It's Morphin' Time! Or, at the very least, it's time to head down to the cinema for the latest nostalgia-fuelled big-screen revival. Power Rangers has arrived on the big-screen, and while the series never really left our television screens over the past 20-odd years, it's nice to see a new version of the original team brought back to life. If you've been looking forward to the reboot, or you've already seen it and decided you can't get enough of all things Power Rangers, we've got some stuff you should check out.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Complete Series, £60
Getting your hands on the original TV series for a reasonable price seems to be quite difficult, but the cheapest option appears to be this box set that includes the first three series of Power Rangers. That includes Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, and Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers. No film, from the looks of things, so you'll have to go out and buy that separately. It's also a Region 1 boxset, so you'll need to make sure your DVD player can handle American discs. That's not particularly difficult to manage, however, not like those pesky Blu-rays. [Buy it here]
As I said before, Power Rangers never really left TV screens - though the original cast moved on a very long time ago. So there's plenty of morphin' action to enjoy - including Zeo, Turbo, in Space, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force, Wild Force, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, SPD, Mystic Force, Operation Overdrive, Jungle Fury, RPM, Samurai, Super Samurai, Mega Force, and Dino Charge. That's a lot of television to get through.
Be warned, the availability of the different series is quite different. Prices vary, some don't come in full box sets (only separate volumes), and some of them are Region One. Make sure you double check all that before you buy.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Vol. 1, £12.90
Power Rangers is the ideal franchise for a comic adaptation, but it never really happened over the years. Thankfully the morphin' team are back with their own ongoing comic series set following the Green Ranger's redemption, but before he leaves and inevitably becomes the White Ranger. [Buy it here]
If you want more, there's also Pink, which follows the original Pink Ranger, Kimberly, after she leaves the teams. She finds herself pulled back into the fight following the disappearance of her parents and discovering that her village is overrun with monsters.
Finally there's a crossover between the Rangers and DC's Justice League, and while the first collected edition won't be available until June you can still buy the individual issues on Comixology and wherever comics are sold.
Legacy Morpher Replica, £87
Even though the Green/White Ranger eventually stole his thunder, every small child wanted to be the Red Ranger. He was in charge after all! Sadly Power Ranger isn't a career path in the real world, but you can pretend of those bygone dreams of your youth with this replica of the original Red Ranger's morpher. Just remember how it works, hold it straight out in front of you and shout "Tyrannosaurus!" Then make sure nobody actually saw you do that, lest they have you sectioned. [Buy it here]
Red Ranger Helmet Replica, £127.29
This is a pricey collectable to add to your collection, so what can it do? Not a lot, but it is a 1:1 ratio replica of the original Red Ranger's helmet, complete with a display stand to show off to all your friends. Friends who hopefully like Power Rangers as well. It can be worn for cosplay purposes, if you're willing to actually wear it out in the big band world, so it's not just a pretty face. If Red isn't your jam, there is a replica of the Green Ranger's helmet readily available, though that costs £215. [Buy it here]
Legacy Power Coins, £34
Can't be doing with a single ranger's morpher? Well you can get replicas of the original five power coins to enjoy. They'd look good in a frame, or to play with if that's your jam. Whatever your reasons, it's a low-cost addition to a collection, and one serious fans should definitely consider. [Buy it here]
There's also a movie version of the morpher, that comes with all five power coins. That's £29.18 [Buy it here]
Pop! Vinyls, from £8 each
Power Rangers was always one of those series that came with a fuck-load of toys to help monetise the series, but these days those toys are pretty pricey. You know what's not pricey, though? Pop! Vinyls. If it exists, there is a Pop! Vinyl of it. The original Rangers are all here for you to enjoy (Red, Pink, Blue, Black, Yellow, Green, White, and Metallic Red), along with the new team (Red, Pink, Blue, Black, Yellow, and Rita).
The Classic Megazord
I'll be honest, if you want to buy a classic Megazord toy that's brand new, even if it's the 20th anniversary re-release, you're going to have to pay an absolute fortune. If you're willing to compromise and get something that's been used or taken out of its box, you might be able to get yourself a good deal. Make sure to keep checking eBay in the coming days and weeks. With the film out, some people are going to try and capitalise on the fuss and get rid of their old toys in the process.
The Movie Megazord
Like the toys of old, you can buy all the zords and transform them into the giant Megazord. You have to buy them all separately (T-Rex, Mastadon, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, and Sabretooth Tiger), and each zord comes with a minifigure of its respective ranger, along with film-accurate sound and lighting effects. It's pricey, but it's the only way to do things properly.
If you're not made of money, there is a non-transforming Megazord that's about half a foot shorter than the combination figure, and more than half the price. The catch is that it doesn't come apart as the individual zords, though it does come with Ranger minifigures that can be put inside cockpits inside the giant figure. [Buy it here]
The Official Movie Novel, £5.60
Seen the film and want more? Can't be bothered buying into this whole 'moving picture' fad? Don't worry, the film has been adapted into book form so you can read the plot instead of going to the cinema (again). It's not just a direct adaptation, though, since it had exclusive content that will expand on the story. [Buy it here]
The producers of the new film supposedly have a story arc mapped out for another five or six Power Rangers films, but that isn't all they're up to. Aftershock is a sequel tie-in to the film, and while it's not going to take the place of an actual sequel, it's a great way to absorb more stories from the rebooted franchise. It's not out until later this week, so it's not clear what the overall plot of the film is, but if you enjoyed the film then this is well worth checking out. [Pre-order it here]