Cel­e­brat­ing the Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers

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Is Mighty Morph in Power Rangers ma­nia com­ing to Long Sault?

In the in­ter­net era, Matt Blake can reach the en­tire world, but sure, mak­ing South Stor­mont, Corn­wall and the en­tire Sea­way Val­ley a vir­tual home base for Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers ma­nia – 25 years after the show de­buted – is one of his goals.

“I have a lot of prospec­tive ideas on what to do with this,” said Blake, the founder/man­ager of the Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers Fan Realm, a web­site ded­i­cated to the long-run­ning su­per­hero show.

“I grew up in Oshawa, so this whole area (along the St. Lawrence) feels like home.”

So maybe there’ll be a 2018 warmweather tour, with stops at lo­cal com­mu­nity gath­er­ings and fairs.

“Ab­so­lutely, that’s the idea,” Blake said. “There are a lot of (Power Ranger) fans (in the Sea­way Val­ley), in places like Corn­wall and Long Sault and Mor­ris burg ... I had( a setup at a Prescott area mall) and I’m plan­ning to do sim­i­lar things (in com­mu­ni­ties along the St. Lawrence).”

Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers was an Amer­i­can live-ac­tion su­per­hero chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion se­ries that pre­miered late in Au­gust of 1993, and it would be­come a 1990s pop cul­ture phe­nom­e­non with a large line of ac­tion fig­ures and other mer­chan­dise. With 2018 mark­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of the long-run­ning su­per­hero show, Blake re­cently started the Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers Fan Realm to al­low fans to con­nect, to tell their sto­ries.

“In launch­ing the site, I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to talk to many fans and dis­cuss what the show means to them - I was re­ally touched by some of these sen­ti­ments,” said Blake, 26.

The tes­ti­mo­ni­als one the site are pas­sion­ate and heart­felt. Tom wrote that “It’s what gave me con­fi­dence when I was a kid.”

Said Monte: “MMPR has been my child­hood since I can re­mem­ber, and to­day at 32, I’m still hooked on Power Rangers! If it ever ends it’ll be bit­ter­sweet.”

One of Blake’s ear­li­est mem­o­ries of Power Ranger ma­nia was “beg­ging” his par­ents to go to the store to get a Power Rangers toy.

“We got there, and they’d run out,” Blake said. “As a kid, that was trau­matic.”

Even the Green Ranger – Blake’s favourite – was gone.

It could have ru­ined Christ­mas, but, luck­ily, Blake’s par­ents came through.

“They found one some­where (at a store), and when you’re not ex­pect­ing it, it makes the present even better,” he said.

Blake’s fan realm fea­tures a se­ries re­view, a cat­a­logue of his Power Rangers col­lec­tion, fan tes­ti­mo­ni­als and mem­ber­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties which in­clude episode re­views, char­ac­ter dis­cus­sions, ret­ro­spec­tives and con­tests.

Blake notes on his web­site that MMPR toy sales alone in 1994 gen­er­ated over $1 bil­lion.

“The (orig­i­nal) movie grossed over $100 mil­lion,” said Blake, who added that the show’s huge fan base bought over eight mil­lion copies of the ini­tial home video re­leases.

A lot of Power Rangers shows have come along over the years, ex­pand­ing the fan­dom, but Mighty Mor­phin still seems to be the most pop­u­lar. And cre­at­ing Mighty Morph in Power Rangers Fan Realm is sim­ply Blake’s way of cel­e­brat­ing the show.

“Power Rangers was my favourite show as a kid, and it still holds up to­day,” he said. “It’s some­thing that sim­ply makes me happy – as it does for many other fans. In life some­times we just need to un­abashedly cel­e­brate the things that bring us joy.”

The fan realm site is www.mm­prfan­realm.com. Blake can be reached by email at mat­tblake@mm­prfan­realm.com.

SUP­PLIED PHOTO

Matt Blake, with some of his all things Power Rangers col­lec­tion. Blake re­cently cre­ated his Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers Fan Realm.

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