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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 http://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 http://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 http://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!

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Why Wasn’t Ressha Sentai ToQger Adapted?

Does Saban’s Surprising Announcement Mean New Hope For ToQger?

Not long ago, I made an article talking about why Go-Busters didn’t get adapted. I went through some of the possible reasons about why it was ignored, ending with what it would most likely be like if it wasn’t. That article is now somewhat dated since it was recently announced that the 2019 (And possibly 2020) series of Power Rangers will be based on Go-Busters. Now that we know that Saban isn’t opposed to adapting older seasons, let’s look at why ToQger was initially ignored and what the chances are of an adaptation in the future.

The obvious main explanation for the skip was because of the theme, trains. I’m not going to deny that trains are popular in the west and that Power Rangers is aimed at a similar demographic to those who may be interested in trains (Boys aged 5-11). While this may seem like an obvious choice for an adaptation, not every kid into Power Rangers is necessarily also interested in trains. A while ago, I was talking to someone around this age range about ToQger and he thought it was an unusual concept. The train theme would probably make filming a pain too. It would be harder to film tracks and stations without constantly re-using footage because of the differences between the Japanese rail network and the Kiwi rail network. For example; New Zealand has just over 100 train stations and 1km of track for every 65km2 of land while Japan has 8500+ stations and 1km of track for every 14km2 of land. There’s always the possibility that they could limit the train theme to just the Zords and suits and not revolve the story around them to make filming easier, it worked for Super Megaforce and Mighty Morphin’ Season 1 (To a lesser extent).

Before we knew it was being adapted, both Saban and Bandai had previously mentioned that they wanted to do something with Go-Busters in the future. However, they have not said anything about ToQger. Unlike Go-Busters, there doesn’t seem to be any rejected plans for hypothetical adaptations. It seems like Saban has just given up on it. Ever since they took over from Bandai, Hasbro seems to want to do new things with the series so an adaptation is not entirely impossible. Personally, I would love to see ToQger get adapted, but if Saban and Hasbro did these things, I think the chances of the season succeeding would be higher. Firstly, as I mentioned before, the plot should be focused less on trains. Alternatively, the zords and suits could be used for a “Super” follow up to a different season so fans of the first would watch it, helping it get better ratings. Next, some toys should just not be released at all. For example: the IC card thing the ToQgers have on their belt buckle since IC cards are pretty different and less common in the west. Also, they should wait until the inevitable “Super” season to sell most of the zords, just in case the train theme isn’t popular the first year. Overall, I very much hope Saban decides to adapt ToQger but I doubt that’s it’s definitely happening.

Would you like to see ToQger get adapted? Let us know in the comments.

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Power Rangers Beast Morphers Confirmed For 2019

Saban Brands have topped yesterday’s Hasbro license news and thrown us a major curveball in the form of a Go-Busters adaption for Power Rangers.

Earlier today, it was confirmed over the official Power Rangers Twitter that the 2019 season of Power Rangers will be “Power Rangers Beast Morphers”.

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“Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself. Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun.”

Previously thought to be ignored, the season will be adapted from the 2012 series “Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters” making this season the biggest gap between the original and the adaptation. This will also be Hasbro’s first season, since they were recently awarded the license earlier this week. You can expect more details in the coming weeks.

What do you think of this surprising announcement? Let us know in the comments!

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Hasbro Acquires Power Rangers Toy License

Big changes are coming our way as Hasbro takes control of Power Rangers toys.

After all this chaos yesterday regarding Saban Brands not renewing their master license with Bandai America, a lot of speculation swiftly followed about who would be in control of the Power Rangers toy line.

Many rumors at the time speculated Hasbro Toys would acquire the license, and it turns out that was the case! The famed company behind the Transformers toy line, as well as many others including Star Wars, will be produccing the future of Power Rangers’ toys!

Starting early 2019, Hasbro will take control of the toy line and will be the exclusive toy provider for all Power Rangers toys, including but not limited to all the past seasons and movies and any upcoming adaptations! This means the Kyuranger adaptation will be in Hasbro’s control, and that’s the most exciting thing ever!

