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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.

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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.


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.

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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.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – 5 inch figures

I figured if I went with the 6.5 inch look at the Power Rangers yesterday, why not take a look at the MMPR wave we got a while back.  It took me a fair while to get my hands on the whole team.  All except the White Ranger.  Getting a painted Saba was not enough for me to pull the trigger for a second White Rangers since I have the same figure from Super Megaforce.

Gotta love the triangle boxes these figures came with. This was fun to get the whole team. I came into collecting Power Rangers later, just at the tail end of Super Megaforce, so most of the Rangers I have were from that line with the 5 inch figures, after the bump up from the 4 inch.

Overall, these figures are really fun. Since they are all the same scale, they can hang with Rangers from past seasons as long as they came out in the Super Megaforce line. We did end up with a whole bunch of Red Rangers and secondary Rangers, but not full teams beyond Super Megaforce, and of course Dino Charge that is going on now.

Now we are moving into the new 6.5 inch figures, and everything is changing again. I do hope they stick with the 5 inch figures, in case the 6.5 inch series does not gain traction. I do like the bigger figures, with better articulation, but these guys are pretty good on their own.  It will be a lot of fun to watch and see what happens with the future of Power Rangers moving forward.


Thunder Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Legacy Collection

Boy howdy, this guy was NOT cheap.  Probably one of the most expensive toys in my collection to date.   Ummm, yes, definitely the most expensive toy to date.  Is he worth it?  Yes he is.  He is great on his own.  He looks great with other Zords.  And he can combine with other Zords with the Zord Builder tech, so the sky is the limit with this guy.  There are five main Zords to look at, and a few accessories, so let’s get started.

Red Dragon Thunderzord:

Red Dragon Thunderzord is a fantastic figure all his own. In Warrior mode, he is tall, only a head shorter than Dino Megazord. He has very nice articulation with movement at the shoulders, hips, head, and feet.

He transforms into the Dragon mode, and completely changes his look. It is pretty cool that Zord has two modes before even combining, and they both look great.

Lion Thunderzord:

 

The Lion Thunderzord is not a lot different than it’s predecessor, the Mastodon Dinozord. He is a big guy, and that is about all. He doesn’t really do anything in this mode, and pretty much sits there looking…well pretty. The colors are fantastic with shiny gold and bright metallic green paint all around. He has a lot of heft to him with the front paws being made of metal.

Unicorn and Griffin Thunderzords:

The Unicorn and Griffin Thunderzords are legs, and that is about it. They have moving heads that go back and forth. They are more similar looking than the Triceratops Dinozord and the Sabertooth-Tiger Dinozord, so they really don’t stand out on the shelf when they are in this mode.

Firebird Thunderzord:

The Firebird Thunderzord is a great improvement from it’s predecessor, the Pterodactyl Dinozord. Where the Pterodactyl had tiny arms, and a little pin head, the Firebird is much more regal looking. There are long moving wings, and a long golden tail. The head has good movement on it’s neck.

Thunder Megazord:

The five Zords together form the Thunder Megazord. This guy takes second place to the original Megazord in terms of popularity, but Dino Megazord cannot hold a candle to the height, detail and beauty of Thunder.

This guy is dripping with shiny gold armor. The coloring is very similar to Dino Megazord, with a large area of red on the torso, and black in the arms and shoulders. Funny enough, the Zords were swapped on the legs, with the Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops switching places when they became the Griffin and Unicorn.

His head being able to turn is probably the best thing going for him, and there is a lot going for him. But unlike nearly every other Megazord ever, the turning of the head is a great asset to posing the Zord.  He comes with some good accessories too. He has a staff that is a combination of the staff of Red Dragon Warrior and the tail of the Firebird.  He also comes with the Thunder Saber, which is a chrome covered blade with a sheath that attaches to the hip of the Megazord in tabs along the wing of the Firebird.

Thunderzord Assault Team:

One of the addition pieces that comes with the set is the base to create the Thunderzord Assault Team. Basically the five Zords stuck together to go into battle as one. A flying version of the Assault tank that Dino Megazord could form. Not really the best mode, but if you have a short shelf to keep Thunder Megazord on, this is a good way to display him.

Mega Tigerzord:

Let’s not forget about the Zordbuilder tech that we have going for us in all of the modern Power Rangers Zords. A little forethought brought us the Mega Tigerzord.

This combination was very powerful, possibly beating the Thunder Megazord with strength until it’s demise. They sure liked to kill off the Zords in the early Power Rangers shows.

He uses the Unicorn and Griffin as legs. The Lion’s paws become additional shoulder pads, and the lion’s body gets added to the back. The Firebird becomes a weapon. There are a few more tweaks here and there, including the morphing of the head, and you have a powerful dude. He can be displayed this way, but there are some leftover pieces, and there are some out there who hate leftovers.

One neat thing is that Red Dragon is left untouched, so he could foreseeable fight alongside Mega Tigerzord.

 

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