With 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!
This week, we're jumping ahead to the current series, Power Rangers Dino Charge, for a look at the "Race to Rescue Christmas," and the question of just how Santa Claus works in the world of the Power Rangers!
Following its Power Rangers Super Megaforce localization of Toei's Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger series, Saban will return to the dinosaur motif that made Mighty Morphin Power Rangers a huge hit in America back in 1993. According to USA Today, in 2015 Power Rangers Dino Charge will debut on Nickelodeon, meaning that Saban will skip the spy-themed 36th Japanese Sentai Series known as Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters in favor of a show with more humor, more rangers and a lot more dinos.
It'll be a few years before Nickelodeon and Saban get a chance to Power Ranger-fy them here, but right now in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger is Toei's tokusatsu task force of choice. As such, Bandai's S.H. Figuarts action figure line is set to be brimming with the multihued heroes in the coming year, with the series' dinosaur-themed cast rolling out in a major way. Team leader KyoryuRed's figure arrived just this week, and it's set to be joined by a two-pack pairing KyoryuBlue and the standalone KyoryuGreen KyoryuGold later this spring. While KyoryuBlack and KyoryuPink haven't been scheduled, they're confirmed to join the team down the road as seen in a slew of new images on Japanese retailer AmiAmi.
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