... Okay, maybe that title was a little over-the-top, but I just couldn't help myself.
Part of me has dreaded tackling this review. As a longtime fan of the Power Rangers franchise, it's not always easy to bring tough criticism to this thing I've loved for years, a huge influence on my life and how I see the world. It's even worse knowing that a number of people may have hoped to hear something quite different from me on this subject, and would be waiting to get my take on such a momentous occasion as this, the 25th Anniversary special episode. Certainly, it'll be an unpopular opinion with some, a few of which I'd count as friends. It's worse even still when one takes into account my opinion of the current season, Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel.
The brutal truth is that I hesitate...
Everybody's passing out anniversaries this summer. Whether you're a longtime fan of Kamen Rider and hyped for the nostalgic rollercoaster sure to roll out from the latest Kamen Rider Zi-O, or are a fan of their American cousins in live-action, the Power Rangers, it's not the worst time to be someone who can quote whole episodes that aired years ago on command. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Ranger franchise, the current Teenagers with Attitude (or something) and some of their predecessors are meeting up for the sort of adventure that is rather rare these days. At least as far as their television exploits are concerned.
We're speaking, naturally, of the special crossover episode of the Nickelodeon and Saban Brands title Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, which promises to ...
The Power Rangers franchise surely isn't messing around this year, is it? I can't walk three steps without tripping over some new announcement concerning the spandex-clad heroes that have filled my imagination since the early 1990s with adventure and charm. No sooner than I've let it sink in that Saban Brands has broken up with its longtime collaborator in the toy world, Bandai America, over their joint custodianship of Power Rangers, my brain is further scrambled by the news that toy company Hasbro is about to pick up the slack. Shortly after, we hear that not only will they be continuing to provide toys and merchandise for this enduring media franchise, but they'll just go ahead and take that media part too. Goodness me, what is a fan to make of all these rapid changes?!
If I were t...
Are we all caught up on Power Rangers HyperForce? No? Well, what are you waiting for? The Hyper RPG show based on the Power Rangers TV saga is ramping up toward the end of their season. But before we hit the climax of their time-trekking journey, we'll briefly look back on some of the memorable bits from the story so far.
The live gamesters at HyperForce were given a shock as a new player entered the arena in the form of Yoshi Sudarso, the Blue Ranger of Power Rangers Dino Charge. You'd think his brother Peter Sudarso, current Blue Ranger of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, would have known ahead of time that Yoshi would be making his first appearance on the show some weeks ago. But what fun would that be, eh?
For posterity, we may either relive or experience for the first time, th...
The New York Toy Fair is currently in full swing. This is the time when companies create booths and give presentations to the press to show up what direction they are heading and what toys are coming out for the year. For toy geeks, it's like Christmas seeing all the new reveals. But one announcement that rocked the toy world was made a couple days prior.
In probably the greatest shock to the fandom, it was revealed that Bandai of America and Saban Brands would be parting ways in 2019! After 25 years, Bandai of America will no longer make Power Rangers toys or import items from Toei Co's Super Sentai. Though it should be noted that Bandai of Japan will still continue to support Super Sentai with toys and merchandise. To put this announcement in perspective this would be like Hasbro di...
Plot twist. After Saban Brands, the handlers of the long-running Power Rangers franchise parted ways with original merchandise collaborators Bandai America, a new announcement was swiftly made, formally showing Hasbro Inc. their seat at the dynasty table. Promptly afterward came Hasbro's introduction to the latest incarnation of the Power Rangers legacy in the form of 2019's new season: Power Rangers Beast Morphers. It's a week of revelations for this undying brand. And this may be just the beginning.
Electing Hasbro as the new shepherds for the franchise seemed like a no-brainer after we reviewed some dispiriting facts on the subject of Bandai America's business practices recently versus the comparatively outstanding performance of Hasbro in recent years. They've proven themselves as...
Well, this is an interesting turn of events. After a partnership that endured across two and a half decades, entertainment company Saban Brands has taken a page out of the playbook of their most famous characters and decided to sacrifice the zords. Bandai America, who has worked with Saban for 25 years to produce toys based upon the long-lasting Power Rangers brand, has jointly announced its separation from the media company. Fans are already reeling from the thought that the one other consistent name that carried alongside Saban's where its multicolored superheroes were concerned may soon fade into memory. But as the news comes as a surprise, it's also not one that causes much confusion either.
Bandai and Saban's statement follows:
"After a successful 25-year partnership building ...
A special guest busts onto the set of Power Rangers HyperForce just in time for their missing teammate to rejoin the group after the events of previous weeks. The time-tossed crew of this Twitch roleplaying game series encounters a new ally as a daring rescue attempt is made to bring the squad back together. Don't look so blue. It's HyperForce!
Yoshi Sudarso, known to Ranger fans as caveman Koda, the Blue Ranger of Power Rangers Dino Charge, is no stranger to time travel shenanigans. He joins a cast that already includes his brother Peter Sudarso (Power Rangers Ninja Steel), Paul Schrier (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), adding to a host of other special guests from the long and storied history of the television franchise. His appearance no...
The Power Rangers comic book saga rolls on with BOOM! Studios' first major event, Power Rangers: Shattered Grid. In which, the beloved books in the series all link up as the villainous Lord Drakkon, ever the sore loser, means to do some damage to the multicolored heroes that defeated him once before. This time, it'll take more than the teenage saviors of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to send him packing. To that end, the ongoing series is recruiting an army of heroes from across the decades-spanning television franchise, many of whom longtime fans have been dying to see since the comic came into being. A breakdown of upcoming issues, along with some exceedingly dope artwork, awaits below.
BOOM! sounded the alarm on the crossover extravaganza, putting together heroes from seasons that e...
Power Rangers HyperForce returns with another explosive special guest. The crew of Twitch's tabletop role-playing gamers have just landed in the dystopian future of the Power Rangers RPM television season, and one among them has been infected by the sinister Venjix virus. Before this adventure comes to a close, they come face-to-face with Mike Ginn himself, aka Ranger Operator Series Gold, one half of the twin super-duo of Gem and Gemma!
Power Rangers HyperForce streams live every Tuesday at 6PM PT from HyperRPG.
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