The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live-action children’s television series about transforming teen superheroes who pilot giant prehistoric-themed robot animals that can form together into a giant robot called a Megazord. With help from a creepy robot named Alpha and his floating head master Zordon, the Power Rangers battle enemies like Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, and all of their monstrous henchmen.
At the height of its popularity, the show appealed to kids of all ages and invited them into its world of colorful martial arts and slapstick comedy. With this success came all types of toys, video games, apparel, and various other merchandise with the Power Rangers logo plastered all over it. Being at the perfect age for full indoctrination when the show first premiered on Saturday morning Fox, I was hypnotized and engrossed. I even saw the abysmal feature film in theaters on opening night and scored myself a free poster.
In good conscience, I could not overlook this $1 set of magnets at a local poverty vendor. These collectible magnets represent everything that is pure and beautiful about the Power Rangers. Just look at the Megazord standing there with his power sword. His legs are made out of a saber-toothed tiger and a triceratops, respectively, for fuck’s sake. His shield is a giant robotic woolly mammoth head. Toys don’t get much cooler than this.
Also featured are Jason Lee Scott the red ranger and Trini Kwan the yellow ranger. Thuy Trang, the actress who played Trini, died in a fatal car crash in 2001. The saber-toothed tiger was my third favorite zord and Trini’s contributions to the show will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, good ranger.
Jason the red ranger was my favorite until the green ranger was introduced and who could blame me? The guy not only got dibs on the Tyrannosaurus Rex zord, but also had the honor of piloting the Megazord in its final form.
Absent from the set are the blue ranger Billy Cranston, the black ranger Zack Taylor, the pink love of my life Kimberly Hart, and that bad ass green motherfucker with the gold trim known as Tommy Oliver.
As the box assures us, these magnets “play on most metal surfaces” and I’m sure I’ll get around to testing that theory one of these days. Until then, it’s been fun to reminisce. I fondly remember coming home from school every day and catching the syndicated Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episodes that they’d play back to back. Saturday mornings were the new episodes and I made sure never to miss out on all of the action.
You can tell a franchise is strong when it lasts several decades and the Power Rangers intellectual property shows no sign of slowing down. We’ll just have to see in the future how many times they can add the words “in space” or “mega ultra ninja” to the title to create even more spin-offs of this classic kids television show.
There is no better way to end this article than with the most epic theme song of all time presented in its original form. Enjoy.