(Take this article from more of a Power Ranger standpoint than anything, many of these changes had been done in previous Sentai seasons)
This is Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, which is to be adapted into Power Rangers Dino Charge in 2015! First thing that you notice is that there is no Yellow Ranger and the second is their suit and helmet design. The point of this article is to point out the differences and revolutionary changes in suits and helmets that have come to pass from Mighty Morphin to Dino Charge!
Differentials in Visors
Mighty Morphin and the Alien Rangers (save for one thing discussed later) did not offer many aesthetic changes to the Ranger ideal of suit designs. The Alien Rangers had a new motif for their helmets and moved away from animals but they still kept the general idea of the helmet and suit design.
The most intrinsic change came from Zeo when the Rangers changed their helmets in an interesting way! For the first time the helmet visors were changed to shapes. A Circle, Two Horizontal Lines, A Triangle, A Rectangle and A Star adorn their new powered up helmets which was a vast change from MMPR to Zeo! We will see more intrinsic changes like this to the helmets in later generations.
Light Source in Helmets
Although this was slightly present in the Mighty Morphin Movie, which is not canon to the show, I can discuss this here as a Turbo innovation.
The Turbo helmets allowed the Rangers to light a dark area surrounding them which had never been done previously in Power Rangers.
Their helmets, based off of the grills of cars and trucks did not offer much an in innovation after Zeo. Both are essentially shapes as well.
Imaging in Helmets
Power Rangers in Space had an interesting addition to new aesthetic changes! This change actually added electronic images into the Rangers’ helmets themselves! From A cellphone, a satellite, a PC and Wide Screen TV these light ups were never mentioned in Power Rangers but seemed to be somehow important in Megaranger. Either way, this change was the first electronic addition to Ranger helmets.
Lost Galaxy followed the same formula as MMPR and had animal motifs as their design for helmets and suits. That changed with Lightspeed Rescue when not only did the suits change but their helmets added a new function to the Ranger helmets. Before, a Ranger had to take off his or her helmet to show expression but for the first time ever in Lightspeed Rescue we got a retracting visor in the Rangers’ helmets! This would be carried over later into Ninja Storm but this was first seen here in the original 5, and later Titanium, Lightspeed Rangers! This gave the ability to the Rangers to keep their helmets on and carry an even more emotional interaction with the camera.
First Original US Made Ranger Suit and Helmet
Lightspeed Rescue also brought us our first original US Exclusive Power Ranger with the Titanium Ranger!
The helmet followed the same basic style of the original GoGoV Helmet design but the suit was vastly different from the other 5 Rangers.
To me, I feel the designers took lessons from MMPR Green/White, Zeo Gold and In Space Silver and used the idea that the suit should be similar but have some sort of flash that makes the 6th Ranger stand apart. This design is greatly loved by me and many others.
Colorful Motion Light
During Time Force we got another small update to the electronic helmet revolution! When the Rangers would morph, utilize weapons and etc their helmets would light up and emit moving bolts of color!
This, again, was an intrinsic change to the helmet design based on its predecessor, In Space which was just a motionless image inside the helmet.
Another notable change to the helmets was the visor, which was a solid color instead of the normal dark color we had seen before.
In Power Rangers Time Force the helmets marked the first time the visors were solid color!
How did they see through those things?
Ranger Glove Claws
Wild Force added another interesting addition to a suit design with their Wild Claws!
We had never seen anything like this before and it was an interesting addition to the tier suits. While the suits and general helmets stay true to their animal theme we do get some kind of revolution to the suits!
I felt it stayed true to their theme of the season and gave Wild Force an interesting change to the previous tech themes.
The first suit to have wings, the Yellow Wild Force Ranger used these to soar through the sky like her Eagle Wildzord.
(It should be noted that the Sentai “Jetman” did included winged suits)
Super Dino Spikes
Although it is a Super Mode addition the spikes that were added during Super Dino Mode are another of the intrinsic changes to the Ranger suits I have been talking about! The spikes seemed to serve no real purpose but were mostly for show and drama!
Random Silver Stripe Additions
I figured you knew I would talk about this, so let me just say this.
Dino Thunder, and essentially Disney, introduced us to a new style of Green MMPR Ranger helmet we had never seen before.
Not only did we get a real shield for the Green Ranger but we got a change that would ignite a discussion that would spark a thousand debates.
Which version do you like better? Silver stripe or no Original Helmet? Either way, this was an important change to the helmet and suit design!
Female Rangers with no skirts (even in Sentai)
Now, you must be saying “Hey! Trini, Aisha, Maya, Kelsey, Katie & Taylor didn’t have skirts!”
Well, that’s because they were Men in the Sentai version! However, in this version of Sentai, Dekaranger; the females did not have skirts at all!
Even Pink! Pink has ALWAYS had a skirt and for the first time she does not! (In Power Rangers anyways)
This series proved that you don’t need a skirt to be a Female Ranger, yet I have always loved the skirt addition to the Ranger suits this revolution to the suits definitely stands out!
Police Light Helmets
Not only did the SPD Rangers become too tough for skirts, but they also gained shining police lights within their helmets.