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Below are some snippets from the press release (for all you proof-seekers).

“We’re particularly excited to partner together to help reignite and drive this brand for the next 25 years and more. It’s a partnership that is very collaborative and feels very good to us to be in business with Saban and to help power Power Rangers.” – Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner to Hollywood Reporter

“We’re particularly excited to introduce the brand to the youngest Power Rangers fans, but we’ve also talked for many years about the growth and development of the fan economy. We do believe that [older] fans today have more interest in, and more access to, fan-oriented products. The online retailing world allows us to retail products at higher price points, along with conventions, to move product that are aimed at older fans. You can only imagine with the amazing creativity of the Power Rangers show, as well as Haim’s own creativity, that this allows for some very exciting things as we move forward. I think there’s a lot of love for the classic characters. I was around in the first years when Haim and Saban decided to renew the concept every year, and we could see how it renewed interest every year. It allowed the creative to change and the brand to evolve. We want to continue to evolve and reinvent. We’re very dedicated to continuing to evolve and rededicate the brand every year.” – Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner to Hollywood Reporter

“Toys are absolutely essential to Power Rangers. Toys are basically the leading merchandising and licensing partner that we have. It’s very important.” Power Rangers Founder Haim Saban to Hollywood Reporter
“Our friendship started, as a matter of fact, when Brian left the advertising agency he worked at and moved to Bandai, which had the license at the time. Since then, we’ve been in touch on and off, on different subject matters. From time to time, Brian would say to me, ‘So when are you coming to Hasbro?’ This is just the culmination of events that have been happening for some time. We’re just beyond thrilled.” – Power Rangers Founder Haim Saban to Hollywood Reporter

What do you think about Hasbro acquiring the toy license to Power Rangers? Do you think anyone else would be better suited? Let us know in the comments!

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Power Rangers and Bandai America End Relationship

It looks like Bandai America will no longer host the Power Rangers toy line!

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It’s the end of a 25 year run and, after acting as the biggest Power Rangers toy manufacturer since the birth of Power Rangers in 1993, Bandai America and Saban Brands are parting ways.

The decision to not renew the partnership will come into effect in April 2019. Running up to then, they will continue to produce toys for the franchise and for the rest of Super Ninja Steel. This decision does not reflect the Japanese side of things, and Bandai will continue to produce toys for the Super Sentai counterpart.

This news come as a big shock to lots of dedicated Power Rangers fans, as the Power Rangers brand is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. This comes after the recent rebranding of their logo and the rebirth of their original retro toy line.

Who do you think should get the Power Rangers toy line? What do you think of this news? Leave us a comment and tell us how you feel!

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Power Rangers Staying on Nickelodeon Through 2021

Looks like Power Rangers is set to stay on Nickelodeon for a little bit longer!

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Whether you want to rejoice or cry, it was announced earlier today at a Saban Brands press release that an agreement with Nickelodeon has been made to keep Power Rangers on their network long after the finale of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel.

This means one of two things for you lovely Power Rangers fans. One thing is that you’ll get to see Nickelodeon have partial control over the Power Rangers Brand, and that it’s very likely that we’ll see an Uchu Sentai Kyuranger adaptation as our next Power Rangers series.

This also means we should expect some nice juicy information on the 26th season of Power Rangers very soon! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on social media on the run up to Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel’s Finale.

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Here’s a snippet from the official press release, which states the above fact for all you proof-seekers.

“Saban’s Power Rangers has been on the air for 25 continuous seasons and we are thrilled to extend our long-standing and collaborative partnership with Nickelodeon through 2021 to continue to deliver action-packed adventures to a new generation of kids,” said Janet Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of Saban Brands. “We are excited for the year ahead and what’s to come for the Power Rangers franchise.”

Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products, Nickelodeon Group added: “Saban Brands has been a leader in kids’ entertainment since its inception and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship by bringing fans more Power Rangers on Nickelodeon in the coming years.”

This news has come under much criticism, as fans from all corners of the world have been stating for years that Power Rangers should leave Nickelodeon‘s network in pursuit of a network that might take the show seriously.  Power Rangers has gone under much revision since its conception, and it has hopped from channel to channel in hopes of finding a home that best suits the titular spandex-clad heroes.

