POWER RANGERS: The Biggest Announcements & Revelations From Last Weekend's Power Morphicon 6
Power Morphicon 6 wrapped up last Sunday and even though, it's been nearly a week, we've compiled some of the biggest and most exciting stories to come out of the biennial convention. Check it out!
Meanwhile, BOOM! Studios was also very prominently featured as they previewed the end of Shattered Grid and the future of their two critically-acclaimed comic runs.
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Power Rangers Lightning Collection
Introducing the all-new Power Rangers Lightning Collection White Ranger 6-inch figure inspired by Mighty Morphin Power Rangers season 2! The White Ranger will be available at most major retailers in the US beginning in Spring 2019, along with other soon to be announced figures! pic.twitter.com/HotlVK7vrN— Power Rangers (@PowerRangers) August 18, 2018
Hasbro's recent acquisition of the Power Rangers franchise made their toy panel on Saturday arguably the most anticipated of the weekend and they wasted absolutely no time in sharing their first official Power Rangers product and collector's line: the Power Rangers Lightning Collection.
The collection, which replaces Bandai's Legacy collection, will be an anthology series, meaning different Rangers and villains from a variety of series - outside of just Mighty Morphin - will be released over the next several years. The Lightning Collection launches in the Spring with the original White Ranger.
- Releasing in Spring 2019 in the US
- Priced at $19.99 each 6-inch scale
- "The most show-authentic Power Rangers figures ever!"
- New anthology series approach; mixed waves
- 27 points of articulation
- Accessories included
- Weapons included
- Optional special effects pieces included
- Swappable "photo real" actor likeness included
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel: 25th Anniversary Cast Revealed
Earlier this month, we learned that Jason David Frank, Catherine Sutherland, and Jason Faunt would be reprising their roles in the Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel 25th Anniversary episode, which is titled "Dimensions in Danger," and now, the full cast list has been revealed.
In addition to Frank and Sutherland, Mighty Morphin co-star Steve Cardenas will also be returning to the franchise for the first time in nearly two decades as Rocky - but in an interesting twist, he'll be suiting up as the Red Ranger instead of the Blue Zeo Ranger.
- Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver, Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)
- Steve Cardenas (Rocky DeSantos, Mighty Morphin Red Ranger)
- Catherine Sutherland (Katherine Hillard, Turbo Pink Ranger)
- Selwyn Ward (TJ Johnson, In Space Blue Ranger)
- Jason Faunt (Wes Collins, Time Force Red Ranger)
- Jeff Parazzo (Trent Mercer, Dino Thunder White Ranger)
- Li Ming Hu (Gemma, RPM Silver Ranger)
- Steven Skyler (Antonio Garcia, Samurai Gold Ranger)
- Ciara Hanna (Gia Moran, Megaforce Yellow Ranger)
- Yoshi Sudarso (Koda, Dino Charge Blue Ranger)
Here's to hoping Hasbro manages to rectify that egregious oversight for the 30th anniversary.
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel: 25th Anniversary Trailer Released
Power Rangers Beast Morphers Cast Revealed
Saturday was a big day for the franchise as the principal cast of Power Rangers Beast Morphers - the first series under Hasbro's ownership - was finally revealed to an eager audience.
Newcomers Rorrie Travid, Jasmeet Baduwalia, and Jacqueline Scislowski have been cast as the Red, Blue, and Yellow Rangers, respectively, and were all present in full costume. The team will also consist of a Gold and Silver Ranger, but don't expect those reveals until sometime next year.
Power Rangers Beast Morphers Trailer Released
While filming has yet-to-begin on the upcoming series, Hasbro and Nickelodeon did share a first look trailer, featuring some of the footage that will likely be featured when the show premieres early next year.
The synopsis reads: Power Rangers Beast Morphers is set in the near-future, where scientists have learned to channel the powers of the legendary Morphing Grid to create technology far beyond anything seen before. But when the EVOX computer virus gains sentience & wants the Grid for himself, a team of warriors must unite to stop him- by combining Morphing Grid energy with animal DNA to become the newest team of Power Rangers!"
