Morphin' time is almost upon us, with Lionsgate and Saban's Power Rangers reboot a mere three months away. Being the first theatrical Power Rangers film since 1997's Turbo: A Power Rangers Film, the minds behind the movie are looking to change things up in a big way. The biggest (literally) being how the Rangers' robotic dinosaur vehicles — Zords — will be depicted for this new generation. In the months leading up to the film, fans of the franchise have been lucky enough to get small glimpses of the Zords thanks to promotional posters, toy leaks, and more.
We've gathered every image thus far here into a single article in hopes of piecing together the best picture of what we can really expect when it comes time for the Power Rangers to summon their Zords this March. Have a look!
Let's start with the latest poster for the film — a hard-to-make-out look at the Zords that doubles as a subtle nod to the fans:
The poster doesn't show much, but it makes the sheer size of the mechanical beasts clear by depicting how much larger the Yellow Ranger's Saber Tooth Tiger is than the trees below it. While we wish the image was more revealing, there's actually a pretty cool reason for why the Zords are covered by suck thick fog: Astute fans of the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers will recall that the first Megazord assembly sequence saw the Dino Zords running through a misty environment before combining. Need a reminder?
Sticking with official movie posters, let's revisit the first look at the Zords via the posters released a few months back that showcase the teenagers with attitude exhibiting their teenage attitude.
Besides the blue poster that highlights Billy relaxing on the head of his Triceratops Zord, this set of posters doesn't reveal much else besides how the Zords will match the sleek aesthetic of the new, Iron Man-style Ranger suits.
Toys, Toys, Toys
Leave it to the merchandising department to drop huge details before the creative team is ready to share them (yes you, Dark Horse + Mass Effect: Andromeda!). Last month, the official #PowerRangers Twitter account posted a series of images and information on the line of Power Rangers toys that will roll out alongside the film.
Judging by how similar the Yellow Saber Tooth Tiger toy is to the one seen in the foggy movie poster, it's safe to say these toys are a pretty accurate representation of how the Zords will look in the film. Does that mean the theatrical Tyrannosaurus and Saber Tooth Tiger will have cannons on their backs? Or is it simply the toy makers having an extra bit of fun?
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The tweets didn't end with the individual Zords, however. @PowerRangers also released a toy version of the fully assembled Megazord:
This Megazord is certainly a departure from the classic mech from the Mighty Morphin' Series. Seeing as the toy Dino Zords are much less detailed than their movie poster counterparts, we can assume the giant robot that appears on screen will be far fancier than the plastic toy version above. Still, the figure is a pretty telling blueprint for what fans can expect to see come March. It's also a stark contrast from some of the very first concept are we've been gazing at since 2015.
Way back in 2015, artist Alex Ruiz posted the following image to Twitter, describing it as concept are for a pitched version of Power Rangers that was ultimately ditched.
The Megazord itself clearly takes inspiration from the colorful original, while it's the world around it that is darker and more mature than the classic Saturday morning show. It seems Lionsgate and Saban stuck with the moodiness of this piece, but not the flashiness of the Zords themselves.
A later piece of concept art by Gregory Semkow shows off the Tyrannosaurus, and unlike Ruiz's Megazord draft, this concept actually aligns with the red Dino Zord we ended up with:
If the Dino Zords make as much of a presence in the film as the Tyrannosaurus does in the image above, action-craving moviegoers are in for a real treat when the Rangers inevitably call their Dinosaur friends for help.
But what do you think about the Dino Zords and Megazord? Are they too different or a welcome change? We won't know for sure until Power Rangers morphs into theaters in March of 2017.