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Power Rangers (2017 Movie) – 6 inch Legacy Line

I had not realized that I was all the way back in February when I found the Pink Ranger and Alpha 5 for the Legacy Movie figures ( http://wp.me/pRvoW-Dm ). It was hard to get my hands on the figures at first, but now they are warming the pegs at all Toys R Us stores that I have been to.

But there is no time like the present to take a look at the rest of the team and the BAF of the Megazord.

Yellow Ranger:

She looks pretty good. She is a bit on the loose side, so she is hard to keep standing. I have had a lot of trouble with the Pink Ranger over the months, falling over and knocking over the rest of the Legacy figures.

Red, Blue, Black Rangers:

These three guys are basically the same, just with a different head sculpt. Pretty much how the rest of the Legacy line goes. The Red Ranger is the only figure in the series with an accessory. He comes with a sword. Unfortunate that he is the only one that gets something to hold.

But the details on them are really well done. There are a lot of textures that have been added, and the blue glowing color and the stripes of silver add to the overall appeal.

I do like how, even though the three are basically the same, the colors really make them stand apart.

This is a fine team. I am not in love with the overall reimagined look of the characters. I do like the potential that they bring to the Power Rangers as a whole.

Now onto the Megazord.

Megazord:

It is… just strange. What a weird robot. I think they went with an alien theme here that really hurt the overall appeal of the Zord.

Anyone who was looking to see a familiar face of some sort is not getting it this time around. And the feet… is this guy wearing robot slippers?

I will stick with my original Megazord, thank you very much.


Dragonzord – Legacy Collection 2017 Reissue

I went to a Toys R Us a little ways away today. Out and about and looking for some Hot Wheels, or maybe some new 6.5 inch Legacy Power Rangers. And then I came upon this guy, the Dragonzord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The Green Ranger’s angry Godzilla inspired Zord in all of his plastic and mostly diecast glory.

“Where are you Dragonzord?”

I am really excited to be finally getting my hands on this guy. It was issued initially back in 2014, but I could not find one. I was definitely not going to pay scalper prices, and I figured I would be missing out. Not great, since I have the rest of the Legacy Collection (save for Titanus), and Dragonzord would really round out that part of my collection.

“I shall set you free!”

The box art is really well done and fits in with the rest of the Zords we have seen so far.

Inside we see the nice packaging usually reserved for the Japanese Super Sentai Zords with the nice tight packaging and each part wrapped in plastic. We do not need window boxes with these figures. The quality control is really up there and nicely done.

Dragonzord comes with two sets of hands, one straight and one with curved fingers. Generally we saw the curved hands in the show when Dragonzord was fighting hand-to-hand combat, and the flat hands when it was shooting or when transforming.

This is a great looking Zord. It has Godzilla written all over it. The color scheme is so nicely done. Decades later, and it is still a great overall design. The standouts are the gold and green paint apps. So bright and shiny.

There are a lot of details all over the zord. His head is fantastic. The red eyes are great, and the top head spike is so long.

And then there is the 11 inch tail. It is huge!!! And it is articulated. Now, it is not as articulated as the show makes the tail seem, but I am guessing the tail on the show’s Dragonzord was not quite that articulated either.

Dragonzord and Megazord had a few good battles. Usually the MMPR team trying to get Tommy to not beat them up.

They were no match for Dragonzord, and thankfully they were able to help Tommy to kick the bad guy chip on his shoulder and use the Dragonzord for good, not evil.

I was surprised by how much taller Megazord is over Dragonzord. It is nearly half a head.

Finally, once the team was a group of six, Zordon taught Tommy how to use the Dragon Dagger to summon Dragonzord to join with Megazord to form Dragonzord Battle Mode. The transformation is pretty much like it was in the show, using the Mastodon, Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops to form a bigger, badder Zord. That left the tail and center of Dragonzord’s body to form a really big staff. It is about half again as tall as Dragonzord. Interestingly, the Power Staff on this figure is more accurate than the staff in the show. That staff had only three tail parts and then the drill, as opposed to 5, which Dragonzord’s tail actually had.

When the spike on top of his head is pressed up to full height, it releases the bottom jaw, and allows the face to show. It is a cool face, with a really big red eye mask.

Then there is the secondary transformation. The even more powerful Mega Dragonzord. This uses all of Megazord, except for Mastodon’s head. This mode does not use the parts to form the Power Staff, so Mega Dragonzord could foreseeably use the Power Staff in this mode, though I don’t know if the team would need to since the finishing move is very powerful.

