Just as the American kids show Power Rangers rolls into it’s newest season, Saban has announced that next year, the Rangers will jump back to the stone age with Power Rangers: Dino Charge. What most PR fans won’t know, though, is that their dinosaur-themed show was almost spys, robot sidekicks, and dead parents.
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From USA Today:
In Dino Charge, the Paragon Prisms were given to a dozen dinosaurs for safe keeping by an alien, but they were lost when asteroids hit the Earth and wiped out the dinos. Now in the present day, an intergalactic bounty hunter starts sniffing around Earth looking for the Prisms in order to harness their power and annihilate the world, so a team of Power Rangers forms to find the Prisms first and fight the bounty hunter and other threats with dino-powered swords, blasters, Zords (in Power Rangers lingo, large fighting machines) and Megazords.
While the news that a long-running American childrens’ show going to continue may not exactly be an important issue, what’s interesting about this is that Saban has decided to skip a year for their Japanese source material, opting to jump over the 36th series Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters in favor of the 37th series, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. This marks the first time a complete series has been skipped over in full in Power Rangers history (with a close second by Gosei Sentai Dairanger, which was the basis for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 and origin of the ThunderZords and White Ranger design), and will put the American filming only a year behind the Japanese shows.
To be honest, I’m not at all surprised that Saban decided to go with Kyoryuger over Go-Busters, for many, many reasons. First, Go-Busters, while probably the closest Japanese series to come to straight-up emulating Power Rangers (the main cast yelled “It’s Morphin’ Time” or “Let’s Morphin'” while transforming, and the villainous robots were called MegaZords) was widely considered a flop, due to it’s serious spy-themed storyline and mid-season retooling, as opposed to Kyoryuger, which was very family-friendly and featured lots of… samba dancing. Second, dinosaurs are looking to have a major resurgence in the near future as we inch closer to the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World. And remember, Jurassic Park came out around the same time as the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and certainly helped with the series’ popularity. And finally, Kyoryuger is INCREDIBLY toyetic, between their 11-man team (all with different weapons and giant robots), their changing devices (giant handguns that have a slot for power-up batteries) and mid-season powerups. This means that Saban can continuously pump out toy after toy to the kids, and make some serious bank in the process.
Via USA Today