. On her way out, she gives Mick a parting gift, establishing communication with his parents for the first time in twenty years. Mick tells them that he will come home after completing his business helping the Rangers to defeat Galvanax.

This was a pretty good two-parter. The disappointment of the pre-hiatus Ninja Steel seems to be behind us and the episodes seem to be consistently watchable at this point. As usual, the Victor and Monty segments are unnecessary but I’m sure the kids love them, or at least love to hate them. The addition of the Lion Armour was introduced properly, over two episodes, rather than just being gifted to them for no reason. This is a rarity in modern PR, so kudos to Chip Lynn and the team for that. Next, we head into the end of the first half of the series. Thanks to France, that’s already been spoiled but I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

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Power Rangers Ninja Steel: Episode 13 Review

To most of the fandom’s disappointment, Power Rangers Ninja Steel had an inauspicious start to the season. It arrived with very little hype or fanfare and, regrettably, the content of the show did little to enthuse even the most forgiving viewer. The story was thrown together haphazardly with little attention paid to integrating some of the eccentricities of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger (Ninja Steel’s parent series) and many balked at the repetition of the ‘Daddy issues’ used so regularly in recent memory. In short, the series just wasn’t much good. That’s all changed within the last few episodes, though, and the quality of the show has drastically improved. Episode 13, Ace and the Race, is no exception to that and builds upon the good work we’ve seen as of late.

The episode opens with the Mayor of Summer Cove welcoming us to the Lake Sunshine Fun-athalon, and the Rangers are preparing to compete in a relay race. As the race calls for three person teams, the team split in half with Preston, Hayley and Sarah comprising one team and Brody, Levi and Calvin making up the other. Moments before the start of the race, Calvin is distracted by a guy named Ace and his beautifully detailed car. Calvin goes to speak with Ace and his crew but promises to return in time for the race.

Meanwhile, on Galvanax’s ship, Cosmo Royale is introducing his newest contestant, Shoespike. The monster of the week bursts on to the stage with two Basherbots trailing behind him and rejoices at the fact he won the race. The peril our Rangers will face this week becomes clear as Shoespike exclaims, “You know what happens when you lose a race to me!” and the Basherbots are turned into trophies. Shoespike – whose Arnie-impersonator voice is reminiscent of Mighty Morphin’s Lizzinator – takes human form, declaring that once the Rangers touch his baton (careful) they will not be able to resist racing him.

Back on Earth, Calvin is taking a look under the hood of Ace’s car. He notices an oil leak and is talked into repairing it, but not before he pushes the car and its three occupants back to the school workshop. With Calvin missing, Brody and Levi are down a teammate. Enter Bob Shoespike, who volunteers to join the team. The pair touch Shoespike’s baton and are instantly transformed into douchebags, calling Sarah a loser before heading to the start line. During the course of the race, Brody shoulder barges Preston into the bushes and Levi launches a random competitor into the lake. Preston, obviously, takes exception to their behaviour and confronts them. Brody and Levi give Preston, Sarah and Hayley a hard time, again calling them losers. Bob Shoespike looks directly into the camera and adds “and you know what happens to losers…” before the three are turned into trophies before Levi and Brody’s eyes. The other competitors are also turned into trophies including Victor, who gets taken away by a stray dog. Shoespike reveals himself to be a monster and challenges the Ranger brothers to a three-legged race. The Rangers gladly accept.

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Subsequently, at the school workshop, Calvin is finishing off the work to Ace’s car. Ace misnames Calvin as Malvin and Marvin during the course of the ensuing argument, caused by Calvin’s realisation that Ace is a fraud and that he hasn’t completed a single piece of work on his own car as he claimed. Calvin feels let down by his supposed friend, Ace, but Mick reminds Calvin of his own failures in friendship, having bailed on Brody and Levi in the relay race. He concedes and dashes off to rejoin his teammates. Trophy Victor is shotput into a fish tank, meh. Victor and Monty continue to be one of the main problems with this series but I don’t think they’re going anywhere.

Calvin happens upon Brody, Levi and Shoespike warming up for their race. He discovers the three Ranger trophies and they catch him up with the story so far. Calvin confronts Shoespike and joins the team. The Rangers struggle to run cohesively at first before noticing that Shoespike is cheating; his Basherbot teammates are in face dummies and Shoespike is running alone. Despite the booby-traps set by Shoespike, the Rangers win the race in a photo finish. A Basherbot delivers the Ranger trophies, for no reason other than they needed the Rangers present to match the Sentai footage, and the team morph to fight Shoespike. The battle itself, in fact, is a carbon copy of its Ninninger counterpart and culminates in Levi and Brody working together to destroy the monster.

Brody and Levi summon Robo Red and Bull Rider but Shoespike runs rings around them. Calvin arrives in his Tonka Truck and slows the monster down with makibishi. The team form the Ninja Fusion Zord and make quick work of destroying Shoespike once and for all.

Back at the race, Calvin apologises to his friends and, of course, they forgive him in the usual sickly sweet, saccharin fashion. Victor’s trophy is finally turned back into human form, whilst still in the fish tank, and the episode closes with Victor standing in the tank with seaweed in his mouth.

All in all, this was a solid episode. The Saban team made good use of what was a difficult Ninninger episode to adapt to construct a cohesive story. The highlight of the episode, for me, was Shoespike, who got far more screen time here than in the Sentai. His design was neat and the actor who played his human form did a great job, especially during the fourth wall breaking moments. Here’s hoping that Ninja Steel continues to trend upwards as it has in the last few episodes.

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