Source: Nicolette Davenport
In case you didn’t know, the red Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, balloon will be returning to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. With the upcoming 24th season of Power Rangers coming up early next year, entitled Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, and a new 2017 feature film reboot in the works, it’s no wonder the balloon would appear again. Whether or not it’s going to be just the balloon, of if we’re going to have performances or costumed characters (like for Samurai, Super Samurai, Megaforce, and Super Megaforce – videos by RangerCrew) is yet to be seen.
Just how did this balloon come to be a part of the parade and how was the pose chosen? Nicolette Davenport worked on the creation of the balloon and back in January 2015, explained how the balloon came to be. The process of creating the balloon started as far back as February 2014 and had included various ideas for poses in contrast to what we got.
We knew we were going to feature the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger as the balloon; Mighty Morphin is the “classic” original series from the early 90′s in the US and the Red Ranger is usually the leading central ranger and favorite. Originally, executives wanted to see a few pose options: a horizontal to the ground pose, a side action-kicking pose, and a somewhat upright pose. Here are the initial rough sketches I did in Feb:
(Images via Nicolette Davenport/Saban Brands)
The sculpt itself was around 3ft tall! It went through several rounds of revisions, to get Red’s costume just right (or as right as it could be, given the limitations of details when it comes to a creating a super hero balloon!).
As described, many hands went into the creation of this balloon in time for it’s debut last year. Check out Nicolette’s website (linked above) for the whole story on the creation of this balloon. Also, tune into NBC (check your local listings), on Thursday, November 26th at 9am (Eastern) for the 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to watch the balloon fly again.