The story of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by BOOM! Studios continues in Issue 23 as the team learns just how far the original 1969 team is willing to go to defeat Rita Repulsa. Check out all the beautiful covers to this issue by clicking the title of the story. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Issue 23 releases in January 2018. Credit to CBR.com for the first look.
The covers for Go Go Power Rangers Issue 6 have been released via CBR.com. The story continues as Rita Repulsa‘s attempts to manipulate the Power Rangers against Zordon continues – and begins to work!
Go Go Power Rangers Issue 6 releases in January 2018.
Over the last couple of years the idea of “boys toys” and “girls toys” has been part of a topic of conversation, especially when it comes to gender identity. Major retailers like Target have chosen to remove the idea of a “boys” and a “girls” section of kids’ clothing in favor of simply a “kids” section. Now, we attempt to stay out of politics here at TokuNation because we like to see ourselves as a way for people to allow themselves a distraction from something you’re likely seeing or hearing about in the 24/7 news cycle however we felt it necessary to bring this portion of conversation to light.
A few years ago we wrote an article regarding a quote from a Hypable story where it was stated that there was pressure in Power Rangers to NOT feature or release girl action figures because Power Rangers is a boys action figure line. That story, for us at least, went viral on social media, reaching nearly 50,000 people on Facebook alone. Bandai America reacted quickly in the convention circuit and announced that girl action figures (and girl Ranger Keys at the time) were coming and that they were not going to cut the girls out of the line.
Boy, how times change.
At this year’s New York Comic Con, Bandai America openly stated to numerous fans in attendance that in the future they would be decreasing the number of girl action figures available in the various Power Rangers toy lines due to the fact that they’re not selling. And, in all honesty, they’re right – shelves are full of Power Rangers Ninja Steel White and Pink Rangers (and Yellow, because Yellow has traditionally been female) and the 6.5″ Legacy line of figures are swamped with Ninja Storm Blue, Mighty Morphin Pink, Mighty Morphin Yellow, and In Space Yellow figures.
Recently, our friends at Power Rangers NOW revealed the press photos of the upcoming figures in the first assortment of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel. Missing from the line up are any female action figures. Our site sponsor BigBadToyStore.com put up a pre-order for Wave 4 of the 6.5″ Legacy Power Rangers figures. The case assortment does not contain the two Mighty Morphin female Power Rangers (Pink and Yellow) and instead opts to double up all the male figures.
Bandai America has stated themselves and used the YouTube channel MMPRToys to tell fans and collectors that if they want to see the new figures they need to buy the female figures. The quote from Bandai America at New York Comic Con is that the Psycho Rangers, a fan-demanded line of figures from Power Rangers In Space due out (originally) in late 2018, are ready to ship but won’t because female figures are clogging the shelves. This is correct though horribly stated. In order for new toys to ship out to stores, the old toys have to sell first. In this instance, the female figures are the leftovers from the older waves, and would need to sell first before the new wave releases. Hence, “buy the girl toys or the new toys won’t come out”.
In a world where Wonder Woman can be a dominating box office presence and an inspiration for young girls everywhere, we challenge both Bandai America and Saban Brands to do more to empower the female characters in Power Rangers to make them more desirable to all fans, young and old, boy and girl. Instead of being side characters to fill out a roster, do more to flesh them out so everyone will want a representation of that character in their collections. Power Rangers has always been progressive, featuring strong lead roles for so many different ethnicities in times where white skin males made up the majority of superheroes. In a world where discrimination against women continues to rock headlines, Power Rangers once again can be a pioneer in equality if it chooses to be.
However, with Uchu Sentai Kyuranger looking more and more likely to be the next adaptation of Super Sentai, a team that features 12 total heroes with only 2 of them being female, we may have to wait 3 years or more for that to happen.
On the plus side, the official comic book Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, published by BOOM! Studios, has revealed that there was an original team of Rangers before the teens we knew – and they featured a female Red Ranger (along with a Pink male Ranger to boot). So while the collectible side of things seems to be highly male-skewed, we have to give credit where credit is due to both Kyle Higgins, writer of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Saban Brands for approving these stories and adding more depth and diversity in to the history of the Power Rangers.
