They put White Ranger in there almost built, but with enough to show that he comes apart. TigerZord is in all kinds of pieces, and hidden by the morphed monstrosity on the right edge of the box.
A closer look at the monstrosity. There is a lot going on there. Red Dino Charge Ranger, with Rexy’s head and shoulder, White Ranger’s waist, Claw BattleZord’s claw. It looks to be a mix of the parts from the 2-packs. Not that there is a lot else, out right now, but the colors are from these 2-packs.
Back of the box. 1/2 dedicated to White Ranger/TigerZord, and the other half showing what you can do with all of the sets. Along the bottom, they have listed single sets 01-05, and 2-packs 09-11. So far, sets 06-08 are missing. Can’t wait to see what those will be.
I figured I would pick up the first set, in terms of show order. White Ranger (Tommy) along with his smaller sidekick TigerZord. Wasn’t that Zord bigger in the show?
TigerZord doesn’t have a whole lot going on for him in Tiger Mode. He is a bit stiff, with limited movement in his legs. Of course in the show, we pretty much just saw him flailing his legs around as if he was running. I am really saddened by the back legs. It is as if he should have come with some feet that were left off.
White Ranger fairs much better in his initial mode. He comes sporting claws on his hands and feet. He comes with a truly large version of Saba. The head sculpt on Saba is quite fantastic. There is a very light shade of grey added to the blade, but this looks to be a toy that will have limited extra paint additions. Rough and tumble toys.
The ball and socket joints are about half and half on this guy. Some are really loose, and others are really tight. It seems like the molded sockets are a bit more loose than the sockets with inserts, such as the sockets on the the figure’s backs.
There are plenty of ports all over these figures. Along with the standard ports, they come with two on the back, as well as an extra low on the waist.
TigerZord Warrior Mode:
Combine TigerZord with parts from White Ranger, and you get Warrior Mode. I wish the two matched colors better. White Ranger is a slightly cream color white, while TigerZord is more of a grey. That being said, he makes for a pretty good Warrior.
He has really big feet that help his stance. They are jointed so he can get into some pretty dynamic poses.
He comes with a sword, made from the tail, so you don’t have to reuse Saba in this mode.
This is a pretty dynamic figure. I like the Warrior mode a lot. I wasn’t so sure as I was putting him together, but the more I played with him, the better I liked him. This is going to be a lot of fun for a lot of kids. There are some problems with the ball joints either being too loose or too tight, and a few that are just right. Either kids will be going to a parent to pop these together, or they will fall to the wayside. Hopefully the tight joints will loosen up over time, and not cause kids to give up on them.
Power Rangers did something that Transformers couldn’t. And that as to buy a mix-em-up toy. Transformers and Marvel have had theirs out for a while now, but this ball and joint thing seemed a lot more fun. I don’t know the staying power of the line. Technically, they two decades of Rangers and Zords to go back through. They could foreseeably go on with this for as long as people are buying them. So far, I see a lot of repetition. The lineup is Red Dino Charge Ranger, and Rexy, both of which can be found in a 2-pack (Clear Red Ranger). There is a second black version of Rexy (from Kyoryuger toy line). There is also a black/green version of TigerZord. Following that is a OctoZord colored Claw BattleZord which can also be found in a 2-pack with Gold Ranger. So, there is not a lot out there to get started. I am sure most will pass on the multiple versions of the same figures like two Red Rangers and Rexys, but other colors like the black version of Rexy could be something to look into. Of course, there is also the missing numbers 06-08. Can’t wait to find out what those could be. Hopefully something from another series. Three down and what, 20 more shows to choose from. Choose wisely Bandai, and you can just take my money now.