Thursday, October 15, 2009

New MMPR and RPM stuff from Linear Ranger

My good pal Linear Ranger of Linearranger.com has supplied as with video from a new free promo DVD available at participating Disney Stores. The disc itself has an episode of "In Or Out," 'Ranger moves' (which I don't know what that is), 'Ranger lessons' (which I don't know either), and the MMPR toy sneak peak. The video Linear Ranger posted on YouTube shows the six Rangers, Putties, Goldar, the cycles, Morphin, and zord vehicle figures. (It seems the Green Ranger comes with the Yellow Zord Vehicle and apparently we will be getting a black version of Tommy's morpher... that morphs into the Green Ranger?). The booklet has the new logo with live-action MMPR picture and saying 'Coming Soon to Saturday Mornings on ABC.' Next to it, on the right, has volumes 3 and 4 DVDs of RPM, which they say are available exclusively at Amazon.com.

Volume 4's title is "Revved up Rescue" and Volume 3 starts with the words 'Mastering the...'
and just to let people know, Power Rangers Jungle Fury only had two volumes, six episodes each and they didn't complete the series. Each RPM DVD has five episode each.


The MMPR 2010 toy video:


UPDATED 10/15/2009 11:45 PM EST
Reader Casey put this comment and I had to share it (make it visible to people who don't check out comments):
I am troubled by how the transforming vehicles and figures have absolutely nothing to do with the series proper. I had believed that the loss of toy-series synergy was justified by dwindling viewership amongst the main toy line demographics. I thought part of the decision to revive MMPR was to run a series proven to attract child viewership, so they would not need to rely upon the tactic of original toy concepts (which evidently wasn't working so well for them). To Bandai, Super Sentai is literally paid advertising. I don't know if Bandai America just wants this method to work or if they're running with different data, but I can't see why they don't want to synergize with the Power Rangers TV show as much as possible.

I have been vocal about how much I dislike repaints of the same toy or toys from previous serious and these non-show toys (items that don't actually appeared on the show) from Bandai America .Less is more. I totally agree with Casey. I highly believe the reason Bandai and Disney decided to do this MMPR line was to revive the franchise that has had low toy sales. And I think the main cause of the low toy sales are due to these non-show toys, the transforming vehicles and different kinds of armored male Rangers and repaints of the same simplified toy. I did expect this though, that they would do this with the MMPR 2010 toy line, the same old motif.

If fans consider this cheapening the MMPR name, it's too early to tell but a good estimate. I do think the sales of 2010 will be higher than those of Operation Overdrive but it might not be what Disney and Bandai America are expecting. Disney would have to up the ante and have more merchandising and promotion than they had for Dino Thunder or Mystic Force (RPM by comparison has gotten the lowest amount of promotion) and have it in more stores than just Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Walgreens and the Disney Store.


Related Topics:
MMPR 2010 Toy Line List | The Future of the Power Rangers #4: Speculations and Jumping the Gun | Breaking News!! New MMPR Figures 2010 | MMPR Black appears in Bandai video

5 comments:

Casey said...

I am troubled by how the transforming vehicles and figures have absolutely nothing to do with the series proper. I had believed that the loss of toy-series synergy was justified by dwindling viewership amongst the main toy line demographics. I thought part of the decision to revive MMPR was to run a series proven to attract child viewership, so they would not need to rely upon the tactic of original toy concepts (which evidently wasn't working so well for them).

To Bandai, Super Sentai is literally paid advertising. I don't know if Bandai America just wants this method to work or if they're running with different data, but I can't see why they don't want to synergize with the Power Rangers TV show as much as possible.

Lavender Ranger said...

Casey, I concur!!!!

Oliver said...

That was probably one of the lamest commercials I've ever seen in my life. If they're trying to inspire me to buy the figures, on that video's merit alone...that's an epic failure.

Since when has the Pink Ranger had DD sized boobs?

What's with the multitude of vehicles and battlizers?

This is all very annoying.

Mark said...

Why would they give the Smilodon to Tommy? Why bother even putting the STT into the bike-zord-thing if they weren't going to have Trini anyway? Bad ideas on their part.

Mark said...

About Ranger Moves and Lessons...you don't think they're changing the titles of the episodes, do you?