More Power Rangers Samurai Stuff: Parades, Floats, and the greatest Panel EVER.

Hey, don’t be fooled by shiny specials, this week has practically been dedicated to all things Power Rangers. As proof, we have video of the Power Rangers Samurai in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with a few photos, a new design for a Tournament of Roses Parade float, and video from the Tsuyoshi Nonaka Panel at the Pacific Media Expo (PMX) talking about the desings for the Mega Mode figures. Let’s get this Samurai celebration started!

First, for those of you who didn’t catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, here’s the Power Rangers Samurai’s official appearance in the parade:

And here’s a small gallery for you:

Who doesn’t like a little Ranger live-action show? And the little affair is fine, but it could have been really jazzed up with a float like this:

Yes, this float will be created and submitted to the 123rd Annual Tournament Of Roses Parade by Namco Bandai, and will feature all six Rangers standing amongst their zords and the Samurai Megazord, the float itself being made with precisely arranged flowers and organic materials. Just a little over-the-top promotion for the Wii game.

And finally, we have a video from the PMX featuring the Tsuyoshi Nonaka Panel, and during this panel they reveal some secrets behind the design of the Mega Mode figures, including:

  • That the “Battilized” Ranger figure would appear in the show
  • That the ninja/wrestler-style masks were originally included in the design because they had no idea who would be on the final cast, and Saban just decided to incorporate the masks into the toys
  • That the Mega Mode was partly inspired by the suit designs from the MMPR Movie
  • And that they usually use these kinds of designs mainly with Kamen Rider

Check out the panel video here (for the stuff about the PRS Mega Mode, skip ahead to about 8:47):

And that should be everything Power Rangers-related for now. If anything else pops up, I’ll let you know!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

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Clash of the Red Rangers Update: Super and Hyper suits used!

It’s official now! They will be using the Super and Hyper Shinkenger jackets in the new Power Rangers Samurai special, “Clash of the Red Rangers”, which debuts Saturday, November 26th at 12n/11c on Nick!

So how the heck to they plan on explaining what it’s suppose to be?

Also, it looks like their might be an all-day Power Rangers Samurai marathon on Nicktoons on Wednesday the 23rd from noon to 9p.m. No confirmation on this yet, but it’s listed tv listing on Funaroboard (the ones who found out that the crossover special would air on the 26th), so theirs a good chance that it’s true.

UPDATE: (11/23/11) There is a marathon running on Nicktoons, right now in fact. And it’s apparently going to run until 9:30 pm EST. So go check that out now!

Power Ranger Samurai News: No.1, Origins, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Okay, so as you all should know by now, Saban Brands was at the International Licensing Expo almost two weeks ago, where they had the Ranger Flash Mob and the MASSIVE (figurative and literal) Netflix announcement. But according to Licensing Book, that;s far from the only thing they talked about at the expo.

According to their article, PRS has become the No.1 kids action series on TV! Here’s how they put it:

“The latest generation of the legendary Power Rangers is a proven hit with Power Rangers Samurai becoming the No. 1 kids action series, ranking No. 1 in its timeslot across all of TV with boys 2-11, boys 6-11, and kids 2-11. The series premiered on Nickelodeon in February and since its launch has maintained its No. 1 rank, outperforming its competition by double and triple digits.”

Double AND triple digits. How do you like them apples? In fact, the series has done so well, that it’s currently being licensed and broadcast by numerous other groups around the globe. This includes: Brazil’s Grupo Banderiantes de Comunicação, Mexico’s Grupo Televisa, France’s Canal J and Gulli, and Canada’s YTV and Teletoon. And thanks to the multiterritory agreement with Nickelodeon, PRS is being seen in key territories in Western Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim (namely Australia and New Zealand). So basically, PRS is being seen on four of the world’s major continents. I would definitely call that a major success.

And the news just keeps getting better. In November, we will finally get to see the origin story of our heroes! Or as they put it:

“Additionally, fans will have the chance to experience the never-before-seen story of how the newest generation of Power Rangers came together in an all-new Power Rangers Samurai Origins special, which will air on Nickelodeon in September. The special takes viewers inside the dojo where the new Rangers received their martial arts training prior to their first adventures battling evil as a team.”

FINALLY!!! Why tease us this way, Saban? Not like we didn’t know the footage was there.

The article also mentioned their upcoming appearance at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. Basically, they will have their own panel, all six of the Rangers will be their, and Paul Shierer (Bulk) will moderate. And for those interested, they are currently holding the Power Con contest, details here.

And finally, it looks like the Samurai Rangers will be making a second appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! They will be part of the lineup for the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and will be escorting the giant world balloon again. This year, the parade will be broadcasted by NBC (when is it not?) on Thursday, November 24th, from 9a.m. to 12p.m., across all timezones. Luckily, I live in the EST time zone, so I’ll be one of the first to see it! Hopefully, they’ll get more than a couple of minutes of airtime this year! 😛

That’s it for now, at least that’s all that was in the article, I’ll be posting an opinion piece on the direction PRS and the overall Power Rangers series is going, so be on the lookout for that. As always, if I come across anything else, I’ll let you know.

-M.C, the Quantum Twin