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

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Saban Brands Official Announcement: No, it’s not for free morpher day, but it’s just as awesome!

First off, let me say that I have to give so much credit to Saban, they really know how to put on a show. And now for the bit you actually came to see:

Led by the Samurai Rangers, all the past generations of Power Rangers came together for one very big reunion in Las Vegas! Hell of a family reunion, huh? Pictured here with Haim Saban (right) and Saban Brands President Elie Dekel (left), they appeared at the Saban Brands Booth at this year’s International Licensing Expo. This reunion is to commemorate the Netflix announcement that I mentioned earlier. For those of you who haven’t seen that post, it will be here. They were apparently so excited about it that they brought in two Yellow Wild Force Rangers (look at the center, then go just a little to the right, you see it now?).

Here’s all the Rangers do some sort of dance together. And is it just me, or does the Red Mystic Ranger look more like Kamen Rider Accel at the moment?

And here’s everybody taking the escalator down to the the floor the Expo is on. Would not want to be at the end of that line. 😛

Anywho, that’s it as far as the expo was concerned (for now), Saban really does know how to put on a show. If anything else pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin