Details about director Dean Israelite's 2017 Power Rangers movie have been few and far between, though we know it will retain some core elements of the Power Rangers mythos first introduced in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. Like the show, the movie reboot will follow a group of teens given extraordinary powers, and they'll be mentored by the mysterious alien Zordon while doing battle with his archnemesis Rita Repulsa. And thanks to some new character posters we have concrete proof that the Power Rangers's mighty zords will appear in the big screen reboot.
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Earlier today, Lionsgate released a series of Power Rangers posters featuring each ranger alongside their trademark zord, once again showing off the updated sci-fi aesthetic of the new movie. As fans learned in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the zords were giant battle robots hidden in different environments around the globe that could be summoned by the Rangers to help them fight massive monsters and would-be world conquerors. And when things got really tough, they could be combined to form the all-mighty Megazord.
Fans of the Rangers know just how powerful their zords are, but considering the upcoming movie is aimed at newcomers we're taking some time to look at how the new zords compare to their predecessors, and what makes each such an awesome asset in battle.
Note: We know the new movie is mostly based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, so we're comparing the new zords to those from Season 1 of the show.
The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord
- Piloted By: Jason Scott Lee/The Red Ranger
- Which parts of the Megazord does it form? Head and torso
- Where is it hidden? Underground
The Red Ranger was the original leader of the team, and his Tyrannosaurus Dinozord was easily the most powerful of the bunch. The Red Ranger could use its mighty jaws and massive tail to take out enemies with ease. If those didn't work, the zord also shot energy blasts out of its eyes and had a powerful roar ability that could create earthquakes. All in all, it lived up to the T-Rex's status as the King of the Dinosaurs.
Fans will flip out if the new Red Ranger zord doesn't honor the original, and judging by this quick glimpse it looks like we'll see another epic T-Rex design. The new design almost looks like a fossil made out of metal, with the zord's joints and other details appearing like dinosaur bones. If the full version replicates this look, the new Tyrannosaurus Dinozord could be the most formidable yet.
The Mastodon Dinozord
- Piloted By: Zack Taylor/The Black Ranger
- Which parts of the Megazord does it form? Back and arms
- Where is it hidden? The Arctic
We know mastodons aren't dinosaurs, but that's totally fine, because the Black Ranger's Mastodon Dinozord is still awesome. The mighty mastodon was hidden deep in the Arctic, and fittingly had the special ability to fire blasts of frigid air and ice to disable enemies. And when it came time to form the Megazord, its head detached to become a massive shield to block enemy attacks.
Judging by the new poster, it's safe to assume we'll see the Mastodon Dinozord on the big screen yet again. It's tusks seem particularly impressive, and could be utilized as a new weapon in the upcoming movie.
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The Triceratops Dinozord
- Piloted By: Billy Cranston/The Blue Ranger
- Which part of the Megazord does it form? Left Leg
- Where is it hidden? The Desert
The Blue Ranger's Triceratops Dinozord was one of the smaller zords on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but that didn't make it any less powerful. This machine could shoot dual lasers out of its tail and blast chain-link cables to twist up larger enemies, using its proximity to the ground as an advantage to trip up enemies.
It looks like the 2017 update's served the Triceratops Dinozord well, and its newly sharpened snout and horns should serve as formidable weapons. Moreover, the Blue Ranger looks totally at ease sprawled across his vehicle. Out of all the new posters, this one has the most personality, indicating that Billy Cranston could be the breakout character of Power Rangers 2017.
The Pterodactyl Dinozord
- Piloted By: Kimberly Hart/The Pink Ranger
- Which part of the Megazord does it form? Chestplate
- Where is it hidden? Inside a volcano
The Pink Ranger's Pterodactyl Dinozord was probably the most unique of the bunch, considering it was the only dinozord that could fly. Its flight capabilities gave the Pink Ranger a major advantage in battle, as she could swoop over opponents and take them down with the zord's laser cannons. When not in use, the zord was housed inside a volcano — which you have to admit, is pretty awesome.
Based on this poster, it's a little unclear if the Pink Ranger's movie zord will retain its pterodactyl motif. You can't really tell what the Pink Ranger is sitting on, though our guess is that she's atop one of the zord's massive wings. The other zords appear relatively similar to their Mighty Morphin counterparts, and we guess the Pink Ranger's will be too.
The Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord
- Piloted By: Trini/The Yellow Ranger
- Which part of the Megazord does it form? Right Leg
- Where was it hidden? The Jungle
Once again, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers provided us with a dinozord that wasn't based on a dinosaur. But the Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord made up for that with its powerful tail cannon and razor-sharp teeth. This zord was also the fastest of the bunch, giving it a tactical advantage against even the most powerful enemies.
The new Trini appears confident as ever atop one of her zord's powerful hind legs. The sharp claws seem to prove that this one will stay true to the original, and we're pumped to see the zord's blazing speed come to life on the big screen.
Our first glimpse at Power Rangers's new zords might be filled with chromed-out designs and battle worn metal, but for fans of the show it's easy to see that the redesigns take more than a bit of inspiration from the originals. Thankfully we won't have to wait too long for a full look at the new zords, as they'll be unveiled in full during New York Comic-Con in just over two weeks. Here's to hoping the full redesigns live up to the tease we've already received. But more importantly, when will we see the new Megazord?
Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24, 2017. What do you think of the movie's zord redesigns? Let us know in the comments below.