But what does the future hold for the Power Rangers toy lines? Are girls really diminishing from the toy line? And is that a bad thing for a brand geared towards boys? And can we blame Bandai for decreasing the number of toys that don’t sell (that just happen to be female)? Or do we blame Bandai and Saban Brands for not marketing their female characters in a more appealing way for kids and collectors alike? Join in our discussion.
UPDATE! (10/17/17) ComicBook.com reached out to Bandai America and they responded. Here is the official response:
“Bandai America is and has been fully committed to bringing ALL RANGERS to fans with our action figure lines. From the very first episode of Mighty Morphin, female Rangers have been equal and important members of Power Ranger teams and our product line will continue to reflect that. As with most brands, we continue to evaluate what characters and figures resonate with audiences and adjust the line based on fan demand and overall business objectives. Fans can rest assured that all Female Rangers will continue to be produced and included in Bandai America’s Action Figure and Legacy Figure lines.”
As of the time of this update we have had zero response from Bandai America or Saban Brands regarding this article. We welcome the opportunity if they’re interested.
We heard that the Power Rangers would be doing some live shows over the 25th anniversary, and now we have some details to share! Thanks to Morgan Lamia from Rangerboard.com for finding it – PowerRangersLive.com is now live, although there is no information currently available.
It looks as if the first live event was taken down, but it was scheduled for February 20th 2018 at the Eccels Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. All the information you need is listed below!
You wanna go? Stay tuned for more details!
The hype is real – check out the official trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising.
Check out the video preview of the remainder of the Power Rangers Ninja Steel season, as well as Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel!
Today on the Twitch TV live stream of the Power Rangers Ninja Steel panel, a trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel season premiered. At the end of the trailer, the statement was made of “And a TWIST you won’t believe” … to the image of Sledge and Wrench, two villains from Power Rangers Dino Charge, walking through the ruins of the Galaxy Warriors stage.
What does this mean? Does it tie in to the 25th Anniversary Special airing next summer? Who knows! But the hype is real for Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel.
Straight from New York Comic Con and the Bluefin Tamashii Nations booth is our first look at the Super Mini-Pla Titanus! Recently revealed as King Brachion via a Premium Bandai pre-order in Japan, this is the first hint that the Super Mini-Pla King Brachion may be brought over to the US under the Titanus name.
Super Mini-Pla King Brachion is one of the largest Super Mini-Pla sets to release and is motorized to act like the original, deluxe sized version. Currently, Super Mini-Pla Titanus is “Display Only”, and we will follow up with Bluefin Tamashii Nations to see if we can have any hint of an upcoming US release.
For those unfamiliar with Mini-Pla or Super Mini-Pla – it’s a model kit, much like Gundam model kits, where you build the figure yourself. The difference between Mini-Pla and Super Mini-Pla, other than the size (Super Mini-Pla is larger), is that many pieces come pre-painted or pre-stickered. The Super Mini-Pla Daizyujin and Dragon Caesar (aka Megazord and Dragonzord) have already been released in Japan and are releasing for the first time at New York Comic Con as the Megazord and Dragonzord.
Special thanks to our friend @dekablue25 who is currently at New York Comic Con. Check out the original tweet below.
— dekablue25@nycc (@dekablue25) October 5, 2017
Right field? Hello. This is a Premium Bandai release for Kamen Rider OOO coming right out of left field! That’s right – after the announcement trailer today of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations/Genesis FINAL comes an official Premium Bandai product to correspond with the release of the movie.
The Kamen Rider OOO Buttoba Soul Medal Holder with 24 Limited Edition Medals has been announced (with one SECRET medal). Set to release in February 2018, this set is a must own for any Kamen Rider OOO fan and will retail at 7344 yen. This looks to include all 6 Medal Combos. Contact your middle man and get your pre-orders in!
To see all the images, including all 24 Limited Edition Medals, just click Read More!
When the Power Rangers Ninja Steel, all dressed up for Halloween, sit down to a play a game called “Grave Robber”, they discover this isn’t the game they thought it was.
A brand new Power Rangers Ninja Steel airs this coming Saturday at 12pm EST on Nickelodeon. Check your local listings for specific times in your area.