So today is a huge anniversary/milestone for me. Fifteen years ago today I bought my very first Power Rangers action figure. And that figure, of course, was Auto-Morphin’ Tommy, the Green Ranger. Of course, since I don’t have that figure with me anymore (he is at my parents’ house) pictures of my other Tommy/Green Ranger figures will have to suffice. (click on images to see them in a new window where they aren’t stretched weird).
I remember that day well, it was a Saturday and it was a week and a day before Christmas. I, as I’ve said many times before, was past the age where it was socially acceptable to be into Power Rangers (twelve going on thirteen) so I was a closet fan. I had seen the two-parter “White Light” earlier in the week and I got hooked. Those were the first two full episodes that I saw and it was love at first sight for me as PR really filled the void that I had after the G2 line was cancelled and there weren’t any other transforming robots to get into. I loved how the Tigerzord and the Red Dragon Thunderzord’s faces looked like G1 Autobots when they were in their robot modes and I thought Tommy’s White Ranger costume looked pretty awesome and I also liked how he got the super hot girlfriend Kimberly. Kimberly+cool zords + cool role model type guy with long hair and awesome costume = total win for me. So that weekend I decided I would start collecting the figures. Little did I know that one Auto ‘Morphin figure would turn into a 500 plus collection of PR figures 15 years later. So after Saturday bowling we went to the local variety store and I spent my allowance ($5) on Auto Morphin Tommy and that, as I said above, was the beginning of the PR era for me. As a collector it was one of the best times of my life but as a kid in junior high it could be tough at times being a closet fan and having to go along with the whole “Power Rangers are for pussies” thing. It got even tougher in high-school when I was REALLY past the point that kind of thing was socially exceptable. Now though I don’t care, I’ll admit to being a fan of the original series and a collector of the mecha and all that. I guess you either get iron balls as you get older or you just develop an “I don’t give a damn attitude overall. I don’t know. What’s funny though is the same people who probably would have given me shit when I was younger and called me a Power Rangers fag or something are like “that’s cool, I remember that show” now.
But anyway, let’s just take a look at the Green Ranger and celebrate the good old days of MMPR, the Golden Era of Power Rangers before it was ruined by the shitty spinoffs and off-shoots like all of the series following In Space.
And I couldn’t think of a more fitting end to this article than this video of Tommy’s glory days of being the Green and White Ranger. There’s some good shots of Kimberly in hot outfits too so that’s a plus.
Thanks for all the memories PR. You are loved (old school MMPR anyway)