Monthly Archives: January 2011

Official “Power Rangers” Website Becomes emPowered

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

Fans who tried to access the official Power Rangers website yesterday morning were likely greeted with a “server not found” error message. The end-result of the downtime is the addition of a new section to the official website, known as emPOWER.

EmPOWER is part public relations, part community service, and part social media, and is designed for parents and children in grades K-3. According to the official website:

EmPOWER inspires participation in schools, online and in local communities to demonstrate the Power Rangers values in action: teamwork, confidence, health and physical activity, friendship and caring. emPOWER will launch with a focus on health and physical fitness in February, 2011. The emPOWER Movement is positive and fun, emphasizing kids’ strengths and potential, and providing kids and parents with accessible resources.

The emPOWER section of the official Power Rangers website will feature fitness tips, a “Ranger of the Week,” nominated by parents on the emPOWER Facebook page, and an “emPOWER schools” section, which will deliver gym class kits and fitness guides to over 4,500 U.S. elementary schools between January and February of this year. Each school is also entered to win a visit from the Rangers and a $10,000 dollar donation to the school’s physical education program.

While the official Power Rangers Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages have been up for some time now, emPOWER appears to be the franchise’s first foray into social media focusing strictly on the show’s primary target audience.


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Blue, Yellow, and Green Ranger Promos Released; Official Webpage and Facebook Sites Updated

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

By now this probably isn’t very big news, but in case anyone has missed them, the Blue, Yellow, and Green Ranger Promos have been released.

Blue Samurai Ranger Promo

Yellow Samurai Ranger Promo

Green Samurai Ranger Promo

These promos don’t tell us much, but what they do tell us seems rather interesting. For starters, it’s almost certain that some variation of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers theme song will be used for Power Rangers Samurai‘s theme. The Blue Ranger promo is of particular interest though, since it reveals that a brand new Megazord cockpit has been created for Power Rangers Samurai, which differs quite significantly from the cockpit used in the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger source footage. What’s more, the Rangers seen in the new Megazord cockpit are of the same design as the Power Rangers Samurai “Mega Ranger” action figures, meaning that the action figures are now officially screen accurate toys.

In addition to the new promos though, the official Power Rangers website has been updated with backgrounds that change after each visit, featuring each character on a background of their respective color Ranger color. Furthermore, the official Power Rangers Facebook page has been updated with new promotional images, similar to the ones being used as backgrounds on the official website. The images each have the Pacific and Central premiere time on them, (identical to the Eastern and Mountain premiere times respectively,) as well as individual taglines for each Ranger.

Nickelodeon Presents Next Generation of Iconic “Power Rangers” Franchise, “Power Rangers Samurai,” Premiering Monday, February 7, at 8 P.M.

Source: Power Rangers On-Air Central

All-New Series from Saban Brands Features New Cast and Amped-Up Special Effects

LOS ANGELES—(PRNEWSWIRE)—Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, introduces a new generation of kids to the legendary Power Rangers franchise with the prime-time premiere of Power Rangers Samurai, on Monday, February 7, at 8:00 P.M. (EST/PST).   Combining comedy with action-filled storylines, the all-new half-hour series features a new cast of Rangers and never-before-seen villains, as well as high-octane action, martial arts and advanced special effects.  From SCG Power Rangers LLC, an affiliate of Saban Brands, the long-running hit kids’ TV phenomenon, now heading into its 19th season, is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series in 1993.  Following the premiere, the show will air regularly Sundays at Noon (EST/PST) on Nickelodeon, with encores Saturdays at Noon on Nickelodeon and Fridays from 8:00—9:00 P.M. (EST) on Nicktoons.

“We are very excited to introduce this fun and iconic property, which has spanned over two decades, to a whole new generation of kids,” said Pete Danielsen, Executive Vice President, Programming, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. “This new season of Power Ranger Samurai will feature all new heroes, villains and special effects while keeping the core messages of friendship, teamwork and empowerment that the series has always exhibited.”

“We are so excited to ring in a new era of Power Rangers, the world’s most successful kids action series,  and Nickelodeon is the perfect place to introduce these iconic heroes to a whole new generation of fans,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands.

Power Rangers Samurai follows a new generation of five Rangers who must master the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest and Earth.  Under the guidance of their all-knowing Samurai mentor, Ji, and with the aid of their devoted animal Zords (Lion, Dragon, Ape, Turtle and Bear), they battle to save Earth from the dark forces of the Netherworld led by the evil Master Xandred.

