|The Red Dragon Thunderzord was the personal zord of the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. Based on the remains of the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and equipped with the power of thunder, the Zord could combine with the other Thunderzords to form the Thunder Megazord.|
|First seen||The Mutiny, Part II|
|Last seen||Ninja Quest, Part I|
|Series||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|
The Power of Thunder
Lord Zedd’s Pirantishead monster was able to use its powers to freeze four of the Dinozords and take control of the the Tyrannosaurus. However, Zordon had anticipated Lord Zedd’s return and along with Alpha 5, was able to prepare a second phase of Zord operation. Recalling the Rangers to the Command Center, Zordon explained that nothing they could do would ever give the Dinozords enough power and that they would now need stronger, new Zords equipped with the power of Thunder to combat Lord Zedd.
Standing on the rocks outside of the Command Center, the Rangers were introduced to the image of their new fleet of Thunderzords as they flew through the sky. Zordon described the Red Dragon’s power as fierce and true. The Red Dragon would be piloted by the Red Ranger. However, the Rangers would need to regain control of the Dinozords before taking control of the new Thunderzords. [MMPR2: “The Mutiny, Part II“]
The Red Dragon Thunderzord
As the Rangers scrambled to regain control of their Zords, Lord Zedd stripped the Zords of their power and sank them into lava under the Earth. Alpha 5 recalibrated the Morphin Grid to encase the Zords with static power, giving them time to return the Zords to their hiding places. With the Dinozords saved, Zordon and Alpha 5 were able to use their remains to create the new Thunderzords. The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord was used to create the Red Dragon Thunderzord.
Upon summoning, the Tyrannosaurus was struck by lightning, which caused the Dinozord to morph and reform into the Red Dragon Thunderzord. The Red Dragon was in the form of a large flying dragon, with an articulated body and limbs. The Zord was mostly red in color, save for some black and gold highlights. The head of the Red Dragon featured featured a pair of long golden horns. The tail of the Zord was tipped with a large black diamond-shape.
The cockpit of the Zord appeared to be similar (if not the exact same) to that of the Thunder Megazord. The Red Dragon would form the main core of the Thunder Megazord, to which all the other Thunderzords would connect. [MMPR2: “The Mutiny, Part III“]
Powers and abilities
The Red Dragon could mount a small offensive individually. The Zord could breath large jets of fire from its mouth and use its large claws to scratch against giant sized monsters . [MMPR2: “Missing Green“] The Zord’s main offensive powers lay in its ability to transform in the the Red Dragon Thunderzord Warrior Mode.
Fate of the Red Dragon Thunderzord
The Red Dragon Thunderzord was used successfully for the first year of Lord Zedd’s assault on Angel Grove but would not survive for longer. During the confrontation against Rito Revolto, the Red Dragon, assembled in Thunder Megazord form, was outnumbered against Rito and his monster gang.
The damaged Thunderzord power accelerator was at peak level due to the power bank leaking energy, despite Alpha 5’s best efforts to contain it. With the unstable power accelerator beyond limits, the Red Dragon, along with the other Thunderzords began to explode and fall apart piece by piece, with no way to revitalise them. [MMPR3: “Ninja Quest, Part I“]