It’s hard to believe that the Power Rangers are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. The show has gone through numerous incarnations over the years, from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the current Power Rangers Megaforce. While the characters and outfits may change, the basic premise remains the same—five teenagers who “morph” into Power Rangers, and protectors of the galaxy. Or at least, protectors of Earth, depending on the particular series.
It should come as no surprise to card collectors that there have been more than 10 different trading card sets released for the Power Rangers over the years. The majority of the cards focused on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. Originally, Collect-A-Card had the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers license and produced three card sets and a couple of milk cap products. Produced in the 90s, each set contained numerous chase cards as well as chase cards exclusive to Wal-Mart. 1995 saw the release of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie in theaters and Fleer produced a card set. Nearly all of the releases after that have been game cards with the most recent being the Action Cards produced by Bandai.
What makes the Action Cards unique is they are also feature the Power Rangers Megaforce television show. At some point during their battles with the villains each week, one or more of the Rangers will pull out a card and insert it into their Gosei Morpher to unlock new weapons. With this in mind, is should not come as a surprise that there is a Gosei Morpher toy to go along with the card game. While the cards can be purchased in packs, some of them also come packaged with action figures. The Action Cards currently feature the Mightly Morphin Power Rangers and the Megaforce Rangers. Three series of Action Cards that have been released, a complete list can be found on Bandai’s website. Seven different foil Action Card promos were released at the recently concluded 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
With the show’s 20th anniversary, the Power Rangers seems to be even more popular than ever. Many of the actors appear at conventions, most notably Jason David Frank, who has also gone on to MMA fame and is an acclaimed karate instructor. At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, there were long lines for the exclusive toys produced by Bandai and they were usually sold out each day by early afternoon. With this renewed popularity, could there soon be a traditional trading card set released? With the ongoing Action Card game, it seems unlikely. But you never know.