Mighty Morphin Power Rangers celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, but its Super Sentai source material from Japan is set to hit an even bigger milestone next year as Shotaro Ishinimori's Himitsu Sentai Gorenger turns 40. Fans won't have to wait to celebrate, however, as Bandia will release the series' uncommonly athletic leader Akarenger (Red Ranger) in S.H. Figuarts action figure form this September.
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.
Bandai churns out scads of serviceable Power Rangers/Super Sentai toys every year in both the US and Japan, but its S.H. Figuarts line is where collectors go for the cream of the crop. A variety of rangers from some of the most recent series from the tokusatsu franchise have made their way to the US -- namely a pair of Power Rangers Samurai imports -- and now those two could be joined by two of the most recognizable rangers to US fans...