Saban Brands and Fisher-Price today announced a new line of Imaginext products, inspired by the iconic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, for preschool-aged children coming to market summer 2015. The new toy line will include a range of figures, villains, weapons, Zords and a giant Megazord with multiple levels of play and 8 points of articulation. This epic Megazord also features a disc launcher, Ranger elevator, Command Center and villain jail, all in one toy. All products will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide beginning May 2015, followed by a global rollout to additional retailers later in the year.
“Over the past two decades, the Power Rangers have proven to be a favorite in the hearts and imaginations of kids of all ages,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “We are excited to bring the Power Rangers franchise to a preschool audience for the first time ever with the Imaginext brand. Fisher-Price truly understands the essence of immersive play for preschoolers and will bring the Power Rangers to life in a whole new way with this new innovative product line.”
“Saban’s Power Rangers has proven to be a powerhouse brand and kid-favorite for more than 20 years,” said Steve LaBella, SVP of Marketing, Fisher-Price Preschool. “Today’s parents actually grew up with the brand, and now we get to tap into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers nostalgia and debut an all-new Imaginext product line for this generation of preschoolers.”
The 2015 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Imaginext product line will include:
- Power Ranger Figure Pack Assortment: Add might to every Power Rangers battle with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers figure packs. Young fans will love using these figures to re-enact scenes from their favorite TV show and movies, or creating new adventures of their own. Collect all the Rangers and combine their weapons to form the Power Blaster! Four packs available. MSRP, $7.49.
- Zords Assortment: Reenact Mighty Morphin Power Rangers battle scenes from the TV show or movies. Choose from three pairs of Rangers and their Zords. When it’s time to battle, kids can use the Power Pad disc to activate the Zord! MSRP $14.99.
- Battle Assortment: It’s up to young imaginations to figure out how the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will defeat villains in the battle of the Red Ranger & T-Rex Zord and Goldar & Rita Repulsa (sold separately). Protect the earth with the Dinozord from Rita Repulsa and Goldar’s evil forces. Turn the Imaginext Power Pads to activate battle features in both sets. The battle is sure to be morphenomenal! MSRP $24.99.
- Morphin Megazord: Unleash the fire power of the Imaginext® Morphin Megazord on Power Rangers villains like the Putty Patrol! Use an Imaginext interactive Power Pad to transform the Megazord, opening his chest, lighting up his eyes, and “morphing” his knee into cannon. Under attack? Push buttons to fire Power Missiles. The adventure continues on back, with a jail cell, a place to meet with Zordon, an elevator – and lots of levels and platforms for figures to stand on. Kids can even place a figure in the Megazord’s head! With so much to do, imagine the adventures your little fans will create (or recreate) for their favorite Power Rangers characters and villains. MSRP $59.99.
The Power Rangers franchise is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series in 1993. For more information on Power Rangers, please visit www.powerrangers.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm