ONTD Original™: 20 Great Mecha Combinations in Super Sentai/Power Rangers

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).


Oh Blocker

aka. Dragonzord in Battle Mode
(Dinosaur Squadron Zyuranger, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers)

aka. Super Zeo Megazord
(Superpowered Squadron Ohranger, Power Rangers Zeo)

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.

Great Icarus


(Bird People Squadron Jetman)

aka. Mega Tigerzord
(Five Star Squadron Dairanger, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers)

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.



RV Robo

Gorai Senpuzin

aka. Turbo Megazord
(Radical Racing Squadron Carranger, Power Rangers Turbo)

aka. Thunderstorm Megazord
(Ninja Wind Squadron Hurricanger, Power Rangers Ninja Storm)


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.



Gao Icarus

Grand Liner

aka. Isis Megazord
(One Hundred Beasts Squadron Gaoranger, Power Rangers Wild Force)

aka. Supertrain Megazord
(Rescue Squadron GoGo-V, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue)


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

Samurai Gokaioh

aka. Deltamax Megazord
(Special Investigation Squadron Dekaranger, Power Rangers SPD)

(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).

Ultimate Daizyuzin

Ultimate Daibouken

aka. Ultrazord
(Dinosaur Squadron Zyuranger, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers)

aka. DriveMax Ultrazord
(Rumbling Squadron Boukenger, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)

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. 

Muteki Shogun

Gigant Kyoryuzin

aka. Shogun Megazord
(Ninja Squadron Kakuranger, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Alien Rangers)

(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.

Max Ohja


aka. Mezodon Megazord
(Burstosaur Squadron Abaranger, Power Rangers Dino Thunder)

aka. Samurai Battlewing
(Samurai Squadron Shinkenger, Power Rangers Samurai)


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.

Kakure Daishogun

King Pyramider
Battle Formation

aka. Ninja Megazord
(Ninja Squadron Kakuranger, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers)

aka. Zeo Ultrazord
(Superpowered Squadron Ohranger, Power Rangers Zeo)

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.


Engine Daishogun

aka. Manticore Megazord
(Magic Squadron Magiranger, Power Rangers Mystic Force)

aka. Engine Shogun Megazord
(Engine Squadron Go-onger, Power Rangers RPM)

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?