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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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Complete details of Power Rangers actors coming to the UK in 2019

When attending a convention, nothing beats meeting a good guest! This is a list of all the upcoming Power Ranger guests due to visit the UK Convention scene throughout 2019.

Toku Toy Store is happy to supply a list of all the guests attending conventions here in the UK, through 2019. Since we tend to go where the Ranger guests are, Toku Toy Store is also at the majority of these conventions. The list will be updated as more actors are announced.

Let’s start with LFCC Spring, March 2nd & 3rd 2019, which will have Emma Lahana from Power Rangers Dino Thunder.

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Emma Lahana was born in Auckland, New Zealand on June 27th, 1984. She became involved in the arts at a very young age doing ballet and broadened her dancing to jazz, tap and modern styles. She also learnt to play the violin but once in high school became involved in drama as well as singing. It was here that she auditioned for a long-running New Zealand TV soap, Shortland Street (1992) and was surprised to be given the part of “Erin Kingston” which she played for 2 seasons. She performed in many lead roles in musicals for ACMT. In 2002, she starred in the Disney movie You Wish! (2003) and, in 2003, landed a lead role in Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) as Kira Ford/Yellow Dino Ranger.

Following LFCC Spring is Carlisle Comic Con who will be hosting the suit actor of Alpha 5, Sandi Sellner.

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Sandi has had numerous roles in stage productions as well as working on several television shows, but is perhaps best known for playing Alpha 5 in seasons 2 and 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).

Up next is Liverpool Comic Con, March 8th, 9th and 10th 2019, which will have a total of 14 Power Ranger actors in total, including fan favourites Bulk & Skull.

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Jason Narvy was born on March 27th, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and assistant director, known for having played the same character, Eugene ‘Skull’ Skullovitch, on seven different series: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011).

Paul Schrier was born on June 1st, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA as Paul L. Schrier II. He is an actor and director, known for having played the same character, Farkas ‘Bulk’ Bulkmeier, on seven different series including: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011).

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Steve Cardenas has been involved in the martial arts for 28 years (1986) since the age of 12. Steve is a 5th degree black belt in tae kwon do (as of 2014), and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Steve owns his own jiu-jitsu studio in Burbank, California called Force Balance BJJ. He is best known for playing Rocky Desantos in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) and Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

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Selwyn Ward was born on June 13th, 1977 in Kokomo, Indiana, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for playing TJ Johnson in Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), and Power Rangers Wild Force (2002).

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Blake Foster was born on May 29th, 1985 in Northridge, California, USA as Blake Anthony Foster. He is an actor, known for playing Justin Stewart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997), Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and Power Rangers in Space (1998).

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Tracy Lynn Cruz was born on January 29th, 1976 in Orange County, California, USA. She is an actress, known for playing Ashley Hammond in Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998) and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999).

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Jason Faunt grew up just outside of Chicago. A talented athlete, Jason almost became a professional baseball player. Instead, he came out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Jason makes his professional debut in Power Rangers Time Force as Wes Collins.

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Michael Copon is an American actor known for a variety of film and television roles including that of Lucas Kendall in Power Rangers Time Force. Beyond his film and television commitments, Copon is also a talented singer, releasing ‘Let’s Get Nasty’ on iTunes in 2010 and appeared (and subsequently won) the competition on VH1’s But Can They Sing?

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Kevin Duhaney was born on June 2nd, 1984 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor, known for Half Baked (1998), Honey (2003), Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) and Four Brothers (2005).

Jeff Parazzo is a Toronto born actor with over 15 years of professional film & television experience splitting time between Canada and the United States. He was recently working on such shows as Flashpoint, Nikita, Degrassi and Suits. He is best known to his fans for his work as Trent Fernandes from Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004). In 2016, Jeff was in the works with writing partners Kevin Duhaney & Luch Balao to bring their project “Trauma Con” to audiences around the world.

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Azim Rizk was born on September 4th, 1990 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work as Jake Holling in Power Rangers MegaForce / Super Megaforce.

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Ciara Hanna got started in the entertainment world when she was at the young age of 8. She travelled around Southern California singing with a local singing group, which entertained at such places as Knott’s Berry Farm, Royal Caribbean Cruise liner, and Universal Studios. She then pursued an acting/modelling career at 10. She starred in a few local plays before landing her first professional job doing a series of commercials overseas for the United Kingdom. Ciara Hanna also most recently played Gia Moran for Power Rangers Megaforce (2013).

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Nico Greetham was born in Woodbridge, Virginia to his Scottish father, Chris, and his Colombian mother, Isabella, both Physical Therapists. He has two sisters, Gabriella and Natalie Greetham. Nico grew up training as a competitive dancer at local dance studios, receiving numerous awards and titles in nationwide competitions. In 2016, Nico finally decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an actor, by taking multiple acting classes in the Los Angeles area. Within 6 months, he landed his first role as Calvin Maxwell in Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017-2019).

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Zoë Robins was born on February 19th, 1993 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for The New Tomorrow (2005), The Shannara Chronicles (2016) and Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017-2019).