Lord Drakkon Funko POP! Vinyl Figure Announced
The fan-favorite comic book villain is getting his very own Funko POP! vinyl figure and ToyWiz has shared some first look concert art that gives us a pretty good idea at what he'll ultimately look like. It's currently available to pre-order on their website for $12.99.
Power Rangers Legacy Wars Adds Five To Its Roster
As part of the epic 25th-anniversary celebration update, the popular Power Rangers Legacy Wars mobile game has added five new warriors to its ever-growing roster. Additionally, the update will also include a number of new features, including a new Power Chamber environment (Juice Bar), a new arena (Corrupted Megazord Hanger), Megazord Custom Battles, Taunt Inventory, and a VIP program.
The new heroes are:
- Gold Samurai (Antonio Garcia) from Samurai – August 24th
- Shadow Ranger (“Doggie” Cruger) from SPD – September
- Ranger Slayer (Kimberly Hart) from the Go Go Power Rangers Comics – September
- Hyperforce Yellow (Jack Thomas) from Hyperforce – October
- Titanium Ranger (Ryan Mitchell) from Lightspeed Rescue – October
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel 25th Anniversary Clip Released
This clip was actually released today, but it's still worth sharing as it offers an extended sneak peek at the return of Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank). Fellow legacy Rangers, including Wes (Jason Faunt), Gemma (Li Ming Hu), and Koda (Yoshi Sudarso), also feature.
Power Rangers Shattered Grid Comes To An Epic Close
BOOM! Studios wraps its first major Power Rangers event with an epic and emotional conclusion to Shattered Grid in the standalone issue, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1, which will go on sale next Tuesday on Power Rangers Day. It will also include a special "Shattered Holofoil" variant, which you can view below:
Power Rangers Beyond The Grid Begins A New Adventure
With Shattered Grid coming to a close next week, BOOM Studios shared an extended look at their next major Power Rangers event, which is subtitled Beyond The Grid. Marguerite Bennet and Simone Di Meo will be the new creative team moving forward.
The story arc will follow a diverse new team, led by the Ranger Slayer Kimberly Hart. The squad is rounded out by Tanya (Yellow/Zeo), Andros (Red/In Space), Mike (Magna Defender/Lost Galaxy), Cam (Green/Ninja Storm), and Heckyl (Dark/Dino Charge).
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 will introduce Power Rangers Dino Charge's Heckyl as The Dark Ranger while issue #35 will explain exactly how he got his powers and more. He's expected to play a major role in Beyond The Grid as he joins the Ranger Slayer and her new team on a dangerous new mission.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 will also introduce another new female Ranger, one that's a completely original creation. However, unlike the Dark Ranger, her identity and role in Beyond the Grid is being kept under wraps for the time being. but due to the secrecy, we can probably expect her to have a big part to play throughout the new arc.
Ranger Road Trip In Go Go Power Rangers #14
The original Mighty Morphin team will get back to business in Go Go Power Rangers #14, which will pack a number of unexpected surprises, one of which will be the Rangers swapping colors for some unknown reason.
The synopsis reads: Separated for the first time since becoming Power Rangers, the teens must use their wits and inner strength to overcome the odds and distance between them, just as Rita Repulsa comes ever closer to unearthing her ultimate weapon!
Jason and Trini Share A Kiss In Go Go Power Rangers #15
Plot details for Go Go Power Rangers #15 remain under wraps, but the cover does feature a pretty major spoiler as it reveals that Jason and Trini's relationship will indeed be taking a romantic turn. The issue isn't out until December, so it'll be a while before fans will get a chance to read what Ryan Parrott has planned for the two legendary heroes, but expect it to be plenty exciting.
The Rangers Swap Colors In Go Go Power Rangers #16
Well, this is certainly an interesting development. We knew that both Jason and Trini would be swapping colors, but now, we also know that the entire team will have changed colors for a still-to-be-determined reason. Trini is now leading the team as the Red Ranger while Zack is the new Pink Ranger, Billy is the Black Ranger, Kimberly is the Blue Ranger, and Jason is the Yellow Ranger.
Go Go Power Rangers #16 is due out in January 2019.
Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon
While @KyleDHiggins is departing #MMPR after #ShatteredGrid, he’s got an upcoming graphic novel that explores a new side of the original Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. We get a first look at some pages from Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon. pic.twitter.com/elZ7bHgFAF— BOOM! Studios (@boomstudios) August 19, 2018
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Tommy Oliver is getting his very own graphic novel that will tell the untold story of his post-Ranger life. The synopsis isn't particularly revealing, but the panel pages do confirm that Tommy and Kat end up together and when Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon picks up, they'll also have a son named JJ.
Their son will actually set the events of the graphic novel in motion when he goes missing and forces his legendary Ranger father to morph back to action.
Synopsis: "It’s been a long time since Tommy Oliver has served as a Power Ranger. He’s defeated space witches, brought down evil armies, protected the galaxy, but now Tommy leaves protecting the world to the Power Rangers at Space Patrol Delta. But when his son goes missing, it’s up to Tommy to discover a secret in his past, in order to save his future. Now Tommy will call on all his training, his friends, and maybe even some of his enemies as he sets out on his most important mission: find his son and bring him home."
The description does mention old friends, so don't cross out potentially seeing older versions of the original MMPR team and maybe other faces from across the franchise.
Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon hits stores this December.
Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid
The convention also brought a first look at Renegade Games Studios' upcoming Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid tabletop game, which comes to us from the mind of designer Jonathan Ying (Star Wars: Imperial Assault).
The game has already been completely funded, reaching its $100,000 pledge goal within eight hours of being announced. There are also a number of pledge goals, starting at $75, and continuing to $90, $150, and $240, which will allow backers to earn exclusive expansion packs and add-ons.
At the time of this posting, the campaign has earned over $328,722 with 11 days to go.
Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid is a co-operative board game for 2-5 players that challenges your team to save Angel Grove from Rita Repulsa’s evil army of monsters. Work together to fight off the incoming horde while building up your strength to protect the city from the most dangerous monsters in the universe! Prepare for your destiny. It’s Morphin Time!
Go Go Power Rangers: Back To School #1
It's Spring Break for our heroes in Go Go Power Rangers: Back to School #1, an upcoming one-shot special that will tell a fun new story sending each member of the MMPR team on their own individual adventure. It goes on sale next month.
Synopsis: It’s Spring Break for the Rangers, and the first time since they received their Power Coins that the Rangers will be apart. As they each embark on their own week-long vacation, these teenagers with attitude discover that being a hero doesn’t always mean having to morph!
Power Morphicon Express
Power Morphicon is hitting the road with a new traveling version of the biennial convention, which has been dubbed Power Rangers Express, and the first stop will be in Pasadena, Texas on April 6-7, 2019.
Former Mighty Morphin Green Ranger Jason David Frank will be headlining the show, which promises to feature some of your favorite Rangers from the past twenty-five years. However, with Frank as the frontman, don't be surprised if some of his original castmates, like Austin St. John (MMPR Red), somehow don't make it onto the guest list.
Read the press release below:
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA: Just announced at the Official Power Morphicon Convention, a BRAND-NEW traveling version of Power Morphicon called POWER MORPHICON EXPRESS will be hitting the road. It will take the fun and excitement of the original Power Morphicon Convention and bring the largest official Power Rangers fan convention to life in a collection of new cities.
Power Morphicon Convention is the biggest and only officially recognized Power Rangers fan convention in the world since 2007. It has been led by veteran convention and show runner Scott Zillner since its second expo in 2010. Now after six explosively successful shows, Power Morphicon Convention is ready to take the express route.
Jason David Frank, best know as Tommy Oliver (the original Green Ranger and most popular and active actor over the course of the show’s 25-year run), will lead the show across various cities, making sure that everyone has the opportunity to get in on the Power Rangers Convention fun and adventures. Just like the large-scale show which takes place every two years in Southern California, Power Morphicon Express will give fans the opportunity to meet a collection of their favorite Power Rangers actors, hear them speak in panels, buy incredible merchandise in the vendor hall, and see Power Rangers inspired art by local artists.
Power Morphicon Express will hit the road in 2019 with its first stop scheduled in Pasadena, Texas.
Power Morphicon 7
Finally, it appears that Hasbro will continue to allow Power Morphicon to exist as the owners of the biennial convention officially announced on Sunday that Power Morphicon 7 will indeed happen in August 2020.