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Best Power Rangers Moments of 2018!

For the last time, we say: Happy 25th Anniversary, Power Rangers!

2018 was the milestone year Power Rangers fans had long awaited. There was hype, excitement, and a whole lot of buildup leading into the grand 25th anniversary. But the end result? It wasn’t the live tours, escape-the-room’s, or epic slate of toys that fans had expected. In fact, the end result was rather unexpected, as Power Rangers’ 25th anniversary became a year of transition at the hands of the brand’s latest acquisition.

In a year of turbulence, Power Rangers still found a way to give us moments we wished we could forget, moments we actually did forget, and most of all, moments we never will forget. Power Rangers had some pretty cool moments in 2018, and it’s time we look back at the TOP 10 Power Rangers moments of 2018!

 

#10. August 28 – National Power Rangers Day

In 2018, Power Rangers got its own holiday!

August 28 became known officially as National Power Rangers Day, a holiday recognized by the Registrar at National Calendar Day. 25 years to the day Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first premiered in 1993, fans around the world celebrated by sharing their favorite memories growing up with the franchise, and wearing their favorite Ranger colors.

On no other day has the love for Power Rangers felt so real across all of social media.

National Power Rangers Day is slated to become a re-occurring holiday every year hereafter, but 2018 will always be remembered for the year that kicked off the official day of observance for our favorite spandex-clad superheroes.

 

 

#9. November 6 – The Ultimate Visual History Release

The book that some thought would never come, finally arrived in 2018.

For years, Power Rangers fans had been teased by the thought of an all-inclusive book that documented the entire history of the franchise. In 2018, fans were finally given that gift as Insight Editions delivered Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History.

Full of never-before-seen photos, stories, and factoids, Insight Editions’ illustrious creation immediately became a must-own product for Power Rangers fans of all ages. Readers drifted down memory lane, reminiscing in their favorite seasons from 1993 to present.

2018 delivered one of the greatest gifts a Power Rangers fan could ever ask for – the gift of 25 years of power, treasured forever.

 

 

#8. December 1 – Sudarso Team-Up

The most beloved Power Rangers actors in recent memory finally joined forces on-screen as Yoshi and Peter Sudarso brought their Blue Ranger powers together in Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel‘s Christmas special, ‘The Poisy Show’.

While seeing Koda and Preston team up to take down Sledge is a moment that will always be special, it’s the journey behind both of these actors that really makes this moment so iconic.

Two young boys who grew up worshiping Power Rangers, finally becoming back-to-back Blue Rangers, including one special moment from Power Morphicon 2016 that no one will ever forget.

In 2018, the journey of two brothers who grew up Power Rangers fans finally came full circle in a team-up the Sudarso family will cherish forever.

 

 

#7. March 28 – Shattered Grid Begins

2018 delivered the biggest comic book event in the franchise’s history – Shattered Grid!

While BOOM! Studios’ entire Power Rangers: Shattered Grid event comes in at #7 on our list, it was the day that the first issue released that defined the event’s shining moment.

On March 28, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 hit stores, and fans around the world were buzzing at the contents of the issue’s close: Tommy had been killed.

The original Green Ranger’s death had people talking, as everyone went the extra mile to protect the issue’s shocking spoilers. It was a moment that defined the past, present, and future of the Power Rangers comic book franchise. The golden boy of Power Rangers had finally met his demise. The end result? A juicy comic book team-up event that spanned over ten individual comic books to come.

Readers still anxiously await more of the fallout of Power Rangers: Shattered Grid in 2019, but it was Tommy’s death in 2018 that became the catalyst for the game-changing events currently ongoing, and still to come.

 

 

#6. October 9 – Street Fighter Showdown Release

If there’s one thing you didn’t expect from Power Rangers in 2018, it’s a team-up with the characters of Street Fighter.

But that’s exactly what 2018 gave to fans as Capcom’s most popular heroes and villains teamed up with Power Rangers to create a short film released by Lionsgate.

Jason David Frank and Ciara Hanna returned to franchise, alongside the debut of one of the newest Power Rangers: the Ryu Ranger. The short film reached fans across both fandoms in celebration of Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, the most successful video game for the brand to date.

If the characters of Street Fighter can team up with the Power Rangers in 2018, there’s no telling what kind of crossovers await in the future.

 

 

#5. March 22 – Shattered Grid Trailer Release

In all of 2018, no single piece of Power Rangers content reached more people than the Power Rangers: Shattered Grid trailer.

That’s right: a trailer for something that doesn’t even exist reached more people around the world than anything else during Power Rangers’ 25th anniversary. Crazy, right?

But that’s how wildly exciting, fresh, and dark Kyle Higgins’ trailer creation was. At only 2 minutes in length, the trailer saw Jason David Frank bring Lord Drakkon to life in dark, twisted live action. It left fans imagining what a more mature, live action Power Rangers product could look like.

While that may still one day come to fruition, 2018’s Power Rangers: Shattered Grid trailer was awesome, and kicks off the top 5 Power Rangers moments of the past year.

 

 

#4. August 28 – Dimensions In Danger Airs

2018 gave viewers the next Power Rangers anniversary episode in a storied lineage that includes ‘Forever Red’, ‘Once A Ranger’, and more.

Viewers around the world watched as Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel‘s 25th anniversary episode aired in primetime, bringing ten legendary Rangers back into the fold to fend off Lord Draven alongside the Super Ninja Steel Rangers.

Iconic moments included Tommy Oliver debuting his Master Morpher, the Falconzord making its improbable return, and plot holes from various Power Rangers seasons finally tying up.

It was the most highly anticipated Power Rangers episode in recent memory that celebrated the franchise’s 25th birthday in style with moments that were shocking, unexpected, and most of all, fun.

 

 

#3. August 18 – Beast Morphers Cast Reveal

It’s rare that a year goes by where the new Power Rangers cast reveal isn’t close to the top of the list.

The tradition of passing the torch from the current Power Rangers cast to the future is a moment that never fails to send goosebumps down spines. 2018 was no different as the Power Rangers Beast Morphers cast made their victorious debut on stage at Power Morphicon 6.

Whether you were in the room in Anaheim, or watching from afar online, you welcomed the newest cast with open arms to the chants of “Beast Mor-phers!” and social media followings.

It’s a special moment that no other pop culture franchise appears capable of delivering on a re-occurring basis like Power Rangers. 2018 simply added to the next chapter of this incredibly memorable tradition that we can only hope never comes to an end.

 

 

#2. February 15 – Hasbro Acquires Power Rangers

It was one of those late night e-mails that companies send after work to avoid sparking too much attention. But this one wouldn’t get by that easily, as Power Rangers fans worldwide were left with their heads in a total daze.

“The Power Rangers brand and Bandai have decided to part ways”.

Ever since Power Rangers was created in 1993, the franchise had been joined at the hip with Bandai, the popular toy production company. But after recent events that left both sides maligned, it was time for the two to split.

Enter Hasbro – the toy giant desperately looking for ways to become a media giant. Hasbro decided not only to absorb the rights to Power Rangers’ master toy license, but also the brand as a whole as Power Rangers would join the likes of Transformers, My Little Pony, and GI Joe as part of Hasbro’s brand blueprint.

2018, and the entire future of Power Rangers, was forever changed as the brand was sold off for the fourth time in its 25-year history. Hasbro dropped the Power Rangers bombshell of 2018, and we all still await its aftermath.

 

 

#1. February 18 – Beast Morphers Reveal At Toy Fair

It’s a moment not many fans got to experience in person, but the only moment memorable enough to top an epic cast reveal at Power Morphicon and a bombshell announcement of the franchise changing hands.

The scene was Toy Fair 2018. Power Rangers’ Executive Producer Brian Casetini took to the stage to announce the newest season of Power Rangers – Power Rangers Beast Morphers. After revealing the logo, Casetini proclaimed “We are now proud to introduce you to your first look at the newest team of Power Rangers” – and into the room sprinted the three heroes of Super Sentai’s Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, posing in front of a bewildered crowd.

