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It’s Morph n me! C


an you believe it's 20 years next year since the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit


our TV Screens and toy store shelves. I remember being a kid and hunting these down with my parents. ‘Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi’ as Alpha 5 would say… god it makes me feel old.


I still remember the music single coming out at Christmas, Go Go Power Rangers, and the music video ending with ‘I have seen the future... The White Ranger.’ Oh my god!!! I was so excited. Bandai has done


extremely well to keep a licence and an action-figure line fresh and in the market place for 20 years without a break. When you look at other boys'


long-lasting brands, like Star Wars and Transformers, they have all had big breaks where product has not been around and the licence has been dead. But Bandai has kept the line fresh each year. And next year, with the 20th anniversary, this could be a very exciting year for us all. Even now there is a buzz in the air for the new Super Samurai, which is selling extremely well, with the Megazords being predicted to be one of the Christmas hot lines. 2013 looks amazing with Power Rangers Mega Force and with 20th Anniversary exclusives coming not only to the nationals but also Toymaster members. Bandai is once again proving that they can not only look after the big guys, but also the independents, something that other companies within the industry should really be looking at. The latest series in Japan is Power Rangers Pirates… how cool is that!!!


Who can name all the Power Rangers series from the very beginning? I CAN!!! Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year 2, Mighty


The Independent reminisces about the return of Power Rangers and compares them to his other childhood favourite, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


s Morphini Tiime! “


I still remember the music single coming out at Christmas, Go Go Power Rangers, and the music video ending with ‘I have seen the future... The White Ranger.’ Oh my god!!! I was so excited.


Morphin Power Rangers Year 3 with the introduction of the Alien Rangers, Zeo, Turbo, In Space, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force, Wild Force, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, SPD, Mystic Force, Operation Overdrive, Jungle Fury, RPM, Mighty Morphin Relaunch, Samurai, Super Samurai and in 2013 Megaforce. Phewwww, plus the two movies in there somewhere. The first movie was awesome with Ivan Ooz, the second one, not so good. I actually own many of the toys from various seasons… Am I’m sad?


I think with Flair’s Turtles launch and Power Rangers 20th Anniversary this could be a good year for boys toys. The movie front is looking a little bleak in 2013 but it’s probably for the best as these two could rule the roost.


So we are getting closer and closer to the super stress time that is Christmas and times are getting busier. And we are now in the dreaded November where all the big guys get their stock. So supermarket shelves will be full of those key lines and exclusives. Already the half-price toy sales have started and certain catalogues have been throwing deals left, right and centre. But hold tight, for our time will come. December is our month and our time to shine.


I think the key lines to stock up on for Christmas are Monster High, Lego DC Marvel Friends, WWE, Power Rangers, Bratzilla, Mike The Knight, Orbeez, Moshi Monsters, VTech Innotab2, Skylanders, and Octonauts. And of course all those key boardgames, they don’t sell all year round but at Christmas they should fly!


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