A few weeks ago I looked at the Blue Wind Ranger. Going back to the same store, I found the Red and Yellow Wind Rangers to round out the trio of figures. Now the hard part, of finding the MMPR Red and Green Rangers. That is going to be a trick I think.
Anyway, the Red and Yellow Wind Rangers. This is the new 6.5 inch scale figures. They are new molds that are presumably supposed to compete with the likes of Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Series. They are also about double the price of the standard 5 inch Power Rangers figures. This feels like a test to see if they can compete. And the survey says: Yes they can. There are a few problems with the figures, but overall they have accomplished what they set out to do.
The Red and Yellow Wind Rangers looks really good. The paint is spot on with zero problems. There are a few different colors on the body, so there are different paint apps, but they are laid out fantastically.
They comes with two accessories. A sheathed and unsheathed Ninja Sword. I think it would have been ever so slightly better if they had made a sword and sheath combination that worked together. It is of course easier to make two separate pieces, but the playability and posability goes up exponentially when they can remove or store their swords in a working sheath.
I absolutely adore the helmet sculpts. Of course over the past few years, with the introduction of the 5 inch Power Rangers line, we have received all of the Red Rangers and secondary Rangers from the past series. The main difference were in the helmets. So it only seemed fitting that the helmets on these figures would be top notch as well. And they are. Red has gold that looks like a bird. Yellow had gold that looks like a lion. And Blue…well blue looks like she has some waves on her face. Couldn’t quite figure out how to make a dolphin head.
The articulation of the figures are great. They have all of the movement we see from the Hasbro figures, and even a little more in places like the hips. When I looked at the Blue Wind Ranger, she was a bit limited in the hips because of her skirt, but with the male Wind Rangers, they gets full motion, being able to go into splits. That being said, there is a gap at the top of the hips where the leg connects to allow for such a deep bend. It takes away from the aesthetics a bit when standing, and I think Hasbro didn’t want to jeopardize the overall look for a little more movement in the legs.
One other place where the articulation takes away from aesthetics is in the wrist. Like the larger Armored Power Rangers line, Bandai uses ball joints for the wrist. It looks a bit weird and really stands out. But what we get is a wrist that really moves well. Better than Hasbro, though Hasbro has done a great job with their movement as well.
If you saw the review of the Blue Wind Ranger, I compared her with Marvel Legends figures, and she stood right about the same height. That gave me some worry about the (generally) taller male figures fitting in, with them being in a 6.5 inch scale rather than 6 inch. Well, they are a bit tall. Is that a problem if you want to mix and match your series? Not really. If you take more dynamic shots, you will probably not be able to tell that the males are a half head taller than Captain America. So, to have two toy companies make figures that are this relatively close is great. Let the picture taking begin!!!
Bandai is lucky they had a 3 member team they could start with. Then they were able to throw in a couple of MMPR characters and get people excited about future waves.