So, for anyone who isn’t a Power Rangers fan, a string of announcements were made back in February regarding the future of Power Rangers. News that got fans both excited and concerned.
The first piece was, that Saban Brands deal with Nickelodeon to air Power Rangers was renewed, but unlike the last deals we’ve had, where the contract was extended for two years, it was extended for three. This made people wonder weather or not we were going to get one full season rather than having the season split into a regular season and a “Super” season.
Next, a video was leaked on Vimeo, showing a brand new Power Rangers logo, which is kinda like a combination of the 2017 movie logo, and the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers lightning bolt, the video was quickly removed, and was officially revealed later that week.
The next piece of news we got was the announcement that Saban’s contract with Bandai America would come to an end by Spring 2019, this left people wondering who would make toys for the next season. The very next day we learned that Saban had formed a new partnership with Hasbro, with an additional option that I’ll get to in a moment.
And finally, the big news, on that Saturday afternoon, when the next season of Power Rangers was officially announced, coincidentally right after the new episode of Ninja Steel. The new season would be called Beast Morphers, and would be an adaptation of Go-Busters. Now here’s where things get even more interesting. When Saban and Hasbro announced their partnership in 2019, it was also revealed that the contract also gives Hasbro an option to buy the Power Rangers franchise from Saban.
As of May 1st, Hasbro has officially bought the rights to Power Rangers, and various other Saban properties for $5 billion dollars. It was also announced the Haim Saban would oversee the franchise as a consultant. With this new era may (or may not) call for changes to the franchise, and these are some of the changes I hope to see when the Hasbro Era officially begins.
First, no more hiatus’. It goes without saying that waiting six to seven months for a new episode of Power Rangers is very tiring. I’m thinking maybe airing 10 episodes taking at least three weeks off, and then going back then showing the next 10, and so on. On a related note, no more “Super” seasons, it’s the same story, same characters, slapping the word “Super” on it doesn’t make it special.
Second, better looking toys, since 2007, Bandai has been gotten a bit cheap with their toy manufacturing, especially with the Megazords. The same can also be said about Hasbro and their Transformer toys as of 2014, I’m hoping that this new go back to either importing the original Japanese toys as Bandai America did until to 2007, or maybe acquire the master mold of the original toys. Also, no more Zord Builders, and please, please PLEASE! Paint the damn toys, and paint them right. I’m pretty sure adult collectors are tired of doing the work of professional toy manufacturers.
Third, this one’s probably going to be pretty controversial, but I think it might be time to leave New Zealand. While I think New Zealand is a beautiful place to film, and we had some of the best Seasons from the Disney Era and the first half of Dino Charge, but maybe it’s time to finally move on, maybe film in Toronto, or maybe even try to film in Los Angeles again.
Fourth, make the sequel to Power Rangers. Hasbro CEO, Brian Goldner said that he sees great potential in Power Rangers, most people saw that with the Power Rangers movie, and while it bombed in theaters, we’re still hopeful for a sequel. Since Hasbro as a partnership with Paramount Pictures so surely this can work, so long as Michael Bay stays as FAR AWAY from it.
Finally, since the first season of the Hasbro Era is an adaptation of one the best seasons of Super Sentai, my greatest hope for the franchise go on is that they don’t ruin Go-Busters. Look at Gokaiger, Gokaiger was one of the biggest most enticing seasons of Super Sentai, then Jonathan Tzachor up and screwed it up by not focusing on the characters, and attempted to try and make it like Super Sentai. I already shared an idea on how Go-Busters could be adapted, but I came up with a much better idea, I’ll talk about it someday.
One more thing, after Beast Morphers, no more “It’s Morphin’ Time”. Come up with a brand new morphing call. I say wait until after Beast Morphers since, It’s Morphin’ Time was used on the show, and Go-Busters was the only other show outside of Mighty Morphin-Zeo that could pull off saying that.
So, that’s my thoughts on the future of Power Rangers in the coming years. Next we go back to Andi Mack.