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Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Team Compete (White and Yellow Rangers)

Today we are taking a look at the last and final two figures to complete the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in the 6.5 inch Legacy line.

This is wave 3, but technically the 4th wave due to the Toys R Us exclusive set of movie figures that came out a little while ago. This wave is again split between two teams. 2 figures are to complete the MMPR team, while the other three figures will complete the Power Rangers In Space team. I grabbed the MMPR figures first since I know there is a whole lot of love for both the White and Yellow Rangers. It is not a big surprise that Bandai would wait until the end of the line to give us these two figures.

First off, let’s look at the White Ranger. Another Tommy Oliver. Haha! This is not the first line to have multiple Tommy’s in it, and we have at least one more on the way, when we get to Zeo.

Tommy comes with Saba, and a sheath for said beautiful sword. The Saba sword really is a work of art. Saba is so nicely painted, with a base of white, and touches of gold, red and silver. This is probably the most expensively colored single piece that Bandai has ever done in terms of paint apps.

Facing off, Tommy vs Evil Tommy. Actually this works and is show accurate. If you remember, Rita had a second Tommy, an evil Tommy made, and they fought. Of course you know a copy is never quite as good as the original.

Next up, let’s look at Trini. The original TigerRanger from Zyuranger was a male, hence the lack of a skirt. It made the transition to MMPR fairly well, and Trini had her helmet off enough that we just went along with it being her.Of course in the Legacy line, they give their ladies a little more going on up top, so this is definitely a woman this time around. She has one of my favorite helmets in the entire series, with the tiger face and teeth coming down over the visor.

Trini comes with the final part of the Dino Megazord, though back in the day it was just Megazord. She comes with the yellow right leg. It is not quite as nice looking as the blue leg. It is a bit flat around the bottom, and the face of the tiger is a bit cartoonish.

The girls are together and they look great. There are some subtle differences in the two, as to not just be a repainted copy from pink to yellow. For one, Trini is shorter than Kimberly. Now that I say that, in season 2, Trini leaves for a peace conference, and Aisha Campbell takes her place as the new Yellow Ranger along with Rocky and Adam who took over as the Red and Black Rangers respectively.

The core 5 members look great together. The colors are so bright, as they were back in 1993. So many different colors that created a genre of action TV all it’s own.

So, you can go with season 1 and 2, when Tommy broke the power of the Green Ranger and became a part of the team.

Or you can go with Season 2 and 3 with the White Ranger. Whatever your favorite team makeup, you certainly can make it here.

The Megazord is complete. As with other Build-a-Figure lines, these are generally very special parts that are going to end up being one-off parts. There are no other Zords that are like the Megazord, so we will only see these used once. Megazord is really well done. It has open hands that makes me think he should have a sword of some sort. It really is too bad it didn’t come with one.

Now we have 2 complete Zords, not including the Astro Megazord that will be done with the rest of the In Space team at the end of this wave.

I am really, really happy with what they are doing with these figures. Bandai America is really doing a great job of giving the Power Rangers fans what they really want and deserve. From fantastic figures, to nice Build-a-Figures.

The rest of In Space will follow with Zeo on the horizon. There is also the whole metallic MMPR figures debacle that is coming soon, but I won’t get into that. I will just hope for a weapons pack so the core 5 can have their individual weapons at some point.


Havok – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Havok would definitely be a pass for me, if not for the Juggernaut Piece I needed. This guy is just a painted buck with some gloves and powers added.

The buck of course is really well done. The articulation is great, and the body mold is so nice and muscular. Other than that, he is pretty boring. Black and silver all over. He could have been improved if he had his open mask version, where his hair was flowing out the top of his head. That version would have then added more paint apps, where his powers are running along lines to other circles on his shoulders. We would have also seen a nice X-Men belt to go along with that.

For me, this is the lowest bar for the wave. A fairly boring figure, a character I don’t care much about (outside the great Mutant X series), and being out shined by many other great figures in the wave.


Vortex – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

Take Alpha Bravo, who was a rescue helicopter with rockets on the side. Repaint it with a crazy paint job, and you have Vortex. They didn’t even give him a new head.

