August 28th Is Morphin Time! It’s National Power Rangers Day!

It’s Morphin’ Time… after time… after time…  Those Crayola-colored defenders of justice, the Power Rangers. have been kicking and punching their way to victory for 25 years and to celebrate, they are getting a token that few superheroes ever have, their own National Day of recognition.  August 28th, fans are encouraged to dress in ten colors of their favorite “teenagers with attitude” and share photos and memories on social media with the hashtag #NationalPowerRangersDay.

Also to mark the occasion, Nickelodeon will air a special 25th anniversary of ‘Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel’, entitled ‘Dimensions of Danger’ which includes guest appearances by the Time Force Red Ranger, Jason Faunt and the Pink Turbo Ranger, Catherine Sutherland.  The most popular Ranger of all, Jason David Frank will also appear.  Frank originated as the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, before leading the team as the White Ranger.  He also went on to embody other Rangers in subsequent seasons.

This event was spearheaded by Hasbro, who purchased the PR brand from Saban in May.  Hasbro will take over production of the toys from Bandai, who have produced them since 1993 when the first series ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ launched in the US.  Hasbro has extensive plans to thrust PR back to their earlier heights of popularity which includes trying again with a big budget film franchise, following last year’s ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ which disappointed at the box office.

‘Power Rangers’ was the brainchild of Haim Saban, who caught episodes of ‘Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger’ or ‘Super Sentai’ in Japan.  The show featured actors dressed in vibrant spandex uniforms with stylized motorcycle helmets, battling gray spandex-clad villains before jumping into their robotic Zords to take down a “giant” monster.  Though some of the sequences resembled cheesy old ‘Godzilla’ movies, Saban saw something special and through the FOX network, imported the series, swapping out scenes of Japanese actors with Americans– Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, David Yost, and later Frank– but keeping the original action sequences intact and the show became an instant sensation.  Now, here we are 25 years later.

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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