Merchandise has always been a key component of the Power Rangers brand and none more so than the toy versions of the Zords: the giant robots/colossal assault vehicles (each one designed after a specific creature or animal) that are piloted by the Rangers, when they do battle with giant monsters attacking Earth. It’s perhaps fitting then that the first proper looks at the Zords from next year’s Power Rangers – a big screen reboot of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series – have thus far come from photos of tie-in toys for the film, as opposed to other forms of marketing (such as, the official Power Rangers trailer).
Lionsgate/Saban previously released a series of Power Rangers movie posters that feature the individual Rangers atop their Zords. Nevertheless, it’s through photos of the movie’s toyline that we’ve gotten our first full look at not only the film’s design for the Red Ranger’s T-Rex Zord, but also the reboot’s version of the Megazord: the massive battle robot that is formed when the Rangers combine their individual Zords together.
The Power Rangers Now Twitter account has now officially unveiled the toys for all five Zords in the 2017 Power Rangers movie reboot – as you can see, in the photo below:
The above photo offers another look at the design for the Red Ranger’s T-Rex Zord in the Power Rangers movie reboot, in addition to the Yellow Ranger’s Saber-Tooth Tiger Lord, the Blue Ranger’s Triceratops Zord, the Pink ranger’s Pterodactyl Zord and the Black Ranger’s Mastodon Zord. By and large, the Zords have a more (for lack of a better description) alien-like look to them here than they have in previous iterations of the Power Rangers franchise. This is in keeping with the general aesthetic of the Power Rangers film reboot, as everything from the Rangers’ re-designed costumes to the new appearance of their nemesis Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) now give off more of a noticeably extraterrestrial vibe.