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.
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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.
Convention season is upon us once again! New York Comic Con officially opens tomorrow, and Saban Brands has decided to kick things off by announcing their plans for the TWENTY-FIFTH anniversary of Power Rangers! Yes, August 28 2018 will officially make 25 YEARS since five teenagers with attitude changed childrens’ entertainment forever.
Here are a few of the ways Saban plans to celebrate in 2018:
*An anniversary episode is currently scheduled to air during the Summer run of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel!
*A new national Power Rangers LIVE TOUR is on the way, thanks to a partnership with Red Light Management and Creative Artists Agency. This will also lead to special interactive escape rooms & virtual reality centers.
*Power Rangers will soon have a special interactive role-play video game to be streamed LIVE on Twitch.TV’s gaming channel Hyper RPG.
*Bandai will be releasing a special collectors’ line, Top 25 For The 25th featuring a wide array of merchandise- supported by mobile game studio nWay (makers of Power Rangers: Legacy Wars) and Power Rangers comic publisher Boom! Studios!
The Power Rangers 25th Anniversary campaign- officially subtitled You’ve Got The Power! kicks off in January 2018! Stay tuned to TokuNation as we keep you up to date on this remarkable milestone celebration!
A new listing has surfaced online for a unique new Power Rangers art book to be published by Boom! Studios.
Celebrating 25 years of Power Rangers with beautiful art tributes from artists around the world!
Since its debut in 1993, Power Rangers has been a worldwide phenomenon capturing the love and excitement of fans young and old. In honor of the 25th anniversary, return to your favorite heroes, zords, and monsters with this collection of unique artistic voices in a celebration stretching across all twenty five years of the superhero team.
Power Rangers Artist Tribute features illustrations from illustrators, comic book artists, and designers alike.
Current artists attached to the book are Boom!’s own Jamal Campbell, Goni Montes, & Steve Morris.
This Artist Tribute set is currently scheduled for release on March 27, 2018 and the price is a very modest $24.99 USD.
San Diego Comic Con is happening THIS WEEK – and we’re proud to say that we’ll be there to bring you all the news, all the information, and all the pictures you’ve come to expect from us over the last 5+ years. While there is no movie to be released this year there are still plenty of Power Rangers related activities and panels happening at the show this year. Below is your COMPLETE list of events and activities happening involving your favorite spandex-clad heroes. There is a 100% chance we’ve missed something or some guest that flew under the radar – as we get that information we’ll update this list. But please use this as a guide as to what is happening, when it’s happening, and what to expect.
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Thanks to an exclusive reveal at IGN, we have the first image of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Issue 20 as well as the first bombshells of the issue itself – that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers we know and love today were not the first Power Rangers chosen by Zordon and Alpha 5. Who are our heroes from the year 1969?
- Igor, a 21 year old male Soviet KGB Agent
- Jamie, a 24 year old female British singer/songwriter
- Terona, a 21 year old male war veteran
- Daniel, an 18 year old student who is also an activist/protestor
- Grace, a 21 year old head secretary of NASA who wants to be an astronaut
Why were these five chosen as Power Rangers? What type of villain(s) did they have to fight? And most importantly – what happened to them? Hopefully we’ll get our answers soon! Expect more details next week at San Diego Comic Con. Please make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TokuNation), Instagram (@TokuNation), as well as Facebook (/TokuNation) for complete coverage of this year’s show!
Stop the presses because a comic book company has a comic book exclusive at a comic convention! Hidden amongst the throngs of fans that will undoubtedly stand in long lines for a chance at a valuable convention toy exclusive, BOOM! Studios – the makers of the beloved and critically acclaimed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series – have revealed their upcoming exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2017!
This four piece connected set that pays homage to the classic Jim Lee cover of the launch of the original second X-Men comic book series (titled “X-Men” instead of “Uncanny X-Men”) will be available in four different covers – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #17, Go Go Power Rangers #1 (A), Go Go Power Rangers #1 (B), and the 2017 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual. You can also purchase the gatefold version (all four connected together, physically) for a solid benjamin ($100).
Each comic will cost $20 (so $80 to complete the 4 cover set or $180 to get everything total) and is available at the BOOM! Studios booth 2229 at San Diego Comic Con. Be sure to follow us here, on our Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as on Facebook as we will be attending the show with live coverage all week and weekend long!
Following the success of their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series. Boom! Studios has announced a SECOND Power Rangers comic book title!
Titled Go Go Power Rangers this new series will be set in the early days of the series and focus on characters adjusting to their new lives as Power Rangers.
The untold, personal story of what happens to Jason, Kim, Trini, Zack, and Billy following in the days after they first became Power Rangers.
Fighting evil is hard, but surviving high school may be even harder-welcome to real life in Angel Grove…
This series will be written by Ryan Parrott, and art will be done by Dan Mora. The first issue of Go Go Power Rangers will be released in July 2017!
Through CBR.com we have the five covers for Issue 13 of BOOM! Studios Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as the synopsis of the story.
The Power Rangers make a final push in to the Command Center to stop Rita Repulsa and her evil forces. But is it too late for Alpha 5 and Zordon?
Click the title of the story to see all five covers of this issue. They look great!