In a joint statement featured below, Saban Brands & Bandai have come to a mutual agreement to part ways in 2019. This will end a 25 year partnership between the 2 companies that started back in 1993. There has been no immediate decision on who will take the reigns on the Power Rangers toy line after that point. There is speculation that declining sales and issues with the Legacy Line releases were a part of this decision. However these are unconfirmed rumors and should be taken lightly. Bandai of Japan will still be partnered with Toei Company LTD to produce the toys for the Super Sentai series.
"After a successful 25-year partnership building the iconic action franchise, Power Rangers, Saban Brands and Bandai have mutually agreed not to renew their global Power Rangers master toy license agreement, effective April 2019. Bandai will continue to support Power Rangers, including the 2018 commemoration of the Power Rangers 25th anniversary and the current season, Super Ninja Steel. In addition, Bandai, through its partnership with Toei Company Ltd., will continue to exploit toy rights for the Super Sentai series, which has enjoyed over 40 years of success, in Japan and select other Asian territories."
It will be interesting to see what a new company will do with the Power Rangers toy line and how different the figures will be when compared to Bandai of Japan. I am personally hoping that Hasbro is given a chance to take over the Power Rangers line, they do an amazing job with the Transformers line and are great with making larger figures and combiners, to me this is a category that Bandai always lacked expertise in. How do you feel about Saban Brands & Bandai parting ways? PUNCH a comment below!