Toku Anniversary: 20 Years of Power Rangers

I think it’s past time to bring back Toku Tuesday. I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to celebrate 20 years of Power Rangers along with Saban Brands. Megaforce will be transitioning into its second half, dubbed Super Megaforce, much like Samurai/Super Samurai before it. Only this time, the “super” in the title refers to the Gokaiger suits and the associated powers.

Now I know today isn’t Tuesday, but I couldn’t wait any longer. San Diego Comic-Con is this weekend, and already there is news worth sharing. Two items actually, and it’s with these tidbits that we relaunch the Toku Tuesday segment with a special Power Rangers 20 Comic-Con announcement mini roundup:

Legacy collection prototypePower Rangers Legacy Collection

Shout! Factory has announced a new mega collection of 98 DVDs containing every episode of Power Rangers from Mighty Morphin to Megaforce. The collection is stored in dedicated slots housed inside a 1:1 replica of the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger’s helmet, and a comprehensive episode guide book is packed in the base. Some 270 hours of episodes and special features are included. This is massive and very awesome for Power Rangers fans. It will be the first time the entire series will be available completely on DVD. The helmet even includes two dedicated empty slots for the two feature films. The set is slated for a limited run of 2,000 copies, released December 3, 2013.

Power Rangers comic promoNew Mighty Morphin Graphic Novels

Slated for release in May of 2014, the original cast of Rangers will be featured in new adventures written by Stefan Petrucha, illustrated by PH Marcondes, and published by Papercutz. The comics publisher already has a line of Megaforce books, and Papercutz editor Michael Petranek seems excited to be bringing the classic Rangers of the original series back to the printed page, citing the ability to put the Rangers in bigger, more spectacular battles than can be achieved on screen. How this will pan out, I don’t know, but it is great to see that the franchise is not only not dead, but has found a new audience to entertain.

With regard to regular Toku Tuesday postings, I hope to have a few reviews done in the next few weeks. I don’t foresee a weekly posting schedule like before, but bi-weekly seems most feasible. Regardless, stay tuned for more of tokusatsu news, reviews, rumors, reflections, and ramblings.

Source: IGN, Saban Brands
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