In an attempt to separate itself from the original Fox Kids series that began airing in 1993, the upcoming Power Rangers film has deviated far away from the colorful and campy tone of the original series to a bleaker and more serious take on the teenagers with attitude who come together to defend the Earth from evil alien invaders.
The original series which took place in the bright and sunny Angel Grove, California has opted for the rather grim atmosphere that productions filmed in Vancouver and the pacific northwest share. Along with dropping ‘Mighty Morphin’ from the title, the new film features all new updated designs for the Rangers’ suits which have a much more traditional Japanese influence compared to the original suits that featured helmets modeled after the dinosaur and prehistoric animal synonymous with each Rangers’ power coin.
Last week, RangerNation.com revealed the first look at several toys which included the Red Rangers Tyrannosaurus Megazord plus his Power Sword as well as the Rangers’ Morphers and Power Coins which we were treated to a glimpse of in the official teaser trailer that debuted at New York Comic Con.
Late Friday night, the official twitter account for the upcoming film revealed the new toy Megazord which gave us our first look at the new faceless design.
The new Megazord is a major departure from the original Megazord but is right in line aesthetically with the design cues of the new suits for the Rangers. What’s disappointing here is that it doesn’t seem like you will be able to take the Rangers’ individual Zords and put them together to create the Megazord like you could back in the nineties.
It’s also a bit odd that the new Megazord sports a pair of wings. In the original, even though the Pink Ranger had a Pterodactyl power coin, the Megazord did not have wings until the White Ranger joined his Falcon Ninjazord with the Ninja Megazord in the first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie .
As someone who grew up with the original series as a kid, I am very excited for the new modern take on the Rangers. While I don’t love the new designs for the suits or this new Megazord, I do appreciate how much the production has done to separate itself from the original series for a new audience so I’ll wait to judge the suits and Megazords until I see them in action.
Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott (Red Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart (Pink Ranger), Becky G as Trini Kwan (Yellow Ranger), Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor (Black Ranger), Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.
Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.