Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Zords That Never Were

I came across this image on the internet a few days ago. It's supposedly some preliminary designs of an alternate Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord. It depicts what is basically a redesigned version of the Dinozords from the first season made to be compatible with a version of the White Ranger's White Tigerzord from the second season. I'm pretty fascinated by the idea of abandoned concepts so this is pretty intriguing to me. So what's the story behind these drawings? I don't know for sure but I have an guess.

Originally Power Rangers was only intended to be aired for a year or so but it ended up being an unexpected hit. However Saban had exhausted the footage of the Japanese series Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger they had been recycling for their U.S. footage. One of their solutions was to create some original characters, such as a new villain Lord Zedd. I once read that Saban even commissioned the Japanese production company Toei to create original footage specifically for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Maybe a new Megazord was going to part of that new footage. Instead they chose to use footage of the mecha from Gosei Sentai Dairanger as the Power Rangers' new Thunderzords. It was probably the most cost effective decision even though the Rangers themselves still wore costumes based on the Dinozords from the first season. We were kids at the time so I guess we didn't bother to question this. These unused Zords would've been a cool way to continue the Dinozord theme while still being able to add the new White Ranger to the team.

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