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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).



Goryuzin

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

Kibadaioh

(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

Daitenku

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.
  

MagiLegend

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?

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geraldine_blank 12th-Feb-2014 06:45 am (UTC)
I want a female team leader tbh, not that Time Force bullshit
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 06:48 am (UTC)
Sadly there's only been two female leaders (at least in Japan).





The former was more of a leader, but it was obvious that Red was still in charge. And the latter was only in a few episodes before the male Red took over again.
geraldine_blank 12th-Feb-2014 07:09 am (UTC)
yeah I knew about these two but you're amazing as always with gif coverage. how did they handle the female Samurai leader in the US version?
ivysaur 12th-Feb-2014 08:35 am (UTC)
mte
jejejjgess 12th-Feb-2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
Me too
itsintobethin 12th-Feb-2014 06:45 am (UTC)
does anyone remember the power rangers in space? the silver power ranger is where its at~
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 06:45 am (UTC)
I thought he was really hot when I was younger.
sustainablefuel 12th-Feb-2014 10:11 am (UTC)
same
ivysaur 12th-Feb-2014 08:38 am (UTC)
mte. it's too bad he didn't get as much screentime as the other rangers.
sustainablefuel 12th-Feb-2014 10:17 am (UTC)
Yaasss silver was my second, red my first.
usagidropicons 12th-Feb-2014 06:48 am (UTC)
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 06:53 am (UTC)
This episode was so embarrassing haha.
yonasmic 12th-Feb-2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Astronema's hair was FIRE tho.
grande_latte 12th-Feb-2014 06:53 am (UTC)
i remember visiting my grandma over the summer when i was a kid and my cousins only watched power rangers and beatle borgs so that's the only reason why i wated Time Force, SPD, Lost Galaxy


i remember a dude with green hair in Time Force
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 06:56 am (UTC)
I wish this rumor was true. Instead...

grande_latte 12th-Feb-2014 07:01 am (UTC)
ewwwwwwww
cleopatrick93 12th-Feb-2014 07:03 am (UTC)
he's still fuckable
geraldine_blank 12th-Feb-2014 07:10 am (UTC)
he's a paramedic doing god's work!!!@!!!!!
forgethissmile 12th-Feb-2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
TBH my ~first lurv~ when I was a stupid teenager was a boy who basically looked like Austin in his Red Ranger days. Ten years later and he now looks like present-day Austin (only more bloated and minus the thinning hair). My 17-year-old self cackles over that.

Edited at 2014-02-12 01:46 pm (UTC)
geraldine_blank 12th-Feb-2014 07:11 am (UTC)
lmao this is still one of my favorite faux celebrity scandals
forgethissmile 12th-Feb-2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Haha if only. I still can't get over what he actually turned into.
glamour_addict 12th-Feb-2014 06:55 am (UTC)
Dairanger>
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 07:05 am (UTC)
No lies. Dairanger was one of the best.



PR messed up by leaving their beautiful suits out.
wilco0087 12th-Feb-2014 10:31 am (UTC)
I remember there were rumors they were originally going to use those suits in Lost Galaxy but when Valerie Vernon got sick they had to change plans.

I have definitely been meaning to check out Dairainger.
deathcrew77 12th-Feb-2014 06:56 am (UTC)
Bless you OP for taking the time for making a great ONTD Original.

I was always the Pink Ranger when I was little HAHAHAHA
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 08:07 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

grande_latte 12th-Feb-2014 06:57 am (UTC)
i always liked when the power rangers all teamed up


side note: i always wondered if the villains would sit there and watch as the power rangers morphed into their suits.
like in this case would the vaillain wait for the lost galaxy peeps to suit up and go " galaxy red, galaxy blue etc etc" before they start their attack?
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 07:03 am (UTC)
Teamups are love.

grande_latte 12th-Feb-2014 07:08 am (UTC)
i never understood how when they all join in at the top of the robot to control it, holding on to the red rangers shoulder or whatever was supposed to help defeat evil lol
callmeperhaps 12th-Feb-2014 06:57 am (UTC)
lol this post is so pretty
yurasama_love 12th-Feb-2014 07:39 am (UTC)
OP delivers every time
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
grande_latte 12th-Feb-2014 07:03 am (UTC)
and with this you murdered this post
geraldine_blank 12th-Feb-2014 07:12 am (UTC)
girl you know Rih would not be the leader, she's more a Pink type
nimberlane 13th-Feb-2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
umm who let katy perry on the team
saintssin 12th-Feb-2014 06:58 am (UTC)
No.
cleopatrick93 12th-Feb-2014 07:01 am (UTC)
i didn't care about power rangers as much as my brother did but i had this cute action figure of the pink ranger where you would press a button on her chest and her head would flip and switch to her without a helmet. I also a had a yellow ranger stuffed doll.
funk2funky 12th-Feb-2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
I had that Pink Ranger one too.
pumpkinskin 12th-Feb-2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
Aw I loved them. I use to buy these bags of chips during my lunch break cuz they had their action figures.
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
This arc was so stupid in hindsight.

I love Kakuranger, though.
yurasama_love 12th-Feb-2014 07:07 am (UTC)
a few tears for my childhood
sviibwhapp 12th-Feb-2014 07:26 am (UTC)
I only care about the top left of those
calichaos 12th-Feb-2014 08:11 am (UTC)
so darn sad it all went down hill and i stopped watching after power rangers in space after they killed Zordon :*(
madonna 12th-Feb-2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
omg they killed ZORDON?!
forgethissmile 12th-Feb-2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
As an adult, I can't help but judge the one where the girl outfits had skirts.

Which appears to be about 90% of them =\
yonasmic 12th-Feb-2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
In Space is forever my shit. MMPR had its moments, too. In Galaxy had a moment there w/ Karone.

The rest suck tbh.
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