It was a moment that left the room full of audible gasps, people jumping from their seats, and perhaps even some raucous expletives stemming from the absolute shock of everyone in attendance that Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters would be the source material for Power Rangers’ next season.

Online, fans were reluctant to believe that the news emanating from the room in New York City could even be true. Surely Uchu Sentai Kyuranger was destined to be the next season of Power Rangers, right?

Not so. Being in the room, it was an all-time franchise moment we’ll never forget. And without a doubt, the top Power Rangers moment of 2018.

 

So, did we get it right? What else about 2018 made your year awesome? Let us know! And check out some of the honorable mentions that almost made the list!

 Honorable Mentions

Power Rangers Supersonic – BOOM! Studios did something pretty awesome in 2018 by introducing a pre-Zyuranger Super Sentai team to its Power Rangers comic books. Chikyu Sentai Fiveman entered the storyline as Power Rangers Supersonic, and we can only dream of seeing more universe expansion like this in the franchise’s future.

Power Rangers Hyperforce – You probably forgot this happened in 2018, but the bulk of Power Rangers Hyperforce aired this year. Fans were treated to special moments including the surprise appearance of Power Rangers icons such as Jason David Frank, and Yoshi Sudarso. While a potential second season appears unlikely at this point, 2018 still gave Power Rangers fans the exciting conclusion to the brand’s first-ever tabletop RPG.

Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger – The newest Super Sentai team made their debut in 2018, as the latest dino-themed incarnation was introduced to Tokusatsu fans around the world. While the dinosaur theme has been a proven winner for the Power Rangers brand for a long time, only time will tell if these heroes will make their way overseas into a future adaptation.

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid – Power Rangers fans were delighted with the announcement of an original, new board game. As gamers rallied to pledge their support for this Kickstarter-backed project, they were also given a strong taste of what the future holds as Renegade Games debuted their newest game at conventions nationwide, allowing fans to get a sampling of the action that awaits in 2019.

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  1. Power rangers have had good and bad moments this year but they always stay super awesome. I enjoyed this year and can’t wait for next year when they get a new start with hasbro.

    1. Here’s the list of what should’ve gotten in the PR’s 25th Anniversary episode (1 hour long) – PR Super Ninja Steel. You’ll also see it in BIG words!

      Legendary Rangers:
      Tommy Oliver aka MM Green/MM White/Red Zeo/Black Dino Thunder Ranger,
      Katherine Hillard-Oliver aka PINK ZEO RANGER,
      TJ Johnson aka Blue Space Ranger,
      Wes Collins aka Red Time Force Ranger,
      COMMANDER SKY TATE aka SPD SHADOW RANGER,
      Gemma aka RPM Silver and
      Antonio Garica aka Gold Samurai Ranger.

      RANGER ALLIANCE:
      TROY BURROWS aka MEGAFORCE RED,
      EMMA GOODALL aka MEGAFORCE PINK (THE TRUE LOVE INTEREST OF TROY BURROWS) and
      MAYOR KENDALL MORGAN aka DINO CHARGE PURPLE.

      So, what do you think of this

  2. 2018 was a great year for the franchise and I hope for another successful year for 2019. Hopefully, Hasbro has some good legacy toys in the pipeline and a new movie in the works.

    1. But something people may have liked, aside from so much humor Saban wanted, not much story arcs, not much stakes, etc, would be the anniversary episode, even though he or she wished it was multi-part.

    2. Compared to Super Megaforce’s god-awful finale, you should consider yourself lucky that “Dimensions in Danger” is set in between episodes 9 and 11 of Super Ninja Steel. Besides, the only thing that is bad about the 25th anniversary TV special, is that it’s a 30-minute long special and not an hour-long special.

  3. 2019 is gonna be awesome. I can’t freaking wait. Power Rangers rule. Power Rangers forever motherf****rs.

    Best TV series and franchise of all time

    1. Power Rangers may be something you like, but minus season 1 of Dino Charge, the Neo-Saban era seasons don’t have good storytelling and even feature excessive humor considered stupid.