I think overall the paint is a bit much. When you have Combaticons, you don’t think wild colors that stand out. You want more of a military look. And for the most part, Bruticus looks like he is going to be colored correctly… other than this bright green and yellow arm formed by Vortex.

In robot mode, we pretty much get what we got with Alpha Bravo. He is less than inspired. Blocky and out of sorts. On the upper half, his head is the best part. He has a great face with a good design and the red connected eyes.

His torso is clearly a part of the Combier. It is so much more blatant than the other figures. Probably due to so much extra color around the rest of the chest. Of course, if you put paint on the combiner tab, then it will rub off, and nobody likes paint rub.

He has that giant backpack of greeble back there that is super ugly. Really, there isn’t much they could probably do with it, but still, it looks pretty bad on the slim frame of Vortex. We have had lots of other helicopter robots in the past decade that have turned out well, so we can’t blame it all on the alt mode being a helicopter.

His legs are another part that don’t look great. They are rather blah down there. The bottom part especially with the strange shape of the calf, tiny feet, and the bulge off to both sides. It all had to get moved out of the way for the arm.

The helicopter is a pretty good looking machine. Vortex looks better to me than Alpha Bravo because of who he is. As an attack helicopter, I expect to see Vortex with missiles hanging off his sides. Not so much with the rescue helicopter.

Vortex comes with the same two weapons as Alpha Bravo. The rifle and the dual gattling gun hand/foot. This time in grey rather than black. They don’t really go too well with the helicopter, but the big gun does make a nice stand for the rather flat helicopter to sit on.

I cannot imagine Vortex and Swindle hanging out together. I am sure they do not appreciate the skills that the other brings to the team.

They are a good pair to look at to see the wide range we get when we see the Deluxe figures in this line. Swindle is bulky with large shoulders, and lots of bumpy parts, where Vortex is rather streamlined with a very slender body.

I cannot wait to track down the rest of the team and finally get Bruticus built. This is taking a long time to find them all. It is probably due to the inundation of so many Robots in Disguise figures still holding spots on all of the pegs at both Toys R Us and Target.


Diesel Ressha and Diesel-Oh – Ressha Sentai ToQger

I was all ready to look at the last Ressha to form Diesel-Oh, but got caught up in the new green T-Rex Zord, and couldn’t wait to post about it.  Today we are headed back to Japan to look at the old man, Diesel Ressha.

Diesel Ressha is the biggest of the single Ressha to this point. It will be eclipsed by the Build Ressha later on, but this old man is enough for now. He is the needed piece to connect with Car Carrier and Tank Ressha in order to build the great Diesel-Oh.

Even though Diesel Ressha comes in 5 main parts, it really consists of the Ressha at the front, a giant long middle section, and a small section at the back. They come apart as we have seen with the other Ressha to allow for turns in the track. This time, not so much. The middle section is WAY too big, and would have benefited from at least one break in the middle.

The three auxiliary Ressha needed to combine to form Diesel-Oh.

Diesel-Oh is a big boy when all put together. His head is about a half a head taller than ToQ-Oh, but ToQ-Oh makes up the height in the tall shoulders, leaving Diesel-Oh just slightly taller.

He looks great with the three main colors, dark red, orange, and blue. When we first see Diesel Ressha, he just has a spot of blue and a spot of orange at the back end. This really helps bring the mecha together when the legs are added, and then the legs match the shoulders.

The center part of the body opens up to reveal a beautiful gold chrome chest. There are a few other openings that allow for the gold theme to carry through the figure.

ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh make a formidable team.  They each have their own strengths, and they look different from one another to not feel like you are just getting a copy of the first mecha.

Cho Ressha Gattai Cho ToQ-Oh – Okay, now that is a long name.  Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh.   This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons.   Now this is some fire power.

Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

Okay, now that is a long name. Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh. This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons. Now this is some fire power. Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

 


Zootopia – World of Zootopia 14-Pack Target Exclusive

Zootopia is the upcoming movie by Disney. I found the last animated feature, The Good Dinosaur, to be lackluster at best. This time around, Disney has gone with some big hitters in the director and writing chairs. Written and directed by Bryon Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush. These guys bring Tangled, Bolt, Wreck-It-Ralph, and Big Hero 6 to the table. We are talking about some of the best animated movies in the past few years. Combined, we can’t lose with this team.

Zootopia is a story about a new police officer (Judy Hopps) who takes on a case that is bigger than she can handle. She is joined by Nick Wilde, who is a con-artist with a heart of gold. Let’s not forget that Nick is voiced by none other than Jason Bateman, with Gennifer Goodwin voicing Judy. There is going to be some majorly good dialogue in this movie.

This is the 14-Pack, World of Zootopia set, that is available only at Target. The standard 2-packs run $8.99, and this one is $39.99. Any way you slice it, you come out ahead when you get this bigger set. Instead of $9 a pack, it is more like $5.71 a pack. There are some color variation in this set you can’t get in the two packs as well.

This line is done by Tomy, which also created the Good Dinosaur line. It is very similar in style, where the larger figures have pretty good articulation, while the smaller animals lack any, and for good reason. Some of them are very small. Take a look at all you get in this set of 14.

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps

Nick and Judy are our hero and heroine of this film. Judy comes with 7 points of articulation. Neck, shoulder ball and joint, and hip. This allows for some really good movement overall. Nick has one extra point in his tail. It is a ball joint, which is good, since his tail makes him back heavy. The tail can be rotated to allow him extra support.

Both of these figures are in alternate colors. Nick is in a pink shirt with tan pants, as opposed to a green shirt and grey pants. Judy is in a grey/black SWAT outfit. This is different from her blue variant.

Assistant Mayor Bellwether and Mayor Lionheart

She does however come with an awesome pair of glasses that look quite thick. She is assistant to Mayor Lionheart. A funny play to have a sheep be an assistant to a lion. Mayor Lionheart comes with the standard 8 points of articulation. He also has a tail that turns.

They are both in the same clothes they come with in the 2-packs.

Officers McHorn and Clawhauser

It looks like the majority of the police officers are going to be big and tough. About what you would expect to play off of the small wiry look of Judy Hopps.

McHorn and Clawhauser are in tan uniforms instead of blue. They both sport 7 and 8 points of articulation. Clawhauser has an extra for his tail.

Mr. Big and Kevin

Mr. Big is the very small bad guy in this movie. It looks like he may be using a bunch of polar bears as his henchmen.

Mr. Big is too small for articulation, but Kevin has 7 points. They are both in their 2-pack colors.

The Little Guys:

There are a bunch of smaller guys that come in the set. They are Finnick, Bat Eyewitness, Lawbreaking Mouse, Weaselton, Lemming Businessman, and Safety Squirrel.

Only Finnick has head movement. The rest are static. Safety Squirrel looks to be the only figure with different paint, a black band around his hat.

We have a bit to go until the movie comes out March 4th, two days before my birthday.  Happy birthday to me.  I know what I am doing for my birthday.   That gives us some time to see all of the toys in the store before then.  The size they chose for the figures allows for some great secondary accessories.   There are going to be quite a few cars coming out in this line.  This is the kind of stuff I think they should have done with Big Hero 6.  We had similar sized figures, but only figures.  I would love to have bought at least their car if not a few other accessories too.  With Zootopia, that will not be a problem.  We will see at least two more Judys with her in her light blue outfit and a police car, as well as her meter maid outfit with her electric car.   The vehicles look like they are going to be fantastic!


Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Figures are out!

Leading up to the holidays it seems that all toys go through a sale of some sort, usually to get rid of old stock.   Then the holidays pass, and people have money of gift cards to spend, so the new toys come out to fill the shelves.   It is no different with Power Rangers.   We are starting to see the Dino Super Charge figures hit the shelves and pegs.   We got a little look before the holidays with the T-Rex Super Charge Morpher, and some of the new Chargers, but the figures were still not out.  They are out, they look good, and I found a nice cross section to look at what we have to look forward to now.

