The original Power Rangers were my first love. I couldn't get enough of the figures as a kid, and watched every episode with reckless abandon. I never really cared quite as much once they stopped being the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and became 47 different versions that have aired since, but I always looked on the latest renditions with appreciation and respect. That is until now. As far as I'm concerned, the new Power Rangers movie has tarnished the beloved brand of my youth.
And it all starts with Alpha 5. As you can see in the image above, he's an absolute monstrosity. They took a cute, lovable, and cool original design that delighted millions of children around the globe, then turned it into a grotesque sci-fi blob of ugly. Clearly this horror is rooted in the original's look and feel, but lost all the charm and accessibility. This figure looks like an actual Alpha 5 was placed in an oven on 500 degrees for five hours. He's a melted, miserable, mess of a toy, and I won't stand for it.
Much like Michael Bay turned the Transformers into unrecognizable mechanical blobs, Hollywood has seemingly ruined another thing I love by disrespecting the source material. Hopefully this act of terror on classic brands won't continue to be rewarded, and we can all go back to the simpler, cleaner, and classic designs that welcomed us into these cherished worlds.
Alpha 5, we love you, and we'll miss you.