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"I’m afraid nothing we could do could ever give {the Dinozords} enough power. You now need stronger, new Zords equipped with the power of thunder to defeat Lord Zedd. Jason, you will control the Red Dragon Thunderzord. His power is fierce and true. Trini, yours shall be the Griffin Thunderzord. Swift and accurate. Zack, the Lion Thunderzord will have courage and strength. Billy, your Unicorn Thunderzord has mystical powers and wisdom. Kimberly, the Firebird Thunderzord shall be yours. Powerful and agile. When joined together, they’ll also form the Thunder Megazord!"
Zordon introducing the Thunderzords to the Power Rangers.[src]

The Thunder Megazord was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' second primary Megazord, created by merging the five Thunderzords: the Red Dragon, Lion, Unicorn, Griffin and Firebird Thunderzords. The Rangers piloted the Thunder Megazord from the green orb on its chest.

Overview

Thunderzords

"We need Thunderzord power now!"
―The Power Rangers summoning the Thunderzords[src]

The Thunderzords were created from the original Dinozords and had much greater strength than their previous forms. The Thunder Megazord used its sword, the Thunder Saber, as a weapon, and powered up the sword before performing a big slash to finish the monster. Unlike the Thunder Megazord's predecessor, the sword did not fall from the sky, but was kept in a scabbard on its waist. If the sword is taken by a monster, the Thunder Megazord could charge it up and shock the monster which was used when Trumpet Top stole the Thunder Saber and used it against the formation. The Thunder Megazord was also capable of blowing mist from its hands which acted as a weapon.

History

When Lord Zedd came to Earth, he created Pirantishead who quickly used his powers to take control of the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and the Dragonzord while freezing the other Dinozords in time. Zordon and Alpha 5 began work on the creation of the Thunderzords. By using the Dinozords as templates, they would use the "power of thunder" to transform the Dinozords into the Thunderzords. The Rangers first had to reclaim their Dinozords from Pirantishead, which they did after a struggle using a signal blocker. Although Zedd destroyed them by using his lightning to send them into lava, Zordon recovered part of them and was able to create the Thunderzords. The Rangers then withdrew to the Command Center and were given their Zords before deploying to fight Pirantishead in the countryside by forming their new Thunder Megazord. Pirantishead then tried to take control of the Thunderzords but the format was immune to his influence so he knocked it back with his nunchucks before wrapping it up. He then electrocuted it but the formation sent a reverse charge along it which obliterated the chain and knocked Pirantishead down. Now enraged, the monster now discarded the now useless nunchaks and announced that he planned to destroy it with his bare fins. However, the Rangers energized the Thunder Megazord's Thunder Saber and slew him with a single slash before he could make good on that threat. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Mutiny

After Nimrod was enlarged and blasted all five Rangers down, they summoned the Thunder Megazord to kill her but it was low on power due to the Command Center having it's power rerouted for the creation of the new White Ranger. Nimrod summoned her henchwomen named AC and DC and thier combined attack caused massive damage and taking it out of action, forcing the Rangers to retreat. Tvicon.png TV STORY-White Light-part I

After Tommy was granted the powers of the White Ranger, the White Tigerzord was created and fought the trio only to be defeated by thier teamwork. As the Scarlet Sentinels advanced on his Zord to destroy it, Tommy called for help from Jason and managed to get the White Tigerzord back on its feet just as the Red Dragon Thunderzord arrived and it rode the Tigerzord into battle, turning the tide by jabbing AC and DC aside with its staff and slashing Nimrod across her waist. AC and DC charged and Nimrod barraged the two with her energy balls but they were unfazed and Tommy had the Red Dragon Thunderzord eject from the White Tigerzord. Tommy then re-entered his Zord and turned it back into Warrior Mode immediately before the Unicorn, Griffin, Lion and Firebird Thunderzords arrived with Zordon having apparently sent them through remote control. Tommy had the Zords combine which formed the new Mega Tigerzord and finished off the Sentinels. Tvicon.png TV STORY-White Light-part II

Although the Power Rangers defeated Four Head with the Power Blaster, Zedd made her grow before she hit the ground. The Rangers summon the Thunderzords and formed the Red Dragon Thunderzord Warrior Mode and White Tigerzord Warrior Mode but she immediately blasted them and they formed the Mega Tigerzord. Four Head was not intimidated so it tried to destroy the monster nonetheless but Four Head managed to reflect the Firebird blast back at the Mega Tigerzord, taking out both it and the Red Dragon Thunderzord down. Fortunately, Zordon sent the new Carrierzord Tor the Shuttlezord to aid the Power Rangers to Four Head's shock. However, the monster managed to topple Tor which prompted her to cross her arms and chuckled at it so the Red Dragon Thunderzord was forced to salvage the situation by flipping Tor back upright. Unfortunately, Four Head charged and delivers a beat-down to the Red Dragon who then grabbed and threw her but Four Head landed on her feet and blasted down the Zord. Tor then transformed into Warrior Mode and sent blasts right at Four Head who was unfazed. The Red Dragon Thunderzord then entered Tor's shell and Four Head fired at it but its thick armor meant that neither Zord is fazed which allowed it to re-energize the Zord. The Rangers then formed the new Thunder Ultrazord which finally finished her off. Tvicon.png TV STORY-A Monster of Global Proportions

