20th Jan2015

London Toy Fair 2015: Power Rangers Dino Charge

by Phil Wheat

I’m a huge fan of the Power Rangers franchise, from the original Super Sentai shows to the current Haim Saban produced US series; and whilst we may not cover the series too often here on Nerdly, I can’t help but get excited when the latest series (and the accompanying toy line) is announced. This year the Power Rangers franchise is heading back to the zords that made the show such a hit in the 90s… Dino Zords!

On pre-historic planet Earth, an alien secretly entrusted the powerful Paragon Prisms to 12 majestic dinosaurs for protection, but when asteroids hit and the dinosaurs went extinct, the prisms were lost. In Power Rangers Dino Charge, set in present day, an intergalactic bounty hunter has arrived, determined to locate the prisms, harness their power, and destroy Earth. To face this threat, a new team of heroic Power Rangers must join together, find all of the lost prisms, and use their prehistoric energy to charge up an arsenal of dino-fueled swords, blasters, zords and Megazords in order to save the world!

Power Rangers Dino Charge hits US TV screens later this year but the toys are already hitting store shelves (and YouTube videos aplenty) across the US. However here in the UK there wasn’t much news on the new toy line.

Until today.

Yes, todays press day at London’s Toy Fair revealed some interesting news on what and when we can expect to see in UK toy stores… and on TV. Power Rangers Dino Charge will make its UK debut on Freeview/Freesat channel POP! in August 2015, with 20 live action episodes – which will be accompanied by a UK toy launch a month earlier in July. But what toys? Well readers, what about these:

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Of course we’re getting the usual action figure line – in multiple sizes and multiple levels of articulation, the Morphers, the Dino Cycles, and the Dino Chargers (replacing Super Megaforce‘s Ranger Keys) but added to the mix this year are a range of “Mixx n Morph” action figure sets. Much like Hasbro’s Hero Mashers line, the Power Rangers Mixx n Morph sets allow you to literally mix and match parts – arms, legs, heads etc. of Rangers and Zords to create all new types of Power Rangers/Zords. The only one on display on the Bandai stand when we visited was the White Claw RangerZord, however a spokeswoman from Bandai assured us that:

“…more Zords will be available, including some of the classic Zords from previous shows [later in the year]“

I for one am looking forward to more of the Armored Ranger line to accompany the Megaforce, Super Megaforce and Classic Ranger figures I already have. What about you guys? Any of the new Power Rangers Dino Charge line look like essential purchases for you?

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