Predictably – given what is known about the movie so far – the new Zords are far less cartoonish than their previous incarnations. The designs are noticeably sleeker and have a contemporary sheen that makes them far more menacing and intimidating than those in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. Some of the robots – mainly the T-Rex, Triceratops and Tiger – also have giant rocket-like weapons attached to them and although these features may have been exaggerated for the benefit of the toy line, the additions would emphasize the Zords’ role as the weapons of destruction they really are.
The character designs for Power Rangers released previously have not been met with much acclaim. Rita Repulsa’s costume is almost unrecognizable from the original series and the armor of the Rangers themselves has been criticized by fans for a variety of reasons, including the addition of breast-shaped armor for the female rangers. Furthermore, the recent reveal of the Goldar action figure showed that the character – once a loyal, beast-like servant of Rita Repulsa – is now a pure-gold creature with very little in the way of distinctive features.
Despite the negative reaction to many of the reboot’s designs however, the Zords may attract a more positive reception. Whilst the five new mechs do differ greatly from their television series counterparts, they retain their general dinosaur-themed appearances and thankfully, have a splash of color that prevents them from looking too serious. It’s possible that some fans may have preferred the movie take a generally more faithful approach to adapting Power Rangers for the big screen but given the often corny nature of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers that was typical of nineties kids’ TV, significant changes were perhaps always on the cards.