Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Nerdversity Discussion: Being a British Power Rangers Fan (a small rant)

As many of you might know, some of you might not, I'm British and have been a Power Rangers fan on and off since day One. I remember when the show first aired on ITV in 1994. Back then, we had to wait until school holidays in the easter or summer break for the next part of the Power Rangers Saga,

Toys in the UK at the time were identical to their US counterparts, just that we got them afterwards. But largely up until Samurai, barring exclusives for Disney Parks in Operation Overdrive, we had the exact same toys. Some kids on both sides of the pond may have been lucky enough to open that Morpher toy and find it was the Japanese release with the Sentai stickers on it. Rare back then, but it did happen. 

However, once we started hitting Megaforce, Bandai UK decided to be more selective over what toys were ported over, what toys got remade. This is why being a UK Power Rangers fan is by far one of the most annoying things ever. We're constantly hoping that the latest toys from the States get released, most of the time we get a message from Bandai saying "we're not getting it at this time" leaving us in a state where we either bite the bullet and import from the States or go through middle men, which can be expensive. 

Examples recently include:

  • 2014 and 2015 Ranger Keys
  • Legacy Movie Morpher
  • Legacy Saba 
  • Legacy Dragon Dagger
  • Legacy Tigerzord
  • Legacy Dragonzord
  • Dino Charge VIP Dino Charger set
Another example is the exclusive black t-rex charger. Now, in the US, it was given away in Toys R Us Stores. In the UK it was a Toys R Us giveaway at certain stores over the 2015 summer break, meaning that many fans didn't get chance to get one. 

I really hope that in the future, things change for UK collectors of Power Rangers, as we're slowly being pushed out of the global market on not just Legacy but current product as well. It's hurting the consumers that want the latest product for themselves or their children, meaning they have to pay more to import them.