          1. Just cause I understand that Power Rangers is a kids show and its not meant for adults doesn’t mean I’m stupid. The real idiots in the fandom are the ones that have such ridiculously high expectations for Power Rangers and think that the show could cater to the 18 and older crowd. Which is never going to happen. I love Power Rangers and I love it for what it is. And for the record I’m 33 and I’ll always love and accept Power Rangers for what it is. A show for kids.

            1. Some do wish it’s 18 and older, but while it obviously won’t be happening, young adults believe that kids would like good storytelling as well.

              1. Kids already know what they want from a show aimed at their age group. Maybe they believe that Power Rangers is good enough for them. The writers don’t care what a bunch of 20 something year old people on the internet want out of a kids show that they should have outgrown a long time ago. The writers and producers of Power Rangers are thinking about the kids and that is why Power Rangers is a kids show DUH!!!!! I’ve watched PR from 1993 to present. And I always accepted change. People who can’t accept change should go watch something else

            2. Appreciate it Michael!! I 💯 agree with you and support you. I think that no matter what brand took over, Power Rangers have always been awesome!!!! I love it the way it is, I hope it will be too in the future. Future of Power Rangers, here we come!!! Go Go Power Rangers!!

  4. Power rangers will always be special to me but not one season has truly come without a flaw. Mighty Morphin- ran for too many episodes. Alien- too short. Zeo- prince sprocket was annoying. Turbo- Justin was cute but not really the best ranger also passing the torch part 2 could have had a better ending. In space- wished all the rangers could have gotten the upgrade from the sentai teamup movie. Lost Galaxy- Wish they didn’t have the kill Kendrix tomwrite her off.Lightspeed rescue- the guys got battle upgrades and the girls didn’t.Time force: Love that power rangers had rivals but it didn’t have to fully copy the sentai story. Wild force- plot hole never learned how Alyssa and Danny were chosen to be rangers. Ninja storm- never learned how the rangers joined the academy. Dino is thunder- Tommy was absent for too long.Spd- never fully learned all the rangers backstorys. Mystic force- too many two parters.Operation Overdrive- team up could have been better. Jungle Fury- Never learned how or why the rangers joined the order of the claw. Rpm- Never learned how Scott, Flynn, and Summer met Doctor K or how they became rangers. Samurai/Megaforce -hardly original. Dino charge- weird finale. Ninja steel- needed more ninja training. No power ranger season is perfect but it’s okay to not be perfect.

    1. You’re right about (Super) Ninja Steel. In addition to many upset about hardly any story arcs, hardly any stakes, and Saban wanting so much of the stupid humor, we wish there was more ninja training.

  5. The order that you ranked these in has little to no momentum. The Hasbro takeover should be at number one. The Beast Morphers reveal was shocking, but it could easily be at number three.

    1. I thought half of the list was stupid nonsense garbage that I couldn’t care less about. Only the last 3 have any real value in my opinion.

  6. Hasbro can go better or worse for power rangers. My only hope is for an original story, no plot holes, and try to give the girls t as much fire power as the boys. I know sentai doesn’t do it but America can they had a chance to do it previous seasons but they stuck with the story so hopefully hasbro can change that.

  7. Everyone, I really need to tell you about something in real life.

    Listen everyone. I seriously still want Andrew Gray and Christina Masterson back together in real life. Because I don’t want Andrew Gray trying to marry the WRONG Asian woman who is NOT Christina Masterson, and I certainly don’t want Christina Masterson trying to marry the WRONG man who is NOT Andrew Gray.

    Because as I knew a few years ago, a manipulating and corrupting man, actually a monster, named Branson really doesn’t love and care for, but always using and blinding Christina Masterson in the darkness, just like the another Asian girl (who is not Christina Masterson) who’s also always using and blinding Andrew Gray into confusion. But from my good willing angelic heart, Andrew Gray has always opened Christina Masterson up into the bright light by helping her to be a good, kind, respectful and loving young woman. And now, I still want the real Andristina (Andrew Gray & Christina Masterson) Couple to get signed up for there full guest appearances sometimes for the #beastmorphers series.

  8. Oh, by the way, last year, Cameron Jebo has now played an official VILLAIN in Killer Single Dad the TV Movie. So that’s it.

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