Purple Ranger:

I love the color of the new Purple Ranger.  She is so bright.  Pretty much the Pink Ranger with a new head sculpt, but that is what we generally get with the Rangers in this line.

She comes with the green sword and morpher.  As with the rest of the Rangers, the morpher can be attached to her hip.  She can hold it much better in her left hand than her right.

Aqua Ranger:

He has what is probably the most detailed head sculpt of any of the 9 Rangers out now. You can see all of the skin texture of the dino imprinted in his helmet.

I love the gold/copper color across his chest. It adds a lot to the outfit, and separates him from the other Rangers.

He comes with the standard sword and morpher. I wish one of these guys would come with the sword/morpher combo.

Dino Steel Pink Ranger:

Shelby is the second most figure I own in the in the Dino Charge series, after Red Ranger.  This version of Pink Ranger comes with the right arm in Dino Steel form, or extra armor plates down the arm.  Add to that the Tricera Drill, and she looks great.

Unless they come up with some other variations, the next version we will see will be the Dino Super Drive, but I am guessing we will not see that for a little while since we are getting the Dino Super Charge marketing, but the Dino Charge show hasn’t even ended yet.  Seems a little backwards to me, but I will just sit back and enjoy what is coming our way.

T-Rex Super Charge Red Ranger:

Tyler gets another upgrade. This was a surprise to no one that walks down the toy aisle at Toys R Us. The T-Rex Super Charge Zord hit the shelves before Christmas, so it was only a matter of time before the figure showed up in the store too.

He is a bit more robust than the other figures in the line. He has some amazing paint apps this time around. I am really excited to see him in the show in this form.

He comes with the T-Rex Super Charge Zord in blaster mode. It is all red, and does not show the vast colors that the actual blaster has, but that is typical for this line.

Snide:

Next season’s bad guy. He is a really scary looking dude. Still totally over the top in Japanese design, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

He has quite a bit for a villain. He movement in his arms (shoulders, elbows), legs (hips), and head (neck swivel). His shoulder pads move up and down like the Rangers to allow for good movement in the shoulder joint. He comes with a sword that matches the color of his armor. The details on the costume are really well done.

We now have a huge variety of Rangers.  This is no simple repaint from here on out.  We have standard Rangers, Dino Drive Rangers, Dino Steel Rangers, Gold Ranger, T-Rex Super Charge Red Ranger.  This is getting pretty fun, and looks fantastic on the shelf.


Blizzard and Hulkbuster – Hulkbuster Wave Part 4 (Final Part)

Today we are looking at the final two figures in the Hulkbuster Wave.  Blizzard, and the big guy himself, Hulkbuster.

Blizzard:

Blizzard is a character that is a bit below my radar. And rightfully so. He seems to be 3rd tier at best, but at least a part of Iron Man’s rogue gallery.

He is simply constructed. He has a special head, but the rest is done with paint. This is a great body that they use. It is very strong and has great muscle texture all over.

He has a menacing looking face, with angry eyebrows and no mouth. It would have been nice to get some sort of power burst with him to get something at least. It looks like he is standing around getting angry for the most part.

Hulkbuster:

Hulkbuster is huge! I expected him to be heavy as I was buying the team and could feel heft, especially in the legs. He comes with two legs, two arms, a torso, a front and back piece for the chest, and a tiny little head.

He goes together easily for the most part. The head popped right on. The arms easily went onto the their holes. There was a bit of a need for some extra strength to get the legs onto their posts, but I managed. There is a post that sticks up out of the lower torso and attaches into the upper torso. Mine is stuck and does not swivel to the sides. I can get side to side movement, but no twist. So, as for now, my Hulkbuster is slightly off center.

Overall this is a great wave of figures. They give a good look across the board, and they have a fantastic build-a-figure on Hulkbuster. It will be a while before they live this one down. It is like the Sentinel back in the day. All other BAF figures were held to that standard, and it took a long time for some people to get over that one. Now we have the new standard, and the bar is set high!


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