Okay, imagine you're a child who's really into Power Rangers -- if you're around my age, it probably won't be too difficult. It's Christmas morning, and you open the biggest, brightest package beneath the tree, and there, staring unblinking back at you, is the severed head of Jason, the Red Ranger.
Wait! Wait! Stop crying! It's okay, it's not really a severed head! It's just The Power Rangers Legacy Limited Edition Box Set, collecting 20 seasons of Power Rangers on 98 DVDs stored a replica of the Red Ranger's helmet that's coming out for pre-order! Nobody killed Jason! He's a fireman now, I think!
Q: As something that's seems so dated after 20 years, how does Power Rangers hold up as a superhero show? -- @prograpslady
A: In case you missed it, last Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Well, in America, anyway -- Kyoru Sentai Zyuranger hit that mark last year in Japan, and it was the 16th season of Super Sentai when it started -- but still, it's a pretty big milestone. And between me and Caleb Goellner, who loves Power Rangers like the rest of you love oxygen, there was plenty of excitement here at ComicsAlliance when the big day rolled around.
As for how it holds up, well, I'll be the first to admit that a lot of it doesn't. At all. But even when that's the case, it's still absolutely fascinating.
One of the nice things about having my job is that occasionally, someone I don't know will be cleaning out a garage or whatever, find something weird, and immediately decide that they should mail it to me because they think it's something I'd want to see. It doesn't happen a lot, but it's often enough that at this point, it's stopped being weird. Mostly.
Point being, that's exactly what happened when reader Jeff found his wife's membership kit for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Official Fan Club from 1994 and offered to send it over. This is not an offer I turn down, especially with the 20th anniversary of MMPR coming up next week, so join me as we explore the garden of delights that is the Power Rangers Fan Club Kit.
20 years ago, the Green Ranger kicked down the back door of the Megazord, punched everyone in the head, and immediately became the coolest dude that any of us had ever seen on television. I mean, seriously, the guy had a knife that was a flute and rode around in a robot dragon, and that's all we've ever wanted out of life. At San Diego, Jason David Frank, who played the Green, White, Red, and Black Rangers at various times sat down with us to talk about his character's enduring popularity, why he thinks the Green Ranger can stand as its own franchise, and his MMA challenge to professional wrestler CM Punk.
Tamashii Nations Bluefin Distribution booth #3545 knows what time it is at San Diego Comic-Con, and that's Morphin time, man. Among its two glass case displays housing its recently-released and preorderable Power Rangers Bandai S.H. Figuarts toys were the newly revealed Black, Blue and Yellow Mighty Morphin/Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger ranger toys. The only bad news? They're currently all "for display only."
With multiple volumes of Power Rangers: Samurai and Power Rangers: Megaforce graphic novels under its belt, Papercutz has turned its attention to the original and perhaps most recognizable property in Americanized tokusatsu: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Come May 2014, the regular Papercutz PR team of writer Stefan Petrucha and artist PH Marcondes will debut their first of many planned MMPR graphic novels -- the first since Marvel and Hamilton's respective miniseries circa 1995.
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