The Mystery of the [Amaaaazing] Cosplay Ranger

The Mystery of the [Amaaaazing] Cosplay Ranger

By RiggzMonday - July 23rd, 2012Categories: Awesome, In The Field, RantTags:,

See that guy above? He’s my hero and it isn’t because we both share a history. We do. He’s my hero because he’s amazing in the strangest way possible.

Flashback to March; Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California. Those of you that know me, know that I’m a little bit more than infatuated with the Power Rangers universe. I’ve seen nearly every episode of the series (I’m talking all 20 seasons; not just the Mighty Morphin series from my youth) and I think the toys are great. It’s to the point where my eyes are trained to spot out PR-related costumes/merchandise/art/etc and pursue. Well, in Anaheim one of the things I spotted was the Red Ranger you see above. I don’t have any pictures from that event, but several times (Kiddo can verify) I saw him, marching around the exhibit hall like a robot with a giant grey sword slung over his shoulder, a red bicycle helmet on his head and a furry tube hanging from his crotch. It was excellent.

Three months later… June; E3 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Work brought me to E3. Something I’m extremely grateful for, but given the kind of event it was, I was there to play games not journey further down rabbit holes. Regardless, at the end of the last day of the event, on the way to my car I spotted him. Again marching. Again with his giant sword. But most importantly, again with a furry tube… something… hanging between his legs. I had so many questions, but before I could think, he was gone. Not unlike a mythical creature in that way. That had to have been my last chance, right? I’d never be able to get to the bottom of this. I’d speculate, certainly, but I’d never know for certain… unless…


July 15, 2012; San Diego, California — Comic Con. I knew, in June, that only a month later I’d be headed to Comic Con, arguably the largest cosplay event of the year. I think, in my heart, I knew HE’d be there, but to imagine finding him, seeing him, getting answers… it seemed like a pipe-dream, given the ocean of people that fill the convention center during that four day event. It’s hard enough finding the people you know. Lucky for me, fate spits in the face of odds and Kiddo spotted HIM. He was wearing a new (yet equally cheap) red ranger suit and was without his signature sword, but made up for it by bringing along a mannequin, dressed in his old PR outfit. When we approached him, he began to dance like a robot; my silent hero. He was joined by two women, manhandling his mannequin friend. It was a glorious moment, one that left me stunned, but afforded Kiddo the opportunity to record it all .

I still have many questions, but several have been answered. Here’s to you Red Hero. I won’t be the one to reveal your identity, but I truly hope this isn’t the last we see of each other. I pray that your growing popularity doesn’t dissuade your hilarity. Until we meet again. Keep on dancing.