Following on from Comic Con Liverpool is Medway Comic & Screen Festival, March 30th, at Medway Park in Gillingham who will be hosting Johnny Yong Bosch and Nakia Burrise from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo.

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Johnny Yong Bosch was born on January 6th, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as John Jay Bosch. He studied Shaolin Kung Fu in Texas under Master James Clark. Master James Clark showed him an advert in the newspaper about an audition for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, where he subsequently got his start in film. He is known for his work on  Akira (1988), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and Bleach (2004).

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Growing up in Stockton, CA, Nakia Burrise was introduced to musical theatre and performance in elementary school. She began performing acrobatics by the age of five and later ventured into theatre, musical theatre, dancing, singing, and modelling. While attending Edison High School in Stockton, California, Nakia auditioned for UCLA’s prestigious theatre department. She was the only African American female freshman accepted into the theatre department that year. By the time she was a junior at UCLA, her professional career had begun. She booked her first role as a series regular on Power Rangers, as Tanya Sloan, the yellow ranger; while simultaneously recording her first pop album with her singing group, Divine. She has played an array of characters in various television series, movies, animated series, and commercials. She is best known for Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

Continuing the MMPR theme, next up is Em-Con Nottingham, 4th & 5th May, who will be visited by Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank.

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Amy is a multi-faceted artist with over twenty years experience in the entertainment industry. Working successfully as an actress for more than two decades, Johnson is most known for her roles as Kimberly Hart in the iconic series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Julie Emrick on the critically-acclaimed series Felicity, and Jules Callaghan on the award-winning Canadian series Flashpoint. she is best known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995).

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Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers. He is the voice of Emissary in Transformers: Titans Returns and brings Bloodshot to life in the highly-anticipated project Ninjak vs.the Valiant Universe. Always one looking for adventure, Jason shares his exciting life in the extremely popular series My Morphin Life, which is now in its fourth season.

Arguably the most popular and famous Power Ranger, Jason’s character was only intended to be in ten episodes. Due to his popularity, he was morphed into the most amount of different rangers in the show’s twenty-four year history. He began as the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, a bad boy turned good, and subsequently morphed into the Mighty Morphin White Ranger, Red Zeo, Red Turbo, and then returned in 2004 as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger. He is best known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) and Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018).

Second to last is Em-Con Worcester, September 14th, who will be playing host to David Yost.

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David Yost was born on January 7th, 1969 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA as David Harold Yost. He is an actor and producer, known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

Last, but by no means least, is Inverness Comic Con, October 12th, who will have Brennan Mejia attending.

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Brennan Mejia is a professional acrobat turned actor, and has been performing since he was a kid. Best known for his role as the Red Ranger In Power Rangers Dino Charge and Dino Super Charge, Brennan has also worked on a number of other projects such as: Supergirl, American Horror Story Murder House, Kickin’ It, iCarly, Kaboom, Life In Pieces, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, CSI Miami, American Ninja Warrior, and many others. Aside from performing, he also has a passion for health and wellness, and has a B.S. in Kinesiology, as well as certifications in fitness, yoga, and nutrition.

That’s it for now! If and when more actors are announced as coming to the UK, we will update the list as soon as possible.

What do you think of all the guests so far? Who would you like to see at a convention? Let us know on our social media pages!

Sources: IMDB (biographies), Just Jared Jr. (featured image)
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Power Rangers coming back to the Cinema?

New information reveals that it looks like Power Rangers may be returning to the silver screen once more!

It has been leaked that during a conference call to discuss future Power Ranger projects, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealed that Hasbro was currently in discussion with Paramount Pictures, with whom Hasbro have a long standing relationship, to make a new Power Rangers movie.

It’s completely unclear whether any new movie would have any ties to the 2017 Lionsgate produced film but the prospect of any Power Rangers on the big screen again has Ranger Nation buzzing!

Do you want to see the Power Rangers return to cinema? Do you think is could be based on a different team? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: Tokunation
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Jackie Marchand posts original concept art from Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

While most of us in the United Kingdom slept last night, Ranger Nation was treated something special from the second Power Rangers film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

Former Power Rangers writer and producer, Jackie Marchand took to Twitter last night to post some concept art, puportly containing orginal ideas for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. The images show over suit armaments called the Power Suites [sic] which would have been used underwater.

Jackie Marchand worked on Power Rangers from Mighty Morphin’ Season 3 to Time Force, and then again for the Disney era from Ninja Storm through to RPM. Marchand, while a fan of the Super Sentai series, was known for being against Power Rangers sticking rigidly to Sentai storylines and would routinely seek to add elements that would separate Power Rangers from its Japanese counterpart. These concept drawings seem to be an example of that.

You can view the concept art below:

While there was no mention of where in the movie these suits would have been used, you could speculate that they might have been used to storm Divatox’s submarine or to approach Maligore’s island without their Turbo zords.

What do you think of the concept drawings? Would you have liked to see them in the Turbo movie? Join the conversation on social media!

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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!