Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was something that meant a lot to me when it aired in 1993-1996. It was August 28th, 1993, and I was 8 years old. I had just moved to a new school, and was just starting 3rd grade when it first aired. I had moved that summer, and just knew the kids on my block.
I remember us playing Power Rangers, not with the toys, but just playing outside as the rangers. As silly boys, we would argue who would have to be the pink ranger at recess. I remember parts of the playground being the command center, as well as one of my friends having a cool stick that he had found that was used as The Green Ranger’s Dragon Dagger. I also remember one kid’s mom overdoing it for Halloween and making him a Green Ranger costume, sans helmet.
I had a birthday party in CiCi’s, and received mostly Power Rangers things, including a poster of The Red Ranger. In Christmas of 1994, I received The Red Dragon Thunderzord as well as the White Ranger… who my brother would later deface with a permanent marker… giving him abs. During 1995 he would briefly get into Power Rangers just because the new Pink Ranger, Kat, was hot.
The Super Nintendo games, Playing the Genesis game over at a friends house, owning the head flipping toys that were bulky and agendered with giant coins on their chests, The Green With Evil saga on VHS, POGS from McDonald’s, having a Power Rangers themed activity tent, TV Guide covers, seeing the giant robots getting destroyed in prime time, Owning the Thunder Megazord, owning gloves that made fighting sounds, going to see The Movie and later owning it on VHS… so much of my memories from Elementry School were linked to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Zeo, The lackluster Turbo movie, Turbo, and finally drifting away from the series in middle school once all of the original characters were gone.
I’d check in from time to time with ‘in Space’ and other times when it was relevant for original fans… but the magic was just… gone.
August 28th was National Power Rangers day, AKA The 25th Anniversary of the show that started it all for us westerners… and there was a Ranger crossover special… more on that in the next post?
Ron Wasserman, who created the original music for the show, made a new piano version of the song, which he uploaded on soundcloud:
Expect more of my thoughts on Power Rangers in the coming days.