If Saban Brands were to search for a new network host after 2021, it would be difficult to find a network willing to support the show for the foreseeable future. Fans have claimed that Power Rangers having its own Netflix adaptation would allow room for longer shows, user requests and a large library of unused footage from Super Sentai counterparts to broaden their toy releases.

The ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ series and subsequent movies, including the 2017 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. Finding a network to keep up with this demand would prove difficult, as even Disney struggled with their creative process to keep Power Rangers fresh and moving forward.

Where do you think Saban Brands should take Power Rangers after 2021? What network do you think would do it justice?

Leave a comment and let us know!

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Power Rangers Hyper Force Primer

We stand on the edge of history, looking toward a future of limitless possibility and potential. No, this isn’t the announcement for some grandiose tech innovation but it still holds the same weight to many of us so I’m here to give you all a primer on what you can expect!

Power-Rangers-HyperForce-LogoPower Rangers Hyper Force, a collaboration between Saban Brands and Hyper RPG, airs tonight at 6pm Pacific Time (1am Greenwich Mean Time) on Twitch. Starring PR alumni, YouTube personalities, and Voice Actors, this 25-episode adventure will see a brand new team of Power Rangers do battle across time against the forces of evil and oh, boy, am I ever excited.

Not only is the Hyper Force team wholly unique to Power Rangers but it is also a sequel to one of the most beloved series in the franchise; Time Force. Set in the year 3016, this RPG adventure sees a class of Time Force cadets under the tutelage of Jen Scotts (played by a returning Erin Cahill) and will consist of the team going on adventures throughout Power Rangers history. That is immensely cool and very thematically appropriate for the upcoming 25th Anniversary.

hyperforcesuitsNaturally, you can’t have a Ranger team without suits and Hyper Force does not disappoint. Designed by Hyper RPG and Peter Sudarso himself, the suits have a very unique feel, paying homage to Rangers past while being consistent with the Time Force theme. The Greek Titan theme is cool because of the connection to mythological interpretations of Chronos/Cronus.

hyperforcecastThe cast is not only an interesting bunch but also includes some exciting prospects. We have Peter Sudarso trading in his Ninja Steel Blue suit for Hyper Force Red, playing the Captain Marvellous-inspired Marvin/Marv. The YouTube personality Meghan Camarena (aka Strawburry17) playing Chloe, the Hyper Force Pink Ranger. Power Rangers super-fan Andre Meadows (aka Black Nerd Comedy) plays the Blue Hyper Force, Eddie. Sailor Mars/ Miraculous Ladybug voice actress Cristina Vee as the franchise’s first female Black Ranger, Vesper, and last, but certainly not least, is the big man himself — Paul Schrier aka Bulk as Jack, the Yellow Ranger. HE FINALLY DID IT! Paul gets to be a Ranger! If nothing else, I’m tuning in for him but the rest of the cast are no slouches either so we should be in for a very entertaining series!

hyperforce1hyperforce2As I said, Power Rangers Hyper Force is a card-based RPG that utilises D6 dice for decision making. Under the watchful eye of game designer and Games Master, Malika Lim, this live show will feature an element of audience participation with the Twitch chat viewers able to lend energy to their favourite Rangers to perform actions and even have their own Ranger avatar to send on missions. It’s an interesting mechanic to add into the game and could easily break it if the audience keeps the Rangers stocked or even overflowing with energy points but Hyper RPG did mention that the system will be balanced if this occurs.

Overall, there’s a lot to be excited about here. With an all-new, all-different team of Rangers, a brilliant cast, and audience engagement, Power Rangers Hyper Force is shaping up to be a very interesting entry into this storied franchise and I, for one, cannot wait to cheer them on! You can catch the first episode of Power Rangers Hyper Force tonight (Tuesday 24th October) at 6pm PT (1am GMT) on Hyper RPG’s Twitch channel or a week later on their YouTube channel.

What are your thoughts on Power Rangers Hyper Force? Excited to have a brand new team? Hoping to see returning Rangers? Let us know in the comments below!