The Thunder Megazord and the White Tigerzord battled against Rito Revolto shortly after he joined Rita and Zedd on the Moon. Although they appeared to be winning, the duel was really an elaborate trap. From the Moon, Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa used their powers to make the Fighting Flea, the Lizzinator, the Octophantom, and the Stag Beetle into giants, overwhelming the Power Rangers and resulting in their destruction by the Zords literally being ripped apart by a power surge caused by Alpha trying to give the Zords enough power to defeat them all. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ninja Quest

Legacy

Zordon unfortunately commented that he couldn't bring the Thunderzords back when asked by Kimberly. The same power surge that destroyed the Thunderzords crippled the Power Morphers and caused devastating cracks along the Power Coins which made them unusable due to how dangerous using cracked Coins was and forced the Power Rangers to seek out Ninjor and obtain thier Ninja Ranger powers which granted them access to the Ninjazords which served as the Thunderzords' successors.

After receiving their Zeo powers from the Zeo Crystal, the Rangers gained new Zords. Billy made an offhand comment about recycling parts of "old Zords"; however it was never made clear whether this referred to MMPR-era Zords like the Thunderzords or unused components used to construct the Zeo Zords which were "old" compared to the newly-acquired Super Zeo Zords. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Mondo's Last Stand

Thunderzords

Mastodon Lion Thunderzord

"Mastodon Lion Thunderzord Power!"
―Zack / Adam summoning the Lion Thunderzord[src]

The Mastodon was the template to create the more powerful Lion Thunderzord. The Zord was piloted by Zack Taylor and later Adam Park. Zordon explained that the Lion had "courage and strength". It did not share the same abilities as the Mastodon, but it was given greater armor and defense.

The Lion Thunderzord was part of the Thunderzord Assault Team, making up the forward component of the chariot. The Lion would serve as the arms, the torso, and helmet for the Thunder Megazord. Also, the Lion could combine with the other Thunderzords and the White Tigerzord to make the Mega Tigerzord, the Lion forming the shoulder pads and back.

Pterodactyl Firebird Thunderzord

"Pterodactyl Firebird Thunderzord Power!"
―Kimberly summoning the Firebird Thunderzord[src]

The Firebird Thunderzord is the Pink Mighty Morphin Ranger's second Zord. It was created from the Pterodactyl Dinozord, utilizing the former Zord as a template. The Pterodactyl Dinozord would be struck by a pink lightning bolt, transforming it into the Firebird.

On its own, the Firebird was capable of creating an energy tornado and sending it towards monsters. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Two for One

The Firebird is one of the five components to the Thunder Megazord. When the Zord is formed, the Firebird would wrap itself around the Red Dragon Thunderzord's waist, forming the belt. Along with the rest of the Thunderzord Assault Team, it could also combine with the White Tigerzord to form the Mega Tigerzord. The Firebird would form a claw on the White Tigerzord's right arm, also serving as the Mega Tigerzord's common finishing move as it was launched from the arm and charged with energy. As part of the Thunderzord Assault Team, it sits on a pedestal behind the Red Dragon, wings outstretched. The Assault Team could then also form the top portion of the Thunder Ultrazord.

The Firebird was summoned and used as part of the Mega Tigerzord without Pink Ranger on one occasion. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Wild West Rangers

Triceratops Unicorn Thunderzord

"Triceratops Unicorn Thunderzord Power!"
―Billy summoning the Unicorn Thunderzord[src]

The Triceratops was the template to create the more powerful Unicorn Thunderzord. Piloted by Billy Cranston, it could launch large boulders at foes. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Two for One It formed the right leg of the Thunder Megazord and Mega Tigerzord, and sat on the right side of the Assault Team. Its design is like that of a moving cart with a single front appendage that allows it to move.

Sabertooth Tiger Griffin Thunderzord

"Sabertooth Tiger Griffin Thunderzord Power!"
―Trini / Aisha summoning the Griffin Thunderzord[src]

The Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord was the template to create the more powerful Griffin Thunderzord. Piloted by Trini Kwan and Aisha Campbell, it could project fireballs when used in combat on its own. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Two for One It formed the left leg of both the Thunder Megazord and the Mega Tigerzord, and sat on the left side of the Assault Team. Like the Unicorn Thunderzord, its design is like that of a moving cart with a single front appendage that allows it to move.

Tyrannosaurus Red Dragon Thunderzord

"Tyrannosaurus Red Dragon Thunderzord Power!"
―Jason / Rocky summoning the Red Dragon Thunderzord[src]

Red Dragon Thunderzord Warrior Mode

The Red Dragon Thunderzord was the second Zord of the two Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger (Jason Lee Scott and Rocky DeSantos) and the successor to the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord.