You may say that this is not original because Turbo did it years ago, but the police light is slightly different and important to these intrinsic changes to the Ranger suits! Let’s not forget the giant numbers on the suits which had also never been done before!
Capes, Capes and Mystical Shapes!
Mystic Force delivered a huge amount of change to the Ranger Universe and say what you want to about the show itself, it was always innovative!
For the first time ever, the Power Rangers had capes!
Then, Innovating on the shape and animal design we get our first Mystical Animal shape visor we had ever seen!
*Note: the Magna Defender counts as an “Extra Hero” therefore his cape does not count towards a Ranger suit innovation.
Jungle Fury was the first Power Rangers ever that had no belts and changed the aesthetic of the suit design!
Many fans did not like this design at first because it has gone against everything that Power Ranger suits had been about.
But to me, it look great and new to the suit design! The boot design is just as different but when you see it enough times, it grows on you!
Continuing with Jungle Fury, for the first time ever we got to see rockets and power ups inside of the actual Ranger suits that would help the Rangers fly and charge their attacks!
These revolutionized the ideals of Power Rangers! Original Helmets and Original Suits!
These three changed the history of Rangers by existing alone!
Rotating Wheel Helmets & Boots
While the front motif of the RPM helmets goes along the lines of the previously used animal design, the sides of the helmets went along with the revved up theme of both the Ranger season and the Sentai. Inside the helmets are wheels, or in the Gold and Silver helmets they are turbines, which rev up and spin when the Rangers morph!
With the suits we also are shown tires which spin atop their boots & gloves!
Word Symbols on Visors
Zeo used shapes and it was carried on from there, but in the 18th season with the adaptation of Shinkenger there was a representation of Japanese Kanji on Power Rangers helmets!
Red was Fire, Pink was Heaven, Blue was Water, Yellow was Earth and Green was Wood.
Of course these were changed for Samurai but those are the true meanings!
High Collars and Jacket Motif
The Super Megaforce Rangers introduced a stylish new suit design with high collars and a pirate jacket motif featured on the top half of the suit.
Super Megaforce for the first time added skirts to not only the Sentai counterparts but to other colors of Ranger that did not have skirts to begin with! Red Rangers, Black Rangers & Green Rangers are suddenly given skirts when a Female Ranger is morphed in Legendary Ranger Mode!
Pink Flash of Flashman was featured in an unnamed Legendary Ranger Mode which also has something the other Power Rangers suits do not have.
A Unitdard looking structure was added to the suits here instead of the standard Pink Ranger skirt!
Sadly we never got to see the Dairanger suits in action outside of the Sentai, until we got Super Megaforce!
What could have been said that they were the first helmets, in Power Rangers anyways, not to have a mouth piece.
Instead the Alien Rangers take the cake on that one. These suits finally made their US Debut during Super Megaforce and became named the Legendary Squadron!
“Go-Busters” which I loved to call “Power Rangers Special Ops” is not meant to be; Saban Brands is skipping this season in favor of Dino Charge.
But the suits have a great innovation to the shows tradition of suit design! The suits are made of leather and not of spandex as they are normally made of! The helmets, when morphing, are added first and then the metallic visor is added last!
Train Track Visor
Sadly, ToQger will not adapted in 2017 (it is skipped in favor of Ninninger) and we will not see these interesting and original helmets. Each helmet is modeled after the respective Rangers’ train.
The tracks remove from the helmet mostly for comic-relief with the Blue Ranger, which make it all the more original.
The team here are able to change lines and morph into the other colors of their Ranger teammates!
Thigh High Boots and Sash
The Ninja Steel Rangers showcase thigh high white boots for the Female Rangers and among them all, separate and not ingrained, sashes were included!
Flip Up Visor
It’s looking as if ZyuOhger will be skipped in 2019 but ZyuOh Eagle’s visor was pretty revolutionary as when he transformed into Gorilla mode his visor would flip up and create a whole new helmet design!
Multiple Zodiac Suit Additions
There are so many suit additions to be mention in Kyuranger let’s break it down by Ranger.
OushiBlack – is large and mechanical, in addition his visor is bull-like and jutts out of his helmet. KajikiYellow – is based on a swordfish and therefore has another pointed feature on his helmet. SasoriOrange – is based on a Scorpion so the suit actually has a stinger attached to the back of the suit. OokamiBlue – is based on the wolf and this suit is actually made of fur and the boots have claws pushed through the tips! ShiShiRed – is the standard design for the Kyuranger design with the magical star design in the center. The design on the helmets represent their Zodiac signs with beautiful glittery sparkle design. ChameleonGreen – is based on a chameleon and her helmet is adorned with buns. WashiPink – is based on an Eagle and Her suit design is standard as well but she has beautiful pink wings attached to her suit! HebitsukaiSilver – is based on the snake and is another standard suit from what I can see. TenbinGold – is based on Libra and his suit adds mechanical elements to the shoulders, knees and elbows.
In conclusion, there has been so many changes to the Ranger suits and cannot wait to see what Toei and/or Saban creates for us in their suits and Ranger