Power Rangers Samurai Comic-Con Panel!

Alright, Comic-Con is over and done with, for now, but we’ll definitely be taking away a lot of stuff from it. There was a ton of super geeky news that came out of it, but who cares about any of that right now. Let’s skip ahead to the part you actually care about, the Power Rangers Samurai Comic-Con Panel!

First, here are a few shots taken during the panel:

And now, from the SabansPowerRangers channel on YouTube, here is the official video from the Power Rangers Samurai Origins Panel at Comi-Con!:

Alright, we can gather these three things from the Panel Discussion:

  1. They are, in fact, Power Rangers fans themselves.
  2. They do know about Shinkenger, and have seen enough of it to get a feel for it.
  3. Paul Shierer is amazing. Of course, we already knew that, but still.

Here’s to Power Rangers Samurai’s amazing appearance at this year’s Comic-Con! And here’s hoping for a similar appearance next year, no matter what kind of Rangers they may be.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Live Action Voltron Movie Announcement: No Micheal Bay this time!

Alright, I know that a live action adaptation for the Voltron series had been announced before (almost three years ago now), and that it was recently scrapped, despite the vast amount of concept art that was released for it (with that whole Transformers/Michael Bay-esque thing going on with it). But this time, it’s going to be different. It’s real, and it’s happening as I type this post.

World Events Productions (WEP), who brought the original Voltron series to the states, announced at it’s Comic-Con panel on Thursday (partly associated with Nickelodeon’s booth), that Relativity Media, along with Atlus Productions, had optioned to produce a live action adaptation of the Voltron animated series.

And while this announcement is official, many Voltron fans have yet to really celebrate the news, partly due to the fact that Comic-Con is still going, but also out of fear from another cancelation. Given the fickle and money-driven nature of Hollywood, I can’t blame them.

Personally, the only thing that I see as a possible concern is this live-action adaptation of the series crossing into Power Rangers’ territory. And you know what happens when two giant robots run into each other:

Super_Sentai_Showdown_by_rockmanzal.jpg Voltron vs Megazord

Of course, since they’re both on Nickelodeon Networks now, they probably wouldn’t fight each other, too big a risk to job security.

More on this as news comes out.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Power Rangers Samurai in San Diego: The Power is on at Comic-Con!

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con 2011 kicked off yesterday (7/21), and guess who showed up for the party? That’s right, the Samurai Rangers! They came this year as part of Nick’s exhibit at the convention, and they’ve been showing off stunts and posing for photos with conventioners since they first popped up yesterday. Here are a few photos from the event:

As you can see here, Brittany Anne Pirtle, who plays Emily/the Yellow Samurai Ranger, was interview by NBC to talk about her role in the show, and about Nickelodeon’s booth at Comic-Con. Video of the interview can be found here:

http://media.nbcsandiego.com/designvideo/embeddedPlayer.swf

View more videos at: http://www.nbcsandiego.com.

You like the little “stunt show”?

As part of the Power Rangers Samurai exhibition, there will be an “Origins of the Samurai Power Rangers” panel hosted by Paul Schrier (Bulk), between 7-8 pm on Saturday, where attendees will get a chance to see the origins special 3 months before it airs on Nick, followed by a one-on-one interview with the cast of the show. So, if you happen to be at or headed over to Comic-Con this weekend, be sure to drop in on that! (And maybe send me some “leaked” footage from the event.) 😉

-M.C., the wishing-he-could-go-to-Comic-Con Quantum Twin

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

Power Rangers Samurai E3 Announcement: Why’s it just for the Wii?

Recent news from Namco states that at their conference at E3, they will be announcing the official Power Rangers Samurai game, currently for the Wii, and they’ve already uploaded their game trailer onto YouTube. Link to the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quvoL-zw13Q&feature=player_embedded The game is expected to be released this holiday season, along with a version of the game for the Nintendo DS.

E3 itself has been very exciting itself, with two new console debuts and so many awesome-looking game titles announced so far. I would go more into it, but this isn’t a gaming blog.

Also in Japan, they recently announced a Go-Kaiger Wii game, so now I understand why  the Samurai game will be Nintendo only. It’s called Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross and features five teams: Go-Kaiger, Goseiger, Shinkenger, Go-Onger, and Goranger. It will be coming out this fall. Here’s a promotional poster for it, along with a link to the official Bandai Games website for it:

http://www.bandaigames.channel.or.jp/list/ranger_cross/

And on a final note, Saban Brands has announced that they will be at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and that the cast of Power Rangers Samurai will be there as part of their exhibition. And you could win VIP treatment by entering the “Power Rangers Power Con” Contest! For more details, just check out their Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/powerrangers?sk=app_207005089336098 And for more details about Comic-Con itself, check here: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/index.php

That’s it as far as any big convention or gaming news for toku stuff is concerned at the moment. If anything else pos up, I’ll be sure to let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin