Following a leak attributed to a Toys "R" Us employee, the official “Power Rangers” movie Twitter account has released a look at the toy version of the Megazord from the upcoming franchise reboot.
In case you’re not familiar with the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and its sequels, Zords are immense robotic vehicles piloted by each of the Rangers, which can combine to form an even bigger Megazord.
A new, if unofficial, video has also surfaced, showing a Megazord toy with a decidedly different design, which could suggest the one revealed by the "Power Rangers" account is an alternate mode for the mecha.
The original series and the upcoming movie feature five dinosaur-shaped Zords that assemble into a giant humanoid mecha. On television, the biggest of these was the Red Ranger’s Tyrannosaurus Dinozord, which stood 27 meters tall and was 45 meters long. When it merged with the four other Zords, it formed the Megazord, which stood a gargantuan 51 meters tall (as big as the original Godzilla) and weighed 510 metric tons.
No official measurements have been provided for the movie Megazord, or for the toy that was revealed. The new image appears to be a single figure of the assembled Megazord, whereas the leaked toy comprised the five detachable vehicles that make up the whole.
As you can see, the new Megazord is quite a departure from the boxy original featured in Saban’s 1990s after-school staple. It has a sleeker biomechanical design that resembles Michael Bay’s cinematic “Transformers,” and which is clearly influenced by popular anime/manga franchises like "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and "Bio-Booster Armor Guyver."
This isn’t the first time Megazord images from the upcoming film have leaked. In September 2015, several pieces of concept art were shared online but were quickly taken down by Lionsgate Entertainment. (Reportedly, the confirmed Megazord does resemble those drawings.) It also isn't the first glimpse of the film's mechas. A series of official posters have revealed the Rangers themselves and have provided partial glimpses of their individual vehicles. A toy version of the Red Ranger's new T-Rex Zord also appeared online in late October.
Directed by Dean Israelite, "Power Ranges" stars Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason Lee Scott, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart, RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy Cranston, Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini Kwan, and Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack Taylor. It also features Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa and Bryan Cranston as Zordon. The big-screen adaptation of the television hit arrives in theaters on March 24, 2017.