The Red Dragon was the first Zord in the series to possess two battle modes: Dragon and Warrior. In Dragon mode, it could breathe flame and attack with its claws mid-flight. In Warrior mode, it would fight opponents by hand-to-hand combat or by wielding its staff that he could spin at high speeds to attack. It could also stand on the Thunderzord Assault Team's chariot and to ride the Tigerzord while it is in Tiger Mode. It could also merge with the other Thunderzords to form the Thunder Megazord, serving as the main portion of the Megazord.

Similar to the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord, the Red Dragon was capable of fighting and defeating a monster on its own. Its finishing involved producing its spear and spinning it at high speeds, allowing it to spray red sparks capable of blinding monsters. It would then slide forward and fatally energy slash the monsters who would collapse onto their sides and explode.

Combined Forms

Thunderzord Assault Team

The Thunderzords could combine to form the Thunderzord Assault Team. The Lion, Unicorn, Griffin, and Firebird would combine into an airborne chariot, which the Red Dragon would ride in his warrior mode. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Putty on the Brain On at least one occasion, Red Ranger was able to summon the Thunderzord Assault Team without the assistance of the other Rangers. Tvicon.png TV STORY-The Power Transfer

Transformation

The Red Dragon Thunderzord is the core of the Thunder Megazord, with the other four Zords acting as armor. The Unicorn and Griffin Thunderzords serve as the boots, the Firebird Thunderzord serves as the fault, and the Lion Thunderzord serves as the cuirass and helmet of the Thunder Megazord.

Additional Formations

Gallery

Design

PLEX designed the Thunder Megazord. Its design was based on ancient Chinese soldier armor, mostly mountain-pattern armor (Chinese: 山文铠; pinyin: shānwénkǎi). Like the armor, the silhouette of the Thunder Megazord is shaped like the Chinese character for the word "mountain" (山). The Red Dragon Thunderzord is designed like the legendary Monkey King, adorned with 'Hui' or rectilinear spirals, while the Thunderzord Assault Team are designed like stalwart, immovable palace statues. The Lion Thunderzord in particular is modeled after the statue of an Imperial guardian lion, the type that is found in Chinese temples, museums, and government offices, amongst other places. The Unicorn Thunderzord is incorrectly named, as its motif is based off of the winged horse Pegasus, as is the Griffin Thunderzord, which is a Qilin.

Notes

  • The Thunderzord summoning effects were created through a mixture of puppetry on a green screen, miniature scenery and digital additions to the models in post-production to try and make them look less plastic. The effects team had to buy some toys of the Mythical Qi Beasts for this effect and watched over Zyuranger footage to keep the style of lightning in the storm footage with that of the lightning used to transform the Dinozords in the transformation sequence.
  • Though normally referred to as the "Thunder Megazord", the original five Rangers on occasion incorrectly referred to it as the "Mega Thunderzord". In "The Mutiny: Part 3", Zordon himself referred to it as the "Mega Thunderzord", even though he called it the "Thunder Megazord" in the previous episode.
  • Because of the intense level of splicing footage between Zyuranger, Zyu2, and Dairanger footage, the Thunderzords rarely fought individually with the summoning of the Zords being followed by a combination sequence except during the fight against Lipsyncher.
  • Individual cockpits for the Thunderzords were never shown because of the need to construct new cockpit sets to showcase the Zyuranger costumes instead of the Dairanger costumes. Individual Zord cockpit sets were never made and only the Thunder Megazord received a newly constructed set.
  • According to Jeff Pruitt in the comment section of his Zyu2 videos on YouTube, all the footage of the Thunder Megazord's cockpit was all filmed in a single afternoon since it was able to be reused interchangeably throughout the series.
  • The Thunderzords were summoned without the Dinozord transformation in the episodes "White Light: Part II", "The Power Transfer: Part I", "Best Man for the Job" and "Wild West Rangers: Part II."
  • The Thunder Megazord's counterpart had a spear that never appeared in Power Rangers as its only Dairanger appearance was in the film which was not adapted due to being a separate purchase than the TV rights.
  • The toyline referred to the combination of the Red Dragon Warrior Mode and the Thunderzord Assault Team as "Thunder Megazord Attack Mode", but this term was not used in the series.

Mastodon Lion Thunderzord with rear legs.

  • Bandai toys were used to film the Dinozord to Thunderzord transformation sequences, which explains why Lion Thunderzord was decorated with thunderbolts and lost some green coloration. Rear legs were also added to the Zord; these limbs were absent from its Dairanger counterpart.
  • To drive the point that the Lion Thunderzord was the Black Ranger's Zord, the Lion Thunderzord's head was repainted black in the American toy release instead of green. The Lion Thunderzord originated as the Zord of Dairanger's Green Ranger.

Legendary Ranger Devices

Thunder Megazord Ninja Power Star

The Thunder Megazord Ninja Power Star is a special Ninja Power Star that bears the likeness of the Thunder Megazord and is marked with the kanji for "machine". The star is exclusive to the Super Ninja Steel toyline and therefore had no in-show appearance.


Toys

Main article: Thunder Megazord/toys

The Thunder Megazord has seen several deluxe releases, action figures, collectible figures and even remote-control versions.

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