The Samurai Power Rangers are: Jayden (Alex Heartman), the Red Ranger and the team’s leader; Mia (Erika Fong), the Pink Ranger who is the confident and caring “big sister” of the Rangers; Kevin (Najee De-Tiege), the Blue Ranger, is a great swordsman who lives by the code of the Rangers; Emily (Brittany Pirtle), the Yellow Ranger, is the youngest but most optimistic of the group; and Mike (Hector David), the Green Ranger, who is a bit of a rebel and would rather be destroying video monsters than real ones.

In the action-packed premiere episode, “The Team Unites,” after Mike can’t anticipate an attack like Kevin and Jayden, he grows frustrated and takes a break from training to meet up with old friends.  But when a long-armed monster named Rofer attacks, Mike unsuccessfully attempts to fight him alone, and his friends are injured.  Jayden and Mentor explain the hard truth that Samurai Rangers must stay away from family and friends in order to protect them from the dangers that are involved with being a Ranger.  Inspired, Mike begins to take his role and training as a Samurai Ranger more seriously.  With Jayden’s help, Mike uses his training and creativity to anticipate Rofer’s moves and defeats him.

The premiere of Power Rangers Samurai will simulcast in full on Nick Mobile, and post-premiere, a dedicated show category will be available through Nickelodeon’s video-on-demand partners.  In support of the show launch, will feature a new Power Rangers Samurai-themed Game of the Week beginning Thursday, Feb. 3, where players battle villains as his or her favorite Power Ranger.  The site will also include a dedicated show page featuring videos, photo galleries, a quiz, a villain flipbook, message boards, as well as cast and character bios.

Produced by Saban Brands LLC and Power Rangers Productions Ltd, Power Rangers Samurai is Executive Produced by Jonathan Tzachor (from the original series).  Following its introduction in 1993, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in the United States.  Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, the series was seen in more than 60 countries and translated into numerous languages.  It rose to rank as the #1 boys brand in the world from 1993-97, based on toy sales and television ratings.  To date, Power Rangers licensed products and promotions have generated well over $5 billion in retail sales worldwide.  For more information go to

About Saban Brands

Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands.  SB applies a strategic management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages.  The company provides full service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions.  Saban Brands is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in licensing, marketing and finance.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years.

New “Power Rangers Samurai” Promos Surface

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

Rangerboard reports that new character-specific promos have begun to surface. These are your basic “Ranger Bios,” and although nothing entirely special, they do give us a further glimpse into what the new season holds, as well as the updated iconic Power Rangers theme song with vocals.

Red Samurai Ranger Promo

Pink Samurai Ranger Promo

“Power Rangers Samurai” Premiere Date/Time Announced

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

Rangerboard reports that an updated version of the first promo now lists the date and time of the Power Rangers Samurai series premiere. The updated promo can be seen below in low quality.

Power Rangers Samurai—Revised Promo

As you can see, the premiere date is listed as Monday, February 7th, at 8:00Eastern/7:00Central. In addition, Power Rangers On-Air Central has confirmed that the premiere will be in the evening, at 8:00P.M. Eastern/7:00P.M.Central, so set your recording devices now. No name has been given for the premiere yet, but we’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

“Power Rangers Samurai” Toys Begin Making Their Way Across the Nation


Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

Power Rangers Samurai toys have begun arriving in online and retail stores across the United States. Big Bad Toy Store has begun listing Power Rangers Samurai toys as “in stock,” and the Samurai figures have been spotted in Wal-Mart and Toys ‘R’ Us stores making their way from the east coast westward.

The Power Rangers Samurai Toy Sightings map, an open collaboration on Google Maps, offers a sample of locations where Power Rangers Samurai toys have been seen, including Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina. Rangerboard‘s merchandise forum also offers some other locations where Power Rangers Samurai toys have been spotted. It should be noted that because the Toy Sightings map is an open collaboration, anyone with a Google Account can update it.

The items that are currently available from wave one of the Power Rangers Samurai toy line include 4″ “Mega Ranger” figures, a 5-Pack box of 4″ show-accurate figures with minimal articulation, a transforming and combining Megazord, and the Samuraizer, the Power Rangers Samurai morpher, which can be seen in the sneak peak of the show itself.