“Everybody Charge Your Dinosaur”

February 10, 2014

Well this was completely unexpected. Never before has a Power Rangers season title, logo & storyline come out a full year before it’s premiere. Normally this is information that we get in June. But this past weekend we were all informed about 2015’s Power Rangers Dino Charge. So it’s time for me to weigh in with my thoughts.

First for those that some how may not have heard, Saban Brands announced, through US Today & an Official Press Release, that the 2015 Power Rangers season would be called Power Rangers Dino Charge. Yes, Super Megaforce has not even premiered on television yet, and Saban Brands wanted to go ahead and start hyping us up for 2015. The official storyline from the press release is as follows.

On pre-historic planet Earth, an alien secretly entrusted the powerful  Paragon Prisms to 12 majestic dinosaurs for protection, but when asteroids hit  and the dinosaurs went extinct, the prisms were lost. In Power Rangers Dino  Charge, set in present day, an intergalactic bounty hunter has arrived,  determined to locate the prisms, harness their power, and destroy Earth. To face  this threat, a new team of heroic Power Rangers must join together, find all of  the lost prisms, and use their prehistoric energy to charge up an arsenal of  dino-fueled swords, blasters, zords and Megazords in order to save the  world!

With this big news, there are some issues that come to mind.

Why is Go-Busters Being Skipped?

This is the biggest question the Power Rangers fandom is trying to figure out. After having to take Goseiger & Gokaiger, and cut & paste them together to make two 20-episode seasons, it seems very strange that now Toei is allowing Saban Brands to suddenly skip a Sentai season. Before, we were made to believe that a Sentai season could not be skipped. There are several theories going around as to why Go-Busters is being jumped over. Personally I feel it may be a couple of factors.

The first is the time issue. If Power Rangers were to stay on a similar track it has been on since returning to Saban Brands, odds are a Go-Busters based season/seasons would have taken us in to 2015, as well as 2016. Likely the first half of Go-Busters would have been used for 2015, and then their “Super Mode” half of the season used in 2016. This would leave Kyoryuger for 2017; a full four years after it’s original airing. The materials used to make some of the props & all of the monster costumes could very well have deteriorated quite a bit in that time. With Dinosaurs being the foundation of Power Rangers, it is a given that this source material did not want to be missed. I feel Saban Brands may have been very anxious in getting to this dino-based source footage, and guaranteeing that they would still be able to use the suits.

Another point may be the profits that Kyoryuger brought in. A recent financial report explained that Kyoryuger was extremely successful in profits, much more so than Go-Busters. That isn’t to say Go-Busters was horrible on story or toys, but just on overall sales Kyoryuger did immensely better. Adding to this point is a quote from Bandai CEO Akihiro Sato, “We are excited to deliver a new toy line for Power Rangers Dino Charge. This dinosaur theme is a proven success in Japan, having seen the strongest toy sales in 10 years. We look forward to building on this popularity around the world."

So the sales potential could have been huge influence in pushing past Go-Busters, and getting straight to Dinos.

What About The Morpher?

For those that do not know, the primary change device in Kyoryuger was a gun. The heroes would load Beast Batteries (likely to become our Paragon Prisms) into the “Gabu Revolver”, fire the weapon, and then be changed into the Kyoryuger team. I personally do not believe this will be kept in Power Rangers Dino Charge. It is one thing for the Rangers to have your typical blaster sidearm, but to give a blaster more importance by making it a Morpher, that is dangerous. It begins to glorify the gun.

So what can be done? Well, I think the answer may be in Go-Busters. While we will not see the Go-Busters footage used, that doesn’t mean we can’t use a prop from it. The “Morphin Brace” is the change device from Go-Busters, and when you look at it, it looks like a technology, wrist-mounted change device. There’s nothing that links it to any specific theme. Then you have the storyline state that the Rangers have to search the world for the Paragon Prisms. My idea is use the “Morphin Brace” as not only the Morpher from Dino Charge, but also take advantage of the technical look & design, to have is be a searching/scanning device for the prisms.

This would allow us to still use something from Go-Busters, and keep the blaster as just a standard Power Rangers style weapon.

My Hopes & Expectations

As always, I hope that Power Rangers writing & production continues to improve. I want to see interesting characters, good story lines, great battles, and fascinating villains. Another item I would love to see is Saban Brands take a page from their early days, and make the team have two female members, when the source footage did not. Without spoiling too much, Kyoryuger does sort of have other female members, but not in the core five. I think now is a great time for the Saban team to add a female to the core five, and give more attention & character development to the female rangers.

On the toy side of things, I think Bandai America is going to do a great job. It will be fun to see how Bandai America works with the Paragon Prisms. The Zords & Megazords will likely continue the Zord Builder System setup, so that is sure to bring about even more fun combinations. For the main blaster & sword weapons (that combine together), I sincerely hope both of these weapons are released as Deluxe Battlegear, thus keeping their size at a decent level.

I would like to see a longer one year season aired on Nickelodeon. If we could even return to getting 32 episodes a year, I think it would help matters. But we are on Nickelodeon, and they do not see any benefits in giving Power Rangers more new episode airings than they have to.

Those are my thoughts on Power Rangers Dino Charge. I am grateful to Saban Brands for their continued commitment to the brand, and very happy they announced the new season & logo a full year ahead of time. I look forward to Super Megaforce this year, and can’t wait to Dino Charge up next year.



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