Since Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers ran longer than Zyuranger and went into the footage of Dairanger, they wanted to continue to use the Dragonzord for a bit while Tommy made the transition from Green Ranger to White Ranger. The evil clone of Tommy as the Green Ranger took over the Dragonzord, while Tommy took control of the White TigerZord. Now these two Zords were from different shows, so they were not ever in scenes together. The editing team had to edit a fight together using footage of each Zord. They fought against one another, but never were on screen together.

Seasons 1-3 in Zords. This Dragonzord is really fun to play around with. It is a bit finicky at times, where the parts don’t want to stay together. I guess there really is too much diecast in these guys. Dragonzord is the only Zord of the three to not be destroyed. Maybe we will see it again someday.


Power Rangers Legacy Wave 2

How in the world did I miss posting this set? I looked down the backlog of figures I have photographed, and there sits this beautiful team ready to go.

This time around, the focus has shifted away from the three member team of Ninja Storm, to the larger team of In Space. Of course, we are still getting members of the Mighty Morphin team as we continue to fill that team as well.

First up is the Red Ranger. Andros is set up here in the standard body that we see in our males. He comes with the Astro Blaster and the holster to hold it in. The figures come with great articulation and lots of good clean paint.

Andros comes with the body to the Astro Megazord. It is clean and well done. I think it is going to look great when all complete.

Along with Andros, we get the In Space Yellow Ranger, Ashley. Ashley is on the female body. The female bodies are smaller versions of the male bodies, but more feminine. Ashley wears the yellow skirt that is a bit restrictive for the legs, but not as bad as the older 5 inch figures that had very tight rubber skirts that didn’t move.

Ashley comes with the left leg of Astro Megazord. The details on the Megazords are outstanding. So far, we have the Ninja Storm Megazord complete. This guy has a ways to go.

MMPR

Moving on, we are getting a few more of the MMPR team. The Blue Ranger, Billy looks great. There is something about the blue that pops just right. As with Jason, Billy comes with the Blade Blaster. It is in the folded up configuration. It would have been so nice to get a second version in the gun mode.

Billy of course comes with the triceratops left leg.

After Billy comes Zach, our Black Ranger. Just like the Blue Ranger, the Black Ranger just looks cool. I think it has something to do with the darker paint that makes these guys look really good.

Since Zach uses the Mastodon, and the body is paired up with the T-Rex, we already have the torso. So Zach comes with one of Megazord’s arms.

Sweet, sweet, Kimberly. The crush of many, and a great fighter. As the Pink Ranger, she was under attack many times for being thought of as the girl in pink on the team. But she is a tough one. Her outfit looks great. It will be great to pair her up with Trini, in the next wave.

As with Zach, Kimberly’s pterodactyl is a part of the torso, so she comes with an arm. With that, the Megazord is starting to look nearly complete. It is missing a tiger leg, and it will be the second complete Zord.

We are getting there with the MMPR team. We need the Yellow Ranger to fill out the main 5. We already have the Green Ranger, and what better way to end the MMPR team than with the White Ranger.

This time around, we only received two members of the In Space team. Next time we will get the other three members, including Black, Blue, and Pink. I am sure Bandai has to do some special thinking about this one. They do NOT want to release two characters of the same color in the same wave, even if they are from different shows. That could really mess some people up.

We are up to 10 Rangers so far in this new 6.5 inch scale. I did take a quick look at the first two Power Rangers movie figures that are a Toys R Us exclusive. Some birthday luck this weekend granted me the rest of that team. So we will get the other 4 members of that team out of the boxes and assemble the Megazord to see how it stacks up to the original team.

As always more pictures on my Flickr Page.  Link to the right —->


Original Purple Ranger – Power Rangers Dino Super Charge – Bandai

I really have to hand it to Bandai America. We ended up with something like 62 base figures for over the Dino Charge and Dino Super Charge series (not including the special pearl color variants of the original figures). They did a good job of covering a whole bunch of bad guys (19 in all), and every variation of the Rangers they came in. But I did not think we would see the Original Purple Ranger be added to the set.

It was right at the end, tooling was coming to a close. The stores are moving on to get ready for Christmas sales, so they want the new stuff (Ninja Steel), so it is hard to get some of the last stuff to come out. Thankfully I was able to find Albert Smith in the store, to complete my Purple Rangers. Most of the other Rangers came in the flavors of Charge, Steel, Drive, and Super Drive. Kendall Morgan only changed from Charge to Drive and Super Drive. She never had a Steel configuration for her suit. So, to get us that fourth version, they went with the male version.

This Ranger was only a Ranger for one episode, World Famous! (in New Zealand). He is also the oldest person to portrait a Power Ranger, the actor being 67 years old. He was not the best Ranger, starting off fighting street crime, and ultimately giving up his powers because he was afraid. That is not a great start to the Purple Ranger legacy, but the powers were passed on to Kendall, who wore the color much better, and had a better run as a Ranger.

