IRON MAN VS. GOTHS: ‘POWER RANGERS’ PRODUCER CREATES NEW SERIES ‘GUNBLADE’ [VIDEO]
By Chris Sims
If you’ve been a child at any time in the past 20 years, there’s a good chance that you’re already familiar with the work of Koichi Sakamoto, whether you know his name or not. Since 1996, he’s been a producer and director on the Power Rangers franchise — along with working on the stunts for its Japanese tokusatsu source material — and now, he’s getting ready to launch a new show, set to debut in America in January of 2016.
It’s called Gunblade, and it’s basically Iron Man meets Kamen Rider with a budget of $20,000,000, a significant portion of which will likely be spent on guns and/or blades. And it looks pretty awesome.
WATCH THE ORIGINAL AND SURPRISINGLY VIOLENT ‘MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS’ PILOT
By Chris Sims
If you were a kid in 1993, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re familiar with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and that, if you were called upon to do so, you could probably list off a few of the show’s defining characteristics. Once you got past the dinosaur robots, the monsters, and the color-coordinated karate fights, you’d probably talk about Ernie’s juice bar, Bulk and Skull, Zordon, and maybe even the eternal annoyance that is Alpha 5. But what you might not realize is that there’s a lot of that stuff that wasn’t originally part of the show — at least as it appeared in the original 15-minute pilot.
Obviously, the dinosaur robots and monsters are all in there, but it’s just different enough that it seems super weird in comparison. Check it out and see if you can spot all the differences!
THE NEW ‘MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS’ GRAPHIC NOVEL RETURNS TO 1993 AND IT’S JUST ABOUT MORPHENOMENAL
By Chris Sims
I’m going to out on a limb here and say that of all the major comic book news sites, ComicsAlliance is the one that has the most expertise on the subject of the Power Rangers. When the discussion turns to American adaptations of tokusatsu shows where multicolored heroes ride around in giant robots that can do karate, we can speak with an authority that is truly unquestionable. And as a result, we’ve been pretty interested in the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers graphic novels from Papercutz ever since they were announced.
Written by Stefan Petrucha with art by PH Marcondes and Laurie E. Smith, the first volume is out now, and while this might sound like faint praise, it’s a whole lot better than I was expecting. It might not quite top being Morphenomenal, but it’s certainly Morphinabove Average.
BRACE YOURSELF FOR A ‘MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS’ MOVIE REBOOT
By Chris Sims
In this week’s installment of news that confirms ComicsAlliance has gained control of the Infinity Gauntlet and is now in complete control of reality, Saban and Lionsgate have announced plans for an original live-action Power Rangers movie that’s set to reboot the franchise with a new gang of teenagers with attitudes.
In a press release put out by both companies, Saban praised Lionsgate’s knack for turning stuff the kids already like into highly successful film adaptations, from Twilight (booooo) to Hunger Games (yayyyyy) to the more recent Divergent (ehhhh). Regardless of my particular parenthetical feelings about those movies, that’ll probably be handy for the Power Rangers franchise, which has managed to remain pretty popular with the youth of America since its debut in 1993. That said, it’s pretty surprising to me that they haven’t been doing movies all this time.
MEET THE NEW SILVER RANGER FROM ‘POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE’
You may have noticed that here at ComicsAlliance, we are pretty excited about the Power Rangers, and Power Rangers Super Megaforce, in addition to having 300% more adjectives than other adventure shows, is probably the most exciting of all. It’s built around the theme of pirate Power Rangers who celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise by transforming into past Rangers (and unlocking their secret powers with the help of guest stars returning from previous seasons), and that’s definitely something we’re into.
That’s why we’re pretty pleased to be a part of introducing the world to Cameron Jebo, the actor who will be playing the all-new Silver Ranger in upcoming episodes. Check out the exclusive video to meet him and learn a little more about his role in the series.
The singer in question is PelleK, who’s been getting attention lately for his energetic, soaring cover songs like Frozen‘s “Let It Go” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” but since those songs aren’t about teenagers with attitude fighting monsters in a giant robot, I’m comfortable in declaring that nobody cares about them. This, however, is fantastic — and considering that he sings every song from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers all the way up to Power Rangers Super Megaforce in one continuous shot, it’s actually really impressive, too.
Toy Fair 2014: Power Rangers At The Bandai Booth
Saban’s localization of Toei’s Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, finally kicked off on Nickelodeon this past weekend, and Bandai was celebrating the premiere in a big way at Toy Fair 2014. The core component of the line, of course, is Ranger Keys — the tiny totems of every Power Ranger’s abilities that the Super Megaforce crew use to transform into any Ranger from history — but the team’s default pirate-themed gear was also prominently displayed. Classic Mighty Morphin reissues were also on display, including the Legendary Dragonzord and Titanus the Carrierzord.
Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That’s usually gift card territory. But it doesn’t have to end that way! We’re here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we’ve got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.