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SHE-RA and The Princesses of Power

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As reported in a previous post, She-Ra is making a comeback on Netflix. More details have been released including title, promo poster, and cast reveal. It is set to release sometime this year; no date has been given yet. 

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (Carrero), who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.

As the title says it’s She-Ra with other princesses known as the Princesses of Power much like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; which is great that they will be bringing back familiar characters from the original series. Princesses of Power is cool for the obvious Sailor Moon group of women, plus it allows it to be its own brand rather than falling under Masters of the Universe. No word yet on if He-Man or the Masters will make an appearance. Hopefully the reason behind the Sword of Protection being found on Adora’s planet means that the sorceress will make an appearance and be that He-Man/She-Ra connection.

The art direction for the show is definitely reminiscent of the original DC Superhero Girls show; which should be fine to get that kid audience. I was hoping for the She-Ra from the recent He-Man comic books; a more Xena like character/show than a kids show. 

Here is the complete cast list for the show:

Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor) stars as Adora/She-Ra 
Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as Glimmer
AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra
Marcus Scribner (Black-ish) as Bow
Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella
Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver
Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak
Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia
Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta
Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma
Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk
Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista
Merit Leighton (Alexa & Katie) as Frosta
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella
Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa

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Premium Collectibles Red Ranger Statue

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XM Studios presents their first Power Rangers Premium Collectibles series statue, The Red Ranger! The iconic team leader of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the Red Ranger is immortalized in amazingly detailed 1:4 scale cold-cast porcelain.

Super Mini-Pla Voltron

After record breaking sales with it's Chogokin series, Voltron joins the lineup of Super Mini-pla series! For fans of the classic Voltron series it's the Voltron a lot of us grew up with. While the new series on Netflix has a lot of great merch associated with it, I've been a fan of the original Voltron's design and have been seeking out affordable merch associated with the original giant robot. The new design is growing on me, but I will always have a love for classic Voltron.

All 5 individual Lions will be included to build:
  • Black Lion
  • Red Lion
  • Green Lion
  • Blue Lion
  • Yellow Lion

The release will include all the weapons for the individual lions, as well as the Blazing Sword and the shield. By combining the multiple weapons together they will be able to form the “Mega Blaster,” an exclusive form for the Super Mini-Pla release.

Product Features:

  • 7.10 inches (18cm)
  • Made of plastic
  • Based on the classic Voltron series
  • Includes all 5 lions
  • Some parts will be plated
  • Combine weapons to create the Mega Blaster bazooka
  • Zuo Sword
  • Space cutter
  • 15 Various weapon parts
Scheduled to be released in August and currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai's site and various other retailers in the US at a price ranging between $47-$62.

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Hasbro home of the Power Rangers

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Back in February during Toy Fair NY, it was announced that Hasbro would be the the master toy licensee for Saban’s Power Rangers. Hasbro will design, produce and bring to market a wide variety of toys and role-play items inspired by the long-running TV and movie series. Which in itself was a shock as Bandai, which also does the Super Sentai line of toys, was the primary on the Power Rangers line. However, with the exception of Japan and a small number of other Asian markets, where the franchise will remain with longtime partner Bandai. Under the terms of the agreement and in collaboration with Saban Brands, Hasbro will design, produce and bring to market a wide variety of toys, games and role-play items inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties. The first wave of products from Hasbro is set to launch in Spring 2019. The partnership is also the result of a long friendship between Goldner and Haim Saban which stretches all the way back to the earliest day of the Power Rangers franchise.

“Our friendship started, as a matter of fact, when Brian left the advertising agency he worked at and moved to Bandai, which had the license at the time” -Haim Saban

Now fast forward to May 1st, it was announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement for Hasbro to purchase Saban’s Power Rangers and several other entertainment brands, including: My Pet Monster, Popples, Julius Jr., Luna Petunia, Treehouse Detectives and others, in a combination of cash and stock valued at $522 Million.

“Shortly after entering into our licensing arrangement, it became clear that now was the time to begin investing in unlocking Power Rangers’ full potential. We see significant opportunity for Power Rangers across our entire Brand Blueprint, including toys and games, consumer products, digital gaming and entertainment, as well as geographically throughout our global retail footprint. We couldn’t be more pleased that Haim Saban will continue in a consulting role to further guide our development of this valuable property for the next generation of Power Rangers fans.” -Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer

Following the bankruptcy last year of U.S. toy retailer Toys R Us, Hasbro seeks to reverse its losses. Hasbro profits from such franchises through the production of movies and TV series, allowing it to diversify its revenue beyond retail sales.

Transaction Details
Hasbro previously paid Saban Brands $22.25 million pursuant to the Power Rangers master toy license agreement that was scheduled to begin in 2019. Those amounts are being credited against the purchase price. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Hasbro will pay an additional $229.75 million in cash and will issue $270 million worth of Hasbro common stock for the Power Rangers brand and several other entertainment brands. The agreement includes all related intellectual property, category rights and content libraries owned by Saban Properties and its affiliates. The transaction is subject to a number of customary closing conditions, including obtaining required regulatory approvals, and is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018. The transaction, including intangible amortization expense, is not expected to have a material impact on Hasbro’s 2018 results of operations.

This deal marks the second time Saban has sold the Power Rangers. Back in 2001 "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" was included in Saban's and News Corp.'s $3.2-billion sale of the Fox Family cable channel to Walt Disney. The franchise did not fare as well during the Disney Era of the franchise, but was still well regarded among fans. Disney sold Power Rangers back to Saban in 2010 for less than $100 million.

Red Rangers L to R: Wild Force, Dino Thunder, Operation Overdrive, SPD, Jungle Fury, Mystic Force, Ninja Storm, & RPM.

Power Rangers, currently in its 25th season, has announced the next season of Power Rangers as Power Rangers Beast Morphers. Beast Morphers will begin airing in 2019 as this current season, Power Rangers Ninja Steel, comes to an end later this year. Beast Morphers marks the first time that Saban has actually went backwards on a Super Sentai season. Beast Morphers is based on the Super Sentai Go Busters, which Saban skipped in favor of the dino Sentai Kyoryuger also known as Power Rangers Dino Charge in the west. 

This isn't the first time that Saban has skipped a super sentai series. Because the franchise is more toy centric, toy sales tend to be the benchmark on how successful a show is. Other times it could be what they find marketable. Go Busters was passed on previously because the following season Kyoryuger was a dino sentai, which was what Power Rangers started with when first aired so it was a slam dunk decision to go with. ToQger was passed on in favor of Ninninger, Ninja Steel, because it was a Ninja sentai that was more popular and they've done well with like Ninja Storm. ToQger was a train centered sentai which appeals more to Japanese audiences, but that season still did not perform as well as hoped. 

Will Power Rangers continue as a live action series after 2019 or will Hasbro go the animation route remains to be seen. I think it would be great to see Power Rangers animated and go back even further in the Super Sentai series starting with Sun Vulcan. Or just animate the past series that were never adapted for American television. The original Saban/Toei deal did not include any of the movies related to Super Sentai, it could be in Hasbro's interest to get those movie rights considering certain rangers and zords were exclusives to the movies. 2019 will be a very interesting year for fans of Power Rangers.

Source: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180501005946/en/

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