It is always fun when something like this comes out. It is such a small part of the history of the Power Rangers, but an odd little piece of history none the less. I am really glad Bandai America went ahead and made it.


Power Rangers Ninja Steel Basic Figures

New year, new Power Rangers Team. This time we are going to jump to Ninninger. Nope, no Toqger. Skipping the Power Rangers that run around on trains. I mean come on! That would entice a whole bunch of kids who love trains to jump onto the Power Rangers bandwagon. We have also skipped Go-Busters to get here too.

So far, I am impressed with the outfits they are wearing. The helmets are really cool, with the color for the helmet, and then some metal around the faceplate. Except for White Ranger who went with the white and a touch of pink, ala Alyssa’s White Ranger in Wild Force. This time though, they have a White Ranger with a touch of pink, as well as a Pink Ranger. I am a big fan of the five member teams with two women right off the bat. In Dino Charge, we had to work our way up to a second female Ranger.

The figures are standard for what we have seen before. They have somewhere around 13 points of articulation. They are not the best articulated figures in the world, but better than the current run of Star Wars figures. One advantage we get this time around is in the lady Rangers. They have split skirts that allow for lots of leg bending, so that they can do more than just stand there like every other female we have had in this style.
On top of that, we get the female Rangers. In Japan, they only got the 3 male versions, and no female versions. They did get more weapons with theirs as opposed to us just getting the sword, but they never were able to complete the set.

Overall, I am happy with the figures. The swords are a bit oversized, but I can live with it. The better movement in the lower half of the women is a plus. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the bad guys.

I am still on the fence about the Megazord. It is sitting there in every store, next to the Rumble Tusk Megazord, which is the same Megazord with a different center figure and new plastic coloring. I don’t know if I want to open the can of worms of getting a whole pile of new Megazords. It was fun collecting the Dino Charge Zords, with all of the different dinosaurs, but to have to buy a whole new Megazord just for one small figure is pretty crazy. I don’t know how well this idea is going to work. Apparently, parents were not buying the single dino zords like they were the bigger Megazord sets.

I am also going to make a hard pass on collecting the Power Stars. They look terrible, and the foam is not going to hold up over time. I think Bandai Japan had a great idea for being able to attach the Power Stars to the Megazord to make the new faces. We don’t get that here. There seems to be less to tie all of the different aspects of the toys together. In Dino Charge, the Chargers could power the Zords, as well as the blaster, swords, and auxiliary weapons. That was well planned. Not so much this time around.


Ninja Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Legacy Collection – Bandai

The newest release in the Legacy Collection is the Ninja Megazord. Boy do I hope these are selling well enough, because I really want to get to at least the Turbo Megazord. I don’t think the Zeo Megazord will be all that great. it was one of my least favorite Zords. But today I got my hands on the Ninja Megazord, as we continue through the first three seasons of Power Rangers. From the Megazord in Season 1, it transformed into the Thunderzord in Season 2. Now as we enter Season 3, we get an all new Zord, the Ninja Megazord.

The Ninja Megazord is made up of, surprise surprise, five Zords that combine to make a Megazord. First up is the Ape Ninjazord. It looks like a man, but we are going with an ape to fit the animal theme.

He has movement in his arms, with shoulders, elbows and wrists. More than we usually see in the Power Rangers Zords. He also comes with a pair of ninja-to swords.

As per the directions, the swords can combine to form a staff type double blade. They stick together well when wielded that way.

Finally, the swords can be pegged into the back for storage when not fighting.

The Crane Ninjazord is a cute little thing. It looks like it was ripped right out of the show. This jet-like figure has some movement in the head. The wings sweep back, but mostly for creating the head of the Megazord.

Blue Wolf Ninjazord is again ripped from the TV screen and brought to life. It has movement in the legs, both front and back, with elbow joints up front. The tail also moves up and down. The mouth can open and close in case someone needs some biting. The back legs are diecast and give the Wolf some heft.

The Black Frog Ninjazord is giant compared to the rest of the figures. And funny enough, it is all in the legs. It has movement in the front legs and feet, the mouth opens, and the back legs can fly out to make him look like he is jumping.

Finally the Yellow Bear Ninjazord. It has movement in the hips of all legs, and the mouth moves up and down. This one has the least movement, besides the crane, but the transformation is pretty great to change it into an arm.

You build the Ninja Megazord from the ground up, just like in the show. The frog forms the legs and lower torso. Add the bear as the upper torso. The Red Ape folds up to become the right arm, with a cap over it’s head to form the hand. The Blue Wolf folds up as the right arm, also wearing a cap to form the hand. And finally the crane folds into the head. The head has such great detail.

