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How do the Power Rangers Trailer’s Revamped Characters Compare with the originals?

How do the Power Rangers Trailer’s Revamped Characters Compare with the originals?

The full trailer for the upcoming reboot of Saban’s Power Rangers has arrived suddenly, like a bunch of teenagers with attitude teleporting back into Angel Grove. No doubt, it’s morphin’ time again, so go on and give this clip a gandar.

Along with more detail about this next generation of Rangers’ origin–and a much better view of their new uniforms–this preview actually gives us our first, real look at the rest of the cast. Zordon! Goldar! Alpha 5! Even the Putty Patrol is there.

We’ve already gotten to see the radical reinterpretation of Rita Repulsa, of course, with her much sleeker green armor. And the alien-like, biomechanical look of the Rangers’ uniforms have sparked discussion ever since they were first revealed. It seems the other characters have all followed that radical aesthetic, too. And yet, they still look surprisingly true to the originals in a lot of respects.

Well, why don’t we compare their new looks with how they appeared back in the 90s?

Zordon

X-Zord

The Rangers’ mysterious mastermind is still a giant, disembodied head, but he now seems to constituted of countless little tiles instead of the vaporous hologram he once was. He’s played by Bryan Cranston now, too! Believe it or not, this role is actually a bit of a homecoming for the actor. Long before Breaking Bad, or even Malcolm in the Middle, Cranston voiced a couple monsters-of-the-week that the Rangers battled in the original show.

Alpha Five

X-Alpha

Zordon’s mouthy and ever-anxious assistant sports a streamlined and more angular look, now. He also seems to be at least half as tall, too. CGI certainly affords a lot of design choices that the ol’ actor-in-costume approach can’t really pull off. If Alpha’s voice sounds suspiciously similar to a voice you heard in Finding Dory or the Angry Birds Movie, then no points for guessing that Bill Hader’s playing the bot here.

The Putty Patrol

X-Putty
Rita Repulsa’s bumbling and butt-ugly henchmen were once grown from little clay figures molded by Finster, a white-furred, elf-eared master builder in the witch’s service. Now, it seems like Rita’s the one creating these henchmen; instantaneously forming them out of rubble and whatever junk happens to be nearby.

Goldar

X-Gold

In every incarnation, it’s easy to tell where this villain’s getting his name from. In the original Super Sentai series, he was named “Grifforzer” in reference to the Griffin-like menagerie of bestial features he possessed. When the show was imported, his name was changed to match his shiny armor. Now, the connection is even more blatant. Goldar seems to have actually been made from gold in the same alchemical spell that builds the putties out of rocks. It fits that he’d be the first giant these Rangers face. Goldar was the only baddie in Rita’s entourage who could “embiggen.”

The Megazord

X-Mega

When the Rangers’ dinosaur-like Zords interlock together, they form a colossal, armored swordsman. While you could always tell where the various giant robos connected in the original series (kids had to know how to assemble the toys, after all), the combining process seems far more complicated and bio-mechanical in this go-round. Also, instead of a prehistoric warlord, this combo mech now looks more like a giant-size, winged Ranger, actually.

Did any other updates from this reboot surprise? What other familiar faces are you hoping will show up in the final film? Should they get a makeover? Sound off in the talkback.

Image Credits: Saban

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