The theme of the upcoming Power Rangers Super Megaforce (like its source material Gokaiger) is the heroes having the ability to summon the powers of past teams. So, this seems like a great time to reflect on previous mecha (or Zords).
aka. Dragonzord in Battle Mode
aka. Super Zeo Megazord
|Every mecha in this series was iconic. However, this knight inspired combo is a classic hands down. Although larger and stronger than Daizyuzin (Megazord), it was slower. Its finisher was notably gory.||Fans are divided on Oh Blocker's design as much as they are Ohranger itself. You either like the geometric shapes, or you think it looks like a tacky Lego set.|
(Bird People Squadron Jetman)
aka. Mega Tigerzord
|The monsters in Jetman are kind of terrible, but the mecha make up for it. Jetman is a notably dark Super Sentai series and it is regarded as one of the best to date. Rumor has it, this show was in talks to be the basis for the first Power Rangers season before Saban went with Zyuranger.||Not only did Dairanger have some great mecha designs, it arguably has some of the most eyecatching uniforms in the whole franchise. Saban didn't bother to use them except for the white member's costume. You got to love the Tron-like graphics for Kibadaioh's splendid finisher.|
aka. Turbo Megazord
aka. Thunderstorm Megazord
Carranger is the sentai show that supposedly saved the franchise after the near flop of Ohranger. It was actually a comedy and a slight parody of previous entries. Nonetheless, RV Robo is one of the most memorable mecha from the early Heisei period.
On its own, Goraizin (Thunder Megazord) was not the prettiest mecha. It just looked like a blocky beetle. Once it combined with Senpuzin (Storm Megazord), it looked pretty sick.
aka. Isis Megazord
aka. Supertrain Megazord
Gao Icarus is a beautiful, soaring mecha with lots of details in its design. It's one of the few times you could call a mecha "majestic."
This huge robot literally harmed its pilots whenever in use, but the heroes figured out a way to prevent that. Despite being slow and bulky, Grand Liner was still great to watch in limited action.
Super Dekaranger Robo
aka. Deltamax Megazord
(Pirate Squadron Gokaiger, Power Rangers Super Megaforce)
Even though it was a bit awkward and nowhere as sleek as some of the other new designs, the Super Dekaranger Robo is one well devised battle bot.
|You know, it's pretty hard to make a pirate themed humanoid mecha without crossing that line of absurdity (which sentai already borders on). So Gokaioh's default design is pretty standard. The addition of other components gave it some spice, especially the power of Shinkenger (Power Rangers Samurai). Samurai Gokaioh is more or less a fancier Shinkenoh (Samurai Megazord).|
aka. DriveMax Ultrazord
|Seeing this ultimate mecha come together and roll out was a religious experience for some kids. Thanks to Saban purchasing exclusive monster footage to prolong the first season of Mighty Morphin', this carrier mecha combination was seen more often than it was in Zyuranger.||The clunky suits of Boukenger probably weren't too kind for the stunt people. Ultimate Daibouken was the beginning of Toei's trend of engineering some incredibly ridiculous super mecha. As busy as its construction was, Ultimate Daibouken still possessed some articulation.|
aka. Shogun Megazord
(Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Power Rangers Dino Charge)
|Interestingly enough, Saban reversed the order of the mecha usage in Power Rangers. In Kakuranger, Muteki Shogun (Shogun Megazord) was the first to be unveiled while Kakure Daishogun (Ninja Megazord) was the last. This gorgeous robot was inspired by an origami crane and a castle from feudal Japan.||The most recent sentai mecha have been criticized as being too convoluted or tacky. Seeing how far Kyoryuger has gone with its robot concepts is awe inspiring, even if they are admittedly gaudy.|
aka. Mezodon Megazord
aka. Samurai Battlewing
Abaranger really upped the ante for dino-themed robots with their regal collection. Max Ohja was a mecha with command and presence.
|It was always a welcome change when robots took on the form of something other than a humanoid.|
aka. Ninja Megazord
aka. Zeo Ultrazord
|This formation will always stand out as being one of the most unique. It rivals some of the newer, far more complicated mecha.||Pyramider was so gigantic that it couldn't even walk. Still, it's a good spin on a well known wonder of the world.|
aka. Manticore Megazord
aka. Engine Shogun Megazord
|This elegant combo makes up for some of the unappealing ones in Magiranger. Looking at you, MagiKing.||The cutesy faces with soul glaring eyes on the separate robots in Go-onger were overkill. Luckily, this impressive arrangement managed to overshadow that.|
Catch the premiere of Power Rangers Super Megaforce on February 15th on Nickelodeon. Or watch the entire first episode online here.
What were your favorite mecha/Zords? What toys did you have/wanted? Thoughts on Super Megaforce so far?