Megazords are not known for having lots and lots of articulation. Usually no head movement, and this one follows that. Shoulder swing on both arms. There is no twist at the waist. The legs have a cool additional movement. Usually we only get forward and backward movement. This time around we get movement out to the sides. The feet also have a swivel to allow the feet to stay planted firmly on the ground.

One of the big draws for this figure is the ability to form the Ninja Falcon Megazord (in the movie) or Ninja MegaFalconzord (in the show). Let’s get confusing about that one. The box claims this is from Power Rangers The Movie, but clearly these figures are from the show.

I knew the White Ninja Falconzord was big, but until I put it on the Ninjazord’s back, I didn’t know just how big it was. There are ports all over the Falconzord for attaching to figures. Unfortunately, what they did was select the weakest point for attachment, leaving the Falconzord in a very precarious position, where it can fall off during play. That kind of stinks!

There is one last part of articulation. The neck of the Ninjazord rotates back, so it can look forward while it is flying with the Falconzord on it’s back.

This is a really nice Zord. It has lots of metal parts to give it heft. If you are a collector of the other Zords, you will not be disappointed. It stands about the same height as Megazord. Of course, the Thunderzord is giant, but it also cost twice as much. I guess if you add in the cost of the Falconzord, Ninjazord gives it a run for it’s money.


Red and Green Rangers – Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

Bandai had a great idea for getting this line started. Go with a simple 5 figure line. If it works, great, if not, it is not the end of the world. They did the slightly larger scale figures with the Armored Rangers line. It started with Super Megaforce, and continued with the MMPR White Ranger, and then concluded with Dino Charge. It was not a lot of figures, and it was a bit spread out. There didn’t seem to be a definite timeline for the toys coming out. I would like to know if it was a success or not. Since I found one of the Dino Charge Rangers in the secondary market at ROSS, it didn’t seem to go all that well.

This line seems to be going well so far. It was a bit hard to get my hands on the MMPR figures. I ended up finding them about 50 miles from home at a Walmart when we went on a weekend trip. Now they are starting to pop up again. I wish retailers would get their acts together and get figures put out when they come in. This is a new product, so it wasn’t like they needed to get rid of old stock first.

On to the Rangers. First up, the Red Ranger.

This line does a good job of making strong figures, but not making them look like they are on steroids, like the Armored Ranger line. Red Ranger comes with his red and white Blade Blaster. The Blade Blaster is in blade mode, so it can be places in the holster that Jason wears. It seems like an easy thing to have created a second Blade Blaster in blaster mode. It isn’t the most effective looking weapon as the small blade. Jason also doesn’t come with his Power Sword. I heard some grumblings on the interweb that was talking about a weapons pack at some point, but I think we should have gotten the weapons right off.

Depending on wether you are a bigger fan of Austin St. John’s Jason Scott Lee or Steve Cardenas’ Rocky DeSantos, you will be seeing more of both characters coming up. Both will show up in the Zeo line as the Gold Ranger and Blue Ranger, respectively.

Red Ranger comes with the torso of Megazord (Dino Megazord). I can tell already that this guy is going to be great, once we get the rest of the MMPRs and their Zord parts.

Green Ranger

We are starting off with the evil Tommy Oliver. The Green Ranger is so iconic to the MMPR brand. He was brought on as a bad guy, turned good, lost his powers, and eventually became the leader of the Rangers as the white Ranger. Of course, then Jason David Frank went on to be the White Ninja Ranger, Red Zeo Ranger (V), Red Turbo Ranger, and the Black Dino Thunder Ranger. I am thinking it is a good possibility that we could more of Tommy Oliver. He will be showing up for sure in Spring 2017 as the White Ranger, and then again in late fall of 2017 when he makes a return as the Red Zeo Ranger.

Tommy comes with both the Sword of Darkness and the Dragon Dagger. As long as he has the Sword of Darkness, Tommy is evil. Thankfully he came with the Dragon Dagger as well, so he doesn’t always have to carry around the Sword of Darkness and be his grumpy brooding self. Boy was he a downer when he first showed up, no matter how hard Kimberly tried to make friends.

Both the Sword of Darkness and the Dragon Dagger are painted really nicely. The Dragon Dagger fits into a holster on Green Ranger’s hip.

With each figure I held and played with in Wave one, I became more excited for the future waves. The three Wind Rangers are really well done. They have great details, good weapons, and fantastic articulation.

Adding in the MMPR to this was was was genius. All it did was wet my appetite for more MMPR figures. They are going to serve those figures slowly over the next two waves, in conjunction with the In Space figures that will cover two waves.


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