There were rumors in the past that Disney XD commissioned an animated pilot back in 2009 for a show called Power Rangers Origins. After doing some research it’s really hard to pin down where the rumor started and what was fact from fiction. This obviously, did not get off the ground regardless, but here’s the trailer for those of you that haven’t seen it:
The reason we bring this “unused trailer” up is because back in 80’s Hasbro was kid’s cartoons. Everything from GI Joe and Transformers to My Little Pony and Jem and the Holograms. This was the gold age of kids cartoons, if you will. In this new decade Transformers and GI Joe have found success with modern audience at the Box Office and My Little Pony is a smash hit on television ,even starting a the Brony movement, but we are in an era where superheroes reign supreme. How does Hasbro stay competitive with the current climate? Buy your own superhero franchise. I know what you’re thinking. They already have M.A.S.K. and the Micronauts! Guys, I ask, when was the last time either on of those franchises were relevant?
Hasbro has purchased what they called an under-valued franchise by acquiring the multicolored heroes, the Power Rangers! You know we love the Power Rangers here at That Hashtag Show so when we were asked to moderate a panel of past Rangers we jumped at the opportunity. On that panel was Christopher Khayman Lee, Legendary Red Ranger from Power Rangers in Space. Khayman Lee grew up a child of the 80’s, embellishing in all things geek. He currently wears a Transformers ring on his finger daily so you know when he heard the news about Saban sell Power Rangers to Hasbro, Christopher Khayman Lee had to be ecstatic. Christopher shared his thoughts about the Hasbro deal to us on the panel and it looks like he wants the return of Hasbro’s glory days. Here’s what Chris had to say:
Actually, I talked about this a while ago with a bunch of friends and family, and I was saying that it is a fantastic thing that Hasbro has Power Rangers. One thing that I would absolutely love is if they went back to the 80’s, which some of you are too young to know what an 80’s is, that’s fine, but if they went back to the 80’s when Hasbro was killing it with all these cartoons. GI Joe, Transformers, Go-Bots, M.A.S.K. All of this stuff and you just do an animated Power Rangers series. You can literally do anything you want with the characters then because it’s all animated and you just bring in the actors as voice overs for like live shows and stuff like that.
Bring back the Power Rangers in animated form would be amazing! It could piggy back off of the success of the Boom Studios comic run and tell iconic stories which the shows plot left us dangling. It could also open the door for a Shattered Grid mini-series or even standalone movies focusing on a team or a single Ranger similar to what the DC Animated films do. We could also get team-ups in animated form that we never got in real life like the Mighty Morphin’, Dino Thunder, Dino Charge team-up. The possibilities are endless. We just hope Hasbro does a better job at listening to the fans than Saban did.