PART 13: JURASSIC TIME - THE POWER RANGERS DINOZORDS
By Alex Wiggan (and Ryan the work experience lad)
Hi and welcome to the last leg of our stay in Japan, this week we’re looking at the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and their Dinozords.Now before you email in (again) and ask, ‘what does this have to do with Japan?’, well the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series made use of footage from a Japanese TV show that was incorporated into an American TV show and so you see it all harks back to Japan!
Well just remember what I’ve told you before; stop worrying about the finer details and just enjoy The Science Of Superheroes.Anyway, I’ve barely seen Ryan this past week as he’s been out every night on dates, but he’s here now, so let’s get started!
WHAT ARE DINOZORDS?
The Dinozords were five fictional dinosaur robots that worked independently of each other, or were combined to form the Megazord, a super-sized humanoid-dino-robot thingy!The Dinozords were created by Ninjor and took their names from a bunch of prehistoric creatures (although the group name was a bit of a inaccuracy, as technically they weren’t all dinosaurs).
WHO DO THEY BELONG TO?
The Dinozords belonged to the Power Rangers, who were a group of superheroes created by Haim Saban & Shuki Levy and featured in the 1993 TV series The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.The Rangers themselves were five ordinary teenagers who lived in California (Angel Grove to be exact) and were given super abilities (and snazzy costumes) by Zordon (a big freakin’ head in a tube) and his effeminate companion Alpha 5.When evil came a calling, each of the teen heroes had the ability to transform into their superhero attire, by clutching hold of their power morpher and shouting ‘it’s morphing time’.When in costume the Rangers were differentiated by colours, each given their own Dinozord and together the fearless five socked it to the menacing drag queen Rita Repulsa!The Rangers were Jason (Red Ranger) who controlled the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord, Kimberly (Pink Ranger) who was in charge of Pterodactyl Dinozord, Trini (Yellow Ranger) who had the Sabre-Toothed Tiger, Zack (Black Ranger) who had the Mastodon Dinozord and Billy (Blue Ranger) with the Triceratops Dinozord.
SO WHAT COULD THE DINOZORDS DO?
Apart from combining to form the Megazord (as mentioned above) the Dinozords each had weapons of their own to help them in battle, such as the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord with its big-ass laser cannon in its throat and the Mastodon Dinozord having the ability to fire ice cold blasts from its trunk!The Dinozords were.... ah man, they were robots based on dinosaurs; that’s like combining the two most amazing things ever!It doesn’t get much cooler than that!
FAIR POINT.OK SO WHAT COULD THE DINOZORDS DO FOR ME?
The term robot was first used in 1920 by Czech writer Karpel Capek (or rather from Karpel via his brother Josef) and it comes from the word roboti, which means work or labor.As for the word dinosaur...
YOU'RE STALLING AREN'T YOU? DINOZORDS DON'T EXIST DO THEY?
Erm, no. No they don't. But how about I just tell you about the dinosaurs (and the prehistoric creatures) the Dinozords were based on, as they were pretty sweet!?!
SHOULDN'T WE RENAME THIS THE PALEONTOLOGY OF SUPERHEROES?
Shush Ryan, just pay attention and stop being a chump. The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord was modelled on the Tyrannosaurus rex (or T-Rex to his pals), whose name literally translated as tyrant lizard king.The Tyrannosaurus rex lived approximately 65 million years ago, was from the Tyrannosauridae family and at 42ft in length and weighing 6.8 metric tons, was one of the largest land predators ever (although there’s debate that it may have been a scavenger and not a predator)!Now if you’ve ever seen Jurassic Park (and who hasn’t?) you’ll know the big bugger had one rather large tail (containing over 40 vertebrae) and one heck of a set of teeth, with the largest tooth ever found measuring 12 inches!
As for the Pterodactyl Dinozord, that particular one was based on the pterodactyl which is Greek for winged finger (!) and was not actually a dinosaur, as dinosaurs were creatures that lived on land.The pterodactyl also lived around 65 million years ago and some species of pterodactyl were the largest known flying creatures of all time!This was helped by a membrane of skin that stretched from the legs right up to the fourth finger and a set of hollow bones that were filled with air, just like a bird.
Next up the Sabre-Toothed Tiger Dinozord was based on the sabre-toothed tiger, which wasn’t a dinosaur and it wasn’t even a bloody tiger!The reason it got its name was because of its large canine teeth (and the fact it was a big cat) and it’s also known as a smilodon.The sabre-toothed tiger weighed anything between 55kg and 470kg, had legs like a quarterback, a neck like a Gladiator and teeth that could open a large can of whoop-ass!
The Black Ranger’s Dinozord was modelled on a mastodon, which was a large tusked mammal that looked a bit like a large hairy elephant, even though it wasn’t related to an elephant.The mastodon fed on leaves, shrubs, fruits and shoots and its name translates as.... erm, nipple teeth.
Anyway, moving on...
...the last Dinozord belonged to the Blue Ranger and it was a robotic triceratops.Triceratops in Greek means three-horned face, as it had a horn on its nose and one horn above each eye and some say the horns were used for courtship.As well as being a horny beast, the triceratops also had a bony frill at the back of its head (this is sounding a lot more sexual than it should) and some triceratops measured almost 30ft long!
OK SO SHOULD I JUST ACCEPT THAT I’M NOT GETTING MY OWN DINOZORD AND JUST LET YOU CONCLUDE THIS CHAPTER OF THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES?
Yes.Yes you should.Dinozords aren’t real, but dinosaurs (and associated creatures) were.
And now you know.
SUPER SCIENCE EQUATION: Dinosaur knowledge + Ryan = Erm...Ryanasaurus?